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OCR02517 - Chrono Trigger 'Islands in the Sky'


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Easily my favorite Zeal mix thus far, even beating out Mazedude's classic "Island of Zeal." While Mazedude's is a beautiful, equally masterful arrangement, the minimalism of this mix and its focus on the B-section of the theme has me evaluating the society of Zeal in a new, richer way.

It's entirely personal preference, but I prize this mix's uniqueness.

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The entire song reminds me of kind of floating along, I was trying to visualize something of wispy islands in the clouds until the melody hit at 1:58. Hmm.. It sounds like the notes were simply "permitted by the song" to be there and they made a rather hasty retreat after they were done doing the bare minimum of what they had to do. The notes cut off rather abruptly compared to the flow of the rest on the song.

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It's hard to go wrong remixing such a timeless (ha, ha!) theme -- but the restraint the mixer showed in avoiding over-embellishment really helps this one stand apart (if not stand out): this almost seems (imho) like an enhancement as opposed to a remix but there's no judgement in that statement - however you look at it (or listen to it), it's really good by any measure.

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To my mind, this seems to be the most fitting approach to the source. It picks up slowly and gently, so when the beats and bass fianlly appear, it sounds downright eargasmic. It's like a roll - meaty beats and delicious bass and synths wrapped in low-sodium misty ambiance... Lol. Excellent mix!

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I have lurked on this site for probably ten years on and off. I finally made an account to post how stellar I think this is. I got chills all the way down my body listening to it for the first time. As soon as the synth poked its head out. I'm not super well-versed in the technical aspects, but it sounds incredible and also incredibly appropriate. I evaluate Zeal mixes by whether they would sound out of place were I actually physically walking around Zeal. This one is perfect. 

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On 1/7/2016 at 2:41 PM, fireflower413 said:

I have lurked on this site for probably ten years on and off. I finally made an account to post how stellar I think this is. I got chills all the way down my body listening to it for the first time. As soon as the synth poked its head out. I'm not super well-versed in the technical aspects, but it sounds incredible and also incredibly appropriate. I evaluate Zeal mixes by whether they would sound out of place were I actually physically walking around Zeal. This one is perfect. 

Thank you so much. :)  This means a lot to me.  Zeal was one of my favorite tunes as a kid.  I remember replaying the game just to get to Zeal and listen to this track.

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