ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Jethro and Vash at the Fair" 3:22

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Guardia's Millennial Fair"

Primary Game: Chrono Trigger (Square , 1995, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2003-08-23, evaluated by djpretzel

This ReMix is sorta special to me: it's the last mix I'll make in my house here in Reston, Virginia. I moved here about two years ago, it was my first house, and I made some good bucks on the sale (yay for dramatic drops in interest rates!!) - I'll be moving out this Tuesday but am dismantling my studio here tomorrow. I was actually gonna dismantle it a week ago, but wanted to dedicate a mix to the house. Yes, this seems a bit silly (and is), but it was my first house, and a large portion of OCR's database and current design was developed whilst living in it. At any rate, I'm moving to a bigger and better place, but setting everything back up is gonna take some serious time, so this might be it for awhile. I love the Guardia Millennial Fair theme, it's quite a catchy core melody, instant melodic gratification from Mr. Mitsuda. I was listening to bits and pieces of the Trigun anime OST a month ago, and I was digging the western-themed acoustic and electric rock. The acoustic stuff, in particular, struck me as something that would work well with this piece. In addition to a strong mid-western theme, I decided to throw in some prog-rock/blues flavors, vaguely reminiscent of the band Jethro Tull. The result is a conglomeration of influences, titled appropriately, that takes about 70% of the original piece and adds quite a bit onto that, with phrase extensions, rhythmic alterations, new harmony and counter-melody, and a vortech supercharger (scratch that last bit, got confused with the wish list for my Mustang). If you'll forgive the Peter-and-the-Wolf explanation, Vash is the lead acoustic guitar and "Jethro" (note that the band has not actually had a member named that) is the alto flute, and they take turns and at one point do a fun call-and-answer routine. This is all GigaStudio except for a VSTi bass and Yamaha Motif drums. It was actually recorded in 6/4 time @ 209bpm in Cubase, don't ask me why ^^ Musically, it turned out much as I'd hoped; there's some emphasis inversions that play with the time signature and transitions I wanted to include but wasn't sure I could in time, but things worked out in the end. At any rate, this wasn't by request and though I know there's a lot of CT fans out there, I basically did this one for me, to remember my first house and the two years spent here. Hope you dig it, nonetheless.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-05-24 11:29:54

Wow, well the next time I can't decide whether I want to listen to Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, or Trigun music, I know what to reach for. The melody of the source actually fatigues my ears quickly, but this remix flows more freely to me. It's like the music is saying, "Come play with us!" and not, "LISTEN NOW!"

on 2014-06-28 14:57:38

A nice, relaxing mix. This is an good take on such a classic theme. A welcome addition to the playlist.

on 2010-08-27 13:54:34

Sounds pretty good for an all-samples guitar mix, and while it's pretty conservative arrangementwise, it's very enjoyable and has some good modulations and solid programming.

on 2008-12-08 12:46:01

I totally want to go to a ren fair or something now =)

on 2007-03-01 00:49:31

Hence why DJP runs this shit. Love it, man.

on 2006-09-17 15:53:59

djpretzel, you are the man. This song rocks. One thing I noticed, is from 2:56 onward a musical allusion to "ELM", from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack?

on 2005-11-17 15:06:08

Oh man... Chrono Trigger meets Trigun? Heavy inspiration from Fool's Paradise, one of the best songs from the soundtrack makes for an incredible result! Great job.

King Matt I
on 2005-09-26 02:01:17

I can't believe I haven't thrown in my two-cents worth on this song yet... If I have and I just missed it, whatever.

This is freakin amazing. Maybe it's personal taste, but this song just rubs me in all the right ways. This ties Stray Donkey Strut for my favorite DJP mix. The guy is freakin incredible. I love the way the instruments mesh and how the individual parts play off of each other. It's all genius. 10/10

on 2005-09-25 15:23:14
Yo Dj Pretzel, what the $@%^ ? I've come to expect more from you, but for the last 3 or 4 remixes you've totally failed to deliver. This song was absolute crap, there was nothing original or entertaining about it. The remixing was decent quality but so what? You used to be so good, but now you're barely on par with most of the remixers on this site. This song pales in comparison to starblast's recent chrono trigger robo remix. Sorry but this is just worthless remix garbage.

I tried to see it out of your direction, but it ain´t true. The original was good, but it was a whole lotta MIDIS and small synths that made funny and happy noises. That feeling is still here, that I can say he didn´t change, but he has changed all of those SNES-music-instruments into some real good acoustic guitars along with a flute that gives the feeling of carneval that has once returned to the good´ol west where it belongs and will belong. If this mix represents his house, then it had to be some sort of royal castle, because this remix was great.

Ruby Moon
on 2005-07-25 01:05:28

Jethro and Vash... the flute was too solid to sound like Jethro Tull, but it's still a greal ReMix. It sounds calming and clean, definitely a different ReMix. Most of the remixers, in the effort of being far from the original, produce a song with too much arrangements, too much noise... This is calm and simple. I really like it. But... it calls for a base guitar... XD

on 2005-07-19 00:27:44

great remix, very nice and calming. I love this song much more than the original, although I found that Blind's remake of it was 100% perfect. Give me a vision is getting a little blurry from my tears....

****cries and balls over the shut down of CTRP****

ok, where was I....Yes, great remix and I just love that flute you've got in their, and the gentle beat of that bongo or whatever that small hand beaten drum is. Good stuff!

on 2005-07-15 15:44:22

[disclaimer]Regardless of my not-even-close-to-perfect in most forms of artistic creation, I tend to be overly critical and analytical about all forms of art, merely because I personally prefer constructive criticism to compliment. If anything below sounds like an insult, apologies in advance.[/disclaimer]

Pretty awesome. I always found the tune at the fair catchy in the game. Light, playful, and just perfectly fit both the atmosphere and time period the festival was taking place in. Any version of this appeals to me. More specifically to your remix, I really liked the way the sounds of the guitar and flute mixed together as they worked together, both in unison and in harmony. It's always pleasant when someone combines the sounds of two very different instruments into something that just works. The dynamic contrast was also great, especially around the large "break" before the last reprise of the theme. It was a nice shift when the percussion cut out, leaving a calm, less rhythmic, waltzy-type section.

A lot of the little counterpoint stuff going on was quite intriguing as well--the accordian was especially noticable when the melody cut out for one phrase, which stayed in the background since it blended so well with the melody. The echo variation where you followed a flute riff with a nearly identical guitar riff was pretty clever, as well. The melody itself also appeared meticulously variated. Lovin' the rhythmic figures in that, especially the second part of it.

More about the percussion though--and this is probably just attributed to the samples used, and sort of just a personal thing--somehow, the snare drum didn't quite work for me. I think it kind of felt a little more like a sailor's march--green was made bluer, Ireland to Scotland, and all that. Not a huge different, but somehow felt a little to hard to me. Perhaps a tap on the side of the snare with the stick as opposed to a snare-on hit? Not in all sections, though. At the end, right after the break, that snare was perfect. Maybe it's just the repeating nature of it. Also, in the soft, percussion-less section, somehow my mind was serching for a straight 3/4 waltz, as opposed to the 3/4--6/8 feel the rest of the song. It was almost there, save the little tinny cymbal.

VERY nice, though. Sorry if I wasn't much help so much as a hindrance, since it's hard to be specific without audio in front.

on 2005-04-19 22:33:13

Dude, all i can say is You Rock ALL aspects

on 2005-03-25 22:04:42

Wow I can't believe I said I didn't like this song before, its gotten to be one of my favourite DJP songs now

Its very festive, we have the music, all we need now are fireworks and dancers!

Awesome guitar work and great percussion

I can just see myself at some festival having tons of fun

Great remix DJP!

on 2005-03-25 15:47:34

I've always been fond of this mix. No, it isn't his best (that honor belongs to Booster Tarantino in my opinion for so many reasons) but it jives. If you're looking for hardcore electronica, you'll probably be disappointed. This song just jives, though, and it's VERY faithful to the spirit of the original. Frankly, I think the artificial guitar helps the piece to flow a bit more. A real guitar would sound odd against all the precussion, I think. And it isn't too loud, the original was pretty reliant on background precussion too.

This piece rocks the socks, Pretzel - I'd like to hear more like it.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square , 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu,Noriko Matsueda,Yasunori Mitsuda
"Guardia's Millennial Fair"

Tags (6)

Accordion,Acoustic Guitar,Flute

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