ReMix: Chrono Trigger "When Hell Freezes Over" 7:13

By Wiesty, The OC Jazz Collective

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brass chill duration-long extended-soloing funky jazz live-instruments mellow saxophone sexy vibraphone
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"A Desolate World", "Yearnings of the Wind"

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

Posted 2017-05-03, evaluated by Gario


Hell actually DID freeze over recently, with the announcement of VST plugin support in Reason, but I digress... we've got a double dose of Wiesty (Dylan Wiest) (& co.) for you today, starting with this super-mellow & sexy horns-heavy jazz CT arrangement w/ glorious DrumUltimA vibe solos, off Chronology:

"This song may have been a bit of an odd choice for an arrangement given its lack of melody, but I've been in love with its chord progression for many years. I can recall arranging a couple of different melodies over top of it many years ago and it being a basis for my introduction into improvisation. When we decided to do the album, I knew this tune needed some love. The drum intro and horns that follow are supposed to create a very sparse and mysterious atmosphere much like the frozen wastes of 2300 A.D. Doug sent me two takes of his vibes over top of the horns. I loved them both so much, I decided to include both of them panned left and right, which resulted in something very beautiful. I knew that this tune needed some sort of melody, so I decided to superimpose the melody from "Wind Scene" over top of the chord changes; a bit of a haunting ode to the days of life and prosperity past. This, of course, changes as the solo section is a straight-up funk jam with tasty guitar from Andy, smooth and sultry sax from Anthony, and a face-melting vibes solo from Doug. This tune really came together in the end to match what I envisioned in my head... hauntingly funky."

"Hauntingly funky" sounds right... or even "pensively seductive" - a lot of restraint, but then also a lot of effusive vibraphonery. Love the drum solo opener, love all the transitions and those section chords, and at over seven minutes it's impressive that a piece this chill can also absolutely hold your interest & offer up a compelling, crystallized concept. Gario writes:

"Very solid arrangement, blending the style from the bleak future with the overworld theme from 600AD - it works great. It's a little less depressing than it seems you intended, but overall I can't fault you for that. Great performances, slick solos, smooth arrangement, crisp production, I couldn't imagine anyone who would say this didn't belong on OCR."

Ditto all that; as brilliant as all of its album-siblings & not to be missed!

djpretzel

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Latest 3 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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DimeTower
on 2017-05-05 23:11:17

This isn't totally my bag - I absolutely cannot think of the source without thinking of Ruined Derelict, one of the great remixes of ancient OCRemix - but if you're not feeling the drum solo or opening chill, at least make it to 3:45, where the horns do a truly fantastic job of realizing the vision of this remix. And, by the way, the quality through this remix is excellent. No slacking from the remixer here. Well done.

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lemnlime
on 2017-05-05 12:39:06

So, so mellow...a little too much so for my tastes, but good nonetheless

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Liontamer
on 2017-05-03 09:50:59

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"A Desolate World"
"Yearnings of the Wind"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Chill, Funky, Mellow, Sexy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Saxophone, Vibraphone
Additional:
Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Production > Live Instruments
Time > Duration: Long

File Information


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Chrono_Trigger_When_Hell_Freezes_Over_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
11,876,587 bytes
MD5:
8ff0347a15d205759030cc2faceae3c5
Bitrate:
217Kbps
Duration:
7:13
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