Posted 2019-07-16, evaluated by Liontamer

For today we have an absolutely beautiful lo-fi acoustic/folk take on Sonic Colors from Tune in with Chewie (Nestor Estrada), collaborating with vocalist Rachel & violinist Joni:

"I had a ton of fun working on this one. I chose this particular theme because it's one of my favorites from Sonic Colors. The whole soundtrack for that game is amazing! I wanted to approach this track differently than all the other arrangements I've done so far. 90% of the instruments on this track were played through a Marantz PMD430 (cassette recorder). The result is a super lo-fi sound and has a nice warm quality to it. Special shoutout to jstory for lending me the Marantz PMD430!

The performances also have a raw and live feel to them because that was the mindset I had while recording. I was very much inspired by bedroom pop and indie folk while arranging this track. These genres are known for their imperfect sound. I recorded all the guitars, bass, and piano parts. Rhodes and organ are VST which I performed into my DAW.

I didn't have anything really set in stone except for the song structure - most of my parts were improvised on the spot (mistakes and all). I wrote out the string arrangement minus the very ending bit. I had Joni Fuller and RVCHL improvise and just run with it in certain sections -- to capture the "live band" setting. Really happy with the results!

My good friend Joni, a multi-instrumentalist, performed all the violin parts. We layered the bigger violin sections by recording each part multiple times. For the solo violin, I wrote all the notes except for the very end. I wanted her to improvise and just let her do her thing.

For vocals, I had another friend, Rachel (who goes by RVCHL), loosely perform the main theme. I just wanted her to have fun with it and jam. We came up with some cool phrases while recording which we ended up expanding on throughout."

The organ texture & writing in particular have this distinct character to them that's JUST right, the violin parts rise and fall and switch to staccato when it makes sense, and the carefree vocalizing that teeters on discernible words all combine to create a specific time & place... the sonic aesthetic is the visual equivalent of volumetric light peeking through trees as you drive along an empty road at dawn. It's quite breathtaking. Larry writes:

"Mariko Nanba's "Area - Planet Wisp" has a nice whimsical feel to it, while Nestor slowed it down and sidelined the percussion for a more deliberate, contemplative approach, led by Rachel's vocals and punctuated later by Joni's string work. I like that Chewie encouraged both RVCHL and Joni to go with their feelings and supplement their arranged lines with improvisation; the move let them blend their emotions in with the piece, giving it a further personal touch. Beautiful, relaxing work all around by three talented musicians, and will you look at Nestor quickly leaving his mark on OCR with his 3rd strong submission in a row! Keep 'em coming! :-)"

Huge fan of all three featured mixes thus far; from a sound design & production angle, Nestor conjures dusty attics, dew-drop mornings, & shimmering sunsets all with depth & style, and his arrangements inhabit these worlds and make the most of them. His artistic voice feels like something that was really missing in the VGM arrangement world, at least to me, and this collaboration with Rachel & Joni makes an even more persuasive, essential case. Gorgeous work, highly recommended.



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2019-08-20 22:28:02

I absolutely adore this remix! Easily one of my favorite mixposts in quite some time. It instantly struck a chord with me upon first listen, but after reading about your creative process behind the track gave me a whole new level of appreciation for just what you've done here. You obviously have a great level of appreciation and taste for lo-fi production techniques, but the expansive arrangement and live performances really elevate this beyond your average lo-fi arrangement!

I'm glad that I caught this, it's put you on my radar as an artist and I can't wait to hear what comes next from you! :)

on 2019-07-24 20:00:26

literally listening to this while i have my morning coffee... feelz :)

Ronald Poe
on 2019-07-16 19:51:45

I think this remix is gorgeous and the collabs just make it better. It's very expressive and makes good use of the source. Good work.

on 2019-07-16 16:51:42

Wow... Talk about a truly deep musical experience! It's been a long while since a track on OCR touched me so much, and, damn... This day came. The first time I listened to this remix I literally sit shocked with chills running down my spine and didn't even move for a moment. I think this also may have to do something with my personal attachment to Sonic games and their music, but anyway :p The overall atmosphere reminded me actually of 'Dear My Friend' and 'Speak with Your Heart', the ending themes of Sonic Unleashed and Colors respectively (the intro is especially strong with these vibes!), which is a nice thing, I guess :) I must admit, at some point I completely sunk in the ridiculously mellow blend of the creamy guitars, soft vocals, organ and other stuff topped with some warm recording noises, when the violin suddenly kicked in and... Well, it took me by surprise, honestly. But that surprise wasn't a bad one, that's for sure! I really liked how it added a bit of brightness to the soundscape without ruining the established aesthetics. I think I can go on forever with singing the praises to this work, but you better hear it yourself, guys, it definitely wirth your time! Much kudos to TiwC and his crew! :D

on 2019-07-16 09:55:09

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Sonic Colors (Sega , 2010, WII)
Music by Fumie Kumatani,Hideaki Kobayashi,Kenichi Tokoi,Mariko Nanba,Naofumi Hataya,Tomoya Ohtani
"Area - Planet Wisp"

Tags (11)

Acoustic Guitar,Electric Piano,Organ,Singing,Violin,Vocals: Female
Effects > Lo-Fi
Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments

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