Posted 2020-03-30, evaluated by Rexy

We begin the week with a short-but-sweet lo-fi hip-hop treat from Tune in with Chewie (Nestor Estrada), arranging Skyward Sword & some other Zelda themes in a dreamy, dusty interlude:

"I'll always have a soft spot for Skyward Sword. I played the game during college and the music helped me study. I even incorporated some of the music on my live orchestral Zelda medley I arranged for my senior recital back in 2013 (I should share it one of these days). I LOVE "Fi's Theme," but even more, I love this short piece called "Gate of Time." It's very simple. It's defining characteristic is the arp played by a harp with notes played by a piano on the 3rd beat. It has lush strings swells and drums giving it a march-like feel.

The original piece is pretty short, essentially going on a never-ending loop. Since this doesn't really have a melody, I wanted to keep the arp very similar to the original to let the listener know what the piece is right away. Once I set up the basic motif at the beginning, I explored different harmonies and textures. I liked the original idea of strings swelling in and out. I kept that basic idea of swelling, but with different notes and techniques.

Since the original lacks a strong melody, it allowed me to sneak in some other melodies from the series. Mainly, "Fi's Theme" and a bit of "Zelda's Lullaby." Both have strong ties to this one, but the main reason I chose these 2 was that they both worked and I like them.

For strings, I went again to my friend Joni Fuller to record the parts I've written. She recorded the parts several times so I can then layer them during post. I also processed the strings to give them a more lush feel.

For vocals, I like using Output Arcade to find cool sounding vocal phrases whenever I can't find what I want from my own custom library of vocals. I like manipulating vocals so once I found a phrase, I spliced it up and played in what you hear on the track. When I was writing this, I was wondering what Fi would sound like if she was singing rather than talking. This is where the idea of adding vocal bits came from.

All of this wrapped in a lo-fi aesthetic. I hope you enjoy it!"

DAT AESTHETIC THO. It's something Nestor seems to grasp intuitively, with each mix creating an organic, lived-in, lo-fi space. It's not as easy as just adding static/noise and bitcrushing; like with cooking, you gotta build layers of flavor, and he does. Joni's strings are part of that, even if they end up in the ether a bit, as you can still hear the additional detail & variation. Rexy writes:

"I hold nothing but respect for people who can make arrangements of more ambient and minimal sources work. Nestor not only broke "Gate of Time" down and re-shaped it with his tools and Joni's violin recordings, but he also figured out a way to keep it dominant with the underlying harp arpeggio. Repetition also became a non-issue, as the generated aesthetic left a lot of breathing room for those Fi and Zelda cameos to get sneaked in, as well as those vocal manipulations and packed piano riffs - and all this is impressive for its short runtime.

When you pair that up with clean production values and a span of textures that match the intended lo-fi direction, you'll know that you're in for a mixpost with more unexpected objectives. I can visualize it now - something to take in at sunrise, as you drink your Morning Coffee, pun not intended."

Always intend pun ;) Bev says it well; a great example of exploring a piece, painting a picture, and evoking a moment, in less than two-and-a-half minutes. Enjoy!



Latest 2 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Cole Train
on 2020-03-31 04:27:17

This joint is so distinct, love what bro did here.

on 2020-03-30 11:22:40

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)

Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, 2011, WII)
Music by Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota, Shiho Fujii, Takeshi Hama
"Fi's Theme"
"Gate of Time"
"Zelda's Lullaby"

Tags (9)

Ambient, Hip Hop
Piano, Singing, Strings
Effects > Lo-Fi
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Duration: Short

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