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This cover of Radical Dreamers ~The Jewel That Can't Be Stolen~ is meant to be a faithful one. The original song from Chrono Cross, composed and arranged by Yasunori Mitsuda, is about as perfect as a piece of music can be. The one big difference is that the vocals in the original track have been replaced by the soulful strings of a violin. Beyond that, I have attempted a faithful recreation of the acoustic guitar strains throughout the piece, as well as the angelic choir that lends its voice to the ending.

What say you, listener? Have I managed to do this - one of my absolute favorite pieces of music from the video game universe - justice? I truly hope so.

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Beautiful <3


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ChronoNomad responds:

Right? Yasunori Mitsuda is an inspiration, and I really enjoyed making a cover of his incredible composition. As much as I love making new music, I'll probably always do covers and remixes when the spirit moves me...


I love to listen to this piece of yours.
It's so soothing and tranquil, very helpful to relax and unwind after a busy day. (I listen to it everyday ever since I discovered it here on newgrounds ^^) I think it was clever to replace the vocal with violin, is nicely in tune with the guitar melody. Also, nice touch with the choir at the end :)
I'm not a great musix expert, but I think it's a perfect piece, at least to me it is <3


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ChronoNomad responds:

Well thank you very much, Jutawi! That is very kind of you to say, and I truly appreciate it. You certainly don't need to be an expert in music to know what you like, and while musicians tend to be pretty hard on one another when it comes to reviews and such, it's nice to be able to just listen and enjoy a piece for what it is. Please continue to enjoy the music, and thanks for leaving me such a lovely review! <3

P.S. I took a few minutes to scope out your art, both here and on DA, and I really like what I see! ^__^


One of my favorites too - I always have to stop by for a chrono cross cover :)

I have two complaints. First, the violin sounds quite fake. I don't blame you - violin is one of the most expressive instruments and its super hard to realistically emulate. If it was up to me, I'd probably insert some humanish sounding synth, and then modulate like every parameter of it throughout the entire song, so that it would be expressive as a voice (well, close, hopefully. Actually getting a synth to be as expressive as a voice is nearly impossible, just ask the vocaloid guys.)

If you think about it, a voice is like a synth that is being modulated by a hundred different parameters and shifting through a bunch of different filters constantly. This constant modulation gives it such a compelling quality, but it's also why it's difficult to replicate - you'd have to do all that work manually.

I'm not sure if you'd want to use a synth there, so maybe you could find another instrument that is easier to emulate (but still expressive) and then use that instead. A flute perhaps? idk, just tossing out ideas.

The other is a lot easier to correct - I think you repeated the verse once too many times. Without the expressive detail and interest of a human voice, the verse is not compelling enough to warrant another listen.

Anywho, aside from my two minor complaints up there I thought you did a really good job. You're at the point where all you really need are better quality instruments, which is a good sign I think :p I really enjoyed the part where the choir come in too, I thought it was well done.

P.S. I'd be interested in recording the guitar part (with an actual guitar!) if you wanted to have another go at this sometime. Listening to the original, the guitar is very upfront and personal, including the slides that the player makes (what a nice touch). Again, tough to replicate that stuff without higher quality samples.


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ChronoNomad responds:

Care to contribute to my musical instrument fund? ^__~ jk

Still using all freebie stuff, soundfonts and VSTs and so on, and probably will be for a long time unless I find a leprechaun's pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or a magic lamp or something. Maybe win the lotto or strike oil. It could happen.

While I cannot disagree about the violin entirely, I still think it sounds pretty doggone good for what an enormous pain in the rear it is. I would record myself playing the violin if I had one, believe me. I made an instrument choice and stand by, and I don't honestly think using any kind of synth would be much better...if at all. As far as vocaloid goes, I totally know the score there. Sometimes it sounds good, but never really good, and certainly not realistic pretty much all the time. Maybe, when I have the time and proper conditions, I'll just sing the lyrics myself...or see if a friend with talented pipes, such as Jordi Francis, wants to add his voice to the mix! He did his own version of this a few years ago.

As for the number of verses, I followed the original to the letter, so I respectfully disagree. I do understand what you're saying about the lack of variance since I don't have recorded lyrics, but I don't find it to be a deal breaker in any way. Just chalk it up to subjective opinion.

Besides, what if someone wants to sing along? That's an important factor to consider. I can't have some truncated version messing with someone's mojo, after all.

Really glad you liked the choir section and the song in general, johnfn! I know that we artists make some of the most harsh critics, but it's far easier to take honest criticism (that isn't overtly acerbic) from a fellow musician than it is from someone who couldn't lay down the notes for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Can't do anything about the instrument situation at the moment, but when I can, I most certainly will! Until then I'll just have to try that much harder to add my own flair to future projects to make them stand out from the crowd. :)

I suppose that was a bit of a self-defeating prophecy with this particular piece of music; trying to make it true to the original without all the guitar slides and touches that an actual guitar has. I mean it's just not possible, but hey...that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile to try. Maybe other people who have never even heard of Chrono Cross or Yasunori Mitsuda will stumble across this and they'll want to learn more. That'd be pretty awesome, I think.

Just wanted to see what I could do with what I've got. I'm fairly satisfied, but hey...that's me. ^__^


I am not familiar with the original but violin and angelic pads sound pretty good .


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ChronoNomad responds:

Thank you, DjGubkafish! Glad that you enjoy it. :)

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