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OCR02311 - Chrono Cross 'Improvisation on a Moment Seized by Time'

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#1 djpretzel



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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:47 AM

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

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 02:05 AM

It drifted me to painful memories, sweet memories, and sad memories. It made my soul ache with the emotion it brought forth and then want to listen to it again. I could listen to this over and over. It's such a beautiful mix. I love it.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 02:10 AM

Yesss!!! I haven't even listened to it yet, but I love this source track so much.

And upon listening, I am in a state of constant chills. Thanks DrumUltimA, I've tended to be a fan of your stuff, and this is certainly a fantastic rendition of such a haunting beautiful piece.

p.s. Did you post a video of you improvising on this on youtube a while back?

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 03:01 AM

This is a beautiful song. Very nice work Doug. I love solo piano arrangements and this one does not disappoint!

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 03:51 AM

Yesss!!! I haven't even listened to it yet, but I love this source track so much.

And upon listening, I am in a state of constant chills. Thanks DrumUltimA, I've tended to be a fan of your stuff, and this is certainly a fantastic rendition of such a haunting beautiful piece.

p.s. Did you post a video of you improvising on this on youtube a while back?

Yes, I did! You can find that here:

Thanks a bunch, guys! This track really does hold a special place in my heart; glad I had the opportunity to share it with you all!

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:49 AM

it's good. <3

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:56 AM

This song for me, too, is the standout track of Chrono Cross. I love the whole OST to death, but this song is the one I think of the most, even though I must have last played through it almost a decade ago now. What an amazing song that made such an amazing, and tragic scene. I definitely teared up.

I'm really glad someone took on this song. Great work.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:00 AM

I remember hearing this when you posted it up on IRC. Thankfully, that memory can be recreated by listening to this piece again! Beautiful stuff :)

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 12:48 PM

This is an excellent piece, and I believe it does a good job of stirring up all kinds of memories within someone's heart. When I was going through my music library to pick out music for my wedding, this was a standout piece that I wanted everybody to hear before the wedding itself took place. So while it was background music pre-ceremony, it was a part of my wedding, and was intentionally the one right before the bridal party entered. So this song is now connected with wonderful memories for me.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:53 PM

I've been waiting unknowingly for this remix on OCR since I found OCR back in 2004. This mix is everything I ever expected from a remix of one of my favorite gaming tunes ever.

Thanks for this one, it's really amazing.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

My brain is broken. I'm not able to describe how awesome this track is. I just cant find the words...

Beautiful work, as usual, sir!


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:08 AM

This acknowledges the weight of the burdens we all bear - and it does something to help lighten it.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:39 AM

Oh man, I know exactly what you mean about getting hit with a brick when this first plays. I haven't seen this part in ten years and yet I think I can still picture the sunset and the bell from Leene Square, with the ghosts of Crono and crew running around...

Anyway, very nice homage to that moment, and others we've lost. Some of Mitsuda's tunes are absolutely made for nostalgia, and I say it's okay to indulge in that from time to time. Thanks for giving us a fresh way to do so.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

I think I've played Chrono Cross maybe 5 to 6 times now, and that moment- the fight with Miguel and all it's implications, the mere ghosts of memories forever doomed to see the future but never continue into it, the everlong battle between those resigned to their fates and those who yet defy it. I can recall every single detail, poignant as they were, of that scene. It was one of (four now- MGS3/4 and Valkyria Chronicles being the others) scenes in a video game that made me cry.

This piece takes me all the way back once more.

Mitsuda's work on Chrono Cross is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of VG music compositions. While one may argue that some games have more technically complex songs or one or two really BIG songs, every piece in CC's collection has emotional attachment and the ability to transcend the location it frames. Your remix has that same quality, and for that I applaud you.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:10 PM

Ever since I first got it back in 2003 I've been using the Chrono Cross OST as my constant source background music for doing schoolwork (17 times through so far this semester). This remix, however, is just too beautiful to use in that fashion. It causes one cease all else that he is doing and listen.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:03 PM

This arrangement is just amazing. It gave me goosebumps. A lot of love went into this mix and I really appreciate it. Keep making great music Doug.
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:18 AM

Like I said in a different thread, CC changed my life and I always listen to the soundtrack as often as I can. This piece was always one of my favorite tracks and the arrangement is awesome. Great work!

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:31 AM

This song starts out slow, but picks up eventually and winds down. It feels stretched out IMO and would have a better effect if condensed IMO, although this is an improv. I don't have too much else to say about it to be honest, it's a bit of a simple arrangement & pretty straightforward as far as songs go. I think it loses a lot of its heavy feel that the original has and doesn't endear as strongly as it, partly due to how long it is without enough variance.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:59 PM

DJP used the words "gorgeous" and "intimate" in his write-up, I think they are quite fitting. Very beautiful solo piano piece; one of the best on OCR IMO.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

What happened at 3:31? Intentional dissonance?

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