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Old 05-23-2004, 10:45 PM
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I'd be lying if I said I didn't love this. While the original is sparse and not really music at all, this piece is quite easily a master work of ambience and emotion. I listen to this and I can see the shocked look on their faces, see them trudging through a desolate wasteland in search of survivors, all the while wondering how this all came to pass.
Excellent work and clearly deserving of an award.
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Old 08-09-2004, 11:24 PM
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Wow, this IS great. Children did awesome on this. Concerto's right, in that it's not really music, but it is just as beautiful as anything Mozart, Bach, or anyone else could come up with. Oh, and Less, around 4:00, if you listen closely and turn up your volume, there IS that sound effect. Better speakers might also help.
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Old 08-10-2004, 03:23 PM
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This is probably my single most popular track.
It's also the one I think I've enjoyed the most over
the years. A lot of love went into this one.

The storm noises were recorded in stereo from several
different thunderstorms over the course of about two
years. The original intent was not for this remix,
but I think they found a happy enough home in it.

The chimes and metal noises (other than the single
in-game sample I ripped) were recorded from wind chimes
and other metal I found around the house.

Several people who have come to that home after having
heard the remix commented they felt like they were
stepping into the remix when they closed their eyes
and just listened. That made me smile, because I
designed some of the stereo separation effects in this
track to model part of my backyard. I've always loved
trying to take things that I find an unconventional
beauty in and try and share it in some accessable
form. That's probably why I love this track so much,
because it seems to universally be accepted and

I have noticed several comments from various people
about the ending section. I can see where many of
these comments come from, since it may not seem to
'flow' really with the rest of the track, but I'll
lay out my thoughts and intention on it here...

The chord progression is strictly from the Overworld
theme of 2300 AD. In your first venture to this land
in the game you help provide some food to the
surviving populace. Their theme in the game, given
the scenario just seemed such a beautiful expression
of hope in the face of absolute despair.. at the end
of this long soundscape of wasted land, I wanted
the focus to shift that even in a world destroyed,
hope remains. My mental image standing, watching the
storms roll across the land, then turning to see a
few fellow survivors, and some food for everyone to

I probably could have found a way to integrate it
a little more smoothly, but I still feel it stands.

Originally I was going to write a full 'tutorial'
about how I went about constructing this track, but
I never finished it. Don't ask me about finishing it,
because it's just simply been too long, now, over
two years ago.
If you want the higher-bitrate version, change that
IP address in the document to the same domain as
the above URL. I'll edit the document one day
so it's not needed.

Finally, a screenshot of what I believe was the final
mix in the program I did the mix-down in, Acid.

I couldn't fit the whole thing into a single shot and
still show all the envelopes and such, but I think
it's a nice overview of the whole thing.

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. Enjoy.
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Old 08-26-2004, 05:27 AM
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This is just amazing.. Some day I hope to make something like this.

The only thing I'd change would be to put a bit of a fade-out at the very end (there is a bit of noise, and it just cuts off). But other than that, this is one of the most beautiful arrangements I've ever heard.
May the way of the hero lead to the Triforce!
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Old 10-28-2004, 11:50 PM
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This is a great mix. It really captures the setting of the ruined world and the emotion that the characters must feel when they leave the portal.
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Old 10-29-2004, 10:12 PM
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This song reminds me of one of those ambient sound relaxation cds, very soothing.
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Old 10-30-2004, 12:11 AM
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You know how Florida had that string of hurricanes a few months back, right? Well, right after Hurricane Charlie had gotten a little ways away from my neighborhood, I had to go help one of my mom's friends tape up some cardboard over a broken window.

So I was walking to her house, and as odd as it sounds, the first thing I thought of after stepping outside was this mix. It's one of the best I've ever heard.
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:51 PM
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All I can think of right now to describe this track will never do it justice. It stands on its own, and my upcoming comparison won't show that, but this mix is unique. No one else on OCR sounds anything like CotMM, and hats off to him for accomplishing this. That said...
This song reminds me deeply of the music of A Silver Mt. Zion (not so much the newer stuff with the choir and the swelling, exploding, incredibly loud musical joy they've developed, but more along the lines of the quiet, reflective, and far more hopeless sounding He Has Left Us But... era); slow, somber, sorrowful, simply beautiful.

This will be in my playlist quite a bit in the future, and is easily my favorite CT mix, if not one of my favorite OCR mixes at all.
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Old 04-27-2005, 08:11 PM
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The first time I heard this, I thought it was crap. The second time, I thought it was OK. The third, it was good. The fourth time however, I realized that this remix is truly great. Very atmospheric and, like djp said, "epic." The reason for the premature sour misjudgement could have been because it was one of the first remixes I heard on this site over 3 years ago. I mean, the first remix I heard was Blind's "Dream of Zeal", a bit hard to measure up to even to this day. Still, this remains one of my favorite CT remixes.
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Old 08-13-2005, 12:47 PM
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Damn. If this isn't the quality of music I'd expect in, say, a VvVv CHRONO TRIGGER MOVIE vVvV then it isn't anything at all. First five minutes rock my soxx0rz.

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