ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Winds of Time" 4:14

By Rimco

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Chrono Trigger", "Green Memories"

Primary Game: Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2001-02-06, evaluated by djpretzel


Rimco is back in action with this atmospheric, flowing CT ReMix filled with airy pianos, strings, winds, and towards the end an oboe and a very cool running snare pattern. It is this end section that I think really makes the piece a keeper - I mean, everything else is beautifully executed, sure, but the build to the ending section with percussion is very dramatic and changes the previously meandering tone into more one of anxiety and suspence - again, really dramatic material. Rimco has some great original stuff too, so be sure to check out his site - everyone already knows my great appreciation of his Yie Ar Kung Fu ReMix, so that's on good advice :)

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Discussion

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timaeus222
on 2015-10-12 19:50:14

The arrangement here is actually really good. It's hampered by the production and samples, but compositionally it's got a +1 from me.

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tweex
on 2009-10-22 10:43:55

Excellent start with the piano. Creates an ambiguous tone for the track which leaves so much room for progression in the mix! The strings are very synthetic, but for a track that was done 8 years ago, I can't complain. In fact, they sound downright glorious. I don't know how you do it, but in this track, like you other tracks, I can't help but be reminded of aquatic ambience from DKC. Brilliant! The introduction of the trumpet and the militaristic drums is a little jarring, but it's not too bad. I would have liked to hear them doing the melody a little slower. I.e. double the length of the notes played. However, that really is personal preference. It's a good arrangement with a lot of ideas. It's similar to your other pieces that percussion really doesn't play a big part. It's a very interesting creative choice that certainly works. Very good stuff!

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Incronaut
on 2008-11-02 23:02:39

the source is too awesome to stray too far away from it anyways... although i would have liked the beginning part to be more embelished rather than adding on that ending... but i like this remix a lot in any case. great!

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OA
on 2008-10-07 12:32:11

Starts out very close to the source, and...seems to stay there for the most part. The transition to the second theme was pretty seamless though. The piano sample at the beginning was really nice too; very interesting sound.

The mechanical nature of the sequencing really made that ending bad though; I can see what was the intent, but the execution fell flat.

While there's nothing specifically bad about this mix, it really shows how far OCR has come. :-)

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Jupiter Crayons
on 2008-04-24 22:11:40

Seriously. Not trying to be mean. Is this even rerendered or is it just recorded from the game audio?

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Jupiter Crayons
on 2008-04-23 17:32:36

This is essentially in its entirety the exact audio from the actual video game. How does this get passed off as a remix?

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NeOmega
on 2007-10-20 15:16:01

I took this one on my road trip, one of my top 20.

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maestermatt
on 2007-10-18 19:35:53

while listening to this. i pictured me fighting in a wintery forest. anyways this is a great song.

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killerkabob
on 2007-09-02 01:05:32

Well, if my last.fm history is any indication, I'm completely in love with this song. I've NEVER touched Chrono Trigger (if you can believe that...Final Fantasy, sure. I've played many of those...but never this game). However, it doesn't take a genius to recognize a quality remix.

There are definitely a few things that bother me regarding the song. The part that sticks out like a sore thumb is the part that Rimco himself already condemned. That would have to be the ending. It's a bit jarring and in your face. I plan to edit it out myself just for my own personal collection (No offense Rimco!).

My only other very minute gripe might have to be with instrument selection. I don't know my musical terminology, but I'll try to describe what I can here. The first and second verses (?) are gorgeous...the flute followed with the strings are just so smooth and calming to me. Easily my favorite part of the song.

The oboe is kind of what gets to me a bit. It's not horrible, but I just would have liked a smoother instrument to go along with the 3rd verse. Or maybe just a different instrument altogether. I'm just being knit picky here. The 4th verse (starting at 3:21) which goes back into a fast paced feel with the strings sounds very elegant in contrast to the 3rd verse.

Then of course there's the finale which, to me, leaves something to be desired. At this point, I am already not quite digging the oboe, then it goes to that harsh "acid-jazz-inspired" cut at 4:00 that really takes me away from the fluidity of the song.

Now, as for more of the positives of this song that has me coming back for more! After hearing this song, I was so inspired to download the SPC soundtrack to Chrono Trigger to hunt down the original songs used that helped inspire Rimco to make this remix. Admittedly, this song blows the originals out of the water.

The general melody of the remix is pretty much identical as far as I can tell, but the quality of the keyboard instruments Rimco uses is far superior to the sound bank that Square had to play with to create the original songs. The piano that plays in the background of the original is really distracting and grating on the ears to me (talking about Memories of Green here). And the Chrono Trigger theme is rather forgettable as far as what instruments were picked out to form the song. That's just me. And this is coming from someone who has no nostalgic affiliation to the game.

Anyway, to me, Rimco has provided us here with the true definition of what a remix should be: the taking of an original song and altering it in a way that makes it sound better/superior to the original while maintaining the original song's integrity to a certain degree. That's exactly what Rimco did here.

I could easily see this remix in a Nintendo DS or Gameboy Advance remake of chrono trigger. If all the songs sounded as well constructed as this, I'd buy the converted game in a heartbeat just to hear the soundtrack! Great job Rimco.

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YearXero
on 2005-10-02 05:03:07

Another great mix of Memories of Green, this time with the main CT theme, I like it a lot. The transition to the CT theme was done almost perfectly, but it kinda just jumped out at me. Nice all 'round though, good job Rimco. 8.8/10

just so you can all stop being nice about it, I frigging hate the ending too... don't ask me what I was thinking...

so did I.... the whole repeating thing did not work, like you also said. I cut it down though, so it only does the last time, and then it was better for me.

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Bummer
on 2005-09-27 11:36:25

Didn´t sound very special until it hit 2:24, forgot that the same melody is in both of these songs.

Maybe my hearings off but would someone explain to me what difference there is between this and the original song?

Have to kinda agree with that one. Sure, there was a flute, maybe some strings and other stuff, but except the blend of these two songs, there wasn´t really that much else.

Sorry dude :( .

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J2L
on 2005-06-14 20:56:21

can we say, "awesome". A+ man, this remix has everything it needs and so much more.

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jayt11
on 2004-08-11 13:50:56

I think this song is great, simply because it's CT, arguably the best soundtrack in history

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SixthFlyingMan
on 2004-08-10 22:03:22

Well, there isn't much difference at the start. Listen through to about 2:45 and you will notice it is a synth of the CT main theme, with some variation of instruments. However, there is not much musical variation to this remix. I cannot recommend this.

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SakkidattaLittleBirdy
on 2004-07-01 21:23:12

Maybe my hearings off but would someone explain to me what difference there is between this and the original song?

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Chrono Trigger"
"Green Memories"

Tags (12)


Genre:
Cinematic
Mood:
Happy, Mellow
Instrumentation:
Flute, Oboe, Piano, Sound FX, Strings, Woodwinds
Additional:
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Slow
Usage > Wedding

File Information


Name:
Chrono_Trigger_Winds_of_Time_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,158,776 bytes
MD5:
16a8891f03ac5b5e2472173f0a4c515d
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
4:14

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