ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Ruined World (Eternal Derelict)" 6:43

By Children of the Monkey Machine

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Arranging the music of one song...

"A Desolate World"

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

Posted 2002-04-23, evaluated by djpretzel


In a word: epic. You certainly can't dance to it (unless you're on something I'm not), but Cotmm's latest opus is almost seven minutes of gradually evolving soundscape, with superbly transporting effects that make you feel like you're watching a movie and the lead character is discovering something immense and ominous. Beginning and ending with rain, thunder, and chimes jangling in the wind, the bulk of the mix features beautiful string swells that cover the melody with patience and great deliberation and restraint. This mix is very zen, which is a cheesy adjective to throw around lightly, but truly you can zone out and go somewhere else listening to this. If you're looking for a beat, you won't find it here, nor will you find intricately composed, ornate instrumental arrangement. This is more like Asian calligraphy - minimalist, but what's there has been paid great attention to and reveals subtleties within itself. Nice, interpretive work. Recommended.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2015-12-08 23:34:40

I remember hearing this forever ago and not liking it. WHY. Superb atmosphere and SFX, longing and desolate. Not much to say here.

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DimeTower
on 2015-04-04 00:19:23

After listening to this for years and years, I'm listening again tonight, and realize I never posted my appreciation - so I went and re-found this posting. No one may ever read it now, more than a decade later, but know that you took many to a special place with this: a ruined, abandoned future of wind and cold rain, of hunger and loss. Truly, truly, truly special. Thank you.

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Koncur
on 2011-10-02 02:15:30

I've never written a review on this site before, but I felt that this piece deserved the effort. I originally downloaded it years ago, probably when it was first released.

Initially, I didn't like it, as I was in the mood for something with more of a melody or beat. However, at some point later I listened to it when in more of a downer mood, and found that it fit perfectly. Since then, this piece has become my favourite on the site, and over the years since then I've probably listened to it hundreds of times.

This one isn't for when you want to dance or feel badass or whatnot. This one is when you just want to sit or lay back quietly, close your eyes and think on life, or when you're feeling down and want a score to reflect your mood.

I want to thank Children Of The Monkey Machine for this piece. It has helped me through some hard times.

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 16:44:29

I love COTTM's work so I supposed this review isn't going to be very helpful to anyone who doesn't like his style, BUT for those that do, go ahead and download it now. I think it is a brilliant track. It builds upon that simple, haunting melody (which I found to be quite effective in-game) by adding the proper ambient effects. It never really progresses in the traditional musical sense until almost six minutes in, but it is quite an enjoyable listen. Just shut your eyes and listen to the intricate details of the sound scape.

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Silver Skree
on 2010-09-07 14:58:46

Hey, I was just letting Shuffle go through my OC Remix folder, and this came on. It somehow inspired me to make a video, so I opened Sony Vegas, and after about an hour of picture and clip hunting and track motioning, I pumped out this and threw it up on YouTube. I guess it falls under the definition of a 'music video' but I'd refrain for actually calling it one. I'unno. Just watch if you want.

Do see description, please.

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OA
on 2010-01-28 11:34:38

I'm actually surprised to find that I really love this one. It might have a lot to do with a very strong familiarity with the original, and this enhances it significantly. I'm not sure i'd be as smitten if I hadn't played through the game 20+ times though.

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Darth Magus
on 2009-07-25 04:56:00
So far in my race to 1000, this is easily the worst remix so far.

Yes it evolves, yes it creates a scene of imagery. But it evolves just about as fast as prehistoric man from a protozoa, and it conjures up imagery of me sitting long and hard on the crapper in a meditative state.

If this is such an obscure song that THIS was well thought out upgrade to it, then I never want to hear the original song. If this is a piece that sounds like it comes straight from an epic moment in a movie, then I need the movie to accompany this because I can't get enjoyment out of this alone. Sometimes music that is part of a movie soundtrack only belongs with a movie and cannot standalone. I feel that this is one of those pieces.

CotMM for the most part is higher on the food chain than this regarding his remixes.

To be fair, there really isn't much to the original... they sound quite similar, with CotMM's having more depth, of course but the fact remains. It's not really a song at all... it's more a mishmash of sounds that create the feel of a dystopian future. It is a strange mix to listen to if you're not familiar with the source tune and the scenes it accompanies, but if you do know it, you see how it fits.

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a_d
on 2008-12-08 23:59:36

I suppose it helps to know the context of this song in the game (e.g. the review preceding this one), but this song perfectly accomodates the scene in Chrono Trigger. this piece is so sad and it incorporates No Hope into it fairly well. I definitely like this better than Children of the Monkey Machine's similar mix for Silent Hill (maybe that's because i've never played it, though). Although hardly a song, this piece is epic

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bladiator
on 2008-06-12 17:05:33

So far in my race to 1000, this is easily the worst remix so far.

Yes it evolves, yes it creates a scene of imagery. But it evolves just about as fast as prehistoric man from a protozoa, and it conjures up imagery of me sitting long and hard on the crapper in a meditative state.

If this is such an obscure song that THIS was well thought out upgrade to it, then I never want to hear the original song. If this is a piece that sounds like it comes straight from an epic moment in a movie, then I need the movie to accompany this because I can't get enjoyment out of this alone. Sometimes music that is part of a movie soundtrack only belongs with a movie and cannot standalone. I feel that this is one of those pieces.

CotMM for the most part is higher on the food chain than this regarding his remixes.

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DragonFireKai
on 2007-03-13 16:25:22

Very evocative. I like the storm sounds in the back. Epic could be used to describe it.

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DaltontheSultan
on 2006-11-15 02:11:25

This is my favorite piece of work on this site. It's also one of the first OCRs I ever downloaded. Whether that colors my perception or not doesn't really matter- this remix is the the video game remixing scene's answer to legendary and powerful works like Adagio for Strings. Like Adagio for Strings, it is (if not the most) one of the most emotionally evocative pieces in its class. Absolutely stunning.

But I bet I'd be shutting my speakers off pretty fast if someone came in my dorm and it happened to be playing.

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atmuh
on 2006-06-11 00:36:44

I can listen to this song over and over. Really great work.

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Blake
on 2006-06-11 00:25:40

Wow. :) Good job with this. I don't know how but this song completely holds my attention for every freakin second. If you've listened to the Flaming Lips this is like one of their non-vocal/atmospheric tracks that are thrown in each album, which I tend to like. So kudos for that, and kudos big time for taking such a simple song and making such a simple ReMix that can grab attention and heartstrings like beggin' strips to dogs. This is pretty mindblowing stuff.

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Bobwillis
on 2006-03-27 23:25:44

This is great study, bath, driving at night after intense shit, or feeling a bit emo music.

I do enjoy how Cotmm's pieces attempt to carry the essence of the situations they are describing in the music.

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Dionyseus
on 2005-10-16 10:15:20

Beautiful track, top 10 favourite song ever. This is Aphex Twin quality!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

Tags (6)


Genre:
Ambient
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Piano, Sound FX
Additional:
Time > Duration: Long
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
Chrono_Trigger_Ruined_World_(Eternal_Derelict)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,540,070 bytes
MD5:
94a3f0529c9e777bae270ad259f8b9ae
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
6:43

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