ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'Enter the Frog'
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There's actual "ribbit" frog samples in this, so kudos right off the bat for what I believe is the first relevant usage of real-world amphibian samples in an OC ReMix. Newcomer JigginJonT gives us this Chrono Trigger ReMix of Frog's theme (if you didn't guess from the title, yo), that's actually a resubmission of an earlier incarnation, with feedback from judges and others taken into account. There are still some outstanding issues, and judges still had some reservations, but most felt that in spite of any shortcomings, this newer revision is a quality take on the original theme. This isn't the easiest piece to envision as techno, at least for me, and JigginJonT pulls it off with a brand of smooth techno that features highly separated strereo panning on a shuffling snare pattern, a deep 808-style kick with no thud or audible attack to it, synth patterns bubbling with delay center-right and pads and chiming, FM-ish textures far left. There's some rough patches in terms of sound quality about halfway through, but I think JJT has capitalizes on what he had well by giving each element very equal weight for a balanced sound that also features respectable variations in programming and rhythm, esp. for the genre. There's no one stand-out synth solo, hit, or element that wanders into the loud mid-to-high EQ range, so nothing comes out and grabs you, but instead there's a steady flow. I found this to be decent background music for surfing, what not - there's not quite enough action or depth for extended, focused listening. But I feel that the ReMixer achieved in an effective way a fairly unique vision, to realize frog's theme in a new context, not quite techno but more of a smooth, reserved electronica. It won't rock your socks off, but it's well-constructed and fairly innovative, has some different choices made with regards to panning, and works on a couple levels. Good, unique stuff from newcomer JigginJonT. Good title, too :)
I get the idea of the juxtaposition of the rhythmic backing synths verses the slower attacking lead synths/strings. Wit a slower lead line, I think it would have worked a lot better. However, the ambience of the track is fantastic. Considering Jon did this 7 years ago, it's quite good!
- tweex on August 4, 2010
The variation on the theme is really nice, though, and the build to the frog croak was pretty sweet as well.
It has it's strengths and weaknesses, but overall it's enjoyable to listen to. Also, reading the judges decisions on this one really show that it's not just the mixers who have come a long way; I bet the judges now wish they could get away with a single sentence and then a 'yes' or 'no'. ;-)
- OA on March 16, 2010
Marmiduke;537285 wrote: Needless to say, I think he has improved leaps and bounds from this mix, and continues to do so.
That makes two of us.
- JJT on April 25, 2009
For starters, the softness, whether intentional or unintentional, is counterproductive to whatever the mix is trying to convey. The elements that count are obscured by senseless fog, and things a presented very dull as a result.
Secondly, the strength of the main melody is a little hit and miss throughout. There are some very rich sections that have some interesting arranging and creative stuff in here, but there was a lack of cohesion between all the seperate areas for me. Everything seems very spaced out and lacking in relationship with another; the opposite of what trance should be about.
This mix does hint at promise and inventive music, but it gets bogged down by a case of flat delivery, sadly. I'm a big fan of JigginJonT, although you probably wouldn't know it from what I've just been rambling about. Needless to say, I think he has improved leaps and bounds from this mix, and continues to do so.
- Marmiduke on April 25, 2009
- DragonFireKai on February 28, 2007
- DrNeedlove on September 21, 2006
Now, hrrm..this is totally a great techno, the frog melody really does fit in that funky synth JigginJonT managed to dig up. My favorite part began at first when that little more guitarish synth came onto the scene at 0:54, that one was awesome, and that nice flute at 1:34 was the same, gave this mix a character that not many would refuse to download to their computer.
Totally liked those strings beggining at 2:15 too. Eh, screw it all, I liked evrything in this mix. Ribbit.
Don´t be afraid...enter the matrix.>SLAP!< >SLAP!<
- Bummerdude on September 25, 2005
- LupusCanis on September 3, 2005
- Eclipse_Wargod on September 3, 2005
- BeanbagSkratchbob on September 2, 2005
PS: I too want an orchestrated version of Frog's Theme :D
- Zero_ on August 29, 2005
It was a good remix. I agree that you should not compare the original to the remix. However I believe that the music should have the same spirit as the original, just a different body. You can quote me on that. Anyway, I disagree with Nintendo Guru. This song plays to the low key depressed aspect of the song. When I hear the remix I think of the scenes were Frog has flashbacks about Cyrus. It's depressing. All they need now is a remix depicted the triumphant Frog who drew the Masamune and opened the magical cave. This remix scores a solid 9/10.
And admit it. Frog was the real main character. Him and Magus. I say the worst part of the game was that Frog and Magus didn't share any doubletechs. So what if they were enemies!
- Baruch, Vampire Lord on August 24, 2005
This song is much easier to appreciate after a few listens.
About the song not doing frogs theme justice, this song, like the others on this site, are remixing the original melodies, and by doing so (i.e. changing tempo, beat, progression, a few notes, instruments) change the ideas that are conveyed by the melody.
You shouldn't go into any remix on this site and expect the same thing you felt when listening to the original midi. Some remixes lend themselves to the same ideas and emotions that were originally intended by the composers of the melodies more than others.
Get over that and your bias coming into the remix and you'll appreciate what these people are doing more and have a more enjoyable time yourself.
edit: I just read djp's comment on this, and you prolly should too. It's basically what I just wrote, like 3 years prior :P .
- Bobwillis on May 16, 2005
- Nintendo-GuRu on April 12, 2005
- lkoro on March 23, 2005