ReMix: Chrono Trigger "The Frontier" 5:16

By Jared Hudson

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Chrono Trigger", "Guardia's Millennial Fair"

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

Posted 2004-11-23, evaluated by the judges panel


Gamers have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it would seem, with Half-Life 2, Halo 2, Metroid Prime 2, and the Nintendo DS's debut rounding out the last couple weeks rather nicely. When giving thanks for the above, as well as whatever plentiful eats you and yours have prepared, you can include this mix, Jared Hudson's first in over a year, on your lists. Mr. Hudson laments the downside of composing with more realistic soundsets:

"Anyways, I have to build a stronger computer. Apparently 1.5GB of ram is still not anywhere close to enough (must also get 2nd computer up and running). I think my computer crashed about 12 times before this thing got done. High quality samples can be a curse in disguise."

Very big orchestral sound and a gung-ho, Hollywood scoring-style arrangement, with extensive usage of horns on rhythmic backing, and flute/strings doubling a fast-paced xylo counter-melody, while timpani emphasize the accents. Like a really cool, whizz-bang robot, what's impressive here is the sheer number of moving parts; it's similar in this respect to the mixer's own Xenogears ReMix from awhile back, but more polished, with a greater variety in dynamics and overall richer presentation. Some of the judges thought individual bits of the percussion or horn riffs here and there went on a wee bit longer than they should have, but the unanimous take was that Jared did an excellent job interpreting Mistuda's originals, and really refined his already formidable knack for compelling, thorough orchestral arrangement and mixing. zircon says:

"Top-notch samples, great rearrangement, solid mastering; anyone reading this should take notes, as this is the perfect example of a great orchestral ReMix."

Fanciful overture-type transitions and counterlines, dramatic percussion with a superb utilization of chromatic percussion in particular, and a satisfying (if slightly cheesy w/ the last-minute vocals) ending - the pilgrims never had it so good. Great comeback mix from Hudson that proves he's not only maintained every bit of his game-arranging skills, but polished them in the meantime as well.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Skurvy_Pirate
on 2011-04-05 19:50:36

This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, Chrono Trigger remix. I love it so much I could listen to it on repeat all day! The beginning reminds me of something from Disney World. The attention to detail and quality is incredible, it is like it is performed live. The mixture of instruments is also perfect in my opinion.

It is crazy to think this is back from 2004 considering how high quality it is compared to some others from around then.

Jared where are you?! This can't be your final remix!!!!

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OA
on 2010-01-26 15:11:45

Pretty nice brass- not every attack is solid, but the fact that overall it's sounding pretty natural is a great skill limitus. Well done. :-)

Arrangement is way hot, with a lot of great ideas thrown in, and a solid mixing job as well.

This is some fantastic work, definitely a keeper.

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MechaFone
on 2008-04-07 10:22:34

I've loved this remix from the time it was posted and still going. I love the 'frontier' sound, like one of the old frontier movies. It's fantastic, and one of the more original CT mixes on the site. Please download this if you love old Western movies, and even if you don't, it's an amazing remix in it's own right, something I never get tired of listening to.

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shenroc
on 2006-03-06 17:16:13

All Chrono Trigger music is truly amazing, and I say this remix truly deserves a medal.

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Sinewav
on 2006-03-06 16:49:43

I posted a review of this nearly a year and a half ago, and I gotta say, the novelty of this song still hasn't worn off. If I got stuck on a desert island and could only bring with me a CD of 10 remixes, this would still be one of the first ones to go on the disc.

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Bummer
on 2005-09-12 13:22:36

One of the best philharmonic remixes

I´ve heard. The climax at the end was great!

You who reads this: DOWNLOAD IT!

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SixthFlyingMan
on 2005-02-13 23:31:44
I love this song. It definitely captured a feeling of exploration, like soaring around and looking at stuff from real real high. Like, from a plane or airship of some sort. Very cinematic feeling to it.
This is really all I had to say. It really does feel like you're flying around the world in Epoch, looking at all the things from above, so tiny at that height.
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Hyperion5182
on 2004-12-09 10:49:22

Nothing else can be said except this guy is the master of the mix. The people who run this board should change his title to that.

Every piece he has done has set a new benchmark for others to try TRY to achive. Once again Perfection personified.

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PhoebusApollo
on 2004-12-09 00:32:12

I don't know how you do it Jared. Everyone can learn a thing or two from you. Great mix.

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Brim
on 2004-12-06 02:07:34

I love this song. It definitely captured a feeling of exploration, like soaring around and looking at stuff from real real high. Like, from a plane or airship of some sort. Very cinematic feeling to it.

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fisherman
on 2004-12-05 12:48:21

I've had it up to here with unoriginal CT mixes, so I was a little tentative downloading this, but those opening notes were sure a pleasant surprise! And - surprise! - I liked the rest of it, too. I really like that you didn't bring in an obvious direct port of the game melody until later, at the climax of the piece. Good effect. Very American-orchestral style, especially on percussion use.

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Kaleb.G
on 2004-11-30 20:46:27

1:42 - 3:16 - Awesome original composition here, and that's just one part of the track.

You could take the noticable CT stuff out of the picture completely and this arrangement would still shine as an excellent piece of music.

When accounting for everything that's present here, this becomes one of the small percent of orchestrated songs I really like (I have tough standards).

Jared, this kicks ass. :D

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Strife.
on 2004-11-30 01:56:48

Very nice. I was sold at the very beginning, and kept attentive throughout with an interesting kind of stacotto (sp?) rhythm. Good stuff.

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RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2004-11-29 23:37:05
If Chrono were a Nintendo character, and he had a stage in SSBM, this would totally be the music for it.

Agreed ! it's too perfect

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Souly
on 2004-11-28 23:40:58

Pwning mix, definitly.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Chrono Trigger"
"Guardia's Millennial Fair"

Tags (2)


Genre:
Cinematic
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Orchestral
Additional:

File Information


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Chrono_Trigger_The_Frontier_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
7,675,917 bytes
MD5:
62faceb34cb0d4a0f5c9fdb6c03688d5
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
5:16

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