ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'The Frontier'
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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.
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!!!!
- Skurvy_Pirate on April 5, 2011
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.
- OA on January 26, 2010
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- shenroc on March 6, 2006
- Sinewav on March 6, 2006
I´ve heard. The climax at the end was great!
You who reads this: DOWNLOAD IT!
- Bummerdude on September 12, 2005
Dude wrote: 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.
- SixthFlyingMan on February 13, 2005
Every piece he has done has set a new benchmark for others to try TRY to achive. Once again Perfection personified.
- Hyperion5182 on December 9, 2004
- PhoebusApollo on December 9, 2004
- Brim on December 6, 2004
- fisherman on December 5, 2004
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
- Kaleb.G on November 30, 2004
- Strife. on November 30, 2004
FM wrote: 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
- RimFrost the Tourianist on November 29, 2004
- Souly on November 28, 2004