ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'Atonement'

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Mr. Boyd just keeps on improving and widening his arsenal - he's prolific, to be sure, but not at the expense of quality or a general sense of progress. It's not easy to track something as abstract as musical progress when an artist starts off at a pretty high level to begin with, but I suppose what I'm referring to is his overall sound and how he's continued to evolve it by incorporating non-rock elements with a greater degree of seamless, appropriate integration. Here, he takes on Chrono Trigger:

"This was my entry for the Dwelling of Duels Free Month in June and RPGamers' Splendid Performance Audition 2: In The Band.

It's a remix of Magus' theme, pretty close to the original with liberties taken here and there. Near the end I throw a little bit of Frog's Theme in as well."

Introing with some peculiar, jet-exhaust guitar fx, wailing guitars and drums enter soonafter in a menacing, pulsating vibe that well conveys an evil and ominous intent. Then at 0'46" there's an oboe/choral break that's mellower, joined by rolling toms and acoustic strumming, then back to the demonic vibe at 1'16" with screeching, squealing chugging and percussion that makes excellent use of the 6/8 time signature. Guitar solo circa 2'01" that gets increasingly nasty (good nasty, not bad nasty), a repetition of the acoustic strumming portion, now joined with electric guitar, and then the mixes closes out with the addition of some unsettling flanging effects that add a twist to the already sepulchral groove Darangen's conjured up. At under four minutes, things go by pretty quickly, but this piece actually reminds me of the ending section from Guns N' Roses "November Rain" in its minor-key menace and ominous forward momentum, attained there in a relatively brief expanse of time, but no less effective because of it. More quality work from Mike and a fitting tribute to Magus as well.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Locke
on 2011-12-03 14:30:58
I don't mind the conservative approach since the OST and production is so good. I really like the quieter, melodic section at 0:49. Brings out some nice emotion. Drums are good throughout. Is nice mix.
Riku Masamune
on 2011-09-30 00:32:16
It seems too me that you view Magus/Janus as a metal kind of person whilst Kaeru/Frog/Glen as a more classical person. I actually like the way you set up this piece and how they constantly battle each other. A true Chrono Trigger fan would instantly love this piece.
Csyzr
on 2010-11-07 06:54:42
the drums are quite nice, made me instantly think of The Blue Man Group. 1:31 is where i perked my ears up. wasn't into it until then. 0:48 break is nice as well, but play it more into the metal music. dont be afraid to get epic!
the guitars didnt pop at me, they seemed just under the surface of this song. a song like this needs its guitars to have major presence. ok you see you're at a 6 and we need you at a 9 mmkay? the guitars should sound like the drums did. beefy and clear.
OA
on 2010-08-16 14:10:47
It starts out as pretty standard rock Magus fare, but the addition of Frog's theme helps set this apart, as well as the tasteful orchestral instruments and acoustic strumming. Overall pretty good, but more on the vanilla side.
42
on 2009-12-26 22:35:17
OoooOOoo...
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang...
This is just awesomely fun. Much precautions have been taken so that the listener does not get board with the track. The soundscape is so amazingly varied and the guitar work is jaw flooring. I also love that peaceful interlude with the guitar strumming, it's sort of like saying "Hey! Pay close attention to what's coming up."
It's also strongly solid without being too overpowering or overwhelming. This is so going to my playlist. :razz:
tweex
on 2009-10-14 11:39:36
Wow. Massive change in terms of rock style. This has metal all over it! The opening guitar SFX is great and intros the track wonderfully! The sweeping lead guitars sound great! The rhythm guitars are a little thin for the genre, but it's not too bad at all. Kudos for venturing out of the classic rock genre. This is a big success. The source has almost a celtic feel that you really nail with the more tribal style tom hits but it still maintains it's metal-esque sound. An excellent example of the contrast between heavy and light elements and how they interact with one another. The ending is a little abrupt, but that's not biggie. Very nice work mate!!
DJMadMax
on 2009-03-18 07:34:14
RimFrost the Tourianist;61061 wrote: Wow this IS a great effort indeed with the melodic metal track ..and the drums ..the DRUMS !
Awesome work Darangen :P
We want more more more !!!

Sorry for this full quote, but what else is left to say? The drums are so impressive, you have to listen to this on a really big HiFi! Just great! And the guitars.... woah! When i first heard this song, the first 30 seconds of it distracted me a bit, i didnt know where this could lead. But then, the drums started and made my day! Just 15 seconds later, on 0:45 it became wonderfully melodic and again, drums and a soft guitar joined the arangement, followed by an agressively sounding e-guitar. This song is imho one of the best around here!
Cya, DJMadMax (loves this community!!!)
DragonFireKai
on 2007-02-27 00:17:30
I love the interaction between the three levels of guitar, and the subtle incorperation of Frog's Theme was amazing.
Aninymouse
on 2007-01-27 23:57:07
This song has cemented Darangen as one of my favorite remixers. Very few ReMixes immediately impress me as much as this one has. Highly recommended!
hornyplumber
on 2006-10-02 03:02:36
WOW one of the best songs ive ever heard and would
really appreciated if u could remake this and
tone down the metal guitar at some points of the songs..
like for example i didnt really like the part from
2:18-2:30 other than that its like perfect i would be listening to this like everyday, but then again it
might sound kinda repetative without it hmm thats
just me :S. Great Song!!!
RepressedChaos
on 2006-10-02 00:55:19
20 seconds in... I creamed my pants... in a good way :>
TaVeRnErO_RuDd
on 2006-08-17 16:15:27
words fail to describe how AWESOME this mix is! 30/10
Ollbert
on 2006-08-16 05:35:59
I don't understand anything about music, but I really like to listen to Chrono Trigger Atonement OC ReMix.
I only registered to this forum, to tell that :)
At the moment I watch a video of the game to hear the original sound. (It starts about 2:02:45 in Chrono Trigger in 4:21:12 by Ryan Foley)
Galasung
on 2006-03-10 20:04:46
I've gotta give you... Nice. Very much like what I imaginied my ideal remix of this song. I like how it opens up around 0:45 and then at 1:16 goes right back to the rock. This is my favorite remix yet, even better(I think) than the chrono trigger symphonic remix, Confronting the Mystic. Most of the other remixes of his theme remix it to the point where I can't find Magus's theme in it at all. If you wanna talk about this song reflecting Magus's personality, heres what I have to say. All the other remixes try to make it too evil, too ominous. Too me, thats not Magus. Magus has alot of darkness in him, but he's not truly evil. The rock brings across this well. And when it opens up, gets softer, to me it symbolizes the tranquility he has deep inside his heart. This is very close to a variation of his theme that I found myself humming in the shower :P. I found myself thinking, now THIS is a Magus remix! And instantly when I began listening to yours, I knew. This was my remix. and it was even better than I imagined. [u]12[/u] out of 10 Magic Tabs!
ArchaicTimeFrog
on 2006-01-16 22:59:01
This song kind of reminds me of Magus himself- hard and tough(would take your head off as soon as look at you), but still some softness in him.
Awesome mix.