There's actually a fairly substantial game music arrangement scene in Japan, but it's more decentralized. Unfortunately, whether due to language barriers or other reasons, there don't appear to be a lot of Japanese arrangers submitting their work to OverClocked ReMix. Newcomer (to this site, at least) Ryo Lion is doing his part to change that - he sent in his submission email using automated translation. While this of course results in less-than-perfect English, it's more than enough to get by, and we'd love to see others do the same, whether they be Japanese, Chinese, Russian, etc. One of my goals, once we've formalized our submission policy and content policy a bit more, is to translate these documents into some of the more common languages spoken around the globe; if it means we can get more exposure for mixes like this, it's more than worthwhile to make OCR a bit more international. Ryo writes:
"An original tune is 'Chrono', and those who compose are Mr. Mitsuda.
The sounds of the guitar are all midi.
Composition machine=EASTWEST COLOSSUS and Cubase SX 3
Which, believe me, is more eloquent than some of what we see from native speakers... especially that inarticulate Wingless fellow. Ryo actually uses two pieces of software that I myself employ regularly, so we've got fairly similar virtual studios. I can't sequence guitar nearly this well, though; the entire arrangement is filled with very detailed, quick articulations, across the board. The percussion, guitar, sitar, and bass alike are endowed with beautiful performances. Larry writes:
"In any case, some damn fine sequencing, and an interpretive but easily recognizable take on "Chrono Trigger". Very stylish. I wish more Japanese amateur game music arrangers knew about OC ReMix and would be willing to submit their music here. There are so many great doujin arrangers that the community-at-large has never heard of. Must be a language barrier issue, I don't know. But hopefully through Ryo Lion, we can get the word out to more talented artists from across the ocean."
My feelings exactly; if this mix doesn't open some eyes (and ears) to what's out there that most of us are missing, I don't know what would. Ryo's done an excellent job in reaching a balance between source material and original additions (mostly with the fantastic guitar soloing), and has killer production and especially sequencing/articulation techniques up his sleeve. I'd love to hear more... hopefully this piece will be well received, and that reception will make its way back to Ryo and encourage him and others to continue submitting their work here. Music is the universal language, so that should apply equally to game music, and since this mix spoke to myself and the panel, and hopefully speaks to you as well, I'd say it does.
on 2010-05-29 06:42:25
This is a very unique and well done track. While, yes, the source has been done to death, this manages to sound very fresh. Highly recommended.
on 2009-12-05 16:53:46
This has a unique exotic flair and such a different aural texture from the status quo. Listening to this takes me to somewhere mystic, like the Silk Road, with promises of intrige, adventure, and wonder. One can almost tangibly feel the silky flowiness of that's so prominent throughout the track.
I honestly wish there were more mixes like this out there.
This mix comes with high reccomendations because this is so unique that you will most likely never hear anything else like this again.
on 2009-12-04 16:39:58
Excellent sequencing here, a very human sounding performance, and excellent variation. This is really a good example of making your samples work for you, and not many mixers can pull this off. Great stuff, Ryo Lion!
on 2009-01-11 12:21:55
This is what I would have done if I were to do this track. I love the chord changes. Very tasteful.
Thanks for this!
on 2008-02-11 19:04:06
on 2007-12-08 16:07:59
I enjoy this remix every time I listen to it. I've posted it on my bingo book of awesome songs.
on 2007-06-30 14:59:47
Although this is one of the games/songs which have been remixed to death, I still like what the remixer did here, since this rendition has a pretty unique feeling to it.
As has been said before, the guitar sounds very realistic. Nice.
on 2007-06-28 15:18:39
Holy MIDI Guitar!
That's gorgeous and very convincing.
on 2007-06-21 21:37:59
Yes! This is why I listen to OCREMIX and have been for the last six years. These kind of melodic hauntingly beautiful pieces that could've been in games themselves are what remixes are all about. This is just a reminder of how brilliant the original piece is and how with a little arranging it can become better.
My only complaint is that it's very similar to what Mitsuda himself did to this theme in Chrono Cross, but then is that really a complaint? Geez, that's more like a compliment!
EDIT: And actually, as I take multiple listens, I'm seeing huge differences between the two, and only good things in the similarity.
on 2007-06-17 17:18:37
Nice atmospheric beginning. Could have had a little more reverb with the vibraphone but works. I think its a little heavy on the hand percussion but still fits. Guitar solo is nice. When you add in the Violin it could have used a bit more soulfulness but nice effect anyway. The last section is extremely good between the Sitar and Violin. Good Job.
on 2007-06-16 19:15:01
I thought the Sitar was what mostly made the song so great and different from other remixes of the same song. The guitar does sound disturbingly real though.
The violin was the only negative, but thats because it was a little exposed and in the same song as extremely quality samples.
on 2007-06-16 12:42:23
There's no way in hell that's a guitar patch. No frickin' way; if it is though, please direct me to the soundfont! Incidentally, this mix as some of the best guitar work I've ever heard in a video game mix.
Don't care much for the cheap ass sitar sounding thingie.
on 2007-06-15 21:09:36
Like the accoustic guitar... nice sitar patch, and I can hear the choir trying to recreate the feel in the original. Percussion is not that bad; I can hear the Indian Tabla influence... nice suggestion, concidering that even in the original a sitar patch is used.
This guitarist is on top of it! It sounds as though it COULD be a patch. If it is, it's a very good patch indeed. If it isn't, kudos to the guitarist.
Nice mixture of Zeal's theme as well as the title prologue. (or is it epilogue? I forget what you call that story bit at the beginning of every RPG game...) A real violin would have been better, but you gotta work with what you have, right?
Kudos. Over all a wonderful remix.
on 2007-06-14 02:06:08
The mix in general has such an awesome laid back and free spirited feel and it works so well with the original melody too. Great work! Keep these coming!
on 2007-06-14 00:50:00
Guitar sequencing is absolutely brilliant. I've never heard a fake guitar that sounded this great. Hell, it's hard to make a real guitar sound this good.
Arrangement is brilliant, production is excellent. Definitely a keeper.
I totally agree! I totally thought that it was real guitar, but just found myself thinking "man, I wish my attacks sounded that good..." lol. You did a really great job on arrangement, instrumentation and production... simply astounding!
While there were some people who weren't into the deviations, I really dug them. It was nice to hear someone have a new take on such a familiar theme, especially with the harmony because while the melody was (mostly) the same, it had a totally different colour, and I thought that was awesome!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Chrono Trigger"
- Acoustic Guitar
- Regional > World
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