ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Gale of Ages" 2:32

By BogusRed

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piano solo
Arranging the music of one song...

"Yearnings of the Wind"

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

Posted 2007-10-25, evaluated by the judges panel


Susie writes:

"Wandering around the world map in Chrono Trigger was quite an eerie experience. All of the fog surrounding you and the Wind Scene music that would play really added a realistic atmosphere to the game. Even though it didn't look real, it somehow felt real. I enjoyed the melody a lot and would often hum along to this song while it was playing. This song was originally performed and recorded in September of 2005. I've updated it to use the Reason Piano's refill so the quality is much better than my previous submissions. I hope you enjoy this one."

This is one of gaming's finest themes, in my opinion, and reminds me of the best of Joe Hisaishi's stuff for Ghibli; flowing, and deeply melodic. Reason Pianos sound just as good to me as some more expensive, dedicated, and much larger libraries, and BogusRed puts them to excellent use here on a swaying solo piano rendition of the theme. Like the mix itself, which is rather on the short side at two and a half minutes, the judges were brief. Andy writes:

"I don't have a lot to add here. I was worried about level of arrangement up until around 1:23 where things definitely got interesting. As a whole, this mix is a solid piece that sets itself apart from other piano arrangements of the 600AD theme."

That last bit's important, since this particular tune has been rendered on the ivories before, with great success. There was a cutout issue at the end that judges objected to, but this was remedied, and what you've basically got here is a solid, emotive solo piano arrangement of classic Mitsuda, which can only be a good thing.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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TillyFun
on 2016-10-22 17:31:23

A quite pleasant take on the Wind Scene. ^_^

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Marmiduke
on 2008-12-14 22:45:34

I'm a sucker for these incredibly well crafted piano pieces that are scattered throughout OCR.

Wind Scene, as many people would acknowledge, has been interpreted almost to death and is one of those forcibly memorable melodies that you couldn't forget even if you wanted to. While people seem to love it a lot more than I do, I am always interested to hear new takes on the theme. I strongly doubt there is anything about the actual source melody left to be discovered by me or anyone, but with mixes like this one, you can sustain an illusion of discovery. It is familiar and yet suddenly fresh and complex with added depth. An actual relationship between the source and the remix is the sign of a great mixer. Nice job.

Oh and the length and the ending didn't bother me one bit.

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OA
on 2008-03-18 14:01:05

Beautiful mix... I think it's completely tragic that the ending idea is just that; I'd have loved to hear additional interpretation on it, as that idea alone could be a substantial basis for another minute of exploration.

Regardless, this is a great rendition, and despite a touch too much reverb, a great warm piano sound.

Awesome work :-)

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Martin Penwald
on 2007-11-16 15:50:20

I can understand that the judges were worried about the level of arrangement up until 1:23; it's pretty much simply a piano version of the song, albeit a very good one. But once you introduce your own ideas, it all falls into place and becomes an interesting remix.

So yeah, nice one, but next time please more personalization, and make it longer.

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Atomicfog
on 2007-10-31 03:59:57

I've only commented on two other pieces since I first discovered OCremix in 2002, and the fact that I am commenting on this piece means I feel it is one of the best remixes I've ever heard. Completely flawless, it really stands far above anything that has been on OCR recently. Beautiful only begins to describe 'Gale of Ages'.

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Dr. Rod
on 2007-10-27 09:01:10

Cool arrngement, I definitely like your interpretation of it. I also like how the piano was recorded; has a very airy, but warm feel to it. Towards the middle-end the harmonies really got complex. I wouldve liked to see that kind of interpretation earlier on, but I guess it wouldn't have had the same effect if it wasn't gradually led up to that level of complexity. Wonderful stuff!

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John Revoredo
on 2007-10-27 01:05:38

I was already missing pretty much some new Chrono Trigger mixes.

I haven't stopped listening the chrono trigger ost in the four last years, and I still love it as much as the first day... ^^

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Steben
on 2007-10-26 23:37:41

Wind Scene is one of the few songs I can play on piano. I based the version I play off of klutz's version, but eventually started to change it up. And I was pretty surprised to hear the way you changed your style at 1:05 - it's very similar to what I did with the song. Only, of course, you pull it off well, while I sound like some shmuck who hasn't had any more formal piano training than what you could get in a year of elementary school and a year of Music Skills in college. :)

High fives for adding another piano rendition of 600AD!

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Knives
on 2007-10-25 22:14:49
I would have liked to hear a more...frugal...use of the sustain pedal. That combined with the reverb and the warm piano tone gave the piece a mushy quality at times.

That and at first I thought it was waaaay too similar to klutz's remix of this theme, though you varied it up much more after the intro so I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't a blatant ripoff or anything :D

Overall I think it's pretty good and yea, would have been nicer if it was longer.

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JackKieser
on 2007-10-25 19:28:52

You know what's not fair about pieces like this? They're NEVER long enough. This song is truly beautiful; granted, many Wind Scene arrangements are, but this one has some of the most interesting takes on the theme I have heard in a long time.

The ending is gorgeous, which makes the song ending all the more painful. *cries*

--Jack Kieser

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Pietro
on 2007-10-25 06:46:00

I'm surprised that sources like this just keep on being translated into interesting arrangements. This is nice. The way you play around with the melody is really creative. I thought the syncopated bass from 1:07-1:22 was a good idea, but the staccato (staccatissimo?) made it sound a bit unusual. As others have pointed out, 1:23-2:03 is especially good. It would have been cool if it went on a bit longer, but I like this fine anyways (-:

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artemisjaeger
on 2007-10-25 03:44:11

Pop piano arrangement. There are a couple of good moments, but for the most part, I feel like I'm listening to aural cheese. It's still better than most of the piano stuff that gets posted, though, and it's not so bad that I couldn't make it through the whole thing (which is becoming increasingly common).

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ProjectSpam
on 2007-10-25 01:17:10

This is so good!

It ends so quickly, but that leaves it easy to leave on repeat.

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Nishay
on 2007-10-24 23:26:42

very nice must say

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avaris
on 2007-10-24 21:43:52

Gotta agree with Harmony about 1:23 to 2:02. I really enjoyed that part of the arrangement. I actually enjoyed the ending. It kind left you hanging but I thought it fit in the context. Although it would have been really interesting to see more development on that little piano lick used for the ending. Always good to hear new muziks from BogusRed! :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Yearnings of the Wind"

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Instrumentation:
Piano
Additional:
Arrangement > Solo

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Duration:
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