ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Lost in Time" 3:50

By urdailywater, XPRTNovice

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ambient collab electronic jazz mellow piano resubmission saxophone
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Corridor of Time", "Schala's Theme"

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

Posted 2014-05-30, evaluated by the judges panel

MOAR CORRIDOR!! You can never have enough CORRIDOR! While it's a hallway we've walked down many times over, urdailywater gives us a fresh spin that blends ambient/chill components with some cinematic bits and then adds some soft jazz on top, with some SMOOD solo sax work from Joe:

"Hey, guys, I'm submitting again. This time a song that doesn't get enough attention on OCR in my honest opinion. (/sarcasm) This song was something different for me, and a challenge. Going into it, I had the plan to change up the soundscape drastically throughout the song, which is something I've never done before. It got me into a roadblock down the road in the writing process, but hopefully I've got an arrangement that works now.

Inspiration stuff... well, the first part, I'm not entirely sure where inspiration for that came from. I was just kind of messing around with the harp sample and started adding stuff. 1:22 and onward until the piano section was heavily inspired by the first part of the OP from the anime Clannad. Then the piano section coming in was inspired by McVaffe's piano breakdown in "Celestial Winds from the East." This was also the first time I ever humanized a piano with both bass and lead parts, and was extremely fun to do.

Production-wise, I think it's some of my best work. The soundscape stays filled out, even while changing up. I refined this submission a lot since the last one, basically restarting the project. In about 6 hours, I re-sequenced the entire song, and about that time XPRTNovice found me in the WIP forums said he wanted to record a saxophone over this piece. About 2 days later, he gave me a few takes, and I rolled with this one. I took some more crits from the WIP forum, and this is the end result.

Huge thanks to XPRTNovice for pulling this off. The solo he put in really helps the piece a bunch, and the playing is absolutely gorgeous. If you're going to love anything about this song, it should be the sax.

Funny but relevant note: I never played through Chrono Trigger when I started this song, so when you guys said this had Schala in it, I had no idea what you were talking about until I ran into the theme on Chrono Trigger DS. The similarities between the two are completely coincidental, but if you want to count that middle section as Schala, feel free to do so. :P Yup. I think I covered everything. A lot more than I expected to say, but whatever. Enjoy! Thanks for listening!"

There's one thing that bugs me about this mix, and it's ENTIRELY selfish & personal - I've been working on my OWN arrangement of this theme on & off for years now, and it's gonna be similar in at least the sense that it'll feature smooth sax. Aaron & Joe got there first; you snooze, you lose! Actually I still think my own take will be different enough, but one of the things that comes up in this community from time to time is when you've got this PERFECT idea for an arrangement of a given theme, and someone else beats you to the punch... c'est la vie! This mix offers an odd amalgam of different feels that end up complementing one another nicely; at various points, this sounds like a straight soft jazz jam, a chill/downtempo piece, an orchestral hybrid arrangement, a solo piano mix, and probably several more genres/structures, but the morphing is subtle & seamless. Of the resubmitted & approved version of this mix, Larry writes:

"...this is definitely a good step up in the overall execution. A good portion of that leap forward comes from Joe's involvement, but going beyond that, Aaron did a much better job giving better depth and realism to the instrumentation he employed, which filled in the soundscape nicely compared to the old version. This was a fuller, richer experience than before and safely gets it above the bar."

Not only is this version a substantial improvement over its prototype, it's also a more complete & unified arrangement than its predecessors, showing that Aaron has grown as an artist over the last year. Palpable adds:

"This song has been covered and rearranged more times than I've eaten pizza but there's so much potential in music to do something new and different. I haven't heard a remix of this song quite like this before and while it wasn't perfect, there was a lot to like. The sax is the key ingredient here, really setting it apart and adding a much needed live element, but the larger track is well put-together. I agree with Jesse that the piano breakdown was a little weak, but whatyagondo. Overall this was good."

Agreed; while there are still subtle aspects of the overall instrumentation & execution that aren't quite as solid, overall this is an elaborate, complete arrangement whose potential was unlocked by Joe's sax. Props to Aaron & Joe on cooking up another take on an intimately familiar source and doing something different with it!


Discussion: Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-06-01 14:12:52

Yeah, I remember this from the Workshop forums, it's nice to see it posted now! With even all the tasty sax in there, my favourite part is 1:23-1:40.. the bells sound so very good there, I'm not sure if the (lovely) clock sample from the beginning is there in the background, but it works very well with the clock motif.

on 2014-06-01 12:44:33

That's an incredibly sexy sax we have going on in this ReMix. Honestly, I liked the piano myself, but I could understand where the judges were coming from with their critiques. Matter of taste, I guess. For a source (or two, or an entire game for that matter) that has been done an awful lot, it's still great to hear a nice, new arrangement from other ReMixers. Good stuff, guys.

on 2014-05-31 17:54:27

Thanks for all the comments ya'll. I knew people would love XPRTNovice's saxiness. : D I'm actually surprised that people liked the piano stuff seeing the flack it got from some of the judges. I personally enjoyed it myself, and was hoping everyone else would : D

Nice work! Clannad has some very good music and I hope it influences more mixes.

I requested someone actually make a Clannad remix a while back, seeing as pretty much the whole soundtrack (OP and ED included) comes from the game that it was based off of.

I don't like I"m cool enough to touch something like Dango Daikazoku. Yet.

on 2014-05-31 14:52:22

Nice work! Clannad has some very good music and I hope it influences more mixes.

on 2014-05-31 10:59:23

Very nice! Loving the sax here; so smooooth. The piano is spot-on too and the whole atmosphere is very ethereal. The mixing is nice and crisp too. Well done :)

Trinity Dragon
on 2014-05-30 23:35:41

Oh my gosh! I've been waiting forever to see this mix posted. I loved listening to its evolution in the workshops. And I disagree with Palpable: the piano solo is a nice contradiction to tone down the richness of the rest of the piece.

on 2014-05-30 17:58:01

Not much to say except very nice!!

on 2014-05-30 16:53:49
The saxophone is indeed nice. The entire arrangement stands out to me as being quite beautiful, though. It has a calm, almost mystical feel to it. This is a very nice mix!

Side note: I previewed on Youtube first, and I think there might be something wrong with the version there. Around the piano solo segment there was a lot of "fuzzing" and the song occasionally dropped out entirely.

The fuzzing should be in the original song too. It was something with my Piano sample that would happen if it were to hold onto the notes for too long. I EQ'd as much as I could out but it's still noticeable. Not sure about the dropping out, though.

I do wish I could re-do the drums on this one now. They'd be like, 1000x better.

Melody of Light
on 2014-05-30 16:36:00

The saxophone is indeed nice. The entire arrangement stands out to me as being quite beautiful, though. It has a calm, almost mystical feel to it. This is a very nice mix!

Side note: I previewed on Youtube first, and I think there might be something wrong with the version there. Around the piano solo segment there was a lot of "fuzzing" and the song occasionally dropped out entirely.

on 2014-05-30 15:55:04

I think I remember hearing this before. Nice job! I agree that the piano breakdown could have been filled out a bit more, perhaps with a pad or an arp-playing ambient bell. Drums got a tad lost. Otherwise, great take on a classic theme!

on 2014-05-30 14:22:06

Impressive Sax work Mr. Zieja. I thought I was listening to Spyro Gyra for a minute ;)

on 2014-05-30 13:32:02

Oh! Oh! Almost up to twenty corridors of time! :u

... But this one is also nice and different than the rest. c:

With the saxaphone I can't help but think of the Breath of Fire 3 ost. It works very well here. Chill. ^_^

on 2014-05-30 12:37:12

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
"Corridor of Time"
"Schala's Theme"

Tags (8)

Ambient, Jazz
Electronic, Piano, Saxophone
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Resubmission

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