ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Kingdom of Magic" 4:38

By Argle

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bells chill dance electric-guitar electronic mellow synth
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Chrono Trigger", "Corridor of Time"

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

Posted 2014-08-25, evaluated by the judges panel


This is Argle's FIFTH posted mix this year - great stuff, keep 'em comin'!! Adam Kirby herein explores that most ubiquitous & tantalizing of VGM source tunes, the (in?)famous "Corridor of Time." To be sure, we've been down this corridor before... we've strolled, we've run, we've sauntered, we've slithered... generally speaking, we've explored innumerable nooks and plentiful crannies (which sounds dirty for some reason) and have rather a good sense, at this point, of this particular corridor. Our cup of familiarity runneth over, you might say, but let that not be a barricade to any young lad or lass who wants to test his or her mettle and see what he or she is worth!! There's always room for one more, and at this point arranging this source tune is almost like tackling a standard and making it yours. It's like the oft-retold joke, The Aristocrats, only with less Bob Saget and more Yausnori Mitsuda, a substitution of divine improvement.

"Yes. I can hear your depressed groans now. Maybe I should be BANNED!!! from OCR.

This one is interesting to me in that "Corridors of Time" was the very first game remix I did. Back then I was a noob, a really clueless noob. Nevertheless, I submitted the track to OCR with great confidence. Of course, it got ripped apart. Looking back at it, the track is quaintly horrible. Anyway, I decided to give this source another go."

Better; much better :) I love the straight guitar chord intro with underlying pads that gradually fade in - it's actually one of my favorite bits of the arrangement, very classy & minimalist, and I think a return to (or even maintenance of) that simplicity could have been quite cool, personally. Adam instead develops the groove nicely into something with a bit more of a downbeat than the original, but which otherwise rocks a lot of the same instrumentation & parts, making this one of our more conservative takes on the theme. Palpable writes:

"Nah, I don't think I'm ever gonna stop loving this song. Argle's take isn't too out there, but it's solidly executed. Heavier on the rhythm than the original, while maintaining all the core elements. I liked how initially it sounds very close to the original, light percussion and all, but busts into a funky groove. I wouldn't have minded more liberties with some element, maybe the bass, and more change-ups in the backing parts."

Larry's decision had one of the most important points, I think:

"Because the backing patterns sound similar, it's actually easy to overlook the modifications Adam made, but if you listen more closely you shouldn't miss all that."

Hopefully we all know this tune well enough to detect even minute deviations, but indeed, Adam's tweaked the backing arpeggios in some interesting ways that work well and provide interpretation even when the lead is absent or playing it relatively close. Judges had some reservations about the synth brass circa 1'23", but I feel like that's actually one of the choices that made the mix more unique & added character, and when dealing with a standard like CoT, those are vital. Overall, this is an enjoyable arrangement that puts many aspects of the source front & center and embellishes the accompaniment and instrumentation. If I had a criticism, it would simply be that it doesn't feel like an arrangement concept that screamed of its own necessity; it's good, to be sure, but it doesn't feel like there was any one compositional spark that served as a catalyst. And you know what? There doesn't always have to be... it's just that when a source has been arranged so much, differentiators like that are a nice addition. I do feel like the specific atmosphere captured in the intro - pared down guitar chords and distant synths - could have really emerged into a more compelling aesthetic and a more challenging interpretation. That being said, Argle's been consistently impressive with everything he's done, and this mix is ultimately no exception, offering a straightforward but still creative take on an undeniably classic original.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Necrox
on 2015-12-04 17:06:12

Great intro, love the filtered percussion. The brass sample is lacking, but everything else sounds great. I agree with Timaeus that some more pads would have helped and the 3:21 section could have been longer, but this mix is still solid.

Octagon
on 2014-11-03 07:07:34

The poor little brass sample sounds like it's just not cut out for the job and severely clashes with the awe-inspring rest, but for me, that effect actually adds something. The rest stays incredibly solemn, maybe even spiritual, while you can clearly tell that that goofy bleat is doing its best, and it actually manages to get closer to the other elements towards the end.

It's probably not even meant to be humorous, but I'm amazed by the uniqueness of a comedic element fitting into a very serious track without diminishing either aspect (the closest things I can think of would probably be some Earthbound mixes and Mak Eightman's Skull-Head).

I just listened to this for the first time and I can tell that it's going to be a favourite.

Crulex
on 2014-08-30 08:47:52

Corridor of Time, one of the themes I've heard on OCR so much that I know it without having had much experience with the game it came from. But that's not a bad thing, because just about every take is different and interesting or at the least enjoyable to listen to, and Argle's take is no different. A great ReMix to listen to with great production. Very nice.

jaxx
on 2014-08-29 03:10:58

never gets old, love it

DimeTower
on 2014-08-28 00:47:27

This remix is a really enjoyable take on the source - one that I've loved for many years - and somehow, I feel like it's subtle, easy modifications of the original make this MORE enjoyable than some wild take that is different just for the sake of being different. You can tell that this piece was thought of and handled with care. Truly pleasant and heartening. The abrupt ending was the only part that seemed to throw me, but that's easily passable with such a great preceding song. Well done, remixer!

Melody of Light
on 2014-08-26 16:01:13

I agree with Barley: I never get tired of Corridor of Time. And this is a delightful mix, thank you for your work on it! I particularly like those "bursts" of energy that come through two or three times during the song.

And hey, if you ever feel like mixing this song for a third time, I'd be happy for it!

Argle
on 2014-08-26 09:18:43
Hey, awesome, this one was finally posted! I mean, I've been regularly listening to it for 11 months or so since it popped up in the WIP forums, but great to see it on the front page of OCR!

Wow, thanks for listening that long. 8-O

orlouge82
on 2014-08-26 09:09:44

Hey, awesome, this one was finally posted! I mean, I've been regularly listening to it for 11 months or so since it popped up in the WIP forums, but great to see it on the front page of OCR!

timaeus222
on 2014-08-25 22:06:18

Well... I hear the melodic variations going on, and good on ya for that. It's hard to change something that already had a good melodic contour to it. I would have liked more pads to fill things out in a few places, and perhaps some more varied bell patches to keep things changing. The synth brass is so cheeze. :grin: It wasn't something I would :-x ya on, but I guess something more legato could have helped. I liked this more when I got to 1:58, but I also wish 3:21 came much earlier and was twice as long; that was my favorite part. :)

OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-08-25 21:03:32

As a Chrono Trigger outsider (a traitor to taste and neutralizer of nostalgia), I love this ReMix, synth brass and all. No, especially the synth brass. I think this is your best work yet, Argle, so I'm glad you returned to the source!

djpretzel
on 2014-08-25 13:58:25

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


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

Tags (7)


Genre:
Dance
Mood:
Chill, Mellow
Instrumentation:
Bells, Electric Guitar, Electronic, Synth
Additional:

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Chrono_Trigger_Kingdom_of_Magic_OC_ReMix.mp3
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:38

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