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OCR00863 - Chrono Trigger "Memories Lost in Time"

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Chrono Trigger 'Memories Lost in Time'

Yay, more Schala, you're probably thinking. Really, it's just as worth of a listen as the other Schala ReMixes out there. The orchestral work is quite exceptional - Beautiful strings, piano, and some winds. Plus, some nice chromatic percussion work is also shown. It blends all quite nicely with the underlying (yet repetitive) percussion. The ride cymbal that continues throughout the bulk of the mix gets on my nerves. I'd rather it not be there ^^ On the other hand, at the end, there is some greatly done percussion work. Though, overall, I found the orchestral instrumentation is worth it all.

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I am so glad this made OCR. GrayLightning helped me out a lot back in the day on VGMix (hiss) when I was struggling as a remixer. Wait, I still am. I remember first hearing this song and just being blown away by the sheer calmness of the piece. It's one of those chill songs, where you can just listen to it over and over again and relax, a la McVaffe and The Wingless. Do I mean to compare a newcomer to OCR to these well-established remixers? Not at all. With GL's potential, and from what I've heard, he's only getting better, and he's getting better quickly. Glad to see this song back up on a site. Comes highly recommended by me.

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I've not heard the entire population of Schala mixes out there, but I've certainly heard more than several....after awhile, when I start to notice the same song being remade over and over again, I stop clicking on it.

If you're already here perusing reviews to weigh your download options, hesitate no longer. It really is quite beautiful, and even though there ARE those tons of aforementioned mixes out there, it doesnt mean they're all as good as this one. Some thoughtful swimming outside of the song's original pool, and an undeniable remixer presence. I know for a fact that Gray has and CAN do better, but this is among his top tier works. Watch out for this guy, people, he's moving fast.

Great to see the song at OCR, Gray, keep up the nice work.

~Quinn

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Like I've said before it's aboOt bloody damm time this song made the rounds at OverClocked Remix. I had the great priveledge of hearing this song a while back and was utterly blown away by it.. So surreal, peaceful and emotional.. To me it's definitely one of the top tier mixes of all the mix sights out there!

Be forewarned though, just like Konega said, Graylightning is moving up fast in the remixin/arrangin world and will drop ya on yer azz wit hiz mixin skillz if he hasn't already done so!!!!

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What the-- there's like not even a dozen mixes, what do people have up their butts? Given the number of total mixes on the site, there AREN'T that many. So yes, I'd say this is a nice new variation on a song that I would *gasp* LIKE to hear more of. MUCH MORE!!!! :twisted:

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I don't think any mix manages to capture that early 90's new age sound as well as this one. The pads, harmonies and even the synth drums all fit perfectly with the style being used - this could have easily been a track on Arkenstone's "Valley in the Clouds" release. The sound is really that authentic.

GL never believes me when I say this, but I honestly think this is the best Schala mix I've heard. This version just seems to have more depth and emotion than the other mixes- I can easily get lost in the world presented by this piece.

There are things one might want to change. The ever-present cymbal might have been softer and I would have liked a bit longer track so as to let the atmosphere really sink in, but these things don't alter the fact that this is a really great mix.

Everyone should at least give this a try, but fans of new age in particular are in for a real treat.

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I'm pleasantly surprised this finally made it to OC and got positive comments all around from the judges, given their high standards. Thanks as well to those who took time to review this one, it is very much appreciated. :D

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Excellent work by Gray here.. Im a fan of the slow mellow pace this puts off, its really nice to simply relax too.. also, the tones were chosen carefully, and you can tell, with each chord brings a subtle new change, some lighter, some darker, i really like that. the drumbeat flows, slowly, very slowly, right along with the song, which i like. Deffinately a keeper, especially for a fan of CT because Schala's elements are embedded so well. Beautiful.

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AAAHhhh. Chill and atmospheric. This is done very well and very professionally. Great samples used for the instruments and great arrangement. I'm having trouble saying anything else about this other than that there is nothing bad about this mix. This is great ambient stuff done really well that makes me feel like I'm someplace else. Great work! Lookin forward to more!

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I enjoy this mix very much - it's not a loud or fast song as the original song wasn't either, so IMO it's a good song to relax.

I was especially impressed by the nice creation of the drums and the improved quality of the instruments and of the song in general.

Very well done! :D

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Surely the best remix on Schala's Theme... First of all it has a freedom in the composing lines... Gray doesn't fear to use his imagination between the main theme... At the beggining you hear the intro of schala's Theme...and then you "flow" in the sounds of a piano...

The best part is when the strings and the atmospherical pads "take control" and there is no melody...only the background music!! This is much relaxing! And finally the grand finalle with pan flute ( and a tremolo piano at the end )!!!

That's really a good work that prooves that even a new age piece can be a remix for video games!!!

Freemind

www.websamba.com/freemindmusic/freemindmusic

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REVIEW ON REMASTERED VERSION

This is very effective. incredibly chill. There is a lot of instrumental interplay and interweaving, but its not crowded. there is still plenty of space. i like how he slowed it down. it is fantasticly ambient. it would sound right at home on the deus ex soundtrack. really cool.

I know this mix isnt REALLY that short, but for such an ambient and haunting peice, its not long enough. a song like this could go on forever and it would still work. its not like a melodic piece you can get sick of. its very cool bacground stuff, and i think it should be longer. and i didnt like the ending. too abrupt. but if you listen to my stuff, i'm a fan of the overdrawn, long-ass ending. so maybe i'm biased.

overall, very nice stuff.

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First of all, I can't say that this is the best schala mix, like so many others are saying. Good? Yes. Inventive? Yes. Best? No. I'd like ot think that I haven't heard the best yet, but I already like "Tears for a Girl" better, so...

Anyways, all that said this IS a wonderful mix. It's got great character, which is hard to accomplish, and that character is heavy, which is really hard to accomplish with this piece. The only problem is, at times it seems too heavy. On Schalla's theme, I generally prefer the lighter side of the equation. But I have to give recognition for showing this darker side, and for making it work so well. If the drums were stepped up a bit in quality, it would be even better. Like the orchestral feel to it, though.

Zipp

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First of all, I can't say that this is the best schala mix, like so many others are saying. Good? Yes. Inventive? Yes. Best? No. I'd like ot think that I haven't heard the best yet, but I already like "Tears for a Girl" better, so...

Always interesting getting a review of such an old mix. I agree Tears for a Girl is better, it's newer of course and Freemind and I worked a bunch on that one. Israfel's take of the schala theme is my favorite one though. That one should not be missed.

But I still haven't gotten bored of the schala theme though, even with 2 OCR mixes of the theme up already... I still think there's a lot left that can be expressed with this theme, I will probably attempt a third arrangement of Schala for OCR submission in the near future. :D

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Peaceful. Beautiful. Soothing.

As long as the Schala remixes are good, just let them keep coming.

As for the remix, very good from Graylightning that once in awhile comes with a mix that feels. The piano, drums, strings all weaved together into a mix that gives Schala that caring and sensitive character she has.

I don´t really know what new-age music is, but I know that this one was good.

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Simply... awesome. So what if Schala's been remixed over and over and over - that just goes to prove how many different things you can do to one track. It's really nice to listen to stuff like this once in a while. Something you can just chill out to and enjoy. Nice one.

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Schala's theme has been done often, but often done well. This is one of those. It's a very atmospheric piece, which relies on a hi-hat for the beat as opposed to a bassline alot of mixes rely upon. Very nice job.

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Laid back with some pretty good interpretation, and GrayLightning's first historical sub to boot!

Very relaxing stuff, with some great pads. The opening left side strings had too slow of an attack for the line it was laying, but otherwise the samples are pretty nice.

Arrangement is very good, and even though i'm pretty sick of Schala after all these years, there are fresh ideas in here.

Good stuff, very nice.

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There are areas where I wish the piano sequencing and beats aged better, and the ending should have been a better resolution instead of the bottom just dropping out. That said, I was surprised by how the deliberate pacing didn't plod for me. The lone cymbal, padding, and airy instrumentation all worked nicely in presenting a relaxing mood. A very solid debut mix by Gray from way back in the day. :-)

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