Posted 2001-01-30, evaluated by djpretzel

Really, really weird avant garde experimental ambient frightening ReMix of Magus' theme from the legendary Chrono Trigger or 'CT' as many refer to it. Well. Where to begin. This is VERY VERY impressionistic, no melody, no harmony, very little rhythm, but establishes a feel and is rather disturbing - in other words, similar to Cotmm's (Children of the Monkey Machine's) own Silent Hill ReMix. This certainly isn't 'appealing' in any traditional musical sense of the word, in my own estimation, but it does feel DAMN evil, ominous, impending, and strange. You'll need a subwoofer or damn good headphones for the full effect. Not for everyone, but those that are into the 'edge' or very impressionistic ReMixes should love it.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-08 22:41:27

The pan flute synth sounds way too clean compared to all the other gnarly noise going on. Melody is a bit too buried for my taste though. The synth at 1:48 is pretty cool, liked how it pulsed out and then back in again. The SFX were nice too.

on 2010-10-29 14:27:24

omfg its noise...its realy noise and I like it o.0 this is not happining end of the word style not happining

on 2010-10-01 15:06:30

Creepy. I like it! Well, seems I'm strange. There's quite enough melody in there for me, because the...eerier sounds...make the melodic bits stand out. And it's minimalistic, but not boring simply because it's surprisingly odd!

Out in the real world, "anti-music" isn't something I like...but when it's a remix it gives the listener something very tangible to work with. That's why I don't have a problem with it. I just wish he had developed it more and more so that it's exciting to listen to. Maybe that direction just wasn't what COTMM wanted to do. In any case, I enjoyed listening to it...but it is slow for my taste.

on 2008-03-03 04:01:54

I like how this piece sounds, but it is a bit strange at times. The lack of Magus's distinctive melody hurts the song. However, it does an admirable job sending you to the place between times that Magus knows so well. You can feel the Black Wind blowing in distance, stripping away all that does not have the will to survive.

on 2008-02-21 12:12:06

Pretty gross, IMO.

COTMM has always been hit-or-miss with me, and more often than not, miss. This one is the biggest miss of all for me. It's like a terrible WIP, and I think it's on the site because of remixer reputation only.

3 :-('s out of 3.


on 2007-03-01 16:25:48

Eh, not really the type of style I like. Way too sparse, sometimes less is more, but it needs a little more here to hold my attention.

on 2006-12-19 11:54:05

Intrestingly creepy though i feel it kinda pushes away from the magus theme a little i still thought it was kinda cool...

on 2006-02-27 17:13:47

interestingly enough, i really like decay of hope, but there's only 1 feature of this mix that i like, the flute\pan pipe thing that starts at 0:28, who would ever think that such an innocent instrumant could be so dreadfully creepy?? i LOVE it. sadly, that's the only thing i like... :(

on 2005-11-12 20:22:33

This feels an awful lot to me like the kind of stuff usually found playing in a Salad Fingers cartoon. It's just that kind of creepy.

on 2005-09-26 09:54:36

What does this song mean? Is Magus driving a lawn mover with a radio that with a weird coincidence playing his battle theme in the background. Eh?

The first had a liitle more hints that this was the "Battle with Magus", but at the rest of the remix there was just the melody played with a poor synth with some sort of scratch in the back. Is that really a remix?

I can only agree with Wanderer, this song has alot more potential.

on 2005-08-04 03:27:48

I love this piece to death. I described it as 'Evil trance' to a friend, and he quickly agreed. One of the main reasons why I love CotMM's mixes so much is because they actually feel like BGM. I could imagine many of the scenes with Magus with this playing, and so it puts me in mind of the game it sources from. That seems like an integral part of remixing, to remind of the source and expand into new directions.

on 2005-01-26 17:45:04

Someone really needs to remix this theme. Enough Frog Theme, Main Theme, and Zeal remixes, gimme some Magus remixes. There is so much potential with it, and I hate to see it being wasted on weird songs like this that don't even take advantage of the amazing atmosphere of Magus Theme.

on 2005-01-26 14:12:43

Had this been on vgmix, I'd say tier6. Yet it gets past the judges here :S It's a crazy fkd up world. This was a waste of my valuable bandwith.

While I'm not neccesarily a fan of CotMM's work, I respect those mixes that I've heard so far from him. They're different, to say the least, but this one just goes somewhere beyond the acceptable realms of experimentation and falls well short of the definition of "music".

on 2004-08-11 14:21:22

Honestly, I'm afraid I can only agree with Zircon here. This song is NOT a prime example of CotMM's work. It's not even the cool, kind of "anti-music" that Eternal Derelict was; it's just crap. I'm sorry, CotMM, but this remix was a waste of time and talent.

on 2004-06-14 21:17:24

I don't know what to say. I have to be in the right mood to listen to this, but on the other hand, it's a strange new work of art. I'm not going to state that this is similar to Decay of Hope, because it's probably already been said. Ok. Maybe I just stated it. :roll: I'm rambling, but in the end I hope you'll get what I'm trying to say. Like Decay of Hope, you have to either like this or not. Personally, I like it, but I won't want to listen to it too often. Very good job. Strange, but good.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square , 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu,Noriko Matsueda,Yasunori Mitsuda
"Magus Confronted"

Tags (13)

Electric Guitar,Synth
Effects > Distortion
Effects > Lo-Fi
Time > 3/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Slow
Time > Tempo: Variable
Usage > Halloween

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