ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Ocean Palace (Wave Breaker)" 3:25

By Children of the Monkey Machine

Arranging the music of one song...

"Ocean Palace"

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

Posted 2001-08-24, evaluated by djpretzel

Cotmm takes a break from his usual avant garde distortion-fetish ReMix style to give us . . . a jungle / breakbeat CT ReMix! He still manages to give the piece an edgy texture, but things are cleaner overall, and he covers the new genre quite well, with a well-constructed groove that a nicely ambient FM-ish synth pattern plays on top of, with a very low, guttural tone that also sounds like it has roots in FM synthesis covers the melody. Cotmm knows a good thing, so lets the groove he establishes repeat a couple times until he brings in the real melody, played on a cleaner synth again in the midrange. The whole piece is very well layered, and though not trance, achieves the same effect of musical hypnosis, until 2'46", where it deviates significantly in a little ending soliloquy. Good stuff!



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-08 23:06:19

Fitting the source like a glove. Great sound choices and the noisy percussion (love that snare) is aggressive and awesome. Really good remix, nice and tense.

on 2012-11-26 14:37:26

One thing I've always liked about Children of the Monkey Machine, is his ear for FM Synthesis and sound design. Its a unique but serious take. This mix is no exception, quite an FM luxury.

on 2011-12-27 11:18:42

This piece was a very welcome addition to my Creative Jukebox Zen player's paltry ReMix playlist back in high school. I just love how aggressive it is. The melody can really only be described as haunting. A lot of clever synth programming here, too.

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on 2011-02-21 00:15:07

0:00 some mean lows here. I like the hybrid of genres in this mix.

0:31 nice metalic pad compliments the twangy synth plucking

1:15 very subtle addition, but that bright pad sounds really good

1:45 the melody slips in under the chaos of the rest to fill in the intriguing soundscape

2:40 love this melody section, nice contrast of clean (relatively) and distorted

on 2009-12-05 16:10:12

One of the CotMM songs that I can really get into, and I've had this one for a while. I love the bass opening, I thought it was a cool intro. It does take a bit for the melody to come in, almost halfway through the song, to be exact, but when it does, it fits in well with the soundscape. The B section at 2:46 is cut short, it feels, and I would have liked more development of that area, bu alas it ends.

Still liking the bass throughout.

on 2008-01-15 14:29:58

Never one to shy away from distortion, CotMM seems to distort just about everything. Some of the distorted hihats and stuff just tend to make it sound lofi, but an artist has to be true to themselves. :

This one is actually a lot more listen able for me than his usual experimental fare, though the changeup to a new section came in strangely late in the song. I think either the length needed to be extended, or the B section appeared sooner.

Regardless, it's a pretty good source and a decent sendup; I think an additional minute would have improved it, but it'll do.

on 2007-05-14 10:32:07

Wasn't a fan of the changeup at 2:46 at all. I would have settled for further development of the previous ideas. Wish this was cleaner-sounding, but that was some really impressive dNb. Nothing too complex, but very driving in terms of the energy.

on 2007-03-05 12:35:02

Very different from the other Cotmm mixes. I like this one, excellent use of drum and bass. Yet it maintains a feel for the original song.

on 2007-02-16 01:31:58

This song can be called a true remix with pride, for it manages to retain the feeling of the song, yet it gives "The Ocean Palace" a whole new static-tastic feel. I both envy and congradulate you ^^

on 2007-02-14 07:44:14

I can't believe this has so few reviews. This one's an OCR classic as far as I'm concerned. Hmm, as for a review from me ... all I can say is that CotMM makes the source tune his bitch.

Edit: err, rather their bitch.

on 2006-03-29 08:31:37

I love a good beat to a remix and paired with the semi-dark backing, this was pretty much a perfect for me - I use a lot of OCR stuff as 'writing music', something to write to that has the kind of emotion I'm looking for in my writing, and this is being listened to almost constantly right now for writing purposes. Huge applause for this one, CotMM

on 2005-09-26 12:32:19

Very impressive beats we have here, mmmyessss. They are a little dark, which is perfect, it´s exactly what the original.

The beats were good, but if you repeat many times, you grow tired of it. It took one and a half minute to get to the melody, and that one itself was almost too low to hear.

Good job with the beats though. :wink:

on 2004-07-18 18:51:20

Pretty generic industrial music. Not really much happening here, besides some looped drums/chord progression with the original playing over it at different speeds. It's ok, but it really lacks variety; and just when things start to switch up at around 2:45, the song just ends abruptly. A little more creativity would have gone a long way to compliment the good choice of instruments and Ocean Palace melody.

Some major issues I have with this song:

- The treble hook introduced at around 0:14 doesn't EVER change it's notes, getting old very quickly (I was sick of it by 0:24 and again by around 0:53-1:14 when it was reintroduced)

- The drums loop with pretty much the exact same 3 second pattern way all the way from 0:33-2:35; how annoying! You could have atleast made it 4 different patterns cycling through, and switched the percussion up every now and than to keep it interesting.

The song also seems to lack punch/power for most sections in the middle, which is decieving because it appeared to be heavy and full of life (to some degree) from the 0:00-0:53 introduction. This remix has potential, and the background pads/strings/synths helped the atmosphere a little, but as described... it really lacks variety and attention to detail in other areas; in my opinion. I usually love this style of music, but this song seems rather cheezy and unproduced to me. Meh.

on 2003-05-23 00:42:07

This remix is fairly hardcore. A definite must have.

on 2003-01-21 13:11:16

By far one of CotMM's most musical pieces. While I enjoy his crazy, static-and-noise-driven remixes, this remix offers something the others don't. Definitely a great listen, and recommended to fans of CotMM and Chrono Trigger alike.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (8)

Drum and bass,Jungle
Effects > Distortion
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Fast

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