ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Times of Distortion" 4:45

By Thumper

Arranging the music of one song...

"Outskirts of Time"

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

Posted 2002-05-07, evaluated by the judges panel

Just one ReMix tonight (well, technically, this morning, as it's 3am), but it's a good, unique one I think you'll like. It's all the more important for ReMixes of popular games like Mega Man, Chrono Trigger, FF, etc. to be unique and to distinguish themselves from other mixes, as there just tends to be a lot of coverage. This is Thumper's first submission, and it's some rocking anthematic guitar coverage of Mitsuda's work. There's a high hiss/noise quotient in the laid-back intro, but I actually like the roughness this adds to the mix (in this case). However, the entire section from the beginning to 1'25" is really just a prelude (though a good, developed one) to the more rock/punk action that takes over. Reminds me a little of JAXX and also The Clash, both of which are compliments. There's actually not too much else to say - if you like the genre you'll dig it, as I do. Guitar lead is great and layers at times, bass and drums are dynamic and lively and well-mixed, and there's even some synth choir pads entering right 'round 3'53" that throw in moments of last-ditch sonic variety that, while not necessary to make this mix good, do enhance its overall appeal. There's quite a bit to like here: from the extended intro which is almost a mini-mix unto itself, to the ending that reprises the very tentative, building feel of said intro, Thumper impresses with musicality and solid arranging. Highly recommended - even if you've heard dozens of CT ReMixes and have had your fill, try just one more - you won't regret it (though admittedly, that's probably not the last time I'll make that statement ^^). Hope to see more from Thumper in the future.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-12-27 11:21:31

Dat bass. Another great mix from years back when I first started checking this site out. 2:44 always gets to me for some reason. It's got this great epic feel to it. Underproduced, but if he came back and touched it up to meet today's standards, my jaw would probably hit the ground.

on 2009-01-12 12:14:39

Really raw, but pretty awesome nonetheless.

Some tuning issues in the intro guitar, and the hi hats are really mechanical, but there is a really strong charm to this one; maybe it's a really strong source and a remixer who is really into it. The enthusiasm is audible.

I'm glad this got on the site when it did, because as of right now there the production isn't near up to the OCR standards. I really think it deserves to be on here, and judging from the other comments, I'm not alone with that opinion. :-)

This has been on my playlist for years and will totally stay there, flaws and all. 3

on 2005-11-24 13:38:28

This site continues to be a game of oneupsmanship.

Every time i think i find the best song there is someone comes along with something like this. This entire mix just owns. Its in my personal top ten and gives Hudson a real run for his money. This is by far one of the best remixes on the site. Once again the quality of OCR shines through to give us some of the best music in the world.

Congrats thumper on what is a truly excelent piece of art.

Dj K.A.B
on 2005-11-21 00:28:46

Hey im kinda new around here but man when i heard your remix i was in awww. Great stuff really

on 2005-09-14 13:15:24

This is the first rock-remix I downloaded, and


on 2004-11-09 20:31:26

I love electric guitar, and this thing just oozes it! Actually, I believe that this remix would be perfect for the Guitarmania and Beatmania games when they're synchronised. Great tempo, perfect for walking to.

bounty hunter
on 2004-01-26 20:05:27

this is, simply put, the best chrono trigger remix i've heard on this site - great job thumper and i sincerely hope you make more soon!

on 2003-11-01 20:47:30



that's all i can say really

i downloaded this and i listened to it like 50 times in a row

amazing amazing amazing

one thing tho

the the distortion synths towards the end i didn't like as much

i would have liked it if they were more solid


this is one of my fave pieces from this site


on 2003-11-01 14:02:21

this is by far the greatest remix of to far away times in history!

the guitar is superb to the max! 8O

great drums. though some of the drum things don't sound real. listen very closely.

the pads weren't something i expected, but i got over it. the pads should have been removed.

this song still kicks major roxor ass!


on 2003-10-31 10:14:46

Rockin. Like djp, I too thought of The Clash when I heard this. Think ya coulda done more with the drums, but it's really excellent, already one of my favorite remixes.

on 2003-08-07 12:51:24

I downloaded this a looong time ago. It was when I found out about this site but I was just sucking the song off kazaa. A quick listen through gave me a few songs that tasted, well, delicious. This song was one of them.

The beginning could be a song in itself, but then it 'end's. "awww over already" you say, but then it kicks in with the distortion guitars and personally I get the chills. By the end of the song i want to cry because its just so beautiful.

Easily one my favorite mixes 30/10

on 2003-08-07 12:08:15

i must be in the minority here, but i didn't like this too much. almost everything was in the center of the stereo field, making the song sound very flat and empty. if it had utilized panning on the guitars (maybe one panned left and one panned right) then it would have had a much more full sound to it. also, i found the drums to be a bit boring and lacking punch.

it's a good arrangement, but more attention should have been paid to production.

on 2003-08-05 14:59:59

This is an example of guitar remixing at its best. The arrangement is near-flawless, as is the guitar playing and the drumwork. The synths towards the end add an epic feel to it, and the mellow guitar playing at the beginning and end are very suitable. I believe this sums up CT's positive side VERY well. A few things I didn't like; one section was repeated quite a few times, the section that is eventually played with synths in the background. So, it could have been a little shorter. I also would have preffered if the drums continued to be as awesome as they were when the 'rock' portion first begins. But seriously, I don't see how anyone could have major complaints about this piece.

I love it!

Orange Pylon
on 2003-05-14 19:48:19

Words cannot describe how much I love this song. My god, it rawks so much it's astounding. The beginning is excellent, then it turns into a masterpiece when the guitar kicks in. Wowza Yowza. 399/10

Atomic Dog
on 2003-04-10 14:48:30

Taking the minority position here...

I didn't keep this one when I originally downloaded it, so that's indicative of my gut reaction. But, I downloaded it again since the review came up again. At first, I was like, "Wait, why did I not like this?" And then at 1:50, I remembered.

I think if you had toned down (or maybe went with something different alltogehter) the drum-beat harmony, I would have liked it more. I think the guitar take on the song is genius, and that REALLY had me beside myself, but like I said.. the harmony is just too pervasive.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (11)

Electric Guitar,Synth
Effects > Distortion
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Usage > Workout

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