Posted 2002-09-30, evaluated by djpretzel
JD Harding returned after a long hiatus recently with a revised Sonic 3D piece, but as that was a song he'd previously covered, this stands as his first completely original, new submission in quite awhile. CT fans should appreciate this breakbeat-intensive Schala arrangement, which joins a plethora of Schala mixes in existence. JD pays particular attention to layering beats within beats, which keeps the rhythm track dynamic + interesting as delayed poly synths move across the stereo field and piano and warm analog synth pads form a solid foundation in the mid- to lower-range. There's no dedicated bassline to speak off, so things play off as more atmospheric and melody-centric than dance-oriented, even with the breakbeat work. Not much else to say - chances are you're familiar with Schala if you've been around OCR even a short while, and JD's incarnation is a worthy addition and offers up a new, more contemporary & faster interpretation I wager you'll dig. Recommended.
on 2015-12-31 07:38:32
An interesting arpeggio intro that leads into some nice piano melody, however when the main percussion comes in everything falls away and leaves the soundscape a bit empty. The rest of the track keeps things interesting by changing up leads and pads in equal measure which works well with the main tune. The arpeggio from the intro fades in and out towards the end of the track which I found a little distracting.
on 2015-12-14 00:09:05
This is the second track I’ve reviewed that I remember listening to the first year I was introduced to Overclocked. I like the use of the string ensemble, and I remember that being one of the reasons I liked this track back in the day. Not a fan of the percussion samples, but the string ensemble work alone makes this remix worthy of a download.
on 2015-12-03 14:52:55
The cutoff at 0:52 just felt empty. Aside from that, it feels conservative; I almost lost interest at nearly 3 minutes in, but the pad was a nice touch. Still feel it could have been a bit shorter, though.
on 2015-12-02 17:14:57
The textures can get fairly bare here (like at 0:52 - 1:04), but when they aren't, like when the synth strings and/or piano come in, the track manages to drive forward and keep me interested. There's quite a bit of copy+paste of chordal and/or melodic textures from entire passages, but at least there was some alteration of instruments around what was repeated to change energy levels; for 2002, taking the time to do at least that is worth mentioning.
on 2014-10-04 00:25:26
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Schala's Theme"
- Breakbeats, Electronic, Synth
- 5,946,460 bytes
- Size: 5,946,460 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 26d7998d0402dca7f70d26cf09d567a2
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