ReMix:Chrono Trigger "A World Awaits Chrono" 5:29

By J:/Drive

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"A Premonition", "Chrono Trigger"

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

Posted 2003-02-08, evaluated by djpretzel

What's this? A highly technical electronica CT ReMix that's not Schala, from a first-time mixer at that? J:/Drive linked me to a file hosted on, which suggests a potential affiliation with or at least knowledge of Mr. AE, not at all surprising as this arrangement shares more than a passing resemblance to his style of chopped, effected, manipulated mixage with excellent engineering and energetic pace. Similar to Digimatic's CV2 ReMix, I can say that this is what one might have expected had AE taken on the very same theme. Regardless of the background goings-on and who sounds like who, it's damn good shit. This is a bit longer stuff, actually, and for five and a half minutes, beginning and ending with the ticking clock from CT's title screen, the title music is presented in an electronic & electrified context, with layered, distorted, and bitcrushed drums flying every which way and more stop-and-go tricks and trips than you can shake a stick at. Even if shaking sticks is your forte. It's great to hear the title theme, and not one of the more commonly chosen tracks, given this sort of red-carpet treatment and attention to detail. Love how the kick drum drops out and the rolling snare gets a sort of solo, preceding some "CD player is whacked"-style skippage that intros into some elaborate mutations. No one can criticize AE, Digimatic, and now J:/Drive of having drum tracks that sit on their asses, this much is certain. Whether this much motion and playfulness in a drum track is your cup of tea or not in large will dictate your appreciation of their work (not that the other elements aren't solid, polised, and well-varied too) - I for one am always up for drumlines and/or basslines that don't let the melody boss them around too much and avoid autopilot. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2021-08-28 01:05:43
14 minutes ago, Audity said:

The first half is still great by today's standards, listening to the VGMix version (which is 160kbps instead of 128). But somewhere in the 2nd half, all the sounds become less distinct from each other, too much blending into one sound field. I was ready to add this to one of the best 200 game remixes of all time! It's really cool reading how enamored SGX was by this mix in 2003.

Message me a copy of the 160kbps version, if you have it. :-)

on 2021-08-28 00:50:45

The first half is still great by today's standards, listening to the VGMix version (which is 160kbps instead of 128). But somewhere in the 2nd half, all the sounds become less distinct from each other, too much blending into one sound field. I was ready to add this to one of the best 200 game remixes of all time! It's really cool reading how enamored SGX was by this mix in 2003.

on 2018-04-03 15:12:29

I've almost ignored this track completly for a long time for some reason... Probably the first impression wasn't that good, heh. But man, I love it so much now :) The beats are damn hot, the synth work is pretty intense, and some string action seems quite appropriate as well - certainly feels like a journey through time and space with all these subtle changes throught the whole song - especially love that transition at 4:20, which gives me chills just every time. Definitely worth the download!

on 2010-04-22 12:03:20

Some really good ideas here keeping the theme pretty fresh and moving in some unexpected directions. I can definitely hear the comparison to AE in a lot of aspects, but there is a distinct flavor here as well. Some of the little stutters are in a really strange mode, but it gives attention to them in a way i'd normally overlook, and doesn't really detract, so nice work. :-)

Too bad this was the only mix by J:drive.

on 2009-06-13 05:05:25

Very good remix. the production work and samples are just done very well. thankyou JDriveWT for doing this.

on 2009-02-21 03:00:12

thinking about remixing another CT track.

The "Omen" theme (not sure whatever everyone else calls it)-

OR "The Masamune" theme or "Frog" theme or "Cyrus" theme (whatever you call it)...

Damn, it's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you, without a dope beat to step to, step to... step to... step to.:oops:

on 2008-06-12 11:53:56

OK, on my trip to 1000 I found that HAD already written a review for this song, but again, this is a fantastically written remix.

The drumwork never gets old. He keeps it exciting the entire piece through as opposed to my own drum looped-ness. The build up at the end is fantastic. It gets more and more complex, adding layers upon layers and then drops them all out again and starts thumping the bass and then building back up a SECOND time. And even though this would seem to get repetitive, it's the part I look forward to every time.

The central section where the theme gets obscured and starts just wandering around through some dissonant harmonies was a part that had to grow on me, but the more I listened to it, the more I appreciated how he had to do quite a bit of original work on that section as opposed to just staying on the melody all the way through. Great segue to get back to the B section of the theme.

I can't say enough about this song. It's really well written and I wish he had stuck around and done more. Oh, and I feel like it gave new life to the overused theme (although I really enjoy the theme).

on 2007-12-08 16:04:02

For some reason, this song always reminds me of Titan AE. I've loved this song for years, I've got it on my personal list of top some-high-ranked songs.

on 2007-06-26 04:18:56

Wow guys...

Thanks everyone for all of your excellent critiques and comments. I remember working on this mix at my little kitchen table/ haphazard computer/sound mixing set up in my Dad's old small apartment... AND with my old ass HP computer that probably couldn't handle most of the stuff I work on now...

Since then I've evolved as a musician and composer in WaveTheory and with my solo work.

When I first submitted this mix- it was "From Wood Sword To Katana"- I liked the title, but I think I had to re-submit it for some reason, to fix some things- I'm not exactly sure why. Anyway, I think I needed to change the title because I posted it on VGmix first, then here, because it had to go through DJP. I guess I might have thought that the first title was a little cheese...

There are so many comments, I don't know where to start- but I'll end this by saying that I'm planning on submitting more remixes- and they will be CT for the most part. I'm looking to re-interpret some of my favorites.

As far as all the "just another CT remix- whoopie" jumbo- I can understand if people are tired of them, but I love the game, love the music even more- and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you don't want to hear "another CT remix" then don't listen to them :P Besides, there's a reason so many people keep doing them...

Comparing me to AE and Digimatic is totally fine, because they're my brothers and bandmates as many of you know. You'll find I have branched off with my own style though, so look out.

I'm interested in doing remixes for other games, especially now that my mixing, and arranging skills are tons better. Maybe even with some vocals.

J:/Drive won't be known for the "one remix" for much longer...

Maybe I'll be to CT remixes as AE is to MegaMan? lol... probably not.

I did submit the 600 A.D. mix, but DJP rejected that one. I think Alex (AE) even voted to not accept it! lol... I think it had mixing issues. At the time I didn't think sound quality was as important as the content of the composition. Oh well...

I couldn't remember my password for my old account, so I made this one. Glad to be back.

on 2006-11-13 00:10:50

nice song.

on 2006-11-09 12:56:59

One of the first OC remixes I ever heard and still probably the best one, this song is amazing no matter how many times you play it. This would usually be way to techno for me, especially considering its took from chrono trigger, but theres just something about this which makes it stand out. Love the ending to it, fits it so well, especially that insane part at 4:20. What can I say, great job. :D

on 2005-09-25 07:52:47

THIS IS THE WORST ORCHESTRAL REMIX I´VE HEARD, AND....what? it´s a techno? OOOOOhhhhhh..I see.

Just kidding. This was quite the techno remix, you´ll never get tired of the Premonition, eh dudes? But personally, I just thought that this is too overstuffed. My heart melted at the beautiful part at 2:08, it really did, sounded like Chaos theme from FF1. Nice, but when that part came again at 3:37, it didn´t fit with all those technonoises in the back. Maybe I´m too orchestric, but this was just not my style.:whatevaa:

And how did you manage to find that giant pendulum in the beginning and end, THAT one was cool. 8)

on 2005-05-25 18:20:54

This does Chrono Trigger the justice it deserves...Truly an epic tribute to the greatest game of all time. The way it plays sporadically yet melodically is just beautiful, it almost drove me to tears at 3:18 - 3:38, the arosen tension then relieved by even more brilliance.

Best Chrono remix ever. Hands down.

on 2005-03-25 09:47:32

This is one of my all-time favorite remixes on the site. The fusion of complex drumwork, multiple echoing melody lines, and excellent panning make me very happy. It doesn't get old at all at the 5:31 mark (which is saying a LOT because most songs in the 5-6 minute range bore long before they finish).

Awesome awesome awesome. Oh, and he picked great source material. :)

on 2005-02-24 09:17:59

That is an excellent know, chronotrigger magic is very well defined by this tune alone.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

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

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