Posted 2003-10-12, evaluated by djpretzel
Unipulator, aka Eric Weg, sent us one of the most impressive, original initial submissions in the history of OCR with his Last Blade 2 ReMix, still a great piece of music and something I go back to often. Now, that was both a great ReMix and a submission that covered material near-and-dear to my heart, which also happened to be untread territory. For his second submission, Unipulator does a 180 degree turnaround and covers one of the most explored themes in game music arrangement, Zeal from CT, but with what I think is a similarly interesting and well-produced style. No doubt the altered chord progression and counter-melody might give a couple purists an aneurysm, but especially for such a familiar theme I think such changes are not only appropriate, but called for. Introing with the original simple motif Eric's added in that sort of sets up the new progression and gives you an idea of the feel, delayed, cross-panned synth arpeggios, a deep bass, minimal but effective and quality drums enter at 0'21". It's the distorted piano - an instrument you rarely hear distortion being applied to (the end result is unpredictable in a mix and not a timbre that often "works") - that some will either react negatively towards, or (like myself) appreciate for its riskiness, isolated simplicity, and aversion towards a more cookie-cutter clean synth or piano or wind solo at this point. I like it infinitely more than had distortion not been applied, but some of my favorite bands (The Strokes, for example) use distortion in abundance, so it's a subjective thing. The piece progresses from there, largely capitalizing on the altered progression, original harmonies on the pads and melody in the piano segments in between, and concludes on a nice if uninspired fadeout. I would have liked a more conspicuous ending, but this is a different take on Zeal, the progression of which I feel makes it a more melancholy, introspective piece. It's not as singularly breathtaking as his Last Blade 2 mix, but it's definitely worth checking out. Good stuff.
on 2015-03-11 02:18:46
I haven't heard many of these CoT ReMixes that actually altered the source tune that much. This is one of those firsts that actually had some nice differentiation!
on 2013-03-07 13:09:51
All these years later, still solid. One of the best.
on 2012-04-30 17:56:31
8.5 years on, this is still my favorite remix of all time.
on 2011-12-27 11:22:25
This sounds like something that could really fit that setting that you find the source in. It's got a very magical feel to it through the entire track thanks to a very smart choice of synths and a (imo) well-done piano, all of which lending itself to an emotionally-stirring melody.
on 2011-01-03 15:14:36
A lovely mix, I love the depth it creates.
on 2010-09-27 21:12:36
Very impressive. Love it. It really does take the theme in a very new and very emotive new direction.
on 2010-08-27 14:06:53
I gotta agree with Brian here, this track has really aged well, and sounds pretty timeless. THe distorted piano struck me as an odd choice, but it really captured my attention, and when the rest of the synths came in, it felt just right. The backdrop is lush and beautiful, and the chord progression alterations are even better than the original ones, imo. It really mixes some hope with melancholy and mystery. The structure is really similar, but the completely new feel is what really sells this one.
Fantastic work. This is the best Zeal remix.
on 2010-08-26 18:18:34
To date, this is our 2nd and last mix from Unipulator which is a real shame. THe man knows how to create ambience better than just about anyone I've ever heard. His tracks are 7 years old, and my goodness they have aged well. Out of the gate, we hear a piano intro that is very similar to his past song, and I'm diggin' it all the way. The arpeggiated synth line is awesome by creating an intensity to the track that helps drive it, but never intruding upon the laid back vibe the track is aiming for! The soundscape is extremely lush and resilient. The arrangement is fairly simple with the backing chords holding the music behind the main melody, but don't hear "simple" as a bad thing at all. Even in the simplicity, Eric has managed to create something with a full and beautiful sound. My goodness, when I listen to the mixes I was trying to do back in 2003, it was down right embarrassing compared to this. Beautiful arrangement all around.
on 2009-12-19 04:35:26
The synths entered way too abruptly and I can't say I'm a fan of the distorted piano, but the rest of the minimalist soundscape is handled quite nicely, and the non-distorted piano sounds great! Thanks for reminding me how much I love this tune
There's lots to love about this, so even if some elements don't jive with you, you might find that the end product is still something highly listenable!
on 2009-07-09 07:13:37
I enjoyed ever minute of this wonderful remix.
on 2009-07-07 08:24:13
A very beautiful and emotional song that to me is the best interpretaion of the original song. Great Job
on 2009-02-13 04:29:32
I've been an on-again-off-again visitor to the website-- though recently my interest was revitalized when I came across this old favorite by Unipulator.
I downloaded "Zeal Love" in 2005 after a friend of mine told me about the website, and it was more than just a trip into the memories I had of playing this game-- but of music linked to emotion in a way that was startling, sad, though sweet and familiar all at once.
While I'm no remixer, I'm a fan of music across the board. I like to think of ways in which it affects soundtracks to film and how it's used in theatre. "Zeal Love" certainly seems to sound like the utopia that would have been. The oft maligned distorted piano that was used in this piece can almost be compared to the swell of woodwinds that Mozart used in his "Gran Partita". At first, like a rusty instrument that seems to groan and ache, but then when the rest of the instruments fall into place, the transformation from the old world to the new is complete, and the music is accomplishing its mission in ways you couldn't begin to define.
For the "haters", I'd say they have to let the piece do its work. It's not the original. It doesn't need to be. It's an expression; in this case, a well-crafted, beautifully moving expression.
on 2007-03-25 00:53:36
but its good
on 2007-03-23 20:23:34
i love this mix almost as much as i hate it... in '03 i dated a young man who said he made this and many other oc remixes. he was lying, of course, and the betrayal hurts to this day because every time i hear one of those songs the pain returns. this particular song was 'our' song. i can't even listen to it anymore, haven't been able to since, but it's so beautiful... every so often i have to torture myself with it.
and i don't care what any of those other losers say. (i kid, i kid - some of those 'losers' are the big names around here) but i like the distorted piano. emotional acid reflux aside, this is my favorite zeal remix.
on 2007-03-05 19:11:20
This has always been my favorite take on "Corridors of Time", with "Electric Clouds" coming in a close second. Some people reacted negatively to the distorted piano, but I feel that the song wouldn't be the same without it. When it's first introduced, everything except for the percussion and a pad is taken away. Eventually, the other synths come in again to create a truly bitersweet sound.
I first listened to this mix about two years ago, when I first discovered the site. It was a relatively rough time in my life, and I would often listen to this mix, as well as many others. Anyway, time went on and it's been a couple years since I've listented to it.
Just five minutes ago, I decided to listen to it again, and I was completely overwhelmed with a feeling of nostalgia. In my opinion, the fact that this remix brought up old memories and emotions is proof that video game music and remixes are a form of music that is just as powerful as any other.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Corridor of Time"
- Piano, Synth
- Time > Tempo: Slow
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