ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Electric Clouds" 3:44

By posu yan

Arranging the music of one song...

"Corridor of Time"

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

Posted 2003-12-24, evaluated by djpretzel

po!'s last ReMix was in March of 2002, so he makes a dent in 2003 just in the nick of time with this Chrono Trigger arrangement that features the man himself on some RealViolin(tm). To get it out of the way right up front, yes, this is another arrangement of Time Circuits aka Zeal, but it's very much got its own thing going on, and like many of the excellent adaptations of this piece, offers something new in spite of the source material being highly explored. po! does an upbeat smooth jazz take, with a slick drum groove featuring snaps quite a bit, a deep bass, spot-on Rhodes chords, a fluid analogue synth lead that pulls some excellent little ornamentations, jazz guitar panned left for occassional counterpoint, cross-panned xylophone on the ubquitous rising arpeggios, and some nice percussive additions in the form of cymbal rolls and soft, subtle rim shot rhythms. The highlight, however, is clearly the violin solo, which has an oriental flair to it, ala some of the soundtrack from Crouching Tiger or a good cross-section of Zhang Yimou's films (excellent director, check him out) - this solo adds beauty and grace on top of the already palpable vibe and soul. One downside is that, most likely due to the violin requiring a live audio track, there's some recording hiss noticeable right in the intro, but this becomes much less noticeable when more instruments join in after the first cymbal swell at 0'25". po! can definitely play the violin, too - vibrato's very expressive, as are dynamics, and there's a couple runs and faster passages. Perhaps not the next Midori, but good enough to sound quite professional in context, and totally works for the mix. So, concluding this update as I get ready to head up to my mom's place, here's hoping - whatever form of near year-end holiday you celebrate - everything's groovy and copasetic, and that if gift-giving is involved, you get what you want and give what's wanted. This ReMix from po! is fantastic, again puts a fresh spin on a familiar tune, and for me at least already counts as one Christmas present that's quite the shit, and makes up for at least ten pairs of socks :) Highly recommended - happy holidays.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-01-30 07:04:43

This tune is quite old, but it's actaully a classic one, so it will always sound fine. So smooth. Love every little detail here - vibes, percussion, synths and of course, the violin! I would like to hear more violin here, though. Sweet.

on 2012-11-30 12:50:43

This is by far my favorite remix of the source! There is nothing wasted in this mix; The chord structures, and the simple yet extremely effective samples and synth sounds used, and then the violin which just took the song into a whole new realm (wish there was more). This mix also holds a bit of a special memory for me as well, because this was the first remix on OCR that I was exposed to that pretty much got me into OCR in the first place. Amazing work!

on 2010-05-06 15:28:05

Great feel to this one, and a really smooth way of representing a pretty classic theme. I'd almost prefer more violin, as those sections were my favorite, but the synth lead was nice too, and the little guitar bends were nice too- very good use of not-so-stellar samples. They are like a seasoning.

This is a really good way to do a remix, with a solid groove, and then pile on lots of excellent details, like the hard panned bells.

Great stuff! :D

Lovely Peach
on 2009-01-14 15:47:49

Delicious chords in this piece. It really gives the song an interesting variety from the original. I've downloaded a lot of CT mixes in the last week (and there are a TON of this particular song) and this one just jumped out at me. I can't describe it, but something about the chords just feels "right".

on 2007-12-08 22:01:45
This remix oozes awesome. Not just the beat, not just the melodious tampering, but that violin at 1:20 is stunning.

Couldn't agree more. Sometimes, I just listen to that violin solo over and over. But then I remember that the rest of the song is awesome too. It's like... catchy elevator music or something. I dunno.

on 2007-12-08 20:04:46
This remix oozes awesome. Not just the beat, not just the melodious tampering, but that violin at 1:20 is stunning.

oh yeah, when I heard that, I just melted.

on 2007-12-08 16:09:36

This remix oozes awesome. Not just the beat, not just the melodious tampering, but that violin at 1:20 is stunning.

on 2007-02-28 01:52:14

This suits perfectly the idea for Enhansa. It's a sublime combination of jazz, funk, and electronica. Worth the download.

on 2007-01-24 08:48:39

im...HOOKED! :mad:

on 2007-01-23 17:53:23

this mix...very soothing.

found myself listening to it over and over again...the violin's a nice touch as well.

definately my best pic for the "Zeal" theme.

on 2007-01-22 15:12:44

Damn, this remix could be the best ending to a great jazz evening, since it is just damn great, thumbs up :)

on 2007-01-21 07:54:37

Loved this remix. It's definitely something quiet and sensual. There's definitely something different about that square lead you give the melody to. It's a lot more round...

It would be interesting to hear Guardia's Forest theme in this genre.

on 2005-12-31 15:13:51

This sounds cliche I know, but this track is absolutely beautiful. The choice of style (modern jazz) complements the exceptional violin playing, and the arrangment is nothing short of amzing. I love how there is a kind of play between the up-beat sound percussion/bass and the mellow acoustics of the violin. The real kicker for me is the fact that even the synth that is used frequently in the peice doesn't distract, but adds to the over all flow.

Amazing. I only wish I'd discovered this piece earlier.

on 2005-12-24 07:34:18

I joined this Site JUST to say how MUCH I LOVE all these Remixes, I will comment on ALL my favourite mixes! :D

Been listening to this mix almost Every Day for months. I swore to myself I will register to this godblessed website and give my feedback! I love you all! Merry Christmas!!! 8)

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

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