ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Door to the End of Time" 5:34

By Blake Perdue

Arranging the music of 4 songs...

"At the End of Time", "Frog's Theme", "Peaceful Days", "Yearnings of the Wind"

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

Posted 2006-01-03, evaluated by the judges panel


Through trials and tribulations, numerous release dates, and spanning three calendar years in the making, I'm proud to announce that project manager Claado Shou and company have finally unveiled Chrono Symphonic, an orchestral Chrono Trigger ReMix project. CS writes:

"Chrono Symphonic is a project a long time in the making. Starting from the autumn days of October 2004, and ending sometime in the autumn days of October 2005, it’s been a labor of love for everybody that has been a part of it. Initially designed to be the soundtrack for the long-desired Chrono Trigger movie (no, the movie doesn’t exist and probably never will), it encompasses 18 different artists' takes on the way such a film should sound in an orchestral setting, and many more on how it should look and feel."

A little more conceptual in nature, but (I'm fairly certain) no less appreciated than previous OCR site projects Relics of the Chozo, Kong in Concert, Hedgehog Heaven, Rise of the Star, or The Dark Side of Phobos, Chrono Symphonic has indeed been a topic of much discussion amongst mixers I know, and the cumulative result has been honed and refined, with some fairly extensive final mastering touches by Compyfox and contributions from a wide variety of talented guys and gal. The debut track comes in from Blake Perdue (formerly known as 'Blizihizake'), and the context/description on the site reads as follows:

"Upon arrival to the End of Time, the group discovers Lavos' origin, the interesting history of an ancient world, and much more."

There's actually a few themes covered here, in a very flowing, tasteful medley, and Blake presents a mature overall sound that, while not using the best samples in the world, achieves what suspension of disbelief is possible through creative sequencing, particularly in oscillating between ensemble and solo parts. The ReMixer self-deprecatingly writes (throwing in a play-by-play of the themes covered):

"Anyway, here is my ReMix. It's an arrangement of the overlooked End of Time theme. Although I am using basically all of the same samples as my earlier ReMix, Set Sail, it certainly isn't as linear or storytelling as many would like it to be. I tried to do what I could, but with my mediocre arrangement ability, the song will remain as spontaneous as a soundtrack done by John Williams. Actually, John Williams on PCP.

0:00-00:38 Nothin in particular
0:40-1:28 End of Time Theme
1:44-1:59 Frog's Theme
2:00-2:14 Middle Ages Theme
2:15-2:57 1000 AD Theme
2:57-3:11 Happy rendition of End of Time Theme
3:40-3:59 End of Time Theme
4:29-Ending End of Time Theme"

At only sixteen, Blake displays an impressive ability to create orchestral 'scenes' that feel right and click; this piece is no exception. Shnabubula got a chance to judge a pre-mastered version of this piece, as it was submitted, approved by the panel, and then held onto until the entire project was complete, and I think he summarized the strength of the composition quite well:

"This ReMix is a series of vignettes, no two of which are alike. They all have their own unique charms and compliment one another splendidly, keeping five minutes and thirty seconds from feeling like too long."

Great mix that does an admirable job of introducing the project and giving you a feel for what the vision was behind its evolution. Check out the rest of CS at http://chrono.ocremix.org or start downloading the torrent right now - great mix, and great to see this concept reach fruition after a long haul and a lot of work.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Snow Taradien
on 2012-05-03 02:57:01

Gangara? You can't possibly be seriously hating on the Radical Dreamers soundtrack... Can you? That's a physical impossibility which I refuse to believe exists!

Spite for such a ridiculous comment aside, I've always quite liked this arrange, however the pacing sometimes is a bit too slow.

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OA
on 2009-11-25 11:33:35

Transitions were ranged from really good to mediocre, and as a medley, it lives or dies based on the handing off between one theme and another. Overall I enjoyed it though, nice work dude. I think this would sound awesome as a performed piece. :-)

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DragonFireKai
on 2007-02-28 01:40:17

I love the sequencial nature of the piece. It encompasses the entire first quarter of the game in a nutshell. I love this mix, just like the entire Chrono Symphonic CD, Great Job guys.

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Jabberbox
on 2006-12-25 13:37:11
D.J Jabberbox, i'm going to asume you didn't mean that. just because the technology used to create Chrono Trigger was inferiror to the tech used for chrono cross doesn't mean that Chrono Cross had better music! Take for example, every musical score except for Leena's theme, Time's scar, time of the dreamwatch, kids theme, the frozen flame, and the sad themes, every single one of them sucked! My theory is that when he was writing the battle theme for Cross, Yasunori was drunk! and I know that it was lofted from radical dreamers wich is probobly why it sucked so much. they should have used the unreleased battle track from trigger.

also, the music in trigger was perfectly synchronised with the storyline, whereas in cross, lets face it, kids personality didn't exactly match her theme musics. and the time devourer's theme, the final dungeon theme, and indeed the ending theme, left much to be desired. Radical Dreamers just didn't meet the right standards, i mean, it was a cool song and all, but it just didn't provide the same sort of closing feel as To Far Away Times.

I didn't mean the music itself, I meant the sound quality...

sorry about that ^^;

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Gangara
on 2006-04-26 17:52:54

D.J Jabberbox, i'm going to asume you didn't mean that. just because the technology used to create Chrono Trigger was inferiror to the tech used for chrono cross doesn't mean that Chrono Cross had better music! Take for example, every musical score except for Leena's theme, Time's scar, time of the dreamwatch, kids theme, the frozen flame, and the sad themes, every single one of them sucked! My theory is that when he was writing the battle theme for Cross, Yasunori was drunk! and I know that it was lofted from radical dreamers wich is probobly why it sucked so much. they should have used the unreleased battle track from trigger.

also, the music in trigger was perfectly synchronised with the storyline, whereas in cross, lets face it, kids personality didn't exactly match her theme musics. and the time devourer's theme, the final dungeon theme, and indeed the ending theme, left much to be desired. Radical Dreamers just didn't meet the right standards, i mean, it was a cool song and all, but it just didn't provide the same sort of closing feel as To Far Away Times.

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Daning
on 2006-04-25 18:26:33

This is how you make music.

Just ungodly.

Thank you for this.

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Jabberbox
on 2006-04-01 00:20:50
Why, for the love of Alla, does everyone keep remixing ChronoTrigger? Everyone knows that ChronoCross is by far the musically superior game in the series. Well, at least, I know that... 3 cheers for Mitsuda!

Anyways, I didn't have as much a problem with the samples in the track so much as it didn't really go anywhere. I felt that I was just kinda hangin' out in a ditch or something... just kinda waitin'... fer the train... is that the train? No, just my brain bein' bored. Well, that's kinda harsh; I don't mean that. The mix is pretty and all; I'm fallin' asleeep.

well, you see, Chrono trigger was better liked , story and playwise. and alone, CC is bettersoundwise, I ,mean the fact that the audio quality is better, so it would be easier to understand the music(theoretically)

not only creating a musical induced mood, but also one based from memory

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meccaneer
on 2006-03-23 14:54:01

Why, for the love of Alla, does everyone keep remixing ChronoTrigger? Everyone knows that ChronoCross is by far the musically superior game in the series. Well, at least, I know that... 3 cheers for Mitsuda!

Anyways, I didn't have as much a problem with the samples in the track so much as it didn't really go anywhere. I felt that I was just kinda hangin' out in a ditch or something... just kinda waitin'... fer the train... is that the train? No, just my brain bein' bored. Well, that's kinda harsh; I don't mean that. The mix is pretty and all; I'm fallin' asleeep.

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Rechact
on 2006-03-20 02:28:14

Overall very nice, reminds me somehow of holst's jupiter in the somewhat playful use of themes. As for suggestions from someone with little musical aptitude, I would say bring the theme at 2:15 out more powerfully and possibly run with it a little more. The end also sorta dies out without a fight. Leaves one expecting a powerful finisher, but it doesn't come.

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Jabberbox
on 2006-03-18 10:56:56

It's really gqite nice, it would make a great overture to "chrono trigger, the musical!".

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Bummer
on 2006-01-30 11:25:51

About time that Blizihizake made an another remix. His Set Sail was excellent, and I could hear some of the samples from it here too.

the beginning of it is quite fitting. The End of Time is, to be exact, nothing unless of two rooms that floats in nothingness. Yeah, it's weird alright, and you felt it in the music. When the strings started playing, you thought it was getting serious, then it fell and started playing strings instead. Aaaand then it builds up again, continues with its stringplay, but this time it at least get a little further in process. I got a little sceptic when it suddenly changed over to frog's theme, it happen too abrupt, although it happened with soft instruments.

But then it went good again, the reinforcements consisiting of church bells and some heavier orchestric instruments really made an impressed smile in my face. Beautiful stuff. Then it went even happier, and I love that part when that strange instrument I don't the name of jumps onto the scene right after the piano. Spiced this remix up with some new cultural flavours. Then Bliz smoothed everything out by letting the strings and the harp run on autopilot until it faded out.

No major wrongs with the music, great stuff. My only problems may be the wide selections of themes used in this remix, and also how the remix didn't really fit with the feel it was supposed to have. This was the End of Time, but after you've listened a while to it, you suddenly think that it's about fields full of pretty flowers. Nothing wrong with happy remixes OR flowers, but I felt that most of the remix's joyful attitude didn't suit the situation in the story.

Or maybe it did? I must check the script for that thing......

Anyhew, great follow-up of an remix Blake/Blizihizake. :D

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weggy
on 2006-01-07 04:00:39

I rarely review remixes, because I really don't have a musical ear, nor the ability to really isolate things I do or don't like about a particular piece of music.

I'm not sure about this piece, however. I like the genre of the music, and god knows I love the source... but for some reason, I just don't think it flowed together so well. Perhaps if the "main" notes of the individual themes were a bit stronger, it would make it easier to follow.

Yes, this is exactly why I don't review remixes. I don't know what the hell im saying.

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Metasquares
on 2006-01-05 18:39:30

I'm a little surprised that this song, out of all on the project, made it here, since some of the others are really fantastic. As for this song, it's decent, and the quality of the samples is good (but then, judging a song by the quality of its samples is nearly as bad as judging a game by its graphical content), but the arrangement just completely loses its energy around halfway through the mix (Around 3:40). The next 10 seconds are positively bombastic, and probably should have been thrown out of the mix.

Overall, the first half is good, but the second needs work.

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Blake
on 2006-01-05 16:57:01
Care to elaborate why? I'm curious.

Ditto. I'd love critique, and am always willing to improve my stuff. I was afraid some would be disappointed by this, and my fear was confirmed (if it was on the arrangement aspect of things.)

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Compyfox
on 2006-01-05 15:24:26

Care to elaborate why? I'm curious.

Sources Arranged (4 Songs)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"At the End of Time"
"Frog's Theme"
"Peaceful Days"
"Yearnings of the Wind"

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Genre:
Classical
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Orchestral
Additional:

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Duration:
5:34

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