ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Antimatter" 4:05

By Beatdrop

Arranging the music of one song...

"Magus Confronted"

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

Posted 2006-09-28, evaluated by the judges panel

Besides being the helpful substance that fuels the NCC-1701x line of quality starships and keeps those neon rings moving up and down, antimatter is now also the latest ReMix from Beatdrop. We last heard from the twinless Olsen back in December of '05, and he's only covered the ubiquitous CT OST once before, in February of '03, but now he's back with some trigger-happy Trigger happy, dropping the beat as only Beatdrop can. Something about woodchucks comes to mind... The ReMixer writes:

"Been an eternity since I submitted a remix, but I finally created one I'm satisfied with. Seems so hard to do these days. This is a dark, angry, brooding remix of the Magus battle theme from Chrono Trigger. This was actually one of the first songs I ever attempted to remix, and the version I made back in 2001 is, well, pure unadulterated shit. This version, on the other hand, is pretty tasty. But that's subjective, so I'll leave it up to the ears and minds of whoever ends up reading this. Pulled on a lot of inspiration from Concord Dawn for this. They are one of the truly great names in drum 'n' bass music today, always outdoing themselves. Anyway, similar in style to the kind of stuff they've been doing lately, I wanted to make something with humongous bass synths. So here it is."

Bass synths are indeed ginormous, so we're not being shafted on the low-end. Dain may have been a bit too generous on the high-end, however, as the only consistent negative amongst panelists was that there are some rather loud, potentially even grating, higher frequencies in this piece. As Larry put it: "Beatdrop cares not for my ears or yours. When dropping the beat, one cannot be bothered by such things." The beat may be Dain's to drop and Vicki Sue Robinson's to turn around, but it's ultimately ours to pick back up, and you may want to adjust your headphone/speaker volume on the conservative side of things as a preemptive measure, then calibrate appropriately during listening. If Dain ain't sold you on his hard-hittin' in-your-face stylings to date, this isn't going to be an epiphany, as it remains quite true to the mofo's M.O., being that of more aggressive and faster paced electronica sub-genres. It is the ever-popular Magus theme from the ever-popular Chrono Trigger soundtrack from ever-popular Squaresoft, however, so that might unfreeze the calcified hearts of those previously apathetic to the dropping of beat - who knows. Andy knows:

"Ooh... right from the beginning, I could tell that this remix means business. I'm a huge fan of "Deserted Industry" and "Catapult" and the harsh electronic sounds used in both of those. And, overall, I really like the sounds you used here as well. Lots of very creative pads, some butt-kickin' drums, crazy leads, thick bass... etc, that much is all a given. The arrangement is wonderful as well. The Magus theme can be tough to remix creatively because it has such a cool structure to begin with, but you did a good job, particularly with all the rhythmic variations (especially the tempo change). Major props on that."

So, aside from a slightly ornery temperament that bares its teeth a few times, you've got a great piece that's classic BD doing classic Mitsuda, with the bonus of being able to create wicked smart explosions when combined with plain ole matter - in other, simpler words: fun and loud.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-09-17 03:25:18

Yea, this one is awesome. reminds me of back in the late 90's going to raves, the whole track is great but 1:38 - 1:59 is KILLER!!!!!!!!!!

on 2009-12-03 16:54:51

The synths in here are really harsh, which makes this one difficult to listen to for me personally :? Being totally honest, I didn't really feel like the soundscape was adequately filled out until around 3:04, and by then the song was already over.

I can appreciate the good breakdowns and the parts where things felt a bit more full and just "clicked" but on the whole this mix didn't really do it for me :| Sorry.

on 2009-12-03 01:17:42

I don't usually listen to Dn'B (seeing as I'm not that huge of a fan), but hell I'd be lying if I didn't say that this is one of the best mixes of Magus's theme I've heard!

The synth right from the start was low and gritty almost as if it was growling, you could just tell it was going somewhere good, and it did. It's good to see that a mix that usually made into a rock/orchestra track taken into such a kickass, unique direction.

on 2009-06-01 15:37:26

That synth is so large, any adjective i can think of to describe it seems to not describe it well enough, or would sound like some sort of plug for a NI product. Regardless, it's very cool. Some of the high end is way piercing, like a few of the cymbals, but the rest of the sounds seem to mesh together well. The melody and beat fit together great, though I wish there were fewer breakdowns and more beat-dropping power.

Still a pretty good mix.

on 2007-02-26 00:11:51

I'm not a fan of Drum and Bass, but this is a fine piece if you're into Dn'B.

on 2007-01-23 19:27:37

Yeahs. This is the best db at OCR, I'd hafta say. I mean, if you can call it db - it seems to be crossing some boundaries. I mean, making any tune 180 bpms or throwing in some square waves doesn't make it db. Some of the leads are just too tinny, the drums aren't quite compressed right and that staccato synth is almost gabberish. Regardless, it get high marks in my book.

It's Game Bass, really.

on 2006-11-10 14:59:36

I love this.

Bass Clef Man
on 2006-11-10 02:12:03

To be honest, the only remix of the Magus theme I like on OCR. Very nice! The theme shines and the DB adds a really cool flair to it.

on 2006-11-03 18:43:11


on 2006-11-02 02:17:41

Great to hear some more Beatdrop! Man do I love Beatdrop... if I were you, don't read this post, GO DOWNLOAD THIS NOW. You're guaranteed a good mix with Beatdrop. Amazing, breath-taking work here.. wow. 'nuff said!

Martin Penwald
on 2006-10-23 17:38:41

I've been listening to this time and again since Beatdrop posted it in a DnB thread in UnMod some time ago. Quality work; I especially like the part from 1:59 on when the soundscape becomes empty; that's a nice opener for the following build-up.

SamuraiFoochs #Reload
on 2006-10-13 17:40:51

I've been looking for a Magus mix I really like for ages now, and I have found one. Yay Beatdrop.

on 2006-10-12 02:05:49

Great Magus remix. There aren't many I really like, so I'm always hoping for more Magus remixes.

on 2006-10-08 16:17:49

I was clubbing 'til two AM last night. Man I wish they'd have played this at the Plaza.

I swear I see JM's little animated cat sig raving to this song...

CC Ricers
on 2006-10-04 23:33:37


Fun fact: Concord Dawn uses mostly Fruity Loops to make their music.

It's a pretty sick db remix of an evil source tune. What else can I say.

But dammit, now you go and make me want to do yet another Chrono Trigger remix. But one that follows the styles of Subfocus and TC. :lol:

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

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