ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Oh, Traveller from an Arcane Land" 3:53

By Jabzizi

Arranging the music of one song...

"Secret of the Forest"

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

Posted 2013-12-30, evaluated by the judges panel

Well, 2013 is on its last legs, and while we didn't accomplish everything we set out to accomplish, this was nevertheless a phenomenal year for OCR. We posted more mixes (231) than in any year since 2002, released some jaw-droppingly amazing & shockingly diverse albums, officially attended eight conventions/events, partnered with Eidos Montreal to release a smokin' Deus Ex EP, and worked with Capcom to honor the 25th anniversary of Mega Man with our first commercial album. That's pretty frackin' incredible, in my book, and I'm proud of all the hard work from staff & artists that made it possible. This was a TON of logistics, coordination, & music to pack into a single revolution of the Earth around the Sun; I've no doubt that 2014 will pose similarly formidable challenges, but for at least 48 hrs, it's time to relax, kick back, and savor the accomplishment.

...except for me, that is. I'll still be getting no sleep and changing dirty diapers. But have an age-appropriate drink (or ten) on me, eh?

We're gonna cap off an excellent year with an excellent mix, from Homeslice (Joshua Clark), who follows up his No More Heroes debut ReMix from August with this sweet chip/dubstep electronic take on 'Secret of the Forest' from CT:

"Chrono Trigger is still, to this day, my absolute favourite JRPG. I loved every aspect of the game (with a special mention to the soundtrack which is, to say the least, phantasmagorical) and after about my 4th play-through I realised a remix was in order and this was the result. Hope you enjoy :)"

Fellow dad (I can say that now!) Nutritious writes:

"This is the kind of stuff I've been digging lately and it's nice to hear it done well. Getting a Daft Punk Tron vibe for sure on the intro. Source connection is clear, but used in a creative manner. Larry's right that the backing sequence does tend to get relegated to more of a backing foundation part, but the lead holds down the main theme in the foreground... Production is really fantastic here though. Loving the full, wide bass line. Really good change-ups in synths and patterns to keep individual sections from getting too repetitive. "

Ditto all that; I think 2013 has certainly been a year of people having a knee-jerk reaction to the "dubstep" label, but like any genre/subgenre, it's really a contextual thing, or at least should be - there's ample variety & room to maneuver while still employing staple ingredients, resulting in tracks that blur plenty of lines and have made converts (or at least opened minds) on several occasions. Joshua does a great job of taking chiptune/retro elements and swirling them into a more modern electronic aesthetic, and the source remains identifiable even through all the deliciously dirty mutations. Definitely hoping to hear more where this came from next year; congrats to Mr. Homeslice on the year-ending mixpost, and here's wishing everyone a safe & happy New Year's celebration!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-12-16 11:00:13

I second what Black_Doom said, great melodic, slightly melancholic dubstep mix. Excellent reintepretation.

on 2014-05-24 06:27:09

I like this kind of dubstep. It's very melodic (it's not just crazy wubwubs all over the track) and it has great melancholic vibe. This track also evokes a lot of emotions. Great stuff

on 2013-12-31 19:01:44

Is it just me, or does this remind anyone else of the FF Legend 3 world map music? (That's a good thing IMO)

on 2013-12-31 10:30:25

I don't have many issues with regular crazy, chaotic dubstep when done right, because I have heard chaotic dubstep done right, and it's nice to go hard sometimes. However, I actually do prefer this kind of tamer dubstep, where it focuses more on the melody of the ReMix and only dubawubs to get the appropriate gritty or synthy sound and electronic buzz going in the arrangement. Adding rather than just distorting. Very clean, not headache inducing, and uses dubstep ideas without going the "let's just grind it to dust and see what happens" route. Not bad, Homeslice.

on 2013-12-30 20:39:13

YES! This is how dubstep should be! Heavy, in-your-face, NO siren-like sounds, no senseless repetition, no corniness, tasteful sound design, clean production, and tight (enough) drums. Dat silent kick at 0:49.

A large portion of the arrangement is a direct repeat, but other than that, no major complaints from me. This kicks butt.

on 2013-12-30 18:45:09

I couldn't agree more about the "kneejerk reaction" in response to dubstep. Dubstep was a niche genre that became too spread-out and over-used, and now there's an automatic "bleh, dubstep!" reaction because of how over-saturated and over-mimicked the genre has become.

The understandable bit of negativity comes from dubstep as a clusterf*ck of soundbite sampling, distortion, and synth with no discernible method to the madness. In pieces like this, however, there's nothing negative about the use of dubstep. In good dubstep, it's more than just synthesized chaos. This arrangement takes the source material and creates a unique and excellent song through the use of dubstep elements. This is definitely dubstep in a good way.

on 2013-12-30 16:50:59

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

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