Posted 2020-08-12, evaluated by Liontamer


We're gonna travel back in time... to yesterday... to celebrate the 25th US anniversary of Chrono Trigger with this absolutely gorgeous chip/EDM chillness from DDRKirby(ISQ) [Timmie Wong]:

"This one is another remix that comes courtesy of my Patreon campaign, requested by Shadoninja. The original source tune is called "Corridor(s) of Time." I started this out with the basic idea of taking a slower, more experimental composition approach (similar to my "Phendrana Drifts" mix) but somehow, without even planning to, "time" itself, and specifically ways to modulate it, ended up becoming a central theme for the mix.

This shows up in several ways:

  • Timestretching - Some of the pad-like textures in the song (particularly in the intro and outro) were created by greatly timestretching the other melodies of the song.
  • Time signatures - The song bounces back and forth between a regular 4/4 time signature and a 7/4 meter for some sections, which may feel like time is skipping a beat every two measures.
  • Reversed playback - I play around with reversed fills and effects, especially in the "beep beep beep" transition sound effects that first show up around 0:50, and later at the very end of the song.
  • Rhythmic reinterpretation - Besides the main arpeggio motif, I took a number of artistic liberties in modifying the rhythms of the source melodies, especially in the section starting at 2:29.
  • Reordered arrangement - At a higher level, the order of the various melody sections in the song is a bit backwards. The main melody at 1:49, for example, is the first strong lead melody presented, but in the original song it's a secondary pad melody that doesn't show up until later. The main recognizable arpeggio from the beginning of the original source doesn't actually appear in its original 4/4 form until the outro.

This is one of those ones that I spent a bit more time on than usual. I hope you enjoy it :)"

So cool; one of Timmie's best, even if it's a source we have ingrained in our collective neural VGM pathways. The idea to play with time in any of the ways outlined, given the source, isn't necessarily unheard of, but combining several such techniques - and having the resulting track still be a badass, chill, & entirely enjoyable affair - is rather impressive. Larry Oji writes:

"As one who's personally stretched for time these days, all I have time to say is that I greatly enjoyed the ride. :-) Thanks so much to Timmie for submitting this, and allowing us to say happy 25th anniversary in the U.S. to one of THE most influential and inspirational soundtracks in the entire history of video games."

Things Popular to Claim As Overrated That I Believe Are NOT Overrated (An Incomplete List):

  • Citizen Kane
  • The Beatles
  • Shakespeare
  • Chrono Trigger soundtrack

...probably a lot more, tbh. Moby Dick, maybe. Superb work from DDRKirby(ISQ) that embraces the time-manipulation concept but still turns out a satisfying, fresh, & accessible take on a legit VGM classic. Highly recommended!

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Discussion

Latest 3 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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theconsoloist
on 2020-08-14 10:04:09

Yeah, I really like this too! Nice how you build suspense by withholding the melody and only playing parts at a time. Drum rhythms also pretty tight :-D

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Emunator
on 2020-08-12 20:13:35

I did not want this song to end. This could have gone on for twice the length as far as I'm concerned. Timmie, your latest remixes have been an absolute masterclass in how to take a popular source in all sorts of directions that are at once fresh and yet familiar. There are so many beautiful countermelodies and arpeggios that I can just get lost in, and the extra production work really complements the chiptune pallette that forms the base of the arrangement. Superlative work!

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Liontamer
on 2020-08-12 11:26:00

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

Tags (12)


Genre:
Downtempo, EDM
Mood:
Chill, Mellow
Instrumentation:
Chiptune, Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Effects > Glitching
Effects > Reversing
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > 7/4 Time Signature
Time > Time Signature: Variable

File Information


Name:
Chrono_Trigger_Horizons_of_Time_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
9,748,060 bytes
MD5:
9934e6e60b9d54b867879ed33f2c1ca8
Bitrate:
233Kbps
Duration:
5:31

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