Phoenix, Arizona – December 9, 2016 – Random Beats Music is thrilled to release Hero Muzik Vol. II by K-Murdock, a hip hop tribute to the lovable cast of characters from Squaresoft’s legendary Super Nintendo RPG, Chrono Trigger. Over the course of 12 tracks, K-Murdock and friends give voice to all the key protagonists as well as other memorable characters including tracks dedicated to Spekkio, Lavos, and mysterious gurus, Belthasar and Gaspar. Hero Muzik Vol. II is available now from Bandcamp.
“This album was a true labor of love, taking over two years to complete. Personally, this has been the most rewarding project I’ve ever produced and engineered given my childhood affinity for the game and its’ memorable soundtrack. The underlying goal with Hero Muzik Vol. II was to showcase the breadth of amazing music and musicians featured.” – K-Murdock
Fans will appreciate hearing their favorite Chrono Trigger melodies slowed down, chopped up, and re-arranged, offering a new spin on Yasunori Mitsuda’s most popular compositions. Hero Muzik Vol. II offers several instant classics, including a catchy ode to Lucca called “Big Brains” featuring Sammus, a touching narration from Magus and his younger self, Janus, as they describe the troubles of the Kingdom of Zeal from their unique perspectives and worry for the safety of their sister in “Schala & I,” and a smooth closer featuring Richie Branson.
Hero Muzik Vol. II‘s track list is as follows:
Big Brains (Lucca)
I Got A Form (Spekkio)
A Change of Scenery (Frog)
Focus Management (Magus)
Arm’s Length (Ayla)
Schala & I (Schala and Zeal)
Remember it All (Lavos)
The Gurus of Meaning (Belthasar, The Guru of Reason)
Bring Crono Back (Gaspar, the Guru of Time)
Hero Muzik Vol. II follows up the original Hero Muzik album, which was a tribute to Nobuo Uematsu’s soundtrack to Final Fantasy VI. Hero Muzik Vol. II is released in collaboration with Random Beats Music, Mega Ran’s music label aimed at showcasing some of the biggest names in nerd core and chip hop.
Yesterday marked the 21st anniversary of the American release of Square’s beloved time-traveling JRPG, Chrono Trigger. Now that Chrono Trigger is legal to drink here in the states, the good folks at Overclocked Remix decided to throw it a party; in the form of a jazz tribute album! Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger features eight tracks from the Overclocked Jazz Collective; a group featuring artists such as Nostalvania, DrumUltima and the project’s own director, Dylan “Wiesty” Wiest.
Through some fluke, I was able to assemble my own “dream team” of musicians and arrangers on OC ReMix who all shared a passion for jazz and video game music. I felt Chrono Trigger would be an ideal candidate for our first release given the game’s quickly approaching 20th anniversary and the fact that Mitsuda’s music lends itself so well to jazz and improvisation. The musicians and artists on this album have put in countless hours of practice and recording to produce an album which I think sounds authentic and natural. Jazz is a social music best captured in the moment… and while the production process of this album was anything but “in the moment,” I think the album’s sound and cohesiveness will speak for itself. – Dylan Wiest, Chronology Project Director
This marks the second album Overclocked Remix has produced in tribute to Chrono Trigger; the first being Chrono Symphonic in 2006.
You can download the entire Chronology album for free on several mirrors hosted on their OCRemix website. Between this and the Chronicles of Time mega album from earlier this year, Chrono Trigger and it’s gorgeous soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda is definitely getting the love it rightfully deserves.
Last March the French team at Midgar Studio broke their $130,000 Kickstarter goal and officially brought legendary composer Yasunori Mitsuda onto their project, Edge of Eternity. You might be able to guess by the studio’s name alone that Edge of Eternity is an indie love letter to classic Japanese RPGs.
That makes Mitsuda an especially important contributor as he’s provided the music for classics in the genre like Chrono Trigger and Xenogears as well as more modern offerings like Shadow Hearts and Soul Sacrifice.
Over a year later, Midgar Studio is ready to reveal some of the work that Mitsuda and sound designer Cedric Menendez have created with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia. Above you can check out a painfully brief clip from the recording session and hear a few of Mitsuda’s 12 themes and compositions for the game.
Midgar Studio also released a longer video from the game itself. Set against Active Time Battles and glowing special effects, the music is perfectly fitting for a Square inspired RPG and does a lot to amp up the work-in-progress footage.
If you’d been keeping track of the teasers and trailers for the long-awaited release of the Chrono Trigger mega arrangement album “Chronicles of Time“, then your wait is over. The five-disc behemoth project has finally been released to Loudr and iTunes in all its 75-track glory. (we originally counted 60, but we can’t numbers good)
Clocking in at just under six full hours of music, the album is packed to the gills with talent across the entire VGM spectrum. Directed by Spectrum of Mana’s Nate “FoxxDragon” Horsfall and co-directed by Kurt Horsfall, Chronicles features musicians, arrangers, artists and bands from Overclocked Remix, Dwelling of Duels, TheShizz.org, MAGFest bands and several other talents from across the world.
Wayo Records, which is a company based in France is offering some excellent CD Bundles which appear to be in limited quantities, but just in time for the holidays. I currently own their phenomenal 2 CD release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch by Joe Hisaishi. The bundles include:
The Yasunori Mitsuda Collection, which currently has a message of very limited. For 104 Euro (about $110 USD), you’ll be getting six Yasunori Mitsuda CDs: To Far Away Times: Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Arrangement Album, ISON Comet, Hako No Niwa, Kirite, Sailing to the World and Moonlit Shadow. If you’ve always wanted to beef up your Yasunori Mitsuda library I don’t think you’ll find a better deal for these physical releases, so grab the bundle while you can!Sebastian Urrea recently reviewed Masashi Hamauzu’s The Legend of Legacy Original Soundtrack, this bundle includes that Two disc release and three additional releases by the composer for 54.4 Euro (about $57 USD). The bundle includes: The Legend of Legacy Original Soundtrack, M. Hamauza Piano Works, M. Hamauza Opus 4, and Black Ocean IMERUAT.The last bundle includes Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch by Joe Hisaishi, Of Orcs and Men by Olivier Deriviere, and The Legend of Legacy Original Soundtrack and Black Ocean/IMERUAT by Masashi Hamauzu for 50 Euro (about $53 USD).
Wayo Records accepts PayPal and ships Worldwide. You can purchase all of the bundles on their website right here.
This week I thought we’d take a break from the electronic dance remixes and listen to something a little more relaxing. The Chrono Trigger soundtrack has a number of memorable and distinct pieces that help make it a favorite of many game music fans. One of the more relaxing tracks from the game is “Secret of the Forest” by composer Yasunori Mitsuda.
Today’s Arrangement of the Week is an ambient electronic remix of the piece, titled “The Depetrification of the Submerged Forest,” by artist Zisotto.
Right from the start the remix sets up a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. Plenty of resonant and slow building synth effects are present to build a relaxing and otherworldly sound. The piece also takes its time building up. It’s not until the 1’25” mark that we even hear the recognizable arpeggios from the original track.
The remix is also fairly long, lasting almost 10 minutes. Part of this is a result of how long Zisotto waits and builds up the synth instruments and atmosphere. It’s not until around 2’42” that the main melody gains some prominence over the rest of the instruments. However, there’s plenty of movement and consistently fresh elements being added to the remix to maintain the listener’s interest. Most of the ambient tones remain present throughout the whole remix, providing a consistently chill vibe all the way through.
Have any favorite ambient remixes, arrangements, or covers of game music? Share them with us in the comments below. You can check out Zisotto’s “The Depetrification of the Submerged Forest” on OC ReMix.
On October 14, 2015, Square Enix Music released the long awaited To Far Away Times: Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Arrangement Album and after listening to it I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the album. All of the album details have now been added to the Video Game Music Database including the English tracks names and details for each track. The album has been a long time coming for fans of Yasunori Mitsuda and the Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross series.
Read on for my track by track review of the album, and if the links are still up – listen to the tracks and make your own decision on whether you want to add this album to your collection. (more…)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Chrono Trigger, and thus some announcements of arrangement music projects have surfaced. One is from the same people who created the Secret of Mana arrangement album back in 2013, Spectrum of Mana. This project, called Chronicles of Time, will feature an obscene amount of tracks from some of the biggest names in the video game music arrangement community, much like Spectrum. Said to be spanning five disks, a 13-track preview for the project has just dropped, “A Premonition”.
We’re still hard at work, but you can expect even more diversity than what Spectrum of Mana offered at the same level of quality. In celebration of Chrono Trigger’s 20th anniversary in North America, we submit to you…a full 13-track preview of what’s to come!
Join us as we wish a Happy Anniversary to one of the greatest videogames ever created and celebrate one of gaming’s greatest composers, Yasunori Mitsuda!
Chronicles of Time is currently slated for a December release, with the preview being free to download (or throw some coin at, if you wish). We’ll keep you posted as news of the album is released.
The album was revealed in the program for Yasunori Mitsuda’s Anniversary Concert being held this weekend in Japan. Twitter user @tomatogumi2 tweeted their photo of the advertisement in the program. This looks like it is the album we have all been waiting for and speculating about for several years!
All we know at this time is that the album will retail for 3000 yen. Keep checking back with OSV for further details on the album. Did you attend the concert this weekend, or know anyone that did? We would love to hear about it!
Yesterday I presented you with a list of the first five of my top ten anticipated soundtracks now that E3 2015 has come and gone. Today I share my thoughts on what I think are my remaining most anticipated soundtracks. The top five were selected based on my impressions of not what will be the best games, but will give us some of the best new video game music – so keep that in mind.
Come on and read about what future soundtracks made the top of my list!
Fans of Yasunori Mitsuda’s score to Chrono Cross have been anticipating the release of an arranged album for years, because Mr. Mitsuda has said he’s been working on it for some time and hoped to have it released for the 10th Anniversary of Chrono Cross. As we’ve just passed the 15th Anniversary of the game on November 18, 2014, it seems like this yet-to-be-released album is lost somewhere in time.
In this article I cover briefly the history of the arranged album, and highlight the arranged tracks that Yasunori Mitsuda has officially released to date. I also add a few tracks to that list from another releases based on their similar sound and production quality.
Gather ‘round, video game music nerds—I’m not going to let you sleep on what I’m calling right now as my favorite video game score of the year: the Owlboy OST.
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