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Angèle Dubeau - Game Music

This album right here. Very cool violin-led interpretations of some video game scores. My favorite tracks where the ones with music from Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, But I enjoyed the whole album! Tetris music was really fun :)

If you liked this album, you should check Symphonic Fantasies (the WDR Radio Orchestra recording, not the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra one). The Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross medley found on the Game Music album is just a shortened (and lesser!) version of the medley found on the Symphonic Fantasies album. Same for Secret Of Mana and Final Fantasy.

I actually happen to prefer the Tokyo Philharmonic edition. Plus it has one awesome battle suite that isn't on the other one, and IMO slightly better orchestration. Too bad the distributor of these superb albums went out of business (Maz Sound, end of 2014). I was able to get physical copies before that happened.

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Oh, am I all too familiar with the music of Chrono Trigger. Still love listening to Corridors of Time and Peaceful Days.

And A Premonition. Those haunting ticks of the clock is one of the best cold openings for an RPG I've heard in my entire life of playing RPGs.

Also love listening to haunting strings and choral voices in Garden of God from Chrono Cross.

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Fun fact: Before I wound up here on JWFan, I was a member and contributor on The Chrono Compendium. I didn't even get to 2,000 posts. I quit their forums after a while due to the mods' and admins' abrasive personalities and obnoxious and manifesto-length views of politics, religion, and life in general.

I can only hope the same thing doesn't happen here.

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We don't allow politics or religion posts, so it's been fine

I'm playing Chrono Trigger for the first time now, and loving a lot of the music I hear. Gotta see if I can find an OST release or something

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I went out back for a smoke tonight and saw the Amazing Stories End Credits:

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On that note, I listened to A.I. Artificial Intelligence academy promo, The Towering Inferno original album, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith expanded score, Dracula original album and John Mauceri/City of Prague recordings of Night Journeys and the Main Title/Storm Sequence, Amazing Stories: The Mission, Raiders of the Lost Ark original album, SpaceCamp and the Close Encounters of the Third Kind original album.

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I skipped tracks.

I saw A.I. on opening day and there were numerous cues I instantly desired and were nowhere to be found on the OST. These included Wearing Perfume (AKA David meets Teddy), Monica's Plan (AKA bizarro scene where the insane robo-child shows Mother his artwork while they plan to ditch him in the forest), The Moon Rising unfucked version, Remembering David Hobbie (which sounds a lot like Harry Potter), The Journey to Rouge City and the film version of Search for the Blue Fairy, which we still don't have. I scoured that damned CD in the late Summer of 2001 and was very disappointed. It happened again, even worse, a few months later when the Harry Potter soundtrack album was released and like 60% of the vital music was missing or edited to shit.

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Ok enough Williams talk. I listened to this again. Very sexy music. These suites are masterpieces of the "orgasmic release of tension through sudden textural/rhythmic/harmonic change after methodical buildup" variety (at 5:56 and 8:57 respectively). Listening to these on big, good speakers is thrilling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le1f8vxQbWM

I look forward to whatever disparaging bullshit JWFan conjures up this time.

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A most pleasant diversion; most video game music i sample loses itself in bland trailer music clichés, Tilton's plays like a compendium of John Powell's lighter ROBOTS/ICE AGE moments interspersed with some of David Newman's writing for more juvenile films and even some of Goldsmith's more cosmic afflatuses (the somewhat yearning-for-space music from EXPLORERS halfway through 'Population I'). If you're a bit tired of long-held chords and preciously pregnant tunes signalling the end of the world as we know it at every turn, Tilton has come to your rescue. A second score is out, i will sample it in due time.

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