Posts Tagged ‘DS’

Cornered! (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

This track was originally submitted for (and was the winner!) of a Phoenix Wright Arrangement Competition over on Gyakusheets, a Phoenix Wright sheet music website. I’d been meaning to play the Phoenix Wright games for some time but when I finally played them the thing that struck me most wasn’t the funny writing, the nice sprites or the clever (if simple) gameplay, but the amazing, amazing music.

This track is a pretty much direct cover of the music heard when you’ve finally got your suspect ‘Cornered!’ in court and they’re beginning to panic and weave even more far-fetched lies. We make use of our staples – Guitars, Organs, Drums, Bass, a bit of soloing, 3 part harmonies – all the stuff a lot of you have come to expect from our tracks.

Believe me when I say that the game itself is as exciting as the music that’s used. There’s many, many more standout tracks from Phoenix Wright, and I recommend you try it. We’re almost certain to pick out some more Phoenix Wright music in the future… it just rocks that much.

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Did You Know?
The Phoenix Wright games in the USA were released on DS, but the series actually began life on the Game Boy Advance in Japan. The first three games were later ported to the DS with touchscreen functionality added.

A Premonition ~ Chrono Trigger Redux

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Hey everyone! Hope all our visitors are having a good 2009 so far. We’ve been hard at work this January and have already begun work on around 8 new tracks that you’ll be seeing shortly. Our first album is now also 100% finished – we’re just deciding on some CD cover art you can all download and have as the ‘official’ cover for the first TRW album.

This post is mainly here to inform everyone we recently went back and rerecorded large sections of the track “A Premonition ~ Chrono Trigger”, which will be the first track on out second album. The version on this site has been updated to match, too, so check out the track page for the full download of the new version.

There’s going to be a new download winging it’s way to you next week. Keep your eyes peeled!

Frog’s Theme (Chrono Trigger)

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

What with Square Enix announcing that Chrono Trigger will be rereleased on the DS, we figured it’s about time that we released this track that we’ve been sitting on for a little while now. Frog is one of my favorite RPG characters ever. He’s an awesome character – and he has an awesome, awesome theme.

Similarly, Chrono Trigger is one of the best games ever made, with one of the best soundtracks ever made. We originally entered this track into a competition on the Penny Arcade Debate & Discourse Forum in a Cover competition which we surprisingly won! Thanks to all the guys at PAForums, and this one goes out to all the great musicians on that board!

From a musical standpoint, this track has a lot of synthesised parts alongside the live instruments. There’s some strings, some brass, and a single piccolo flute, all played in via a MIDI keyboard. I felt we had to keep these, as if we didn’t we’d lose the slightly medieval, epic orchestral quality of the original. The live rock instruments were, as usual, recorded in a single session. Everything came out pretty well, and I love – love how the drums in particular came out on this track. Download and streaming player below.

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Did You Know?
In the Japanese version of Chrono Trigger, Frog is called Kaeru – literally a Japanese word for a Frog.

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A Premonition/Chrono Trigger (Chrono Trigger)

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

At last. It has come to pass. What, you ask? Of course, I’m referring to Square Enix’s announncement that they are to re-release (or port in this case) the SNES classic Chrono Trigger to the DS. This is exciting for us in particular, as we are in Europe, that barren wasteland that in the days of the SNES never saw release of games such as Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy, in part because of Square’s localization teams lacking the ability to do so, and in part because back in those days, this was Sega-land.

So at last, Chrono Trigger announced. This combined with the many requests from our friend Craig to cover another track from the game (his favourite ever) finally made us look at the game’s music once more and get off our asses and do it. As we’ve already done the best piece of music in the game, Frog’s Theme (download coming soon!) it was a toss-up between this and Wind Scene. This slightly won out. But Wind Scene will also be coming. In time

This track has a lot of synth parts in it. The entire “Premonition” track is synth, and then throughout “Chrono Trigger” there’s a lot of quieter synth parts to help keep it close to the original. One major difference is where the original piece ‘pulls back’ and gets quieter, ours just gets louder and louder, building up to an even bigger ending. We had to. We are a rock band, after all.

Did You Know?
The original character in Chrono Trigger was meant to be called Chrono, but the game engine couldn’t handle a name that long for the English language version. As such, the h was dropped, and he was renamed Crono. In the subsequent PS1 release despite longer names being allowed, Chrono was still a blacklisted name – the game wouldn’t let you have it even if you swapped o’s for 0′s and so on. Press at this year’s E3 confirmed that the DS version will be the same, true to the original.

Go K.K. Rider! (Animal Crossing)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

With the Smash Bros Dojo regularly updating every day with new information on the levels, characters and hidden goodies in the upcoming titles, I was very, very excited. I fucking love Smash Bros. When the site updated one day with a sample of some music from the game – a high quality remix of the tune “Go K.K. Rider!” from Animal Crossing, I knew we had to do it, as a tribute to both the original and the Smash Bros version.

In the game, K.K. is a singing dog who appears at the Animal Crossing town train station and busks for a bit of your money. He performs a number of songs. The dog is based on the composer of the game, Kazumi Totaka. This version is a very simple cover, with a minimal synth (a small backing melody) and mostly just rock instruments. It’s length shows what it was intended to be – fun, fast, and simple.

Animal Crossing has some fantastic music, and something remains a thought in my mind is a possibility of a mini-EP covering most or all of KK’s tunes from the game. All are incredibly well composed caricatures of the genres they’re meant to represent, and they’d be a pretty fun selection of tracks to cover. Maybe someday.

-Alex

Did you know?
K.K. is not only based on the game’s real composer, but actually named after him, too. In Japan, Totaka’s nickname was Totakeke – pronounced Tota-Kay-Kay, and this was the name of the busking dog. In the English release, this was translated to K.K.