A new tribute album giving a nod to the prolific Japanese composers during the golden age of gaming has recently becoming available for purchase from participating digital distributors.
The name of the album is called At The End of Time, and it features an hour long compilation of various tracks from Square’s Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger, based on music that was originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda.
Album producer Allen Brasch explained what the motivation was behind the album, mentioning in the press release…
“Our goal with At the End of Time was simple. We wanted to offer listeners a unique, memorable journey whether they’ve experienced these games or not. The album art also hints that no matter who you are, you are going to be pulled into this adventure, and you might not be the same when it ends.”
If you’re interested in listening to the album from GameLark, you can grab a audio sampling of the compilation courtesy of Bandcamp.
The tribute album consists of a mixture of different genres that remix the original songs from the Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross soundtracks.
Each of the songs are done from a different artist, each offering their own alternative interpretation of the music from Uematsu and Mitsuda. Some of the music consists of alternative funk, new-age rock, dance beat rhythms, as well as classical orchestrated tunes.
Some of the songs are really, really well done, such as Xnarky’s “Secret of the Forest” from Chrono Trigger. It’s a chillout jazz remix of the song, which fits in nicely with the original score given that even in the 16-bit version of the song it was already quite jazzy, but here the tempo is slowed down; there’s more of a focus on creating an appetizing atmosphere with the light percussion, while the piano, guitar and cello take center stage, rounding out the piece with such an enchanting melody set to a mellow tapestry of progressive beats.
You can pick up a digital copy of the album right now for just $10. You can learn more about the album and the artists by visiting the official Materia Collective website, or by paying a kind visit to the GameLark Records page.