Thoughts on Rhythm Encounter 26: Bends of Time
- Considering Chrono Cross has my all time favorite OST in all of video games (or maybe anything) I could not be more excited for this episode! Thanks in advance for all of your hard work on this, guys!
Distant Scenery / Read Only Memories
Awwwwwwww yyyyeeeeeeaaaahhhh....... so soulful........ like the midnight sky inside a cup of black coffee.........
In all seriousness, I think this just gave my ears a 3-minute orgasm. Listening to this FELT good. Like, I'm chuckling while typing this because of how good my brain feels right now. What is this feeling?? ......ok, I just shut my eyes for a moment and let it wash over me. I feel a little more normal now. What was that? What is Read Only Memories? What did I just experience??
*Uh oh... you guys are talking about it now... and it's playing in the brackground... here come the goosebumps again...
Alright, after the agony of having to pause the podcast so I could look up Read Only Memories, it is now on my Steam Wishlist. Hopefully it will not die there like many an other good game.
Camp Approach / Firewatch
There's probably no more appropriate game title for this piece than "Firewatch". Because that's totally the feeling it evokes; like I'm huddled around a fire in silence. Even some of the instrumentation evokes images of chirping insects, and the mournful melody gives me a sense of fatigue and journey. Really nicely done piece.
Dance With The Balamb Fish / SUCCESSOR: Final Fantasy VIII Remixed
This was utter utter nonsense that offended all of my higher brain functions. My lower brain functions made me grin at it, though. But that's it. Just a grin. Don't hold it against me. Also... why "fish", precisely? Is that a reference I don't understand.
*LOL, the "Aeris Dies" track you referenced got me really laughing, for sure. Definitely prefer that one to this.
Chrono Trigger, Allegro Con Brio / Chronicles of Time
WHOOOOAAAAA.... I was about to comment on how much I like the use of the Trigger main theme, but then it turned into the CROSS main theme and then it kinda blended them both together and OMG JVFAIGFLSBFBLSKF<ILA:HF
Ok, I think I'm good. I didn't think those two themes could blend that well, but I was wrong. Man. Really, though, is there anything better than the main melody of "Scars of Time" being ripped out on a violin? It could raise the dead, I swear.
*As far as how iconic it is, there's a VGM radio station called Rainwave.cc that allows users to vote and rate all the songs it plays. To this day (afaik) "Scars of Time" continues to have the highest average rating out of every single song they play. And Rainwave has almost everything you could think of.
Against the Wind / Chrono Cinematica
This was seriously cool. All the cinematic touches (like an evil laugh, even!) just sent this track to the next level. I almost want to say that I feel PRIVILEGED to be hearing these familiar melodies done so well, and it really does make my heart ache for a bonafide Chrono movie. With music like this, how could it ever be bad?
Star-Stealing Girl / Chrono Cross
So....... real talk: I was excited to hear this one, but when it finally came on, I just ended up shutting my eyes and crying, alone in my office. I simply cannot separate the turbulent emotions of my teenage years from the music of this game. I played so many games back then, but it's always THIS soundtrack that always gets the emotions going. This track started and all I could feel was the pain of Kid's loss as the orphanage burned to the ground in the distance...
*Ok, good, I'm not the only one who cries over this song... Seriously, how did Mitsuda write so much dang emotion into music!??!?! HOW?!
- More to come tomorrow. SOOOOO excited for Scars of Time!