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"It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce the closure of the Chrono Resurrection project. Square Enix Co., Ltd issued a Cease and Desist letter which means the project is publicly closed indefinitely."
- Chrono Resurrection team on September 6th, 2004. http://www.opcoder.com/projects/chrono/

"Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes was a fan project modification of the Chrono Trigger ROM begun in late 2004. Development continued thanks to a dedicated group of fans through 2009. By May 2009, the game featured ~35 hours of game play, 10 multiple endings, and 23 chapters, much like the original Chrono Trigger; it was around 98% complete... The team planned to release Crimson Echoes on May 31, 2009 as the first feature-length fan Chrono series game, and an unprecedentedly exhaustive work in the ROM modification community. On May 8, 2009, Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes received a cease & desist letter, along with all other game modification activity (even research) at the Chrono Compendium. In compliance with the letter, the development team ceased development on the game, and existing modifications (including Prophet's Guile) were taken down."
- ZeaLitY of the Crimson Echoes team on May 9th, 2009. http://crimsonechoes.com/

"This one goes out to those fantastic human beings,
That keep us down and hold us back,
And give us fuel for what we do. Thanks!"

- Mike Shenoda
(Completely different context)



Chrono Tied is dedicated to those fantastic people.



Chrono Tied is a 2009 mashup album produced by DJ Nerd42 that puts the vocals from Fort Minor's 2005 album "The Rising Tied" over beats created by sampling the Chrono Trigger original soundtrack. (1995) After a three year development cycle, this project features over an hour of music. It has several original sample-based beats, but nine of the tracks on Chrono Tied are based on instrumentals from "The Chrono Trigger Mixtape" by Compromised. All tracks on the album were produced by DJ Nerd42 except track 20 which is a remix by Theory.

Chrono Trigger, published by Square in 1995, is the single best game ever released for the Super Nintendo (SNES) and also has one of the best, if not THE best video game soundtrack(s) of all time. Yasunori Mitsuda composed all the original Chrono Trigger tracks sampled here, except that Nobuo Uematsu composed "Underground Waterway" (can also be translated as "Sewer") and "Tyran Castle." (Which are here sampled in "Petrified in the Underground Sewer" and "Tyran in Stereo.")

Released in 2005, "The Rising Tied" is an album by the hip hop group Fort Minor, led by rapper Mike Shenoda of Linkin Park. The Fort Minor side project gave Shenoda more opportunity to create specifically hip hop music without needing to cater to the rock / nu metal side that was expected of a Linkin Park album. The Rising Tied instrumentals are truly great, and if you like this album, you should listen to the original Rising Tied instrumentals. It is worth noting that the Chrono Tied tempos do not all match the tempos heard on The Rising Tied. "Right Now Time Circuits" is particularly up-tempo compared to the original track. This was done purposefully.

The album cover was created in InkScape by DJ Nerd42 with special thanks to Theory from the LPProjekt.com forum for the artwork idea. It used the Chrono Trigger vector logo by Luminaire, found here http://chronofan.com/Black/Other/ct_logo.pdf as mentioned here http://www.chronocompendium.com/Term/Downloads.html and of course (for the benefit of blind people) it combines the Rising Tied album cover with the Chrono Trigger SNES box art.

DJ Nerd42 can be contacted via email: nerd42@gmail.com
You can visit DJ Nerd42's web site and check out his other work (awesomeness!!) at http://editthis.info/wiki42/DJ_Nerd42



Track list:
01. "Chrono Tied Premonition" (0:46)
02. "Remember the Wind Scene" (3:29) - 85 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
03. "Right Now Time Circuits" (3:35) - 112 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
04. "Petrified in the Underground Sewer" (3:30) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
05. "Feel Like Kingdom Trial" (3:32) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
06. "Where'd You Go on a Peaceful Day" (3:37) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
07. "Tyran In Stereo" (3:31) - 80 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
08. "Back Home with the Secret of the Forest" (3:37) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
09. "Cigs In A Ruined World" (3:31) - 75 BPM or 150 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
10. "The Day the World Believed Me" (3:12) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
11. "Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night" (2:18) - 100 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
12. "Johnny's High Road" (2:32) - 115 BPM - production by DJ Nerd42
13. "Kenji's Morning Sunlight" (3:32) - 103 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
14. "Magus Red to Black" (2:57) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time (drums in 6/4 time) - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
15. "Determination Like This" (1:07) - 130 BPM - sample-based beat and turntablism by DJ Nerd42
16. "Schala Out the Back" (3:44) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
17. "Gato's Gonna Be Somebody" (3:12) - 100 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
18. "There They Go to the Random Battle" (3:13) - 140 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
19. "The Hard Way to the Undersea Palace" (3:49) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
20. "Schala Out the Back (Theory Remix)" (3:49) - 90 BPM - original beat and production by Theory

Total run time: 1:02:33 (1 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds)



Bonus tracks: (Coming soon - subject to change)
01. DJ Nerd42 - Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night (Demo Version) - 100 BPM
02. DJ Nerd42 - Whered You Go on a Peaceful Day (Instrumental) - 90 BPM
03. DJ Nerd42 - Tyran In Stereo (Instrumental) - 80 BPM
04. DJ Nerd42 - Cigs in a Ruined World (Instrumental) - 75 BPM or 150 BPM
05. DJ Nerd42 - Kenjis Morning Sunlight (Instrumental) - 103 BPM
06. DJ Nerd42 - Magus Red to Black (Instrumental) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time (drums in 6/4 time)
07. DJ Nerd42 - Determination Like This (Instrumental) - 130 BPM
08. DJ Nerd42 - There They Go Random Battle (Instrumental) - 140 BPM
09. DJ Nerd42 - Hard Way to the Undersea Palace (Instrumental) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time
10. Theory - Schala Out the Back (Instrumental) - 90 BPM



DJ Nerd42's top five most favoritest tracks on the album:
#1: 14. "Magus Red to Black"
#2: 19. "The Hard Way to the Undersea Palace"
#3: 08. "Back Home with the Secret of the Forest"
#4: "Schala Out the Back" (Either one)
#5: 17. "Gato's Gonna Be Somebody"



DJ Nerd42 says:
My email is nerd42@gmail.com so email me, email me some more and then send me even more email. I can remix your band (if you're any good) and I would totally love to talk to labels about doing mashups between their artists, especially cross-genre. If you're an RIAA or Squeenix lawyer, go to hell.



Production notes: (DJ Nerd42)
Each track on Chrono Tied was carefully thought out by listening to both the Rising Tied album and the Chrono Trigger soundtrack repeatedly. I have made a conscious effort to match moods and story elements between the two. (example: "Kenji" mentions waking up in the morning, so I sampled "Morning Sunlight" which is the track playing in the game when Chrono wakes up to create "Kenji's Morning Sunlight")

Some people who heard about this project seemed to assume that my idea was simply to create a Rising Tied remix album and asked why I should narrow the scope of sample material to just the Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Actually, it was the other way around.

I didn't at all think of or care to create the best Rising Tied remix album possible. Chrono Tied is probably not the best Rising Tied remix effort ever, though it might be. What actually happened was that I heard the Chrono Trigger Mixtape and was very disappointed with the quality of the lyrics on it (they're wack) and went looking for some better ones. Chrono Tied was a result of my desire to hear what some halfway decent rhymes sounded like over the Chrono Trigger Mixtape instrumentals, presented in a more serious "This is something somebody might actually want to actually listen to" kind of way.

I came up with several correlations between Rising Tied songs and Chrono Trigger songs on paper very early on. ("Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night" and "Remember the Wind Scene") Originally, I had thought of Chrono Tied as a collaborative effort where I would make two or three tracks and the rest would be done by other fans of either Fort Minor or Chrono Trigger, but nobody cared to participate. This was near the end of 2006.

After making an initial demo version of "Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night" I sat on the project for at least a year, partially due to my not having the technological know-how to do the sampling work needed to produce the whole album, but also due to a combination of other factors including busyness and laziness.

The sampling problem was rather complex due to the fact that the chip-based SNES audio system does not play music at a tempo which matches what we would recognize as an easily calculable BPM (beats per minute) value. This made it difficult to line up the Chrono Trigger tracks with the definite, steady hip hop rhythms of The Rising Tied. But I eventually worked out a method of stretching audio by chopping it up first in Audacity and then importing as sound clips in Image-Line's FL Studio. This enabled me to get the SNES music to loop properly and the result can be heard on the album. (Nothing from before this technique was perfected has been preserved other than the initial "Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night" demo)

When I opened the project up for contributions (which were not forthcoming) the only real rules were, "Rising Tied + Chrono Trigger, your pitches and tempos must be correct, clean mixes only please" so concievably, any Chrono Trigger-related music was fodder. But after producing about half the album with original sound version based beats, adding beats that were not from the original sound version would tend to clash. So, I said from that point on that only the original sound version was an acceptable base. But one track did get submitted that was based on a remix - which I have included as "Schala Out the Back (Theory Remix)." I still had to produce "Schala Out the Back" because I just had to hear what it sounded like based on the original sound version. This was not due to any negative view I have on Theory's work. I think Theory's contribution has really been the capstone that completed the pyramid here, and that's why I opted to conclude the album with it.

By the way, unless I've mixed my files up somewhere, every last drum sample added to this album comes from a Linkin Park or Fort Minor song. If you're a hardcore Linkin Park / Fort Minor fan, you might recognize some of them.

This album would never have been finished if it weren't for The Chrono Compendium keeping The Chrono Trigger Mixtape Instrumentals on their site. http://chronofan.com/Black/Music%20%28Chrono%20Trigger%29/CT%20Mixtape/ This effectively cut the work I had to do in half, which made the project seem much more do-able to me. (I definitely wouldn't have invested the time to do it all myself!) Most of Compromised's beats on there totally rule.



Comments for each track: (DJ Nerd42)

01. "Chrono Tied Premonition" (0:46)
Rising Tied song: "Introduction"
Chrono Trigger song: "A Premonition"

This combines the intro track from the original album with the intro music from Chrono Trigger. The bits of speech are from an exchange between Mike Shenoda and Jay-Z (executive producer on The Rising Tied) about the original album, which were also in the original Rising Tied introduction.

I had originally thought to call this track, "Chrono Tied Intro" and you may still find some "Chrono Tied Intro" mp3s on the net, but that was before Theory joined the project and I figured out that there wasn't going to be an "Outro." "Chrono Tied Premonition" sounds WAAY cooler.



02. "Remember the Wind Scene" (3:29) - 85 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Remember the Name"
Chrono Trigger song: "Wind Scene"

This isn't the greatest "Remember the Name" remix ever. That would be Maclane's "Remember the Name Part 2." But this one is nice too.



03. "Right Now Time Circuits" (3:35) - 112 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Right Now"
Chrono Trigger song: "Time Circuits"

I always thought "Right Now" from The Rising Tied was waaaay too slow (in tempo) so I've sped it way up.

I think "Time Circuits" sounds alot like "Sirius" from The Alan Parsons Project's 1982 album, "Eye in the Sky." Alan Parsons FTW.



04. "Petrified in the Underground Sewer" (3:30) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Petrified"
Chrono Trigger song: "Underground Sewer" (also translated as "Underground Waterway")

This is my least favorite track and probably one of the worst sounding in a technical sense. The drums are way too loud and they drown out the song I am sampling. (which is awesome by the way) I really don't like Compromised's beat here very much but I used it anyway and don't have time to recreate a better one. It's listenable, so I left it alone. But if I were really going to be a perfectionist, or if I were releasing this album commercially, I would take this whole track back to formula. (start all over)



05. "Feel Like Kingdom Trial" (3:32) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Feel Like Home"
Chrono Trigger song: "Kingdom Trial"

This track was one of the easiest to produce, as I already had Compromised's "Kingdom Trial" beat lined up from when I created the KJ-52 mashup, "Chrono Trigger Takes All My Money." I considered creating an original sample-based beat to match "Feel Like Home" so I wouldn't use the same one I'd already used once (on that other project) but, after thinking about it for a few weeks, concluded that "Kingdom Trial" really is the best match and I wasn't likely to make a significant improvement on Compromised's arrangement.



06. "Where'd You Go on a Peaceful Day" (3:37) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Where'd You Go"
Chrono Trigger song: "Peaceful Days"

This is one of the most unlikely (and thus, most creative) tracks on the album and though it is not my favorite, it is probably the best remix of "Where'd You Go" in existence. I'd never envisioned "Peaceful Days" as a hip hop instrumental until I heard "Where'd You Go" and I doubt that any other hip hop song would sound good with "Peaceful Days." But this worked out terrifically



07. "Tyran In Stereo" (3:31) - 80 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "In Stereo"
Chrono Trigger song: "Tyran Castle"

I used a phaser effect on the organ solo at the beginning. I actually went through several attempts at mashing "In Stereo" with other Chrono Trigger songs before settling on "Tyran Castle." The chorus singing has actually two different layers, one through MDA Talkbox and the other through Fruity Vocoder. The carrier wave was created using magical8bitplugin. I moved the "test out the speakers" comment to where "The Battle" is heard on the original Rising Tied for a number of reasons, one being that "Tyran In Stereo" wasn't a very good base for starting to go crazy with the sampler and/or turntable.



08. "Back Home with the Secret of the Forest" (3:37) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Back Home"
Chrono Trigger song: "Secret of the Forest" (also translated as, "Secret of the Dense Woods")

This is my third favorite track on the album and it tends to get stuck in my head. People seem me bobbing my head to this one in my headphones and think I'm crazy or something.



09. "Cigs In A Ruined World" (3:31) - 75 BPM or 150 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Cigarettes"
Chrono Trigger song: "Ruined World" (also translated as, "World in Ruins")

I do not agree with the views expressed in this song. It's just included to complete the album.

Well, I do agree that alot of the mainstream rap on the radio is like cigarettes, but smoking is bad for you. So toss out that (c)rap radio music and listen to internet music like mine instead.

"Ruined World" seemed appropriate. Not sure what else to say on this one.



10. "The Day the World Believed Me" (3:12) - 110 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Believe Me"
Chrono Trigger song: "The Day the World Revived" (also translated as, "The Worlds Final Day")

This is my second least favorite track. If you want to hear a better remix of "Believe Me" check out my cOOLdISC_aFTERmATH mixtape from 2007.



11. "Get Me Gone At the Bottom of Night" (2:18) - 100 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Get Me Gone"
Chrono Trigger song: "At the Bottom of Night"

This was the very first Chrono Tied mashup I thought of, back in December 2006. I had originally planned to use the original sound version "straight out of the box" as it were, with no changes, which gave the track a very sad, melancholy tone like the original "At the Bottom of Night" but I changed my mind when I heard Compromised's instrumental, which gives it a hip hop vibe closer to the original "Get Me Gone."

Kinda funny how Mike said, "I'm not changing direction, I'm stepping my game up. Maintaining my name, same way that I came up" when the next Linkin Park album after The Rising Tied ("Minutes to Midnight") represented an admittedly huge change of direction for the band, which included bringing in Rick Rubin whose role in their production seems suspiciously "plastic and fake" to me. I didn't like "Minutes to Midnight" much, but I do remember listening to it on my mp3 player (prated!!) while I was on my way to the store to physically buy it. Kind of a weird moment there.



12. "Johnny's High Road" (2:32) - 115 BPM - production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "High Road"
Chrono Trigger song: "Johnny of the Robot Hotrod Squad" (also translated as, "Johnny's Biker Gang")

This is one of the two Chrono Trigger songs that actually made it onto the album "straight out of the box" without any added drums. (The other is track 1) I thought my way of cleaning up the mix by having John Legend sing, "All that talk-talk you talk might work alot" was creative.



13. "Kenji's Morning Sunlight" (3:32) - 103 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Kenji"
Chrono Trigger song: "Morning Sunlight"

After changing my mind several times about which track to sample for this, I chose "Morning Sunlight" because Kenji mentions waking up and having breakfast. "Morning Sunlight" in Chrono Trigger is played when Chrono first wakes up.

The audio clips of the conversation about Pearl Harbor (and running over a "Jap") heard in this track are from "The March of Time: First Week of World War II" radio program originally aired on December 11, 1941. Old Timey Radio FTW. Racial prejudice suxx0rz.



14. "Magus Red to Black" (2:57) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time (drums in 6/4 time) - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Red to Black"
Chrono Trigger song: "Magus Theme"

This is my favorite track on the album. The two songs just go together so well, both harmoniously and thematically.



15. "Determination Like This" (1:07) - 130 BPM - sample-based beat and turntablism by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "The Battle"
Chrono Trigger song: "Determination"

This is my first attempt at turntablism using the Turntablist Transcription Method. I'm not sure whether I'm going to continue using it but I couldn't very well do a full remix of "The Battle" without an acapella now could I?

The samples used (other than those from The Rising Tied) are from Linkin Park's "Step Up" and the X-ecutioner's "It's Goin Down" except for the bit at the end which is from the movie, "Gangs of New York" and was also heard on the "We Major" mixtape. I think the title of The Rising Tied album was inspired by it. I just threw it on the track because it sounded cool - there's no real deep hidden meaning there.



16. "Schala Out the Back" (3:44) - 90 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Slip Out the Back"
Chrono Trigger song: "Schala Theme"

Theory and I both thought of this track independently of one another. Isn't that crazy? This is my fourth favorite track on the album.



17. "Gato's Gonna Be Somebody" (3:12) - 100 BPM - sample-based beat by Compromised, production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Be Somebody"
Chrono Trigger song: "Gato Theme"

This is where the "fantastic people" quote came from. Just apply everything this song says to the Squeenix Legal Department.

This is my fifth favorite song on the album.



18. "There They Go to the Random Battle" (3:13) - 140 BPM - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "There They Go"
Chrono Trigger song: "Battle 1"

This track uses the drum loop from "Numb / Encore" by LPJZ. (Linkin Park + Jay-Z)



19. "The Hard Way to the Undersea Palace" (3:49) - 120 BPM in 3/4 time - sample-based beat & production by DJ Nerd42
Rising Tied song: "Hard Way"
Chrono Trigger song: "Undersea Palace" (also translated as, "Undersea Temple")

This is my second favorite track on the album. I thought of it at the same time as "Magus Red to Black" and finished it right afterwards while my brain was still in 3/4 time mode. I would love to do more tracks in 3/4 time in the future, as it has been a very fun experience!



20. "Schala Out the Back (Theory Remix)" (3:49) - 90 BPM - original beat and production by Theory
Rising Tied song: "Slip Out the Back"
Chrono Trigger song: "Schala Theme" (not actually used, except as inspiration)

Theory rules, but it's his track so I can't say much about it, other than it also rules, and although it wouldn't fit in the middle of the album where it was intended to go, I think it fits excellently here and makes a great conclusion to this great album!



OK, I think that's it. See you sometime in the future ... or the past ...

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