To Far Away Times is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, a Japanese composer, sound designer, and musician. The melody starts off on a flute, then moves to strings, while a couple hands on the piano keep the harmonic juices flowing. First, a group of strings joins in the melody, and then a brand new melody appears and expands the original track to make it much better. The melody is mostly carried by an active piano part, accompanied by sparse guitar and choral accompaniment. This sounds just like its title. For this review, assume all tracks were composed by Mitsuda, unless I specify otherwise.
Singing Mountain Unreleased Track 98. Getting back to the piece, once again Uematsu amazes me with his ability to craft music that is perfectly fitting for the situation. We have a wide use of musical techniques, which give the impression of something spacious, dark, and full of desire. Okay, sorry, the constant sound of running water in this piece has that effect on me. However, in the game it does well, and it is another good job from a great composer. The mechanical noises slowly build up and then disappear. Not even the mighty armies of Magus could penetrate the harmonic progression we have going on here.
As much as I'd like to rate this mind wrenching track well, I can't! About halfway through, it's taken over by a new instrument that sounds like an electric organ or dulcimer. The repeating chime melody is simple but very effective, working with the other supporting melody in a very controlled manner. It boasts enormous popularity amongst light role-players and hardcore ones alike. The synth voices are nice, with some very interesting harmonies. Just because a random guy with a mere 150 subs posts what he believes to be the main theme the piece is instantly the main theme? Unfortunately, for the modern era, it doesn't do a whole lot. Indeed, Mitsuda has created yet another masterpiece. It's a nice one, even if jazz normally isn't your thing.
So, there you have it: an upbeat theme that suits her character. It's guaranteed to get your blood pumping. With the wind blowing in the background, it makes another great mood piece, and a sad one at that. I remember one of my favorite alternate endings to Chrono Trigger was one in which Frog and Magus have a one-on-one battle. Although I do not like the melody or harmony of this segment, the percussion of this part helps to make things interesting. Beginning with massive suspended organ chords which suggest both grandeur and absolute horror, it quickly moves on to a somewhat dissonant string passage.
It is a rather fun track to listen to. When this sequence reaches its highest point we are just ready to anticipate the entrance of a creative melody. This Uematsu track reminds me a lot of the caveman scenario of Live A Live. He has composed music for or worked on over 40 games, and has contributed to many other albums. English song list included later in this review. Majority of the book hovers between 80 to end though.
It doesn't develop too well, however, as the initial motif is repeated far too many times for the piece's own good. The moving bass is very well mastered, as are the various slides in the melody. Hope is not lost, and a bit of mystery at the end is enough to convince you that something can be done to undo the damage caused by messing around with time. What a great way to end a disc and lead us into Disc Three too. Anyway, it's a great game and this is a faithful arrangement to the original! And it wasn't until this year that I actually put them to use and learned to play a little bit.
When the track develops it slows down somewhat, and I suppose that it gives the idea of reflecting back upon the character's journey. At the 25 second mark, the track moves to a new melody, but this soon dies away to make way for the original theme. This track takes things somewhat slow, but it still carries quite a bouncy tune. It is very majestic in that it sweeps from octave to octave in the first couple of notes of the theme. Once I memorize the music, I won't remember what I've changed or added and what I haven't anyway. The strings, the drums, and the brass all fit together perfectly, and there's intertwining melodies, creepy sound effects of wind and wailing. The track opens with pizzicato strings which play in an almost mischievous manner! It simplys screams 'nostalgia' throughout and creating this feeling is something that Mitsuda and Uematsu have always excelled in.
This was the reason why he was the creator of so many high-profile soundtracks e. Then the instruments back off for a little while before looping, letting the poor defendant stew. Most of the main riffs are in workable condition on piano. Having took such extreme action and having been so ambitious, it was imperative that Mitsuda succeeded in this score, as his career would have been a joke otherwise. The low bass and drums keep a constant rhythm, while the woodwinds and other instruments play around by filling in the gaps and experimenting with little sub-melodies.