Random: Musician “Restores” Chrono Trigger Soundtrack Using Uncompressed Samples


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    To update: The video has been made private. We’ll be sure to update this post once Valente has re-uploaded the soundtrack.

    For now, you can listen to some samples on his Twitter account:

    Matthew Valenteknown as TSSF and who worked on the canceled fan game Chrono Resurrection, has restored the original Chrono Trigger soundtrack. To do this, Valente had to track down every sample that the composers used for the original game. These original samples contain the uncompressed music before it was compressed to allow it to work on the SNES.

    shared on ResetEra by user AuthenticM, Valente has shared the project on Youtube, containing all the songs from the original soundtrack of Squaresoft’s seminal 1995 role-playing game. Also included are uncompressed versions of songs from Radical DreamersSatellaview’s 1996 text adventure that was exclusive to Japan until it was first made available in English through Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition earlier this year.

    Valente says he was working on these restorations for “about two or three years,” which involved gathering all the samples, putting them together, and making them sound perfect. You can listen to his hard work below and be amazed at how different, or similar, some of these foundational songs sound.

    This is essentially the music for Chrono Trigger as originally recorded, with real instruments and synths, clean and uncompressed. Put on your headphones and lose yourself to the incredible score by Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu: songs like ‘Undersea Palace’ and ‘Secret of the Forest’ sound absolutely fantastic, and you can choose instruments in other songs that you may not have imagined to be the same. originally used.

    However, this isn’t the only SNES soundtrack Valente is working on restoring. The composer has also compiled multiple samples from Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI. You can consult them in your Youtube channeland if you are a fan of RPG music, we recommend you to do it.

    Last year, the uncompressed Super Mario World soundtrack was shared online by Kondo Churchand the channel has been working to reveal even more samples of classic SNES soundtracks without the SNES compression.