By Leah McDonald / October 22nd, 2019
One of gaming’s most iconic soundtracks can now be enjoyed in a whole new way with fan album EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger.
“Chrono Trigger is one of our favorite games of all time, so there was no question in our minds that we wanted to pay tribute to its beloved music,” said EPOCH producers Jeff Brenneman and Daniel Romberger. “When crafting our vision for EPOCH, we thought a lot about how the characters in the game combine their skills to create unique and powerful tech combos. We wanted to honor this spirit of teamwork by encouraging musicians of different skill sets and backgrounds to band together in a similar fashion in order to make each performance one-of-a-kind. Everyone put a tremendous amount of work and love into this album, and we are proud to present our take on this timeless soundtrack.”
A 60-track album celebrating Yasunori Mitsuda’s beloved SNES-era soundtrack, EPOCH features rock, jazz, ballads and more with highlights such as an acoustic guitar rendition of “Frog’s Theme,” a Broadway-style musical reimagining of “The Trial,” an autotune pop vocal ballad of “Robo’s Theme,” a narrative retelling of Magus’s summoning of Lavos, and a bossa nova version of the Millennial Fair, among many others. Contributing artists include Videri String Quartet, The Game Brass, String Player Gamer and indie game composers John Robert Matz (For the King) and Jordan Chin (ZENITH), and many others.
From producer Materia Collective:
Released in 1995, Chrono Trigger is heralded as one of the best JRPGs of all time, and its soundtrack contains many iconic pieces that have long remained staples in the video game music world. This thrilling tale of time travel captures a sense of imagination and creative spirit that has inspired generations of gamers, becoming a truly timeless work of art. EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger is a musical celebration of this classic game.
The characters in Chrono Trigger range from the Elizabethan-tongued Frog to the brave cavewoman Ayla to the kindhearted Robo and more. When these characters work together, they complement each other and become stronger in ways they couldn’t alone. These characters do more than symbolize their time periods; they overcome the numerous differences in their backgrounds and band together to defeat Lavos, a parasitic alien with the ability to rain destruction from the heavens.
EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold.
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