EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger

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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.

When we set out to produce EPOCH, we wanted to honor this spirit of teamwork by encouraging musicians of different backgrounds and skill sets to band together to make each track truly special and unique. Just as Crono and his friends had myriad ways to combine their individual skills into dual techs and triple techs, so too did our Materia Collective friends come together to bring you unique performances in Latin jazz, orchestra, musical theater, progressive metal with horns, and many other genre combinations.

EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger could not have been produced without a massive amount of work, love, and of course, time. Whether you are a lifelong Chrono Trigger fan, are experiencing it for the first time, or just want to hear a creative and diverse collection of music, we hope you enjoy this album.


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released October 22, 2019

"EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger" was made possible by the following individuals:

Daniel Romberger: Producer
James C. Hoffman: Mastering Engineer
Jeff Brenneman: Producer
Lauren the Flute: Marketing
Nobuo Uematsu: Composer
Noriko Matsueda: Composer
Scott Gamble: Album Artist
Sebastian Wolff: Executive Producer
Yasunori Mitsuda: Composer


©Ⓟ 2019 Materia Collective LLC

For complete credits and information about this release, please visit Materia Collective: www.materiacollective.com/music/epoch-a-tribute-to-chrono-trigger

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Track Name: John Robert Matz - The Trial
"CRONO:
Hey-wait!

MARLE:
S-stop it! Stop this at once!!

CHANCELLOR:
Idiots! Detain him!!!

MARLE:
CRONO!!!

(INT. COURTROOM)

JUDGE:
Order! Order!

JUDGE:
Chancellor! Your opening statement.

CHANCELLOR:
Thank you, your Honor.

This villain, Crono, kidnapped the Princess;
a vile scheme to seize the crown.
Will it be prison or execution?
How shall we cut him down?

JUDGE:
Very well, let us hear from the defense!

PIERRE:
My dearest jury, now I implore thee.
My client is an honest man.
There was no scheming, nor an abduction.
They met by happenstance.

Furthermore, Princess Nadia asked Crono if SHE could join HIM!

AUDIENCE & JURY:


JUDGE:
Order! Order!
Is this true? Who actually started this mess?

CRONO:
Well, I mean, she bumped into - I mean, technically I moved too close to her and-

CHANCELLOR:
JUST AS I SUSPECTED!

So our defendant tried to get near her;
contrived to lure her to the show.

PIERRE:
Objection!

CHANCELLOR:
Don't you agree that he must have seized her?

PIERRE:
OBJECTION!

CHANCELLOR:
I'll tell you why that’s so.

CRONO:
But-but-

CHANCELLOR:
I have facts that throw the Defendant’s character into question!

AUDIENCE & JURY:


PIERRE:
I can’t possibly see how this is relevant!

CHANCELLOR:
Au contraire, Crono’s character is at the very HEART of the case!

JUDGE:
Overruled!

PIERRE:
Well then… we have nothing to hide!
In fact, we have a WITNESS!
Tell us about your cat, dear.

LITTLE GIRL:
My little kitty,
I love him dearly.
We play together
Most ev'ry day, and-

PIERRE:
What happened then?

LITTLE GIRL:
Then he went missing
And I was crying.
But then my kitty
Was rescued by this man.

PIERRE:
Thank you, my dear.
This man deserves a medal!

CHANCELLOR:
So he saved ONE cat; I have proof that this man is a low-down criminal!

CRONO:
WHAT!?!

CHANCELLOR:
Bring forth the witness!

OLD MAN:
The other day, I put down my sandwich,
And this man ate it up!

CHANCELLOR:
Has he NO HEART?!

CRONO.
What? No, that's not what-

OLD MAN:
With no remorse, as if it were planned-

CHANCELLOR:
He stole a meal from this old man!

OLD MAN:
I’m not that old, actually…

CHANCELLOR:
A true reprobate and villain!

PIERRE:
So, he stole a sandwich - that’s hardly a motive!

Members of the court,
a sandwich is nothing,
not compared with livelihood.
Do show some mercy please,
what motives can you see?
My friends, this man is good!

CHANCELLOR:
What motive? His insatiable greed-

CRONO:
My what!?

CHANCELLOR:
His greed is undeniable! Witness!

YOUNG WOMAN:
There at the fairground,
He took her pendant,
And of the princess
He had no clue.

CHANCELLOR:
So he ignored her?

YOUNG WOMAN:
Well, then he helped her.

CHANCELLOR:
That’s not important.

YOUNG WOMAN:
But still it’s true!

CHANCELLOR:
No more questions, your honor!

And now a witness
Who heard the princess
Protest her treatment.

CANDY SELLER:
Oh yes, I heard her -
He seemed quite shifty,
And was impatient-

CHANCELLOR:
That’s when he grabbed her?

CANDY SELLER:
Yes!
That’s what I said!

CHANCELLOR:
So clearly we see Crono's true colors.
He plots and he schemes, time and time again,
Maneuvering the Princess -
All for his own gain!
Now we turn to you, Lady Justice
And you, her servants.
Can we entrust you
To charge his sentence?
Make your decision now.

JUDGE:
I’ve heard enough. Make your closing statements.

CHANCELLOR:
The evidence you've seen put against him
Should help you choose what's right.

PIERRE:
Crono did naught but aid our dear princess.
Make the right call tonight.

JUDGE:
Very well. Members of the jury, you have heard the testimony of these witnesses. Now is the time to make your decision.

Guilty on the left, innocent on the right. Now, choose!

COURT CLERK:
A verdict has been reached.

CRONO:
Phew.

CHANCELLOR:
WHAT?!?!
"
Track Name: XenoKeyz - Robo's Theme
"You’re the best friends around! So please join me in gettin’ down! GET DOWN!
(This goes out to all the Lucca’s in the room; yeah yeah yeah.)
Thank you so much for waking me up! So dark and so lonely my heart.
You gave me light; brought day to my night. It’s time for new life to start!
Abandoned was I as if left to die, and I do not remember why.
But the next thing I know is Lucca my bro came by! EYY!!
Thank you so much for waking me up! So dark and so lonely my heart, yeah.
If you wanna groove, then let yo’ bootay move to Matheus Manente on guitar! YEAH!!
Now that I’m back, it’s time to attack! I render up my servitude.
Girl, count me in! The good guys will win ‘cause this bot’s got attitude! YEAH!!
With you by my side, there’s no need to hide ‘cause I’ve got the best friends in town, yeah!
Without further delay, let’s be on our way ‘cause now it is time to get down!
Yeah yeah yeah, time to get dooowwwnnn HyeeeaaaahhhhhhhYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOHYEAHYEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!
"
Track Name: Charles Ritz - A Distant Promise
"Verse 1 (Marle):
It seems you’re gone for good
And the weight is now on my shoulders
This role is too great for me, please
I can’t brave through this alone
But why cling to the past?
As I’m fighting the clock to save your heart
A part of you hangs from my neck,
As forward I walk to you

Chorus (Marle):
To the end of space and time
My wings will fly
As far as they need to for you
I will fight to realign
Your path with mine
And no matter where you are, I’ll find you

Verse 2 (Crono):
I know it’s not for good
And the weight is left on your shoulders
By now, you should know that for you
I will always wait
I don’t know if I’ll last
Till I wake up and see you smiling
But I’ll defy time to survive
Until you arrive for me

Chorus (Crono):
To the end of space and time
My wings will fly
As far as they need to for you
I will fight to realign
Your path with mine
And no matter where you are, I’ll find you

Chorus x2 (Marle):
To the end of space and time
My wings will fly
As far as they need to for you
I will fight to realign
Your path with mine
And no matter where you are, I’ll find you

Descant (Crono):
I'll go to the end!
You know I'll never let you get lost, baby
I will do whatever it takes for you
Maybe even fight an alien or two
I know that I'll find you"
Track Name: Ian Martyn - Light of Silence
"Gaze across the sea Medina lies not far away
Maybe we will have to parry with Magus today
Sending ships from gallant Guardia to where they’ll stay

King and Queen reign over all the land and all the shore
North from Guardia and flowing down to southern Porre

Tending fields on the vast unpopulated land
Fisherman bring goods abundance bursts forth from the sea
Densely covered forest making way to desert sand

Guardia prevails every time we must attack
Magus cannot cause our seaworthy ships to turn back"
Track Name: Hassan DuRant - The Summoning Circle
"Can you hear me down there, LAVOS? Do you know who I am?

I’m not surprised. The name I once had, you stole from me.
As well my sister... my foolish mother...my home...

...But look at me now. Look at what I have built:
The blood in this summoning circle is my own;
every stone in this castle was laid by my own hand.
And I have killed hundreds—no, thousands—
practicing for the day I would see you again.

Do you know what they call me now?
I am Magus. Fiendlord. Scourge of all humankind.
And today, I will kill a god.

Nothing to say? No matter. You’ll be with me soon.

Neuga. Ziena. Zieber.

…Zom.

...

Yes! The spell grows stronger. I can feel it—the black wind.
The beast is close! Just a bit more…

...

This is it. Come Lavos, and meet your fate.

...

Wait. Something’s…not right.
Who is there?
Is this some kind of a trick?

...

Is this the end? Was I not strong enough?
Twenty years toiling in darkness.
Twelve thousand years away from home.
All my days of living spent plotting death,
yet I couldn’t even prevent my own.

No matter.
If history is to change, let it change.
If the world is to perish, let it perish.
If my fate is to die…

(laughs)

This isn’t my fate.
I am Magus. Fiendlord. Scourge of all humankind.
And today, I will kill a god."
Track Name: Skill Tree - Ayla Fight!
"Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!

Win and live. Lose and die.
Rule of life
We cannot change the rules of any fight
Ayla fight. Ayla no run.
Running shame

Win and Live. Lose and die.
Me Ayla!

Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the wind people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the mountain people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the wind people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga might!
Since and dance all night!

Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the wind people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the mountain people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga meeple!
Dance with the wind people!
Oohga bunga!
Munga might!
Since and dance all night!

The Reptites came
Came to claim the land
Ioka fight, Ayla fight
For our tribe!

The Reptites strong
Laruba did succumb to them
Ioka fight! Ayla fight
For our tribe!

Win and live. Lose and die.
Rule of life
We cannot change the rules of any fight
Ayla fight. Ayla no run.
Running shame

Win and Live. Lose and die.
Ayla win!

You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice (Twice!)
You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice (Twice!)
You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice (Twice!)
Ayla fight! Ayla fight!
Fight for tribe!

You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice! (Twice!)
You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice! (Twice!)
You hit her once (Once!)
She hit you twice! (Twice!)
Ayla fight! Ayla fight!
Fight for tribe!

Ayla fight!
Ayla tribe!
Ayla fight!
Ayla tribe!

The Lavos came
Came to kill the world
Ayla will fight
He will not survive!

Just like Reptite
Ioka will lead the fight!
Ioka fight!
Ayla fight for our tribe!

Aylaaa!"
Track Name: Elizabeth Zharoff - You Are Not Alone
"The river is deep.
You are not alone.
The current is swifter than me.
You are not alone.
The night is growing darker.
You are not alone.
Can someone out there hear me?
You are not alone.

Every day we make a piece of history -
every moment remains
In a memory made of love and mystery:
we’re together in melody.

When war’s drawing nearer,
we will not stray.
When battle grows thicker,
music remains.

In the moment there is peace.
Keep on fighting
Take a breath and count to three.
Keep on trying
We are more than just one voice.
You have a choice
Choose to live in harmony!

If you fee lost,
Undone by tears -
Take my hand,
confront your fears.

We are together.
Press on."
Track Name: Materia Brasilis - Quinta-Feira
Lembrança existe para nos fazer presentes
E desejar consertar o que não
Deu muito certo, podia ser diferente
Mas quem nunca teve desilusão

Onde estou, quando estou
Saudade me relembrou
Quinta-feira traiçoeira

Quando numa tarde inteira
Você me falava seus planos secretos
Nos quais me encaixava também

Aquele abraço e seu olhar
Que me fizeram acreditar
Que eu seria quem ficaria
Ao seu lado depois dessa quinta

Mas o presente é injusto e cruel
Porque você não está mais aqui
Pego meu lápis de cor e papel
Vou desenhar você somente pra mim

Lembrança existe para nos fazer presentes
E desejar consertar o que não
Deu muito certo podia ser diferente
Mas quem nunca teve desilusão

E ficou presa em mim
A tua voz meu amor
Quero então desprender
Ou conseguir refazer

Nossa história de vida
Voltando no tempo
Quem sabe assim consiga ter

O seu abraço e olhar bem
Nos seus olhos sem ter que sofrer
E dizer que eu te gosto e ouvir
O mesmo vindo de você meu amor

Desde quinta-feira até hoje
Seria só eu e você
Pego meus lápis de cor
E desenho até o final
Track Name: insaneintherainmusic, SonikBuster - The Day the World Revived
"The Day was young
When we stepped through the portal we came
To the edge
Of the world

To the end of the world

We have come
To do must be done
At the end
Of the Word

We have come
to ensure that a future yet comes
At the edge
of the world

The Enemy
Set his sights on time unborn
He Seeks history's demise

We have come
To do must be done
At the end
Of the Word

We have come
to ensure that a future yet comes
At the edge
of the world

Our innocence
Of our lifelong fortune had come
To a Staggering end

We have come
to ensure that a future yet comes
At the edge
of the world"
Track Name: Chris Muggli-Miller - To You My Dearest Friends
"To you my dearest friends I never had dreamed of making
Though time may divide us, our hearts still unite us
And this our sacred bond remains until the end, the eternal moment;

The ticking hands of time; the present, the past, and future to come
A history written by each of our hands
And this our sacred bond remains until the end, the eternal moment;

Although our souls may cry from having to say goodbye
Please remember to smile, it all was worthwhile
And this our sacred bond remains until the end, the eternal moment;

'Til the end of time the story will echo through our thoughts and heart
for eternity
May this message truly reach our beloved friends across the gate
believe and it will!
'Til the end of time the story will echo through our thoughts and heart
through eternity!"