Cross Symphonic is the re-imagining of Yasunori Mitsuda’s iconic soundtrack from Chrono Cross as a fully licensed, 17 track symphonic film score. The album carries the listener through the events of Chrono Cross, retelling Masato Kato’s expansive story of adventure, deception, jealousy, and determination with music crafted to help you experience Chrono Cross in a whole new way.
With your help Cross Symphonic will be recorded by a 75-piece orchestra with choir in Nashville, Tennessee by some of the best studio musicians in the industry. They’re known for quickly understanding the music and producing a quality recording without wasting any time in the studio. Hiring a professional orchestra that specializes in recording is key to producing a world class product both efficiently and musically.
In addition, I've commissioned two incredible artists to help bring Cross Symphonic to life. Felipe Cartín is responsible for the album art, logo design and Kickstarter assets, while Roger Creus Dorico is responsible for illustrating different cinematic scenes from Cross Symphonic to help bring a visual experience to the album. You can find out more about them at the bottom of the page.
Here are three mock-ups from the album to give you a taste of what's to come. These tracks will come to life with a live orchestra and transport you into the world of Chrono Cross like you've never heard it before.
Track 01: Torn Between Worlds
Follow Serge through his dream and onto Opassa Beach where he is abruptly pulled from one dimension to the next. He awakens to find himself in a world where he doesn't exist. This track ends with Serge's journey with a strange blonde thief to Termina in hopes of finding some answers.
Track 02: Far From Home
The journey continues through Fossil Valley. Now allowed to pass by the Acacia Dragoons, Serge and Kid travel to Termina where their story is just beginning. Rumor has it that a strange visitor is staying at Viper Manor. Perhaps he may hold the answers for Serge, but why is Kid so determined to break in?
Track 05: The Hermit And The Dragon
In pursuit of Lynx and General Viper to Fort Dragonia, the group visits a retired master swordsman turned hermit for instructions on how to infiltrate the impenetrable fort. The group arrives to find the hermit's hideaway burned to the ground. Worse yet, Lynx's subordinate Harle is waiting for Serge with orders to subdue him.
When the Final Fantasy album Distant Worlds was released in 2007, I could only hope that a Chrono equivalent wouldn’t be far behind. Sadly, nothing ever materialized. I was inspired to begin work on Cross Symphonic shortly after hearing the amazing arrangements from Final Symphony by Masashi Hamauzu, Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo. While deciding what exactly I wanted Cross Symphonic to be, I kept coming back to the question; “What if John Williams had written the soundtrack to Chrono Cross?”
Yasunori Mitsuda and John Williams have both played an important role in my development as a musician. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how naturally Williams sweeping romantic style fits with Mitsuda’s memorably beautiful melodies. Cross Symphonic serves as a tribute not only to one of my favorite game franchises of all time, but to two incredible composers that continue to inspire me to this day.
Orchestral albums are extremely expensive, easily running upwards of $200,000. It's certainly not something that most people can afford. So I'm turning to Kickstarter with the invitation to take this journey with me and to help create an unforgettable experience that will redefine video game albums as a whole.
It also happens to be the 20th anniversary of Chrono Cross's Japanese release this November. Let's use Cross Symphonic to show Square Enix that the Chrono community is alive, well, and still celebrating a franchise that continues to inspire art, music, and literature to this day.
John Paul Hayward
Roger Creus Dorico (Rowey)
Risks and challenges
I’ve had the privilege to write for and work with several different professional choirs and orchestras around the United States for the past 10 years. I’ve also had the opportunity to record and produce 3 studio albums, featuring everything from full orchestra and choir down to solo piano and cello. I possess a full understanding of what it takes to develop a project like this from start to finish. As with any project with many moving parts, careful planning and scheduling are key to completing a project on time and on budget. My team and I have been working on Cross Symphonic since December 2017 and have spent countless hours meticulously planning every step of the way.
The goal is to record in late April - early May 2019, with a scheduled release date of November 18, 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of Chrono Cross in Japan. We’ll send updates and preview audio throughout the entire project. If unforeseen circumstances cause a delay in our release schedule, we’ll find a way to make it up to you with some bonus music from the Chrono universe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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