Cross Symphonic - A Symphonic Tribute to "Chrono Cross"
Cross Symphonic is the reimagining of Yasunori Mitsuda’s iconic soundtrack from Chrono Cross as a 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.
Inspired in part by the legendary film composer John Williams, Cross Symphonic's sweeping melodic approach serves as a tribute to both Williams and Mitsuda who are both major inspirations to me personally.
If successfully funded we will add live soloists to the current mock-up tracks, adding a new level of realism. Everything will then be professionally mixed and mastered to provide exceptional sound quality no matter how you listen.
Production and licensing for Cross Symphonic has been officially approved by Septima Ley and Yasunori Mitsuda. Cross Symphonic is a fan made tribute produced at the professional level and has no direct affiliation with Square Enix, Septima Ley, or Yasunori Mitsuda.
Cross Symphonic will be produced and distributed by Hayward Publishing. It is scheduled for worldwide release through all major digital distributors and streaming platforms, in addition to CD and *vinyl editions, on November 18 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of Chrono Cross in Japan.
*Vinyl Edition will ship after the November 18th release date.
Those of you that backed our last campaign will remember that our main goal was to record Cross Symphonic with a live orchestra - and that goal hasn't changed! I've set up a modular stretch campaign that will give us the opportunity to record different sections of the orchestra to replace their virtual counterparts with live players. Each goal will build a piece of the orchestra all the way through a live recording with an entire orchestra at $55,000.
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 06: 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.
Cross Symphonic Art
In addition to the music, I've commissioned two incredible artists to help bring Cross Symphonic to life. Felipe Cartín is responsible for the logo design and Kickstarter assets, while Roger Creus Dorico (Rowye) is responsible for the album art and illustrating different cinematic scenes from Cross Symphonic to help bring a visual experience to the album.
Backer Exclusive Updates ($1+ tier): This album wouldn't be possible without all of your help. As a thank you all backers of Cross Symphonic get access to Backer Exclusive Updates and behind the scenes content not available anywhere else.
Digital Poster ($5 tier): Get a high-resolution download of one of the four posters created exclusively for Cross Symphonic. These are perfect for wall papers, phone or tablet backgrounds, or simply to look at while you listen to some epic music.
Digital Copy of Cross Symphonic ($20 tier): Be among the first to download Cross Symphonic upon its release this November.
Physical Edition CD ($40 tier): Receive a beautifully crafted 6-panel Digipak featuring stunning artwork by Rowye. This premium edition is the perfect addition to any CD collection.
Vinyl Edition ($80 tier): Receive a digital copy of the album and a beautifully crafted Vinyl Edition of Cross Symphonic featuring stunning art by Rowye. If vinyl is your thing, this will be the ultimate format to enjoy Cross Symphonic.
The Physical CD Collector's Edition: ($120 tier): Receive the Cross Symphonic Physical CD Edition, all four posters printed on premium glossy paper in sizes ranging from 11X20 to 12X30, and a printed conductor's study score for one track of your choosing. These scores are only available through the Cross Symphonic Kickstarter campaign.
The Vinyl Collector's Edition: ($160 tier): Receive the Cross Symphonic Vinyl Edition, all four posters printed on premium glossy paper in sizes ranging from 11X20 to 12X30, and a printed conductor's study score for one track of your choosing. These scores are only available through the Cross Symphonic Kickstarter campaign.
The Ultimate Collector's Edition: ($500 tier): Receive everything the Cross Symphonic Kickstarter campaign has to offer. Every audio format: Digital Album, Physical CD Edition, Vinyl Edition, all four posters in digital form and printed on premium glossy paper in sizes ranging from 11X20 to 12X30, and a complete printed conductor's study score featuring every track from the album. These scores are only available through the Cross Symphonic Kickstarter campaign.
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 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 today.
While I have devoted a lot of time and money both personally and through Hayward Publishing towards this project I have reached a point where I can no longer continue production without your help. I'm turning to Kickstarter with the invitation to take part in this journey with me to help create an unforgettable experience that will not only celebrate Chrono Cross and it's incredible music, but will set a new standard for video game albums to come.
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.
You can customize your reward tier by adding the amount of any item(s) below to your pledge. Once the campaign ends you can use the additional funds as credit towards any of the add-ons during the survey process.
*The Digital Album is a $5 add-on for tier Serge セルジュ ($40), and is included as part of the tier rewards for tiers Lynx ヤマネコ ($80) and up.
If you choose to add a physical add-on(s) an additional shipping fee will apply to your pledge.
If you have already paid for shipping through your tier additional shipping will not be required in most cases.*
*If you plan on adding multiple Study Scores or Vinyl Editions to your order please send us a message.
How to manage Add-Ons:
In order to get an add-on you don't need to change your reward tier. Instead, simply raise your pledge amount by the cost of the item you wish to add-on (e.g. add $20 to get a Digital Copy of Cross Symphonic). Every tier above the "General Viper 蛇骨大佐" tier is eligible to add-on a reward(s).
Please follow the steps below to raise your pledge amount:
Step 1: Click “Manage your pledge” on the Kickstarter campaign home page.
Step 2: Click “Change your pledge.”
Step 3: Enter your new pledge amount and click "Continue."
Step 4: Confirm your changes by clicking "Confirm."
After the campaign ends you will be able to specify what add-ons to apply the additional money to during the survey process. (e.g. if you raised your pledge by $20, you can choose to add a Digital Copy of Cross Symphonic to your pledge rewards.)
Risks and challenges
I’ve had the privilege to write for and work with several different professional orchestras and choirs 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 instruments. 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.
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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