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Music Monday: Time Circuits April 14, 2014

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Testing the waters with a regular feature in which I highlight/share some music I really enjoy. Mostly, this will involve indie re-arrangements of video game music, because that’s how I roll and because it’s generally pretty easy to link to free, legal downloads for it. I’ll admit my music theory is weak, so I might not be able to describe the songs I feature in technical terms, but I love what I love, and if one person gets to enjoy a new song out of it, I will consider it a success.

For my inaugural post, I’m going to feature one of my all-time favourite songs: “Time Circuits”/”Corridors of Time” from the SNES classic Chrono Trigger. Clearly, I’m not the only one to enjoy this track so much, as it has been done over and over again. The bonus to it being so popular is inevitably that means there are several very well-done arrangements out there. This week I’m featuring a selection of my favourite renditions of this well-loved theme.

mv – Time Chill

“Time Chill” is at least ten years old now, but it remains a favourite. As the title might suggest, mv turned the tune into a somewhat jazzy rendition. What I love about this version is that despite taking a slightly different approach to the source, it feels like this is exactly what the original track was meant to sound like.

Ashane – Zealous Entropy

In this version, Ashane took the original ~90 second melody and turned it into a 10:29 rock ballad, starting off gentle and building as it goes. The questionably voiced lines from the part of the game when the source music plays might not be to everyone’s taste, but to me, those have become as much a part of the music as the guitars, bass, and drums.

Featured on playlist: Road trip, because nothing makes the time and miles go by quicker than listening to 3-4 songs and finding an hour has passed.

Captain Literal – Passage to Zeal

This ambient rendition goes all the way back to 2002; I found an updated version from a few years later while searching for the download link, but I prefer this original posting to RPGamer. It’s long, smooth, and mellow, and I still recall the first time I played it on the radio show I was part of around that time, when I was a bit uncertain about playing video game remixes, and this one was warmly received by crew and listeners alike.

Joren de Bruin, Tweex – Corrupter of Time

I originally discovered this song on a different website where it was titled “Corroder of Time,” a pun on the original title that still amuses me. Unlike other rock arrangements of the tune, this one turns the source material into a heavier song, despite keeping at least close to the original beat, truly turning the track into a hard rock remix.

Bonus final track comes courtesy of the Japanese band MintJam. They recorded an amazing version of “Corridors of Time” which I can unfortunately only link to on YouTube, as it was commercially released and therefore not available as a free download. I adore their rendition for the instruments and the depth they gave the original song, including an engaging drum beat and smooth vocals.

I hope you enjoyed this brief foray into my music collection. If you have any suggestions for other tracks, artists, or albums for me to check out, please feel free to comment. I always love discovering new music. See you again next week with a new feature!

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Enduring Chaos cover reveal and giveaway! October 11, 2013

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present the cover art for my next book, Enduring Chaos!

enduring chaos front cover

Cursed with fearsome eyes and a dangerous gift, any chance of Damian Sires having an ordinary life was dashed the moment she was born. All her life, she has hidden her abnormalities and fought for acceptance behind the shadow of a veil and her respected merchant father.

When Damian’s power spirals out of control and casts her out alone into the world, she finds herself caught up in plots as old as the gods themselves. Bitter exiles, deposed nobility, clandestine knights, and a divine being with an ancient grudge all close in on the unstable power radiating from Damian.

Desperate to keep that power contained, she sets out with mysterious allies in an attempt to find someone who can help her in a world that fears magic. Yet the source of Damian’s ability is far more deadly than she imagined.

View Enduring Chaos on Goodreads.

In addition to the cover reveal, I am offering a giveaway to win a free e-copy of Ruins of Change by J. R. Dwornik, the first book in the world of Elderra! Simply comment on this post by October 25th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway.

Halcyon giveaway on Goodreads December 5, 2012

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I’m giving away a copy of my latest book Halcyon on Goodreads. Enter now for your chance to win. Hurry, the contest ends Saturday! For more information on Halcyon, check out the novels section in the menu bar above.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Halcyon by Catherine Fitzsimmons

Halcyon

by Catherine Fitzsimmons

Giveaway ends December 08, 2012.

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Read an Ebook Week! March 7, 2011

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It’s the annual Read an Ebook Week!  In honor of this occasion, I am offering FREE e-texts of my young adult fantasy novel Aurius through Smashwords!  This is a coming-of-age story of destiny, reality, self-acceptance, and home.  For more information about Aurius, please visit the novels section.

Just follow this link and enter coupon code “RE100” at checkout to download your copy by March 12.  Don’t forget, if you download and read the book, or if you already have read it, please leave your comments either on the book purchase page or here.

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And a guitar tab in a pear tree December 13, 2008

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Finally, I am extremely delayed in posting this tab I transcribed nearly a month ago now.  This is “Wind’s Nocturne” from Lunar: Silver Star Story.  Once again, this tab is free to share, but a link back would be appreciated, and if you like this, have a look at my other tabs.  Enjoy!

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B--2-0-3-2--0-2-3-----------0--0-2-3-----2-3-3--
G-----------------2-2---0-2---------------------
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B--2------0-2-3----0-0----2-----0-2-3-----2-2-----2-0--
G-----2-2--------------------2-2--------------2-2------
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B--0-0---3-2-0-2---3-2-0-2-3------
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e--0--0-2-0-0-----0-------0-1-0-----0--
B-------------3-2---3---3-------3-2----
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e--------------2-0--0-2-3-0-2-3-2-3-2--
B--2-3-2-0-2-3-------------------------
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B----------------3----------------------------3-3--
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B--0-3-2--0-------3-2-3--0-2-3-----------
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e---------------0-------0-2-------2--------2-0--------
B--0-3-2--0-------3-2-3-----3-3-----3-3--------3-2-3--
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Guitar tab – Melodies of Life November 15, 2008

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I found a tab of “Melodies of Life,” the theme song from Final Fantasy IX, online, but while trying to learn how to play it, this came out instead.  I liked the tone and found it easier to play, so I thought I’d share.  Again, this tab is free to share, though a link back would be appreciated.  Hope you enjoy, and feel free to take a look at my other tabs.

e--2-0----------------------------------2-3-----2-0-----------------
B------3---0-2-3-2-0-2--------0-2-3-2-3-------0------3-2-0--------3-
G-----------------------2---2------------------------------2-0------
D--------------------------------------------------------------4----
A-------------------------------------------------------------------
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e----2--2-0--------------0---------------------2-3-2---2-0-
B-----------3--3-2-0-2-3---------0-2-3-0-0---3-------3-----
G--2-----------------------2---2-----------2---------------
D----------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------
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e--2-5--5-7-5-3-3-2-2-0-0-2-3---2-0---------------0-2-3-0-
B-----------------------------------3-----0-3---3---------
G---------------------------------------2-----------------
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e----2--2-0--------------0---------------------2-3-2---2-0-
B-----------3--3-2-0-2-3---------0-2-3-0-0---3-------3-----
G--2-----------------------2---2-----------2---------------
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e--2-5--5-7-5-3-3-2-2-0-0-2-3---2-0-------------0-2-0-----
B-----------------------------------3-----0-3---------3---
G---------------------------------------2-----------------
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e-----3-2-0-------0---2-5-3-2-0---0-2-
B-----------3-2-3---------------4-----
G--2----------------------------------
D-------------------------------------
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e--2-3-2-0---2-3-2-0-------2---5-3-0-
B--------------------3-2-3-----------
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e----0-2---------------------3-2-2-0-0----------0-
B--3-----2---2-2-3-2---0---0------------3-0-2-3---
G--------------------2----------------------------
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e----0-2-5--2-------3-2-2-0-0--0-5-3-3-2-2-0-2-3-5---2-3-2---0-0------
B--3----------3-0------------------------------------------2------3-3-
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Guitar tab – Celes’s theme October 14, 2008

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Well, I signed up for one Game Tabs to share a guitar tab I transcribed, but I happened to come into this hobby while the site’s submission process is down, so I’ll share it with all of you instead.  This is the first song I noodled my way through on guitar, Celes’s theme from Final Fantasy VI, and as I wasn’t satisfied with the tabs I found when I started looking for them, I decided to transcribe my version.  While I wasn’t particularly fond of the performance of her theme song in the game, I loved the tune, and I think it makes a lovely guitar solo.  I wasn’t particularly, well, particular with my timing, so for those unfamiliar with the song, feel free to grow acquainted with a MIDI or the original song.

Enjoy!  And please let me know what you think.

e------------------2-0-2-3-3-2-0---------------
B--0-1-3-----0-1-3---------------3---3-3-1-0-1-
G--------0-------------------------------------
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B--1-1-0---0--0-0-0-------0-3---0-1-3---
G--------3----------3-1-3-------------0-
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B-0-1-3---------------3----3-3-1-0-1---1-1-0---0-
G--------------------------------------------3---
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G---------2-0-2-0----------
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