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July 2002 June 2002 April 2002 March 2002 1999 - 2000

Questions from 1999 - 2000

Are there any plans for making an arrange album for "Chrono Cross"?

As of now, there are no plans for making an arrange album for "Chrono Cross". The rights to the songs still belong to Mitsuda, and he also has special affections towards the songs, so if there is a record company willing to publish it, there is still a possibility that it MAY come out. But (sorry to say this, but) it seems that Mitsuda does not have such a strong will to make an arrange album right now. His eyes are already set upon other goals. All we can say right now is, "please look forward to his future works!"

What were the "special priviledges" that were included in the "limited edition Chrono Cross OST"?

According to DigiCube, the publisher of the "Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack", there were two things that were included in the limited edition OST's. One, there was a special (paper) sleeve case with an impression of the "Chrono Cross" logo; and two, it included a special mini-poster. Other than that, everything else (including the booklet and its contents) should be the same. So if you weren't able to get your hands on these please don't be too disappointed.

Could you please tell me the names of all the percussion instruments used in the opening movie of "Chrono Cross"?

(from Yasunori)
The percussions used in the opening are: triangle, shaker, gran cassa, gran cassa brush, tree bell, finger cymbal, and dumbek. (hmm? maybe there was more...) The dry, tight, taiko-like sound was made by hitting this "dumbek" with some drum sticks.

There's a song in "Chrono Trigger" called "Wind Scene". Could you please tell me the Japanese name of this song and the correct pronunciation?

The kanji in the Japanese title could be read either "shoukei" or "doukei", but according to Masato Kato, who helped Mitsuda name this song, the correct pronunciation of the Japanese title is "Kaze-no-Shoukei".

Were you ever nervous about working with the "Dream Project" and writing songs for the TOP men of the game industry?

(from Yasunori)
Well, off the record... I wasn't really nervous about working with the top men, mainly because I didn't know who most of them were! But on the other hand, there was an incredible amount of pressure from Mr. Aoki, the director of Chrono Trigger, when he told me, "more people are going to be listening to the opening song than the entire number of Yuming fans".

Are there any plans of having MIDI downloading services at this site?

(from Yasunori)
I'm very sorry to say this, but there are too many problems involved with property rights, so a MIDI downloading service will NOT be possible. However, if there are any other good ideas, such as an event (where maybe on Christmas, New Years, or on our homepage anniversary, we can have MIDI downloads of some original songs...), I'm open for your suggestions.

I was just wondering, is there such a thing as a "Mitsuda Yasunori Fan Club"?

For now, this homepage is the closest thing to a fan club. We're still thinking about whether or not to establish an official club.

What are your dreams, your ambitions, and your goals right now?

(from Yasunori)
Hehehe... That's a secret.

For each game that you make, about how many songs are rejected or turn out to be unused?

(from Yasunori)
It really depends on the game, but actually quite a bit. "Mario Party" (N64) was probably the game which had the most number of songs turned down. Out of approximately 130 songs, only 60 were ever used, so I guess that means over half of the songs (over 60 songs) were rejected.

When putting a song onto a video, is the music set along to the video, or is it the other way around?

(from Yasunori)
Well, there are a variety of methods in putting music onto a video. Sometimes, the video comes first but then again, sometimes the music comes before the video. It all depends on the jobs (I've heard that places like Disney start by recording the music and voices first). If the sound comes first, I usually don't have too much trouble because I don't have to worry too much about things like the time and the tempo. But if the video comes first, it's a whole different story (In case you're wondering, for the opening movie for Xenogears, the video came first. And just when I thought I was all done, I noticed that I had made a miscalculation on the frames by about a minute and a half. Boy, that was a shock, but I had to remake that part). The first step is you watch the video... over and over again (in my case, I watch it at least 20 times). And by watching it repeatedly, you sort of start to get the tempo and the rhythm created by the images. And only after that, do I start to write the songs. If I'm sequencing on a computer, I usually start off setting the tempo rather loosely; that way, I can make the minor adjustments later on. Often times, by that point, I have about 50% of the song completed in my head. Then the last step is, I make the tempo adjustments - precising it down to the number of frames. Well, I guess that's the general flow of the process... I hope this helps you to better understand the movie-making process. In case you're wondering; for the opening of "Chrono Cross", I wrote the music first - after taking a look at the scenario (the initial plan, according to the director, Mr. Kato, was for it to be about one and a half minutes long, but by the time I finished, it turned out to be two and a half). Off the record... the movie was remade about three or four times, and originally, the first half of the video had much more speed to it than the final version. Personally, I liked the original version better than the final one.

How many of the equipments listed in your "Equipments" section did you end up using for "Chrono Cross"?

(from Yasunori)
Most of them. In fact, I don't think there was a single thing that I DIDN'T use.

Which sequencer do you use as your "main" sequencer?

(from Yasunori)
I'm a hardcore Digital Performer user. Lately, I've been starting to use Logic Audio more, but I've decided to switch back because it was too difficult to handle.

What type of music did you use to listen to when you were young?

(from Yasunori)
The first record that I listened to was probably my dad's old Art Blakey (JAZZ) album. Then from about the age of 5 to 10, I was really into the music of The Ventures, The Beatles, and The Carpenters. Probably because I listened to the radio a lot during those times, and whenever I'd turn it on, The Carpenters or The Beatles would always be playing. After that, I got into a techno boom and listened to a lot of YMO, but also went into British Rock (Duran Duran, U2, Kajagoogoo) with the influence of my sister, and not to mention Progressive Rock (the early works of ELP and Genesis). This was up to about 8th or 9th grade. From this point, I began to listen to movie soundtracks and also a lot of trad music... So my musical roots are pretty mixed and diversified with all sorts of sounds, and there isn't much that I DON'T listen to (...except maybe the Japanese "enka"). But come to think of it, I guess I never listened to Japanese pop music that much. In fact, I don't know if I can even give you the names of the popular Japanese music groups during those times... Hmm... was it Match? or Toshi-chan... or was it the Checkers...?

I am dreaming of someday winning an Academy Award as a movie director. If this dream really comes true, would you mind if I ask you to do the music for my movies?

(from Yasunori)
Sure. Sounds great to me! I hope that you'll be able to fulfill your dreams someday... And of course! When that time comes, I'll be more than happy to do the music for you. I'll be waiting for your call (no joke!).

Whenever you're composing a song, what do you do when you go into a slump?

(from Yasunori)
Well, up until a few years ago, I would go night fishing, or go drinking with some friends until I got totally plastered, or sometimes I would just take a trip to some far away place. But lately, I've learned to prepare myself so that I don't go into slumps. To put it in more simple terms; I watch a lot movies, buy and listen to a lot of different CD's, try playing instruments that I've never played before, and all these different activities provide me with information and inspiration for writing songs. They're my "vitamins" that prevent me form going into slumps.

I loved the little knit cap that you were wearing at the Kirche Live! Could you please tell me where you bought it? And also, could you please tell me a little bit about the hat that you're wearing in the profile page?

(from Yasunori)
The knit cap that I wore during the Kirche Live can be found at the Yuzawaya in Kichijoji. It's really nothing rare or expensive. And about the hat that I'm wearing in the profile page; that hat was bought in Camden Town in England (I think it was the Camden Rock Market?... to tell you the truth, I wasn't the one who bought it, so I'm not sure). It's a very rare hat, and it's one of my favorite. I really love hats, so please tell me if you know of any good places where I can find some cool hats.

Where did the name "PROCYON STUDIO" come from?

(from Yasunori)
Well, I've always been interested in constellations, and back when I used to live out in the country, my sister and I would always go up to the mountaintop at night to gaze at the stars. That's how much interest I had in the stars and the cosmos. And so, when it came time to choose a name for this studio, I looked up the names of different constellations and was drawn by the sound of "PROCYON". I think PROCYON in English, is pronounced something like, "pro-shun", but the Japanese way of pronouncing it is "pu-ro-ki-on" or, "pu-ro-si-on", and I just thought that "PROCYON" had a fabulous ring to it. It's apparently one of the brightest stars in the sky, and the name means, "the brightest star of the constellation Canus Minor (Lesser Dog)". Canus Minor itself is a pathetic looking constellation, being made up of only two stars, but I really liked the image of the "fighting underdog" brought up by Procyon. Being the brightest star of a "Lesser Dog" constellation, it was as if it were hollering, "I may be an underdog, but I'm NOT gonna lose!" I just thought that this really fit my image (what an interpretation!).

I would like to set a link to this homepage. How can I do this?

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