Singing Mountain (CTP)
Chrono Trigger Prerelease
Singing Mountain is by far the most interesting area of the Chrono Trigger Prerelease. If the name sounds familiar, it is because a song of the same name appears on the Chrono Trigger Original Sound Version; it was this location's theme. From what can be ascertained, Singing Mountain was a dungeon that was explored after the battle with Magus. It contained waterfalls on the outside, and lava rivers within; a cave served as its summit. Its purpose is unknown; it was overwritten by the Black Omen. It was presumably scrapped because there were already two other dungeons in 65000000 B.C. in development. It is believed that Singing Mountain was originally housed in the odd-looking mountain that appears on the 65000000 B.C. map east of the Tyrano Lair. It only appears in Chrono Trigger as the location name Chanting Mt.
Yasunori Mitsuda was asked about the song's original intent at Procyon-Studio; the question and response:
(This is slightly paraphrased because the Japanese is a little more redundant than is grammatically acceptable in English.)
クロノ・トリガー未収録曲[歌う山]ですが、あの曲がゲームの中に入っていないのがとても残念です。多分あの曲はク○ノが死んだ後のイベント死の山でしたっけか？ ク○ノを復活させる為の山に挿入予定だったのでしょ？ なんで没になったのでしょうか？ とても良い曲なのに (生楽器生声で一度聞いてみたい)。それと[カエルのテーマ]もゲームでは前奏が入っていなくてＣＤでは入っている。どうしてゲームでは前奏を入れるのをやめてＣＤでは、入っているのでしょうか？
About the not-yet-recorded Chrono Trigger song "Singing Mountain", it's really too bad it didn't make it into the game. Was the song for an event at Death Mountain after Crono dies? Was it planned to insert the song when going to the mountain to revive Crono? Why was it rejected? It's a very good song (I'd really love to hear it with live instruments and vocals). Also, the prelude to Frog's Theme wasn't included, but it was on the CD. Why was it in the CD, but not in the game?
(From Mitsuda himself)
There was a dungeon where that song was used, but because the dungeon didn't contain much and there were no problems or anything that advanced the game, it was cut. So inevitably the song was cut with it (*sniffle*). About Frog's Theme, because the prelude was meant to rise up during an event, the song starts out partway through, but since we took great pains with the CD it started from the prelude there.
Thanks to JLukas for finding this and Arc Impulse for translating it.
From: Locations (CTP)