Title: Château Ladutorm
Composer: Koichi Sugiyama
Performers: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest I & II
Upon pressing start at the title screen, you are brought to the king’s throne room where you are greeted with this piece—in its 5-channel Nes/Famicom glory—and the start of your…Dragon…quest (I’ll be here all week, folks).
For some reason I get a Vivaldi vibe (again, here all week). Maybe throw in a harpsichord continuo in place of/together with the Bass…but then again, I’d then would like it sped up like a Vivaldian violin concerto, completely changing the piece, so I say keep it as it is and marvel at its orchestral majesty.
Now that I think about it…I wonder why we don’t have any Dragon Quest concerts here in the States, or at least included them in videogame concert programs. I’m sure there are a couple…perhaps just not broadcasted as highlights in the program.
Do you know of any videogame concerts in the USA that have included a piece from the Dragon Quest series in their program?
Now that I am officially done with college, I have a little bit more time to spare with posting videogame music. Well, and I’ll tell ya, I’ve picked up a great deal of game music since my last post.
I occasionally like to theme my posts around certain games, so this time I plan on posting the music of the Dragon Quest series. I recently did a batch purchase of 7-8 soundtracks of the series, so I think I have enough to last me the rest of this summer if I continually post every day.
I’ll try to keep things interesting with some of the posts and see what the track resembles to me in regards to classical music, or just information on the game series/composer. Without further ado, the “Overture March” of our beloved series and summer.
Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare
Working on a paper about the use of this game’s music in regards to development and narrative. It’s a bit of work…but the fun in playing through this game and listening to its soundtrack frequently is well worth it!
Title: Climb, Lest I fall
Composer: Aivi Tran
If you took part in funding the Cryamore through Kickstarter, one of the perks was a digital download of the album. So far, only an 8-track album was released for download for backers. I’ve soaked in this first release for a while and really love this one track. If you’re a fan of snes games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past juxtaposed with 8-bit timbres…then you’re going to love the final release of the full album. I already foresee an amazing soundtrack. Here’s a taste of what I mean with this track, “Climb, Lest I Fall.”
Hello. I just released a solo album covering every theme from SFII:TWW with live instruments.
Free Download at: http://yogafirewa.bandcamp.com/
Hello everyone! I’m Scrub Club Records artist 2 Mello and I just wanted to tease my newest project, a full album combining Jay-Z lyrics with Chrono Trigger-sampling hip-hop beats. Here is the first single, a mix of Jay-Z’s “Ignorant Shit” with Chrono Trigger’s “Wind Scene”, on Soundcloud. Thanks for the listen!
Here are links to my social networks if you want to contact me!
@MelloMakes on Twitter
The British electronic producer and sound artist Matthew Herbert has created an experimental interactive soundtrack for the iPhone game PENTAPUZZLE, which is now globally available from the App Store for use on iPhone and iPod touch.
The game features a unique integration of music and gameplay. Placing and removing puzzle pieces adds and takes away various layers in the music making PENTAPUZZLE, a musical puzzle as well as an actual puzzle. Additional sounds have been hidden in the game and once found will allow the player to perform a jam session in addition to the main score.
PENTAPUZZLE is available for free from the App Store and users are encouraged to play the game using a stereo headset to enjoy the full audio experience.
About Matthew Herbert
Matthew Herbert has released several albums under different aliases, including the highly acclaimed Bodily Functions in 2001, which was recently reissued. He produced Roisin Murphy’s debut album, Ruby Blue,and has remixed R.E.M. and Moloko, to name but a few. Matthew Herbert also has a programming credit on Björk’s album Vespertine and he created several tracks on her Biophilia remixes, released in 2012. Together with Harry Gregson-Williams, he created the soundtrack for the Ridley Scott/You Tube movie, “Life in a Day”.
Download from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/PENTAPUZZLE/id525412665?mt=8
App audio: https://soundcloud.com/pentapuzzle/pentapuzzle-sample-audio
App trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pC8XFhsrbU
App gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNKRdLL1lFY
Composer: Takeharu Ishimoto
This album is too darn catchy not to post tracks from. Happy Listenings!
Title: SNEStale (Preschtale, Parts 2-4-5)
Composer: Dmitry Zhemkov (C-Jeff)
Arranger: Shannon Mason (Pongball)
The album from which this track comes from is “Preschtale Variations”, which is an arranged album of the music of C-jeff’s “Preschtale,” a catchy album that was released last year. “Preschtale Variations” is real treat for those who enjoyed the original, and deserves attention for it’s unique and amazing arrangements…
Today, I present you with Pongball’s contribution to the album; an astonishing track that pours an emotional feast as to tug at the heart strings of listeners. Myself? I get a sense of mystery and lonely melancholy—especially during introduction of the accordion(?)/harmonica(?). Wonderful, wonderful track. Bravo Shannon.
I wonder, what emotional response do you have from listening to this track?
I wrote up a quick, general survey asking some questions about Video Game Music, and I would love to have you beautiful people take part in the survey. Pretty much what I’m asking is:
What makes Video Game Music Unique?
Can you spot it out from a group of music?
I gave one or two examples in the question help section underneath the main questions as to show possible ways to go about answering it, but please don’t let it limit your responses to follow that frame of thought…let it it be a starting point. So in other words…even if both questions are general, you don’t have to let your answers be! :)
Thank you for your time for reading, especially if you do take part in the survey. I’m not collecting personal information either, so it’s a straight forward form submit without the strings. Also, depending on the success of this survey, there may be additional surveys in the future that link together. Thanks again…
Note: It would be a great help if you could spread this survey around via reblog for those on Tumblr. You’re kindness and help is always appreciated…thank you.
My first video game OST, which I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a full-length mix of house, ambient, orchestral, and avant-garde music that draws heavily from works such as Chrono Trigger, Nier, and EarthBound.
Give it a listen if it sounds like your kind of thing!
Title: The Prayers Become Power
Game: Tales of Legendia
Composer: Go Shiina
Spectacular. ‘nuff said.
Orchestra: New Japan Philharmonic
Conductor: Taizo Takemoto
Orchestrator: _Hironori Osone, Natsumi Kameoka_
Orchestration Supervisor: Akio Naraoka
Transcription Supervisor: Masato Kouchi
Orchestra Recording Engineer:
Masaki Takamura, Takashi Irisa, Keiko Kizawa, Shinichi Yanadori
Keishi Hirakawa, Tomomi Nishizaki, Shigeharu Nakauchi
Concert Master: Jun Tsujii (辻井淳)
1st-Violin: Mariko Aikawa, Momoko Inagaki (稲垣桃子),黒田絵奈, Kazuyoshi Sawada (澤田和慶), Hayato Takenaka (竹中勇人)
Naotaka Tamura (田村直貴), Masamichi Hara (原雅道), Kenji Magaki (間垣健二), Makiko Matsumiya (松宮麻希子)
Sachiko Yamaguchi (山口幸子), Ayumi Tamura (田村安祐美), Yukako Funahashi (舩橋由佳子), Makiko Murakoshi
Satomi Tomatsu (戸松智美), Asami Tamura (田村安紗美), Hatsumi Ishida (石田はつみ), Mio Unosawa (宇野沢美緒)
Hidekazu Shinohara, Yoshie Sunahata (砂畑佳江), Fumiko Nakagawa (中川富美子), Eiji Nakaya Mari Fukaya (深谷まり), Kanae Shima (志摩かなえ)
Keiko Kimura (木村恵子), Nao Kaneko, Kaori Iwai (岩井 香保里), Noriko Karaki (唐木紀子)
Takaaki Hara (原孝明), Yoko Mase (間瀬容子), Reiko Yanami (矢浪礼子), Ai Takayama (高山愛)
Kaoru Hanazaki (花崎薫), Shozo Kaibara (貝原正三), Reo Tada (多田麗王), Toru Hirota (弘田徹) Yutaka Morizawa, Akiko Yano
Tsutomu Takeda (竹田勉), Tatsuya Anpo (安保龍也), Tsunefumi Ishida (石田常文), Yoshihito Hiroshima (廣嶋嘉人)
Youko Muramatsu (村松裕子), Koichi Morizono (森園康一)
Flute: Akira Shirao (白尾彰), Kenji Wada (和田健二), Yasushi Watanabe (渡辺泰)
Oboe: Ken-ichi Furube, Hidetaka Nanasawa (七澤英貴), 徳田振作
Clarinet: Kimie Shigematsu (重松希巳江), Yasue Sawamura (澤村康恵), Akira Ueki (植木章)
Fagot: Motoko Kawamura, Akira Ishikawa, 高橋あけみ
Horn: Masato Yoshinaga, Shozo Ainda (会田省三), Noriki Kaneko (金子典樹), Masaki Tanaka (田中雅樹)
Trumpet: Takaya Hattori, Kazuhiko Ichikawa, Shigeo Ohkura
Trombone: Hisato Yamaguchi, Kou Okumura, Sakon Ishihara (石原左近)
Tuba: Kazuhiko Sato
Timpani: Tatsuya Kawase (川瀬達也)
Percussion: Hikaru Kojima (小島光), Koya Nakatani (中谷孝哉), Toru Yamada (山田徹), Junko Naka
Harp: Yuko Yamaguchi, Midori Tajima (田島緑)
Piano: Ryuta Suzuki
Stage Manager: Kiyoaki Naruse, Hideaki Iino
*Information pulled from Tales of Legendia entry on vgmdb.net.