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Re: Symphonic Tale: An Unforgettable Journey (Music from Grandia) (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Jun 11, 2020)

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I just gave it a first listen on Bandcamp and despite the low streaming quality and having never heard the original either I was really impressed. The opening and ending didn't especially impress me but there's lots of good stuff in the middle.

Just to warn everybody, as with the same label's Suikoden symphonic tale album, the price point for the lossless download is fairly high at $25. It seems for whatever reason they're pricing their releases for Japanese series at the same rate the Japanese download services charge.

Space Haven Original Game Soundtrack (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 29, 2020)

I recently discovered the OST for the indie space sim Space Haven and I'm really enjoying it. It's a synthy, serene soundtrack on the ambient side but with a subtle touch of game music melody. I can't think of any other game soundtracks that strike that balance in quite the same way. You can find my favorite tracks in the Game Music Ambient Best and Electronic Best playlists on Spotify though at 47 minutes it's just as well to check out the whole album. Impressive early effort by relative newcomer Paul Zimmermann.

Bandcamp: … soundtrack

Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 24, 2020)

If we could not talk about the game basically at all here I'd appreciate it as I'm still working my way through it big_smile Feel free to discuss it in the Gaming forum though, I'll probably have some thoughts to share there as well when I'm done. (I'm around chapter 10 now, am trying to pick up the pace.)

Very curious to hear from you guys how the soundtrack set works on its own once it's out.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 23, 2020)

The 7 disc, 157 track original soundtrack to Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming soon on May 27. Besides featuring of course Nobuo Uematsu as composer of the original PS1 version's compositions as well as the new theme song "Hollow", the credits on VGMdb list Masashi Hamauzu and Mitsuto Suzuki as main contributors, along with a good half dozen "additional composers" including, surprisingly, Capcom and Namco mainstays Tadayoshi Makino and Keiki Kobayashi. It seems unclear at this point whether Hamauzu and Suzuki were mainly involved in arranging Uematsu's pieces or in contributing to the substantial number of new compositions.

CD purchase links:
- Play-Asia (STC affiliate link)
- CD Japan
- Square Enix Store NA
- Square Enix Store UK

There's also a limited edition which includes an 8th disc consisting entirely of "jukebox" tracks from the game, though it appears to now be out of stock.

Re: Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 22, 2020)

Can't believe I let all these years go by without ever commenting on this soundtrack. It's definitely unique among the Ghibli scores with its sweeping, epic orchestral sound. It's also very heavily focused on a few key themes that dominate the score. Fortunately excellent arrangement of themes has been a hallmark of composer Tamiya Terashima's work so they sound great throughout, and as a complete OST I'd rank it as one of the most consistent start-to-finish scores in the Ghibli collection.

The arranged album "Tales from Earthsea Piano Plus" is very well done as well. As mentioned in the anime music on Spotify thread, both albums are on streaming services now, so I'd absolutely recommend giving them a listen.

Oh and as jb mentioned at the start of the thread, the featured vocalist Aoi Tejima has a beautiful voice. Even the "inspired by" songbook album for her and the director's follow-up Ghibli film, From Up On Poppy Hill, I've found myself really enjoying.

Anime soundtracks (inc Studio Ghibli) on Spotify & Apple Music (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 22, 2020)

As mentioned in the Spotify Game Music thread, the majority of Studio Ghibli's soundtrack collection is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. This includes OSTs, image albums, orchestra albums and vocal collections for Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, and pretty much all the other classic Ghibli films. The only omissions I'm aware of are Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbors the Yamadas (though there is one orchestral arrangement for the latter on Czech Phil Studio Ghibli Symphonic Collection).

I've collected them all in two Spotify playlists:

Ghibli & Anime Orchestral & Instrumental Best - Absolute favorite mostly orchestral tracks from the many Studio Ghibli albums, including several gems from the lesser known image and arranged albums. Also includes highlights from the currently limited selection of non-Ghibli anime soundtracks available for streaming.

Studio Ghibli OSTs & Arranged Albums - A simple collection of the first track from every Ghibli-published album, as well as from a few exceptional arranged albums not published by Ghibli themselves.

Several soundtracks by none other than Yoko Kanno are available for streaming as well, mostly her Ghost in the Shell work. I'll be adding tracks from these soon. If there are any other notable anime soundtracks I've missed please update us all here.

Re: Trials of Mana Original Soundtrack (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (May 14, 2020)

I agree that MP3s are far from ideal.
I also agree that FLAC is the best alternative (but not as widely available for purchase as MP3 unfortunately).
I'd also prefer if we have that conversation again to have it in another thread.

Re: Game music on Spotify and Apple Music (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Apr 18, 2020)

Some recent additions and the Spotify playlists you can find them on:

- Panzer Dragoon 1, Zwei, Saga, and Orta OSTs (Orchestral Best, Game Synth Best)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps OST (Orchestral Best)
- Borderlands 3 OST (Electronic Best)

I've created a Twitter account for posting the latest Spotify game music finds, hope to see you all there as well!
Spotify Game Music on Twitter

Re: On that day, the world was changed forever... (Open Topic) by Adam Corn (Apr 15, 2020)

Zane wrote:

I haven't heard the OST to compare (it's next on my cue to listen to now) but that's a nicely done piece of music dude. Good on you for having something lasting to show for this down time we're going through.

Re: Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (VR) & Remake (Switch, PC) (Gaming) by Adam Corn (Apr 12, 2020)

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

Is the Saori Kobayashi arranged soundtrack out yet for the Switch remake of the original? I preordered the Limited Run Games physical copy of the game, so I haven't checked it out at all.  The original OST was already so good, but I'm curious to hear the Saga/Orta composer's take on it.

This tweet from the game's official Twitter account says yes.

I'll be surprised if it matches the excellent original soundtrack (which is included in the game by default) but I'd be happy to be proven wrong!

Politics (Open Topic) by Adam Corn (Apr 12, 2020)

Hadn't had to deal with it here lately but I want to make it clear that I have no intention of hosting political commentary on these forums anymore. Posts of that sort will likely be deleted so please refrain.
If it's about music, games, or some combination of the two then jump right in.

Re: On that day, the world was changed forever... (Open Topic) by Adam Corn (Apr 12, 2020)

I'm not sure how much balance the world was in before but yeah it has been a big change. Hope everyone is hanging in there despite the social isolation and what not. And staying healthy, most importantly.

Good time to catch up on some music at least.

Re: Poll: Best Game Soundtracks of 2019 (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Apr 4, 2020)

I finally posted the poll results for the top VGM album of 2019 above. I also updated my own picks, which can be found at the top of the thread or here.

Thanks to everyone who posted their favorites, and especially those who took the time to write album comments. I have a feeling this will be the last time I host a poll of this sort, and as always I appreciate everyone's participation.

Re: Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (VR) & Remake (Switch, PC) (Gaming) by Adam Corn (Apr 3, 2020)

Panzer Dragoon Remake is out now for Switch (Steam version still to come). The handful of reviews I've read say it's basically the Saturn game with a fresh coat of paint. That's fine by me, though after watching some YouTube vids I will say that a bit less shine and more grit on that fresh coat of paint would have suited the in-game world better. Still, if I don't wind up getting the upcoming VR remake for some reason and do get a Switch again, I'm pretty sure I'll pick it up.

Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (VR) & Remake (Switch, PC) (Gaming) by Adam Corn (Mar 11, 2020)

Ever since PSVR was announced and especially since playing it I've always thought the Panzer Dragoon games would be perfect for VR, and now it's happening. "Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record" will remake levels from the first three Sega Saturn Panzer Dragoon games (1, Zwei, and Azel/Saga), but as a "completely new work" made for VR headsets and controllers. The game is being developed by Tokyo-based Wildman (series creator Yukio Futatsugi has said he's not involved). It's slated for release by March 2021, with release platforms yet to be announced. … -date-sega … 3027.phtml

This is in addition to the previously announced non-VR remake of the original Panzer Dragoon for Switch, PC, and Stadia by Polish developer Forever Entertainment, which is slated to be followed by a remake of Panzer Dragoon Zwei. … 19-trailer

I've been a huge fan of the original Panzer Dragoon trilogy ever since first playing the first game on my brand-new Sega Saturn in summer '95, so I'm stoked to see them getting some remake love. I just played the first one for the first time in several years a few days ago, and though the polygons and textures show their age the gameplay, visual aesthetic and world design are fantastic to this day. It's a pity they're apparently not remaking the first two games in VR in their entirety as I'd love to play every level and experience the story in full.

Having only used the PS Move controller for Beat Saber, I wonder how the tracking will be for shooting sideways and behind, and if they'll have to adjust the level design to compensate. (This assuming it comes to PSVR in the first place.) Anyone played any shooters on PSVR and can comment?

Seiken Densetsu 3 (Trials of Mana) 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Mar 1, 2020)

Square Enix will be holding a new orchestral concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Seiken Densetsu 3 (and its upcoming remake, titled Trials of Mana outside Japan) for two performances in Tokyo on May 10, 2020. The concert venue this time around is Bunkamura Orchard Hall, which has much better acoustics than their usual venue Tokyo International Forum. General ticket sales begin March 14. Themes already announced to be featured include:

Where Angel Fear to Tread
Meridian Child
Evening Star
Little Sweet Café
Splash Hop~Can You Fly Sister?
Decision Bell

Ticket purchase links and more details in Japanese are at the official concert site.

Expect an album release not long after!

Re: Game music on Spotify and Apple Music (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Feb 23, 2020)

Moses wrote:

Recently a good amount of NieR music was added

Thanks for that! I've created a Square Enix OSTs & Arranged Albums playlist to keep track of all these. (There are separate playlists for Final Fantasy already.)

jb wrote:

Not game music but Studio Ghibli just dropped 38 albums on various streaming services.

That is big news! BUT I've found most of the tracks on the playlist are inaccessible for me, and none of the OSTs come up when I search. Is anyone else having better luck?

Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Feb 18, 2020)

New concert dates and locations have been announced:

2020/06/27 Atlanta
2020/07/09 San Francisco
2020/07/10 San Francisco
2020/12/13 Paris
2020/12/19 Barcelona
2021/01/13 Nashville
2021/01/31 Boston

Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Feb 7, 2020)

AWR Music Productions and music director/conductor Arnie Roth of Distant Worlds concert series fame will bring a new orchestral concert featuring exclusively music from Final Fantasy VII Remake to several cities in the USA, Europe, and Asia beginning June 2020. Included in the program will be the theme song "Hollow" newly composed for FFVII Remake by Nobuo Uematsu.

Tickets for the earliest concerts go on sale Feb 21. Currently announced concert location and dates are as follows:

2020/06/14 Los Angeles
2020/06/27 Atlanta
2020/07/04 Singapore
2020/07/09 San Francisco
2020/07/10 San Francisco
2020/08/22 Dallas
2020/09/25 Phoenix
2020/10/03 New York
2020/10/24 Chicago
2020/10/30 London
2020/11/07 Bangkok
2020/11/08 Bangkok
2020/12/13 Paris
2020/12/19 Barcelona
2021/01/08 Denver
2021/01/09 Denver
2021/01/13 Nashville
2021/01/31 Boston
2021/02/12 Tokyo
2021/02/13 Tokyo

More information and ticket purchase links are at the Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestral World Tour official site:

Re: Poll: Best Game Soundtracks of 2019 (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Jan 30, 2020)

After seeing jb’s mention and finding it on Spotify I gave Etrian Odyssey Nexus OST a listen. Very impressed - like Astro Bot it’s a great example of classic melodic game synth with modern stylings, along with a healthy helping of guitar and a progressive flair in just the right places. Can easily see this one joining my top ten for the year.

Re: Game music on Spotify and Apple Music (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Jan 30, 2020)

Yeah I remember there being a thread here about it, I just didn't know there was an album for it on Spotify.
Do still need to watch the documentary though smile

Re: Game music on Spotify and Apple Music (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Jan 29, 2020)

Quick heads-up that Yuzo Koshiro's Etrian Odyssey OSTs are on Spotify. Etrian Odyssey I to V, Untold 1 & 2, Mystery Dungeon, and 2019's Nexus are all available.

Also available are Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 & 6 and 7th DragonIII Code, as well as a Diggin in the Carts compilation album I'd never known of until now that includes classic tracks from Koshiro and many others.

You can find all of the above on Yuzo Koshiro's Spotify artist page.

Re: Poll: Best Game Soundtracks of 2019 (Soundtracks) by Adam Corn (Jan 23, 2020)

Nice, thanks for adding those Joe and Jodo.
JB, if you get a change to add any other extra selections of your own, and Pedrith and Paladin, if you feel like adding yours via the "answer poll" button below, I'll see about tallying these up around the end of the month smile

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