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the_miker Aug 16, 2012

http://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/46594
http://www.vgo-online.org/
http://www.originalsoundversion.com/new … me-guests/

VGO is playing at Boston Symphony Hall on October 7th.  Full orchestra, a rock band featuring VGO founder Shota Nakama, and vocalists.  Hitoshi Sakimoto, Noriyuki Iwadare, and Kinuyo Yamashita will be in attendance.  100 bucks gets you a VIP seat and a meet & greet with the guests after the show, which I'll be doing.  Any other STC people planning to go to this aside from Zane and myself?  Really excited for this show, VGO never disappoints!

The thought of hearing anything from FFT, Vagrant Story, or FFXII played live on stage with Sakimoto in attendance excites me like you wouldn't believe.  Oh, and maybe Theme of Grandia while Iwadare looks on?  Yes please.

Ramza Aug 16, 2012

I'm nervous and excited at what selections they're going to pull from the repertoire of Sakimoto and Iwadare. Regardless of what they choose from Yamashita's work, it will be good (I mean, I'm not expecting Esper Dream, but I'd be happy about that too!).

For Sakimoto -- I've not yet heard a *good* concert rendition of FFT music here in the US, and I would also love Vagrant Story.

For Iwadare -- based on the bio alone I'm assuming we will get Grandia and Phoenix Wright music, but personally, I want me some Lunar. Specifically, Rondo of Light and Shadow from Lunar Eternal Blue would be amazing.

As stated in the OSV article, I'll be there, so if anyone wants to get drinks afterwards or w/e, send me a PM.

Zane Aug 16, 2012

I am extremely excited for this show for a lots of reasons, including getting to meet Sakimoto and getting to see Miker (whom I haven't seen since the last VGO show we went to which was back in... November of 2009? Whenever Wataru Hokoyama was here). I don't want to get my hopes up for what they will and won't play (I'm betting on a suite or a few pieces from each composer's history along with a chunk of the usual stuff), but I would be very pleased if they tackled ANYTHING from Vagrant Story ("Staff Roll" seems obvious - fingers crossed!). I am excited and grateful, regardless.

Also, Pat: I hope I can, at the very least, give you a high five in person!

James O Aug 16, 2012

wish i could make this one too but i've already committed to the 25th Anniversary FF concert in December in Chicago... can't do both sad

jb Aug 16, 2012

I'll be going.  Silently judging the shit out of people.  Or maybe not so silently, depending on how ::facepalm:: they are.

Ugly Bob Aug 16, 2012

I'll be there as well. This combined with the Zelda concert at Wang Theatre is making October an epic month for concerts!

Jodo Kast Aug 17, 2012

I just checked Google Earth and the Boston Symphony Hall is 1216 miles from my place. The estimated drive time is 20 hours. I'd love to go, but that's no jaunt.

Ramza Aug 18, 2012 (edited Aug 18, 2012)

I'm bringing albums for each composer to sign. This is the one I really WANTED to have Kinuyo Yamashita sign, but it's ... as they say ... "too rich for my blood."

http://page7.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/g103372962 (Esper Dream Memorial Best)

That auction just went up. Maybe one of you high-rollers will pick it up and get it signed? ^_^

Crash Aug 26, 2012

Ramza,

If you really want to bring a copy of Esper Dream to have signed, I could send you my copy smile

Ramza Aug 27, 2012

Crash wrote:

Ramza,

If you really want to bring a copy of Esper Dream to have signed, I could send you my copy smile

If you send it, I'll get it signed and sent back to you (with a metric ton of bubble wrap).

PMing you now.

James O Aug 27, 2012

What's the item signing etiquette at these types of events?  One/two items?  three pushing it?

Zane Aug 27, 2012

James O wrote:

What's the item signing etiquette at these types of events?  One/two items?  three pushing it?

Beats me, but I'm going to take off my shirt and make Sakimoto sign my chest.

jb Aug 27, 2012

James O wrote:

What's the item signing etiquette at these types of events?  One/two items?  three pushing it?

Generally one item per person.  If you're able to get to the front of the line the first 10 or so people can usually get two items signed but after that they crack down and enforce one item per otherwise they wouldn't get out of the venue until well past midnight.

the_miker Aug 29, 2012 (edited Aug 29, 2012)

There's now a Kickstarter page regarding this event.  If they raise $30,000 or more, the show will be professionally recorded and released on CD, "presented with first class art and premium booklet."  Rewards such as a signed CD, making-of video, t-shirt, show tickets, etc. are available depending on how much you pledge.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgo … hall-album

Ramza Aug 30, 2012 (edited Aug 31, 2012)

Everyone needs to get up on this kickstarter. I'm a little surprised it's not raised $10k yet... apparently there's no demand for an orchestral CD with new, unique arrangements for games we *never* get orchestral arrangements for (hello GRANDIA, and for Sakimoto we don't know yet but probably FFT and Valkyria, maybe FFXII).

Pellasos Aug 30, 2012

never heard anything of these guys, and the video is not working for me currently. castlevania and grandia are very welcome, but i don't need more final fantasy clutter.

LiquidAcid Aug 30, 2012

I'm tempted to pledge for this project, but at least two things scare me off at the moment:
(1) Rockestral -- this brings bad memories (something involving this Tallarico guy...)
(2) The project description doesn't even mention Grandia, which would be my main reason for supporting this...

the_miker Aug 30, 2012 (edited Aug 30, 2012)

LiquidAcid wrote:

I'm tempted to pledge for this project, but at least two things scare me off at the moment:
(1) Rockestral -- this brings bad memories (something involving this Tallarico guy...)

Surf Rock de Chocobo (5/23/2009 @ Anime Boston).  This video doesn't have the greatest audio quality but it's a good representation of their "rockestral" pieces.  I love how much fun they have on stage, you can tell they're really passionate about what they're playing.  I was at this show!

LiquidAcid wrote:

(2) The project description doesn't even mention Grandia, which would be my main reason for supporting this...

The campaign funds will go toward recording and releasing the October 7th show on CD.  VGO previously confirmed on Twitter that there will be a 14 minute Grandia medley performed at the show, arranged by Iwadare himself.

TerraEpon Aug 31, 2012

If I...
1) Knew for sure it would ONLY be music and no MC type stuff and
2) Knew it'd be a PRESSED disc

...I'd back for the $20.

LiquidAcid Aug 31, 2012 (edited Aug 31, 2012)

the_miker wrote:

Surf Rock de Chocobo (5/23/2009 @ Anime Boston).  This video doesn't have the greatest audio quality but it's a good representation of their "rockestral" pieces.  I love how much fun they have on stage, you can tell they're really passionate about what they're playing.  I was at this show!

Thanks for the link. This was already like I feared. Like you pointed out, this is appears to be more a show than a concert. Call me a purist, but I don't think that highly of these kind of "crossovers". Light show (not here, but in other clips from their YT channel), big screen, calling out performers, showing off on stage, etc. -- this doesn't have a place in a orchestral concert (IMHO).

I don't know if they're keeping this style also for upcoming event, but with my current knowledge I don't think I'm gonna be interested in this at all. I can just hope they don't mess up Grandia's music.

LiquidAcid wrote:

The campaign funds will go toward recording and releasing the October 7th show on CD.  VGO previously confirmed on Twitter that there will be a 14 minute Grandia medley performed at the show, arranged by Iwadare himself.

I'm aware of that Twitter announcement. But in my opinion information like that should be put up on the project page. If they want people to support this, they should make it transparent what to expect on that live recording.

Current we've got this on the project page:

VGO wrote:

Our Goal: We are aiming for $30,000 to deliver an album with the most exciting arrangements of your video game music favorites, including Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Castlevania, and more, presented with first class art and premium booklet. We hope to release the album by April, 2013.

This has almost no informative value. It mentions the "big ones" to draw attention, yes. But that's marketing. What I'd like to see is at least some game breakdown.

Ramza Aug 31, 2012

I'll have update articles on OSV. Hopefully the Kickstarter will get updated too, but I did get the following confirmations from VGO founder Shota Nakama this afternoon (by pointing him to this thread):

1) pressed CD, not CD-R
2) all music, no MC stuff
3) "we are recording the entire show and will select the best tracks from it [for the CD]."

I will try to confirm if the $15 tier includes the entire show, and if $20 backers get the $15 digital release to download as well.

Ramza

LiquidAcid Sep 9, 2012

From the FAQ:

Everything recorded during concerts will be edited and mixed properly for the album except for the MC part. But still, who doesn't love some crowd-cheering/clapping sounds from a live concert? We sure will keep those. So if you are attending the event, shout out! That definitely won't be cut out. : )

Maybe I'm getting old, but seriously, WTF?!? There's a certain etiquette on how to behave in a (symphonic) concert hall. And it certainly doesn't involve the audience to sing along with the performers...

Count me out... sad

Boco Sep 10, 2012

Etiquette is based entirely on context. If the audience is supposed to, encouraged to, or allowed to participate... then no problem. There's no magical, universal "etiquette" for symphonic concerts that I'm aware of (and I've been to way more than my fair share). If a more casual experience isn't your thing, then that's fine. Stick to attending formal events. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with a casual atmosphere. Honestly, I know where people get those misconceptions, but they really need to go away. Symphonic =/= formal. >_<

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