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Chris Feb 7, 2008 (edited Feb 7, 2008)

It has been announced that music from Capcom's Ace Attorney (aka Phoenix Wright) series will be performed in a one-time orchestral concert in Tokyo. Called 'Gyakuten Meets Orchestra', it will feature orchestral arrangements previously featured in series' orchestral arranged album.

The concert will be held at Shinjuku Bunka Center, Tokyo, on the April 20, 2008. The arrangers include Noriyuki Iwadare and the performance will be by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets will be available from the February 17, 2008.

If anyone is intending to attend the concert, I'd love to host your review of it on my site that you'd also be welcome to use elsewhere. Just PM me for details.

Carl Feb 8, 2008

You know, I've got to stop THINKING UP THE SAME EXACT IDEA as many of these concerts because my brainwaves must float out into the atmosphere where someone else must pick it up and then beats me to the punch.... 

Honestly, I had this Gyakuten Saiban show all dreamed up in my head months ago!!    Now if there's a Black Mages show announced in the USA to coincide with the BM3 album launch, then I'm REALLY gonna have these Telepathic powers examined or something.

Zane Feb 8, 2008

Carl wrote:

You know, I've got to stop THINKING UP THE SAME EXACT IDEA as many of these concerts because my brainwaves must float out into the atmosphere where someone else must pick it up and then beats me to the punch....

Ok. Here goes. Think about Masafumi Takada and Yu Miyake teaming up to have an electronic and rock concert in Boston, MA. Do it for me, Carl. Please. sad

Ramza Feb 8, 2008

Chris wrote:

'Gyakuten Meets Orchestra'

So it'll just be a live performance of the CD, ya? Ya.

Chris Feb 8, 2008

It'll definitely feature performances from the CD, but there might be bonuses too now that there is Gyakuten Saiban 4 music to cover. A one hour concert seems a bit short even with interludes, but then again that was exactly the length of the music featured in Orchestral Pieces From Lost Odyssey & Blue Dragon. I'm sure we'll learn more closer to the time.

Angela Feb 8, 2008

Chris wrote:

It'll definitely feature performances from the CD, but there might be bonuses too now that there is Gyakuten Saiban 4 music to cover.

A new "Court Suite" for GS4 would be totally fabulous. 

And while we're talking about live concert dreams, bring back Alph Lyla to do a show that would include "Love Love Guilty." ;)

TerraEpon Feb 9, 2008

Ramza wrote:
Chris wrote:

'Gyakuten Meets Orchestra'

So it'll just be a live performance of the CD, ya? Ya.

What ever happened to that getting a US release anyway?


-Joshua

Carl Feb 9, 2008

Zane wrote:

Think about Masafumi Takada and Yu Miyake teaming up to have an electronic and rock concert in Boston, MA...

Your earlier vote for a Motoi Sakuraba show is still first in line though.

Carl Feb 21, 2008

Apparently the Gyakuten Saiban Orchestra tickets sold out on the very first day, and are going up in value on Yahoo Japan Auctions already..

Crystal Apr 20, 2008 (edited Apr 22, 2008)

Yes there were cameras and microphones there.

4 parts to the concert total.

1) press conference for the Gyakuten Kenji preview
2) 1st half of concert
3) 2nd half
4) 2 encores

CD release of this concert comes out July 16 2008  - 3570 yen

DVD Book comes out October 30 2008 - 4620 yen

All attendees got a promo cd with 2 tracks.
One was the vocal song of GS4  (the one that Lamiroir sings)
The second was a vocal version of the Steel Samurai song
This promo will not be sold anywhere else. Don't worry I'll see if this can be ripped later.

PlayList

1. Apollo Justice Theme
2. GS1-GS3 Medley (included the entire Toccata and Fugue song with a real church organ)
3. Furio Tigre's theme: Swing/Mambo-like
4. Godot's theme :  Very Jazzy
5. Miles Edgeworth's theme
6. GS 4 Court Suite
7. Villain Medley: Gant's theme, the loyal business-like assassin for hire, Masque de Mask (MDM was AWESOME!)
8. GS 4 Vocal Song (Loving Guitar Serenade) same one as above.
9. Maya's theme - Gyakuten sisters
10. GS 3 Ending (had montage of many characters saying hello, and thanks for coming to the concert, and what they've been up to lately.) (conducted by Iwadare)

Encore
11. Steel Samurai Song (conducted by Shu Takumi, series director)
12. Phoenix Wright's theme

More info to come.
I had wondered if they would do the circus theme but they didn't.

Most popular good was the Phoenix wright hat from GS4. Sold out real quick.

Angela Apr 20, 2008

Oh man, the concert sounded sweet.  An arranged version of both DeKiller AND Mask DeMasque?  S'yeah, please!

Will definitely be picking up the CD release.  Crystal, would you say the songs that had been featured on previous albums (like Maya's Theme and Tigre's Theme) were arranged any differently for the concert?  Also, any idea what the DVD Book is going to be?  Live footage of the show, perhaps?

Crystal wrote:

Most popular good was the Phoenix wright hat from GS4. Sold out real quick.

Did it include the Ema badge.... spy cam too? ;)

Crystal Apr 20, 2008 (edited Apr 20, 2008)

Angela wrote:

Crystal, would you say the songs that had been featured on previous albums (like Maya's Theme and Tigre's Theme) were arranged any differently for the concert?  Also, any idea what the DVD Book is going to be?  Live footage of the show, perhaps?

Crystal wrote:

Most popular good was the Phoenix wright hat from GS4. Sold out real quick.

Did it include the Ema badge.... spy cam too? wink

I think the DVD will be live footage from the event.  I'm not sure what the book will include though. Maybe photos of the attenddees or something, background history, etc.

Yes the hat had the pink Papa embroidered on the side and the the Ema badge was there.

As for the arrangements, there was a little variation in some.
Godot's theme had the saxophone playing all the way through, according to my concert buddy.
Maya's theme sounded the same though.

Note: small edit in tracklist. GS4 Court suite was played right before the Villain medley.

There are pictures at a lot more sites: in particular is the Court Records forums, Famitsu.com, etc.

Carl Apr 20, 2008

Crystal's commentary of the event covers things pretty well.
I had noticed a couple tweaks and improvements to a few of the songs, so some were revised from the previous CD version.

Very high quality event, the program booklet is totally stylish.
It says they spent 2 years planning the event, and it really showed in all the details.

The orchestra's performance was fantastic and the conductor really got into the energy and was even jumping up and down during some parts.

The video screens had a mixture of in-game sequences being shown, and also higher quality Custom Upgraded Animation sequences which were made specifically for the concert, where the characters talked about being in the event and interacting as if they were really there too.  There was probably at least 15 minutes of that high quality animations, so it'd be cool if those will be featured somewhere.

In addition to the 2-track Special Promo CD which was given to all attendees, there were Blue-Badger Press Bags with a special box in it.  The press box contains 2 bags of the pretzel snacks which the scientific-girl character likes to munch on, as well as 4 postcards of artworks made just for the event, and the same Promo CD again.

Awesome event, it really was a great time and Capcom put a lot of effort into it.

Carl May 3, 2008

Here's the Program Booklet and the promo CD.

34 MB
sendspace.com/file/rrrw2v

Crystal May 11, 2008 (edited Aug 25, 2008)

http://www.capcom-fc.com/gyakusai_orchestra/

According to this blog, the DVD might include the backstage stuff, and post-concert stuff and rehearsals.

Phoenix Wright Orchestra Concert

I didn’t take notes.  My memory even now is getting hazier.
So forgive me in June or October if I’ve made mistakes.

The start of the concert was craziness.  There was staff/security everywhere. 
The line to buy PW/AJ goods was sooooo long.
I had thought about getting into that line but the concert would have already started without me.
Directly outside the hall there was this display of hand-drawn artwork by the PW creative team.  Lots of people were snapping cell phone pics of those.

They used voice actors for the Judge, Miles, Phoenix, Apollo and Klavier parts.
These video introduction with Miles, Phoenix and Judge in court arguing over music and songs or talking about the history of the game, were mostly used to slyly segue into the next piece. 

The beginning of the press conference started with a warning video on the screen.   
This was sooooo funny……
No talking = Blue Badger holds an X sign in front of Wendy Oldbag yapping away.
No cell phones = The X sign in front of Phoenix with cell on a couch – screen shot is from the first case of PW2.
No food = And X in front of Victor Kudo throwing his pigeon food, AJ1’s Ema eating her snacks.

Everyone was laughing when Kudo was on the screen.  I was too.
They could have just shown a standard warning video.
But instead they chose to go the extra mile and make it fun.  I find that very cool.

Press conference portion

They show off sketches of the new game.  The new director, character designer and producer all come out with a few words.  They show a pic of Edgeworth at an aquarium leaning next to a dolphin.  The announcer joked, “Is he interviewing/interrogating the dolphin?”

They show the new girl character.  They were pretty tight-lipped about her role in the game.  According to Nintendo Dream Magazine, she’s 17 years old.
Many people are assuming it’s a love interest or sidekick for Miles.  However that is not certain yet.   If she’s the sidekick, what does that make Gumshoe?

They showed off the trailer.
There were some cameos in here. I noticed Wendy Oldbag, Lotta Hart, Franziscka.
Some people noticed a young Ema and Cody Hackins.
So this game is sometime before AJ1.
If this game is a short time after GS3, Miles would be 27?  So that’d make the girl and him 10 years apart in age difference.  Not that that means anything though….
Last shot of the trailer was of Miles running and then huffing and puffing from exhaustion.

Also they had a fashion model/PW fan who dressed up like Mia on the stage.
The Magatama bead necklace was somewhat hard to see though.

Concert portion

Furio Tigre’s theme was similar to what is on the jazz CD but just to hear it live just made it so much better.

The PW1-PW3 court medley began with the entire Toccata and Fugue played on a real church organ.  You may recall that this was the ringtone in the first case of PW2.
Although this was cool, it just seemed like an odd addition, especially right before the medley and having the entire piece there instead of a snippet.  The toupee toss still got some stifled laughter.

I liked Edgeworth’s theme a lot.  Trumpets seemed like the prominent instruments here.
They were sort of blasting regally, and it gave this piece a proud march-like quality.

The Villain medley was a nice and welcome surprise.
Gant’s theme was pretty unmemorable.  DeKiller’s theme was pretty cool though. The strings were the prominent parts this time, their use made this more sinister and smooth.
As there was a pause in the music, the orchestra members would snap their fingers.  And Mask DeMasque was so cool to hear.  I think the woodwinds played the main melody here.  The strings here were playing really fast.  For some reason, I wasn’t really expecting that as a Villain Theme. 

The next song is the AJ1 Vocal song.  Before this, there’s an intro with an animated Apollo and Klavier.  Klavier slams his fist against the courtroom wall and argues with Apollo.  "But we worked so hard on this song!"

The singer dressed up like Lamiroir in this white and blue frock.
Iwadare performs on a music-box like instrument.
These video scenes were the clips of Lamiroir and Klavier from the concert scene were shown.  After they finished,  the announcer came out to interview the singer and Iwadare.
They joked that the singer couldn’t imitate (Lamiroir) flying in the air or have the burning guitar there.  Iwadare mentioned the music box instrument was only one of a kind.  He kept wondering if one of the cameras could shoot a closer view of it.  But the cameras stayed where they were….so the announcer had to describe it for the audience.
To say the least, he was proud of it.

GS3 Ending was awesome.
This was conducted by Iwadare himself.
Instead of cut scenes from the game this time, many characters were talking to us mostly to say hello and tell us what they’ve been up to.
The first big shock/laugh was a minor character, Frank Sawhit, coming out to say hello.
He said something like “ Hello, remember me?”
Will Powers’s message was about him learning or teaching Italian?
And then Wendy Oldbag’s message was going a mile a minute as expected.
The next funny thing was von Karma; His little message was something like “this concert will over in 3 minutes. I’m so old, I wish the toilet was closer??”
Godot’s message was something like “I drank 16 cups of coffee during this concert; the last two are for the encore.”

The last images were of Maya, Elise and Pearl.  But I can’t remember what they said. There was this photo album showing a pic of Phoenix and others, the photo from GS3 ending, in some sort of meadow.  And this lone cherry blossom petal floats slowly onto the top of the photo.  There was something about that imagery that seemed to evoke some sadness.  Some people were getting teary eyed, I heard.
Actually this was kinda of sad to me.  It was like a reunion but it felt like a goodbye for some reason. 

ENCORE TIME

The judge fell asleep.  There was a motion of the screen for us to clap so the Judge would wake up. But after a while, like 3 continuous minutes of clapping, my arms were getting tired and the judge still didn’t wake up.  The interaction with the audience was fun though.

After that, there was another Phoenix and Miles court battle intro.
I think they were fighting/suggesting about what to do for an encore.
Miles suggests his/a hero’s theme.

Next is the Steel Samurai song, conducted by Shu Takumi.
The arrangement is the almost the same as on the cd, but I think the Japanese shamisen and koto-like instruments were replaced with another instrument in the orchestra.  Just to hear it raw and live was good enough.
After that, the conductor and Takumi shared a high five which got some laughter.

After the concert, the announcer came back out with another surprise.

Remember those hand-drawn artworks outside?  They decided to GIVE these artworks to the attendees, who were chosen at random based on their seat numbers. Some had the cheaper A seats and some had the S seats.  I think there were about 10 people total. I wasn’t one of them.

After the concert there were staff members all directing concert-goers to exit at certain times in order to prevent a friggin’ stampede for the goods line.

By the way, I was in that goods line post-concert.
Most of the items were sold out by then. The cds were still available, the artbook, and so was the fuckingly overpriced $60 card case.  And the minute the Karintou sold out, there was an audible groan from everyone.  Pretty funny.

In the end, the music was fine, Some old and some new.  There were a couple of nice violin solos mixed into some of the arrangements to make them fresh or creative or so.

Of course, it would have been nice if they had done some newer stuff.
But perhaps they felt they needed to have the core PW songs to tie everything together.
This event seemed to be more of a gathering and big thank you present to everyone who has loved all the games. 
There was a LOT of voice acting and lots of text so it might be hard for you to understand what’s on the screen if you don’t understand Japanese.
Hopefully Capcom will be generous enough to include English subtitles on the DVD. If not, then there’s gonna a lot of fansubbing, come October-November.  Anybody want to volunteer rignt now?

They put in a lot of effort and went beyond what was expected for the norm of the Japanese concerts I’ve been to, as far as the organization, the helpful staff, animated videos, extra goodies and so on.  Capcom made a killing on the goods, etc.  I left very satisfied and very impressed with their efforts.

Chris May 11, 2008

Crystal, would you mind if I posted your review on my site (http://www.squareenixmusic.com)? I really enjoyed reading your detailed report and I'm sure other visitors would be interested too. Thanks for consideration!

Angela May 11, 2008

That was definitely an enjoyable read, Crystal.  Thanks!  Sounds like a great time was had by all. I'll be picking up the DVD release now for sure, too.

Thanks for the impressions and shared media, Carl and Crystal!

Alex May 19, 2008

I'm definitely looking forward to hearing this concert, and I'm exceedingly glad they're releasing it on CD.  It looks like Play-Asia (http://www.play-asia.com/SOap-23-83-a5a … -2qw6.html) and YesAsia (http://us.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/c ... 1006961/) are already doing preorders two months early.

The Orchestral Game Concert series is what brought me to STC years ago, so needless to say I've been following the news of all the various recent game concerts with interest.  It's super disappointing none of them have released CDs yet -- especially the Leipzig series -- so I'm glad to see this one is bucking the trend.  And it's cool that such a comparatively small franchise had such a successful concert; I'd love to see more than the ubiquitous Video Games Live or Final Fantasy concert around here one day.

Angela Jul 18, 2008

Just gave the new Gyakuten Saiban Orchestra Concert 2008 CD a listen, and it is FABULOUS.

Crystal's call on the pieces are largely spot on, "some old, and some new" - but all makes for a nicely varied and satisfying album.  Swingin' Zenitora is now on a whole other level of cool, with the primary sax/jazz ensemble being replaced with strings and other orchestral elements.  I did find it interesting, though, that they used the sax for Fragrance of Dark Coffee, but didn't use a shred of it in Zenitora.  The Villain Suite put a broad smile on my face, and has even gotten me to appreciate Gant's Theme.  I wished DeKiller's segment was longer, but it's undoubtedly DeMasque that makes the piece.  They even used the "Stolen Reversal" variation for the finale, which is totally cool beans. 

Thumbs-up for the new GS4 Courtroom Suite; its "Pressing Pursuit ~ Cornered" arrangement is particularly awesome.  The Tocatta & Fugue segment featured at the beginning of the GS1-3 Courtroom Suite is far lengthier than I imagined, but I absolutely love the new "Examination" variation on the GS3 medley.  It's a tad shorter than the '06 orchestra version (they've cut the Allegro section out), but the instrumentation sounds richer and more authentic - plus, they've now included the piece's trademark backing harmony section back in.  Here, dare to compare:

GS3 Examination 2006, GS3 Examination 2008:
http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/angie_liu … ic&.view=l

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