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Re: Symphonic Fantasies: Music from Square Enix

Adam Corn wrote:

The audio stream is working fine but I'm having zero luck with the video. sad  Anybody else faring any better?

Sounds like you have a codec problem. I highly recommend you use CCCP and remove any other codec packs (K-Lite, etc) you might have.

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well it just ended, lol.

What was the first encore? before One Winged Angel... >_>

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Damn, I completely forgot about this... anyone know if they recorded the stream for people to watch later?

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Ah well, too late now.  Thanks for the info though.

So, impressions from the broadcast?  I quite liked the intro to the Chrono arrangement and was stoked to hear Frog's theme make it for the finale.  As for Final Fantasy, I'm just relieved to finally hear a respectable arrangement of "Bombing Mission".  They certainly managed to make some changes to distinguish their FF arrangements from the many already out there (not the least of which was using the choir so extensively for the main theme).  And an excellent call it was merging choral arrangements from the various series (particularly "Lavos" from CT) for the encore!  There were some alterations I wasn't so convinced by but will save judgment for a hopeful additional listen.

Looking forward to hearing from some of you who made it to the show!

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My apologies if this isn't permitted.

Here's my recording, which includes both video and audio. I'm not sure if there was a feed that was a larger size than this one. It's quite small, but still watchable (and listenable.)

megaupload.com/?d=H5MB4OL7

I'm regretting my decision not to go; it was a great concert.

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Secret Squirrel wrote:

Here's my recording, which includes both video and audio. I'm not sure if there was a feed that was a larger size than this one. It's quite small, but still watchable (and listenable.)

Thank you!  I was out on the field at work today, so I couldn't be anywhere near a computer to view this.  Will be sure to give it a watch soon!

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You can also find it on Youtube in better picture and sound quality (no offense to SecretSquirrel's appreciated efforts). It's pretty fun stuff. Generally good performances, some interesting arrangements. Maybe a little bit overkill on the chorus but the passion definitely comes through. The Secret of Mana material is my favorite (and I skipped Kingdom Hearts altogether as I don't care for the music).

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HQ version (1.19 GB) can be gotten via torrent from here

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yes!  thanks to seanne for pointing to the hq torrent.. dloading now...

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Thanks for the links, I wasn't around to enjoy it in real-time either.

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I've given the Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy medleys a listen so far, and they're both pretty damned wonderful.  Valtonen's written some terrific new arrangements, and both the orchestra and chorus make a classy showcasing.  I gotta disagree, Wanderer; while the chorus is used pretty extensively, I thought they clicked as an integrally natural part of the overall performance.

The Final Fantasy medley is a winner just by the presence of "Those Who Fight", but as Adam states, they've made some terrific change-ups to the existing FF arrangements.  The One-Winged Angel intro was a clever, cheeky tease, as the presence of a full-blown choir (and the fact that it shows up in like EVERY concert) probably made everyone expect it to show up here too.  Same goes for the "Final Fantasy" theme, but I'm glad they've given it the full treatment for the majestic finale.  And yes, they've really knocked "The Bombing Mission" out of the park here.  Best arrangement yet.

Of the two, I think I enjoy the Secret of Mana medley a bit more.  I loved how effectively they used Fear of The Heavens as its main foundation, and it segues perfectly with the various pieces.  "The Oracle" was particularly rousing, and "The Prophecy" was quite good too.  I was secretly hoping they'd be able to sneak Meridian Dance in there, but a great, structured suite overall.

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Angela wrote:

I was secretly hoping they'd be able to sneak Meridian Dance in there, but a great, structured suite overall.

Haven't heard the Final Boss suite yet, huh? tongue

I was back and forth on the chorus. Most of the time, I liked the effect... but there were a few times when I wanted them to shut up so I could hear the orchestral textures.

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I was attending the concert and I must say it was an incredible experience. The arrangements were fantastic -- especially the Secret of Mana suite. I can't believe the arranger managed to express the feeling of the game with so much accuracy. You could feel the music emerging from the natural elements (wind, rain, storm), burst with brutal force, then go back to nature... Everyone I've been talking to told me the same: that suite was breathtaking. The three others were great as well, indeed, but this one was the main focus. Uematsu himself said he loved this arrangement.

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Wanderer wrote:

Haven't heard the Final Boss suite yet, huh? tongue

My heart stopped cold when it showed up.  Oh, hell yes. 

But as good as "Meridian Dance" is, "Destati" is the definite highlight of the Final Boss suite -- surprising, as the Kingdom Hearts medley is the weakest of the five.  When stripped of its battle themes and Disney-related compositions, KH's blemishes do tend to stand out more.  All the same, it is an inviting addition as a comparatively breezier listen to the rest of the suites; the piano flourishes in "Dearly Beloved" are particularly nice.

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Wow, that whole Secret of Mana suite is freaking amazing.
even the Oracle turned into something interesting...

Man I'd so love to hear the entire album done up like this.
Flight ~ Color of Summer ~ A Wish ~ Leave Time for Love ~ Meridian Dance ~ I Closed My Eyes...   *dies* 

Anyways, it's certainly the best SoM medley ever, and I'm glad Kikuta was there to enjoy it live.

Kingdom Hearts is usually enjoyable but it seems to have lost the "Disney Charm" element this time around.

This Chrono Suite is the most dynamic version yet.  While Frog's Theme gets the attention it rightly deserves, I'd like to see some "the Girl who Stole the Stars" tragic beauty in there.

FF 7 Fighting is great, and I love how they "fake" the OWA start, but then go to chocobo instead, that's awesome!  People finally realize that's been played to death!

The haunting part of Mystic Forest was teasingly short, but that's gonna happen in a big medley.  FF6 Battle done up nicely though.  Chocobo gets 2x appearance?  Guess it was transition fodder to break up the tension spots.  Bombing Mission's rendition felt very natural this time, opposed to other shows.

Very impressive overall, I think it's the most artistic multi-game orchestral experience to date.

Last edited by Carl (Sep 14, 2009)

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WDR is working to release the concert on CD.

no release date yet, but they'll try to get this out as soon as possible.

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Pellasos wrote:

WDR is working to release the concert on CD.

no release date yet, but they'll try to get this out as soon as possible.

I hope they'll shoot for a DVD too. This turned out really good - I'm impressed! The idea to highlight a particular soloist or section in each suite was a good one too, particularly the percussion in the Chrono medley.

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Carl wrote:

Kingdom Hearts is usually enjoyable but it seems to have lost the "Disney Charm" element this time around.

Again, that's probably due to the fact that the suite features none of the Disney-related compositions.  Kingdom Hearts is really at its best with those, and its riveting battle themes.

If it were up to me, the medley would've been ALL battle themes.  Something like this would've been amazing:

-Working Together
-Pirate's Gigue
-Shrouding Dark Cloud
-Scherzo di notte
-Desire For All That Is Lost

A Fight To The Death would still make a good cap-off.

Smeg wrote:

The idea to highlight a particular soloist or section in each suite was a good one too, particularly the percussion in the Chrono medley.

Quite.  Rony Barrak was tearin' up that goblet drum. ^_^

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For those interested, I recorded a video of the autograph sessions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_T0_wWZCaU

Sorry, I rushed the editing.

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Carl wrote:

Chocobo gets 2x appearance?

Well, every medley had its recurring theme(s), and Chocobo was Final Fantasy's. Unfortunately, maybe. The Bombing Mission rendition of the Chocobo theme was especially cool, though.

And this was the best game music concert I've experienced so far. At least the saturday's concert was, as the first one in Oberhausen was a bit lame because of the not-so-classy surroundings (a sports arena with pretzel sellers and such) and bad acoustics. Cologne bettered the experience in every possible way. Valtonen really deserved to be called onto the stage at Cologne; the arrangements were really swell.

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Carl wrote:

Wow, that whole Secret of Mana suite is freaking amazing.
even the Oracle turned into something interesting...

Man I'd so love to hear the entire album done up like this.
Flight ~ Color of Summer ~ A Wish ~ Leave Time for Love ~ Meridian Dance ~ I Closed My Eyes...   *dies* 

Anyways, it's certainly the best SoM medley ever, and I'm glad Kikuta was there to enjoy it live.

Oh yeah! I would like to hear all of them too. Secret of Mana Suite was really fantastic, but it’s a pity that “Danger” (a.k.a. "Crisis") and “Second Truth from the Left” weren’t performed. Both tracks are rarely mentioned in fan favorites, but both impressed me a lot when I played the game. Perhaps “Danger” would be very difficult to orchestrate, though.

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Three reports here:

http://www.squareenixmusic.com/features … sies.shtml
http://www.squareenixmusic.com/features … ies6.shtml
http://www.originalsoundversion.com/?p=4845

Each pretty insightful about the arrangements themselves while giving inside info. Uematsu and co. are amazing in person!

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Chris wrote:

Three reports here:

http://www.squareenixmusic.com/features … sies.shtml
http://www.squareenixmusic.com/features … ies6.shtml
http://www.originalsoundversion.com/?p=4845

Each pretty insightful about the arrangements themselves while giving inside info. Uematsu and co. are amazing in person!

Awesome write-up, guys.  Sounds like you all had a spectacular time!

I'm certainly grateful for the live stream.  It really was the next best thing to actually being there. smile

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they're aming to release the CD on Dec/Jan.

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at last, the CD will be released sometimes in september.

Last edited by Pellasos (May 31, 2010)

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