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KujaFFman Jun 14, 2008

Just finished the game, it is nothing more than an absolute masterpiece. I refrained from listening to the soundtrack before beating the game, and I must admit this was a fine experience, although I'm afraid the soundtrack will be incomplete, just like MGS3... Well, we'll see.

During the credits I noted that Naoyuki Sato, of Bemani fame, is also credited as composer (in-house), and that Michiru Yamane worked as voice-over editor.

Zane Jun 14, 2008

KujaFFman wrote:

Michiru Yamane worked as voice-over editor.

As long as she's not composing anything.

Angela Jun 14, 2008 (edited Jun 14, 2008)

KujaFFman wrote:

Just finished the game, it is nothing more than an absolute masterpiece. I refrained from listening to the soundtrack before beating the game, and I must admit this was a fine experience, although I'm afraid the soundtrack will be incomplete, just like MGS3... Well, we'll see.

Yeah, I'm nearing the end of the game myself, and I've already noticed a number of tracks that didn't make it on the soundtrack release - most notably some sweet new arrangements from past MGS titles toward the last few locations.  Spoken as a completest, the 'Evasion' portions of the alert themes are also missing, as well as the quieter more tense variations of the boss fight themes.  Looks like it's time to start warming up for some recording sessions. ;)

And if you guys are still looking for a scan of the Limited Edition soundtrack casing, I'd be happy to oblige.  Just lemme know.

KujaFFman Jun 14, 2008

Angela wrote:

And if you guys are still looking for a scan of the Limited Edition soundtrack casing, I'd be happy to oblige.  Just lemme know.

Someone uploaded some scans at VGMdb: http://www.vgmdb.net/db/covers.php?do=gallery&id=8964

I own the European limited edition, the bonus disc case is a little bit different. The disc is not blue, but gray.

Angela Jun 15, 2008 (edited Sep 6, 2008)

Starting the game again has given me the opportunity to do up some recordings - specifically, the tracks that didn't make it on the OST.  We'll start with the 'Evasion' rendition of the alert theme in Act 1, a variation of War Zone and A Rebellion Rests -- as well as the Another Side piece "Conclusion."

-Conclusion
-Evasion (Act 1):
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=8380 … 079e38a063

KujaFFman Jun 16, 2008

Thanks for these first rips. I can't remember when "Conclusion" plays, could you remind me?

Also, I guess you will record the "Victory Song" that plays at the very end, on the result screen? It is quite unexpected to hear it, especially when the credits say it is sung by the US cast.

RinoaDestiny Jun 17, 2008

I have to say that 'Mobs Alive' is one of the highlights on the soundtrack. That's so stunning and powerful with the orchestration and vocals, especially starting at the 3:02 minute mark. What a way to close that one! I can't wait to see how they use it in-game. If it fits the scene or event like a glove, I'll be even more blown away.

'Metal Gear Saga' is also wonderful, despite not being the original main theme. I'm really surprised at how cohesive and like the review on STC said, 'cinematic' the soundtrack is. Put it against a Hollywood blockbuster soundtrack and it stacks right next to the best of them, synth and orchestral-arranged combined. I can easily see 'Gekko' being used in a major action set piece with the tension apparent - another one of my favorite tracks - and even more than that, want to see how it's applied to the in-game action. The boss battle themes are also phenomenal. 'Laughing Octopus' and 'Raging Raven' are perfectly sinister, dangerous, and nail-biting suspenseful.

Count this as one of the Top 10 VGM soundtracks of the year. I'll be grabbing myself a full copy - the LE edition is great for a quick run, but the meat's all in the 2-disc set - and I'll be uploading it to my iPod right after that. Nothing beats roaring down the road at 60 MPH with both windows rolled down, blaring 'Gekko' or 'Metal Gear Saga' until I'm sure the cars next to me can feel the aural beats. big_smile

Angela Jun 17, 2008 (edited Jun 17, 2008)

KujaFFman wrote:

Thanks for these first rips. I can't remember when "Conclusion" plays, could you remind me?

"Conclusion", near as I can tell, isn't actually a track featured in the game.  It's available as a downloadable Extra for the in-game iPod, and its 'album' is dubbed "MGS4 Another Side."  Unreleased material that didn't make the game's cut?  My first thought was that it was a wink to MGS2 Other Side, as least as far as the title naming convention goes.  In any case, I'm hoping Konami will release more songs.

Also, I guess you will record the "Victory Song" that plays at the very end, on the result screen? It is quite unexpected to hear it, especially when the credits say it is sung by the US cast.

You bet.  I'm surprised that that song became such a recurring theme, and sort of wished it developed into a full-on arrangement, rather than the simple humming and whistling variations we've been hearing throughout the game.

RinoaDestiny wrote:

I have to say that 'Mobs Alive' is one of the highlights on the soundtrack. That's so stunning and powerful with the orchestration and vocals, especially starting at the 3:02 minute mark. What a way to close that one! I can't wait to see how they use it in-game. If it fits the scene or event like a glove, I'll be even more blown away.

Mobs Alive is the finale piece for the third act - and you're right, it is AMAZING both in and out of context.  You won't be disappointed.

The boss battle themes are also phenomenal. 'Laughing Octopus' and 'Raging Raven' are perfectly sinister, dangerous, and nail-biting suspenseful.

Though I was somewhat lukewarm on them before, I've developed a newfound respect for the the boss themes now that I've seen and played them in context; the fights this time are terrifically epic affairs, and they come across just as sinister, dangerous and suspenseful as the accompanying music.  Aside from the B&B, there are a number of other great boss themes like Sin and Infinite Loop.  There's also a seriously amazing variation for the Screaming Mantis battle not featured on the OST, which I'm hoping to grab soon as I get there again.  (I really wish I had kept separate save files.)

Dais Jun 17, 2008

Angela, because you are the most beautiful and wonderful person ever, I come to no one else but you to ask for a clean and delicious recording of an MGS4 ipod track apparently called "SOLAR BOY DJANGO", which should be the Boktai 2 main theme.

It, um. It should be obtainable by the MkII somewhere in the Act 1 debriefing, which may be the Act 2 briefing, I don't know.

I, uh, don't have the game.

...

Pretty please?

Angela Jun 17, 2008

Dais wrote:

Angela, because you are the most beautiful and wonderful person ever, I come to no one else but you to ask for a clean and delicious recording of an MGS4 ipod track apparently called "SOLAR BOY DJANGO", which should be the Boktai 2 main theme.

Flattery rocks; you got it.  It's included in the next batch I just uploaded, which includes the following:

-Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Theme
-End Game Ranking
-Evasion (Act 2)
http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/angie_liu … +4&.view=l


I've also got a track that's considered quite the spoiler, so I won't name it here - and I'm putting it in its own designated folder.  For those who haven't finished the game yet, I strongly suggest you don't look through this folder:

METAL GEAR SOLID 4 SPOILER TRACKS

Dais Jun 17, 2008

Is it really "flattery' when it is so sincere, so heartfelt, so accurate?

(thanks!)

Angela Jun 19, 2008

Dais wrote:

Is it really "flattery' when it is so sincere, so heartfelt, so accurate?

Now I'm really flattered. ;)  Thank ya, appreciate it.

Next batch up.  These include:

-Evasion (Act 3)
-Laughing Octopus (Variation)
http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/angie_liu … +4&.view=l

I also did up a re-edit of the tracks "Metal Gear Saga" and "Here's To You" -- a fusion that begins and ends with the Saga melody.  It's structured this way in the game's ending - and I thought it makes for a more emotionally-cohesive listen.

Metal Gear Saga & Here's To You:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R3UW6Q4E

Dais Jun 19, 2008

Oh, in case anyone's interested, someone over at NeoGAF seems to have made an index of all the files in the game. I don't know if it's legit, but it lists a whole bunch of music....including the main themes of Boktai 3 and Lunar Knights. (as well as lots of other Kojima music, probably from CDs)

Basically, Angela....is there a flower shop you want? Or maybe a subcontinent?

(actually, I have the sneaking suspicion that someone will find a way to translate those files directly into mp3s and release them en masse...)

(and a sneaking dread that the Boktai 3 theme might not be findable in the US version)

Angela Jun 20, 2008

Dais wrote:

(actually, I have the sneaking suspicion that someone will find a way to translate those files directly into mp3s and release them en masse...)

Well, that'd sure make my job a whole lot easier.  Till then, though, I'll keep pushing on with the recordings.

That said, I've got Raging Raven (Variation) up now:
http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/angie_liu … +4&.view=l

Gekidami Jun 20, 2008

Waoh thanks, those rips are great! The results screen music is stunning/funny, though i think its actually the MGO main theme (despite it not being in MGO persay; you can get your character to hum it with the codec pack, and it was first heard in the MGO trailer).
Hope we get an offical release soon, recordings are top-notch but some tracks play at the same time as dialogue or other audio and arnt on the current OST.

Angela Jun 21, 2008

Gekidami wrote:

The results screen music is stunning/funny, though i think its actually the MGO main theme (despite it not being in MGO persay; you can get your character to hum it with the codec pack, and it was first heard in the MGO trailer).

Hm, maybe.  I honestly haven't messed around with MGO too much yet, but the song does play a key role in the main game itself.  It's a theme we most closely associate to the.... *SPOILER*  Paradise Lost resistance group, and an anti-Patriots theme in general, it seems.

Angela Jun 21, 2008 (edited Sep 6, 2008)

I went ahead and finished up the recording session last night.  It became apparent that I was going to run out of space on my Briefcase, so to make it easier, I've uploaded the entire thing to a zip file.  (I left off the Boktai and Conclusion tracks, since they're not necessarily part of the main game - and instead uploaded them to Mediafire.)  I'm fairly confident that I've captured all of the relevant in-game BGM specific to MGS4, but I also recorded two choice cutscenes - which I absolutely implore you NOT to listen to until you've finished the game, as they're extremely spoiler-heavy due to its accompanying dialogue.  I just had to grab them, though, as they contain some terrific musical cues.  In fact, I'd suggest avoiding the entire download period, since there are a couple of in-game track spoilers as well.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Game Recordings Soundtrack:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8G64RLC9

I've also taken the liberty of re-shuffling the official OST's listing to reflect the unreleased material - as well as placing certain tracks back into the game's exact chronological series of events.  So if you're wondering why Drebin 893, Haven Troopers, BB Corps, and Guns of The Patriots are out of order, that's no mistake.  Again, this listing contains track spoilers, so take heed.

In addition, you can find another listing where I simply integrated the disc 2 tracks 18-27 alert/caution themes back into the soundtrack's proper order; it never did sit well with me that they chose to place all those at the end of the soundtrack. 

MGS4 Tracklistings:
http://geocities.com/angie_liu201/misc.html

Gekidami Jun 21, 2008

Angela wrote:

Hm, maybe.  I honestly haven't messed around with MGO too much yet, but the song does play a key role in the main game itself.  It's a theme we most closely associate to the.... *SPOILER*  Paradise Lost resistance group, and an anti-Patriots theme in general, it seems.

Now that i think about it your right, i didnt reconize it... Sunny isnt that great a singer...

KujaFFman Jun 22, 2008

Thank you very much for this, Angela. I'm especially happy to have the new Mantis Hymn.

Also, I read that you haven't really played MGO, but in the list of music you can select during a mission, there is this track called *SPOILER* Rex VS. Ray. I don't remember if it plays during this (epic!) battle, but it is freaking awesome. Do you know more about this?

Zane Jun 22, 2008

KujaFFman wrote:

Thank you very much for this, Angela. I'm especially happy to have the new Mantis Hymn.

Uh... spoilers much?

KujaFFman Jun 22, 2008

Ah, well... it's because I don't consider this as a spoiler that I didn't add a warning. Don't worry, this is not what you may be thinking about. Well, at least not what it should be referring to. This is nothing compared to the *second* so-called spoiler.

Nekobo Jun 23, 2008

OMG OMG, thank you so much! I <3 you!

Track 18 makes me melt...especially when the trumpets kick in. Why isn't this on the OST? Ditto for track 15.

Angela wrote:

I went ahead and finished up the recording session last night.  It became apparent that I was going to run out of space on my Briefcase, so to make it easier, I've uploaded the entire thing to a zip file.  (I left off the Boktai and Conclusion tracks, since they're not necessarily part of the main game - and instead left those on the Briefcase.)  I'm fairly confident that I've captured all of the relevant in-game BGM specific to MGS4, but I also recorded two choice cutscenes - which I absolutely implore you NOT to listen to until you've finished the game, as they're extremely spoiler-heavy due to its accompanying dialogue.  I just had to grab them, though, as they contain some terrific musical cues.  In fact, I'd suggest avoiding the entire download period, since there are a couple of in-game track spoilers as well.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Game Recordings Soundtrack:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8G64RLC9

Angela Jun 23, 2008

KujaFFman wrote:

Also, I read that you haven't really played MGO, but in the list of music you can select during a mission, there is this track called *SPOILER* Rex VS. Ray. I don't remember if it plays during this (epic!) battle, but it is freaking awesome. Do you know more about this?

Can't say that I do.  I REALLY haven't played MGO yet (outside of the beta, actually), but the track you're speaking of isn't...... Infinite Loop, is it?  At least I know that's the track for the actual battle in MGS4.

Nekobo wrote:

Track 18 makes me melt...especially when the trumpets kick in. Why isn't this on the OST?

If you liked that, I think you'll enjoy the first twenty seconds of this next cutscene.  This was a last minute recording, so I'm just going to upload it to the Briefcase.  It's one of the final ending scenes, so yeah.... **BIG OL' SPOILER**.   But if there was one sequence in the entire game that made me tear up with emotions, it's this one:

METAL GEAR SOLID 4 SPOILER TRACKS

KujaFFman Jun 23, 2008

Angela wrote:

Can't say that I do.  I REALLY haven't played MGO yet (outside of the beta, actually), but the track you're speaking of isn't...... Infinite Loop, is it?  At least I know that's the track for the actual battle in MGS4.

Damn, that's the one. Thanks for pointing this out. The thing is, I was deeply impressed by the melody at 2:14 while playing MGO with this BGM selected, but I thought it was more prominent within the track because I heard this precise moment quite often. It's pretty intense for an online battle.

By the way, MGO allows you to chose within a large number of BGMs from the entire series: all areas in MGS4 plus this track I was talking about, MGS3 indoors and outdoors, MGS2 tanker and plant, MGS1, MG2: Solid Snake and MG1, plus some original MGO tunes.

And thanks for the new recording. I loved the ending to this game. *SPOILER:* I feel it's really respectful toward Snake. And I was impressed when I notied that the lyrics for "Here's To You" perfectly match the story: my interpretation may be a little far-fetched, but I think the reason why Lisbeth Scott first says "here's to you" without adding "Nicola and Bart" is a way to be more general and, indeed, to refer to Snake. Also, "the last and final moment is yours" is a relieving line since, although we all expected Snake to commit suicide, he is eventually able to die as a normal old man, among his close friends. Such dignity is truly heartwarming. I guess Kojima wanted us to believe that it would be a tragic ending. But...

Gekidami Jun 24, 2008

Seeing as i dont know how to do that whitened spolier text, i'll just be very vague...
Do you think you could rip the music (or more the cutscene) that plays when Raiden is with Snake, and does something heroic... At the end of Act 4, you hear a coversation from MGS2 between Rose and Jack as it plays.

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