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PeteV Oct 31, 2006 (edited Oct 31, 2006)

Mitsuda's latest game is Armored Trooper Armodine (PS2).  The game is from by Omiya Soft, developer of the Culdcept series and Front Mission Gun Hazard (which Mitsuda co-composed with Uematsu).  The game will be published by Sony in February.

Source (no pics, scans yet).
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=126617

SquareTex Oct 31, 2006

Interesting...thanks for the newsbit! smile

I wonder if we'll be seeing more of the Xenogears/Gun Hazard style due to this genre...?

Alcahest Oct 31, 2006

SquareTex wrote:

Interesting...thanks for the newsbit! smile
I wonder if we'll be seeing more of the Xenogears/Gun Hazard style due to this genre...?

Man i SURE hope so!
Although Gears & GH don't share the same style at all.
Later,

Alcahest

.59 Nov 12, 2006

Thanks for posting the interview. Here's some additional info about the game's music from Mitsuda's latest mail magazine:

Armodine was announced on the second of this month. It took about one year to make (just the music, that is), but because I handled all of the composing, arranging, recording and mixing myself I was really able to fine-tune the music. The game is being produced by Omiya Soft, who asked me to participate in the project because of the experience we had working together on Gun Hazard back in my days with Square. While Gun Hazard was an action game, Armodine is a strategy RPG, so rather than emphasizing a sense of speed in the music I chose to gradually build tension while putting the stress on melody. There are a little under 40 tracks used in the game. The music has an orchestra vibe with rock and electronic elements blended into it; quite a different feel from my previous work, I think. I currently don't know if a soundtrack will be released, but if anything is confirmed I’m hoping to let you know though this mail magazine.

The mail magazine also mentions the music for Lumious Ark is about finished, and that the game will be showcased on the 2006 Games Japan Festa.

Idolores Nov 12, 2006

SquareTex wrote:

. . . more of the Xenogears/Gun Hazard style due to this genre...?

I thought Gunhazard was a rockish album. Was it at all like Xenogears OST?

SquareTex Nov 13, 2006

Well, I was thinking in termof "mechanized" sound, which both albums have. It's just what they do with it that's different. smile

Wanderer Feb 26, 2007 (edited Feb 26, 2007)

Those samples are terrific. They sound like Gun Hazard taken to the next level. I for one am VERY glad that a soundtrack is being released because this is some of Mitsuda's best work.

XISMZERO Feb 27, 2007

Not to steal the thunder from this but what ever happened to that fabled Chrono Cross arrange project?

GoldfishX Feb 27, 2007 (edited Feb 27, 2007)

First chance in awhile (a LOOONG while) I've had to be optimistic about a Mitsuda soundtrack. What remains to be seen is if this one can avoid the repetitiveness so many militaristic OST's tend to fall into.

Black Wraith though...Toss in a couple tracks like that and you can diversify the field very nicely.

Wanderer Feb 27, 2007

The only militaristic OST I've liked is Gun Hazard (go figure). wink

I think my favorite sample is "Cosmic View", if only for the wonderfully Mitsudaish progression  halfway through.

Harry Feb 27, 2007

XISMZERO wrote:

Not to steal the thunder from this but what ever happened to that fabled Chrono Cross arrange project?

Mitsuda says it's near completion, even some musicians have recorded their parts already. He also says it will come out this year.

Qui-Gon Joe Feb 27, 2007

Okay, I need to read better, as I assumed this thread was about that DS tactical fantasy rpg he did recently (Luminous Ark, maybe?) and was really confused by the style of music here.  Me = dumb, today.  Sounds really good, though!

h3 Feb 27, 2007 (edited Feb 27, 2007)

Holy.. Mitsuda's work on ARMODYNE has a very sexy sound.

It feels like he's taken on some of the styles from Persona in the rock and synth, with a weeee bit sounding like the tones from Front Mission 5. But definitely more Persona, I think. I think specifically the muted/soft electric guitar style coming from his "Twilight Street" work on Shadow Hearts 2 really shines through.

Very sexy.

Ramza Feb 28, 2007

'tis a Strategy RPG with mecha stuff and Mitsuda...

I couldn't be happier.

Ramza

Wanderer Apr 1, 2007 (edited Apr 1, 2007)

Well, this is out and...

I'm kinda disappointed. It's like they picked the absolute best tracks for the samples and the rest are just Mitsuda pulling out his generic cinematic tricks (which semi-worked in Xenosaga because they had a big orchestra to back them up. Not so here).

I might have been more impressed if there was some inkling of thematic material but there's no themes, no motifs, nothing. It's like Mitsuda wrote over forty pieces completely independent of each other and stuffed them onto two discs.

Then again, I'm not completely surprised. I haven't been knocked over by the composer since "Xenogears".

GoldfishX Apr 1, 2007 (edited Apr 1, 2007)

It's pretty much as I originally figured...It seems like everything that doesn't fall into the OST's combination of military percussion + orchestra is quite good. The ones that do either feel generic (especially considering the game genre) or have a few decent moments of melodic goodness before the realization that they're nothing special (and that the soundtrack is full of them) sets in. I think I'd drive myself up a wall if I had to listen to 3 or more of those types of tracks back-to-back. The only such track that I really think is any good is "March of Iron".

So winners so far:

Armodyne (can't tell if this is a song or if the vocals are just added sound effects...very neat track)
Destined One
Strike From Behind
Logistical Support (which just confirms Mitsuda's strength is his lighter work)
Training Ground
Black Wraith
March of Iron (LOL @ Shinra Theme)
Parts Shop (w00t!)
Goodness Gracious
Valiant Souls
Stone Butterfly (I'm half and half on this one...One of the stronger military themes)
Beautiful Day
Lur Xecran
Ark of Winds (a track I WANT to like really bad)
For Peace

So yeah...Once I do a little filtering, it's REALLY enjoyable stuff.

Cedille Apr 1, 2007

It irritates me that people tend to say 'it's Sakimoto-esque' every time they listen to a bland orchestral soundtrack, yet this time, for whatever reason, I can't help but think this soundtrack does partly resemble Sakimoto. It doesn't mean this soundtrack is bland or imitative, but I suppose Mitsuda used the same brass and percussion libraries as FFXII. Plus, it's unlike him to mix music in such a lifeless and dry way. It might be the unavoidable nature of EW/QLSO, but I don't like this aspect at all events.

Still, this is more of an average album. Of all his minor works, maybe I like this soundtrack the most. "Logistical Support" and "After the Storm" are stand-out tracks.


Harry wrote:
XISMZERO wrote:

Not to steal the thunder from this but what ever happened to that fabled Chrono Cross arrange project?

Mitsuda says it's near completion, even some musicians have recorded their parts already. He also says it will come out this year.

Did he say such? Mitsuda said last yeat he just contacted musicians he had worked with, but I don't remember seeing him talk about the actual percentage of completion.

Wanderer Apr 1, 2007

GoldfishX wrote:

I think I'd drive myself up a wall if I had to listen to 3 or more of those types of tracks back-to-back. The only such track that I really think is any good is "March of Iron".

I actually haven't been able to listen to this sucker all the way through. I get bored somewhere about a quarter of the way through (after "Logistical Support", an obvious highlight).

Qui-Gon Joe Apr 1, 2007

I'm actually kind of enjoying this album, just because it's one of the few things since Chrono Cross he's done that aren't him writing pretty generic stuff and hiding it behind pleasant sounding Celtic synth.  I also think overall the melodies are stronger than Xenosaga I was, even if there's no orchestra this time.

h3 Apr 1, 2007

Mitsuda is still, what, in his early 30s? He will only get better with age, I think. There's about 30 more years left in him.

I think he's broadened his musical skills greatly in the past 4-5 years, and venturing into foreign territory means he won't master the new stuff immediately and these should be regarded as experimental stepping stones to some extent.

Zane Apr 2, 2007

I'm working through the first discright now, and while nothing has really blown me away yet I'm finding this album very comforting and Mitsuda-esque but without his usual Celtic overtones. I have a feeling this is going to be like an cinnuint for me; a lot of passive listening until one day the album really "clicks" with me and because a staple for me.

Carl Apr 2, 2007

I'm enjoying it overall, he tried a few new things here.  There's enough of his typical style to know it's Mitsuda, yet some tracks surprised me.

I'll probably take half the tracks to burn a 1-disc 'best of' and just spin that a lot.

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