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XLord007 Apr 9, 2006

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

(Lengthy "taking the high-road" questioning of why people call Kajiura a hack, etc.)

You'd be standing on more solid ground here if you hadn't already claimed that Hosoe's music physically hurt you.  :-)

Qui-Gon Joe Apr 9, 2006

XLord007 wrote:

You'd be standing on more solid ground here if you hadn't already claimed that Hosoe's music physically hurt you.  :-)

Only if not liking a certain piece of musical work is the same as making personal insults against a composer.  Also, continuing to talk about me instead of Kajiura doesn't help me break the assumption that you have no real reason and are just bitter about Mitsuda leaving.  tongue

XLord007 Apr 9, 2006

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

Only if not liking a certain piece of musical work is the same as making personal insults against a composer.  Also, continuing to talk about me instead of Kajiura doesn't help me break the assumption that you have no real reason and are just bitter about Mitsuda leaving.  tongue

If you told one of your students that their work was "vomit inducing," don't you think they'd take that as a personal insult?

Anyway, Kajiura's a hack (IMO, of course) because everything I've heard by her is uninspired and dull.  If I hear something from her that's exceptional, I'd be happy to change my opinion.  While I would love for Mitsuda to return, I would be plenty happy if any number of competent composers took his place.  I think Yoko Kanno, Yuzo Koshiro, or Yoko Shimomura would all be able to fill his shoes quite nicely and do the XS series proud.

Qui-Gon Joe Apr 9, 2006

Hmm... a little overboard on the hyperbole on my part, I guess.  But thanks for clarifying that your opinion of her is based on the fact that you personally don't care for her music.  I find a lot of classical writers I read at university to be "dull and uninspired" as well, but I still don't think that gives me the right to go around saying they're hacks.  Perhaps that's just me, though.

As for the suggestion for bringing in other composers to the series, though, I would have no problem with that whatsoever.  When they first dropped Mistuda, I thought it would be interesting if they brought in a new quasi-famous Japanese composer for each of the purported six episodes.  That way we could see a bunch of different takes on the music for this universe.  Then maybe bring back Mitsuda for the last episode?  I guess it's all sort of moot at this point, though, since the arc is ending after three episodes and they seem to be keeping at least Kajiura around for the third game.  And while I do like her, Yoko Kanno doing a Xenosaga entry would've been ridiculously awesome.  Dunno about Shimomura, though... she's far and away my favorite game music composer, but I don't know if I'd like her usual sound in combination with the Xeno games.

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