My apologies for the delay in getting this blog post up! I recently had a bunch computer related issues last week and was unable to work on anything. As I mentioned in VGH #8, game music is my favourite genre. This will be part one of my game music blog posts. Today I want to showcase some of my favourite game intro music and a few of my favourite composers. Let us get on with it shall we?!
Favourite Intro Music
We should kick this off with a bang! This is quite possibly one of the most glorious and surprising (as in completely unexpected) game intro tracks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Baba Yetu was originally composed for Civilization 4 by Christopher Tin and is historically important, as Baba Yetu is the very first video game song to ever win a Grammy! It’s an absolutely incredible song that fits the Civilization atmosphere so well. There were many times I would simply leave Civ4 on the title screen so I could listen to this song to completion.
Favourite Game Composers
My all time favourite composer is Yasunori Mitsuda. His music has touched me in a variety of ways and I credit his incredible work on the Xenogears OST and Xenogears: CREID album for making me fall in love with celtic music. I’ve put together this little Mitsuda Medley to showcase some of his more iconic styles. My goal is to take the listener on a journey of emotions. I decided to start things off with the very first Mitsuda composed song I’ve ever heard – The Chrono Trigger intro music. The order of the songs are as follows (w/ comments):
- “Chrono Trigger” – Like I said, this is the first Mitsuda composed song I ever heard, so it was fitting to kick off the medley with it!
- “Flight” – I wanted to keep the high energy going and this song always gets me pumped.
- “Another Termina” – Such a fun celtic inspired song, one of the many incredible songs from Chrono Cross.
- “The Pub” – D.J. wanted me to put this song in here. (But it helps that it’s an incredible song)
- “Electrical Indian” – I wanted to slow things down a bit with this funky beat.
- “The Girl Who Closed Her Heart” – One of Mitsuda’s personal favourite compositions.
- “Bonds of Sea and Fire” – Another incredible song from Xenogears.
- “Kokoro” – One of the many amazing compositions by Mitsuda that feature Joanne Hogg on vocals. It’s sappy as hell and I absolutely love it.
- “Lahan” – My favourite track from the amazing CREID (Xenogears Remix) album. Mitsuda composed all the work and had a group of musicians he dubbed “Millenial Fair” do the vocals and instrumentation.
Sakuraba is my undisputed king of jrpg battle themes (only rivaled by Nobuo Uematsu). So I figure I’ll showcase three battle themes composed by Sakuraba that just ooze “kick ass”. They also ooze some of the strangest track names you’ll ever see.
Like D.J. said in his blog post, Uematsu is probably the biggest name in game music. He needs no introduction.
So far this has been a very japanese heavy post so lets feature an American born composer now! Jack Wall is probably best known for his work on Mass Effect 1 & 2. He was subsequently dropped in favour of some random hollywood dude (Clint Mansell; who for the record has composed some amazing scores) for Mass Effect 3. Personally, as awesome as Mansell is, it is pretty lame that Wall won’t be working on the score for the biggest Mass Effect game. AHEM anyways!