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The Soundroom / Why do you read Game/Anime soundtrack reviews?
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:31:17 PM »
Out of curiosity, I'd like to know the reason(s) why you would read a Game/Anime soundtrack review.

For myself, I enjoy reading the opinions of others in regards to what they perceive as "good" and/or "bad" music to them. There are times when the reviewer specifies that their comments is of their own personal reflection(s) on a soundtrack, but at times you'll find a reviewer who drops the absolute,"The isn't Music" line (hardly is it ever direct/verbatim said; rather it is stated in a particular phrase of dissatisfaction or ambiguity).

Though, regardless of whatever review I read, I hardly ever allow it to determine my purchase. What I like, is what like, and no words from another reviewer can deter me otherwise.

A note: Worry not rpgfan ost reviewers, I enjoy your reviews very much. ;)

General Discussions / Your First Ebay Purchase...
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:08:45 PM »
Weird topic to bring up but I thought it might spark a bit of nostalgia (or awareness of prodigality) in you guys and gals.

My first ebay purchase wasn't intentional...I was messing around with an ebayer who really wanted a copy of Thousand Arms for the Playstation. I've always wanted to give it a try but had no intention on buying it. I saw a copy of it for 15 (starting bid) and bid on it out of boredom. I noticed someone else wanted it (a lot more than I) and posted .50 over my bid. This continued until I stopped at around $20 (I forget the actual price) when I pretended to not show interest and stop bidding...and at this time I knew this guy, or girl, had bid that .50 cent over me. Knowing myself and other ebayers, I was very aware that they would have added more than just that .50 cents to secure their at the last 5 seconds of the bid I dropped a 1.50 (something like that) over and won. Needless to say I got myself a copy of Thousand Arms not because I really wanted it...just because I wanted to test how far a buyer would go to achieve their coveted game.

I do not own the game any more, in fact I sold it to one of the members of this board, but now you know the story of my first ebay transaction and the story of how I achieved that game.

Was your first ebay purchase as much an unnecessary war as mine? ;)

The Soundroom / What are your likes in Video Game and Anime Music?
« on: July 09, 2011, 01:06:58 AM »
I burn through Video Game Soundtracks whenever I get my hands on one, hoping to find something that would peek my interest or amaze me. It's a hit or miss, but there are times when I get a good amount of tracks that I can indulge myself in that are wonderful to my ears. Usually the tracks I end up loving have at least one of these traits:

- Lyrical [Orchestration was awesome and Soprano's Line is reminiscent of that of Mozart's Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen. Click for more info and comparison.
- Symphonic
- Exotic
- Exciting
- Bombastic
- Unusual
- Heroic [Just first 35 seconds, the rest is eh]
- Beautiful
- Heartwarming
- Dream-like
- Mysterious [Bulgarian voices: Mysterious ;)]
- Menacing
- Goofy
- Relaxing
- Complexity
- Wit

One characteristic that encapsulates me in complete bliss is the build up to a climatic end (Or middle) that explodes. A good composer to listen to that has music of this nature is Debussy. His "Afternoon of a Faun" and "Girl With the Flaxen Hair" are examples of buildup, one explosive while the latter a beautiful release. What's amazing about these pieces is there ability to build up to that climax, it's literally orgasmic in a vulgar way to describe it. BUT WAIT, VIDEO GAME.

A composer that totally captures my ears and check-boxes most of those characteristic above is Noriyuki Iwadare, Specifically talking about his Grandia I Soundtrack.

Grandia - Ghost Ship

In regards to the buildup, his "Ghost Ship" is a constant push and pull to a finale. It's funny now that I think about it, because when I first played this game and heard this track, I hated it. It sounded uninteresting to me, granted I was probably 14 or 15 when I first played the game. 7-8 years later I hear it again, and it ended up being my favorite track from Iwadare's repertoire. His composing and orchestration was just on point in this track, I even love his devil's laugh insert [0:38] on the violin during the beginning of this track. This piece kind of bears a resemblance to a symphonic poem...

What are your likes in Video Game Music?

The Soundroom / MPR - Top Score (Video Game Music Podcast)
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:12:29 PM »
Minnesota Public Radio's Classical station has created a new podcast that takes notice of some of the fantastic work being done in video game scores by the myriad of composers working in the field today. Hosted by Emily Reese, the program is entitled Top Score. According to MPR, it "explores the inspiration, process and meaning behind the often beautiful and sometimes haunting music found in video games. Music has had the power to inflect different emotions in listeners for centuries, and video game music is no different."

So far the show has covered some interesting composers, including Inon Zur (Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II) and Jason Graves (Dead Space, Dead Space 2), and Garry Shyman (BioShock, BioShock 2).

What's great about the show is that it's not just a "mixtape" style podcast, where they play various tracks from a game's soundtrack. Reese actually brings the composers in the booth, and asks them thoughtful questions about both their creative process and how they hope their music interacts with the player's experience as well as playing selections from the game's soundtrack. As a sometime listener of Minnesota Public Radio Classical, it's great to see game composers being treated with the same respect and level of seriousness that the station affords to artists working in more traditional realms of classical and film music.

If you care about game music at all, it's well worth your time. The podcast is available for subscription on iTunes, and you can also listen to mp3s and or a stream of individual episodes on the link below.

Top Score homepage

Listening through the Bioshock interview and love it! This is exactly what I wanted in a podcast in regards to game music, to hear the composer talk about their techniques and styles in his soundtrack while hearing his thoughts on the game. Perhaps you might find this approach interesting as much as I do....

Link for iTunes podcast:
So far, the episodes are free, and hopefully remain that way :3

* Info taken from game Informer post: Minnesota Public Radio Launches Video Game Music Podcast Top Score

The Bazaar / Wild Armor's Warket
« on: February 14, 2010, 09:19:33 PM »
List is updated. You now have the option to barter piano books/scorebooks of videogames for the games I have listed. Ones that will net you a better exchange rate are listed as well.
Warmest regards,


1.     Pocket Monster Black 2 White 2 Piano Solo Music Score Book
2.     Violet no Atelier - PS2 Score Selection Band Score
3.     Dragon Quest VIII - Piano Score (ISBN 9784285102314)
4.     Chrono Cross Piano Music Score

Name your own price. US Shipping is $3.99 US for Xbox [360] / PS2 / PS / Gamecube and $2.99 for DS / GBA / GBC. If you buy more than one thing, then the shipping lowers in price for each. If you do decide to buy a couple, I’ll PM the shipping price. If your ordering from outside the US, PM for shipping rates.

Nintendo DS

1.   Asphalt
2.   Blue Dragon Plus
3.   Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoir of the Rift
4.   Lunar: Dragon Song
5.   Magical Starsign
6.   Trace Memory
7.   Pokemon Pearl
8.   Puzzle Quest
9.   Super Robot Taisen OG Sage: Endless Frontier
10.   Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
11.   Summon Night

1.   Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

1.     Alundra 2
3.   Metal Gear Solid

Playstation 2
1.   Crimson Tear
2.   Grandia II
3.   Katamari Damacy
4.    Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-revis
5.   NEOGEO Battle Collection
6.     Orphen: Scion of Sorcery
7.   We <3 Katamari
8.     Shadow Hearts: From the New World
9.     Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater (original black label, no manual)
10.   Ape Escape 3
11.   Taiko Drum Master
12.    DDRMax2
13.   DDR Super Nova 2

Playstaton Portable
1.     Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
2.     Star Ocean: Second Evolution
3.     Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
4.    Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time

Xbox 360
1.   The Last Remnant
2.     Soulcalibur IV
3.     Lost Odyssey

Nintendo Wii
1.     Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
2.     Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
3.     Sin and Punishment
4.     Sonic and the Secret Rings
5.     Sonic Unleashed
6.     NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
7.     Spectrobes Origins
8.     Arc Rise Fantasia
9.     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (comes with free crappy version of motion plus adapter/ No music disc)
10.   Sky Crawlers
11.   Sin & Punishment

1.     Coin OP TV DVD Volume 2

Please take into account that some of these games have GameStop stickers of New and Used on the corner or other retailer stickers. I don’t pull them off because it leaves that sticky residue, and I don’t think that’s something you enjoy dealing with. If it is, let me know and I’ll pull them off for you before I ship them ;).

Just PM or post below any questions about a specific game. All of them are guaranteed to work; I would not have posted them otherwise. If you’re worried that the delivery man or post office is going to play hockey with your game, we can talk about doing Insurance on it as well. Oh, and for the perfectionists, I will take pictures on request.

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