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856  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games! on: July 11, 2011, 11:48:53 PM
That does it, I can't let this backlog get any larger.  Believe it or not, part of me is actually annoyed by Sony's welcome back PSN program.  As if I needed free games!  I can't even finish the games I paid money for.  Heck, I have a demo backlog...I have lots of demos I've downloaded intending to try out but I don't even have time for them.  Where did all the hours go...

I've decided to implement a policy where I won't buy a new game until I finish two games I own.  I'm not sure how I should count PSN/Android stuff in that, though, since they tend to be shorter.  Argh, whatever...

Seeing how Catherine is coming out soon I'd better get to work...

Don't lie to yourself, it'll creep up on ya on a boring day, and then....

Your wallet is missing...

My backlog is actually decreasing, not because I'm buying and playing games, because I'm selling them. WIN-Log if ya ask me. :3
857  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 11, 2011, 11:45:55 PM

I thought you were going with THIS

But this is equally as funny :3
858  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 11, 2011, 02:49:47 PM
May have been posted, but not sure....if not:

859  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What are your likes in Video Game Music? on: July 09, 2011, 02:05:26 PM
Ooo those were great! I forgot about Shadow of the Colossus...amazing music that reminds me of Gundam Wing (;)). I started this topic really late at night and didn't put down other things I like, which crosses into anime music as well... which is when Composers take a bow to the masters of music of old in their compositions-arrangements. Below is a list of this: (There's a GREAT deal of them, but these are what popped into my head first)

- Death Smiles - Death Smiles OST: Hell's Emperor [Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata (no fugue) in D minor"]
- Let's Tap - Jupiter (Extreme Tap Edition) [Arrangement/Remix of Gustav Holst's "Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity"]
- Let's Tap - I Got Rhythm (Tap Edition) [George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm"]

Antonín Dvořák
- The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Music - BGM (20) [""From the New World" Symphony, Movement 1"]
- Ninety-Nine Nights (N3) OST 02 - From the New World Molto Vivace ["From The New World" Movement 3] (Duel of the Fates? :3)

Antonio Vivaldi
- Ninety-Nine Nights (N3) OST 16 - The Four Seasons "Winter" Allegro [.....This track sucks so hard that I won't even tarnish Vivaldi's name relating it to this mess, so no link. Trust me.]
- Ninety Nine Nights Sountrack: The Four Seasons (eternal mix) [~SUMMER~] (Oh Man,when 7:25 hit, I couldn't stop laughing. Perfect sync, haha I will NEVER mess with birds again)

If you're interested in more of em, I'll post em later :3
860  Media / 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?
861  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Play for Japan: The Album on: July 06, 2011, 10:59:28 PM
For those who purchased the album, what are your thoughts on it?
862  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 06, 2011, 01:32:25 AM
Picutres of Basset Hounds running. XD Some of them are hilarious.


LOL, number 4 is ridiculous-awesome.
863  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sweden: "Men Who Like Adult Manga Are Sick Pedophiles" on: June 20, 2011, 07:53:54 PM
Man-on-donkey sex ...

Clerks 2?
864  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on: June 14, 2011, 10:17:34 PM
(see episode 9 flutter shy's voice).


Priceless. lol.
865  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 02, 2011, 12:55:52 PM
Baking cookies today and I'm on my third batch. Been experimenting with size but I'm going to go for small ones-- they'll fit better into the jar.

Kitchen is an apocalyptic mess, though. Oh wells.

It cannot be as bad as when I attempted making the RPGfan cake.

Just throw that cell phone that's over there in the corner in the batch and bake that sucker. Out comes a delicious cake that vibrates.
866  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 31, 2011, 01:07:53 PM
Been playing Wild Arms 3 all day. I liked the first one. The second gave me a headache. So far, I'm enjoying this one.

The secret bosses in this Wild Arms 3 are a lot more tolerable than the others. I completed all them except two, which is saying a lot since I suck with 1/2-hit kill bosses. :3
867  Media / 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: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/top-score-emily-reese-minnesota/id434473316
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
868  Media / The Soundroom / Re: videogames affect a new generation of "classical" composers on: May 26, 2011, 12:21:08 PM
"Some musicians grew up with the Suzuki method. I grew up with the Uematsu method."

Greatest comment I've read so far this month. Great comment as well Ramza (Plus one reccommend ;))

Fascinating article, it reminds me of all the Game composers that borrows bits and pieces from "classical" music to inject into their own compositions. In essence, you are are getting "classical" music drilled into you whether you are aware of it or not. I won't even go into the different game music and what probable "classical" compositions they borrowed from, but one game track always reminds me of Verdi's Requiem Libera me [starting at 1:26] is the introduction choral singing from Duodecim's Cantata Mortis [0:39-1:06]

If anyone hasn't listening to Verdi's Requiem, you're missing out. :3
869  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 26, 2011, 11:49:40 AM

This fucking noise is one of the top 50 videogame songs of all time?  Really?  I'll take Fighting of the Spirit from Tales of Symphonia/Phantasia over that shit any day.

Perhaps they were looking in connecting with their inner-Avant-Garde. I'm sure Sun Ra would be proud of them [/gag]

Sun Ra is awesome:


Was gagging about their choice for the top choice, lol. I was always a fan of UFO. Also a fan of Free Jazz, Ornette Coleman's Civilization Day. RahXephon does a number in this manner in the track avant, ren dez vous, but that's a story for another time.

Back to the list, this list is definitely missing the credits music to God Hand. For shame.
870  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 23, 2011, 01:48:32 PM

This fucking noise is one of the top 50 videogame songs of all time?  Really?  I'll take Fighting of the Spirit from Tales of Symphonia/Phantasia over that shit any day.

Perhaps they were looking in connecting with their inner-Avant-Garde. I'm sure Sun Ra would be proud of them [/gag]
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