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871  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 25, 2012, 12:06:10 AM
Doing a compariative essay on Naruke's work on Wild Arms (I and III) to Ennio Morricone's scores during his Spaghetti-Western era (Trilogy). This is for my movies and film class.
872  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: who the hell is this?.... on: October 20, 2012, 04:22:14 PM
haha, was it bothering you that much not knowing?
873  Media / The Soundroom / Re: I wrote a classical sonata (piano solo) on: October 18, 2012, 09:06:55 PM
I get a mix of Romantic Era/20th Century and present time compositional techniques. I think of battle themes with the 2nd Movement "schnell, mit empfindung", so that would be part of the present-time feel of composition for video games. The third movement, "immer langsam" gives me a 20th century impression--an Erik Satie feel in resemblance to his Gymnopedia--with the introduction and later return--especially the ending with a mysterious-sounding ending! :)

In all truth, the 4th Movement "bewgt, mystisch" sounds like it fit right at home in Super Castlevania 4. I get the same emotion when I hear the intro to The Cave Theme from SCV4. I found the 5th movement "lebhaft, vorstellen ewigkeit" very pleasant, though I have no clue what the original themes you used sound like, so I'll have to check them out on a later date.

Collectively, I enjoyed them for their uniqueness from oneanother. If having to single one of them out, which I usually hate having to do--it's like picking your favorite kid when they are all staring at you--I would go with the 2nd movement. I'm always head-over-heals for anything battle-theme sounding.

Keep up the excellent work Ramza and hope things turn for the better on the life part of things; I'll keep ya in my prayers. :)
874  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Course Material for a Survey of Music Class: Video Games... on: October 04, 2012, 10:11:14 PM
I wasn't aware of Koichi Sugiyama's method...very interesting topic that I'd like to look up. Yeah, but everything else you said is on point. A helpful book that I look over--especially for its bibliography/notes--is Karen Collins's "Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design"

It's very useful in both realm of of music as well its hardware development.

Proceeding on comparing contrasting game music/film music and discussing functions of music for games: that's definitely an excellent approach to take. I would as well follow a chronological approach to game music, making sure to break each era of focus with its composer and social happenings around that time.

There's plenty more to say...but my focus is a bit fuzzy as having a long day at school. I'll swing by here and drop off more info on a later date.

In regards to a great topic discussion, that context article(s) from OSV would definitely be a kicker to debate about in class. ;)

And just because: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMdwIP9vRWs
875  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 03, 2012, 04:41:56 PM
please don't curse me.

Boogah woogah!

Please tell me that you run around the house and school saying that. They will have no idea what you're doing...maybe a few though. ;)
876  Media / The Soundroom / Re: my experimenting in live internet radio on: September 29, 2012, 01:34:22 AM
Late post, but feedback:

I enjoyed the show from what I was able to squeeze into my schedule for that night (I had a Film & Music paper due the next day). I'd like for you guys to do this again as a monthly bit, as I think it would catch on to be something spicy--at least aurally attractive to the vgm buds ;).
877  Media / The Soundroom / Course Material for a Survey of Music Class: Video Games... on: September 29, 2012, 01:30:23 AM
Greeting fellow Video Game Music connoisseurs,

I pose a question to all of you:

Say there was to be a "Survey of Music Class: Video Games" in the works: What topics and composers do you think would be of necessity for this class to exist?

I have a great deal of ideas and composers that would find itself appropriate for the class...but I want to hear your thoughts on topics and composers to see if they match up with mine so I can add/subtract/improve on the list and create something cohesive. If you have primary/secondary sources* in regards to your ideas on topics and composers, by all means...


*I have textbooks and articles that I already would scan chapters from, but I'd like to have a great deal more to work with as to make this happen in a college setting.
878  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 20, 2012, 10:36:34 PM
Play Wild Arms. 'nuff said.
879  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2012, 10:22:23 PM
Well, this is a first for me: I actually own the most recent gadget that came out [last Friday]. The gadget? The Kindle Fire HD 7"

My impressions?

Again, this is from someone who has been behind a generation or two--hell, even all generations--from the latest gadget. This the most advance thing in my home right now. I don't have wi-fi though...so I have to register this when I go college. *ba dum, tish*

Other than that...OH! Right!

I started my English-Creative Writing minor this semester! I'm having a lot of fun with the classes, as well as getting a kick out of the professors. Took a week to get out of the Musical frame of mind to soak in the wonderful world of English Literature and the structures of different subjects-etc.

And...I think I am falling in love with Poetry and its structure/form/elements/organization/etc. Last week's reading of my poems were fun. :)
880  Media / The Soundroom / Re: my experimenting in live internet radio on: September 16, 2012, 07:26:46 PM
Alright, it's official. Don and I, alongside RPGFan's Stephen Meyerink, will be doing our Koshiro-only live show this Wednesday starting at 9pm (Eastern). Details here:


Please tell everyone you can about the show! Hopefully we'll get a lot of people out for this!

I'll be there! :) Do you plan on making a Facebook Event of this on the RPGFan account? That might net you a bit more listeners that way.
881  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 10, 2012, 11:31:35 PM
882  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 27, 2012, 05:30:45 PM
883  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 24, 2012, 09:51:01 AM
Verdict: Loved IV...but needs more story, hence why I'm playing Tactics.

IV was great, and I didn't really get why it got so much heat...until I got through the lengthy opening and unlocked my ship, that's when game decided to wrap up with next to no events in between.

Oh yeah, definitely bankrupt in the events/story department. I was hoping for a bit more back story from my characters, but it seems that the opening movie for the game told me more story (with awesome music) than the actual game did. Eh, I digress though. Suikoden Tactics seems to providing a great deal--so far--of back story that is leaving me pleased with this entry into the Suikoden universe.

In other gaming news: I started Suikoden Tierkreis last month and have been on and off with it. Not too sure if I'm a fan of themaincharactertalkingsofastthatIfeeltheymayhavemadehimtalkfasttoshortenthesoundfilesorhewasdopedonspeed. Other than that, the game is quite pleasing. It's a darn shame the actual strategy is not posted anymore for purchase on the Bradys strategy guide site. Eh, guess It's gamefaqs for me (I played Suikoden III with no electronic help, but it took me well over the amount of time I would like to play a game).
884  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 22, 2012, 07:46:57 PM
Started Tales of Legendia not too long ago and put some more hours in today...

Is this game just looney, or did I miss something here? I feel like the game's story was thrown against a wall to see what stuck, which was then made into a musical (two singing sections; one with the king of rock and roll and his partner and one with talking otters).

Does this game continue these musical interludes and odd pacing of story info/characterizations?
885  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 20, 2012, 03:16:02 PM
Beat Suikoden IV. Now playing Suikoden Tactics to flesh out the story.

Verdict: Loved IV...but needs more story, hence why I'm playing Tactics.
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