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916  Media / The Soundroom / Video Game Music Reviews: In Context on: June 21, 2012, 12:30:17 AM
Hey everyone, it's me again with Video Game Music Topics! *Plays Topic Intro Jingle*

Not too long ago, I finished watching a Let's play on a video game (The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons' Odyssey). Sitting there for a couple of moments, allowing the finale to sink in, I thought about a topic that I wonder gets recognition in the world of Video Game Soundtrack Reviewers; Context[1].

A great deal of music reviews--both professional and amateur--I've witnessed present a great deal of information (such as information about the composer, instrumentation, motifs used, the game/other games, developers, background info, etc) and the emotional response to the track. These juxtaposition of facts/theories and emotional responses present what the music of a game was to that reviewer, and in the end, are usually presented a satisfying/dissatisfying final words conclusion and/or score (I hate number/symbol scores and sorry I ever did it in the past!). A wealth of information and response is wonderful to those who know little about the music and game, but I wonder if the actual use of gameplay connections enter [some] reviews as a supplement to the soundtrack being reviewed, so that the reader may [audibly] witness the track in action rather than narrative/flowery prose[2].

the topic of context came up mostly because after sitting through this ~70 part playthrough of Dragons' Odyssey--after I listened to the soundtrack, of course--I had a different reaction when everything was all said in done. Some tracks, such as 'Snow Angels' and 'Holy Priest' held a much stronger emotional response when placing the moving visual in context of its use in the game.

With the introduction of the visual representation of the village that is audibly represented by 'Snow Angels' (There's a tongue-twister for ya), an attachment to the character(s) and the villagers (whether good or bad) was made, as well the events that were tied to that single location. A mixed bag of feelings were caused by these characters and events, which then changed my original emotional response to this piece, thus creating a new approach/description I would then associate with the music of Petas village in context to the villagers and events. [3]

Now, 'Holy Priest' is another story that I will put in a more theoretical backdrop. When first hearing this track outside its virtual environment, I loved this track and found it to be one of my favorite tracks on the soundtrack. After hearing it in the game, I was practically shocked on how little of it was actually played at the speed the player beat this boss (Granted, it loops at the ~1:00 part, which goes to show you how fast this boss is easily defeated with mastery use of one's character). In my mind, I wonder how anyone could even get a chance to hear this exciting track in its context, and actually makes me thankful that the Soundtracks of games are readily available (well, most of 'em). [4]

Even though this player bulldozed this boss in mere moments, the emotional attachment of disgust at the boss's attitude towards other characters (particular the reason of their journey in life), actually found me really wanting this character to be placed out of commission. This [maturing] emotional response is fed throughout the game, in which the heroes are finally able to administer the task of dispatching the villain. This excitement of battle--as battle themes and the actual battles have always caused great gusto within me in participation of each (listening/playing)--then feeds off the attachment to the characters and events, thus creating a rush of jubilation when simply kicking this character's behind, while listening to some hyped up tunes. ;)

I know that placing, and demonstration, the soundtrack in context to the game still presents a subjective music experience to its listening, but I feel that it's worth mentioning and exploring in future reviews. I suppose in way you are holding the hand of the reader and practically spoiling the game for them by showing/demonstrating these emotional connections to the game and the music, but I know for myself....I'm okay with that; it kind of reminds me in a way of the use of [J.S.] Bach's Church music (Whether St. Massion Passion/ Bminor Mass / ect) within its contextual location: the church. One was meant to hear, as well feel, the voice of God/Narrator (Organ/Bass vocalist) during these pieces, as well have a story presented to you (In regards to the Passions) of the fall and Resurrection of Jesus, which included fear, awe, and jubilation to the church audience.

I that'll be it for now...comments and/or response to my late-night thinking(s)? *Plays Topic Outro Jingle*

[1] I'm sure it does, I just haven't stumbled across it yet! (Ramza, I did see your note in the most recent review you did (Dizzy Heights: Gravity Rush), which made me laugh uncontrollably because I started writing this topic WAY before I read that review just now, haha).
[2] To explain to me in romantic and/or grotesque terms how a soundtrack caused your inner being to stir is fine and all...but to then slap a numerical/symbol score at the end--whether excellent or poor--makes no sense (Yes, I I've done this in the past and sorry I've ever done it. I was young and so full of ignorance ;) )
[3] In other words: I heard the track from the digital soundtrack and felt something, and then I heard it used in the game and felt additional/different emotions.
[4] The use of this backdrop was to present an example of the negatives of in-game context, which I then follow up with my personal response (and perhaps even others as well).
917  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: 600 word story on: June 14, 2012, 02:19:19 PM
Code:
Thinking quickly, Bob fearlessly jettisoned the female love interest into space, which served to distract the Polly Wogs as he high-tailed it back to Planet Cabbage.

Yeah, I'd give him 1st prize for that line. ;)
918  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Some RPG monster sculptures I made recently on: June 14, 2012, 02:00:00 PM
That Dragon Fossil looks rather philosophical.

I feel he should be wearing a top hat while carrying a chained pocket watch in his open hand. Perhaps even the dastardly villain mustache, a cane in his other hand (daimond studded top, of course)...and perhaps a railroad track and damsel rope-tied on it. (Don't forget the black cape too)
919  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chrono Break officially announced; out Summer 2013... on: June 13, 2012, 09:33:27 PM
...and your reaction if this was true.

Kind of a mix of "surprised" and "not sure I believe what I saw so I'll just shake my head uncontrollably"

920  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Musashi: Samurai Legend on ps2 good? vs. ps1 game on: June 12, 2012, 12:50:07 PM
You can, however, use your girlfriend as a makeshift weapon.

This was the highlight of this game, as well the Surf-Rock (Surfcoasters) Themed-anime introduction and bike sections of the game. It's been a while since I played it, but I remember enjoying it (granted, I never played the first). Honestly though, check out a random gameplay video of it on youtube to get a better feel of the game.
921  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 08, 2012, 12:26:08 AM
922  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: June 03, 2012, 11:52:35 PM
Sorry I'm late on this discussion, but FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU.

[Translation note: I live in Rhode Island and now must pay the consequence of the this]

I didn't even vote for this Gov either... :(

I humbly apologize in place of Rhode Island's politics and will do my best not to be so Rhode Island [politicaly].

Godspeed.

That is all
923  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Revelation! Women can actually pull off playing keytar! on: May 30, 2012, 06:48:18 PM
Well, Prime Mover, you must remember that it is most fair for a woman of high-standing stature to perform the most delicate instrument--such as virginal to harpsichord--and as we fast forward to the present, this standard is thus in practice (but now with a portable virginal). ;)
924  Media / The Soundroom / Re: my experimenting in live internet radio on: May 29, 2012, 11:35:03 PM
thanks so much for coming out and supporting. Was a lot of fun.

I talked to Don and we're gonna do another one of these in August, but this time it'll be 100% Yuzo Koshiro. Etrian Odyssey 4, among others, will be featured. It'll be so RPG-heavy that I won't even feel a tinge of shame for promoting it here.

Looking forward to it...Be sure to announce the date eventually ;)
I'll do my research in the meanwhile
925  Media / The Soundroom / Re: my experimenting in live internet radio on: May 29, 2012, 09:01:39 PM
On listening too. Great stuff... :)

EDIT: Good show! :)
926  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV/Movie/Anime Scores on: May 06, 2012, 04:27:15 PM
Round 1

Lemon Angel Project / Angel Addict
Lost Horizon / Question Me An Answer
Steins;Gate / OP Indian version


Special EDITion

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - The Ecstasy of Gold

*moves some stuff around*

Wild ARMs / Filgaia Overworld
927  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: who dat? on: April 24, 2012, 08:07:22 PM
I like how the father and son are playing while the mother and daughter wash the dishes.
They could have put and empty background, but no, it needed more mother/daughter dish-washing.

I like how you assume it's a father/son, mother/daughter pairing off and that this isn't some sort of husband/wife, dwarf time clone thing.

The game is actually a war of the inner-child. As what is presented to us...the inner children of us all is in control...such as the attempt to claim the arctic regions for a single country. Our head a splode.
928  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 01, 2012, 01:31:27 PM
I know what I'm having for lunch!

Hungry Hungry Hippos?
929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 29, 2012, 03:26:12 AM


A robot with a penis that has an angry eye on its penis.

It is staring at you with its penis.

What is that? A plastic Dinosaur foot?
930  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 Kickstarter by MonkeyPaw Games and Gaijin Works on: March 27, 2012, 11:47:37 PM
So the half mil is for reassurance more than anything, or is it for quick cash now thing, like selling your gold and relics?
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