Sekaiju no MeiQ sound track: PROTO-TYPE

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Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: January 18, 2007
Composed By: Yuzo Koshiro
Arranged By: Yuzo Koshiro
Published By: Atlus
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Dungeon Prototype Music (PCM) - 2006.3 Revere the First Adventurers.
02 - Battle Prototype Music (PCM) - 2006.4 From This Battle, You Gain What's Most Important to You.
03 - Dungeon Prototype Music (PCM+FM) - 2006.5 Long, Quiet Corridor.
04 - Dungeon Experimental Music (FM) - And Then, We Reach the Lands of Emerald Green.
05 - Battle Music Outtrack (FM) - Dancing Sword Like Falling Petals, Reverberating Echoes of Metal Boots.
06 - Battle Music Outtrack II (FM) - The Battlefield That Never Sleeps.
07 - Opening Full Version - Traditional Verse, The Braves.
Total Time

This promotional item came to Japanese gamers who decided to preorder Sekaiju no MeiQ (Etrian Odyssey in the US). It contains some unreleased tracks, as well as some older, "demo" versions of songs from the game.

Yuzo Koshiro was the king of VGM in his day. PCM and FM were his tools, and he could make any game's music sound awesome with these rudimentary synths. FM is, of course, the more artificial of the two, as it was used on the NES, MSX, and PCE–all the old stuff. Surprisingly, I found myself falling in love with the FM tracks, even though the PCM tracks sounded great as well.

When you hear these tracks, you'll certainly be taken back to the days of Castlevania and Ys. It's good to hear a composer doing this sort of thing again. The audio samples speak for themselves.

Though the OST suffices in many ways, since it includes both the DS and original FM audio tracks, some completionists may want to get their grubby hands on this fine little bonus disc. As usual, with any promotional item, Yahoo! Japan Auctions is your friend.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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