Rhythm Encounter returns with… well, not a vengeance. More like a desire to nap. We take you through our favorite “sleepy” RPG themes interspersed with some inn jingles that may tickle your nostalgia bones. Try not to fall asleep while listening. Or do, if it makes you that comfortable. We’re not about to judge.
And very importantly: we’re giving away music! Full details are featured at the end of the episode, but keen listeners who correctly identify the inn jingles and songs used in the episode can score copies of Prescription for Sleep and Monarch: Heroes of a New Age Variations and Arrangements! Be sure to listen all the way through the episode for the full contest explanation!
As always, we welcome any feedback you may have, including topic suggestions, track requests, or ideas for how we can improve.
Don’t just sleep there, let’s get to it. Grab a pillow, there’s nothing to it. The latest and laziest episode of Rhythm Encounter features a bevy of sleepy, gentle, relaxing RPG melodies. We bring you some of our favorite picks across a smattering of beloved games, from the tranquil world of Legend of Mana to the dark ambiance of Koudelka. And it wouldn’t be an episode of Rhythm Encounter without Stephen including something from Yoko Shimomura and Derek fawning over Xenoblade Chronicles. Thankfully, guest Mike Salbato appears again to knock some sense into us and diversify the lineup. Keep those ears peeled (if such a thing is possible, although it sounds very painful) for the inn and/or resting jingles from classic RPGs that we’ve sprinkled throughout the episode, too– and make sure to listen all the way to the end, because we’re running a contest regarding those inn jingles which could net you free music!
Note: We had to re-number our episodes several years after publishing. This was originally Episode 14, as reflected in the audio. Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything!
Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato
1 – Weary the Weight of the Sun – The Banner Saga
2 – Sunlight through the Trees – Rise of Mana
3 – Dire, Dire Docks – Prescription for Sleep
4 – Dimension Break – Play for Japan
5 – Peace of the World / Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle
6 – Lunatic Wisdom Laboratory / Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle
7 – Saihate Village (Night) / Xenoblade Chronicles
8 – Live Patience – Koudelka
9 – Cheeks Stained by the Color of the Setting Sun – Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
10 – Unstealable Jewel – Myth: The Xenogears Orchestral Album
11 – Little Furnace (Post-Production Mix) – Scythian Steppes
12 – Warm A Live ~ Live Over Again – Chill SQ
13 – The Sacred Haven – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
14 – World of Mana – Legend of Mana
15 – Hometown (Night) – Xenoblade Chronicles
16 – Eternity ~Memories of Light & Waves~ – Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection
17 – Ruined Sparkling City – drammatica
18 – ??? – Guest’s Choice
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