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Rhythm Encounter 113 – Dragon Quest: Symposium of Sound

Rhythm Encounter 113 Dragon Quest

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The music of Dragon Quest, largely composed by the late Koichi Sugiyama, combines a classical sensibility with a flair for the dramatic, with tracks ranging from serene world map tunes to pop-inspired tracks for naming your hero. And let’s not forget the timeless fanfare, one of the most recognizable themes in RPGs. Today, four intrepid would-be heroes gathered at Ruida’s tavern to discuss the music of Dragon Quest, eager to celebrate the music of the first Japanese RPG series.

Featuring: Michael Sollosi, Audra Bowling, Gio Castillo, Mario Garcia; Edited by Jono Logan


Part 1 – “Angels, Demons, and Dragons, oh my!”
0:10:02 – Light through the Leaves of Love [Symphonic] (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
0:12:11 – Audra – Protectors of the Starry Sky (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest IX OST

Part 2 – “Do Dragons Dream of Electric Slimes?”
0:31:01 – Happy Humming (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
0:33:47 – Battle for the Glory (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen DS OST

Part 3 – “Dragon Quest III’s Company”
0:49:13 – Adventure (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest III Symphonic Suite (2005 Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra version)
0:52:28 – Town (Night) (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest III

Part 4 – “Dragon Quest: Origins”
1:10:13 – Only Lonely Boy (Koichi Sugiyama) – Suite Dragon Quest II (1987 Tokyo Strings Ensemble version)
1:13:29 – Town of Alefgard (Koichi Sugiyama) – Dragon Quest (Game Boy Color)
1:34:26 – Gio’s bonus track!

Album Links

Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 2

This album contains music from DQI–III, V, and DQVI.

Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 3

This album contains music from DQIV, DQVII, and the GBC versions of DQI–III.

Suite Dragon Quest II -Gods of the Evil Spirits-

Dragon Quest III: Into the Legend… Original Game Music

Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest III Into the Legend…

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen DS OST

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Synthesizer & Original Soundtrack

Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

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Michael Sollosi

Michael Sollosi

Sollosi joined RPGFan in 2014 as part of the music section but switched lanes to podcasting a year later, eventually becoming showrunner of the Retro Encounter podcast. Outside of RPGFan, Sollosi works in a government engineering office, enjoys visiting local parks and petting local dogs, and dreams of a second Ys vs Trails fighting game.

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