VGM Wednesday – “Demise of the Ritual” from Shadow of the Colossus

“Demise of the Ritual” from Shadow of the Colossus, by Ko Otani Shadow of the Colossus is one of those games that I never, ever thought I would beat.  I don’t know why, but I had this fear of it, like I wasn’t very good or something.  I knew a ton of people who’d beaten it, but I never thought I’d be one of them… … Continue reading VGM Wednesday – “Demise of the Ritual” from Shadow of the Colossus

VGM Wednesday – “Forever Rachel” Transcription for Live Instruments

“Forever Rachel” from Final Fantasy VI, by Nobuo Uematsu Transcribed for live instruments by Eiko Ishiwata. I’ve really been trying to limit my posting of Final Fantasy music since starting this blog.  Even though I have so much history with the franchise and I know this music better than any other VGM game or series, there is so much great game music out there and … Continue reading VGM Wednesday – “Forever Rachel” Transcription for Live Instruments

VGM Wednesday (Friday) – “Com64” from “Sword & Sworcery”

“Com64” from Superbrothers: word & Sworcery EP, by Jim Guthrie and released in 2011. This past week, I was recording the Episode 6 of the IRL Podcast with Francesca and Kyle.  This particular episode was about the Humble Indie Bundle V, which I talked about last week.  They also wanted to talk about the music, so they asked me to come on (from previous Into the Score experience, and … Continue reading VGM Wednesday (Friday) – “Com64” from “Sword & Sworcery”

VGM Wednesday – “A Proper Story” from Bastion

“A Proper Story” from Bastion, by Darren Korb and released in 2011. So, the Humble Indie Bundle 5 was released just a few weeks past and it included this highly-praised game called Bastion.  I’d heard of it, but never played it. It wasn’t until Francesca over at the IRL Podcast sent me a note and told me that Episode 6 is going to be on the … Continue reading VGM Wednesday – “A Proper Story” from Bastion

VGM Wednesday – “Zero’s Theme” Medley – The Plasmas

“Zero’s Theme ~Medley~” from Mega Man X, performed by “The Plasmas.”. One of my earliest prominent memories of video games was going to my aunt and uncle’s new house in St. Rose du Lac.  They had Mega Man 2 and, like most who grew up with it, it was a transformative experience. Then I got Mega Man 3 and 4 a little while later, and they were cool… but then … Continue reading VGM Wednesday – “Zero’s Theme” Medley – The Plasmas

VGM Wednesdays – “Prologue” from Castlevania: SOTN

“Prologue” from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, by Michiru Yamane and released in 1997. This piece has so many aspects that I’ve loved from music throughout my life: Music, 80s guitar, Romantic Era-esque arpeggios overtop of thick choral and string chords… it’s like my whole musical career wrapped into one piece.  All it needs are cadential resolutions to IVadd9 chords and we’ll be set. (I really, … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – “Prologue” from Castlevania: SOTN

VGM Wednesdays – “Mushroom Kingdom” from Super Mario RPG

“Mushroom Kingdom” from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, composed by Yoko Shimamura and released in 1996 Why isn’t there more bassoon in VGM? Seriously, its bouncy woodsiness sells me immediate in “Mushroom Kingdom.” I love what Yoko Shimamura (or Parasite Eve and Kingdom Hearts fame) does here.  Instead of adapting a theme from Mario for the iconic Mushroom Kingdom, she puts pencil to paper and creates … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – “Mushroom Kingdom” from Super Mario RPG

VGM Wednesdays – “Staff Roll” From “LoZ: Wind Waker”

“Staff Roll” from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, composed by Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo and released in 2003 It feels strange to use a game that I’ve never played for VGM Wednesdays, but I once did a St. Patrick’s Day interview with Radio Free Gamer and this game came up.  I’ve never forgotten its since. It’s the second Koji Kondo game in two … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – “Staff Roll” From “LoZ: Wind Waker”

VGM Wednesdays – All of the Cutscenes from Ninja Gaiden

Cutscene Music from Ninja Gaiden, composed by Keiji Yamagishi and released in 1992 Things I love about this game: 1) The Music (goes without saying, right?) 2) Cutscenes in an NES game! And by the same company that made Tecmo Bowl! 3) ScrewAttack rated this game as the 7th hardest NES game of all-time… I agree. 4) … (and I suppose a nostalgic connection). Initially, … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – All of the Cutscenes from Ninja Gaiden

VGM Wednesdays – ~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus

“~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus” from Shadow of the Colossus by Koh Otani, released in 2005. How did this get published? This is supposed to be next week’s VGM Wednesday.  I must have hit “Publish” instead of “Schedule”… Oh well, I guess it’s already out there! ________________________________________________________ Aren’t you pumped now? What a ride! I love so many things about this game’s score.  There … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – ~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus