06.09.00 - Music - Changing of the Guard
With the recent departure of Mark
Jordan, I, Jeff Davis (JD as my friends call me) was asked to manage
the now vacated section. As a long stalwart to the section, Mark Jordan
has had a strong impact. And I'm sure I speak for all, that we wish
him the best in his future ventures. He'll still be managing the Ultima-Eternity
competition so be sure to check that out.
With that said, I would like to welcome you all to what I hope will
be an interesting journey in this newly named section for RPGamer Music,
For those who don't know me an introduction would be in order, I suppose.
As previously stated I'm Jeff Davis. Back in the day, summer of last
year, I managed RPGamer's letters section, Q&A with JD then later
went on RPGamer Editorials then I resigned my post at RPGamer about
four months ago. For those who didn't frequent the letters section I
was known for my highly overtoned columns froth with music references
and discussions. Since this section is known for some of the most informed
contributors and readers within the music scope, it is only proper that
I disclose my experience in this venue. I come to you with a decade
long record as a videogame aficionado and music collector. My game album
collection is varied and broad, from Ys to Final Fantasy to Shen Mue.
Music is my raison d'tre. Current favorites include Legend of Dragoon
OSV, Koudelka OSV and that old treasured album Secret of Evermore OSV.
I also dabble a bit in sound composition and remixing, but as someone
generally new to the endeavor, the less the subject is brought up...the
better for our sake.
A couple of words on the section:
First is the name change. Audiophile, for those who don't know, has
a duality in meaning. First, is a person who has an ardent interest
in electronic sound reproduction and secondly one who has a strong affinity
to music. The definition serves both the musician and the average reader
of this section, at least I hope so. With the new name came the idea
of a new look. In order to start with a clean slate, I felt the need
to revise the look and to centralize the music section. I hope it is
to your liking.
As far as the way the section will be run, pretty much everything that
held true, holds true now. There are a couple of new changes. First
is the Recorded Remixes is now called MP3 Remixes. I would hope everyone
who contributes in this high quality digital format would submit files
in MP3 rather than other formats like WAV, etc... Another change is
within the Soundtrack Info and Reviews, the sections have been combined
and the idea has been expanded to take in Editor and Reader reviews
Another evident change is this main music page. Like before, Featured
Soundtrack/Musician (Musicians/Soundtrack of the week) and Competitions
will be as important as ever, with the inclusion of Featured Soundtrack
review/s. Noteworthy is the importance of Music Contributors/Musicians
who have played an instrumental role throughout the history of this
section, hence it is doubly significant that those who are major contributors
or whose works excel be featured as an example for exemplary artisanship.
Other additions will follow in the near future, just you wait. But
before we progress, one final note to musicians, contributors or reviewers
-- please read the general guide to this section in the Audiophile
Moving on to the actual update. First it really must be pointed out
for music lovers to check out the very first and recently surfaced tracks
to both Eternal Arcadia and Ys II Eternal. Also of note, with Legend
of Mana shipping, Chris Cain's LoM OST review, at the very least is
one of the more in depth reviews I've seen on the topic.
On the music front there is a bevy of incredible re-arranged pieces:
Kaijin's FF IV Prelude in mp3 is a striking example to how musicians
evolved, then there's Yura's award winning Legacy of the Wizard medley,
then Braxus' FF VII rearrange is one of the best FF rearranges I've
heard, lastly on the mp3 front -- both Shingi and K. Hirai's raise the
bar with their heavenly Ys remixes.
On the MIDI side of things: Hobo Jack's Chrono Trigger 11 minute Party
mix is definitely worth a listen, Chief Ug's Valkyrie Profile -- Rise
is sure to impress with its haunting score, and if you're in a mood
for poignant pieces look no further than Fuhrmania's FF VIII rendition
of Julia. For those who can't play the MP3 versions -- Kaijin's FF IV
prelude and Julianne's Awakening is a must download.
Last but not least is the IT department...well, I'll spare you all
with more words, as they all are pretty amazing. Then again the same
holds true for all contained within the update.
Short Notice On Ultima-Eternity:
It has recently come to my attention (now that I'll be handling the
RPGamer music team for the Ultima Eternity contest), that we are short
by about 4 or 5 musicians for UE. If you would like to sign up with
the RPGamer music troupe for Ultima-Eternity, at this late juncture
please email me as soon as possible with your sample works to either
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You'll have about a day or two to get me these files and for me to choose
the team, it's short notice, but I'm a bit late in the game, so we'll
see. For further rules visit Ultima-Eternity's
Without further ado...
- Jeff Davis