12.18.01 - Pain the Universe
Welcome back to the Music Cave. The past month has been... bad for me.
If you really want to know more, you'll have to wait until I put a page up about it
my personal page on VGMusic.
Misc: Audible Vortex has been moved off to the Competitions page.
You might also want to read the comments on Dying Planet on this page.
The Sound Cave Most Wanted:
Final Fantasy (Wonder Swan Color additions)
Skies of Arcadia
Suikoden 1 & 2
The following scribings are notes from the composers about their featured pieces in the updates. Their
email addresses can be found next to their contributions, found below.
"Dying Planet" (Final Fantasy VII Medley) by Gwilym Wogan
"In case you didn't realise something was wrong, the version of this song
that was given to the [Audible Vortex] judges had the first eleven minutes cut off, due to
computer error. Now you can hear the UNCUT UNEDITED HARDCORE DIRECTOR'S CUT
BANNED IN THE US VERSION. And do so, cuz it's good and I would've won if it
hadn't been for those meddling kids. "
RB: This version replaced the one on the Audible Vortex page a few weeks ago, so
those of you who have gotten it in the past 2-3 weeks should have the complete version, which
"Legend of the Sacred Sword" (Seiken Densetsu Series) by Patrick Waters
"I actually submitted this for the Audible Vortex competition, but I don't
know what happened to it... Anyway, this piece is a medley of four themes
from the Seiken Densentsu series. The themes are, in order of
performance: Rising Sun, Angel's Fear, Swivel, and Theme of Mana. Full
orchestra and piano. Mad cool. For more info, email me."
"The Next Final Fantasy Theme" (Final Fantasy X) by Trptcox
"Since many mentioned their disappointment at the famous 'Prologue' theme not being included in Final Fantasy X.
Therefore, I set out to try to write one for it.
My recording software is on the blink so I had to resort to other -- and less appealing -- means, so the quality isn't quite as good.
Nonetheless, here's what I think the Prologue should have sounded like if it were included."
"Last Battle With Lavos (Hardcore Techno Remix)" (Chrono Trigger) by Digression Factor
"This song is about a year old, but I was never happy with the sound
quality. So I rerecorded it recently, it's much better now, though not
as good as I wanted. This song, in the game, really needed to be a bit
more techno-esque, so here it is."
"Song of Prayer ~ Spira" (Final Fantasy X) by Russ Bedford
"I'm sending this in for a friend of mine, he did this
as part of a series of experimental stuff that he
records with sound recorder after hearing the bitchin'
chord progressions in the OST version. Although he is
a little ticked at himself for messing up one of the
chords... Anyways, his name is Russ, and he said it'd
be cool if I sent this in for him."
"Trisection" (Final Fantasy Tactics) by Chris Watson
"The first song I did; played during the first battle of the
game, outside Orbonne. I messed up on the timing here, around the middle of
the song. Also--this goes for all four--I just can't get the reverb I want
out of RSP; the MP3s I'm using are like Echo City, and it sounds GOOD
compared to the MIDIs. Finally, this song doesn't play through twice,
because copy-pasting doesn't bring the time signatures with it and let me
tell you: Trisection's time signatures are a MESS. Too much work. Sorry.
You can double it if you want."
"Team Making" (Final Fantasy Tactics) by Chris Watson
"...played on the 'Formation' screen. This is the most accurate
one I have, but I think I'm missing some notes on the latter half of the
song. Oh well."
"Decisive Battle" (Final Fantasy Tactics) by Chris Watson
"Ah, the drum tracks. Yuck. I've also got problems with
the constant staccato violin bits at the top of the track, especially in the
last part of the song. This one needs the most work. Not sure WHERE this
is used in the game."
"Backfire" (Final Fantasy Tactics) by Chris Watson
"Played supposedly at Gariland Magic City, the 2nd battle in the
game. I think I did the best job with this one; the only thing that's
definitely wrong is the arpeggio mess right at the end."
"Antidote in the Snow" (Final Fantasy Tactics) by Chris Watson
"In my last e-mail I mentioned that I'd probably try Antidote next, and I
did. The harp arpeggios were a mess, let me tell you, but I figured them
out--I think--and after that it was a cinch. And it's properly channeled,
too; at first I wasn't getting the melody because all my channels were
messed up. I fixed it, it works, now, but I STILL need reverb. Oh well.
In any case, hope you like it."
"Burmecia - Slow Rock Arrangement" (Final Fantasy IX) by SquareTex
"The idea came into my head a week or so ago. I thought that since Burmecia is based off of Freya's theme,
and is essentially just the background chords in an eerie fashion, what would be the best way to re-integrate the melody line?
The answer is in the attached MIDI file. :)
Now, you won't hear it right away. At first, it's just the Burmecian theme by itself.
But then, as it gets ready to loop, that is where the fun begins. I've added a slow and menacing
rhythm and bass line, with an overdriven electric guitar playing the Freya melody.
"Aveh, Ancient Dance" (Xenogears) by Salivator
"I credit this song fully (well... mostly) to Amber Ritchie and Neill
Corlett. If not for them, I never would've gotten these samples, and
therefore never would've had the ambition to track this song. This was
actually really fun to track... I couldn't find a decent midi of it, so
I was forced to use my own damn ears for a change. Hence, a lot of this
is guesstimated, but I think it's pretty close to the original."
"Sir Fratley" (Final Fantasy IX) by Salivator
"This is the music that plays whenever Freya is pining for Fratley. I
just took an element or two from her theme and modified it a little.
I'm not entirely sure what the actual name of this track is on the OST
(I've seen it called three different things), so I just called it Sir
Fratley, since it could be considered his theme."
"Waste" (Final Fantasy VIII) by Gwilym Wogan
"Enjoy a slow dark droning depressing remix of Compression of Time from FF8.
Sounds kinda like Silent Hill, or Trent Reznor's ambient stuff. At any rate,
it will plunge you into new realms of PAIN and DOOM and DESOLATE."
"Schala" (Chrono Series) by Aaron Leibrick
"I made a christmas present for rpgamer! I hope you guys enjoy this.. it's a
remix of some themes from chrono trigger and chrono cross. It's not terribly
long, but.. the drums pack a punch. :)"
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