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Graffiti Kingdom: Hako no Niwa summary

Yasunori Mitsuda: a composer who needs no introduction. Over the years, his compositions for games have garnered an impressive embodiment of attention and acclaim in the game music community. Alas, in spite of being an artist of this caliber, his discography is not without hidden gems. Hako no Niwa is one such gem, oft trampled upon by hoards of fanboys in their frenzied rush to hear the likes of the ever-popular scores to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Xenogears.

This is unfortunate, because Hako no Niwa boasts a similarly powerful listening experience. While the album's approach is riddled with minimalism, this feature is no detriment. The tracks utilize an enveloping simplicity that, while slightly superficial in comparison to the composer's well-known work, does not seek to sacrifice memorability. Mitsuda asserts his playful side in Hako no Niwa, engrossing the listener in a realm of innocence where they need not scrutinize the music, but instead appreciate each track for what it is.

GAME: Game & Anime Music Emotions summary

GAME features Piano Squall's performance of twenty-six themes from videogames and anime, including Final Fantasy, Naruto, Super Mario World, InuYasha, Chrono Trigger, Cowboy Bebop, Mega Man, Chrono Cross, Full Metal Alchemist, Tetris, and Evangelion. Check out the Free Demo to hear some GAME highlights! The videogame publisher Electronic Arts partnered with Piano Squall and will donate an amount equal to 20% of all profits from GAME to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: A Conversation with Hiroki Kikuta

Hiroki Kikuta is the music composer behind Square action RPGs Secret of Mana and Seiken Denstesu 3. Just as his electronic music for Square left a lasting impression on the era of 16-bit games, his live orchestral tracks found in Soukaigi and Koudelka are among the most original songs created for the Playstation console. Today Square Haven talks with the composer and game designer about his latest album, Lost Files, and the future of Hiroki Kikuta. Read on

Rogue Galaxy: Premium Arrange summary

Rogue Galaxy Premium Arrange brings together several of game music's most well-respected composers in arranging Tomohito Nishiura's themes from the Treasure-developed Rogue Galaxy. Among those involved in the high-quality remixes include Yasunori Mitsuda, who performs on the bouzouki, Shinji Hosoe, Kenji Ito, Takayuki Aihara, YĆ“ko Shimomura, Norihiko Hibino, Motoi Sakuraba, Nobuyoshi Sano, Yoshitaka Hirota, and Noriyuki Iwadare.

Shadow Hearts: Original Soundtrack plus 1 summary

Shadow Hearts Original Soundtrack is music composing debut of Yoshitaka Hirota, together with songs by renowned Square composer Yasunori Mitsuda. The two disc soundtrack features atmospheric sounds, strange and fascinating instrument combinations, and memorable melodies in the vain of the game series' spiritual predecessor Koudleka.

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