Video game music is so awesome. Especially if you’ve played the game, know the story, and developed attachment to the characters. I love original soundtracks, and I wanted to share some of my favourite instrumental gaming music. Just because they’re awesome. Please take note that yes, I am a crazy Square fangirl, so of course it’s going to be slightly biased :D
Yoko Shimomura – Legend of Mana ~Title Theme~
Ms. Shimomura has worked with legendary game developer Square-Enix on a number of titles, including the Kingdom Hearts series. She is also the mastermind behind the music of the currently unreleased Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Personally I’ve never played Legend of Mana, but this opening theme is just so beautifully epic.
Nobuo Uematsu/Aki Kuroda – To Zanarkand
Okay I know this one’s somewhat overplayed (especially on piano), but it’s still so sad and pretty! From Final Fantasy X.
Nobuo Uematsu – Eyes On Me [Piano Solo]
Beautiful arrangement. Also enjoyable to learn and play on piano. From Final Fantasy VIII.
Yoko Shimomura arr. Kaoru Wada – Dearly Beloved
This is a recurring theme in the Kingdom Hearts series. Yeah, it kind of just repeats, but nostalgia practically overwhelms me everytime it’s paired with any sort of KH clips. Also it’s very soothing and makes great background music for when I can’t fall asleep :P
Utada Hikaru – Hikari [Orchestrated Version]
I was so happy they played this at Video Games Live. Already a truly epic piece, it sounded AMAZING with a live orchestra. From Kingdom Hearts.
In school-related news, I’ve survived my first week. Not much of an accomplishment, as I have previously survived 7 “first week”s. After this term, I will have two more terms (one year) of school and then be rudely shoved into the real world. I’m also co-op job-hunting again this term so we’ll see how that goes.
Jin and Mark came to Waterloo to visit for a few days. Yesterday I went to my morning class, then had lunch and grabbed ice cream with some fellow mathies. Afterwards, we spent about 3-4 hours just trying to decide what the hell we could do for the afternoon/night. In fact, we dragged it all the way until dinnertime, and Mark had to go home to Markham. The rest of us went for dinner at Rude Native Bistro. Later, we somehow convinced Mark to drive all the way back to Waterloo to join us for some board games. After a while I got really tired and passed out around 2am. Turns out everyone else slept at 6am.
The weather was pretty much terrible all day today so I’ve just been staying in. Still haven’t really accomplished anything. I should probably do some more reading…