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NiGHTS into Dreams – Gloom of the NHC (Mystic Forest Stage) - Sega Saturn

I really do adore the NiGHTS soundtrack, and the message of the game feels like a deep-seated part of me. Sonic Team at their peak IMO.

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Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru! / Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon 

Stage 8 (Michinoku) (Shinji Tasaka, Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Akihiro Juichiya)

 

The first Goemon game for the Game Boy has some tremendous music, and perhaps it has one of the best soundtracks in the whole series. I’m always amazed at what composers could do with the Game Boy hardware. The level where you hear this is a bastard-hard jumping challenge, so you end up listening to the tune about 30 million times, but I don’t mind. It’s a relatively simple composition (with a standard AABA pattern and a bridge over a minor key) which never fails to make me smile.

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Cuarto (Sharp X68000) - Track 6 - Composer Junko Yamada

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think this music quite fits in with ....

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a shmup! It's very out of place. Here it is in action below!

This piece reminds me so much of my early music lessons and learning to play the electronic organ in the early 80's, very similar to the style of some of the pieces I was taught to play by my teacher. All I'd need is a latin rhythm maybe, Hammond + Leslie combo for the left hand accompaniment (just a series of suspended chords). I don't have access to an electronic organ any more, but I somehow feel compelled to recreate this! It's strangely soothing & hypnotic. Very simple melody and a basic chord progression .... 10 minutes on the piano tomorrow evening & I'll have it perfected and annoying the neighbours with it! Not relevant to anyone here really, more of a train of thought as I was prepping the Youtube link!

 

 

 

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Sion II (Sharp X68000) - Legend (track 1) - Composers Noriyuki Shindou, Tetushi Takahashi & Zenji Nishikawa

(The 1st track is the indended post, but the whole soundtrack is fantastic, well worth listening to all 30 minutes of it if you have the time.)

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Final Fantasy VII (PS1) - Main Theme - Composer Nobuo Uematsu

(In the spoiler is a performance on piano by Tifa herself!)

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Well, not quite Tifa! Performed by YiRu Lin (Ru's Piano). I have previously threatened cosplay musicians but hadn't followed through ..... until now!

 

This interpretation is based on the remake. I like the sound of this piano, it seems very rich and has a broad depth of tone at the bass end. Overall, it's a nice warm sound ..... meloncholy even, which I think suits this piece. I've been fortunate enough to play some very nice pianos (Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bechstein) but I have never played a Shigeru branded Kawai piano before (the high end of Kawai's line). Having heard this piano I'm intrigued to try one out for myself, the problem will be finding one!

 

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Here's part 2 of the "25th Anniversary" celebration of the Panzer Dragoon series. The composer of the original score original  sits down at the piano & improvises a piece from the the series. As I said previously, it's rare that you will see original composers perform a live and stripped back version of their original compositions, I feel that these instances are worth highlighting.

 

Panzer Dragoon Saga (Saturn) - Nomad - Composer Saori Kobayashi

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Nothing to add of my own, but I just wanted to say that I've really appreciated all of the music posted by shiffy from PC-98 and Sharp X68000 games. They're systems and games I've had very little experience of (for obvious reason), so they've been a great source of 'new' classic chiptunes for me!

 

(the only downside is I've had to stop myself from asking about/Googling the PC-98 games on the assumption that, 95% of the time, they're going to just be porn)

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11 minutes ago, Wiper said:

Nothing to add of my own, but I just wanted to say that I've really appreciated all of the music posted by shiffy from PC-98 and Sharp X68000 games. They're systems and games I've had very little experience of (for obvious reason), so they've been a great source of 'new' classic chiptunes for me!

 

(the only downside is I've had to stop myself from asking about/Googling the PC-98 games on the assumption that, 95% of the time, they're going to just be porn)

Thanks for the compliment, Wiper. You've highlighted the very reason why I've been posting these! For most people these tunes will be new. Some years back I went exploring the music of the various computer systems looking for inspiration for my own music. I try to listen to as much music as I possibly can so finding these Japanese only systems with music that sounded like it belonged on the Megadrive was very useful for me at the time!

 

Obviously, the content of some of these PC88, PC98 & X68K games is "highly questionable", and I will admit that I know very little about the games themselves. Even some of the images that the original Youtube uploaders have used are unsuitable for posting here and as a result I'm having to be extremely selective with what I post. Having said that, as long as you stick to what's on Youtube and sites like khinsider you'll be fine!

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@Down By Law Thanks for this, was completely unaware of this livestream. The last piece on the video "Nightfall" sounds a little different to how I remember it on the game, although it has been some time since I've listened to the original. As a musician it highlights to me how these pieces grow & evolve over time, I guess this is why I love live performances so much as no piece is ever performed the same way twice. Even in classical music there's room for manoeuvre in terms of dynamics. The piece I'm currently practicing (Rachmaninoff's G Minor Prelude) has plenty of scope for subtle changes in tempo & volume, and use of the sustain pedal on the piano! All tiny things on their own that can add up to changing pieces in a big way, and that's before harmonic changes which I'm sure I heard in throughout your video!

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I've thought of a way of getting around some of the "questionable images" that accompany some of these videos originally uploaded to Youtube. This video is the end result, and should allow me to expand upon the list I originally had planned to post.

 

Jorogumo (PC98) - Ending - Composer Makoto Kubo

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Something a little different, but related to what I've been posting recently.

Streets Of Rage 4 - "They're Back" - Composer Yuzo Koshiro

 

This has been arranged for the Yamaha YM2608 soundchip that is found inside the NEC PC88, a very close relative of the Megadrive's own YM2612. This appears to be something that Koshiro himself was working on, but was beaten to the punch by whoever arranged this (presumably "Wing") & uploaded it to Youtube. This arrangement looks to have the "Seal Of Approval" from the great man himself as Koshiro has tweeted this very video.

 

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I have to echo @Wiper’s thoughts and say thanks to @shiffy for all the amazing music from Japanese personal computer games. I'm familiar with a lot of MSX/2 music, and the music Yuzo Koshiro composed for the PC-8801, but that's as far as it goes. I'm really happy that there are people shedding light on this (mostly forgotten) music.

 

Anyway, I don't have much to add, except: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

 

 

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@DeDeDe Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad that everyone seems to be enjoying this little series I'm posting. Given the terrible day I've had, that "Peter Piper Pickled Pepper" has made me laugh! Bonus points awarded! Also, my musical brain went straight to analysing that Hammond organ part!

 

Bosconian (Sharp X68000) - Flash Flash Flash - Composer Yuzo Koshiro

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