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Ken Hisuag

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  1. The three-year anniversary of Celeste happened, and in commemoration the team formerly known as MattMakesGames released a sequel to the Pico-8 classic version. While there was technically only one track composed for it, the piece holds its own as a follow-up to both the original classic and the main game.
  2. Spontaneous appreciation for Louie Zong. There's something very "music for music's sake" about his style, and even though his compositions are a bit on the short side, they're always full of charm. He's also fairly diverse in the genres he covers.
  3. 10: Reincarnation Imma do a Garison-styleTM play-by-play on this one. 0:00-0:42 - The intro is a beautifully epic built-up, laying a foundation for the piece that promises a complex musical journey, typical of O-Life Japan. 0:42-1:25 - The "second intro," the actual beginning of the piece being built on that foundation. Jssf alluded to metal, so I foresee where this is leading to and can appreciate it as such. If there's a musical term/technique for hype building, this would be a good example. A minute-and-a-half into the track I'm fully engaged and anticipating the climax. 1:25-1:3
  4. The editing of this makes it less funny than it could be. But it's still pretty funny . . .
  5. Tournament thoughts: The PC-98 themes are generally perceived by the fandom to be lesser known. I assume this is because the games are more inconvenient to play, and the majority of the fandom is familiar with the music they hear in-game. I've sometimes wondered about the popular opinion concerning Akiyama's OST bonus arrangements. The popularity poll doesn't distinguish between different versions of the same theme, so the rating likely reflects upon the original version in any given case. There have been several cases where I've preferred Akiyama's version over ZUN's, or at least co
  6. 7: Time Will Tell Alright. Here we go. The hard but smooth tones of Eurobeat make it perfect for adrenaline-pumping high energy pieces, and I may not have heard a song that make use of this as powerfully as this one. The pacing is perfect, the source pieces are well suited, and pretty much every aspect contributes to the effect of the whole. This is Reimu as a realistic hero of Gensokyo’s humans, capable and determined to protect that which she considers to be under her care; a person with a complex history and authentic emotional investment. In short, this is Reimu as a character.
  7. Well, I was correct in my prediction concerning Ori and the Will of the Wisps; now that I've played some of it, I find I'm enjoying its soundtrack immensely. This was the case for the first game, too. For some reason, I needed the experiential context to appreciate the music. Possibly this is due to the cinematic nature of the soundtrack, but I would need to compare with similar experiences to be sure. No matter, here's my selection. Had I managed to play the game earlier, its soundtrack would have been my #4 for the year. The main leitmotif of the first game is retained for this o
  8. 4: Path Through the Bamboo Forest I thought it was a haegeum, but apparently not. Does anyone know what the difference is, aside from nation of origin? The Touhou Project doesn't take itself very seriously, as evidenced by the handling of its stories and characters. Viewed through the eyes of Reimu or Marisa, the most common playables, the events of any given story are often filtered as far less serious than they could be. This is part of Touhou's charm. This arrangement is a glimpse into a different kind of Touhou. If the world was more of a representation of Japanese culture, if fol
  9. I see we're starting off with a more classical bent this time, eh? 1: There was a Piano in Scarlet Devil Mansion? Glad we're getting this out of the way early. The artist did only one Touhou album, and as far as I know has no Youtube presence. His arrangements are characterized by an exploration of what it means to adapt something to piano, playing powerfully to the instrument's strengths. This specific piece is my favorite from the album, and probably my favorite Touhou piano remix. It's essentially a simplistic arrangement, but just complex enough to have a classical feel. I pict
  10. Gonna try and get this in before Jssf posts the first round. Second day of the year I thought it'd be interesting to check Youtube for Touhou of that week, to find the last of old year and first of new. One specific acoustic arrangement sent me down a rabbit hole, and I ended up finding a bunch of really old but really good guitar solos. So here's some of those.
  11. For obvious reasons, I won't normally post independent remixes here. However, I believe an argument can be made for their inclusion into the metagenre of VGM. Arrangements most often take their source material's contextual situation into consideration, and I've yet to find a remix that can take the game out of the music. In several cases, my first exposure to a soundtrack that I would later consider among my favorites was a remix. In commemoration of that, here are three such pieces which introduced me to larger spheres of VGM.
  12. For the final chiptune artist feature (though certainly not the end of chiptune on this thread), I present . . . actually, I'm not sure which is his primary alias. It's either "pigdevil2010" or "Pigu." When I said my submission to RT3 wasn't the best example of Touhou chiptune I knew of, this was the guy I had in mind. Unlike most of the previous features, his style encompasses both retro and experimental, while also making use of a variety of chip types. I specifically considered his Egoistic Flowers as a tournament submission, but ultimately decided against it. Just to rap it up,
  13. You might want to message DF and Amamiya, since neither of them have been on the site since the announcement. Also, if anyone else thinks they might be interested in joining, it's been a lot of fun in the past!
  14. Tower of Heaven registered as a Flash game on my browser, so it should be noted to try it by Monday if you're interested.
  15. It's about time we covered Rivals of Aether. I probably don't need to sell it, but . . . Composer flashygoodness has a unique style to his chiptune that settles on the fringes of the genre; he's able to create impressively complex arrangements of sound that set them apart from retro style, but aren't so far from it that it has to be considered something else (Undertale might be a good example of that; maybe CrossCode?). There's also a slight reverb that gives his pieces an airy feel; I'm unsure of the intended effect, but for me it adds another layer of complexity to the sound. As
  16. While we're waiting for DF and Amamiya to return, I'd like to tag @Renko and @Maribel in case they might be interested.
  17. This is not intended to be an extra chiptune feature, but . . . +TEK's recent album featured guest artist Rumya, and I was struck by the style of the extra arrangements. They remind me a bit of Rivals of Aether; an airy, floating chiptune that still maintains exhilarating energy. Also, it seems Jaz:3 visited recently, and I just happened to find this accordion remix the other day.
  18. I wanted to be careful about this first post of the year. For some reason, this piece stood out to me. Happy New Year, everyone! I'm about done with the chiptune features; there's only one more artist after this one, and I'll have covered the highlights from my perspective. I chose to use +TEK in RT3 because the sound of his productions appeals to me strongly. While it is still technically chiptune, it's on the far fringes of the genre (especially in the latest album), and I'm not comprehensively sure why.
  19. Starting the new year off with some excitement! I wasn't expecting this for another three months, and I couldn't be happier!
  20. With that, the year is on the verge of conclusion. In commemoration, these are my personal top five video game OSTs of 2020. For the record, I haven't played any of these; my experience with them is almost entirely musical. If anyone's willing, I'd love to hear what soundtracks stood out to others this year. For reference sake, I'm also including a record of the postings made on this thread over the past year (plus the time previous, since there wasn't much). As of initial posting, it only includes the tracks which are currently available; some links are broken, and as such I can't
  21. I was trying to determine what my personal top five soundtracks of the year would be, and could only think of four that had really stuck in my mind impactfully (discounting DLC soundtracks for games released in years previous, such as Cadence of Hyrule). So I sat down to quickly look through a bunch of OSTs that I'd been putting off to see if anything stood out. To address the obvious: I can appreciate Darren Korb's work on a technical level, but it does not immediately appeal to me for casual listening. I've come to enjoy Transistor, but it is an enjoyment that was developed over time. I
  22. Nope, that's new stuff to me. It's a bit difficult to tell if it's a remix or a mashup (or perhaps, in the vein of the recently referenced DJ the S, both?). I haven't had much luck in the past finding enjoyable mashups, so I tend to be skeptical of them. If this is a mashup, it's very cleverly edited together and actually rather pleasant to listen to. Chiptune feature: pedipanol. One of the only musicians I've come across who composes non-Touhou remixes in the PC-98 style, and does well at it, I might add! Since my recent searches for requested styles of music, my recommended
  23. For future reference: Touhou-related music (theme remixes, style remixes, and original themes) should be posted in one of the threads dedicated to it to avoid confusion. For the record, I have posted Touhou-related music in this thread.
  24. I shouldn't be here today. I wanted to post these yesterday, and preparations took more time than I had anticipated. These are some remixes I had considered worth holding onto for a future tournament. In the past, I've chosen submissions based on my desire to hear others' evaluations. I'd held back on these pieces because they are from fairly well-known artists. Merry Christmas, y'all, and I'm sorry for not getting these out sooner.
  25. I'm late! I really wanted to [finally] feature Okami properly, which isn't easy to set up because the OST is massive and full of seven second jingles. Plus Christmas preparations have taken up my time, so I've only managed to listen through the first disc of the soundtrack. I'm still considering it a win, and now I have a good excuse to revisit it later. What makes Okami unique is its incorporation of traditional Japanese folk instruments and music. One might be inclined to assume this limits the stylistic range of the soundtrack, but this is far from the case. As such, I consider it
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