Posts tagged: Final Fantasy

VGM Subgenres: The secretive sound of stealth

VGM Subgenres: The secretive sound of stealth

VGM Subgenres: The secretive sound of stealth
With the help of composers David Housden and The Flight’s Joe Henson, we tiptoe around the topic of stealth music in video games — teasing out common musical elements, and highlighting furtive favourites for skulking in the shadows. By Thomas Quillfeldt

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Video game music is a wonderful gateway to classical

Video game music is a wonderful gateway to classical

Video game music is a wonderful gateway to classical
Listening to classical music can be glorious, even life-changing, but it’s a field that’s daunting to navigate. We highlight some accessible (but still brilliant) classical works that fans of video game music will love — with the help of composers Jessica Curry, Austin Wintory and Lloyd Coleman, podcaster Emily Reese, and the Videri Quartet.

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VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

We take a look at the world map theme — the keystone of JRPG music, these propulsive, heroic pieces serenade your party as you travel the expanse. By Thomas Quillfeldt If you’re a fan of role-playing video games, then you almost certainly have a favourite world map (AKA ‘field’ or...

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Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Video games tend to be noisy. But there are some wonderful examples of when a bit of restraint goes a long way when it comes to a game’s sound and music. By Thomas Quillfeldt The old proverb goes: “Silence is golden.” Claude Debussy said: “Music is the space between the...

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10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

By Thomas Quillfeldt The inherent unreality of game worlds coupled with the video game industry’s massive J.R.R. Tolkien preoccupation (and through him, Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle and various Nordic mythologies) means that for decades now, players have been presented with many, many different interpretations of ‘fantasy’. The pursuit of...

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We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We gather tributes from notable Uematsu superfans from around the video games and game music communities.  By Thomas Quillfeldt In June 2017 in Paris and London, Eckehard Stier raised his baton to conduct one of the world’s best orchestras—the London Symphony Orchestra—alongside the London Symphony Chorus, in performances of classical arrangements of music...

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Remember me: Favourite game music moments of the VGM community

Remember me: Favourite game music moments of the VGM community

Remember me: Favourite game music moments of the VGM community

By Thomas Quillfeldt As we’ve been exploring in our blog series, ‘Why we ♥ video game music’, game soundtracks can come to mean an awful lot to people, not least because they become wrapped up with memories and emotions of specific gaming moments. We asked some of the most passionate...

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Exploring the Final Fantasy VI symphonic poem from Final Symphony

Exploring the Final Fantasy VI symphonic poem from Final Symphony

Exploring the Final Fantasy VI symphonic poem from Final Symphony

  Tune by tune, we break down the structure of Roger Wanamo's Final Fantasy VI Symphonic Poem—an epic struggle between our heroine, Terra, and the villainous Kefka. By Thomas Quillfeldt Conceived as a set of orchestral concert suites, first performed in 2013, Final Symphony is based on the music of video game...

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Laced Records’ 2016 release round-up

Laced Records’ 2016 release round-up

Laced Records’ 2016 release round-up

It has been a busy 12 months here at Laced Records HQ and we've been beavering away creating extra special releases, taking pride in every little detail. Here is a round-up of our 2016 releases, bringing together product details, artwork and relevant links. ENTER THE GUNGEON: HEART IN HALVES EP...

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