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cakophon
1 month ago#1
Spreadsheet with results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d9FNZ2HsbDaUP32qfVyrnEoN_2NvzytBcP2sy5fV3cs

Hi everyone, and welcome to my first-ever VGM ranking! Before we get started, I'd like to explain the process I used to score songs. I set four criteria for a song to be scored on. Let’s go over them now:

Criterion 1 [MEMORY]
Memorability/Catchiness: How well does the song stay with me, and how repetitive or generic is it?

Criterion 2 [PENJOY]
Personal Enjoyment: How much do I personally enjoy the song?

Criterion 3 [SOUNDQ]
Sound Quality: How much can I enjoy (or tolerate) the song’s sound quality and/or instrumentation? How well does it complement the tone?

Criterion 4 [TASFAC]
Task Factor: How well does a song accomplish its goal when directed at me? (i.e. how well a battle track provides energy, or how well a rest area track calms the listener)

Each criterion is scored on a scale from 0 to 5, divided into fifths. Together, they add up to a maximum total of 100 points. This means that each category is worth a maximum of 25 points in the total score.

other thoughts: i hate the word memorability and asked four different people if there was a better word; none of us could come up with one.
in retrospect, the next time i do a ranking i want to split up MEMORY into memorability and genericness because those two sometimes clash.
also possibly remove TASFAC and replace it with a different aspect as it’s too similar to PENJOY and can be extremely unfocused. im taking suggestions


...This method of scoring tends to skew upwards, which I feel is mostly fine, because that’s generally how I feel about music anyway. It is extremely imprecise and variable though, so in the future I plan to modify it to be less vague, if only a little.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a7uYPZq8bc

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cakophon
1 month ago#2
128.
Song: The Sky, the Clouds, and You
Game: Xenogears
Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda
Nominator: Haste_2
Score: 5 (0.4/0.2/0/0.4)
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb3wPZrpxus

This song has one purpose and one only: to make you feel light and happy. It doesn’t do either of those for me. The song is predictable as all hell to the point of being downright annoying, and the instrumentation certainly doesn’t help its case. It’s fairly catchy but you would not catch me listening to this voluntarily again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a7uYPZq8bc

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Arti
1 month ago#3
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cakophon
1 month ago#4
127.
Song: Playrooms
Game: Shadow Man
Composer: Tim Haywood
Nominator: Shonen_Bat
Score: 12 (0.4/0/0.2/1.8)
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV0kLXBnmyI

Why would you force someone to listen to this.
Ignoring the glaringly obvious, the way the bells echo is muddy and not fun to listen to. The actual musical composition in this, Brahms’ Waltz in A-flat major Op. 39 No. 15, is good on its own, but it’s so completely murdered by everything else here that it’s impossible to take it seriously. Here’s some of my least favorite sounds in this piece:
– moaning and crying
– squeaky toy
– maniacal laughter
– organs being mutilated?
Yeah, that about covers it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a7uYPZq8bc
(edited 1 month ago)

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cakophon
1 month ago#5
126.
Song: Kukulkan, The Wind God
Game: Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
Composer: Undercode
Nominator: Pirateking2000
Score: 19 (0.4/1.2/0/2.2)
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Hg57FQZEg

Really dislike the overall sound; it’s extremely busy. Aside from a solo at 0:53, this literally does nothing interesting, only repeating the same riff countless times. The solo is pretty impressive, and is probably the most–if not the only–redeeming part of this song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a7uYPZq8bc

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NFUN
1 month ago#6
cakophon posted...
other thoughts: i hate the word memorability and asked four different people if there was a better word; none of us could come up with one.
in retrospect, the next time i do a ranking i want to split up MEMORY into memorability and genericness because those two sometimes clash.
also possibly remove TASFAC and replace it with a different aspect as it’s too similar to PENJOY and can be extremely unfocused. im taking suggestions

so it seems you want the categories

Personal (PENJOY)
Stickiness (Memorability)
Uniqueness (Genericness but where more points is better)
and maybe instead of always have TASFAC you could give songs that get the job done exceptionally some kind of Bonus
and also SOUNDQ
Video Game Music Contest 14 winner: Terraria Calamity - Scourge of the Universe
(edited 1 month ago)

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Fluttershy_Pony
1 month ago#7
Tag.
A not very secret alt account for when Raetsel wants to be a pony

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cakophon
1 month ago#8
NFUN posted...
cakophon posted...
memorability

stickiness


yuck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a7uYPZq8bc

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NFUN
1 month ago#9
you should put all of the nominated songs into the spreadsheet
Video Game Music Contest 14 winner: Terraria Calamity - Scourge of the Universe

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pyresword
1 month ago#10
Tag.

I think I did a meme nomination for this one but hopefully you liked the songs anyway.
Oh woops. Putting Advokaiser in my sig like this until I think of something more clever
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