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1 month ago#131
syeah
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NFUN
1 month ago#132
and now for something completely different

43. Phantasy Star Online 2 - DYREINA
Composed by Mitsuharu Fukuyama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE6E8tC8CmI
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NFUN
1 month ago#133
I've been waiting so long
to get where I'm going
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NFUN
4 weeks ago#134
The love of men is a frigid thing, a mountain stream three steps away from the ice. Oh Stormfather... we are his. It is but a thousand days and the Everstorm comes
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Mr Lasastryke
4 weeks ago#135
ok, time for another detour. i'm now going to go through all of the phantasy star online 2 songs that raetsel gave a low rating in her (now purged) topic and see how they compare to the PSO2 song nfun nominated. i will eventually listen to the whole soundtrack, but i thought this would be a fun way to get an idea of what it is like. so here we go!

deus esca ~ yggdrasil shining on the earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xa-6SZGjtk

agree with raetsel on this one - she gave this a low rating entirely because it's super short, not because she thought the music was bad. i also think it's essentially a jingle rather than a "song," if you will. that being said, for a jingle, this is really good!

esca falz mother ~ superiority
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds7TPScowlY

huh, am i the only one who... kinda likes this? raetsel gave it 25.10 points and nfun said it "sucked." i enjoy the epic feel of this! raetsel called it boring and complained about the pulsing beat (fair point). and i recognize that, for the most part, it's just a short loop that's repeated over and over again. but all that being said, i still think it's above average.

false credo ~ earthguide
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJuY1_Dzs3w

can't agree with raetsel on this one - she thought this was "adequate" while i think it's amazing! this is an extremely fusion-ish song, so is exactly the kind of thing i adore. ok, it does have a church organ-sounding instrument, which i'm usually not a fan of. but since it's not the focus of the track, i'll forgive it. in fact, i think the church organ complements the other sounds quite nicely!

also, i'm too lazy to go back and check but this DOES loop at some point, right? raetsel called it a "seven minute barrage of adequateness" but i feel like it's more like 3:45 minutes (of awesomeness)!

tears of the moon ~ artemis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxkuHn98tI

...ok, i agree with raetsel that this is not good. a few complaints i have:

  • i'm generally not a fan of this "let's do a classical piece with an electric band (and sometimes vocals)" kind of music. at times, it can be good - bob james has done some great stuff in this subgenre - but usually, i just end up thinking "this has a bunch of unnecessary additions and i'd rather just listen to the original version."
  • beethoven is not a composer i particularly like (hot take) and i don't even like the original moonlight sonata much.
so yeah, this isn't really my thing.

eclipse for esca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKg-Gragbhc

another one i dislike but for different reasons than raetsel. this is another one she disliked for its short length, while i just don't like this kind of cheesy scary movie music. like, if this were two minutes longer, i would probably still dislike it.

metamorphosis to esca falz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU0dMT2rsMc

well, i don't think this is bad but i'm not fond of it either. it's a bit too quirky and dissonant for me to really love. i prefer the fusion sound of false credo ~ earthguide to this more modern classical-ish sounding tune. seems like a song mycro would be super into but i think it's just ok.

superluminal ~ danger ~ esca falz mother
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EOfqIkeZSg

this is one of those "super frantic beat" songs that i often don't enjoy. i do like this and it's definitely one of the better tunes i've heard as far as that kind of music goes, but this is one where i feel like the short length is detrimental. raetsel said that this COULD have been a really great song if it were longer and i totally agree with that sentiment.

the perfection ~ phaleg (midnight)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KspafBdklS4

i liked this way more than raetsel did. another one that's very fusion-ish but it does lose points for also being another "super frantic beat" song. with better drumming, this would be perfect (no pun intended) to me. but as it is, it's merely "good."

superliminal ~ chase ~ esca falz mother (phase2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK6jPJmYmE0

...uh yeah, insert the previous writeup here? i'm struggling to think of something original to say. raetsel ranked this right after the perfection ~ phaleg (midnight), which makes sense, given how similar they are!

i guess i could mention that i'd give this song bonus points for prominently featuring the electric guitar (raetsel also mentioned this aspect!).

sacredness ~ adam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEhFmVMt66s

agree with raetsel that this isn't good. another song that features the church organ but unlike false credo ~ earthguide, this DOES really focus on the instrument so i can't really get into this. composition-wise, some parts of this are quite good. but yeah, this just isn't a type of music i enjoy.

alright, that's it for songs from raetsel's topic (she gave sacredness ~ adam a 49.99 and the next PSO2 song got a 50.00). let's get to nfun's nom now:

NFUN posted...
31. Phantasy Star Online 2 - Ice-covered Love ~ Kohri
Composed by Hidekuni Horita
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xzVQ2_iZ0w

great tune! another fusion-ish one, very reminiscent of false credo ~ earthguide. my only complaint is about the drumming. much of this song has a plodding rhythm that's reminiscent of the pusling beat of esca falz mother ~ superiority. and it feels pretty disjointed - the fusion the other instruments are playing doesn't fit with this status quo-ish drumming. so yeah, i like it less than false credo ~ earthguide but i prefer it to all the other PSO2 songs i just talked about. so this is a great pick!

as for the soundtrack as a whole, i liked 7 of these tracks (at least to some degree) and only disliked 3 of them. and some of the tracks i liked, i really LOVED. so yeah, it does seem like this is a fantastic soundtrack that's worthy of the "mycro's favorite VGM soundtrack of all time" title. looking forward to listening to the rest of it!
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NFUN
4 weeks ago#136
The thing with all of those Esca Falz Mother songs is that they're different segments of a dynamic song that play during different cues. They're really cool used as 10 second clips in the game, but don't work so well as individual tracks, and I've been too lazy to edit them together into somehow cohesive. The Chase portions are the main songs

Mr Lasastryke posted...
also, i'm too lazy to go back and check but this DOES loop at some point, right? raetsel called it a "seven minute barrage of adequateness" but i feel like it's more like 3:45 minutes (of awesomeness)!

No song in the PSO2 albums (so all of the ones I've uploaded to youtube) has a loop over the entire song. Some sections can be looped, and a lot of the tracks are dynamic with individual segments that are melded together which makes the concept a little weird, but this is at least uniquely structured over the full thing

Kohri for VGMC 15
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Mr Lasastryke
4 weeks ago#137
NFUN posted...
No song in the PSO2 albums (so all of the ones I've uploaded to youtube) has a loop over the entire song. Some sections can be looped, and a lot of the tracks are dynamic with individual segments that are melded together which makes the concept a little weird, but this is at least uniquely structured over the full thing

oh ok. interesting.
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Mr Lasastryke
4 weeks ago#138
oh whoops, i did the wrong nfun-nominated PSO2 song; i'd already talked about ice-covered love ~ kohri in post #98 >_> i guess my music memory really IS terrible. (funny how i made that comment about "status quo drumming" in both writeups, though.)

anyway, here's the song i MEANT to talk about in that post:

NFUN posted...
if kohri is good may as well throw in hitsugi too

35. Phantasy Star Online 2 - HITSUGI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M31yY3XqNcs

yeah, this does sound a lot like kohri. this is hands down the best PSO2 song i've heard so far! another extremely fusion-ish song with beautiful lush chords. out of the PSO2 songs i've heard now, my top 3 would be: 1) hitsugi, 2) esca falz mother ~ superiority, 3) ice-covered love ~ kohri.

too bad the entire PSO2 soundtrack is not as good as this tune (as i've now found out) but it's clear that there's a lot to love on it!

oh btw, why isn't there a composer listed for this song? is it unknown or did you forget?
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NFUN
3 weeks ago#139
Mr Lasastryke posted...
oh btw, why isn't there a composer listed for this song? is it unknown or did you forget?

i forgot. it's Horita again
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Mr Lasastryke
2 weeks ago#140
ah ok.

also, i screwed up again; i meant to say my #2 PSO2 song is false credo ~ earthguide, NOT esca falz mother ~ superiority... i like superiority but it's not top 3 good lol. i guess i got the titles mixed up because i mentioned them both in my (second) writeup for ice-covered love ~ kohri.
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