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Your choice of music?
« on: July 11, 2010, 07:03:39 pm »
I thought it'd be fun to have a little thread where we talk about our favorite songs/musical pieces. Try to say a little something about each song too. I'll start with mine.


Hatsune Miku Songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpHO9sXJH8Q Letter Song - This is my current flavor of the month... of the year, even. I just love everything about this song from the soft, distinct piano sounds to Miku's artifical-sounding singing voice and the lyrics, especially the lyrics. It's a typical love song, but I like the fact that it's addressed to the singer's self 10 years in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luT2R-hsPX4 - This version of Letter Song is sung by various amateur female singers from Nico Nico Douga. Their voices sound so angelic when they blend together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qnc1fOHoOc - Another version of letter song sung by Nayuta, a popular amateur singer from Nico Nico Douga who also does a good Aya Hirano impression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-Z65qO6nE Though A Song Is Formless - By the same composer for Letter Song. I just love this guy's style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FrMTiR9Eeg Though A Song is Formless - This version is sung by some guy named Omi. It's a good contrast to Miku's version. His singing technique shows the limitations of an artificial voice synthesizer software. I still like Miku's version better though :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFKu6vqYhQY Yuuhizaka - Another one by Doriko featuring Hatsune Miku

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJChto7HcPw Hatsune Miku no Uta - I just like this one coz it's so cute. It's the song from the Hatsune Miku clock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qkrfOnX5ZM&feature=related Hello Planet - It's a sad and happy song at the same time.

Classic Music and Variants
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOA-2hl1Vbc Canon in D - This is my favorite version of this classic. I like the extra piano accompaniment in the background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8oyJztzwo Canon Rock - Name says it all. Rockin electric guitar variant of the Canon melody :D

Video Game/Visual Novel Soundtracks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz6ZP3d7GzM - Diarize - A track from the VN Cross Channel. It's so soothing and makes me feel all sentimental whenever I listen to this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z7ELJdArHo School Days - Another track from Cross Channel. I cried girly tears when this music was used in some of the more emotional parts of the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb6cfVzh8WI Opening Theme of Narcissu Side 2nd - I cried more girly tears in this game than any other VN to date.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67OipWXyns4 Gentle Jenna - This is a track from Planetarian. I just like this tune because it sort of fits the entire atmosphere of the game perfectly; sad but kinda happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ijg__y6Eus Fear The Dark - This is the Piano version from the indy game Aquaria. I like the vocal version (English) included in the OST but I can't seem to find a preview link for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVKZfho8ugU A Distant Promise/Faraway Promise - I like most of Yasunori Mitsuda's music. This one just makes me wanna reminisce about fond memories whenever I hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3gBG47tTk&feature=related Ending Credits for Radical Dreamers (snes) - Also composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. There's something epic but also personal about this track... which is incidentally the sort of feeling I wanted to capture with my VN Dream Chasers, which was heavily inspired by Radical Dreamers.

Old Classics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YnfCH7LNcM Perhaps Love - I just remember listening to this song over the radio every Sunday when I was about 7-10 and liking it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoFEXQ8F7lI&feature=related Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Same as above. I just love these bittersweet songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzdPcW66co8 A Perfect Christmas - A Christmas Song/Love Song by local musician, Jose Mari Chan. I like the simple way he sings without all that rhythm and blues voice dynamics nonsense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfSN1ZsZ7H8&feature=related Christmas In Our Hearts - Another Christmas song by Jose Mari Chan. I like it for the same reasons as above.

Local Songs
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Iwy731Nkdw Buloy - A song by a local band who were popular during the nineties. The song tells the story of a guy named "Buloy" who always preached to his peers that they could get through any trouble as long as they were together and they had alcohol. Everyone admires his outlook in life but at the end of the song, they're shocked to discover that he commits suicide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOCdpXZ3-Z4 Lakas Tama - I guess the literal translation for this song would be "Hard Hit." The singer is basically lovestruck by some girl and this song just narrates how hard he's hit - real hard.

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Re: Your choice of music?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 02:49:38 pm »
Nice, it's always good to find some more music to listen to when writing. I always get the best ideas when listening to music.

I'll add some of my own when I get back from work and can surf youtube for some links.

Ok, so that happened a bit later than planned... but here we go! I strongly agree on some of your choices like Gentle Jena, Hello Planet and Canon, so I won't mention those :) But I'll use somewhat the same setup:


Hatsune Miku - Next Stage Listening to this a lot lately since there are a lot of action packed scenes that I still need to write :P

Hatsune Miku - Hato A cute and happy song that sticks to my brain.

La Roux - As if by Magic I became a fan of La Roux's weird music while I was staying in Wales, so it also reminds me of my good times over there. This song also had a great impact on the development on one of my current two game projects.

Coldplay - Strawberry Swing I like a lot of Coldplay's music, it's so inspiring. Also, awesome video.

Anime/Game music:

InuYasha - Omoi no Hate ni A very short but beautiful piece. Very effective I think.

Ever17 - Kopfsprung This one always does a good job of putting me back into the atmosphere of Ever17.

Hourglass of Summer - Went Away The OP from the game.

Air - Natsukage This is just beautiful...
Natsukage 1st Performance Slightly different version of same song... can't really decide which one I like best.

Old music:

Chess - One Night in Bangkok I remember this from when I was a kid. Never get tired of it.

Roxette - Dangerous This one reminds me of old cartoons because of a weird amv I once saw. Another good song to get you in a good mood.

Bee Gees - You Win Again Yes, Bee Gees! I actually wanted to post another song, but they only had a crappy live version of it on youtube. This one is good too.

Classical music:

Ravel - Bolero Nice and epic. Builds up the atmosphere in a simple and beautiful way.

Strauss - And der Schönen Blauen Donau Something else that I remember from my childhood.

Local music:

Nephew - Va Fangool I love a lot of Nephew's music, even though some of it takes a little getting used to. Their videos are also often very cool.

TV2 - De Første Kærester på Månen (First Lover on the Moon) I'm usually not a big fan of this old band, but this song is so nice and melancholic.

Kim Larsen - Midt om Natten (In the Middle of the Night) Because you almost can't mention danish music without this old guy. This song is from an old classic movie - it's a little silly to watch nowadays because of lame acting in parts, but the music is still nice.

Saybia - The Second You Sleep For the sake of having something that is actually sung in english :P

Phew, that was actually hard... I could easily add more, but this is it for now.


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Re: Your choice of music?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 10:09:48 am »
Now it's my turn. I've searched my entire YouTube favorites list for this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To_44x1nx6U -- "Letter Song" -- lordcloudx recommended the song to me, and I grew fond of it. This version is by "that", who's presumably a male. As a semi-serious singer, I appreciate his take on the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ix8Vy3mEHk -- "Go Go Power Rangers" by Ron Wasserman, covered by Masaaki Endoh -- A JAM Project member covering one of the most recognizable songs of the 90's? Sign me up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_mCsg1YD0Y -- "The Annihilation of Monsteropolis" by The Megas -- A lyricized version of Air Man's theme from Mega Man 2. It retains the spirit of the original while adding Air Man's murderous intentions into the lyrics.

Game/VN Soundtracks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3jLsS0nbV4 -- "Sad Memory" from Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology -- If I hear this while
Spoiler for Hiden:
fighting Kanonno
, I will shed tears of sympathy. This goes to show how much I feel for her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5re_YfjDJgE -- "Critical Hit" from SaGa 2 / Final Fantasy Legend II -- Kenji Ito is one of my favorite video game composers, and this is one of the many proofs of his awesomeness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1l9HnshU7g -- "At the End of the Struggle / Desperate Fight" from SaGa 2 / Final Fantasy Legend II -- Played during boss battles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TIZbfSkG-M -- "The Legend Begins / Let It Begin" from SaGa 2 / Final Fantasy Legend II -- Title screen. The violin gives power to the Nintendo DS version of the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKgHNEVsNuM&feature=related -- "Passionate Rhythm" from Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song -- Played during the battles against
Spoiler for Hiden:
Saruin's minions
. Tsuyoshi Sekito (a member of The Black Mages) lends his skills to this song and the next, making Ito's compositions more awesome. The woman's voice adds uniqueness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc1KEYXzsFo&feature=related -- "Decisive Battle! Saruin -Final Battle With Saruin-" from Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song -- The final boss song. What final boss song can be more epic than this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eFY-IbjFO8 -- "Last Battle -Asellus-" from SaGa Frontier -- The original orchestrated version is awesome; if given the RSMS treatment, my head will explode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M90qh5gocg -- "Tetris B Type" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl -- A traditional Russian tune, done more justice with a good mix of the 8-bit instruments with traditional Russian musical styles and jolly players in the background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp13k6AwqnE -- "Rebel Army" from Final Fantasy II -- A simple marching tune on the surface, yet bursting with fighting fervor. This is a piano cover combining the NES original and the PS remix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX6z2wxSKJU -- "Natsukage -summer lights-" from AIR -- This is a relaxing guitar cover, best played on a peaceful summer day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XPQ2LdRQAE -- "Tenderness in the Air" from Final Fantasy V -- Same as above.

Modern Songs

The next four songs are by Psychostick, a band specializing in comedy rock/humorcore (humor + hardcore).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1KLWkBOOsk -- "Orgasm = Love" -- A satiric take on cheesy love songs. WARNING! Contains explicit lyrics, especially at the end (trust me, don't look up the meanings of the "positions" at the end).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-jOEAufDQ4 -- "BEER!" -- It's funny how I like this song as a man who swears not to drink even a single drop of alcohol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHFXwNOZ4JY -- "I Hate Doing Laundry" -- Self-explanatory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDy3kV8Kuu4 -- "Two Ton Paperweight" -- This song is about a man's frustrations with his old, beaten-up car. The lyrics best describe the anger he's feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79mX0FwOvIM -- "Dragostea Din Tei" by O-Zone, covered by Audiosmog -- There have been several remixes of this song made popular by an Internet meme, but as a fan of rock, I like this cover best. Also, a German band covering a Romanian song without accent slipping? Incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxp3zqIqO68 -- "2 Girls 1 Cup Song" by Jon Lajoie -- Fueled by curiosity regarding the disgusting video (which I will never watch for sanity's sake), I recommend this to anyone who has never seen the video and its over 9000 reactions to accurately describe the content.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jNi1Tx4a-U -- "Family Reunion" by Blink 182 -- A short and sweet song containing the seven plus three dirty words first popularized by George Carlin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fWCETortfs -- "Forever Young" by Alphaville -- A song meant for people like me who are transitioning into adulthood while holding on to the vestiges of childhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atHY8rDBhtI -- "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell -- I liked the original since I've learned it's the source of a local song, which will be listed below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNOaQ5xxUJc -- "Love Can Make You Cry" by Urgent -- I hear it on the radio every Sunday afternoon, and this stirs me up, especially for a lovesick person like me who pours his affections on the "four muses" via me wearing their respective partners' shoes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zah_pWHyyjI -- "Words" by the Bee Gees -- Love songs need not extra fluff like lascivious lyrics and unnecessary belting, and it's proven by this. In this version, Boyzone actually joins them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpOnHGBoHdg -- "We Could Have It All" by Maureen McGovern -- Despite all the hell a couple gets through, they must remain strong and steadfast in loving each other. This is the message of this powerful song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo3Tpw-zLkM -- "Little Girls" by Oingo Boingo -- This song fits Mr. Kimura of Azumanga Daioh -- PERFECTLY! This AMV is proof.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq_1oFo1BTE -- "Single Again" by Mariya Takeuchi -- Like in the case of Rhinestone Cowboy, it spawned a local song, which will also be listed below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7HNJVnn9Ms -- "Holiday in Cambodia" by The Dead Kennedys -- A political song criticizing people who focus too little on really important issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiNCDBfG-Bw -- "Masterpiece" by Atlanta Starr -- Another good old love song. This AMV is set to the anime ef: A Tale of Memories.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBI4v40zLFE -- "Samurai" by Dschinghis Khan -- From the same singers of Moskau. The "Buffalaxed" lyrics make this song more awesome. Any samurai who s***s a lion will earn my respect. :)

Local Songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT2vQKZMNAw -- "Kawawang Cowboy" (Poor Cowboy) by Fred Panopio -- The derivation of Rhinestone Cowboy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ato82-8gmYI -- "Letter to Angelina Jolie" by Giniling Festival -- Would you love Angelina if your head is the size of a bean or you pee a razor blade (ouch!)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn06XpqAIVY -- "Mas Mahal Na Kita Ngayon" (I Love You More Now) by Michael V. -- Dedicated to all the yanderes out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJAO_FqdPeo -- "Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin" (Even Though You're Far from Me) by Rodel Naval -- The derivation of Single Again.


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Re: Your choice of music?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 10:56:56 am »
I'll just focus on great VN soundtracks in this post.

Umineko no naku koro ni
First of all, the soundtrack is huge. Secondly, most of it is great. There is a reason Umineko is called a "sound novel".
Hane -- Towering cloud in summer -- dead angle -- happiness of marionette -- psy-chorus -- dreammenddischarger -- discolor

Simply awesome with lots of atmosphere: all the tracks bring back memories from the game. Also, the most fitting ending song ever.
Crystal Clear -- Silence -- Way to Home -- Starry Heavens -- Ending: Crossing

Unfortunately, I couldn't find many good YouTube links for this one. The soundtrack does its job well in covering the numerous atmospheres of the story.
Opening: SWAN SONG -- Before Dawn

Saya no Uta
The music is very dark, but so is the visual novel, so it fits. The soundtrack is well... simply haunting.
Shapeshift -- Silent Sorrow -- Sin -- Song of Saya II

Phantom of Inferno
Despite being a bit old and perhaps too small for the size of the visual novel (many tracks got a bit repetitive over the course of the game), I found the soundtrack of Phantom is memorable.
Cohabit -- Memory -- Elen -- Phantom -- Desert Scape
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 06:09:40 pm »
Hey, this sounds like a good idea. Let's see...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOA-2hl1Vbc Canon in D - This is my favorite version of this classic. I like the extra piano accompaniment in the background.
I like this song too, though I prefer the version that Church of Selene made (best played with XMPlay, other players might have problems with it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf45I1ZI__w - Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzQWmAwNNCw - The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHoPYLQvnQM - Slade - Run Runaway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=TYJzcUvS_NU - Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQfbxl1rmLw - Spread Eagle - Switchblade Serenade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxIjRg_EqQE - Rush - Subdivisions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAuFCyIt8b8&NR=1 - Poison - Fallen Angel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgUvFwawCCU - Saxon - Broken Heroes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdZn7k5rZLQ - Nightwish - Amaranth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ_VFJn2kJM - Blind Guardian - Valhalla  -  As much as I usually don't like live version, this one is an exception and I liked it a quite bit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DixnDjsEta0 - AC/DC - Highway To Hell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee2YFJKYF8Y - Dokken - Dream Warriors
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpyEEwqate4 - Baton Rouge - Dreamin´ in Black & White
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpy_pYXSpPA - Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrSKG3TS0uE - Gorky Park - Bang
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwNXvQ2OK_k - System of a Down - Arials

Games, anime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbrXuV7SVmQ - Erana's Peace from Quest for Glory - One of my favorite songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFFO4d1rSQY - FF VII:Crisis Core OST - Fulfilled Desire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ_mn-fQBeY - Mnemosyne Opening - Alsatia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k41em4dr30g -  Press Play On Tape - The Man with the Gun

Local songs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVVKZn9jN8 - Elán - Vymyslená
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xM0IXHvEB0 - TEAM - Reklama na ticho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gawLMeqzqlY - Bratři Ebenové - Já na tom dělám
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