which I mentioned in a recent post. So during my walk I decided to listen to the soundtrack of the first game, and what a mix of strange emotions I felt! It was nostalgic because it reminded me of listening to my Doctor Who soundtrack on a walk in 2013, I was thinking of previous soundtracks I've listened to on walks: Lord of the Rings, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and a little Final Fantasy (Nobuo Uematsu) with the Japanese quality to it; and I was thinking about my love of music and the violin and how this clashed with my love of both video games as a whole and enjoying them through my favorite YouTuber, Stampy. I love some of the techniques Hisaishi uses - whole-tone scales, a little pentatonic, 5 beats in a bar and other mixed meters - one track seems to flow freely from 2/4, 3/4 and 3/8 - and fantastic orchestration things, like the violins and trumpets having this fantastical melody together, the beautiful piano melody that I remember hearing over and over throughout the game, even some table and sitar for Al Mamoon, the desert town, tambourine for the fantasy castle, etc. So yeah, I just thought I'd share this experience here as it helped me start my day today and just make me incredibly happy with how I'm spending my time nowadays!So I was on a morning walk, and before heading outside in the sunny day I watched an unboxing video for the brand-new Ni No Kuni II! This game will have the same composer (and still played by the Tokyo Philharmonic) as the first game,
The brand new Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be released on the 23rd of March. I'm very excited to watch through it - and enjoy another great soundtrack!
UPDATE: It's now the next morning, and I purchased three tracks from the Ni No Kuni score: "World Map", "Ding Dong Dell - The Cat King's Castle", and "Miracle - Reunion". As I was listening in particular to the third track, as the piano melody kicked in, I remembered instantly all of the big sad or inspirational cutscenes in the game, and it brought me back to those moments. In looking ahead to the sequel, assuming I will still be watching through it for (at least!) the rest of this year, I'm excited to, as I go to the movie theater and hear new film scores, apply them especially to the score to Ni No Kuni II, since these are VERY cinematic tracks. I might also add that I was binging Stampy’s series on the first game around a difficult time in my life recently (February 2018), and some of the score (especially the piano for the “Reunion” track I mentioned above) really colliding with the game’s story really touched me and helped me through a little more. I’m excited for the same to happen and think on during this new sequel as I watch through it in the coming months starting Friday.
And finally, here is a short video of the orchestra and comments from the composer and director of the game.
UPDATE: here is the game's soundtrack on YouTube. If you have a PS4, go and support the game by buying it! My thoughts from listening to it on walks? I love how he brings back melodies from the first game in it! From the first few episodes of Stampy's series on it, the game looks fantastic too, and I can't wait to watch him play it to the end!Tweet
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