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    Posted on May 20th, 2013 keving 6 comments



    I went all-out with FM this week and I regret not a single second of it!

    Part 1
    – Main — World Cup Soccer (Midway, pinball) — Vince Pontarelli
    – Ice castle, Netaro Village — Momotaro Katsugeki (Hudson, PCE) — Michiko Yoshida
    – Silent Language (Course C) — Power Drift (Sega, arcade) — Hiroyuki Kawaguchi
    – Ending — Lethal Enforcers 2: Gun Fighters (Konami, arcade) — Tsuyoshi Sekito
    – Field — Cosmic Fantasy (Telenet, PCE CD) — Hisao Inoue etc.
    – Winters White — EarthBound (Nintendo, SNES) — Keiichi Suzuki/Hiroyuki Tanaka
    – Block Town — Pac-Mania (Namco, arcade) — Yuriko Keino/Junko Ozawa

    Looking back, I’m surprised to find that I would’ve had a full segment with nothing but Japan-made music if it weren’t for that darn piece of classic early-’90s sports interstitial music leading things up. I’d like to think John Test, composer of “Roundball Rock” (aka. the NBA on NBC music, surely the best in its genre), would be impressed by Vince’s effort.

    Perhaps in response to the warm weather of last week, I’ve unconsciously played two different very good “ice/snow world” pieces. “Winters White” routinely gets mentioned in discussions of best “snow” tune ever, or at least they would be if people actually held these conversations besides myself. I played through EarthBound when it was a new release in 1995 and not once since; I should get back to it sometime but I’m too busy with Sorcerian at the moment.

    Part 2
    Eric the Unready
    special (Glen Dahlgren, Arfing Dog)

    Legend Entertainment titles had music playing only occasionally for their first few release (Spellcasting 101, Timequest, etc.), but they really put it all together for Eric. Like SoulBlazer, Robocod and Police Quest I VGA, it’s a game I pick up and play through again on regular occasions — partly for the music, partly for the writing, which I can’t emphasize enough how funny it is. Genuinely laugh-inducing without being too hokey like Al Lowe can get sometimes.

    Part 3
    – Twist — DemoIzArt (Amstrad CPC) — Targhan
    – Field — Ihatovo Monogatari (Hector, SFC) — Tsukasa Tawada
    – Main — Paperboy (Atari, arcade) — Hal Canon
    – Main — Nights (Sega, GBA/GC) — ?
    – Theme of Naoki — Psychic 5 (Jaleco, arcade) — Shinichi Sakamoto

    Remember GBA connectivity? If you own Billy Hatcher on the GameCube, you can eventually unlock a single-level score-attack version of Nights for your GBA, and this nice little rendition of one of the main tunes from it plays throughout. (You could also get it from PSO Ep. 1 + 2, but not any longer without hacking.)

    Tsukasa Tawada, the founder of Genius Sonority, has had a long career in game music, mostly working on pretty obscure stuff. Among this stuff is both Keio Flying Squadron titles, for which he has my eternal gratification.

    Part 4
    – Sky High (Long Track) — Daytona USA (Sega, arcade) — Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
    – Prince of Darkness — Thomas Mogenson (DRAX)
    – Competition — Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 (Nintendo, SFC) — Tadashi Ikegami
    – Stage music 3 — Cratermaze (Hudson, TG16) — Jun Chikuma
    – Sylph of Wind — Sylpheed (Game Arts, PC-8801) — Hibiki Godai/Mecano Associates
    – Stage 1 — Dragon Gun (Data East, arcade) — Gamadelic

    Ikegami has been resident music guy at HAL for years and his work can be heard across nearly everything they’ve made since Kirby’s Dream Land 2. He must drink a lot of coffee.


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