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melty_zombie :
Might prehaps be considered the game music specialist on board, but will upload just about anything, making her unpredictable and crafty (like a fox). Prefers more classic kinds of rock and metal, but has a soft spot for electronica and overplayed radio-friendly music. Likely will never upload anything where it's obvious the artist can't spell. (Mainstream hip-hop, she is looking at you.)

wolveswithhats :
If Melty is the venerable queen of the gaming OST, Wolves is a minor baroness of the tiny city-state of guilty pleasure anime tracks and terribly cheesy pop music. She has passing interest in hard edged rock with catchy hooks, but her tastes tend to gravitate towards epically orchestrated soundtracks, alternative rock and overly emotional boy types armed with acoustic guitars and the ability to peel the panties off of a woman using only the power of his dulcet, Siren tones.

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Wednesday
November21st20071:58pm

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wolveswithhats
So we've been neglecting this thing. Which is bad. What's worse than neglecting it? Neglecting it to a point where all the music files expire. So, uh, oops. We're awesome. We're not going to reupload all of it, but since this is our fault, if there's any songs you missed and really, really want, let us know and we will temporarily waver our rules on reuploading. Just don't abuse it. xd

And updates will be coming soon. As soon as we think up some themes.
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Friday
September28th20077:35pm

Update: TV Themes [
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wolveswithhats
Cold Case
Song: Nara
Artist: E.S. Posthumus
Album: Unearthed
Comments: Cold Case, making its place amongst the nine hundred other crime dramas out there by means of flashback segments, an often terrible musical selection corresponding to that episode's respective era, and a surprisingly good opening theme. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't say that the opening itself was good--oh no, it's a nightmare straight from Windows Movie Maker that breaks my little designer heart—but the music is pretty and haunting and that's really the point here.

House
Song: Teardrop
Artist: Massive Attack (featuring Liz Frasier)
Album: Mezzanine
Comments: The canoe unnerves me. No, seriously, it's reminiscent of those CAT exams in elementary school, where I grappled tirelessly over the rocky terrain that was multiplication, and those word problems where I had to figure out which wasn't like the others. Brain, yes, arteries, yes, spine, yes, canoe, no. Just no. It boggles. Anyway, the song: organic and eerie and otherworldly. The singer sounds a lot like Alanis Morissette, but I have it on good authority that it's just a creepishly similar sounding Brit chick, and I also have it on good authority that some countries don't have this as the opening theme, which is wrong wrong wrong.

Angel
Song: Catharsis of Sufferance (full) (tv size)
Artist: Darling Violetta
Album: Live Fast, Die Never
Comments: I am fully convinced that "Mandy" should have been the themesong to Angel instead. It just makes so much more sense. But alas, we are stuck with this instead, a song that, barring a ridiculously pretentious title, is pretty cool. Pretty string work transposed over drums and electric guitars. Which kind of reflects the plot of the show--old ass vampire doing his business in modern day LA. You know, fighting the forces of evil, fulfilling ancient prophecies, and trying to figure out how to check the voicemail on this damn cellphone because it's just so tiny and complicated and when I was just a lad we didn't even have electricity and you had to ride forty miles in the snow on a horse just to drop someone a line.

Charmed
Song: How Soon Is Now
Artist: Love Spit Love
Album: The Craft Soundtrack
Comments: Considering I'm a raging fangirl of BtVS and Angel, I probably should throw stones in terms of pure televised cheese, but let's just say that I'm not really a fan. However, I do like the theme, which, honestly, is also pretty hoaky and what the dreams of teenage goth boys are made of.

Band of Brothers
Song: Main Title
Artist: Michael Kamen
Album: Band of Brothers Soundtrack
Comments: I have a strange fascination with WWII and war documentaries and movies, so it's no surprise that I absolutely love Band of Brothers. I really have nothing sarcastic to say about this one, because it's a fantastic mini-series and a fantastic song and you should totally watch the actual opening for the full effect.

The Tudors
Song: Main Title
Artist: Trevor Morris
Album: None currently
Comments: There are some issues with the historical accuracy in the Tudors, not to mention the constant cycling of sex, politics, and some sort of sporting event. But dammit, I'm not grading the show on it's precision, and I am a fan of House, dammit, the single most formulaic program in the universe. I'm not one to judge. But in all seriousness, I love the show. It's a visual feast and dramatically engaging, and has the single most fantastic opening ever. No, seriously, watch it. It's gorgeous. <3
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Sunday
September16th200711:44am

Update 5: Driving Music [
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melty_zombie
Driving Music

This update is to celebrate the proud American tradition to drive entirely more than necessary, in bigger cars than necessary, and making more retarded decisions than necessary (downtown during rush hour? FUCK YEAH I WILL GO THERE). I guess it's also sort of to celebrate the radio, which is way cheaper than buying/burning CDs.

In order to classify as driving music, it does not need to be good. It does not need to be profound. All it has to have is an inherently fun sound that makes driving fast to it--or sitting at red lights--a more fulfilling experience than if you were not playing driving music while driving.

Example: Rob Zombie is mostly not good. Rob Zombie is, however, driving music.
Example: Queen is good. Queen is not driving music, though.
Example: Three Days Grace is a guilty pleasure that I enjoy. They have some driving music, but they also have music that is wholly unsuitable for driving.

Song: Technologic
Artist: Daft Punk
Album: Human After All
Genre: House
Fun Fact: Technologic's music video has the fucking freakiest robot ever created and makes me fear an age where we will call these abominations "master." I think that is probably the point.

Song: Days Go By
Artist: Dirty Vegas
Album: Dirty Vegas
Genre: Electronica
Fun Fact: Yes, it is the same song as was in the Mitsubishi commercial from forever ago. No, I do not expect you to do the robot in the passenger seat should this song come on.

Song: Mr. Crowley
Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Album: Blizzard of Ozz
Genre: Heavy metal
Fun Fact: This song is 92% guitar solo, 5% organ synth solo, 3% incomprehensible lyrics. In other words, awesome.

Song: Just Like You
Artist: Three Days Grace
Album: Three Days Grace
Genre: Post-grunge
Fun Fact: Despite being creatively bankrupt and pointless, this song is ridiculously fun to take hard turns to.

Song: (Can't Get My) Head Around You
Artist: The Offspring
Album: Splinter
Genre: Punk
Fun Fact: Columbia would probably sue me if they found this song on here.
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Sunday
September9th20079:02am

Update 4: "Nostalgic Game Music (Part 2)" [
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melty_zombie
Song: Arcanum
Game: Arcanum
Arcanum's soundtrack is highly unique amongst all video game soundtracks: save for a few pieces, it is composed entirely for a string quartet. Every town theme, the overworld theme, and even the fucking battle theme are done with violins, a viola, and a cello. The effect is gorgeous and likely lended a major hand in my love of this game. This particular piece, the main screen/character creation theme, lends itself beautifully to the Victorian air pervasive through the whole game.

Song: Music Box
Game: Shadow of Destiny
My introduction to Shadow of Destiny was basically me reading a brief description online and saying to my mom, "I want this fucking game." (I didn't say 'fucking' to my mom. That is to make the story more intense and interesting.) It was among the first games I bought for my PS2, and I made a good choice; despite some genuinely horrible voice acting for some characters, SoD presented a dark, complex story that will always make your brain hurt trying to understand it. This piece, aptly titled Music Box because Music Box is way better than "Title Loop 1," sounds an innocent kind of sinister that I love. (Innocent kinds of sinister that I do not love: china dolls, china masks, clown masks, china clown masks, clowns, little girls slowly chanting nursery rhymes.)

Song: Hyrule Castle
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
This song is on here entirely for its depressive, nostalgic factor. It's a "remix" of the Hyrule Castle theme from Link to the Past, a game which holds a lot of childhood memories for me; listening to the tinny brass that's lost its tune overlaid on lifeless strings and knowing that it's the same castle from LttP, knowing that that whole world was destroyed, ended up in a sort of "holy shit" moment for me that I don't find in too many games.

Song: Tristram
Game: Diablo II
...Luckily, "holy shit" moments aren't exclusive to Zelda games! I got sort of obsessive over this song. Diablo was a game I played extensively in my early teen years, usually online with great friends; it was something I invested a lot of time and energy in. Considering Tristram was the sole base of operations in the first game, you grow attached to the area. That's why they destroyed the shit out of it in Diablo II, and why they used the town's original theme while you're sifting through the rubble and realizing that no one's survived. The two minutes tacked on the end were almost like the death of an era to me.

Song: Opening
Game: Kartia
Kartia--this was the game that I was playing while everyone else was singing the praises of Final Fantasy Tactics. Any time I pick up FFT, I will forever compare it--and ultimately find it inferior--to this game. The opening theme exemplifies everything I loved about the soundtrack, especially as it includes the two themes that I adored that continued to come up time after time throughout the game (starting at 0:52 and ending at 1:46). The part that begins at 1:18 especially was something that got stuck in my head and hasn't left yet ten years later.

Song: Poem of Everyone's Soul
Game: Persona 3
This is the song that greets you in the Velvet Room, a staple of the Persona series; I could've plucked the song from another game and the effect would largely be the same, Persona 3's being picked because it doesn't use charmingly awful voice samples, instead banking on an actual singer. It's a beautiful, wordless operatic piece in a genre where this sort of music is extremely rare. (Hell, not much uses opera outside of operas, come to think of it.) Considering much of Persona 3's soundtrack consists of house, techno, and endearingly bad hip-hop, it's nice to be able to duck into the Velvet Room and fuse me some Personae in peace.

Song: Aoba Park
Game: Persona 2
Persona 2 was not a game known for its soundtrack. Actually, it wasn't a game known, period. If you walked up to someone on the street and said "Persona 2," the most common reaction would probably be "YOU TAKE THAT BACK." For those of you unfamiliar (all but .1% of you), Persona 2's soundtrack put most of its focus on electronica and modern music to match with its equally modern setting. There were few places to escape from all the quirky keyboard bleeps and bloops: one was the Velvet Room, as described above, and the others usually took advantage of minimalistic piano and terrible operatic samples. Aoba Park takes that minimalistic piano and makes the song pretty much all about it, backed by chirping birds, blowing wind, and playground noises--you know, stuff that would be in a park. The effect overall is amazingly soothing.

Song: Divinity Statue
Game: Devil May Cry
Like Ms. Rad, I also enjoy me some of the mellower DMC musics--only my preference lies with this piece, sinister and beautiful all at once, complete with snaking middle eastern pipe snippets and echoing vocals of the same origin. (No, I don't know what she's saying.) I know what you're thinking: "She didn't actually sit at the item screen and listen to this over and over again." WELL YOU WOULD BE COMPLETELY WRONG.

Song: Granas's Sanctuary
Game: Grandia II
Hilariously, I barely remember this game. I remember liking it a whole lot, and I remember playing the shit out of it for a few days straight--but the details really escape me. I do remember that the soundtrack on the whole was sort of forgettable, except, for some reason, this song. I think I have a penchant for organs and melancholy, presumably religious vocals. I don't even remember where, exactly, this song plays in the game--the only thing I remember is listening to it over and over.

Song: Behave Irrationally
Game: Valkyrie Profile
Comments: You know, I was never really a huge fan of Valkyrie Profile. Yeah, it's totally fun, and yeah, the concept is really awesome, but the execution was a little lacking and it felt more and more rushed the further along you went. (I don't think was something they were shooting for.) In fact, you know you're going too fast when your very first too Einherjar recruited are involved in the most emotional scene in the game. Don't you think they would've saved that for the ending? -- Regardless. This song plays in pretty much every emotional scene in the game, but I attribute it 100% to Arngrim and Jelanda; namely where Arngrim realizes Jelanda is dead, he's marked a traitor to his own country, and he has nothing left to live for--so he kills himself. It's a scene that words can't really do justice, but this song does effortlessly what words can't.
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Sunday
September9th200712:39am

Update: Nostalgic Game Music (part 2) [
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wolveswithhats
Song: Stickerbrush Symphony
Game: Donkey Kong Country 2
Comments: Playing DKC2 as a wee lass, I played the Krazy Kremland world tier more than any other for reasons I cannot explain. Somewhere between the shitty bee levels and the shitty marsh levels and the shitty-after-long-extended-plays-because-they-were-the-only-ones-I-was-good-at roller coaster levels, I think my dislike bled over to the Brambles. I hated them, loathed them. Fuck thorns. Fuck barrels. Fuck parrots. Playing the game again now, I still don't like the marsh levels, and my SNES gathering dust for five years or so still wasn't enough to expunge my overkill of the amusement park. But somehow my hatred of the Brambles died out. I love the levels now. Barrel-hopping against a slow drifting blue sky? Completely relaxing. This song is the ultimate chill out song. Whenever I get wound up, I listen to this and it just mellows me out instantly. For DOUBLY tranquility, try the remix version.

Song: Forever Rachel
Game: Final Fantasy VI
Comments: This is actually from the fan produced Reborn album, because really, this, like Slam Shuffle, was gypped in terms of getting an official arrangement. Criminal, I tell you, criminal. This is song is melancholy incarnate, pretty in a heart aching way.

Song: Theme
Game: Kirby's Dreamland
Comments: I bought my Gameboy from a flea market when I was ten. I lost the back at some point, so held the batteries in with taped on cardboard and had to remove the protective plastic screen because it was scratched to hell. It was also the only Gameboy I had until just over a year ago. Kirby was one of the original games I had gotten with it, and I remember little aside from a boxing penguin and sucking so badly at it. And considering my brother's gaming skills as compared to mine, and how angry he was getting at the game during our last blackout, I'm probably still positively awful at it. But hearing the catchy—if not super redundant—start screen music still brings some warm and fuzzy memories.

Song: Into the Darkness
Game: Final Fantasy IV
Comments: The Prologue was actually the first song from a game I was ever obsessed with, but years later, this is the one that really sticks with me. I can't really describe the sound beyond "ethereal", but there's something about it that just kind makes my stomach clench when I hear it. For whatever reason I always associate the song with Camille Saint-Saens' "The Aquarium," so both bring to mind caverns housing underground waterfalls and hidden springs.

Song: Windmill
Game: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Comments: As stated last update, I love this game to a degree that makes me feel like some screeching new gen system fangirl. "lol i only liek gaems in 3d" But you can suck it. I don't care, I love it. :D The best music is in the game are the ocarina songs, in my opinion, so it's no surprise one of my favorites is the full version of one such theme. It has carousel quality to it, one I would emphasize by spending long periods of time letting the cogs of the windmill carry me around in circles while rain poured and thunder clapped along the ceiling.

Song: Healing Winds
Game: Soul Calibur 2
Comments: There's something very epic and majestic about this song, which is strange considering it's the theme to the Museum Gallery. Only the best for your bonus features! But honestly, there's some serious quality put in the Soul Calibur games, a level of detail and regard most fighting games don't receive. I'm not a fan of fighters, but it's something I picked up on the first time I played the original on the Dreamcast and was enough to make me rent it over and over again. So while this is from the second one, listening to it brings back memories of the original.

Song: Main Theme
Game: Metal Gear Solid 2
Comments: I rescind the above remark about Healing Wings being epic. Want epic? This is epic, movie epic even. No surprise there, considering it's A. composed by big wig Harry Gregson-Williams and B. the theme to Metal Gear Solid, which is cinematic in its own right. I know everyone and their dog is fapping over MGS3, but as much as I enjoyed it, SoL will always be my favorite of the games. I love the characters (yes, even Raiden), love the story, love the music. It's fantastically composed and combined with the visuals, makes for what is still one of my favorite opening sequences ever.

Song: Dream of the Shore Bordering Another World
Game: Chrono Cross
Comments: Chrono Cross is a mediocre sequel with a mediocre cast and a mediocre plotline. And completely fantastic soundtrack. Seriously, how they managed to halfass everything but the OST, I dunno, but it's almost good enough to make up for how bland and confusing the game is. Barring a title so ridiculously long it almost qualifies it for emo-dom, this a beautiful song. Before I had access to my own computer, I used to leave the game on the background for hours at a time, just because I loved this song that much.

Song: Aria di Mezzo Carattere (live edition)
Songs: Final Fantasy VI
Comments: I know, last week I declined to upload the Aria because it’s so ridiculously popular, but, but, I had to plug this. In terms of nostalgia, I should go with the original version. Sixteen bit quality, that tinny, awful robotic singing voice. But I'm not going to. As much as I love the tinny, awful robotic singing voice. No, really, I do. Instead, I'm offering this, a twelve minute rendition of the opera from the More Friends concert in LA two years ago. It's live, it’s in English, it feels like you're really there. For all the people bitching about the change in lyrics in the GBA version of the game, I think they need to give this a listen, because it's the same set of lyrics and it's kind of awesome.
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Sunday
September2nd200710:13pm

Update: Nostalgic Game Music [
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wolveswithhats
Song: Gruntilda's Lair (Click Clock Wood version)
Game: Banjo Kazooie
Comments: While all the other kids flocked to Mario 64, I was an advocate of the dumb redneck bear and his bitchy, feathered stowaway. Don't get me wrong, I liked Mario, but there was something so rich and enchanting about the BK universe that even the minimal specs of the N64 couldn't bog down. The music was a big part of my adoration of the game (Rare's games tend to have fantastic soundtracks), my favorite track not actually being a track at all, but a variation of the Lair theme that played in the Click Clock Wood area. Sometimes I'd just loiter to hear it for a bit, sometimes I'd turn on the game for the sole purpose of listening, but hearing it even years later still makes me want to set up the N64 and give the game another go.

Song: Alan and Cerl Forever
Game: Breath of Fire
Comments: Barring my strange, unexplainable crush on the lethargic thief Karn, I admittedly never was a big fan of the game, and played little of it myself. My knowledge of the game comes almost entirely from watching my brothers play in the interest of being as cool as they were (and mostly succeeding in being annoying and lame instead), so all that comes to mind now are Fish-Fox hybrids, three-forth perspective battle sequences, spinning mirror walkways and Marbl3ing my way from my brother's save file to hear this song. I wish I could say there was a deeper reason for liking this song than thinking it's sad and pretty, but no, I'm pretty shallow here.

Song: Wind Scene
Game: Chrono Trigger
Comments: Wind Scene is a song that has suffered through many remixes and revamps through the fan base, none of which really compares to the original, tinny version that plays over the 600AD world map. I played this game during a period where I was sort of batshit over the middle ages and a fan of cheesy eighties fantasy movies, so I was immediately drawn to this map and its accompanying theme. There's something about the track that just oozes nostalgia and history, not just in terms of the game's past period, but my own childhood.

Song: Music Box
Game: Devil May Cry
Comments: Devil May Cry is a game of B-movie grade caliber that suffers from terribly cheesy dialogue, dorky characters and a plot ripped from fanfiction.net . Did I mention that it's also insanely fun and one of my favorite games ever? This song is a sad, soothing balm after fifteen ten eight four hours of HADRCORRRRRE rock riffs and overkilled bloodspray. It also serves as further proof of the Theory of Inverse Music Badassery, where the level of ending theme sap is direct proportionate to how much shit gets blown up prior to the credits.

Song: Forest Interlude
Game: Donkey Kong Country 2
Comments: As stated above, Rare games are a moth light of excellent music composition, and DKC2 is the best example of such, in my opinion. Not the most noteworthy of tracks, but one of my favorites due to its ambiance; dark, wooded areas, blowing leaves and light pouring through the trees. It's fall in its eerie essence, an association which probably doesn't mean much to most unless you live in an area with gorgeous Autumn months (I'm in New Hampshire).

Song: Slam Shuffle
Game: Final Fantasy VI
Comments: FFVI has the distinction of being my favorite game ever, and is up there in terms of gaming soundtracks as well. It's hard to pick one out as a favorite, so I decided to forgo the usual picks of Terra's Theme and Aria de Mezzo Caraterre in favor of something often overlooked and underappreciated. The plunky Slam Shuffle, the theme to the dreary and scandalous town of Zozo, which made shitty slums cool long before Midgar even came into concept. So sit back and have a listen. But watch your wallet. And your throat.

Song: You Were There
Game: Ico
Comments: Even six years after its release and a new generation of systems, I still retain that Ico is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. The gameplay is easy to master and the concept simple—friendship that transcends language—but its minimalism is met in equality with vast landscapes and a deeply complex puzzle in the form of the environment itself. The ending theme is one of the few songs in the game and encompasses the overall tone; childish innocence and haunting environments.

Song: Dark World
Game: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Comments: This is the part where I'm probably going to die in a mob of angry Nintendo fanboys bearing pitchforks and torches. Why? Because I don't really like LttP. I'm more of an Ocarina of Time fan myself, and I feel dirty just admitting that, not because it's a bad game, but because for me, that's the equivalent of claiming to prefer FFVII over VI. It's just a blasphemous thing to do. It's a good game, I've just never been particularly good at it, and while it offers lovely nostalgia, it usually ends with me in a screeching bad mood and the controller flopped on the floor in a vague semblance of rage, because those things are too light to whip and the cord offers no give. Anyway, the song. Catchy and epic, but in a funny kind of way, because it's hard for anything to be grand and adventurous when you spend a better part of the level as a bunny.

Song: Forevermore
Game: The Bouncer
Comments: I think I should be taken out and shot for uploading this. In terms of the actual game, it was decent at best, so the song has less to do with a fondness for the game and more just that general time in my life. At fourteen I went through a period of secretly liking boy bands and bad JPop, and I had this song on repeat for quite some time. So while I'm embarrassed to admit it, it's good for a sheepish chuckle. It's still kind of catchy, a song I'm sure many teeny bopper Disney channel fangirls would dig, and while I was initially a fan of the English version, I decided the Japanese version was a little less cheesy and overkilled (so the lesser of two evils, but still evil).
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Sunday
September2nd200712:48pm

Update 3: "Nostalgic Game Music" [
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melty_zombie
Note: You will need WinRAR or a similar program to unzip these files.

Game music is an oft-overlooked yet pervasive part of our culture: ask someone who doesn't even play video games if they could recognize the Super Mario Bros. theme. Chances are--unless they're congenitally brain damaged, over the age of 60, from the Congo, and/or Republican--they will recognize it. Though it's just one particular track, it's proven that game music can go from a series of four-channel beeps and screeches to a pop culture mainstay.

Not all game music can be the Super Mario Bros. theme, granted, but any person who actually does play video games will have their own tracklist of songs that fill the same function--instantly recognizable and cherished, where every note practically oozes nostalgia. Some people have one or two.

I happen to have twenty.

Ten songs are up for you today, starting from the earliest songs I can remember and moving on up through time.

Song: Phantom Forest
Game: Final Fantasy VI
Comments: This was the first game song I ever actually appreciated. When music manages to make a nine year old girl put down the controller and listen intently, you know it's something special. It was a personal choice to use the original SNES version instead of a remixed-piano-orchestra-whatever version; there's something that's lost in translation somehow, like maybe it's the samples that help make the song what it is.

Song: The Talamari
Game: Lands of Lore III
Comments: There were few things quite so awesome to my ten year old brain as walking through the doors of the The Talamari and suddenly find myself standing in the middle of space, accompanied by this particular piece. It's always been that sort of Zen music for me, being the one I will immediately pull up and listen to when I need to clear my head. Angry? I listen to this. Depressed? I listen to this. It--along with most of the songs on this list, actually--has a quality to it that makes me drop all my extraneous thoughts and focus down on one thing.

Song: Light of the Town
Game: Legend of Legaia
Comments: By now, you've probably noticed a pattern in the songs I pick--if it favors minor keys, has a simple construction, and keeps itself going with an easy, pretty melody and few instruments, I probably like it. This song (first heard in the town of Jeremi specifically; it differs from town to town) couldn't even be spoiled by my cousin naming the main character Blinger and thinking he was the coolest person ever. That takes some fortitude.

Song: Time Circuits
Game: Chrono Trigger
Comments: I will admit that the only reason I ever played Chrono Trigger was because there within lay a character sharing my name. Thankfully, below all the fanboy bullshit, there also within lay a pretty damn good game. Time Circuits--otherwise known as the theme of Zeal--was sort of love at first sitar. I've always been pretty big on Middle Eastern stuff, but rarely would music composers actually use Middle Eastern influences in their music; it's not much of a surprise that such a piece would become my favorite, but it's kind of validating to see it become one of the most popular pieces out of the game.

Song: Pyroxene
Game: Star Ocean 2
Comments: This is one of those songs where I can't remember why I like it, but I do. It isn't the prettiest track in the world (in fact, I can count a handful in Star Ocean 2 that are prettier) but it fit so very well with all those painted backdrops in SO2 and the flutes are just so melancholic.

Song: Water World
Game: Donkey Kong Country 3
Comments: Despite the fact that I despised (and despise TO THIS DAY) all water levels from all Donkey Kong Country games, this piece stands out in my mind as some of the best music in the series. DKC3 was actually fairly forgettable compared to the previous two games, especially in the music department--it's not because the music's bad; it's just harder to remember--but I distinctly remember doing the cheat code just to go to the game's sound test and listen to this song over and over.

Song: Silver Mine Sonnet
Game: Donkey Kong Country 2
Comments: Unofficial name activate! This is one of those songs that was never distinctly named, but I will be damned if I call it "Mining Melancholy." This song brings back the memories of being in second grade and spending most of my after-school time and weekends playing this game and sucking at it so bad. I was lucky that I absolutely adored this song, because the mining levels made me die over and over again. (This song is actually probably the reason why my SNES controllers still function to this day.)

Song: Melancholy Heart
Game: Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
Comments: Would you guess in a thousand years that this is a dungeon theme? It's gorgeous, understated, and probably one of the more overlooked pieces out of an equally overlooked game.

Song: Be in the Mirror
Game: Tekken 2
Comments: When you're a kid, it's hard not to be in awe of this song, especially in conjunction with where it plays--an empty space, nothingness, with only your own reflections stretching on forever. The music echoes this sort of empty yet epic quality, utilizing few instruments but filling up its allotted space beautifully.

Song: Sorceress
Game: Heroes of Might and Magic II
Comments: Is that opera? Yes it is. HoMMII is a game near and dear to my heart, one that I've played since around fourth grade. It's true--I did nothing but play Sorceress, mostly because of this song. (Also: I thought unicorns and phoenixes were awesome.) When it comes down to it, it's an excellently-composed Celtic piece with beautiful vocals; the opera takes a backseat to all the other instruments, just adding another layer.
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Saturday
August25th20079:20pm

Update 2 - Theme: "The 90s" [
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melty_zombie
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The 90s: this is the era that scientifically proved the severity of the hangover is directly proportional to how much you had to drink the night before. Waking up the next morning from the big-haired, synth-filled frat party that was 80s music, the 90s showed us--sometimes painfully--that there is a better way. The music scene plowed forth with alternative rock and grunge, putting heavy emphasis on the music rather than the labels and the faces and gladly supporting solo acts, singer/songwriters armed with acoustic guitars and socially conscious lyrics, and generally bands that were once considered "Indie" in the 80s. It was the re-emergence of experimentation, explaining why alternative rock covers such a broad spectrum of bands and styles; while it was very "radio friendly," there was no real formula followed, no "screaming chorus, quiet bridges." If it was a style not usually associated with rock, then some alternative rock band out there somewhere incorporated it into either just a song or their sound as a whole.

The 90s: also the era I grew up in. These were the days where I had little to no control over what music I listened to, but I was impressionable enough that I thought everything I was made to listen to was "totally awesome." (When you have a sister seven years older than you, it's hard not to think she's cool when you're eight.) I sat through Bush, I steeled myself against The Toadies; I could sing all the songs off "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness." (thx Smashing Pumpkins; I still kind of hate you.)

I find most music from the 90s nostalgic at the very least, and sometimes I will go back through the billboard top 40 charts just to see what I remember and what I'd forgotten even existed. I also managed to scrounge up five songs that survived my childhood and did not wilt under my scrutiny; they have maintained their integrity (sort of!) despite drastic changes in my own personal musical tastes.

Song: Black Hole Sun
Artist: Soundgarden
Album: Superunknown
Genre: Grunge
Comments: "Black Hole Sun," even though it has one of the creepiest music videos known to man, remains one of my favorite songs--which is odd because I tended to hate Soundgarden, and its subsequent retarded lovebaby with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave. I think I secretly enjoy it because if its vague 1950s ballad callback; that shit is ballsy for a grunge group. (Pearl Jam, you don't fucking count.)

Song: One Headlight
Artist: The Wallflowers
Album: Bringing Down The Horse
Genre: Alternative Rock
Comment: "One Headlight" gets an award for "the first song Ayla ever sat and listened to on repeat for like eight hours." Like "Black Hole Sun," One Headlight has crawled up from my childhood unscathed and remains one of my favorite songs to this day. It's poignant and full of that folksy goodness that makes up most of the music I listened to with my parents.

Song: Bitter Sweet Symphony
Artist: The Verve
Album: Urban Hymns
Genre: Alternative Rock (Britpop)
Comments: I feel like such a tool for posting this song, because seriously, everyone has heard it already and either likes it, hates it, or doesn't give a shit about it. It was given crazy airtime on the radio around here and gained equally crazy popularity everywhere. If you have not heard and formed some opinion on this song, you have been grinding beetles for food deep in the Amazon rainforest with some obscure tribe of natives for the last ten years. It was from this song that my interest in orchestra + (insert genre here) was born; orchestral techno, orchestral rock, orchestral metal, whatever, I love it, and you can blame Bitter Sweet Symphony for it.

Song: The Way
Artist: Fastball
Album: All The Pain Money Can Buy
Genre: Alternative Rock
Comments: I will admit that I originally liked this song mostly because of the melody. (I will admit that, at ten years old, my mind was on this newfangled internets I had been hearing about and bolstering my already-impressive midi collection, not untangling the meanings behind songs on the radio.) However, as I got older, I started to appreciate the romantic idea central to the song, the one of just picking up, taking off, and leaving your life behind.

Song: Sex and Candy
Artist: Marcy Playground
Album: Marcy Playground
Genre: Alternative Rock
Comments: This song, at its heart, and even on its surface, is a terrible song. It is meaningless and not even particularly catchy. The reason why it's here? It cracks me up and remains a song that I can listen to over and over again. Listening to it brings up memories of the fruity flower CD box my sister kept all her music in, because I would always be pawing through it looking for something else to put on.
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An OST based on the relationship between two of our RP characters. Twenty-one songs. We'll spare you the details, as those not involved in the game could probably care less of the specifics, but each of these songs have some lyrical relevance to the pairing.

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