The violins swell over a sea of tumbling timpani drums. A low grumble of brass bursts into a deafening roar as Nathan Drake crashes out of a window, a handful of would-be assassins following close behind. Orchestral and symphonic music is extremely important in setting the mood and tone of a scene, and on this episode, VGM community member Bedroth gives us the grand tour of the genre and its history. From humble synthesized beginnings on the SNES to fully-orchestrated games like Uncharted, there’s a wide range of incredible music in this episode!
You can check out Bedroth’s curated Youtube VGM playlist here.
Here is that analysis of the BotW soundtrack Bedroth mentioned: https://acloserlisten.com/2018/04/03/press-a-the-music-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild/
Here’s the composer interview: https://nintendoeverything.com/breath-of-the-wild-composers-on-changing-up-zeldas-music-formula-and-more/
Here’s the Gusty Garden/Fossil Falls mashup: https://youtu.be/3A2Z7PGfqlo
A huge thank you to Indira J (The Misadventures of Buddy and Friend, Sacrimony) for the amazing VGMbassy artwork and design, and to Trevin Hughes (aka chiptune composer Jredd) for the podcast theme song!
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1 – “Bloodpool / Casandora” from ActRaiser (SNES, 1990) Composed by Yuzo Koshiro
2 – “Flight” from Panzer Dragoon (Saturn, 1995) Composed by Yoshitaka Azuma
3 – “Nate’s Theme 2.0” from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, PS4, 2009) Composed by Greg Edmonson
4 – “Fossil Falls” from Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2018) Composed by Naoto Kubo
5 – “Air: Castle 1” from Wii Sports Resort (Wii, 2009) Composed by Ryo Nagamatsu
6 – “Background Theme 1” from Puzzle Quest ( Mobile, Mac, DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360, Switch, 2007) Composed by Marc Derell
7 – “Dearly Beloved” from Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4, XB1, 2019) Composed by Yoko Shimomura
8 – “Amon” from Dark Wizard (Sega CD, 1993) Composed by Keisuke Tsukahara, Sachio Ogawa, Izuho Takeuchi, Masaru Setsumaru, Yoshimi Hishida, and Shouko Ogawa
9 – “Satan’s Castle” from Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS, 2011) Composed by Koichi Siguyama
10 – “Gameplay 1” from Doctor Who: Legacy (iOS, Android, 2013) Composed by Chris Huelsbeck
11 – “Hyrule Castle (Exterior)”/“Hyrule Castle (Interior)” from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U, Switch, 2017) Composed by Manaka Kataoka
12 – “In the Space Pirate Ship” from Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS, 2012) Composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Arranged by Natsumi Kameoka