Time's Scar— Music Composed for Video Games

As  some of you will already know, not only is there lots of money in the video game industry, there are lots of subsidiary industries that now depend on it— one of which is the music industry.  Original compositions are being composed to accompany this video game or that video game,  and my alert  Xbox son  the computer  dude sent me the following sample of some of the music at the PAX convention in Boston this past week which he and his fiancee Emily attended.      I have to say— this is pretty darn good stuff.   Check it out.

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  • http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com Nick

    Ben. I’m an avid gamer and I know several several tunes. This is one of my favorites and I wish I could get it on my IPhone. I also recommend you check out the tune one-winged angel performed by an orchestra. The music of the Final Fantasy series has long been a favorite of mine and I have several songs on my IPhone. In fact, at our wedding, my wife and I had the song “Eyes On Me” from Final Fantasy VIII sung with her mother playing it on the piano. Look that one up also. I could recommend many more if you are interested.

  • Greg Van Dussen

    There’s something strange about great music being used for such a trivial purpose.

  • http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com Nick

    To a gamer, it is not trivial at all. In fact, when I’m speaking at ISCA this year, I’m going to use a game to help explain the problem of evil.

  • MichelleM

    Greg, great music is a wonderful transport wherever it’s found. How can that be a trivial purpose?

  • http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com Nick

    My wife and I also have Asperger’s and games like this are a really big part of our lives. They allow us a way of connecting with other people and with each other, hence at our wedding this kind of music was played once. (Go look up Eyes on Me by Faye Wong and tell me it’s not a beautiful love song) You might think it’s trivial, but I would be tempted to say the same thing about say, professional sports that people spend their lives training for. That just shows I don’t have taste in sports.

  • J. Voss

    Our local youth orchestra plays concerts for school kids to help them learn about the various instruments. The principal players get to select a tune to introduce themselves. In the past Star Wars, Scott Joplin, Linus and Lucy by Guaraldi were favorites of the audience. Now it takes tunes from games like Mario to get them jumping out of their seats.

  • Kamal

    Ah, Time’s Scars (or Scars of Time) for Chrono Cross. Yeh, some game music can be quite spectacular, and they tend to pull out all the stops for games like these. I don’t know how it is these days but when I was more into those things a few years ago (around the time Scars of Time was done) the music for Japanese role-playing games like Chrono Cross and those in the Final Fantasy series were among the best.

    And Greg, using music for games is no more trivial than using it for movies; indeed, it can be less.

  • Rick C

    I’d like to hear the melody or a close variation of it in a full 4 movement symphonic presentation. This piece is quite good but is much to thin to me because I normally listen and love just about any sort of symphonic presentation with it fuller spectrum. This is primarily treble it needs more of a bass underpinning. Good stuff.

  • http://theologyweb.com David

    Wow, what a treat to find! This track is better than the original version for the game itself. That said, ‘trivial’ is hardly the word for videogames and their impact: you’d be floored by how much worldview can be imported through a video game. The medium is a powerful one for getting messages across; it takes discernment to see whether that message is worth it or not. And a very great number of people in the 35-and-younger crowd (myself included) grew up receptive (and more often than not, oblivious to) the ideological foundations most games are based on. Recognize that, and appreciate the good things (like music like this!), and you might well be able to more effectively reach the young and tech-y. (For instance: Assassin’s Creed II: phenomenal soundtrack; horrible, agnostic, and blatantly self-contradictory worldview.)

  • Derek DeVries

    If you liked Chrono Cross, then you’ll love this track, from a well known Japanese RPG video-game. It’s absolutely phenomenal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwELmG78asc


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