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    Oh, then I guess I misread my source. It makes sense, though, considering how jazzy his stuff is, it does suggest at least partial musical literacy before he started working. I love his work a lot but it’s a shame it’s such a strain on him. I’d like to see more from him while knowing that he’s not losing health because of it.

    Still, in Sugiyama’s case, I think it’s really more his traditionalism and stubbornness that make his things sound the way they do. Both Shimomura and Hamauzu are classically trained, and yet they’re far more flexible when it comes to using new musical media to their full potential.
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    See, it’s not as jarring in the old games because MIDIs had not advanced to the point that more could be done with them, so it’s kind of a time before Sugiyama got left behind in that regard. The iOS ports used better midi arrangements, but again, this is something that’s just easier to forgive in the old games.

    Yeah, Mitsuda’s pretty much in the same boat as Uematsu in this regard. Both self taught, both less concerned about what it would sound like on real instruments rather than the actual mediums used in-game.
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    That’s because FF is composed differently. Uematsu has pretty much always used stuff in his soundtracks that goes beyond the typical symphonic arrangements, with lots of electronic sounds as early as in FFIV. He’s also self-taught, so his stuff is pretty munched composer by ear and takes advantage of the soundchip he has available. The reason his tracks lose some punchlines in an orchestral arrangement is simply that they were not written with a live orchestra in mind - they’re played on their intended medium from the start and take advantage of it while avoiding its trappings. A good orchestral arrangement of such a thing requires someone to really know both mediums well enough to translate that, otherwise the quality is lost.

    With Sugiyama it’s the other way around. He’s classically trained and knows exactly how to squeeze everything out of a real life symphonic orchestra. His tracks are meticulously structured and most of them follow established classical forms that have traditionally just really worked well for an orchestra. The instruments all play exactly in the ranges they should - the oboe I mentioned plays in that Goldilocks zone where it’s not too low to sound weak and not too high to sound piercing. Sadly, he pretty much just doesn’t care how that translates to midi. The synths he uses aren’t very convincing fir the most part, with the strings being particularly egregious, and everything sounds flat and lifeless, as if he just went and transcribed the thing he wrote into a midi program and did nothing else with it. And this is why his soundtracks sound amazing when performed by an orchestra and very lackluster with midi.
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    Btw I knew going with the orchestral mod was the right choice the second I got in a chapel and the DQV shrine theme played. Real life oboe makes me melt - it’s something MIDI oboe can never truly replicate
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    I see no difference
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    That’s the thing. You freeze them and snap, crackle and pop goes their neck.
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    It also sounds way more vanilla.
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    I actually think the new DQ translations are some of the best translations out there. Puns and accents aside, there’s a level of Polish and attention to detail that just goes far beyond what other RPG translations do. English DQ has its own unique identity that sets its apart from everything else, and as a translator myself, I am a big fan of the approach and has huge respect for the people who did it.
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    I’m all for fan work, honestly. I find the very idea that anyone would want to make something based on a thing I made extremely flattering. But yeah, I think I’d love to be involve in a bigger adaptation project - unless it’s a creator I know and trust. Because I know a firm grip on the original material can be creatively stifling for an adaptation
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    It’s a mess. I hate it.

    I’m always fascinated with the aspect of control over your work, though, and how that works both in the monetary context, as well as the work itself. Like, on the one hand, I’d love my work to be successful enough that people want to adapt it - but then, where do I draw the line? How much control do I want to relent? How much is that control worth?
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Oof, I've been a bit out of sorts with my mental health lately, and I think it's about time I do something about that. I've got a lot of balls in the air so to speak concerning projects I've been doing around the forum both past and present. So I'm thinking about tackling a few of them, but with how I've been feeling lately, I want some second opinions I guess. Of the projects I've abandoned, what should I work on next?

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by Wolf Kanno on 05-25-2020 at 12:43 AM

I'm always split on these articles. So many of these games are great and I have retroactively said a few of them made the list, but occasionally something comes along that I really want to love but the game just won't let me. Tactics Ogre is in a weird place for me because the remake and the original are pretty different in some meaningful ways, so much of this review pertains to the remake due to having only played a little bit of the original.

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by Wolf Kanno on 05-03-2020 at 02:37 AM
Is this honestly the first non-RPG on this list?

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by Wolf Kanno on 04-05-2020 at 03:32 AM
I was having a serious reservation about whether I was going to add this to my Top 100 list or place it here. I decided it would go here for now, but part of me feels it could be like Demon's Souls and make the jump to My Top 100.

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by Wolf Kanno on 01-30-2020 at 09:17 PM
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I mentioned this in my Chain of Memories entry for my Top 100 List, but Kingdom Hearts and I have a really awkward history with each other. This is a franchise that has always been more of a guilty pleasure for me than something I actively love. Funny enough, itís not even the basic premise that bothers me. While Final Fantasy meets Disney mash-up sounds contrived, KH has always managed to make it work since this

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