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Music / Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:12:12 PM »
Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
I'd heard most of the tracks before, but not the credits. Nice medley! All themes are great, with lots of catchy phrases, and very good basslines. I should probably listen to this one more often! What a classic.
Dreamcast: Sonic Adventure 2
I hadn't heard anything from this before, and it was quite an experience... It is quite varied, with as a common feature that most tracks are not fit for studying. :P I really hated Throw It All Away, and I didn't enjoy the hip hop tracks either. Maybe mostly because I don't like that style of music. :P However, I in fact didn't like any of the lyrics in the soundtrack. I enjoyed the instrumental versions a lot better! Nice sounds, quite groovy, and good drums and bass. Event: The Base was a pleasant surprise. Very chill!
It's interesting how different this is from the Sonic soundtrack above.
XBOX 360: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
I'm not sure if I even knew of the game before listening, but this is a great soundtrack! Typical Grant Kirkhope. It also reminds me of Chicken Run (which is good!). Exploring The Terrarium is really cool!
PS: Crash Bandicoot 2
I didn't enjoy this one a lot. For some reason it sounds very unnatural to me. Of course most of these soundtracks are programmed and not performed, but it somehow is a lot more jarring to me in this one. I liked some of the rhythms, but found the melodies uncaptivating.
PC: Neverhood
Well, that's quite unique. :o I love it, though! Really creative uses of vocals, especially. Some tracks were a bit too crazy for my liking, but there were lots that I could really appreciate.

Thanks for your recommendations, MaestroUGC! Took me two years to get through them. ::)

Music / Re: What kind of music do you like?
« on: September 19, 2021, 07:04:53 PM »
Hm, I'm not sure how to understand 'what kind'... although if you would ask me what kind of music I didn't like, I would probably be able to answer. :P I tend to like minimalism, jazz, rock and metal, I guess... it's a bit hard to say, because I almost exclusively listen to video game and film music, and they often aren't in as clear-cut genres as pop music. Am I mistaken?

Music / Re: Helpful videos/channels for playing accordion
« on: August 08, 2021, 11:39:45 AM »
That's a lot of resources, thanks! Maybe I'll look at some of them when/if I get back into accordeon.

Gaming / Re: What are you playing right now?
« on: August 08, 2021, 11:38:13 AM »
I was playing quite some different games (7 at once), and was intending to not start playing new ones until I had beaten most of them. I beat two of them, but then did pick up Super Mario Bros. 2 (J) again. But then I signed up to the GP day at the Super Mario Kart Tournament (, unexpectedly, and since then I've only been playing that, in hopes to practise enough to at least stand a chance at beating the CPUs. :P

Music / Re: What Nintendo soundtracks would you most want to see released?
« on: December 30, 2020, 03:33:15 PM »
I would say Super Smash Bros. Brawl for sure. Anytime I look up SSBB CD it just comes up with the in-game item.
Oh yes, I can imagine wanting that one! It would have to be a big set, though, isn't the soundtrack rather long? ;)

Music / Re: What Nintendo soundtracks would you most want to see released?
« on: December 23, 2020, 04:01:28 PM »
Given the way Nintendo acts I wish they would partner with someone and make a music streaming service.  I know that's hardly the same as owning soundtracks (and not likely considering how Nintendo likes to tie their soundtracks up in game players) but I feel like that would be the easiest way to access everything.
Hm, why do you think they would be more likely to do that? They do like to be special, don't they? :/ It would be a lot more convenient to have the soundtracks on YouTube and Spotify, though, and preferably available for purchase (cd and/or digital download) too...

Music / Re: What Nintendo soundtracks would you most want to see released?
« on: December 22, 2020, 02:45:52 PM »
Still no replies? :o I thought people here would find this an interesting topic.
Anyway, I thought of another soundtrack that I wanted to mention.
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
This is a 3rd party title, so it probably doesn't have much to do with Nintendo as a company, which the 1st party and 2nd party titles do do, assumedly. However, the soundtrack has not been released, while it has some really nice tracks. I would personally be fine with it as a single disc release. All themes for events and places are pretty minor; it's the tracks that play a lot that are really good. Which was good prioritisation on the part of the composer, I guess. :)

Music / What Nintendo soundtracks would you most want to see released?
« on: December 19, 2020, 02:11:45 PM »
Hi, it's me again!

I have wanted to create this topic for a while, but with the recent news about Nintendo blocking unofficial soundtrack uploads on YouTube, and me having Christmas vacation, I thought it was the right time. ;)
As I'm (almost) sure we all know, Nintendo doesn't release their games' soundtracks. At least, not commercially; rarely, a soundtrack is produced, but not on sale. I don't know why this is the case, as for most internationally released films soundtracks are released, I'm pretty sure, and some other companies (notably, Square Enix) do put out soundtracks.
In this topic, let's discuss the soundtracks that we would most like to buy!

For me, there is no question about what should be on number 1. It is:
Mario Kart Super Circuit
This game has an amazing soundtrack, even when you're used to the quality that Mario Kart is known to offer. However, presumably because the game was inexplicably put on the smallest GBA cartridge size available, the samples have undergone an extreme amount of compression. We know what the soundtrack would sound like without the compression, though!
First listen to this: Then listen to this:
Aah, to be able to hear the entire soundtrack in that quality... what a dream!

For my second pick, one that might be surprising:
Super Mario Galaxy
This soundtrack is iconic, epic, and extremely good. It was released, but only to Club Nintendo members, and not commercially. It hasn't been available new for at least 10 years, I think, and it is not so easy to find it second-hand affordably either. It would be nice to have it available more easily, and it would be nice to have it on Spotify too!

And as the last one, for now:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong-Quest
Of course it would be nice to have all three, but in my opinion, the second game has the best soundtrack of the trilogy by far. I would love to be able to request this on my favourite music listening website SST, it would be great to have on Spotify and I would like to have it physically too. This is just such a grand soundtrack! And if I'm not mistaken, the full version does in fact sound clearer than the in-game version, which would be welcome, even though this soundtrack sounds great in-game too.

I'm curious of your thoughts on these wishes, and moreover what you would like to see released yourself!
And if anyone has an idea as to why Nintendo isn't releasing soundtracks, feel free to contribute. ;)

Gaming / Re: What are you playing right now?
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:22:23 AM »
Is anyone here still playing Super Mario Bros. 35 a lot? I find that I really enjoy the Special Battles but am not as excited anymore by the regular mode. It's sad that the Special Battle mode is only available during the weekend. Although it does mean I have time for other games. :P
I have been playing Super Mario Bros. 2 (U) and Gradius besides, both on Switch Online.

Piano Arrangements / Re: 607's Arrangements
« on: November 08, 2020, 09:18:57 AM »
Thank you, those are very clear tips!
The colours in the notes are not supposed to appear in the eventual score, right?
I use MuseScore (3, meanwhile), not Finale. I hope that if people would like me to submit a score of mine to ninsheetmusic, it would be convertible with fairly little extra work.

Piano Arrangements / Re: 607's Arrangements
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:58:26 PM »
I have a transcription question and I guess this is the place to ask it.
I did a GBA Rainbow Road transcription from MIDI a while ago but was not skilled enough to be able to perform it, back then. It also wasn't that great, as it excluded more voices than necessary. Now I'm doing another, by ear.
I expect that in some cases it will not be feasible to play all voices, but where it is, I've found that it can be hard to notate it. :P
Here is my transcription of the intro.

That's not too clear, is it? :/

Music / Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:38:13 PM »
N64: Banjo-Tooie, though anything written by Grant Kirkhope is a strong contender.
What a fun soundtrack! I like the many variations on themes, done with different instruments and feels.
GCN: Pikmin
Not a bad soundtrack, but it didn't impress me either.
Wii U: The Wonderful 101, though Super Mario 3D World is another close second.
Very unique! It is very intense, but it's also very good, so I enjoyed it. :) I also liked the contrast of some of the more relaxed themes and the strange Black themes. Lastly, the ending track was very impressive! Where many games have an energetic ending theme, this one has a solemn and quiet one, to contrast with the bombastic nature of most of the soundtrack. I also like that the main themes throughout the soundtrack returned in it, in this very different-feeling form. :) This is one I might check out again later!
NDS: Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Nice! It didn't seem as memorable as Superstar Saga to me, but it's very possible that I'll get to appreciate the tracks more if I've heard them more, especially in context. :) I love the Deep Castle theme.
3DS: Having played little of the library, I don't have a favorite, though I guess Super Mario 3D Land gets it default due to playtime.
I'll skip that one because you weren't sure about it. Onto the next paragraph in your long post! I haven't listened to any of those 5 soundtracks yet, I think. :) (I have heard a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, though, I think)

Music / What instrument is this?
« on: April 16, 2020, 11:08:57 AM »
Hi, it's me again!

This might be a topic I'll reuse... I'm trying to do a transcription of this song, as a fun challenge and so I can listen to it in better quality (like most GBA soundtracks, the samples are noticeably compressed)
However I got stuck right at the beginning, as I can't figure out what the instrument used from the beginning is. :P There's a shaker, but I'm not sure about the tom-like sound. I'm using MuseScore 3 and the only option seemed to be the Roto-Toms, but they are pitched in a different way, and don't sound quite right either (I did succesfully use them for this theme from another game, but that sample does sound quite different, and is not used as the main melodic component.
I don't know what the percussion is entering the song from 5 seconds onward either. :P It sounds like wood blocks to me, but I don't think wood blocks are available in so many pitches. Then again, that doesn't mean the composer can't have used a woodblock sample anyway, of course. But you might be able to tell me otherwise. :)
Thanks for your attention!

Music / Re: Favourite Soundtrack per platform
« on: November 20, 2019, 04:29:31 PM »
Mega Man Zero 4
This was pretty cool! Not completely my style, though, although I'm not quite sure why not. I think it has to do with the high amount of repetition, but that isn't bad per se, as actually I love minimalistic music, which thrives on repetition. I did notice that most of the tracks seemed quite whiny to me. Some I did like, though.
This was quite enjoyable! Very relaxing sounds and melodies, which was unexpected for a Mega Man game. :P There were also some intense themes, which were also nice, although they didn't occur to be particularly remarkable.
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3
For some reason I have been unable to find a good video of this soundtrack.  ???
SNES: Donkey Kong Country
This is very good, although knowing Donkey Kong Country 2 it could be better. ;) Favourites that stand out for me are Cave Dweller Concert, Aquatic Ambiance, Fear Factory and Ice Cave Chant. The last is remarkable because it is my only favourite from the trilogy that was written by Eveline Fisscher.

I'm currently listening to Banjo-Tooie. :)

Music / Re: Nintendo musical counterpoint?
« on: October 29, 2019, 10:19:31 AM »
Interesting. I don't yet know what counterpoint entails, but Cackletta's Theme is one of my favourite pieces of music. I was practising it on organ during the summer of 2018, but I don't have an organ at home and as I haven't been formally taught organ (or piano, for that matter), not everyone in a church's board would be comfortable with me playing their organ when I feel like it.  ::) :-\

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