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Movies & TV / Bolt. Not bad.
« on: November 28, 2008, 02:20:50 AM »
So. Turkey day. We ate......and then we went and saw Bolt. Not bad, not bad. It's funny. Rhino the Hamster is the best character of course. It's worth seeing. I'd say a 7/10  What's your impression.

Off-Topic / What Hand Are You?
« on: November 26, 2008, 06:08:32 PM »
Which hand is your dominant hand? I'm left handed, just like Link ^_^

Help! / Ossia. Need help making one.
« on: November 26, 2008, 03:55:45 AM »
Okay. I'm trying to make an Ossia passage for 2 bars of music. Problem. I tried creating a new staff, but there is no way to hide all the other bars. I either have to have them all visible or all hidden. My next idea was to use the graphics tool. Problem. I've got my image, but everytime I put it on the page it comes out as a bunch of staticky looking garbage. (Print's that way too.) I can get other images to work, but not this one. I don't know if it's because it's black and white or what. I've tried compressing the .tif file multiple ways, but none of them work. Anybody got any ideas? (I have Printmusic 2008 if that info helps.)  ---Here's the image I need as my ossia---

Music / Album Review: More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy
« on: November 16, 2008, 05:22:52 AM »
Album Review: More Friends ~ Music from Final Fantasy

More Friends, what can I say? Can I say that this album was awsome? Yes I can! The More Friends album is a live recording of the More Friends concert at the World Symphony Orchestra in Los Angelis (May 16, 2005). This album is truely phenominal. This orchestral concert shows just what Nobuo Uematsu is truely capable of. The inclusion of several "suprises" made it even more exciting! The following is a track by track review of the album.

Track 1 - Final Fantasy VII Opening ~ Bombing Mission: Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. This piece provided an amazing start to an amazing concert. Shiro Hamagichu's Orchestral Arrangement of the Final Fantasy VII opening is amazing. It evokes pure adreneline as the opening bass line gets stronger and stronger until the tension is almost unbearable. Just at that moment the whole orchestra bursts into the theme. This piece is filled with excitement from beginning to end and is, I say again, an amazing start to the concert. This track gets a 10/10

Track 2 - Aerith's Theme: Aerith's Theme has been, and will probably always be, one of Uematsu's most beloved pieces of music. While this track is similar in sound to most orchestral performances of the piece, it has just enough extra flavoring to make it stand out. The orchestra and the conductor (Arnie Roth) really milked some emotion out of this piece. You can almost feel the spirit of Aerith floating through the lifestream as Cloud stands below in tears. This piece is not only a perfect follow up to the dramatic opening, but helps set the mood for the rest of the performance. This track gets a 10/10

Track 3 - To Zanarkand: A very unusual arrangement of "To Zanarkand". Unusual because it is not a piano solo like most performances of the piece. This time the whole orchestra is involved. And guess what, it's absolutely stunning. The piece flows very well and it brings out the sad nature of Final Fantasy X. By far one the most beautiful, most heart-wrenching pieces Uematsu has ever written, To Zanarkand is the absolute definition of the emotions felt by Tidus and Yuna, Wakka and Lulu, and everyone one else in this tragic tale of friendship and betrayel, and love and sacrifice. This track gets a 10/10

Track 4 - Don't Be Afraid: This riveting battle theme from Final Fantasy VIII works very well in an orchestra setting. The performance gives you a sense of imminant danger. You can almost feel the baddies breathing down your neck as your adreneline starts pumping, and you feel ready to grab a gunblade and jump into the fray. This piece is very well arranged and stays exciting throughout the the whole performance. The only downside is the length. It's a little on the short side. Clocking in around two and half minutes. I guess Squall just fights a little too well for those bad guys. This track gets a 9/10

Track 5 - Terra's Theme (Tina's Theme): Breathtaking. That's the only word that can describe this amazing march-like theme. You'll find yourself with an irrepressible sense of courage, honor, and valor as you listen to this epic piece, from an epic tale. This track gets a 10/10

Track 6 - Swing de Chocobo: There's two things that just about every Final Fantasy soundtrack has in common, a memorable story of music, and the chocobo theme. This is Arnie Roth's personal take on the playful melody. Arranged in the style of the swing music from the 20's and 30's this piece is pure fun from beginning to end. You'll find youself tapping your feet and ready to dance before this piece is over. Whether or not you grab someone and do the jitterbug is up to you, but this is just "swinging" in my opinion! This track gets a 10/10

Track 7 - Final Fantasy: This is where it all began. This is the Final Fantasy Theme. When it comes to nostalgia, it doesn't get much better than this. This absolutely beautiful epic is the musical liquid that engulfs everything that Final Fantasy is about. Courage, honor, valor, joy, love, sadness, friendship, compassion, kindess, mercy, and grace. This orchestral arrangement serves it absolute justice. This track gets a 10/10

Track 8 - Rocking Grounds: This is where the first of the suprises was unveiled. Just when you though it couldn't get any better guess who shows up? The Black Mages! In their deput on North American soil they marched out on stage and blew the minds of everyone in the crowd (As you tell by the wild applause on the recording.) Rocking Grounds is their take on the first boss battle theme from Final Fantasy III (Anyone remember the big turtle guy?) and trust rocks! This track gets an 9/10

Track 9 - Maybe I'm a Lion: Just when you though The Black Mages blew you away. They quite literally rock your heads off. Guitar solos, Organ solos (played by Uematsu himself) and more abound in this absolutely amazing rock tidal wave. The Black Mages literally rocked the whole blasted amphiteatre. This song should be elected the Video Game international anthem! The CD is worth to money for this track alone!This track gets a 10/10

Track 10 - Suteki da Ne: After that megablast of raw energy we get a bit of a much needed slowdown. This track is breathaking to say the least. I get goosebumps every time I listen to it. It highlights Uematsu's amazing ability at composing amazingly beautiful vocal tracks. It perfectly encompasses the tragic romance of Tidus and Yuna. Guest singer Rikki does a very good job at singing. Her voice gets a little bit squeaky at times, but she gets some pretty amazing vocal power out of that tiny little body! The track is in it's original Japanese, but is so well written that you can almost feel the words without understanding them (unless you speak Japanese of couse.) This track gets a 9/10

Track 11 - A Place to Call Home ~ Melodies of Life: Another of Uematsu's amazing vocal work, this time from Final Fantasy IX and sung by Emiko Shirotori. Her voice is a little deeper and projects a little better than that of Rikki. A beautiful piece that is full of emotion and simplicity. The instrumental accompaniment is very well arranged. The song is in the original Japanese with an English interlude. Overall it's a stunning and beautiful piece. "Forever and On...Melodies of Life." This track gets a 10/10

Track 12 - Darkness and Starlight (Maria and Draco): Suprise number two. We get the absolute pleasure of not only hearing the fabulous Operetta from Final Fantasy VI played by a full orchestra, but it is the first time that is was ever sung in English! The various Opera singers present in this piece sung as glorious and beautifully as should be expected by opera professionals. Again, this is a piece that highlights Uematsu's musical guiniess. From Draco's heart-wrenching call for Maria's love, to the climactic dual for her hand, this is a breathtaking and absolutely spine tingleingly beautiful piece. This track gets a 10/10

Track 13 (Finale) - One Winged Angel ~ Advent Remix: What better way to end a Final Fantasy concert than with a riveting performance of "One Winged Angel?" Well, this isn't just any performance of the song. This breathtaking finale includes not only the entire World Festival Symphony Orchestra, but The Black Mages, and The CSUF University Singers as well. It is by far the most amazing performance of "One Winged Angel" ever! If you own only one version of "One Winged Angel" this is definatley the one! This track gets a 10/10


This album is absolutely amazing! It is by far the most amazing performance of Uematsu's work that I've ever heard. It highlights Nobuo Uematsu's musical brilliance and originality. This is truely an epic and moving performance of some of the most beloved video game music of all time. From beginning to end this album did not let me down in the slightest. It is worth three times the amount I paid for it! If you buy only one CD in your entire life, let it be this one. You won't regret it! This Album gets an overall score of 10/10

Sony / Final Fantasy Dissidia and Agito XIII
« on: November 14, 2008, 02:30:43 AM »
Man, I told my mom when I bough my Xbox 360 that it would be my last console purchase until Nintendo's next system, because I need a car. Now, just months after buying my 360. Sony(I mean Square-Enix...duh!) announces Final Fantasy Dissidia and Final Fantasy Agito XIII (As well as birth by sleep.) I don't have a PSP. NOW I CANT GET ONE! These games both look really good. Who here is going to buy them? (Maybe I can borrow my friend's PSP....)

Music / Composer's Best Poll #1 ~ Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy)
« on: August 23, 2008, 04:08:35 PM »
I just started out with some of his more well known Final Fantasy songs. I admit, that a lot is missing from the list, but all you will have to nominate those! (Somebody better say Final Fantasy IV Theme of Love!!)

Personally...I have to say To Zanarkand.

Off-Topic / Were you an NSider?
« on: August 19, 2008, 09:29:34 PM »
Okay. We are quickly approaching the 1 year anniversary of the death of NSider. While I love it here at NSM. I really miss NSider. I want everybody who was an NSider to post their NSider name and their Nsider friends here, as well as your NSider story

Name ~ The-Real-Link


Denlock (later became soulsaneangelis)
Phantom_Manatee (Sage)
And there were plenty more people who I saw on a regular basis.

I was a regualr on the Zelda board, though I was frequently seen on the Fan Art board and the Help boards. I had become quite well known and respected on the zelda board along with several other users. I had made several reference and resouce threads, as well as several essay threads that won post of the week. (and was nominated for post of the month, but NSider was shut down before the winner was announced.) I was frequent competitor in the art of the month contest, and was a contributor to the GIMP Faq thread run by the Sage Koopabros. I was a high ranked Nsider with almost 5000 posts. And was a well known Sig maker, and made sigs for a lot of other NSiders, as well as custom sprite sheets. I'll miss NSider. It was an awsome place! RIP Nsider!

Nintendo / Never Mind~~~
« on: August 16, 2008, 07:13:48 PM »
WAAAYYY! Back when Twilight Princess was first announced (before it was called Twilight Princess) Nintendo announced a 3D Kirby adventure slated for Gamecube (Which was eventually changed to Wii). What ever happened to that? Does anybody know? Never Mind~~~~

Music / Video Game Instrumental Arrangements - New Song - Aug 16
« on: August 16, 2008, 02:55:31 AM »
I'll be posting all of my intrumental arrangements on here. New ONE!!!

Animal Crossing ~ Rainy Day -
The Legend of Zelda ~ Dungeon Theme -

Movies & TV / Tom Clancey's: Splinter Cell
« on: August 08, 2008, 03:16:42 PM »
Yes! Our wishes have come true! A Splinter Cell Movie is in the works! As far as I know no actors have been announced. They released a short 10 second logo-trailer, but that's it so far. Who do you think should play Sam Fisher?
I think Bruce Willis could make a pretty good Fisher.

Here's another of my original compositions. I just finished writing it. The idea and the entire song was created in about 45 minutes. I was sitting at the piano playing around when I hit a series of notes. After playing around with them for about 10 minutes I headed to the PC, and about 25 minutes later, I give you The Twilight Clock. I really wish I record it using the GPO from Finale 2009, but I don't have it. It was made using the MIDI system from my Finale Printmusic '08. It sounds pretty good, but the strings, etc. could sound more realistic with better sound mixing and GPO. I still think it turned out very well! I'm very happy with it!

Help! / Can anyone here translate Japanese to English?
« on: July 20, 2008, 08:06:19 PM »
Does anyone here know how to translate Japanese Characters to English? I haven't finished Japanese 1 yet, so I only translate a TINY bit. I need someone to translate something written by Nobuo Uematsu/Shiro Hamaguchi.

Off-Topic / My Music Collection *56k - Pictures*
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:33:11 PM »
I'm back everybody! Yea, that was a long vacation wasn't it! Well, I've got some plans for some new arrangements pretty soon, but in the mean time here's a look at my music collection. (It's not EVERYTHING I own, but most of it. I didn't show all of my CDs just my VG soundtracks, etc.) Tell me what you think. And if you want to know where I got any of it, just ask! ^_^


All My Classicalish Music Stuff (Plus a music dictionary and guides to both orchestration and notation.) Most of it's piano, but the Bach Harpsichord Concertos, the Liszt Totentanz/Rhapsody on a Hungarian Folk Tune, and Mozart Piano Concertos 1-6 are full score books

Some of my popular stuff

My Video Game music books

All My Video game CDs. The Kingdom Hearts boxset is a 9 CD set that has EVERY SINGLE SONG from Kingdom Hearts in it, plus some never before released extended tracks and some tracks from the Japan only Final Mix +

Bonus!!! ^_^
These things are so cool they just speak for themselves!!!!!

Help! / Does anybody know who composed...
« on: June 13, 2008, 02:30:46 PM »
Does anybody know who composed the music for the original SNES Harvest Moon game. The only name I could find was just, Chacky. Is that the only name given, or is it a nickname or what? If I have to I'll contact Natsume themselves, because this is going to go on my CD.

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