Friday, December 07, 2007

Final Fantasy Distant Worlds CD Available at Amazon now!

This is the official CD for the Final Fantasy twentieth anniversary concert tour. At the Distant Worlds site, they have revealed the disc is now on sale at Amazon. Here are some details from the site:

All music composed and produced by Nobuo Uematsu
Arnie Roth, Conductor and Executive Producer

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Allmänna Sången
Susan Calloway (Solo singer)
Emma Wetter, Fredrik Strid and Johan Schinkler (Opera vocal soloists)
Per Skareng (Solo guitarist)

1) Opening - Bombing Mission (FINAL FANTASY VII)
2) Liberi Fatali (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
3) Aerith's Theme (FINAL FANTASY VII)
4) Fisherman's Horizon (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
5) Don't be Afraid (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
6) Memoro de la Stono - Distant Worlds (FINAL FANTASY XI)
7) Medley 2002 (FINAL FANTASY I-III)
8) Theme of Love (FINAL FANTASY IV)
9) Vamo' alla Flamenco (FINAL FANTASY IX)
11) Opera "Maria and Draco" (FINAL FANTASY VI)
12) Swing de Chocobo (FINAL FANTASY series)
13) One-Winged Angel (FINAL FANTASY VII)

Running time: 75 min.

The price is $19.98, however the CD is also going to be available at the concert tour locations. I'm someone who can't wait for things like this, so I may end up getting it now. There is a quote from Mr. Uematsu at the Distant Worlds site:

"The title selection, the recording quality and the performance quality of the new Distant Worlds CD is excellent. These factors make me call it a Best of Final Fantasy album in every regard,"

Here's the Distant Worlds Site:
  • Distant Worlds
  • Below is the link to Amazon:
  • Buy the CD Here!
  • Monday, November 19, 2007

    More Megaman music news!

    Capcom is also releasing two new Megaman arranged CDs, one techno and one rock. I bet these will be really cool. Will they be able to top the Megalomania CD? Anyway, most new Capcom products are only available at cocoeBiz, and you can check out more details of these arranged albums on their upcoming releases page:
  • Coming Soon
  • The Rock Arrange is due out on 12/5, and the Techno Arrange is due out on 12/19. You can pre-order them now. Thank you CocoeBiz for making these available!
  • Megaman 7 & 8 soundtracks available to order now!

    I have been wanting this for years! Probably old news already to Megaman fans, but news this good has to be spread around. Finally, Megaman 7 & 8 are getting new and proper soundtrack releases! Both are scheduled to be released on 11-21. I think they will sell really fast! CocoeBiz is also holding a contest to win a Capcom Photo Album for those who purchase some of their Megaman (Rockman) CDs. Here are more details:
  • Mega man 7
  • and
  • Megaman 8
  • Also check out:
  • CocoeBiz Contest Page
  • CocoeBiz Theme Contest

    CocoeBiz has announced a contest to compose a theme for them! Only the announcement has been made thus far. They state that more details will come out in early 2008.

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Meet & Greet SOLD OUT!

    The official Final Fantasy Distant Worlds site is reporting that the tickets to meet with Mr. Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth at the show are sold out! This includes the Stockholm and Chicago performances. That didn't take long, did it?

    Drawing Sailor Moon (3 of 4)

    Part three of Drawing Sailor Moon in real time. As previously mentioned, this was originally a thirty-seven minute drawing session I recorded. In the last one I will show the inked and colored versions of this drawing:

    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    Drawing Sailor Moon (2 of 4)

    Here's Part 2, hope you enjoy!

    NEW! Drawing Sailor Moon (1 of 4)

    I had been wanting to do a Sailor Moon drawing video for a while now, so here is the first part! The total time for the drawing was about thirty-seven minutes, so I split it up into four parts. I will add the others as soon as they are uploaded.

    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    New track at the Skies Symphony

    Now that Kiesca (The Skies Symphony) has completed his work on the "First Tragedy" downloadable symphonic Metal album, he has started work on his next project already it seems! Entitled Will of the World, it serves as the instrumental introduction to "Hopeless Reborn". It's fantastic. This one is mostly piano driven, and it's pretty chaotic! It's been a lot of fun following what this guy does. Even though some of his music is really dark, I really enjoy it, and if you haven't yet checked out his game music arranges, I recommend it, they're awesome! Many of the tracks remind me of some epic battle taking place in a RPG.

    You can download and listen to First Tragedy or get in on the beginning of Hopeless Reborn at the link below. I think you will appreciate the amazing musicianship if nothing else, and hey, the tracks are completely free! A gift from the artist!
  • The Skies Symphony
  • I'll update again when the Skies Symphony adds another work.
  • Dracula X Chronicles Soundtrack

    This is going to be really limited I think. On 11/08/07, the soundtrack to the long-awaited Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles PSP version is scheduled to be released. Cocoebiz is listing it as two discs. I'm guessing that one disc will be the original soundtrack, and the other will be the new arranges for the PSP verison.
  • Pre-order at cocoebiz now!
  • On another note, Look for the Cap'n Crunch web comic to hit during the week. I think it's better to launch it when I have more pages completed. Yesterday was gonna be the day, but I spent Friday resting from the work week, and didn't accomplish everything I had set to go Saturday.
    Don't forget, the Odin Sphere OST will be released on 10/24!

    Since there is no Cap'n Crunch yet, I have a need to get more art up here, so this is a new Batgirl drawing I recently completed.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2007


    Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy kicks off December 4th, 2007 in Stockholm Sweden! Marking the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy with an all new tour, Mr. Nobuo Uematsu and veteran Final Fantasy Concert conductor Arnie Roth will be there! Even better news, a second show has already been announced for March 1, 2008 in Chicago! It will be at the Rosemont Theater, where Play! A Video Game Symphony launched last year.
    This is excellent news! According to the official site (see link below), Mr. Uematsu will be in attendance at both shows. A ticket price of $150.00 has been established to attend a meeting session with Mr. Uematsu at the event. Tickets for the Chicago performance are on sale now. I am thinking they will go quickly. The event promises to be a blast.
    A special Final Fantasy CD is also being released to celebrate the series' twenty year history, as well as this new tour. The CD will be available at the concert locations.
    Check out the site below!
  • Distant Worlds Official Site
  • Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Play! is heading to Oslo in October!

    I am thrilled to see the Play! A Video Game Symphony continue it's world tour. The tour stops in Oslo, Norway on October 26th, at 8:30 PM. You can visit the following sites for more information:
  • Play! A Video Game Symphony
  • As always, I'll report any new Play! news ASAP.
  • Sunday, September 02, 2007

    Good News for Odin Sphere fans

    The release date for the Odin Sphere soundtrack is Oct. 24th in Japan! I checked a number of sites, and Play-Asia is the only one I have seen so far that has pre-orders available. I am expecting that Cocoebiz will have them available to order soon as well. You can check out the Play-Asia page here:
  • Pre-order Odin Sphere OST at Play-Asia
  • Until Next Time!
  • Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Drawing Aeris!!

    I just got a bunch of cool Final Fantasy arranged tunes, and got really inspired to do a FF sketch video. Here is me drawing Aeris, showcasing some excellent game music in the process.

    Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Great new upcoming game soundtrack releases

    A few of the upcoming game soundtrack releases caught my eye, I'm looking forward to these. These are in no particular order.

    Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack
    Chances are I won't play the game, but I may check out this soundtrack.

    **More New Music by Yuzo Koshiro!!!!**
    Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 Original Soundtrack (First Press Available)
    So looking forward to this. Koshiro is my favorite, and I love his work for the first two Wangan Midnight games. They are incredible!!

    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fate / Original Soundtrack
    Still haven't played the first FF Crystal Chronicles, but I really enjoyed it's music.

    Ar tonelico 2 Sekai ni Hibiku Shojo tachi no Sozoshi Original Soundtrack
    Currently playing Ar Tonelico, and I think this, like the first one, will feature a great soundtrack.

    Dragon Quest Sword Original Soundtrack
    I really liked the screenshots for this game. I usually always check out a new Dragon Quest title. No doubt this game will have great music.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    The Legend of Xanadu Help Page!

    If you've never heard of it, the Legend of Xanadu is one of very few games Falcom released for a console system. In this case, the Japanese PC Engine Duo. Of course you can still play it on a U.S. Turbo Duo as well, without any sort of converter. Later they made it available for PC as an added bonus with Xanadu Next.
    I've had an old but great game guide for the Falcom masterpiece Legend of Xanadu for a while now. I found it years ago, and since then it has seemingly disappeared off the internet. Fortunately I saved the guide. Believe me, if you've played Legend of Xanadu, and don't understand Japanese, the guide contains valuable information. For a long time now I've wanted to bring this guide back. The good news is after contacting the author I can indeed bring this guide back for those who want to play this great game. Thank you Ara Shirinian! I have already begun a blog site for the Legend of Xanadu guide. If you haven't played the game, but wanted to, now's your opportunity!
  • The Legend of Xanadu Help Page
  • I'm also adding a banner for it in the links section here!
  • Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Cap'n Crunch to debut soon...

    Not willing to let Cap'n Crunch: Intergalactic Bounty Hunter become just a series of sketches, I've decided to create comics for it! As soon as I finish the first page I will post it here. More than likely I'll have a new page every week. Of course if I'm able to create more pages in a week I'll put them up. I didn't want to start off with an origin tale, so the first story begins in the middle of a battle. I am surprised that it is a lot of fun developing this. Hopefully one day I'll have completed a bunch of different stories with the Cap'n.

    I am in the midst of creating a preview trailer for it to put on youtube, so here is a quick look at a sketch for it. You may have to click to enlarge.

    Who's that on the lower left there? You'll have to wait and see!

    I have another game music delivery on the way soon, and I can't wait to report on all the new music!

    Until Next Time...

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    Yuzo Koshiro Best Collection 2 Titles

    Good news! Cocoebiz is listing the following titles will appear in the Yuzo Koshiro Best Collection 2. Super Shinobi and the Bare Knuckle (Streets of Rage) trilogy. Should be quite a treat for those unfamiliar with the music.

    The FF Tactics Advance 2 site has some wonderful music when you enter the site. I hope it is in the game.
  • FF Tactics "A2" Site
  • My latest sketch video features Adol Christin from the Ys series. I used three different versions of Adol's theme for it:
  • Sunday, July 15, 2007

    THANKS FOR 3,000 HITS!!

    Thank you for visiting my page again!
    In keeping with the tradition of posting a special drawing every thousand page views I get, here is Cap'n Crunch, Intergalactic Bounty Hunter! Maybe I'll do a comic with him one day...

    Monday, July 09, 2007

    Drawing Mega Man part 2!!

    As someone who draws very fast, I made this effort to slow down my approach to Drawing MegaMan. The goal is make it easier to see it come together, so I also cut out a lot of my normal sketch lines, keeping it cleaner to see it better. I practice every day and love to draw constantly.
    My personal preference for drawing the Blue Bomber is to make him short, like in the original series. In future videos I will include different characters, and also do the taller version MegaMan as featured in MegaMan 8.
    I'm no expert of course, and everyone's approach is different. I always start out with simple shapes and build upon them. MegaMan is like a bunch of circles and ovals thrown together. Don't be afraid to draw your lines light and draw through them until you're comfortable with how the shape turns out. You can always go back and erase the guidelines you don't need anymore.

    The Music is one of my favorites from MegaMan 8. Hope you enjoy!

    Thursday, July 05, 2007


    It's great to see Mr. Yuzo Koshiro making waves in game music once again. He recently contributed a number of awesome tracks alongside Michiru Yamane for the Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin soundtrack and now they are re-releasing his classic works along with some fantastic new ones! As a huge fan, I had to pick them up right away.


    Volume 1 is out now, and Volume 2 is slated for release on 8/10/2007. It is unknown what will be contained in it as of this post. Don't miss out on the chance to pick up these rare classics without having to pay a fortune for them.




    The soundtrack to the new Nintendo DS RPG Etrian Odyssey is another of Koshiro's new works. It's Japanese title is Sekaiju no Meikyu. I was so excited when I heard this soundtrack for a couple of reasons. 1. The soundtrack consists entirely of chip music. 2. It's two discs, the first one being the DS Version, and disc 2 is the PC-88 version, which is not only fantastic, but remarkable for someone in this day and age to release new PC-88 music.
    That's one reason I am such a huge fan of Yuzo Koshiro, he is not afraid to go back to the roots of game music and make something new from something old. It's really good to see him coming back so strong.
    Cocoebiz is currently selling these wonderful soundtracks:
  • Yuzo Koshiro Best Collection at Cocoebiz
  • AND
  • Etrian Odyssey at Cocoebiz
  • Pictures below!






    A new video I made of the Silent Desert area of Ys Origin, except this time you get to hear Falcom's Super Arrange Version of Silent Desert. The CD is brand new, just released on June 29th. Enjoy!


    Wednesday, July 04, 2007


    Today I want to thank our troops who are fighting for us. They are at risk daily, often giving their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. Many of us will be busy today, but don't forget to reflect on all those who make it possible for us to live in freedom. Thank you, you all are real heroes!!

    Thursday, June 21, 2007


    Drawing Milon, one of the most underrated game heroes. If you like this, please check back for more, I am just getting started with this character.

    Monday, June 11, 2007

    Small Collection update

    Just updated my collection list, I still need to finish posting the autographed CD pictures. The link is below if you would like to check it out:
  • My Game Music Collection List
  • More Soon!
  • Saturday, June 09, 2007


    Last Saturday, June 2nd I had the pleasure of attending not one, but two more concerts in the fantastic Play! A Video Game Symphony world tour. The shows were held at 3:00pm and 7:30pm in beautiful Stockholm Sweden. That brings me up to 12 game concerts attended so far, and I won't stop now!

    What a day it was! Before the show started I found Mr. Akira Yamaoka, composer for Silent Hill walking around outside taking pictures and he was quite a gentleman for granting me a photo with him (see below). I also got to meet a lot of other great people (you know who you are) and even spoke with a journalist from Australia about video game music, it's growing popularity, and the history of orchestral concert performances of video game music. It was a great opportunity to shed some light on my passion for game music and promote some well deserved respect for the very gifted composers of video game music and their hard work.

    The concert was yet again conducted by the amazing Mr. Arnie Roth, who was indeed pleased to be working with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus once more. Surprises and special guests are a trademark of Play! and this show was no exception. Sweden's own Gustaf Grefberg was there, and some of his work from "The Darkness" was performed. Konami's Akira Yamaoka was there as I mentioned above, and even Machine Supremacy was there! When you have that much talent in one building you know amazing things are gonna happen. The entire show was a whopping two and a half hours, and the place was packed!!

    Here's the Set List:

    Play! Fanfare by Nobuo Uematsu
    It's becoming an old favorite. It showcases the playful side of "Mr. Final Fantasy."

    ANNO 1701
    I hadn't heard a lot about this RPG, but the footage shown really looked cool. This piece was great, and reminded me of a village.

    Commodore 64 medley
    This was just fantastic! I wasn't a hardcore C64 player back then, but a couple of the games I was definitely familiar with. Some titles included in this medley were Last Ninja, International Karate, Great Giana Sisters (loved this), Wizball, Forbidden Forest, and Ancestors. It was great to see the old games in action.

    The Darkness
    From the new game based on Marc Silvestri's Top Cow Comic. Great work by the choir here, very dark. The video shown from the game looked promising.

    Simply awesome. If you're familiar with the Perfect Selection Dracula New Classic CD, you'll love this, especially the second part, which includes a fantastic organ performance. Let's face it, organs are a trademark of the series. I would be surprised if there wasn't one. Gotta love it. Cinemas from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness were provided and worked great here.

    Lost Odyssey
    The latest from Nobuo Uematsu and Hironobu Sakaguchi. This looks incredible! Not only was the music stirring, the cinemas shown were not typical from what we're used to seeing from Mr. Sakaguchi either. But then again this isn't Final Fantasy. Really looking forward to it.

    Super Shinobi
    If you know me, you know I am a diehard fan of Yuzo Koshiro. He's the best. His arrangement for this was amazing! Though it was orchestrated, the energy was from Mr. Koshiro was still there. Great footage from the Genesis game was shown.

    Silent Hill 2: Theme of Laura (guitar performance by Mr. Akira Yamaoka)
    Akira Yamaoka rules! This was my second time seeing this performed by him, and he does it the best. He definitely has a great stage presence, and on the outside he seems like quite a dark fellow, but I found him very approachable when I saw him outside before the show.

    Metal Gear Solid
    One of gaming's great themes, I think. It's instantly recognizable.

    Super Mario Bros.
    The old classic. Everyone always cheers for this. I am still amazed at how many Mario games are featured in this medley.


    Mars, from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst
    I was certainly surprised to see a non game piece here, but I wasn't disappointed! Mr. Roth explained how the work of Holst was a big influence on so many of the great composers of our time, including composers for games. It certainly felt like it could be in a game. Great job!

    Commodore Amiga Medley
    I was a lot more familiar with these pieces, especially Turrican 2. Games included in this medley were Turrican 2, Alien Breed, James Pond 2, Pinball Fantasies, Lionheart, and Lemmings. It should be noted that both the C64 and the Amiga Medley were exclusive to this concert.

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    This game is becoming quite huge, and Jeremy Soule's music for it has me listening to the soundtrack quite often.

    Shadow of the Colossus
    One of the best games I've ever played. The opening is featured here, and again, the choir was amazing. I would love it if Play! were to feature some of the battle music from Colossus one day.

    Legend of Zelda Medley
    Video featuring Mr. Koji Kondo announced this piece, and of course everyone loves it.
    It's so classic, you can't go wrong.

    Time For The Finale!

    Dancing Mad
    The last battle from Final Fantasy VI, my favorite Final Fantasy. I have waited years and years to see this performed live. I was speechless, Machine Supremacy came out and they had to play from another platform, with the orchestra and the choir taking up so much room already. It was flawless, and complete. Ha! The only thing missing was Kefka's famous laugh. Everyone went insane for this. I mean, I traveled to Sweden all the way from America to see this. The choir was amazing, and the organ soloist must have worked extra hard, because he did an incredible job. So you have the orchesrta, the choir, a real pipe organ and hardcore speed rock. All the necessary ingredients were there. At the end of the piece Machine Supremacy played the extended ending melody you may know if you've heard the Black Mages CD. It was a complete success, and very loud, amazing.

    What a concert! Several standing ovations were given by the audience, and everone was happy! This was the loudest crowd I've ever seen at a game concert. Everyone had a geat time. At the 7:30 show, we even got an encore of the last part from Dancing Mad.

    After the event there was a meeting session with Gustaf Grefberg, Arnie Roth, Akira Yamaoka, and Machine Supremacy. It was fantastic. With my old Program book filled with autographs, I bought a new one and was delighted to get some new signatures on it. I spoke to Machine Supremacy for a few minutes and they were just great, and they were really surprised at how far I traveled.

    This was defintely one of the best days of my life ever, and I even got to meet two friends from the Ancient Land of Ys Message Board.

    It was so worth it, I would never miss it. THIS is what I mean when I say don't forget to live.

    A Fantastic example of the wonder of Stockholm, Sweden. Lots of beautiful structures everywhere. I'll surely return one day.

    The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic prepares to dazzle all of us:

    Fans take their seats as showtime draws near. Check out the gorgeous architecture!

    Konserthuset! Think of it as "concert house". Inside is where all the magic happened:

    The electronic sign outside the concert hall:

    The Banner hanging from the center of the "Konserthuset" Concert Hall was enormous, and was the largest I've ever seen for Play!

    One of many framed posters hanging about the Concert Hall promoting the event:

    The NES video game cover band Powerplay performed several classics for those waiting to enter! Here they are playing music from Super Mario Bros. 2!

    Here they are playing "FlashMan" from MegaMan 2!

    For more videos of Powerplay feel free to check my channel on youtube:
  • Game Music Freak on youtube
  • Thanks for watching!

    I hope you enjoyed this writeup, and please visit the official Play! site for more information on upcoming shows, and don't forget to sign up for their free e-mail newsletter!
  • Play! A Video Game Symphony
  • Thanks again to Jason Michael Paul Productions for making this event possible, and for bringing game music to the forefront with Play!

    Additional credits:

    Alien Breed by Allister Brimble
    James Pond 2 by Richard Joseph
    Pinball Fantasies by Olof Gustafsson
    Lionheart by Matthias Steinwachs
    Lemmings by Brian Johnston and Tim Wright
    Turrican 2 by Chris Huelsbeck

    International Karate by Rob Hubbard
    Great Giana Sisters by Chris Huelsbeck
    The Last Ninja by Ben Daglish
    Wizball by Martin Galway
    Forbidden Forest by Paul Norman
    Ancestors (Zoids Desert Battle) by Larry Fast

    My Play! Program Books, the new one is on the bottom:
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2007


    It was a quite a journey! To say the concerts were a complete success is an understatement. The energy in Stockholm was amazing, and the fans there are by far the most diehard I've ever seen at any concert. I'm preparing a full report. In the meantime there's a new picture below with Akira Yamaoka! Please check back soon, I will have a lot of cool things to share!

    Tuesday, May 29, 2007


    Going off on another adventure today! I'm heading to Stockholm Sweden to attend two more shows in the Play! A Video Game Symphony concert series. It's going to be great, both shows are going to be on Saturday, June 2nd, and could possibly be the biggest shows yet for Play! Expect plenty of details of all the events when I return.

    See you later!

    Sunday, May 27, 2007


    First of all, please don't get me wrong, you have every right to buy and enjoy any CD you want, but since I believe in supporting the original CD composers and creators, this information is intended to help and not to hinder. Also, as many others know, most of these discs originate out of Taiwan, and not Japan.

  • Click
  • Did you notice anything? That Dragon Quest V CD set is from SM, and is a surefire pirate CD. I can't knock Really, I love them. They put a major effort into stopping the sale of these things on their site, and they make it so much easier to get imports from Japan without having to pay a hefty sum to import it yourself. No doubt that Dragon Quest V soundtrack is from the old stock. Still helps to know though, doesn't it?

    Five major Pirate CD makers are SM or sonmay (See Ys II Sample below), Alion, Ever Anime, Miya Records and something with a wierd symbol I am unable to make out. These are the big ones I run into more than anything. One comic shop in my area literally has dozens of game music CDs for sale all the time, but every one of them is a pirate bootleg CD. It's a shame, too, because otherwise it's a great place.
    Here is what the Ever Anime logo looks like:

    If you see this symbol on any CD, beware, it is a pirate:
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2007


    Here is a profile of an official and an unofficial Ys II soundtrack CD, with the official King Records release above the fake SM "Sonmay" one. This is a good example of a very decpetive fake for many reasons. For one, the ACTUAL Falcom logo appears on the bottom. I can't believe they got away with this. On later fake CDs you will not find the official company logo anywhere. Look also at the black spine. Many fake CDs have a different colored spine from the real ones. In this example, since both spines are black, you'll need to look further to distinguish the real from the pirate, but you won't need to look too much further. Look at the fake again and you'll see "SM-040" in the upper left corner. This is just one of many fake catalog numbers that pirate CD companies use.

    So, Why an Ys CD? Well, it's one of the few bootlegs I own. And, as the series garners more fame, there will be demand for soundtracks of the earlier Ys titles. Hopefully this will help you steer from making a purchase you won't be proud of.

    The following picture shows the back cover of both CDs with the official one above the fake one. Taking a look at the bottom lower right corner of both covers reveals something more sinister. The pirate CD maker SM actually uses the correct catalog number (K32X 7704) here! If you didn't know that SM was a maker of pirate CDs, you could be deceived into thinking it was official! However, it's nothing to worry over, there are still plenty other ways to detect it's a fake.

    You'll want to be careful on ebay, just because a correct catalog number is given, doesn't mean you're getting an official CD. If the seller can not provide a picture, request the record label be given. Ebay is rampant with fake game CDs, as well as fake soundtrack sets for such series as Catlevania and Final Fantasy.

    The picture below shows the spine of both Ys II discs, with the official one on top. (click to enlarge)

    Now the fake catalog number of SM-040 finally appears. Look closely how the pirate CD makers made an effort to create a spine that looks almost exactly like the official CD release. Take note, Falcom no longer uses King Records to produce it's soundtracks, so on any new Falcom discs you will see a catalog numer beginning with "NW". The King Records catalog number here on Ys II (K32X 7704) is also an early version of it's numbering system. On later releases King Records began using KICA-"Number" on most or all of their CDs.

    Here is an image of both discs. Once again, the official disc is on top, the fake on the bottom.
    Check out how similar they are, and yet at the same time they are very different. You can clearly tell which one is fake by the absence of the King Records logo on the bottom one. When I bought this CD the first time, I had no idea whatsoever that it was a fake. Even though this CD is quite old, it is evident that even back then SM or Sonmay was making fake CDs that look almost exactly like the originals.

    Personally, I can not tell a difference in sound quality, but after years of going to conventions and seeing tons of these fake being sold, they get annoying, and they get you angry. I've seen too many of these now and it just ticks me off when I see them still being sold. Now, for this Ys II, all the tracks are the same on both discs, but I've seen a pirate release of Final Fantasy VIII that comes in a real nice case, but if you look at disc three it is actually missing "Eyes on Me," one of the most important songs in the game!
    Until other countries get serious about importing game music into retail stores, these fakes are going to continue to have a market, for they sell for at least half the price of official ones. It is happening, but at a snail's pace. Common prices for fake CDs are anywhere from $6.95 to $14.95 USD. deserves a big thank you for not only putting a stop to selling fake CDs on their own site, but for also making it possible to get many of the latest game music releases without having to pay so much to import.


    No, this is a fine example of what you may hear commonly referred to as a Douin CD. It's pretty much like someone doing fan art in Japan, or, thanks to many fans all over the world, they are becoming much more common in other areas. As game music continues to grow in popularity, you can expect the number of fan made remixes to increase as well.
    The artwork may look somewhat unofficial on the above CD, but don't let that take you. The makers of Pirate game and anime CDs from what I've seen always strive to create something that looks similar if not exactly like it's official counterpart. Doujin CDs are one of my favorite things to collect. Many times you'll get some refreshing all new versions of your favorite game tracks. Doujin CDs are fan made remixes, most of which are of professional quality. Project Majestic Mix and The One Ups are examples of fantastic artits who are turning their passion for game music into incredible CDs. In the case of the Final Fantasy IV above, JM Midi not only re-created the complete FF IV soundtrack, but they also included the unused tracks, previously only available on the FF Mix CD and Final Fantasy IV Minimum album. This truly is a work of art.
    So, while it may not look like this:

    The JM Midi FF IV and other Doujin CDs definitely are not bootlegs.

    While I'm at it, here is the site of my personal favorite Doujin arranger and one of my favorite game composers Atsushi Fukai:
  • Here you'll find examples of more Doujin soundtracks inspired by Ys, Dragon Quest, and even Dragon Spirit. One of Mr. Fukai's trademarks is creating imaginary game soundtracks, featuring all new music based on the style of a certain game or series.

    Another important note:
    While it is true that some Doujin CDs may be sold at a similar price as some bootlegs, they will be instantly distinguishable by their content. There are sellers on ebay though, who sell copies of douin Mangas on CD. So even Doujins have bootleggers. *Sigh*

    I truly hope this has been helpful so far, and it's by no means the end of my coverage of pirate CDs.
  • Friday, May 18, 2007


    Even back in my early days of collecting game music, the first Ys soundtrack I ever bought was a crap SM bootleg. Since that time, I bought two real Music from Ys CDs to make up for it. There were a few others too, that I bought as bootlegs out of ignorance and since then managed to get real copies of. But back then, the convention circuit was filled with bootleg soundtracks. I remember seeing tons of Dragon Quest CDs and just being in awe. I even remember seeing bootleg Falcom Special Boxes back then too. Everyone just assumed they were the real thing. In those early days I never met anyone who told me they weren't genuine. Thanks to the internet you can find lots of helpful information on them now, and with this article and more to come I'd like to contribute as well. The point I want to make is that the composers know about the piracy of their work, and I have a real story that proves it.

    This was the second time I met Mr. Koji Kondo in May 2006. First of all, he remembered me from Mr. Uematsu's Tower Records signing event the previous day, which was remarkable considering all the fans he met over a two day period. I think I was one of the lucky few who managed to meet him at Tower records that day. I know a lot of people didn't recognize him.

    It happened at the Chicago premiere of Play! at the composer meeting event. I had tons of CDs with me, and it was so hard to decide which ones to bring, and even harder to carry them all around. Anyway, when I approached Mr. Koji Kondo, I presented my Zelda Windwaker and Ocarina of Time soundtracks to him for signing. Here's where something great happened. Before signing, he looked over both CDs carefully and said softly: "Japanese". I knew immediately that he was confirming the authenticity of the discs, and I thought that was so cool! I wonder if anyone out there has had a similar experience...

    More to come, including pictures of bootleg Ys soundtracks and real ones to compare them to.

    Thursday, May 17, 2007


    Here's an updated version of my Drawing Mega Man video. This time I added music from Megalomania, I think it is much more enjoyable now.

    Thursday, May 10, 2007

    THANKS FOR 2,000 HITS!!

    To all those who visit my page, you have my thanks! Here is Milon, drawn especially for the occasion.

    Thursday, May 03, 2007


    Finally got the Mega Man "Megalomania" CD the other day. It's a great Mega Man guitar arranged Doujin CD by Dangerous Mezashi Cat. I have to admit, the cover art is fantastic, but I wondered whether or not the CD would live up to that quality.

    No worries, it delivers completely! It's pure Mega Man rock, with plenty of room in each track used to cover the main melodies, and at the same time provide additional music to compliment the wonderful arrangements. Now, this isn't hard core Metal by any means, but that doesn't mean it's not hardcore rock! Great synth and fast, heavy drums accompany many of the tracks, and all of them are instantly recognizeable. The musicicans produced a great balance of staying true to the original music, as well as creating a refreshing take on old classics.

    Right now, this disc might be hard to get, as doujin CDs aren't sold by everybody, and their circulation is almost nonexistent outside of Japan. The price will be around $19.99. I recommend ebay seller champ_des_pins, who supports the doujin CD creators like no one else on ebay.


    1. MegaMan 2 Opening
    2. MegaMan 2 Title
    3. CutMan
    4. IceMan
    5. FireMan
    6. MetalMan
    7. BubbleMan
    8. WoodMan
    9. CrashMan
    10. FlashMan
    11. QuickMan
    12. Dr. Wily Stage (MegaMan 2)
    13. MegaMan 3 Title
    14. SparkMan
    15. Get Weapon (MegaMan 3)
    16. SnakeMan
    17. PharoahMan (Bonus)

    Sunday, April 29, 2007


    I hope you will enjoy this little sketch video I made of Mega Man. I had a lot of fun doing it and I've wanted to do something like this for a long time.

    I have begun adding pictures of my autographed Game Soundtracks on the collection page. So I guess my update wasn't complete after all... All of the new pictures will be ready soon.
    You'll find a link to it in the links section on the right!

    Waiting for a number of awesome Game Music CDs to arrive. I'll have full coverage on them when they all get here.

    Catch you later!

    Saturday, April 28, 2007

    More details of Play! Stockholm revealed!

    As June 2nd draws closer, the excitement keeps building around the upcoming Play! a Video Game Symphony in Stockhom Sweden. One of the coolest announcements so far is that Machinae Supremacy will be performing Dancing Mad from Final Fantasy VI! Previously it had only been announced that a rock band will perform it, but now with this new news the two concerts in Stockholm have gotten a major upgrade! I can't wait for this! You can bet I'll be there and when I get back I'll have plenty of pics to share! Of course if any other news comes out about this event, I'll be sure to report it.

    Don't forget to visit the official Play! site as well:
  • Play! A Video Game Symphony
  • Be sure to check the bottom of this page for the new artwork of the week! See you again soon.
  • Friday, April 20, 2007


    I had slacked off for a bit, but no more! Look at least once a week for a new artwork to appear on this page. This week it's X. I've been listening to the Mega Man X series music again and got so inspired. More soon!

    Saturday, April 14, 2007


    Finally I finished updating the collection page, you can view it here:
  • My Soundtrack Collection
  • Eventually, I may try to get pictures of everything up, but I'm comfortable with the way things are now. See you later!
  • Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Back from vacation!!

    Just back from a short rest in Branson, MO and I am fully revived for the coming months. A lot's going on! Right after the Hartford Play! concert was cancelled, another one was announced for May 26, in San Jose California. Details as always are on the official site for Play! A link is available in the links section.

    The countdown for the concert of the decade is now less than two months away. I'm talking about when Play! A Video Game Symphony returns to Stockholm, Sweden on June 2nd! I will be there, and will report everything. It's going to be super exciting, and it will be my first trip overseas.

    Falcom finally released the Ys Origin soundtrack, and announced the third Chapter of the Legend of Heroes VI: Sora No Kiseki.

    If you've checked out my links section before, you know who moAbi (OPUS XERO) is. He has now released an amazing Final Fantasy Battle Medley #2. It's a whopping 25 minutes long and is really an incedible work. Thanks moAbi, you ROCK!
    check it out at the link below, it's song 2 under Final Fantasy:
  • Opus XERO Music
  • THANKS AGAIN MOABI! Your music is amazing!!

    I just got the Tales of the Tempest soundtrack, thanks to Cocoebiz, and it's intense! There aren't a lot of soft tracks on it, and even though it's only one disc, Motoi Sakuraba jammed a ton of raging speed into it. The first four tracks give you the impression that this game could be really dark. Mr. Sakuraba's signature style is there: the melodic orchestrations, the heavy drums, and dark organ tunes. It almost seems as if Mr. Sakuraba composed the whole thing himself. He is listed as "person in charge" in the credits, and arrangement/composition credit goes to Namco Tales Studio, but I just have a feeling that he had a much bigger role in this one. I highly recommend it.

    That's all for now. In closing, I am planning to do a comic continuing the adventures of Milon from "Milon's Secret Castle". He is one of my favorite game characters, and I think I could do a really fun story with him. Only time will tell, but I'll keep you posted about it. Here's a sketch I did to see how I would like Milon to appear in the series.

  • Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Art Gallery on youtube!

    I made some of my art into a slide show and added some cool game music,(what other music would I use?) hope you like it! NOTE: Image #4 (Adol vs. Dark Fact) features color and effects by MP83!

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    Play! Hartford Cancelled?!!

    Well, it appears the Play! A Video Game Symphony Concert scheduled for March 29th in Hartford, CT has been cancelled. I noticed all information regarding the show had been pulled from the official Play! site when I was ready to purchase tickets, so I called the Bushnell Center for details. They stated that the show was indeed cancelled, and according to them, the show could still happen next year. Don't worry, if I know JMP productions, this was done for a good purpose. Who knows, maybe something even more exciting will come from this!
    Did any of you out there purchase tickets? I recommend calling or contacting the Bushnell at (860)987-6000. The Bushnell site has no information regarding this matter, and if anything changes I'll surely post it.

    Sunday, March 11, 2007

    Ys illustration contest entry!

    Here it is, it is also now permanently in the art gallery! I love how it turned out, and it will be awesome if it wins or makes it onto Falcom's page.

    Sunday, March 04, 2007


    Finally, I had some time to begin updating my collection list. First there was a lot of organizing to be done. Now that that's finished, I just need to list all the new stuff. Over at the collection page I have a new picture up of my game music shelves. Check it out!
  • View My Collection List
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2007


    Some real gems are coming out in March, here's just a few of them:

    Monster World Complete Collection Soundtrack 3/8

    Sonic and the Secret Rings 3/15

    Luminous Arc Original Soundtrack 3/21

    Castlevania Portrait of Ruin 3/23

    Falcom Live 2007 Sounds 3/29

    Ys Origin Original Soundtrack 3/29

    Phoenix Wright:Ace Attorney ~Gyakuten Saiban 1+2 Original Soundtrack 3/30

    All of these upcoming releases can be purchased from Cocoebiz/VGM World!

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  • Saturday, February 24, 2007


    I did this picture of Parin from Gurumin when I got the PSP game. I highly recommend you check it out, as I waited a long time to play it in English, and it's a lot of fun!
    As for the Ys soundtrack collecting guide, I lost my drive to finish it when I realized a couple others had already achieved what I wanted to with it. It will be something a little different now, but it's not dead!

    Monday, February 12, 2007

    Thanks for 1,000 hits!!

    Thanks to all those who have visited this page! 1,000 page views means a lot. Here is a special sketch of Batman & Mega Man for the occasion! See you again real soon!

    Wednesday, February 07, 2007


    About to finish the inks on an illustration for Falcom's Ys art contest, colors will be done by MP83, of course the results will be posted! In the meantime, a new artwork of the week has been added below. Be sure to look for the completed version next week!

    Monday, January 29, 2007

    Ys Origin Gameplay Video Added today!

    Today I added a small gameplay video from Ys Origin to youtube! It's footage I made of the Water Prison territory in the game. As you can hear form the video, Falcom once again did an amazing job on the music. Perhaps in some small way this will entice you to play this great game. Click on the link below, hope you like it! By the way, a new sketch has also been added below for the new artwork of the week!
  • Ys Origin: Water Prison Gameplay.
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    New Arrivals!!

    Lots of new arrivals today, when I update my collection list, these will be included.

    Blue Dragon Soundtrack!
    The latest from legend Nobuo Uematsu for the XBox 360 Console:

    Being a big fan of Atsushi Fukai, I decided to obtain as many of his works as possible.

    Romancing Saga Battle Themes:
    This one has arrangements featuring battle themes from Romancing Saga 1-3

    Project G:
    An imaginary sequel to the Gradius series, and contains arranged music from Gradius IV.

    Princess Maker 1,2, and 3 Battle Themes:
    After hearing Princess Maker 2. I had to hear more. This CD contains arrangements of themes from the Princess Maker series.

    The latest from Mr. Fukai, it features live instrumentation, and he has wonderfully re-arranged some of his greatest pieces for it.

    Project Fantasy Zone:
    A Soundtrack Inspired by Fantasy Zone.

    Midi-Mushi Collaborations:
    Here, Mr. Fukai has teamed up with a few others to create arrangements from Air and Snow among others.

    Project Dragon Spirits:
    At Last! An imaginary soundtrack to continue the Dragon Spirit Series, one of my favorites. Mr. Fukai didn't disappoint one bit with this, he nailed the inspirational sound and style that are trademarks of the legendary shooter.

    Project Twinbee Deluxe Pack:
    Two full-length Discs! Music inspired by the Twinbee series!

    Dirty Pair, Complete Art Works:
    A Brand new art book featuring illustrations from my all-time favorite anime, The Dirty Pair!

    Thanks go to Mr. Atsushi Fukai, for keeping the doujin scene alive for game music, and for graciously supporting the sale of Mr. Fukai's works!