Sunday, September 28, 2008

When you haven't heard it in a while...

I started listening to the Final Fantasy X Soundtrack again, after literally years without doing so. I'm a big fan of FF X, and when I first got the soundtrack and finished the game, I listened to the music constantly! That kind of wore it out for me, but one thing I do when I don't have anything new to listen to, is check out something older I haven't heard in a while.

Wow! I had forgotten how much I loved this music, and now I regret not taking it to the Distant Worlds concert with me in March to get the OST autographed! Now it seems like it's brand new again, and wonderful memories have come flooding back into my mind.

Once piece in particular I would like to give a special mention to is "Illusion". I listened to it so much a few years ago, it literally ended up becoming sort of a theme for me when I would take a walk somewhere. Then I forgot about it. Most every RPG has a Wintery theme, but this one really struck a chord with me, even more than "Buried in the Snow" from FF VII. I got chills upon hearing it again.

I remember cool, foggy mornings filled with light drizzle and mist, wet roads, and dodging new puddles created by the rain. I find it hard to believe that I could have forgotten such a wonderful piece of music that I had really gotten attached to!

Now it's fresh in my mind again, and Winter is coming up just around the corner, and I look forward to attaching new memories around this wonderful music.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sorcerian Megadrive Album out soon!

Today it is very rare for music from a an old game to get a new release like this, and this is one album to look out for! The Sorcerian Megadrive album is available for pre-order at Play-Asia right now! Due out on October 10/29/2008 (10/31 at Play-Asia), it's sure to be one of the best soundtrack releases this year! If you have ever played any version of Sorcerian, you know it has awesome music.

Containing two discs with 43 tracks, it's truly a can't miss album for Falcom fans. Beware, the price of $39.90 USD is a little steep at Play-Asia, but since Falcom is not releasing this album, it may not be available at CocoeBiz.

If you would like to know more about Sorcerian, I recommend checking out the hardcore gaming articles on it:
  • Hardcore Gaming: Sorcerian
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia news:

    In Castlevania news, the Order of Ecclesia soundtrack will be sold from Cocoebiz in a special bundle with the DS game (in Japanese). They are selling it from the Konami Style shop. Quantities will be limited, and the pre-order has not opened as of yet. I'm expecting the price to be in the $40-$50 range, maybe even higher. I'll update again when it's available to order, so for now the release date is October 23rd.

    I don't know if this is the same type of promotion Konami did for the Contra DS soundtrack, where the OST was only available with the game bundle. That seems unlikely since this is a Castlevania game, but you never know.

    Moore soon!
  • Saturday, September 20, 2008

    Thanks for 11,000 HIts!!

    Here's my "Scooby-Doo meets Adol Christin" piece as a thank you for visiting my page! It has never been seen outside a couple forums, but it's now on my art gallery page.
    Is that really a 1970's Adol? It couldn't happen any other way :)
    Thanks again, I'm waiting for my Megaman 9 soundtrack to arrive and I'll have my review of it up when it gets here.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    Profile: Mercer Friendly

    Mercer Friendly is a NYC based duo who were commissioned to do music and sound design for the Wii game, "Groovin' Blocks".

    Music from the game is available for purchase!

    Let me start right off and say the soundtrack for this game is really awesome! Entitled Jetpak: Music For Groovin' Blocks, it's outstanding and breathes new life into the "old school chip-tune" style of game music that we don't get to hear too much in video games anymore. Think, "Splash Lake with a lot more depth," and you'll know what I'm talking about. The Jetpak album, containing 6 wonderful electronically charged songs, is available to purchase from the Mercer Friendly website and is also available from

    I have been allowed to share the official press release from Mercer Friendly:

    September 13th, 2008 (NY, NY) -- Mercer Friendly is releasing their debut album featuring music from Groovin' Blocks. "Groovin' Blocks, is a music-based game like no other. It adds innovative musical gameplay to an addictive action/puzzle game. The game features 27 different stages for everyone, from casual to hardcore. It also includes 15 levels of unlockable bonuses, cooperative play and a head-to-head mode."

    The album, JETPAK, drops today on and Sept. 15th via

    For more on Mercer Friendly, please visit:

  • and
    Mercer Friendly's Myspace
  • Congratualtions on your great debut album, Mercer Friendly, and best of luck for the future!

    P.S. The album really is great, drop by and get it, you won't regret it!
  • Thursday, September 04, 2008

    New Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Concert Dates Announced!

    Two more shows have been announced in the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert tour!

    1. October 8th, 2008 -

    Denver, Colorado at 7:30pm in the Boettcher Concert Hall
    For tickets, call (303) 623-7876 and on sale online September 8, 2008. *NOTE: THE OFFICIAL SITE DOES NOT LIST MR. UEMATSU AS A GUEST FOR THIS SHOW* Conducting again will be Mr. Arnie Roth.

    2. April 14th, 2009 -

    Grand Rapids, Michigan at 7:30pm in the DeVos Performance Hall
    For tickets, call (616) 454-9451, Ext. 4. They have been on sale now online since September 3, 2008.

    If you would like to meet Mr. Uematsu, this is your chance. Take it from me, paying the extra price for the ticket is so worth it, you won't regret it!

    More information at the Distant Worlds site:
  • Official Distant Worlds Site
  • See you next time!