August 21, 2014

LIVE A LIVE Suite "Live for Live" debuts at C86

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-08-16 - comments
Guitarist Isami of the game arrangement circle Resonant Sound has posted a six-minute crossfade sample track to SoundCloud from LIVE A LIVE Suite "Live for Live." The album reinterpreting Super Famicom music by Yoko Shimomura is on sale today at Comic Market 86 in Tokyo, at booth 東レ46a.

Distant Worlds E3 2014 streaming on YouTube

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-11 - comments
Square Enix Presents' YouTube channel has posted a series of Final Fantasy music-related videos, aired during Day Two of the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. Composer Yoko Shimomura discusses music for Kingdom Hearts, followed by a Final Fantasy piano recital and Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert.


Zephyr Cradle revisits Shimomura's "Hometown Domina"

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-04-29 - comments
During this weekend's M3 hobbyist festival, game arrange circle Zephyr Cradle released a tribute to Yoko Shimomura's Legend of Mana music score. Composed of six separate artists' interpretations of the "Hometown Domina" theme, the full EP is free to download in mp3 format through the group's album page.

Okinawa Game Takt concert festival scheduled for March

Source submitted by sige on 2014-03-10 - comments
Okinawa, Japan will host the Game Takt concert festival on March 21 and 22, featuring musical performances by the Ryukyu Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with influential game composers.

Square Enix reveals Rise of Mana for iPhone & Android

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-26 - comments
Square Enix has announced Rise of Mana for iPhone and Android, a new smartphone title in the Seiken Densetsu series of action RPGs. The soundtrack album for the mobile title is planned for release on April 23 in Japan, featuring music by series composers Tsuyoshi Sekito, Kenji Ito, Hiroki Kikuta and Yoko Shimomura.

Okinawa Game Takt concert festival slated for March

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-14 - comments
Okinawa, Japan will host the Game Takt concert festival on March 21 and 22. A host of musical performances featuring the Ryukyu Philharmonic Orchestra and influential game composers is scheduled to include the participation of Noisycroak founder Hideki Sakamoto, Yakuza series composer Hidenori Shoji, Kingdom Hearts' Yoko Shimomura, Romancing Saga's Kenji Ito and Xenogears' Yasunori Mitsuda.

The Legend Artists compiles composers' early works

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-07 - comments
What did the music of Yoko Shimomura, Yuzo Koshiro and Hitoshi Sakimoto sound like, before those game composers became famous? "The Legend Artists" compilation album, published by KORG M01D developer Detune, will attempt to answer that question on April 27 by archiving early game tracks by well known musicians.

Yoko Shimomura 25th Anniversary album Memória

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-06 - comments
Square Enix has announced their second Yoko Shimomura arrange album compilation, due for release on March 26. Following Drammatica, the 25th Anniversary commemorative compilation, entitled "Memória," will feature new recordings of the composer's themes from Kingdom Hearts, LIVE A LIVE and Legend of Mana.

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes crossfade movie

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-11-26 - comments
Developer GungHo has posted two crossfade movies previewing the dual disc Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes arrange album, bundled with the anniversary edition of the MMORPG. Participating arrangers include Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts), Kenji Ito (Romancing SaGa) and Motoi Sakuraba (Valkyrie Profile).

Pieces of Mana streaming on SoundCloud

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-11-05 - comments
Game arranger daijin has posted his two Secret of Mana tribute EPs online, available to stream in full through SoundCloud. Both debuting at the M3 MediaMix Market hobbyist festival, Pieces of Mana 1 & 2 feature seven tracks combined, with guitar by Isami of Resonant Sound and mastering by Zephyr Cradle.

CureSQ Holiday recorder arrange samples online

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-11-04 - comments
Square Enix has posted samples of each track from the latest volume in the studio's SQ Music series. CureSQ vol.1 Holiday consists entirely of recorder wind instrument variations from Final Fantasy, Romancing SaGa and other game series, arranged by various musicians and performed by the Kuricorder Quartet.

Yoko Shimomura scores Final Fantasy XV for PS4

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-06-11 - comments
Today at Sony's pre-E3 conference Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix announced that action RPG Final Fantasy Versus XIII, previously planned for PlayStation 3, has been renamed Final Fantasy XV and will debut on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Yoko Shimomura will score both this title and Kingdom Hearts III.

DJ Kaya's Military Tune EP remixes PS1 era Square

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-05-04 - comments
DJ Kaya has released an EP of PlayStation era Square remixes through iTunes, entitled Military Tune Lost Memories. "A Chance Meeting" from Threads of Fate and "Manifold Irons" from Front Mission first appeared on Square Enix's 2012 Tokyo Game Show Sampler CD and on the digital soundtrack to Front Mission Evolved.

Mega Ran's February Time and Space covers Mario RPG

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-02-13 - comments
Mega Ran's February edition of the Time and Space hip-hop EP series covers music from Super Mario RPG (composed by Yoko Shimomura) Illusion of Gaia (Yasuhiro Kawasaki) and Beyond Good and Evil (Christophe Héral). The ongoing rap remix project is being crowdfunded online through the rapper's Fundrazr website.

Yoko Shimomura arranging music for Kingdom Hearts HD

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-01-23 - comments
Japanese language news site Game no Hanashi reports Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will feature an enhanced music score, involving acoustic instrumentation, overseen by series composer Yoko Shimomura. The PlayStation 3 high definition remastering is scheduled for release on March 14 in Japan.