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A Music Blog (#35: Praise him like you should)

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 4:35 AM by bobandbill
Updated December 20th, 2013 at 11:19 PM by bobandbill

Today for the theme of VG music with string instrument/s, I am going to talk about a guy responsible for the music in a few Pokemon games. Namely, Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokemon Battle Revolution. Tsukasa Tawada has a few rather notable tunes in those games, and a bunch include strings too. In fact, here are a few examples of those! Each of those are worth a listen and even a feature...

However, I'm going to feature a song of his from a different and obscure Japan-only game instead. Because I make sense. But hey, it's my blog! =p

In a bit more seriousness though, I was looking into his music a while back for an article a wrote on this Pokemon webzine I run, and I found some neat creations of his here and there as a result. It was a pretty fun project all in all out of interest, and something I wouldn't be against doing for other artists too on that note. So maybe talking about a rather oddly rare example will be interesting to someone! (Maybe that other article I wrote too which is more Pokemon-flavoured seriously click this link).

There's two versions of the song - the first is the original from the game.

Alternate link!

First, the music itself. It's a somewhat romantic piece, and it's a rather calming tune. The backing is at a rather faster tempo than the main melody, but it still fits well, I feel. Not a very advanced piece of sound quality, but we're talking Super Famicom here too, back in 1993. I'd say it does well as a title screen tune. I wonder if I'm the only one hearing a bit of Greensleeves in there...

The game as said is... obscure. It never got out of Japan, and is basically a tribute to a famous Japanese poet (a guy by the name of Kenji Muyazawa). The game is made up of a number of short stories from him. There's a lot about it in the following link, if you are interested: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/ihatovo/ihatovo.htm

But the key relevant point is the composer is our Pokemon guy, Tsukasa Tawada. Interestingly, this work was seemingly a stepping stone. Not long after this game came out, he got hired for Dragon Quest sound design, and after that Pokemon Colosseum came about, where he was the lead composer. And besides, this is the guy responsible for the Miror B themes. He's got to be good. =p

And this rather underrated tune got picked up by other people too. Back in the 90s, a series of 'Video Game Orchestrated Concerts' occurred in Japan, and this very tune happened to get chosen among the likes of music from Kirby, Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Mario, LoZ, Final Fantasy, and so forth. I managed to find a video of this redition of Tawada's tune. And the strings come out well here.

Alternate links? I think this is the only such video on youtube!

It's such a nice, calming song, really, when you listen to it in this form. And there's piano versions around too (Tawada did one on his youtube channel, while this guy did a version too). I think it's incredibly neat to have this sort of recognition among your colleagues.

Hopefully this sort of entry was entertaining and also an unknown tune for you guys!

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    Oh, very nice! Indeed a very calming song. :)
    Posted December 7th, 2013 at 7:31 PM by Bay Bay is offline
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    Originally Posted by Bay Alexison View Comment
    Oh, very nice! Indeed a very calming song. :)
    Cheers for the comment. I agree that it is certainly calming, and very nice to play when you want to relax. It is towards the end of the orchestra album/concert as well, so it's a fitting choice.
    Posted December 9th, 2013 at 7:48 PM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline