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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18

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      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.

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6 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

It freaks me out that Galaxy is 10 years old.

 

It amazes me that almost none of its music consists of old material. It's all new and grand orchestral score and yet it still feels like Mario. That game is truly a masterpiece on every front. 

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After 3 years of hard work I'm excited and proud to finally present this progressive epic piece based on the Ocarina of Time soundtrack !

It was done in collaboration with a good friend of mine, and I feel this is the best thing I've done so far :)

 

Enjoy !

 

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KIRBY 25TH ANNIVERSARY ORCHESTRA CONCERT - MORE DETAILS ON CD, BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASES

 

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- available exclusively from the official Kirby 25th Anniversary website at first
- pre-orders starting on November 8
- album includes a Memorial Arrange CD, with special arrangements of mostly tracks not performed during the concert (with live performances, vocals, etc.)
- as for the DVD / Blu-Ray releases, they include the full performance, including the talk-show segments with the game creators and composers
- CD release will be available for pre-order on the official Kirby 25th Anniversary website from November 8 until December 3
- DVD and BR releases will only last until November 24, and may even end up earlier than that if there’s too many orders

- Kirby’s 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert [CD (2 CD) + Blu-ray] (8000 Yen)
Concert CD / Memorial Arrange CD (3 discs)
Full recording of the concert
Special box
Special booklet
Special badge (official Kirby 25th Anniversary website pre-order bonus)
Bonus: video of the game footage screened during the concert

- Kirby’s 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert [CD (2 CD) + DVD] (7000 Yen)
Concert CD / Memorial Arrange CD (3 discs)
Full recording of the concert
Special box
Special booklet
Special badge (official Kirby 25th Anniversary website pre-order bonus)

- Kirby’s 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert [CD (2 CD)] (3200 Yen)
Concert CD / Memorial Arrange CD (2 discs
Special booklet
Special badge (official Kirby 25th Anniversary website pre-order bonus)

- CD tracklist:
Kirby 25th Anniversary Grand Opening
Kirby: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams Medley
King Dedede and Meta Knight ・ Tag Medley
Kirby’s Dream Land 2: Friends Medley
Kirby’s Dream Land and Kirby 64 Medley
Kirby Super Star Medley
Kirby’s Air Ride Medley
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror and Kirby Squeak Squad Medley
Kirby Ball Games Medley
Kirby Triple Deluxe Medley
Kirby: Planet Robobot Medley
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Medley
Ashita ha Ashita no Kaze ga Fuku (lit. Tomorrow, the Wind of Tomorrow Will Blow, ending of Kirby’s Dream Land)
Wish to the Galaxy: Staff Roll

 

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Very clearly the work of Mahito Yokota (the lead composer of the Galaxy games).

 

I like it :) 

 

 

My god does he love flute trills

 

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

 

Apparently Yokota did not work on this game.  Well, whoever wrote/orchestrated this cue was definitely imitating Yokota's style 

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I've no idea where the confirmation is/was/if it exists but it seems to be conventional wisdom that this track was composed by Koji Kondo himself.  I know Kondo was credited as a composer on the game but I don't know how anyone would know any credits for specific tracks right now.

 

Either way, if it is Kondo it's another classic from him.  This is some ace big band arranging.

 

 

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Since you brought Mario music on the table: from a recent interview with Jason Michael Paul (producer of the Legend Of Zelda Symphony):

 

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I recently put together a really nice proposal for a Super Mario symphony. And we'll see. Hopefully it will stick.

 

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-11-23-zelda-concert-producer-i-just-want-to-bring-video-game-music-to-the-masses

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2 minutes ago, BloodBoal said:

Since you brought Mario music on the table: from a recent interview with Jason Michael Paul (producer of the Legend Of Zelda Symphony):

 

 

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-11-23-zelda-concert-producer-i-just-want-to-bring-video-game-music-to-the-masses

 

I would DIE.  Oh man I hope it happens.  It'd be a little tricky due to the many different types of ensembles that Mario music over the decades would call for.  I love the Galaxy scores of course but it'd be a shame if it over-focused on that game because they're ones with the orchestral scores.  I think of Mario's musical legacy as primarily jazz with forays into other styles.

 

I guess it's telling about my feelings on Mario music that Puzzle Plank is my favorite cue from both Galaxy games

 

 

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Just found this album, some variations on multiple Zelda themes. Sounds like mostly synth with some real instruments & vocals. I'm about halfway through and it's pretty good so far. I'd never heard of the artist before today.

 

'Sins of Hyrule' by Rozen.

 

Artist's site: http://music.rozen.audio/album/sins-of-hyrule

 

Looks like it's on Google Play Music, YouTube, Apple Music, etc.

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@Disco Stu

 

Super Mario Odyssey OST announced

 

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A 12-track "Sound Selection" is available on iTunes tomorrow, while a 136 track, 4CD physical release is coming in February (in Japan)

 

http://nintendoeverything.com/mario-odyssey-sound-selection-coming-to-itunes-tomorrow-full-soundtrack-release-in-japan-in-february/

 

 

Pre-order link:

 

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B078HF56HQ/

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@TheGreyPilgrim

 

Did you hear about THIS yet? Leaked yesterday, on Christmas Day. The Reddit post has now reached the front page there. Read the comments, Marty is over the moon about it. A lot of the music was in the game, but only excerpts were used. This is the entire score and what was originally intended as a 'symphony for the Destiny universe', the musical foundation to be elaborated upon for all of the subsequent game releases over the ten year plan. That was before O'Donnell's big work/legal spat with Activision and Bungie kicked off, and the first game was completely overhauled at the last minute - trashing much of the original ideas (and music).

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21 hours ago, Quintus said:

@TheGreyPilgrim

 

Did you hear about THIS yet? Leaked yesterday, on Christmas Day. The Reddit post has now reached the front page there. Read the comments, Marty is over the moon about it. A lot of the music was in the game, but only excerpts were used. This is the entire score and what was originally intended as a 'symphony for the Destiny universe', the musical foundation to be elaborated upon for all of the subsequent game releases over the ten year plan. That was before O'Donnell's big work/legal spat with Activision and Bungie kicked off, and the first game was completely overhauled at the last minute - trashing much of the original ideas (and music).

 

Has it ever been divulged what went on between them? I remember hearing they fired him out of the blue without explanation. 

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3 hours ago, Gistech said:

The Main Theme for the cancelled Star Wars 1313. It was recorded at Abbey Road with the LSO.

 

 

Another piece from the soundtrack:

 

 

Hey!  I worked on this!  Thanks for posting.

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10 hours ago, karelm said:

Hey!  I worked on this!  Thanks for posting.

 

Isn't sound/music one of the last things to get done? If that's the case, it shows how far along 1313 was before the plug was pulled. Very tragic indeed...

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3 hours ago, Gistech said:

 

Isn't sound/music one of the last things to get done? If that's the case, it shows how far along 1313 was before the plug was pulled. Very tragic indeed...

No, not in games.  That is true with films but games use game engines where the player controls the action resulting in the score being a game asset that is needed during the extensive testing process.  In contrast, films have to be locked (well mostly locked) so the composer has something to hit visually.  The big budget games we might have the recordings completed a year or more before the game is released so that means the game is mostly finished but then balanced, tested, debugged, fine tuned, etc for another year.  In some cases they will have multiple sessions spread out over time.  These triple A titles take years to make.  My bad luck is that this game was about 75% complete when Lucasarts was sold to Disney who disbanded it.  I know some of the score was recorded but not sure how much was or if the cues I worked on were. 

 

Looking through old notes, for this one there were two orchestras.  An "Imperial orchestra" of 80 musicians and a "Rebel Orchestra" of 75 musicians.  It was very percussive including ethnic percussion.

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I was really excited for 1313. The Star Wars brand just seems to be shitting the bed in the game industry. Not a fan of how Lucasfilm is handling the property in this landscape. So much potential wasted.

 

In other news, I was listening to The Post in iTunes and Portal 2 struck my eye, just a few albums up. This track alone brings a rush of wonderful memories:

 

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My favorite VG soundtrack is Final Fantasy X. So many great themes and melodies.

 

Also, I don't like RPGs. I like point-and-click adventure games.

 

My favorite VG tracks are:

1) Crystal - A Link to the Past (probably the most iconic track in a video game I've heard)

2) Leftovers of the Dreams of the Strong - Xenogears (it's the part after 1:34: like an epic Egyptian dance, the constant tempo is hypnotic)

3) A Chapel - Final Fantasy Tactics (just good fun and interesting fantasy)

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