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May 24 16 8:25 PM
I'd like to think that this is Ying-Yang theme going on with Takakomaoka. One come from horrors to generic music, other left GHM to make more horror music, there is some deep meaning behind this, we don't know for sure. I agree with all posts above, because we see things from different angles, and that what make this kind of conversations great - you never gonna have one singular explanation. Just like any Suda51 game, huh.
He consider music made for video games different from music that was made for CD releases or movies and lesser going by his tone. To be specific, I think he said that when he was making audio for Silent Hill, he was making "real music" not just video game music. He's honestly sounded kind of narcissistic and elitist to me when he said that.
Now, I wish they would bring back Takada. His music fit Grasshoppers games so much better than the standard rock and punk music that Yamaoka is all about now.
May 25 16 3:00 AM
I had no idea that he did NMH2 though
but not on the level that the first three Silent Hill games were.
doesn't Yamaoka only make shitty rock these days
KiD have some jazz-fusion related stuff
Yamaoka's GHM output just feels... forgettable.
I remember was the end credits one
He's honestly sounded kind of narcissistic and elitist to me when he said that.
Was listening Maiden OSTs, must admit it's pretty generic, except for a
Main Theme (Liberation Day), which has some kind of cheerful anime style
motive, I like it that way.
Aside from that the only horror osts Takada did were Evil Within & Michigan.
I never really cared about the Shoji Meguros or Nobuo Uematsu's because their music just sounds like video game music.
What I'm confused by is that Yamaoka's rock is supposed to be his real
music? That's kinda funny coz his rock sounds way more simplistic than
his trip hop. His trip hop is world class.
May 25 16 11:46 AM
Only a couple of tracks like this which you may dislike completely.
Eh, really? Whatever.
They mostly make simplistic sounding jingles & melodies which are more akin to pop or elevator music.
Fatal Frame IV, and it's the only Fatal Frame ost that i listen outside of games. It's even better than most Yamaoka works
KiD has some really crazyass music, man. I didnt expected it to be like that.
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Nobuo Uematsu has never had any formal training in music. He started out by looking at a sheet of music and saying "Oh, this looks like the strings on a Guitar, maybe I can play it like that". He is entirely self taught. He got hired by Square, which was at the time, just this one dude and his two college buddies, Sakaguchi being one them, more or less playing around with the head guys dad's money. Honestly, when you look at how Square originally came together, its almost like something out of an RPG. They hired Uematsu because he was cheap being it that he had no credentials, since he was self taught. Everything he does and can do in music he teaches himself. This led to him creating his own uinque style.
The reason he hasn't done music like a lot of the other people you pointed out is because he was never asked to.
I've never been to fond of his more popular mainstream tracks like One Winged Angel. It hink that its way overhyped. The Birth of a God and Jenova Absolute sound better to me. Most people didn't play the games he made for Mistwalker, which I consider his best, so they never even hear the tracks he made for them.
This vocal version of this one was actually the number one Song in Japan for a while. I remember reading that Uematsu said he had walked into a music store and heard a song playing, and was like "Huh, that sounds familiar. Oh, I wrote the music for that".
Yamaoka has a few good one here and there, though his overall output definitely doesn't measure up to Takada's output for GHM.
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