September 14, 2012

JRPG Composers Briefly – Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted in music tagged , , , at 11:49 pm by riulyn

Alright, after my mini post on Hitoshi Sakimoto, I’m going to start a mini-series where I give a brief evaluation of different JRPG composers and recommend soundtracks and songs to listen to. First up is my favorite composer, Yasunori Mitsuda.

  • Style – Adapts his style based on the mood of the game, but has clear love for Celtic-style. Best example of this is his Chrono Cross music. Usually an easy-to-identify melody and a piano/guitar/harp accompaniment for town themes, lots of strings in battle and other moving themes. Uses a lot of piano and guitar overall. Pretty “traditional” if that’s a correct term to use.
  • Strengths – Town themes. Chrono Cross may be the best example of this, but Xenogears has some great ones too. Other “gentle” themes if that’s considered a legitimate category.
  • Weaknesses – Normal battle themes. Personally I find that his battle songs aren’t quite as catchy as other people’s. He tends to go more for rapid strings to create more tension instead of a soaring melody. Usually sufficient enough but not outstanding. However his special boss battle themes are kickass!
  • 5 of my favorite songs by him – Time’s Scar (Chrono Cross), Light from the Netherworlds (Xenogears), Shevet (Xenogears), One Who Bares Fangs at God (Xenogears), Last Battle (Xenosaga 1)

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