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Music Monday: ‘Tis the season November 28, 2016

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Now that (American) Thanksgiving is done and gone, I thought I would share some holiday-themed music for this week’s post.

 

The OneUps – Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride

This song is a classic, and for years, it was pretty much the Christmas video game arrangement, at least in my collection. It’s a masterfully performed and seemingly effortlessly blended arrangement of songs from Super Mario World together with “Sleigh Ride”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Jingle Bells”. Sometimes the tunes trade off having the spotlight, sometimes the Mario music makes a pleasant backdrop to the classic carol, and sometimes both songs are played at the same time on different instruments. The effect is flawless and catchy and delightful.

ROCKtendo – Vanilla Lake

There were a number of great tracks on 2014’s Super VG Christmas Party, but this one was an absolute gem. The source material is from the original Super Mario Kart from 1992. The artist here took the original 30-second bossa nova tune and turned it into a fantastic 3:21 crooner ballad with lyrics about Mario Kart. And also Christmas.

I’ll be chasing that checkered flag
No more gifts to bag
For me
You can keep all your jingle bells
I’ll take turtle shells
Of red and green

Jay Epperhart – Carol of the Final Fantasy Belles

A lovely piano medley arrangement of several themes from various Final Fantasy games and Parasite Eve woven together with the classic “Carol of the Bells”.

Dale North – Christmas in the Village (Silver Bells)

Dale North, also of OneUps fame, has made a few Christmas-themed video game arrangements over the years, though I think this one, mixing a theme from Lufia II with “Silver Bells”, is my favourite.

Goomin Nam – Fisherman’s Horizon (Christmas ver.)

A lot of Christmas VGM is more like this – it doesn’t have any actual Christmas music and is just an arrangement of the original track from Final Fantasy VIII, but the instrumentation and tone have a Christmas-y feel to them, and it’s just a lovely song.

Happy holidays! I hope you enjoyed these songs. Do you know of any other holiday video game music/arrangements? Feel free to tell me in the comments, I always love discovering new music!

Sketching in September September 10, 2010

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Thanks so much to all of you who visited my table at Fan Expo recently!  I have to admit, of the conventions I’ve been to, that one has the best artist’s alley, and I love being a part of it.

Doing Fan Expo gave me the inspiration to tackle an ambitious idea to draw quarter-page portraits of favourite characters from favourite video games/series, and it’s proven to be a fun endeavor this week.  Here are the sketches of my first two fanart sheets, from Final Fantasy VII and Tales of Symphonia:

Stay tuned for more!

Fanart: Protecting the mysterious girl June 12, 2009

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New art:

Locke and Terra from Final Fantasy VI, in a scene from the beginning of the game when he protects her in the mines of Narshe.  I don’t normally like to say this in image descriptions, but I put a lot into this picture, so if you could please spare a few seconds and have a look, I’d really appreciate it.

Guitar tab – Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII March 16, 2009

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Been a little while since I’ve even played with the guitar recently, but I picked it up last night and this came out, the Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII.

By the way, if any of you reading out there have any recommendations for at-home programs to learn guitar – computer software, books, etc. – please let me know.

As always, this tab is free to share, but a link back would be appreciated, and be sure to take a look at my other tabs.  Enjoy!

e---------2--0--------------------------2-0---
B-------0-------------0-3-1-----------0-------
G--0--2-----------0-2-------0-2--0--2---------
D---------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------

e----------------------------
B------0-3--1---0------------
G--0-2--------0---2-0-----0--
D-----------------------4----
A----------------------------
E----------------------------

e--------------------------------------0--------------
B--0-1-0-0-----0-1---0-------0---3-1-3-----------2-0--
G----------2-2---------2-0-2-------------0---0-0------
D-----------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------

e------------------------------
B--0-1-0-0-----0-1--0-------0--
G----------2-2--------2-0-2----
D------------------------------
A------------------------------
E------------------------------

e--3-2-2-0-0---0-2-0----------------------
B--------------------3-----0-1--0----0----
G----------------------2-2--------2----2--
D-----------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------

Guitar tab – My Home, Sweet Home January 17, 2009

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Latest transcription comes from Final Fantasy V, the song “My Home, Sweet Home.”  As always, this tab is free to share, though a link back would be appreciated, and if you like this one, take a look at my other tabs.

e----------------------------------------------------------
B--------1-0-----0--------------------1-0-----0---3--1--3--
G----2-2-----2-0---2--------------2-2-----2-0---2----------
D--2-----------------2--0--2----2--------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------

e------0---------------------------------------------------
B--3-3---1-----1-0--------------------1-0-----0---3--1--3--
G----------2-0-----2--------------2-2-----2-0---2----------
D--------------------2--0--2----2--------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------

Final Fantasy VI: Remix – Chapter 1 January 17, 2009

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A few months delayed in posting, here is chapter one of my rewrite of the Super Nintendo classic Final Fantasy VI.  In the previous chapter, a mysterious girl with the unique ability to use magic encounters an ancient creature of legend, frozen in time from the war that tore magic away from the world a thousand years ago.

In chapter 1, she awakens.

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Guitar tab – Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV October 25, 2008

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And I nearly forgot – I transcribed another guitar tab last night, this time one that I couldn’t already find online.  This is the Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV, also known as the overworld music.  Again, if you’re not familiar with the song, take a listen to the original.

This tab is free to share, though a link back would be appreciated.  If you want to alter or use this somehow, let me know, as I’d love to see what others do with this.  Enjoy.

e-------------------------------------------------------
B-------0-3-2-----------0-1-3-1-0-----------------------
G-----0--------2----2-2-----------0---0-2---0-2---0-0---
D---2-------------------------------2-------------------
A-------------------------------------------------------   x2
E-------------------------------------------------------

e-----------2-0---0---------------2-0---0-0---0-3-2-3-7-5-3-5-2---
B---0-3-2-3-----3---2-----0-3-2-3-----3-------------------------3-
G---------------------2-------------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------

e---0-3-2-3-7-5-3-5-5-8-7-8-12-10-8-10-7---7-8-10---10-8-7---
B------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------

Guitar tab – Celes’s theme October 14, 2008

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Well, I signed up for one Game Tabs to share a guitar tab I transcribed, but I happened to come into this hobby while the site’s submission process is down, so I’ll share it with all of you instead.  This is the first song I noodled my way through on guitar, Celes’s theme from Final Fantasy VI, and as I wasn’t satisfied with the tabs I found when I started looking for them, I decided to transcribe my version.  While I wasn’t particularly fond of the performance of her theme song in the game, I loved the tune, and I think it makes a lovely guitar solo.  I wasn’t particularly, well, particular with my timing, so for those unfamiliar with the song, feel free to grow acquainted with a MIDI or the original song.

Enjoy!  And please let me know what you think.

e------------------2-0-2-3-3-2-0---------------
B--0-1-3-----0-1-3---------------3---3-3-1-0-1-
G--------0-------------------------------------
D----------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------

e---------------------------------------
B--1-1-0---0--0-0-0-------0-3---0-1-3---
G--------3----------3-1-3-------------0-
D---------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------

e-------2-0-2-3-3-2-0----------------------------
B-0-1-3---------------3----3-3-1-0-1---1-1-0---0-
G--------------------------------------------3---
D------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------

e--------------------------
B---0-0-0------------------
G---------2-0-2-0----------
D--------------------------
A--------------------------
E--------------------------

Because clearly, I’m not busy enough already October 13, 2008

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Jans and I went up to his mother’s place this weekend for Thanksgiving and helped her move in with her boyfriend while there.  As both of them have lived alone for quite a few years, she was feeling very generous with things she would no longer need, and various objects were being given away en masse.

I came home with a guitar.

This was, incidentally, the very guitar Jans had for years and had never learned to play, which I asked him about a little over a year ago when I was feeling inspired to get back into music, but at that point it had gone back to his mother.  Her boyfriend, who seems to have been interested in nearly every hobby known to man at some point in his life, helped me play around with my guitar as well as some of his and set me up with some instruction books and a CD.

I noodled my way through Celes’s theme from Final Fantasy VI and Aeris’s theme from Final Fantasy VII (hah, different as they are) playing by ear and started on the first bars of Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D before we came back yesterday.  I have since downloaded some more tabs, primarily of more music from FFVI, and thus far am having entirely too much fun learning to play.

On the bright side, it is a very relaxing hobby so far and I don’t need to worry about writing music taking up too much of my scant free time, as composing has always seemed to elude me, even when I was interested in it.  We’ll see how this goes.  I’m looking forward to learning to play this instrument.

16-bit nostalgia October 5, 2008

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Final Fantasy VI, released in North America as Final Fantasy III for Super Nintendo, has been one of my favourite video games ever since I first watched my brother play it when I was still in elementary school. I loved the characters – well, most of them – the story and the gameplay, little say the music.

Growing up and revisiting this old favourite, I have since realized that some of the characters are inconsistent at times and other parts of the script could stand to be cleaned up as well.  I still love the game, but, well, it could be improved upon – and what can’t, right?  So, I decided to rewrite FFVI.

The events of the game will still happen, though they may not necessarily happen the same way.  Likely much of the dialogue will be different, at least slightly, and some character interactions will be different, some drastically.  There will be scenes added that were never in the game, primarily for more character interaction that I wish had been in the game.  I can’t say how often I will update this story, as it is far from priority in my endeavors, but it is fun and easy to write – after all, the story’s already there.

As this idea has been on my mind of late and I’ve been revisiting the game script – and more recently the game itself – of course I had to add Final Fantasy VI fanart to the collection I’ve begun drawing in the hopes of getting a convention table:

This is a scene from the beginning of the game, when Locke protects Terra from the Imperial soldiers that come after her.

For those familiar with the game, I hope my novelization/rewrite of FFVI does justice to the game and gives you a fond stroll down memory lane.  For those who aren’t, I hope you enjoy my rendition of this classic and well-loved game, as well.

Now, without further ado, here is Final Fantasy VI: Remix. (more…)