Alongside Yasunori Shiono and Yukio Nakajima, Tomoko Morita was the last of the three most important Neverland composers. Name any Neverland score, and one, two, or all three composed for it (joined by Akiko Ishibashi for three games).
Another very talented videogame composer is Hiroshi Tamawari. Now, Tamawari wasn't a videogame composer for very long - about four, five years - but during that time he was very prolific. He is still active today, though not as a videogame composer - instead, he became a freelancer, staging and translating musicals and even composing and writing lyrics for musicals. On Oct. 30th he's going to be releasing an Orchestral Works album of original music he's done, so that's exciting.
So another one of my favorite videogame composers is Yasunori Shiono, formerly of Neverland, and before that Wolf Team. It's him that started my attempts to track down the complete works of various composers. So, with that, I present a complete list of known or suspected Shiono videogame scores.
One hobby of mine is trying to track down all the videogames a particular composer worked on. Sometimes, I imagine, it would be easy, if I were to choose a composer who was well-known and didn't work in the era of pseudonyms. Alas, that has not happened yet. As a result of this hobby I have tried to track down all the videogame music work of Ryuji Sasai, one of my favorite videogame composers.
It is not easy, what with the lack of information on the English-speaking Internet about his work. Nevertheless, I have given it a fair amount of work. Most of the research to find this information happened six months ago and I did not write down my sources. I presume that if you dig far enough into the Internet, you, possibly with the aid of Google Translate, could also find out this information.
So something I have now is a Tumblr thing now. Something I've been doing on it is posting my thoughts on various videogame music tracks. I've decided to repost them here for the interest of my likely non-existent readership.
Infrequency is my hallmark when it comes to blogging.
WARNING: There are spoilers contained within this review. If you don't like spoilers, then don't read.
So, I saw The Secret Life of Pets on Wednesday. It was sort of meh. It felt like boardroom designed adorable, made to appeal to the widest audience possible. Illumination Entertainment is trying to be Pixar with the talent to actually match it. And it only makes the mildest glance to what pets do while we're away before moving into a generic adventure plot.
The script could've used a few drafts. It's not until the adventure plot begins that the script decides that Duke (the giant brown four-legged Sasquatch-dog) is good, after all. Before that it can't decide between "new dog, not all that bad" or "yeah he's actually a bit of a jerk". The whole Max-and-Duke thing feels like a rehash of Woody-and-Buzz without the charm or distinctiveness of either.
The villain is a rabbit who leads an entire horde of animals who have mildly sympathetic stories. The rabbit is fantastically well-acted and probably has the most character of anyone in the film, but the writing lets it down. Snowball comes off, with its interest in the gory details of human killing and maniacal chase of Max and Duke, as far too much of a sociopath for its adoption at the end by a little girl to redeem it.
Finally, there's the actual hero of the movie, Gidget, a fluffy white dog who starts at like a generic princess pining for Max but, as the film goes on, turns into an action heroine. She amasses a motley cast of characters: a cat who - in grand tradition - pretends to be the most elegant creature alive but undergoes a number of embarrassing moments, a bird, and multiple dogs, the most distinctive (besides Gidget) being the utterly hilarious Pops.
It's one of the few areas of interest in the film: for all that it's Max and Duke's story, Gidget and her motley crew that are the real heroes of the movie. By the end, though, the movie has completely abandoned all pretense of being about the secret life of pets.
So... 5.5 stars for being perfectly competently executed without going to the trouble of having any real distinguishing features.
Incredibly, a new blog post emerged! And not only that, but this makes the second of June! Yes, folks, things really are picking up...
I've been enjoying some really fantastic soundtracks recently. Do you want to know what they are, and my thoughts on them? You can find that knowledge after the jump.
Yes, ladies and gents, at long last my audio sketch comedy is coming. The first episode will be coming June 11th, 2016, which is exciting.
I am joined with the talented voice actors Justin S, Clark Jenka, Sarah Jacobs, and Bennie Carey. It is going to be uploaded to the Youtube thing that's made such a big splash since its creation.
It is all very exciting.
Well, it's been nearly three months since I unveiled The Froggite Histories. Since then I've renamed it to simply The Histories, recasted one actress - and than the new actress couldn't make the deadline, I've recasted an actor - still waiting on lines - and all in all it's looking to take longer than I expect. Disappointing, but perhaps inevitable.
Tempus continues well. I am happy to say that I am the composer! It gives me great pride to be doing the music to a project of such scope. Yes, it may be an RPG Maker game, but there's an excellent team behind it, of which I am happy to be a part of.
With luck I will be blogging again quite soon, and with more regularity than last year.
Hello to whomever reads this blog, if there is indeed anyone whom does so. Today I am proud to unveil to you my original audio sketch comedy series, entitled The Froggite Histories. It's been in the works since July and the first episode is nearing completion, hopefully to come soon. This first episode is written entirely by myself and acted by a small group of fantastically talented actors (and me).
Please keep an eye out - I'll be uploading it to Soundcloud (and possibly YouTube) for you to enjoy, so keep an eye and an ear out for it.