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Friday, April 28, 2006

There Are No Words To Convey...

There are no words to convey the genius that is Nobuo Uematsu...This man is one of the most inspired people that has ever walked this earth. His music is inspiring, breath taking, and in all ways completely amazing.

For those of you who are not familiar with Nobuo Uematsu, he is a japanese composer, who has worked on the soundtracks for many japanese developed video games. He works very closely with japanese software developer Square Enix, and has written the music for every single Final Fantasy game since it's beginnings on the NES. He has also written some incredible orignal soundtracks for games such as Kingdom Hearts and many others.

I have just recently recieved (and have spent the last 12 hours listening to) about 5 gigs of Mr. Uematsu's orignal music, which spans a huge range of all of his work, but is mostly focussed on the Final Fantasy series (which is amazing). Indeed, the dvd I recieved included not only the orignal mini tracks from every single game, but also included re-mixed techno, symphony orchestra, piano, and even rock versions of all of these songs. There are studio recorded as well as live concert versions of many of these masterpieces as well. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing some these remixed orchestra versions are. The guy who gave all of this to me said that he had seen a lot of the live versions in concert, and said that his mouth was gaping open the entire time. Mine was just listening to it on my computer last night, this music is amazingly powerful.

Yet it doesn't end there! Not only did Uematsu write and compose all of this music, but he even plays the piano versions that you'll hear as well as with the orchestra's in many cases. In the live shows he apparently goes up and stage many times to perform. Uematsu also has a rock band called the Black Mages, who have done many revisions of battle music and such from the games. This band is sick, I couldn't even believe some of the guitar and organ solos these crazy japos drive out.

There is one song in particular that comes to mind that completely blows me away everytime that I hear it, One Winged Angel from the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children soundtrack. I comment on this song because it combines both the incredible symphony orchestra that worked with Uematsu on the movie with Uematsu's own Black Mages. The combination of rock and orchestra is perfectly suited for this song, and the end result is mind blowing. I can only imagine what occured as this song came together. The sky had to have litterally parted, and the eyes of all those present would have turned magenta. Revelations of untold magnitude, and the very secrets of the universe must have been revealed to this man, because he tells those secrets through his gorgeously and carefully crafted music.

Parker, when you come up this June, we'll have to spend hours listening to this stuff. It's amazing! I can't say enough about it, it is by far (in my humble opinion) the greatest and most inpired work you can possibly listen to besides hymns done by the tabernacle choir.

If you haven't already...

Listen To: Nobuo Uematsu (More specifically, his Final Fantasy music)

-Mike

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