Recommendations of musical pieces from videogames. Part 2.

Just as I mentioned in the previous related article, I have many recommendations of musical pieces that I find beautiful, with energy and that made me feel something inside, not always related to the videogame they are from.

I still believe that videogame music is underrated, because people stuck to the idea of the computerized sounds from its beginnings.

Here you have five other pieces. The numbers start from number six, because the first five are in the Part 1 article. I use some of these as background while I write.

With no particular order, here you have other five videogame musical pieces that I consider works of art:

6) Donkey Kong Country 2 – Stickerbrush Symphony

DKC 2 is a platforming game that came out for the SNES. It is my favorite in the series and I still have it physically in my house. All music for this game was composed by the English composer David Wise.

The piece sounds like ambience music, it is a series of melodies and rythms that repeat themselves and intertwine like branches of a tree, and give a sensation of peace and tranquility. Many times, playing the game, I remained static in a level listening to the piece. Although the original piece is very good even with the SNES sounds, my favorite version is one from the Youtuber called PPF, that you can listen in the following link:

7) Chrono Trigger – Secret of the forest

Chrono Trigger is an RPG game for the SNES. It is still considered one of the best games ever created, because of the story, the characters and the renewed combat system that sticks out from the classic turn based RPG one. Characters have a familiar appearance, especially for the Dragon Ball fans, since they were designed by its creator Akira Toriyama. The music was created by the Japanese composer Yasunori Mitsuda.

It was hard to pick one piece from the entire soundtrack, since it has many memorable ones. I chose the one that fits the relaxing tone and mental trip of the rest of the pieces I have mentioned. While listening to it you really feel like being in a forest, but there is something hidden in the green of the vegetation. This is a new digitalized version that make the instruments sound more realistic, created by the Youtuber called Malcolm Robinson Music:

8) Octopath Traveler – Town veiled in white

Octopath Traveler is a recent RPG that follows the classic style of turn based RPG, created by the masters of RPGs Square Enix. It was an exclusive for Nintendo Swtich although it is now available on Steam. The game follows the stories of eight main characters. The excellent soundtrack was composed by the Japanese Yasunori Nishiki.

This is one of my most favorite pieces in the game, that played in towns that were in the north of the map and covered in snow. It makes me feel like being on a cabin, next to the chimney, while outside snow is falling and paints everything white. The piece is in the following link:

9) Fragile Dreams: Farewell ruins of the moon – A dedication to everyone

Fragile Dreams is an action RPG that came out for the Nintendo Wii almost ten years ago. It is very focused on character development and in its story, that is very moving. The music was composed by the Japanese Riei Saito.

The name of the piece makes it feel as a letter written to our known ones. The piano theme that is later accompanied by the rest of the instruments has a nostalgic and melancholic tone, like in a farewell. You can listen to it in the following link:

10) Flower – Life as a flower

Flower is a game that can only be described by one word: relaxing. You play as a little wind burst that goes collecting petals and opening flowers to make the fields green. It is not an exciting game, or an action one as such, but it has a way to make you forget about the world like only a few games can do. The excellent music in the game was composed by the American composer Vincent Diamante.

It starts with a single guitar melody, that is later joined by a piano with another melody that sounds like is a separate piece, they are joined by strings and other instruments at moments. It is a piece that transmits peace and quiet, it makes you imagine you are in the nature feeling the breeze in your face. You can listen to it here:

I hope you enjoyed these additional five pieces. There are many to be known so I will probably recommend some others later.

Feel free to contact me for questions or additional comments in: jessav@mail.com.

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