June 27, 2011

Cutting it Close

I'm cutting it rather close to the deadline tonight, I know. It's very nearly midnight (EDT), but I've added two more sheets.

The first is "Pirate's Gigue" from Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. This is actually one of the first pieces that I transcribed--over a year ago. I had been listening to it and suddenly thought, "Hey, I can figure out the notes to this pretty easily." So I sat down at the piano and played most of the melody and simple left-hand part came soon after. I didn't follow the exact chords of the original; I just played what came naturally, which is surprising because I don't ever really do that. The sheet music has been sitting on my hard drive gathering e-dust for months now because I wasn't quite satisfied with the ending. I finally opened it up again and changed the last couple measures a bit, though I will never be perfectly happy with the final result. In general the notes are not difficult, but the fast tempo adds difficulty near the end.

The other piece I uploaded is "Gathered Souls" or "Those Gathered" from Threads of Fate, known as Dewprism in Japan. It is a simple piece, though I wouldn't say it is easy as it appears. The second major section is exactly the same as the first, but transposed to another key (as in the original). I really like what I've heard of Junya Nakano's soundtracks, but they are mostly simple and repetitive. He also composed some of the music for Final Fantasy X, such as the themes of Luca and Guadosalam. If you are familiar with the Threads of Fate soundtrack, this unreleased piece from FFX should remind you of it immediately.

I must apologize for promising last Monday that I would post the video for "Dead Sea - Tower of Ruin" the next day. I got caught up in other things and forgot. I will post it very soon. I also noticed that the About page is still blank, so I will work on writing up a little bit about myself because I know that all of you (read: all 1 or 2 of you) are oh-so-curious about me.

Today is also a minor milestone for my website. I've now transcribed sheet music from 10 different video games/series now (and 1 anime). In the coming months, you can expect even more video games, some Hikaru Utada, and possibly some Imogen Heap.

June 20, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Update

The summer solstice is tomorrow, so it will be the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight. Not that the newest sheet music has anything to do with that; I just needed a relevant post title.

This week I have for your playing pleasure two more pieces:
From Chrono Cross, the beautifully woeful "Dead Sea/Tower of Ruin." (Also known as Tower of Geddon, Ruined Tower, and Tower of Destruction, which all seem to be valid translations.) I know the Dead Sea theme has been transcribed by others before, but I like it so much that I wanted to do it myself. I added some chords and octaves in the B and C sections the second time through to change the feeling of the piece and make it sound a bit more like the original. Expect a video tomorrow.

From Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a short one--"All Aboard the Excess Express." I gave it the tempo indication "Tempo di locomotiva" because it should be played swiftly and evenly like a moving train. The short, repeated phrase that makes up most of the left hand part can be accented to lend the piece a chugging feeling.

Despite my whiny post last week, I have made no decision yet about whether to continue using Blogger. At first I wasn't even sure using a blogging site was the right way to go, but in the end I thought it would be a good way for me to give some information on each new piece I transcribed, and it would make the potential addition of other news/information to updates easier. Any thoughts or suggestions? Does anyone even read this?

P.S. To the kind YouTuber who requested a video of "Let's Walk Together" (a.k.a. the nighttime Gear Savanna theme from Digimon World), I haven't forgotten about you! It's next on my list. It's just not the easiest piece out there...
And to the rest of you, I believe I said this already, but I intend to eventually make a video for each piece of music to replace all the MIDIs so you can get a better idea of what the music sounds like on a piano.

June 13, 2011

Webpage Woes

Two new sheets tonight: From Boktai, "Permafrost," the theme of the icy dungeon. From Legend of Mana, "Nocturne," a short piano piece (I don't know when in the game it plays though).

In other news, I'm considering changing from Blogger to some other blog/website service. This site has hardly started up, but I'm already tired of trying to fix the formatting on the Sheet Music page every time I add something new. Blogger screws it up every time by adding extra line breaks and unnecessary formatting tags, and the "Compose" tab isn't really a WYSIWYG editor, which is what I'd rather have. I don't know very much HTML, but I don't want to spend time learning it--I just want it to be simple to add new sheet music to the site! All I do is add a few lines and two links for each new piece. Geez.

June 6, 2011

Yume Nikki

Salutations, my musical readers. Today I (finally) bring you more sheet music: the soundtrack from Yume Nikki, albeit in a somewhat compressed form. Because most of the music [that can even be played on a piano] consists of short loops that are Endlessly Repeated, I included each loop only once in the sheet music. The original filename as well as a more descriptive title are given for each piece, and they are given the track numbers corresponding to the soundtrack uploaded by a user named Saya-chan here at Uboachan (NOTE: Uboachan an image board, so it's safest to assume it's always a NSFW environment). Most of the pieces wouldn't stand alone very well, but feel free to use my transcription as a springboard for making your own arrangements. I also included notes for the more melodic sound effects (i.e. the flute and stoplight effects, the instructions, etc.).

Today I also have a promise for you: now that it is finally summer, I am mostly unoccupied--I'm still searching for a job, but I don't have any schoolwork. Thus I am beginning a regular update schedule. I will post 1 or 2 new sheets every Monday for the rest of the summer, with sporadic YouTube video postings. I can't yet make any promises for the fall, but I will do what I can to keep regular updates after classes start back up.

Happy piano-ing!

P.S. A little advice for those of you who haven't played Yume Nikki: It's not for everyone; you may want to watch some YouTube videos of it before trying it. It's a Japanese game, but there is an English translation patch, though there's very little text in the game anyway. It's a "Windows-only" game, but you can get it to work on Mac OS with Wine (and probably on Linux too). I think all I had to do was go into the Wine configuration and set the virtual desktop to be 800x600 pixels.
Look around the internet if you need help. Uboachan may be a good place to start if you have questions.