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    Post by Wade_Wilson Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:55 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC5G0HBHbd8&feature=relmfu

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoOl8LjxMFs&feature=relmfu

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_7nV0KrTGM&feature=relmfu

    Post your favourite or epic themes from video games. Dark Souls themes need not apply, we already know how epic they are.

    As you can see from my choices, I am fan of Timesplitters Future Perfect.
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    Post by BartholomewWenceslas Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:08 pm

    I can't really think of any one song in particular, but games that I really enjoyed the music of are the Halo series, Dragon's Dogma, Portal 1 and 2, Bioshock, and the Metroid Prime series.

    I also greatly enjoy the "hidden songs" on the Nazi Zombies maps, This one being my favorite, and I also feel like Fallout 3 had music that went very well with the atmosphere, though I'm not about to start putting all those old songs on my phone or anything silly
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    Post by Spurgun Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:09 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D60HTdBckxM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-0G_FI61a8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiAyvV1XefY
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    Post by TehInfamousAmos Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:12 pm

    Not exactly video game music - but music to a video game (Dark Souls) specifically winking

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    Post by Uparkaam Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:22 pm

    YEEAAHH!! Timesplitters!

    Anyways, here is some awesome game music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjSd07U9i48
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    Post by BartholomewWenceslas Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:37 pm

    Anything from Banjo Tooie. Lots of nostalgia there...
    love this one:
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    Post by cloudyeki Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:26 pm

    What, no love for Daisuke Ishiwatari?!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM3CY6X3byQ
    https://youtu.be/oitgkvlNaSc
    https://youtu.be/fGB8c7_m6f8
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    Post by Reaperfan Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:35 pm

    How do you all narrow it down to just 2 or 3?! Seriously, I had to squeeze this down to just my absolute top and I still came up with 6 lol!

    Anyway, you'll notice I'm not big on the "epic" sounding music, and I more prefer the songs that are either solemn or upbeat. You've heard one "epic" track you've heard 'em all and they really are more about the actions or the character than the setting, but music that really captures the mood of an environment can solidify the setting and make the level itself a character. So in no particular order:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEr1ftorfjY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiWXrVXOMAU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t8iOzbL-mY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXoaTcf_3vo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bBYGFEmzm4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWh7crjCWlM
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    Post by Uparkaam Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:56 pm

    The epitome of ear r*pe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqGyPdul86s

    This is just absolutely horrible.
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    Post by bloodpixel Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:03 pm

    Touhou songs. Those songs are goddamn amazing. On top of that, they all have amazing fan arranges. I mean seriously, there is an endless amount of arranges.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKbKOC2QNgg
    This song is one of my favorites.
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    Post by mugenis4real Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:42 am

    The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdvHAOXWEhM&feature=related

    Not the most epic, but definitely the most memorable. No amount of memes will ruin this part of my childhood sad


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    Post by Juutas Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:26 pm

    cloudyeki wrote:What, no love for Daisuke Ishiwatari?!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM3CY6X3byQ
    https://youtu.be/oitgkvlNaSc
    https://youtu.be/fGB8c7_m6f8

    There is always love and respect for the master happy my favourite composer.
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    Post by StarbrightDS Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:17 pm

    I love songs from the Metal Gear Solid series. In fact I love them so much that there's just too many to list.

    But another song I like is "Sad But True" from the Resident Evil 5 Soundtrack.
    Have a listen!
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    Post by KomradDakka Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:37 pm

    Uparkaam wrote:The epitome of ear r*pe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqGyPdul86s

    This is just absolutely horrible.


    Never seen crazy bus eh?

    WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO LISTEN TO IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE ELDERLY AND SMALL CHILDREN ARE OUT OF THE ROOM

    now witness as i unleash the sheer malice which is the crazy bus theme

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC0cvwnG0Ik
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    Post by Darkson Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:11 pm

    TehInfamousAmos wrote:Not exactly video game music - but music to a video game (Dark Souls) specifically winking

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    Oha! Advertising your own song? big grin

    I'm not the right one to judge your work maybe, because with my rather decent english skills I maybe don't really get everything right... the song may come off a bit too arrogant cheesy/dramatic to someone not that deeply involved in the game silly but yeah, pretty cool though! It's just that I don't really like rap with such over-dramatic classical music, it's just... too much (I don't know another way to express it). Sorry, I really don't mean to just talk it down, just being honest... winking Completely deserves a thumbs up though!
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    Post by Forum Pirate Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:46 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8DCQev6ll4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PTSLjSolXA&feature=related Really I like all the music in that game, I just picked one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dZWB-iXmyc&feature=related
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    Post by KomradDakka Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:50 pm

    Vintage time:
    Astyanax (NES) - Remlia 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_BEEsaUA2w&feature=related


    heres a gem you've probably never heard before. and its a shame too because its some of the best bit music composition ive heard. and its in Pictionary of all games!

    Pictionary (NES) - Title Theme
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bWV2kC8ZG4

    EDIT: one last one, I had the great dissatisfaction playing this game. it was terrible. BUT. i could listen to its soundtrack for hours. Tim Follin is a god at what he does and it clearly shows as he makes simple beeps and tones into this:

    Silver Surfer (NES) - Stage 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGNSHNf-nlU&feature=related
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    Post by Fallen Angelus Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:10 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZUN89RaP60 From DMC3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFmlU3vByfY From Nier
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL5P7MlXX4I&feature=related
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXDwSsb48gM&feature=related Both from Asura's Wrath

    And Astynax was an awesome game Still have my copy for the NES happy Made a sprite comic using it as background once to but Unless you've played a game called Lands of hope you wouldn't really get it sad
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    Post by KomradDakka Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:40 pm

    to reinforce my point on Tim Follin being a great composer. heresa a collab of his best work (54 Minutes)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wZv9dPAVQA&feature=related
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    Post by User Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:42 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR-JLF-G1Zc

    Nyx. Music was pretty cool for the fight... even if I was fight an advanced single celled organism that is somewhat identified as a larger version of a Virus.
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    Post by About8547Souls Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:35 pm

    I usually listen to rock or metal, but lately I've been listening to this song when I play. It actually makes me enjoy the game even more, it's thrilling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9uD8aiTqQ
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    Post by SlakeMoth Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:17 pm

    Halo, especially Halo 3. I used to wait until I'd heard all of the intro music before a started the game.

    Castlevania (all of them). Metroid Prime, I can still remember Phenandra Drifts, a perfect marriage of visual and audio. FFVII, Cosmo Canyon particularly.
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    Post by Forum Pirate Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:42 pm

    Reaperfan wrote: If you've heard one "epic" song you've heard them all

    I'm going to have to disagree. It is a trend in games for music intended to be epic to sound pretty much the same as all the other music intended to be epic, yeah. But, to take yet another chance to advertise skies of Arcadia, Epic in skies of Arcadia is vastly different than the "you have no hope" epic and the "you are king ****" epic in most games.
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    Post by Reaperfan Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:02 pm

    Forum Pirate wrote:
    Reaperfan wrote: If you've heard one "epic" song you've heard them all

    I'm going to have to disagree. It is a trend in games for music intended to be epic to sound pretty much the same as all the other music intended to be epic, yeah. But, to take yet another chance to advertise skies of Arcadia, Epic in skies of Arcadia is vastly different than the "you have no hope" epic and the "you are king ****" epic in most games.

    You really are just argumentative for the sake of being argumentative aren't you?lol!
    Alright, I'll bite, though I can tell this will likely end with us simply having different ideas of what "epic" means in the context of music and not being able to reach a real conclusion winking

    I'll start off by saying that, to me, "epic" music is used to emphasize actions, rather a setting or character. What this ends up boiling down to is that all "epic" music ends up being used for the same purpose, and very rarely will two "epic" tracks carry different meanings. This isn't to say "epic" tracks can't differentiate from each other, just that very few do or even try to. They almost always exclusively set the tone for "this is a big and amazing event the characters are taking part in." To provide some examples of this idea, I get very little out of the following songs because they all provide the same message in the same way. And for the record, these are all songs that I actually like, they just don't offer anything more than a very generic feeling of action:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPNdha5En9I&feature=relmfu
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PewpLAWlzhQ&feature=related
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX51T-EipOo&feature=related (yeah I went there, come at me bro silly)

    Now back to a point I made earlier, this doesn't mean a song can't be atmospheric yet also still convey an "epic" feeling. In other words, just because a song's purpose is to convey a feeling of action, that doesn't mean it can't go beyond and add some meaning beyond that. The song from Skies of Arcadia you linked to before falls into this category. It goes beyond simply being "epic" and adds depth and emotion to it. I've not even played the games, but I could get a sense for what kind of emotions were going through the characters and player as I listened to it. This is what differentiates an atmospheric piece as opposed to an "epic" piece. Again, for proof of concept, the following I would classify as atmospheric as opposed to "epic" since while they have a "this is going to be some great action going on" undertones, that isn't the only or even most prominant emotion elicited from the piece:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Sf98K2oR0&feature=relmfu
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCrCmlrmHqg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlF0-Qs2xkI&feature=related

    So I still stand by my original point; If you've heard one song that is written only to be "epic," then you've heard them all. However, you can still go one step beyond and add emotion to the piece, and it is these more emotional pieces I am partial to.
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    Post by User Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:04 pm

    ep·ic (pk)
    n.
    1. An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero.
    2. A literary or dramatic composition that resembles an extended narrative poem celebrating heroic feats.
    3. A series of events considered appropriate to an epic: the epic of the Old West.
    adj.
    1. Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic: an epic poem.
    2. Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size: "A vast musical panorama . . . it requires an epic musical understanding to do it justice" (Tim Page).
    3. Heroic and impressive in quality: "Here in the courtroom . . . there was more of that epic atmosphere, the extra amperage of a special moment" (Scott Turow).

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