Why, Hello There, Blog Readers! First of all, I know you’re all asking yourselves this question: “Who is this person who is not Fancy Cat, and why are they talking about music?” Well, I must tell you all that Fancy Cat is very sick with a bad cold. Snot running everywhere. I am his wife, Kitty Cat.
Anyways, Fancy Cat wanted to discuss with you all today is liking of video game music. Obviously, since he is currently all stuffed up (poor guy!), I shall be doing this instead.
Music of course, is one of the best ways to enhance or cause emotion. After all, horror movies would be pretty bland if they had no creepy music, right? Romantic movies would not result in tears if the violins weren’t playing away in the background. And action movies would be rather dry without tense, fact-paced themes laced with trumpet fanfare.
And just like in movies, music creates and enhances the atmosphere of video games as well. In particular, I wish to discuss the video game series The Legend of Zelda. In Fancy Cat and I’s personal opinions, the Legend of Zelda series has the best music ever created for video games. Obviously, that is an opinion, so it’s rather hard to discuss objectively.
Let’s discuss the music of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the latest installment in the Zelda series. A large portion of the game’s soundtrack is orchestrated- in other words, the music is created with real instrments instead of MIDI instruments as most video games, especially older ones, use. Orchestrated music can create emotions of tenseness and romance that computer instrments simply can’t reproduce. As an example, here is “Lord Ghirahim” from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (credit Youtube). For a bit of background, Ghirahim is the name a major villain in the video game. Obviously, since he is a villain, tenseness, uncertainty, and creepiness are all present.
Simply take a listen for yourself to hear all that. But obviously, the point of this post is to show how music aids the Legend of Zelda series. Here is a scene in which the above song plays (again credit Youtube):
As you can see with this gameplay video from GT, the scene is particularly effective at portraying Ghirahim’s creepy, quirky style partially because of the ambience of his theme song.
Another thing the Legend of Zelda series’s music is very effective at is romance, or music that feels “soft-hearted”. One of the most beautiful, heart-gripping themes every in the Legend of Zelda series is “Zelda’s Lullaby”, a tune any Zelda fan is instantly familiar with. Since my words will not do justice to describe the majesty and presence of Zelda’s Lullaby, here is the orchestrated Skyward Sword version (Youtube):
As with Ghirahim’s theme, the song is much more attractive in context. As one can assume from the romantice-yet-somber tone of the piece, Zelda’s Lullaby is often played during “sad” scenes in Legend of Zelda games. Because I showed you the Skyward Sword version of Zelda’s Lullaby, here is the scene to accompany it. If you’ve played the game before or are simply good at inferencing story lines, bring a box of tissues. Makes me cry everytime.