Night-Time Listenings Wrap-Up: Halloween Special

For eight days we covered the topic of Halloween. The music we listened to ranged from dark, to mellow, to unnerving. We took a breather in  Resident Evil. Dreaded the Ishimura in Dead Space. We walked the haunted halls of Luigi’s Mansion. We braced for hell in Silent Hill 3. We feared the Alchemy Lab in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. We feared pianos in Super Mario 64. We inquired about the life of Boos in Super Mario Galaxy. And finally we ended where we began with another Resident Evil composition.

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Resident Evil – Safe Haven
Composed by Shusaku Uchiyama et al.
 

To begin, why don’t we dive in with the cornerstone of Halloween gaming with Resident Evil. Unlike the more recent entries, there were not many enemies to deal with, but meeting one presented a choice: Do you down your foe, thus consuming ammo, or do you avoid it to save up for the big guys. Around every turn there was something dreadful to deal with, what with puzzles, zombies, crows, and the murderous reptiles haunting these mansion in the mountain. It’s times like these you just need to relax, think, plan, stock up, and execute (and save the game of course). Cherish your quiet time in Resident Evil, for as the years go on, you’ll never have silent moments like these at your disposal. So, what was your preferred save room in this Hell Spencer called home?

Dead Space – Theme
Composed by Jason Graves
 

Space. A place much of man-kind wishes to visit, but only a few would actually experience. However, after the awful events on the Planet Cracker Ishimura transpire, more would rather have their feet planted on terra firma than live in agony alongside the wretched necromorphs. Many things bumped in the night on this mining ship, and many times death crept ever closer to our dear miner Isaac. When face with the mutant, almost undead-like necromorphs, “a headshot would suffice” is what one thinks would solve the problem. Little do they know that a head on a body is not a necessity for these beasts. With many mining tools at your disposal, what is your preferred method for dispatching of vile pests?

Luigi’s Mansion – Mansion (Exterior)
Composed by Kazumi Totaka and Shinobu Tanaka
 

We seemed to have stumbled into another mansion, but there are no zombies or mutants. Just ghosts, lost spirits who have yet to cross over, clinging to their prized possessions and hobbies that rain in this house. Our mustachioed man in green and blue was given a letter telling him that he won this house. He heads out to claim the prize that he didn’t even enter the contest for. Some call him brave for even setting foot in these haunted halls. Other would call him an a complete… dumbass. But thankfully a mysterious scientist is these to aid our hero with a mighty vacuum cleaner. But what’s this? Mario has gone missing in this mansion? What could this mean? If you were in Luigi’s situation, what is your weapon of choice for catching these spirits?

Silent Hill 3 – Letter – From The Lost Days
Composed by Akira Yamaoka
Performed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
 

Well now, where have we stumbled into on our journey through music for Halloween? An ominous fog has enveloped this town, obscuring your vision of the horrors this town hides. No glasses or trees can save you from this plight, so you must press onward. But beware the siren, for its boisterous wail calls forth the demons of hell to rid those that invade this town. Demons that even Satan himself could never imagine. No one knows for certain how to enter this town (or where it’s even located). A Letter from a wife, a mall, an apartment… Silent Hill’s grasp is ever reaching, and you’ll enter this solitary town soon enough. For defending yourself, what blunt object would you bring to this town?

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Dance of Gold
Composed by Michiru Yamane
 

We shall break the mold here a bit for something a little more… lavish. Lurking within Dracula’s ever changing castle is a lab of Alchemy. Potions, brews, vials, and Bunsen burners line the tables of this lab. For what purpose does the owner of this wing need this lab for? Body modifications? Love potions? Strength enhancers? Or shampoo for Dracula’s luxuriously youthful locks? Regardless, it seems the alchemist, wherever he is, has lined his room with monster to protect his precious things. Pity for him his choice of guard monsters are horrid… at best. Say you had a lab like this of your own. What would you create in this place?

Super Mario 64 – Big Boo’s Haunt
Composed by Koji Kondo
 

Welcome back to our special Holloween edition of Night-Time Listening. And my, are we in for a treat. But why have we stopped by the light-hearted world of Mario once again? Well, the setting of this song is mostly not unnerving (though the music can be jarring after listening for a prolonged time). No, we are here to revisit a certain… moment, coated in black with ivory keys, and… teeth that haunted many tykes to the bone when they approached. But, such was the curiosity to see what the pianos would play, like in those RPGs. It saddening though, finally kids would be able to interact with a fully 3D piano, only to have that intrigue crushed by the sonata of gnashing teeth. Pianos would never be the same again for them. But, for the courageous, are you good at playing a piano?

Super Mario Galaxy – Boo Waltz
Composed by Mahito Yokoda
 

Let us visit the mystical land of Mario one more time for one more haunting composition. “Boo Waltz” is the name? Well, hard to imagine such shy creatures being capable of dancing, let alone look each other in the eye. But maybe this is the only form of recreation these tormented souls have that does not involve disturbing the living, or any other forms of mischief. But one wonders, what lives did these Boos live before crossing over? Maybe one was a castle guard and was loyal enough to his lord Bowser to stay? Or maybe they were previous maids of that mansion Luigi rummaged through? Who knows. Maybe you know? What previous lives did these boos live?

Resident Evil Outbreak – So Many Options
Composed by Akihiko Matsumoto et al.
 

Here we are at the end of our otherworldly trek through compositions for All Hallows Eve. We had some scares, some intrigue, and one involving a piano. While we’re at it, let’s end our trek with a piano arrangement. We started our adventure with Resident Evil, and so we shall finish with it. I, like many, had always wondered what life was like in Raccoon City before it’s unfortunate end. Then again, the city may have been one big front for the mega pharmaceutical, and its citizens the lab rats. Such a sad fate for those people, unknowingly partaking in the biggest rat maze experiment known to man. But in the world of Resident Evil, if one problem is erased, another flares up. There is no end to the evil, just like our world. It ends, but it continues.

Days have passed since All Hallows Eve. Did you fill up on candy? Was your costume memorable? Was your property blown away by Mother Nature’s wrath? Hopefully what you wanted happening came to fruition. It would be such a sad fate to have to wait another whole year to try out your plans again. Now then, it’s time for this writer to get his rest and end his long-winded attempt to sound like he owns a blue room with tarot cards at the ready. How did you spend your Halloween?

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