Man, these Night-Time Listenings are getting erratic. But another week is passed and this time we got music. This week was all about town themes. We stopped by Violet City from Pokemon G/S/C. Next we got happy in Rose Town from Super Mario RPG. We chilled out to the town theme of Legend of Legaia. Reloaded our ARMs in Wild ARMs. And finally it was a sunny day in Chrono Trigger.
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Pokemon G/S/C – Violet City Composed by Junichi Masuda and Go Ichinose
There was something that sparked the moment I heard this song when I first played Pokemon Silver, like a sense of newness. Playing Pokemon Blue and Yellow countless times, you start to get tired hearing the same songs over and over, traveling to the same locations all the time. With gen 2, you get a taste of the towns to come with your home town and the next town. But then you hit Violet City, the location of the first Gym Battle. Those first percussion notes welcome you to your first challenge on the road the Pokemon League. So then, what was you team when going up against Falkner?Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – Rose Town Composed by Yoko Shumomura
Rose Town is saved! That’s the atmosphere of the town that was tormented by the raining arrows of Bowyer. Probably one of the happiest town themes in the game (and probably ever), Rose Town’s theme exudes just an overall giddyness and energy that makes the town very friendly. There’s even a joke in the Youtube comments of Ned Flanders having this song play in his head all the time. For the song itself, it has an interesting, instrumental continuation with the melody. One intrument starts the melody, passing it on to another instrument halfway through. Probably the only thing bad with this theme is that it’s very short before looping. So then, real-world city would you associate this song with?Legend of Legaia – Light of the Town Composed by Michiru Oshima and Koichi Yamazaki
The Kingdom of Drake in the beginning of the game had very little towns to go around. Rim Elm, Drake Castle, Biron Monastery… And that’s it. So when the story takes you to Sebucus Islands, it’s pretty refreshing to see that there are other towns in the game. For a while, as a kid, I thought I was close to the end of the game when I made it to the Mist Generator in Drake Kingdom. I kinda got in trouble to thinking it was the end too, making my mom angry for beating a game so quickly. Turns out It was only the beginning of a pretty long story. Turning to the song itself, it’s a very calm, serene composition. Light percussion, floaty notes throughout the whole song, and a faint flute carrying the melody. It might sound melancholy, but is was a peaceful song for a peaceful town. So then, what was your favorite Hyper Art in the game?Wild ARMs – Marsh Where The Migrant Birds Gather Composed by Michiko Naruke
Got to finally playing this game recently via PSN, and I keep finding myself humming this theme a lot. Before whisling become the norm for Wild ARMs, Michiko Naruke, the series composer, used mostly flutes to carry melodies. Keeping in tune with the Wild West motif, the song prominently uses acoustic guitars, tambourines, and that flute mentioned earlier. This would only be the beginning of the memorable town themes that Naruke would compose for the series later. Now then, how did you first find out about this game/series?Chrono Trigger – Peaceful Days Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
I’m kinda surprised I didn’t feature a single Chorno Trigger song since I braought back Night-Time Listenings last year. So hey, got one featured, and I’ll be starting with Peaceful Days, one of the first town themes of the game. Well… sorta. Chrono Trigger had a unique way of handling towns and world maps. This plays in the area where Crono lives, but you traverse that are via the world map. Larger areas, like the Festival and Guardia Castle, took you to a separate map altogether with their own themes. Technicalities aside, this is probably the perfect Sunny Day theme. No clouds in the sky, people going about their business. this is the kind of music you’d want to wake up to as you go about your day. So then, what’s the first thing you’d do while this song is playing?