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    Favorite VGM composer?

    I`d have to name about three. And they are, Masato Nakamura (Sonic the hedgehog 2), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series) and finnaly, Akira Yamaoka (Silent hill series). And they would all contend for first place for me.

    Who would you pick?

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    Nobuo.

    As if that wasn't a gimme.

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    I'm going to have to disagree with your selection of Yamoaka, Dirge. His hate for VGM really wrecks the passion

    However, my favorite composers are (a lot of them and in no particular order):

    Hitoshi Sakimoto
    Noriyuki Iwadare
    Nobuyoshi Sano
    Shinji Hosoe
    Takayuki Aihara
    Yasunori Mitsuda (Yes, I still have faith in him)
    Yuzo Koshiro (He emailed me)
    The ever changing group behind Sound Team JDK
    Hisayoshi Ogura (OGR)
    Masato Nakamara
    Spencer Nilson
    Daisuke Ishiwatari
    Meiko Ishikawa
    Motoi Sakuraba
    Hideaki Kobayashi
    Fumie Kumatani
    Ryuji Sasai
    Koichi Sugiyama
    Miki Higashino
    Masaharu Iwata
    Masashi Hamauzu
    And I couldn't leave out master arranger, Ryo Yonemitsu, Falcom's best (Missing since 1994 )

    I'm sure I left a few out, but this will do for now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Kuja
    I'm going to have to disagree with your selection of Yamoaka, Dirge. His hate for VGM really wrecks the passion
    But his inventive "industrial" Silent Hill 3 OST was a breath of fresh air. Excellent imo.

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    you guys left the best composer out:

    Hideki Okugawa (Street Fighter 3rd Strike)
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    I gotta say my fav is miki higashino(Suikoden 1+2) its my fav ost goin

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    Harry Gregson Williams by far.

    I mean, he did Metal Gear Solid AND Man on Fire.

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    people seriously lacking mentions from this thread: jeremy soule. (total annihilation, guild wars, icewind dale, neverwinter nights, baldur's gate: dark alliance, etc)

    symphony OSTs ftw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah
    people seriously lacking mentions from this thread: jeremy soule. (total annihilation, guild wars, icewind dale, neverwinter nights, baldur's gate: dark alliance, etc)

    symphony OSTs ftw.
    Jeremy and Julian Soule are both talented and, alongside Harry Gregson Williams, are the best western VGM composers. His best work? Secret of Evermore, with Julian.

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    the person who made final fantasy

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    rofl

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    Koji Kondo, Yasunori Mitsuda, Nobuo Uematsu, and Michiru Yamane are some of my favs.

    I can't believe no one else mentioned Koji Kondo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KtuluCJ77
    I can't believe no one else mentioned Koji Kondo!
    Because Koji Kondo, while he hasn't lost inspiration, isn't remarkable. Sure, he has worked on both the Mario and Zelda series, but his compositions are completely lifeless.

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    Hmm, some of my favourites I can remember of the top of my head at the moment:

    Nobuo Uematsu (FF series)
    Michiru Yamane (Castlevania Symphony of the Night)
    Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross)
    Yozo Koshiro (Streets of Rage series, Act Raiser)
    Masaharu Iwata (FF Tactics)
    Hitoshi Sakimoto (FF Tactics)
    Masaki Iluza aka MASA (Dynasty Warriors series)
    Naofumi Hataya (Sonic CD)
    Masafumi Ogata (Sonic CD)
    Naoshi Mizuta (FFXI)
    Noriyuki Iwadare (Grandia series, Lunar series)
    Shinichi Sakamoto (Wonderboy III ~ The Dragon's Trap - an oldie but a goodie)

    Naturally, Uematsu is at the top of my list.
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    Nobuo Uematsu, Yasanori Mitsuda, Koji Kondo and and Yoshiko Kawamoto (in their collaboration in OOT).
    If you put Cecil from FFIV, Sephiroth from FFVII, and Squall from FFVIII all in the same room for three hours with their weapons and lock the door...

    Nothing would happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Kuja
    Because Koji Kondo, while he hasn't lost inspiration, isn't remarkable. Sure, he has worked on both the Mario and Zelda series, but his compositions are completely lifeless.
    you stupid fuck
    theres a difference in composing a tune for an upbeat platformer and an epic rpg

    anyway
    Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Yamamoto, Keith Arem, Stephane Picq, Kumi Tanioka

    and some games whose composer i dont know/cant remember
    Jet set radio(dreamcast version, xbox version was crap)
    Metroid Prime has one of the greatest
    GTA2 had some great tunes
    Breath of Fire 4
    ..
    all i remember for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Django
    you stupid fuck
    theres a difference in composing a tune for an upbeat platformer and an epic rpg
    Excuse me? I'm a VGM expert, I know this stuff, you however, aren't one. So, therefore, you suck at analyzing VGM.

    Of course there is a difference. Did I even say that they were the same? No, you're just making up stuff in order sound cool. Retard.

    Kondo creates unremarkable music. So what? Uematsu does the same.

    Next time, don't go around making false assumptions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Kuja
    Kondo creates unremarkable music. So what? Uematsu does the same.
    :')

    You have no idea what you're talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Django
    :')

    You have no idea what you're talking about.
    Yes I do.

    Please, tell me, besides the Mario and Zelda Main themes, what compositions by Kondo have stood out?

    As for Uematsu, his contributions to FFX are a very good example of how burnt out he's got.

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    TranceKuja...

    Just because you know a lot about video game soundtracks does not make you an expert on the quality of the music. That is something that can only be determined by personal taste. Just because you feel something is no good does not mean everyone else that likes it are wrong. I feel that Kondo's work was very inspiritational and creative, thus I was surprised no one mentioned him before me. Most successful artists of any medium usually only have a handful of highly renown works on a large scale. Just because Kondo only has two famous works doesn't take away from his skill.

    That is of course, my opinion. Have mercy, oh great one.

    On another note, consider the enormous number of songs Uematsu had composed by the time FF10 came out. Any hint of "being burnt out" should be pretty understandable. I've not personally heard his work after FF9, but regardless, I consider him a wonderful composer, and despite what you feel, there are many of his works that have in fact been extremely moving to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KtuluCJ77
    TranceKuja...

    Just because you know a lot about video game soundtracks does not make you an expert on the quality of the music. That is something that can only be determined by personal taste. Just because you feel something is no good does not mean everyone else that likes it are wrong. I feel that Kondo's work was very inspiritational and creative, thus I was surprised no one mentioned him before me. Most successful artists of any medium usually only have a handful of highly renown works on a large scale. Just because Kondo only has two famous works doesn't take away from his skill.
    I understand where you are coming from. I'll sum up my thoughts on Kondo: He has the ability, but fails to use it. There


    On another note, consider the enormous number of songs Uematsu had composed by the time FF10 came out. Any hint of "being burnt out" should be pretty understandable. I've not personally heard his work after FF9, but regardless, I consider him a wonderful composer, and despite what you feel, there are many of his works that have in fact been extremely moving to me.
    I feel that he is overated. There are so many better composers out there that have composed a far better variety of tunes (Sakimoto for instance)

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    Makichiko Furukawa (Tales of Symphonia) Nobuo Uematsu (final fantasy series) and the baiton katios composer does any one know what he's called

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    i like Makichiko Furukawa (Tales of Symphonia) Nobuo Uematsu (final fantasy series) and the baiton katios composer.Listen to them on my mp3 and put them as my ringtones

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    My favourite composers would be:
    1. Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono series, Xenogears)
    2. Nobuo Uematsu (FF series)
    3. Norihiko Hibino, Harry Gregson Williams (Metal Gear series)

    And other favourites:
    Maki Kirioka (Zone of the Enders series)
    Dennis Martin, Takao Miratsu (Legend of Dragoon)
    Akari Kaida, Yoshino Aoki (Breath of Fire series)
    Yasunori Shiono (Lufia series)
    Noriyuki Iwadare (Lunar series)
    Hiroki Kikuta (Mana series)
    Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage series)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sir Kadaj
    i like Makichiko Furukawa (Tales of Symphonia) Nobuo Uematsu (final fantasy series) and the baiton katios composer.Listen to them on my mp3 and put them as my ringtones
    Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura are the composers for Tales of Symphonia, while the former composed for Baten Kaitos as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jagged
    Hiroki Kikuta (Mana series)
    He actually only did 2 of the games, Seiken Densetsu 2 and 3. Kenji Ito is the main composer for the series.

    Noboyuki Iwadare (Lunar series)
    It's Noriyuki Iwadare

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