Awesome Video Game Music: Quickies 1

I’ve been doing these music entries for about a year and a half now, and given how much amazing video game music is out there I feel like I could potentially keep doing it forever. One thing's for sure; I won’t have to stop due to lack of good music to choose from.

That being said, I personally can’t keep doing them forever. I love video game music as much as anyone, but I also have to prioritize how I spend my time. These posts take a good bit of effort, and given where my life is at the moment I’m not sure it’s the best use of my time. So even though it makes me a little sad, I’ve decided to wrap up this series after six more posts (including this one). There’s a small twist though; in an effort to highlight as many songs as possible (keeping in mind that I’ll never get around to all of them), each of these six posts will showcase three songs, but won't focus much on each one individually. “Quickies”, if you will. This will let me run through a lot of my favs that I haven’t yet touched in a timely manner, and hopefully someone out there will get something out of it. With all that out of the way, let’s move on to three very awesome songs!

Freedom Fighters: March of the Empire

Every song on the Freedom Fighters soundtrack is fantastic, but I consider March of the Empire to be the pinnacle track. The vocals are chilling and oppressive in a way that I imagine the Cold War was for a lot of people. The tempo and instrumentation hint at a slow and steady march, and I can just envision a Soviet army marching down the streets with this song propelling them forward. When I think of the Freedom Fighters soundtrack I think of awesome vocals and a East Bloc tone. March of the Empire does all of that, and bolsters the game’s alternate history setting perfectly.

Rhythm Heaven: Love Lab

I love the lighthearted and goofy nature of Rhythm Heaven, and Love Lab brings all that genuinely fun attitude to bear. The whistling, the snapping and the groovy beat are all really easy to get into, and the vocals are great to hum along with. This is just one of those songs that always puts a smile on my face, and kind of makes me want to... dance. Weird, I know, but that’s the power of Love Lab, and Rhythm Heaven in general.

Final Fantasy VI: Dancing Mad

Dancing Mad is the ultimate tribute to gaming’s greatest psychopath. I would argue that Kefka is one of the best villains out there; he is utterly insane in a way that is nothing short of terrifying. Dancing Mad is a lengthy song, with multiple transitions (which mimics the multi-stage final boss fight) that seem to portray the many sides of Kefka’s dementia. The tone and the instrumentation (if you want to call it that, given the SNES's sound quality) continue to contribute to the air of lunacy surrounding this character. I just love that this iconic madman has an equally iconic theme to accompany him, which makes Dancing Mad one of the most memorable video game songs I’ve heard, and one of my favorites to boot.

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Posted by MajorMitch

I’ve been doing these music entries for about a year and a half now, and given how much amazing video game music is out there I feel like I could potentially keep doing it forever. One thing's for sure; I won’t have to stop due to lack of good music to choose from.

That being said, I personally can’t keep doing them forever. I love video game music as much as anyone, but I also have to prioritize how I spend my time. These posts take a good bit of effort, and given where my life is at the moment I’m not sure it’s the best use of my time. So even though it makes me a little sad, I’ve decided to wrap up this series after six more posts (including this one). There’s a small twist though; in an effort to highlight as many songs as possible (keeping in mind that I’ll never get around to all of them), each of these six posts will showcase three songs, but won't focus much on each one individually. “Quickies”, if you will. This will let me run through a lot of my favs that I haven’t yet touched in a timely manner, and hopefully someone out there will get something out of it. With all that out of the way, let’s move on to three very awesome songs!

Freedom Fighters: March of the Empire

Every song on the Freedom Fighters soundtrack is fantastic, but I consider March of the Empire to be the pinnacle track. The vocals are chilling and oppressive in a way that I imagine the Cold War was for a lot of people. The tempo and instrumentation hint at a slow and steady march, and I can just envision a Soviet army marching down the streets with this song propelling them forward. When I think of the Freedom Fighters soundtrack I think of awesome vocals and a East Bloc tone. March of the Empire does all of that, and bolsters the game’s alternate history setting perfectly.

Rhythm Heaven: Love Lab

I love the lighthearted and goofy nature of Rhythm Heaven, and Love Lab brings all that genuinely fun attitude to bear. The whistling, the snapping and the groovy beat are all really easy to get into, and the vocals are great to hum along with. This is just one of those songs that always puts a smile on my face, and kind of makes me want to... dance. Weird, I know, but that’s the power of Love Lab, and Rhythm Heaven in general.

Final Fantasy VI: Dancing Mad

Dancing Mad is the ultimate tribute to gaming’s greatest psychopath. I would argue that Kefka is one of the best villains out there; he is utterly insane in a way that is nothing short of terrifying. Dancing Mad is a lengthy song, with multiple transitions (which mimics the multi-stage final boss fight) that seem to portray the many sides of Kefka’s dementia. The tone and the instrumentation (if you want to call it that, given the SNES's sound quality) continue to contribute to the air of lunacy surrounding this character. I just love that this iconic madman has an equally iconic theme to accompany him, which makes Dancing Mad one of the most memorable video game songs I’ve heard, and one of my favorites to boot.

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Posted by ESREVER

Dancing Mad is freakin' fantastic. Dancing Mad, To Zanarkand, Opera: Draco and Maria, and Terra's Theme have got to be my favorite Final Fantasy tracks. When I went to Distant Worlds last year (Final Fantasy music played by the local Symphony. In this case it was the Houston Symphony) they played the entirety of Dancing Mad. They said that was the first time they did that. It was pretty spectacular...

This guy is also pretty awesome. He does Terra's Theme and Dancing Mad toward the end. Amazing stuff! I should find the Freedom Fighters OST, I love that type of vocals. Its badass to sing a long with.

Awesome writeup! I dig the new style, more variety of musics this way. Keep up the good work!

Posted by MajorMitch

@ESREVER: Wow, I'm kind of jealous- hearing the entirety of Dancing Mad at Distant Worlds sounds incredible! I've heard some of their stuff before, and it's always great. I'm going to a Video Games Live concert in two weeks, hopefully they'll play some good stuff too!

Posted by ESREVER

VGL is pretty fun, I've been to several. Decided to take a break for a couple years though so they can come up with more content. Past couple of times its been the same show, more or less. Let me know what they plan when you go see it :P