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Joined Site

February 2010

Favourite Game Music Artists

Nobuo Uematsu
Yasunori Mitsuda
Motoi Sakuraba
Kumi Tanioka
Kenji Ito
Masashi Hamauzu

Date of Birth

August 11, 1989

Place of Residence

New York, United States


College Student

General Interests

Video Games


When I was little, I hated music. It was fortunate for me, then, that I didn't realize that the bleeps and bloops coming out of my Gameboy that I so adored was defined as 'music.' My earliest musical memories, from about the age of three, are of Final Fantasy Adventure and Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, and of those, I most fondly remember the final battle themes of each. I would replay the latter's final boss often, just to hear the music. I remember thinking that it was kind of strange that I enjoyed video game music so much.

Once, I realized that I was very selective about the music I most fondly recalled. Music from Japanese games stood out the most. I could never recall anything from any of my American games. That was the first turning point for me in my musical history. The second came about when I recognized that Culex's boss battle theme — not only my favorite track from the game but also one of the best pieces that I had heard at that point in my life — was also the only track in the game originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu, who more or less immediately became my favorite composer, especially after Final Fantasy VIII's "The Extreme." The final turning point for me was when a friend came over with the Final Fantasy VII soundtrack and informed me that game music had a following, and that the OSTs could all be purchased online. I immediately purchased the Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack, and my collection very quickly multiplied.

For a while, I was very selective about which composers I enjoyed. But in the past few years, my horizons have broadened significantly, and I find myself growing attached to new composers constantly. I'll play the most atrocious games if a composer I adore scored it (most recent example: Heroes of Mana), but thankfully it's rare that I'll find a game that leaves such a sour taste in my mouth. I definitely like to play a game all the way through before I listen to its respective soundtrack, which means that I haven't heard some of the more highly regarded game music out there, but it also grants me an extra reason to play through the game, and a much heightened familiarity with its music.

I know my reviews aren't perfect and that they represent my opinion and no one else's. Therefore, I certainly invite any comments, criticism or (dare I hope?) compliments! Feel free to contact me at any time.

Contributed Reviews

Album Title Catalog No.
Aquanaut's Holiday ~Hidden Memories~ Original Soundtrack COCX-35252
Ar tonelico ~The Girl Who Sings at the End of the World~ Original Soundtrack KDSD-10012/3
Ar tonelico II ~The Girls' Metafalica That Echoes to the World~ Original Soundtrack KDSD-10027/8
Ar tonelico III ~The Girls' Song Triggers the End of the World~ Original Soundtrack KDSD-10044/5
Diamond and the Sound of Gunshot Original Soundtrack SVWC-7636
Echochrome Original Soundtrack KDSD-00209
Echochrome II - A Soundtrack NCRS-0001
Golden Sun Dark Dawn Special Soundtrack Promotional
Grandia Online Perfect Sound Library TRCD-10096/7
Halo Legends Original Soundtrack SE-2076-2
Inazuma Eleven TV Animation Hot Blood Original Soundtrack Volume 1 PKCF-1012/3
Last Ranker Original Soundtrack CPCA-10218/9
Last Ranker Limited Soundtrack - Piano Trio Arrange Promotional
Last Story Original Soundtrack, The DERP-10012/4
Last Story Premium Soundtrack, The N/A
Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki Original Soundtrack, The NW10102870
Ni no Kuni -The Sorcerer of Darkness- Original Soundtrack PKCF-1036
Octave Theory DERP-10015
Okamiden Music Collection Promotional
Opoona Original Soundtrack BSPE-1022/4
Patchwork Heroes Original Soundtrack SVWC-7676
Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack, Wings of Universe GNCA-7151
Pokémon Black & White Music Super Complete, DS ZMCP-5919
Pokémon Heartgold & Soulsilver Music Super Complete, DS ZMCP-5243
Radiant Historia Original Soundtrack KDSD-00408
Radiant Historia Piano Arrange Promotional
Rogue Galaxy Original Soundtrack KICA-1382/3
Sengoku Basara 3 Original Soundtrack SMCL-205/6
Sengoku Basara X Original Soundtrack KDSD-00214
Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes Original Soundtrack VTCL-60109
Shinobido Imashime War Overture VGCD-0015
Tactics Ogre Wheel of Fortune Original Soundtrack SQEX-10206/9
Valhalla Knights Eldar Saga Original Soundtrack KDSD-00312/4
Valkyria Chronicles 2 Original Soundtrack BSPE-1010/1
Valkyria Chronicles 2 Limited Soundtrack Promotional
White Knight Chronicles Original Soundtrack SVWC-7637/8
Yorlga KDSD-00368
Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida 1 & 2 Giant Recital SVWC-7592
Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida 3D Giant Recital SVWC-7677