Music of the Month: The Scheme

These two months have been filled to brim with Virtual-On to me. It may not seem like it, but in order to make the retrospective posts on the series I had to replay all the games for numerous times (had to obtain FORCE in the first place) and go through stupid amount of sources and books. Yet, so very little was transferred from these to the posts, which just means I’ll probably end up expanding them a little bit. Things like how Virtual-On‘s project name was Virtuaroids and more about the stupidly serious and in-depth lore the developers have written up. I mention some of the side-materials, mainly the popular One-Man Rescue, but never go in-depth into them because the sheer wall of text they’d require to describe and go over.

Needless to say, I’m not satisfied how the retrospective ended up being, slight too much hyperbole used in the last sections of A Certain Magical Virtual-On. A smart reader noticed I changed the title halfway through the series too, from historical to retrospective. I also had planned to add an extra post, which would have covered some Virtual-On inspired titles or their appearances in Super Robot Wars. I ended up scrapping this due to knowing I was burning my interests out too fast, and tacked the SRW entries at the end of MARZ‘s. I just mentioned Clash of the Elementalists, a game that’s directly uses Virtual-On‘s gameplay on the DSi, elsewhere just for the record. It’s a fun little title that plays similarly to Oratorio Tangram, but not quite.

With that, I’ll aim to cover a new Guilty Gear character entry this month. I also need make a new TSF comparison entry. Both of these have been on the backburner too long. The initial entries for some of the Guilty Gear characters are lacking compared what the entries ultimately became, with the expanded detailed information, so going back and covering them again is a valid option. At least for now.

As for the TSF comparison, I still have F-18E, MiG-29 and Tornado on the list from the original imageboard variants, so it’s one of those three. However, if I manage to get ahold of some other TSF materials, you never know what I’ll throw out in the end.

That’s pretty much all I’m going muse myself this time around. Enjoy the music and the upcoming weekend.

Yuzo Koshiro at MAGfest

So, the living legend Yuzo Koshiro will be at MAGfest.

Yuzo Koshiro without a doubt is one of the most important persons in video game music. Koshiro was one of the first musicians who went from bleeps and bloop, from small jingles and tunes to full blown music with FM Synth.

Koshiro mastered his craft as time progressed, but his master Joe Hisashi has been a great influence to Koshiro. However, Koshiro found his own way in crafting music, which made him the legend he is today.

Koshiro is most known for his Street of Rage and Shinobi music, but his most influential music do come from PC-88 with Ys, The Scheme and Misty Blue. This man isn’t just an artist, the man’s a master craftsman.

If you’re anywhere near Washington during MAGfest (and I mean anywhere near as in anywhere on the same continent) do yourself, and to me, a favour and go MAGfest and listen to him. Because damnit, it’s Yuzo Koshiro.