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Review: Soul Calibur V OST

Before I start this, I just want to preface it by saying that I’ve never reviewed music of this kind before so bear with me if I start to ramble on 🙂

Soul Calibur is game series with deep roots and a rich heritage, starting from Soul Edge in the arcades before being ported to the Playstation, right up to the latest incarnation in the series, Soul Calibur V. One thing that has remained a constant throughout the series has been the in-game music, or the soundtrack. But it’s in SC V that the music has really come into its own, thanks to the involvement and contributions of some of the heavyweights of the music world.

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This soundtrack is literally a who’s who of the music scene with Junichi Nakatsuru (Soul series), Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Tomoki Miyoshi, Andrew Aversa, Cris Velasco (God of War series), Inon Zur (Prince of Persia), Jillian Aversa, Eminence Symphony Orchestra, Hiroaki Yura plus loads more taking part in the production, composition and/or performing of the pieces. The soundtrack is spread out on three discs with the first two discs containing themes for each character in the game totalling 28 in all with some amazing highlights coming to mind. In particular Samsara: The Wheel of Eternity (Kilik’s Theme), The Invincible Blade (Mitsurugi’s Theme) and Venice Rooftops (SCV mix) (Ezio Auditore’s Theme). This is not to take anything away from the other tracks as all the themes are absolutely exquisite conveying drama and the emotion behind the character. The instrument sections themselves from the strings to brass and percussions are at their best and show the experience and professionalism of the musicians.

The third disc is made up of the music that is played out during the battles and in-game cinematics which are breathtaking and a joy to listen to. Some highlights for me were Home is Faraway with its sweeping sounds that take you away, Holy Requisition with beautiful choral arrangement and, the last three tracks of disc three deserve a special mention. These being The Last Wish, The Siblings’ Destiny and the amazingly sublime, The Breeze at Dawn. Jillian Aversa’s stunning ethereal vocals are laid out over an amazing composition that brings together string, brass, percussion with an amazing vocal arrangement. This track really gets me every time. Jillian is a standout on this track.

The soundtrack comes spread out across three discs in a gorgeous box with an impressive booklet containing previously unseen artwork and a credits list while the three cd’s come bundled in two attractive cases. This soundtrack is nothing short of amazing for the fan and for someone just getting into the world of gaming music, this is a package that will whet the appetite and leave you wanting more.

Don’t wait any longer, hunt this soundtrack down and get it into your player. This recording is a testament to CIA, the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, Project Soul and everyone else who was involved. A world-class piece of music.

[starreview tpl=16] Absolutely amazing soundtrack that will transport you to new levels.

TGS Interview – Composer, Tomoki Miyoshi From Soul Calibur V

This interview took place right after the interview with Hiroaki Yura and Hiroki Kikuta from CIA. You can catch up on that here. Tomoki Miyoshi (@tomoki_miyoshi) is an extremely gifted young composer at only 18 years of age who has been tasked with bringing the cinematic world of Soul Calibur V to life. Read here as Japandaman Dailies’ Art Editor, Stephanie, goes one on one with this exciting talent and finds out what makes him tick.

SK: You’re very young and you’re working on Soul Calibur V?

Tomoki: I turned 18 a few weeks ago and have been asked to work on the music for the upcoming Soul Calibur V game as a composer. It was really the most exciting thing in my life to have heard about the position in the project being offered to me. It was unreal to say the very least. I actually worked on the cinematic scenes found in the story mode of the game, which is actually the field I was most interested in to begin with.

SK: So what are your influences? What got you into composing?

T: One of my biggest influences, if not all, is from Film music. My favorite composer for Film would have to be Thomas Newman with John Powell being the very close second. I also attend a music school in Japan called the Koyo Conservatory, where I study Composition/Film Scoring. I actually study composition from a Jazz-based basic, which was entirely influenced by the school I currently attend. Hiroaki, my music supervisor and audio director also helps me greatly with exposing me to diverse musical genres. To wrap things up, I’d say that I’m most influenced by traditional Japanese and Hollywood music.

SK: So do you find that scoring for the cinematics in games is different, in any way,  to how you would imagine otherwise?

T: Nowadays, in my opinion, scoring for cinematics in games is virtually identical to that of scoring for any other traditionally prevalent media because the final product is of such high-quality in games. The only difference I found to be apparent in games is that you have to anticipate the atmosphere and the intensity of what will happen next in the gameplay section of the game.

SK: And especially with, for example, composing music for video game cinematics, you want something grand because people are going to be hearing it over and over again every time they boot up the game, every time they play or watch the FMV’s from the game so I’m assuming it’s hard to make something memorable?

T: The audio director, Junichi Nakatsuru, who I am actually a great fan of, told me about the gravity of how many people are actually going to listen to my music. I didn’t take that into consideration when I was actually writing the music, but having realized that, it’s actually a very scary thought. Making things memorable wasn’t particularly my goal. They say that the best film scores are the ones you don’t notice. My job, I thought, was to accompany, illustrate and to enhance the scene, at the same time keeping the musical side of things intriguing to the listeners.

 

SK: It’s a great thing to do at an age so young so you should be really proud of yourself and I’ll be really looking forward to hearing your compositions. Thank you for that!