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#1 Jun 27 2009 at 7:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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There is something awesome about sitting in a huge concert hall with a thousand or more people who are there for the very same reason. While I was waiting for the Distant Worlds Concert to start here in Baltimore Maryland this evening I was glancing around at the people around me... young and old, some dressed up in suits and gowns, some cosplaying. Then I told my husband 'look at all these people, doesn't matter age or what we do in our lives, we all love this music and the final fantasy games.'

It really is true some of us don't always agree, or like the same games, or play the same way... but the Final Fantasy series in some way has touched people all over the world. If you have a chance to see Distant Worlds, do it! If you have seen it... you know exactly what I mean. There is just something about hearing the music live, seeing the funny and touching scenes they play on the screen. Its wonderful, and I can't wait to go again!

Now before you say... what does this have to do with FFXIV... they made two announcements tonight and had a special surprise.

First, Nobou Uematsu (well SE) allowed them to show the FFXIV trailer they showed at E3 at the concert, and it was amazing on big screen.

Then he said Nobou gave him permission to announce... Nobou Uematsu will be the ONLY person composing the music for FFXIV.

Lastly he said something about the Distant Worlds concert and site have already started on work with FFXIV music for performance purposes and they would announce more soon. (he kinda babbled this part out real quick, because he said he wasn't supposed to talk about it! lol)

I wanted you all to know so im typing this on my cell in the hotel room. Haha. Sorry if the text comes out funky, first time posting from my cell. Have a good evening!

PS: Nobou had a video message and it it he was showing us his car, its a really awesome car, he calls it his transforming car. It was so funny. XD



Edited, Jun 28th 2009 12:00pm by YfandesofBismarck
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#2 Jun 27 2009 at 9:15 PM Rating: Decent
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While I'm sure most will love the fact that Uematsu is doing all of the music for FFXIV, I really loved a lot of Mizuta's music in FFXI. But I guess I shouldn't complain and just go with it, after all, I do love Uematsu.
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#3 Jun 27 2009 at 11:19 PM Rating: Good
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Yep. Mizuta did a **** fine job. He's just about right up there with Uematsu in my book... just doesn't quite have the track record.
#4 Jun 28 2009 at 7:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Performance purposes?! I will definitely go to those concerts if they're pre-launch.

I still wish they would hire Mitsuda to take care of some music for the game.
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#5 Jun 29 2009 at 5:53 AM Rating: Good
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I loved the music in FFXI, but I have both Black Mages CDs and loooooved the older FF soundtracks. Nobuo is the *best* person to compose music for an FF game in my book. Glad to see that SE is pulling out all the stops for this MMO.
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#6 Jun 29 2009 at 6:26 AM Rating: Decent
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I was at that concert, it was good times. I thought it was funny hearing a guy complain that they didn't seem to acknowledge that Final Fantasy XII existed during the whole show. I thought it would be pretty obvious why, since it's a show dedicated to showcasing Uematsu's work, and he had zero to do with XII.

Oh well, it was definitely awesome, and my seats kicked ***.

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Edit: One thing I wasn't a huge fan of but wasn't too bad was that they used the same woman to sing "Distant Worlds" and "Maria and Draco". Her voice was perfect for the Opera, but didn't really fit "Distant Worlds" very well.

Edited, Jun 29th 2009 10:40am by Roin
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#7 Jun 29 2009 at 8:36 AM Rating: Excellent
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Roin wrote:
Edit: One thing I wasn't a huge fan of but wasn't too bad was that they used the same woman to sing "Distant Worlds" and "Maria and Draco". Her voice was perfect for the Opera, but didn't really fit "Distant Worlds" very well.


You know what, I love that song and I was so excited when they started playing it... but I agree with you 100%. "Maria and Draco" was lovely, but there was something off about "Distant Worlds". I mean her voice was amazing, no doubt in that, but sitting there listening to it I thought something was just not right. I can't quite pinpoint it, should it have been slightly higher, or did it just not flow right... but yeah I agree with you, it didn't quite fit for some reason.

Side note: Where were you sitting? I was over on the right side, like second bay up, just off of the stage. Was a great view!
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#8 Jun 29 2009 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
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I went to the Distant worlds in Dallas where they said the same thing after showing the FFXIV E3 trailer. After the first few songs, they showed a video from Uematsu playing ping-pong, apparently he likes it a lot. That aside I'm glad Uematsu is the one doing all the music for FFXIV. I was actually considering skipping this MMO, but after hearing Uematsu is scoring the whole game, I was sold.
#9 Jun 29 2009 at 9:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Roin wrote:
Edit: One thing I wasn't a huge fan of but wasn't too bad was that they used the same woman to sing "Distant Worlds" and "Maria and Draco". Her voice was perfect for the Opera, but didn't really fit "Distant Worlds" very well.


You know what, I love that song and I was so excited when they started playing it... but I agree with you 100%. "Maria and Draco" was lovely, but there was something off about "Distant Worlds". I mean her voice was amazing, no doubt in that, but sitting there listening to it I thought something was just not right. I can't quite pinpoint it, should it have been slightly higher, or did it just not flow right... but yeah I agree with you, it didn't quite fit for some reason.

Side note: Where were you sitting? I was over on the right side, like second bay up, just off of the stage. Was a great view!


I know exactly what you mean Bismark, the week before the concert, I had been listening to the rendition of Distant Worlds performed by the Royal Stockholm Orchestra (Available on the distant worlds website). The singer who did that version has much better range and enunciation in her voice, it may sound petty, but that song left a sour taste with me up until the finale since I was expecting someone with a voice similar to the Stockholm version, though once they did One Winged Angel I'd pretty much forgotten about it.
#10 Jun 29 2009 at 9:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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blkguynmdben wrote:
I went to the Distant worlds in Dallas where they said the same thing after showing the FFXIV E3 trailer. After the first few songs, they showed a video from Uematsu playing ping-pong, apparently he likes it a lot.


Hahaha Thats great! Yeah he had a video message for us too, he showed us his 'transforming' car. It was this little silver two seater, and he was all excited and had the roof fold back into the trunk. Everyone was cracking up.

blkguynmdben wrote:
I know exactly what you mean Bismark, the week before the concert, I had been listening to the rendition of Distant Worlds performed by the Royal Stockholm Orchestra (Available on the distant worlds website). The singer who did that version has much better range and enunciation in her voice, it may sound petty, but that song left a sour taste with me up until the finale since I was expecting someone with a voice similar to the Stockholm version, though once they did One Winged Angel I'd pretty much forgotten about it.


Exactly! Yeah, the woman on the CD with Royal Stockholm did a great job. Thats more of what I was expecting, the woman who sang it for us was more of an alto. Still beautiful, but not quite what I was thinking I would hear.

Edited, Jun 29th 2009 1:23pm by YfandesofBismarck
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#11 Jun 29 2009 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
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I was just in Baltimore this weekend and had no idea about this concert. I am sadfacing so hard right now.
#12 Jun 29 2009 at 9:57 AM Rating: Decent
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I was just in Baltimore this weekend and had no idea about this concert. I am sadfacing so hard right now.


My friend actually slugged me in the face for not telling him it was in town, even though he didn't come to Video Games Live with me in Houston or Dallas.

Video Games Live is by the way, another very good group who does video game music, I've seen them twice and am going to see them in Houston again this year, definitely check them out.
#13 Jun 29 2009 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
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YfandesofBismarck wrote:

Side note: Where were you sitting? I was over on the right side, like second bay up, just off of the stage. Was a great view!


http://www.lonestar-programming.com/0627091944a.JPG

This is my view. Forgive the crappy camera-phone. It doesn't have a flash so for some reason it artificially makes every picture brighter. Unsure why.

peace,
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