FFXIV, with Nobuo Uematsu, is VERY grand scale and very epic. The score, from what I've heard so far, is much more complex than the intimate simplistic feel of FFXI. With FFXIV having such a higher profile he was contracted by SE to compose for it. Uematsu has a flare for that "majesty" feel to his pieces. He also has a unique blend of orchestrated with rock mixed in which makes a very powerful presentation. But he can diversity and make the most intimate and memorable pieces that give you a warm feeling inside also. The Master giving us his repetoire for music. Me likes!
if you havent yet kayanna, you need to check out Uematsu's side project, The Black Mages. It's basically him and five other Square guys playing Final Fantasy music, but modernized. The first album has tracks from FF's 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, including The Fight With Seymour from 10, The Decisive Battle from 6 (think Ultros music) and my personal favorite, the magnum opus of them all, Dancing Mad from 6 (final boss battle music) in all of its nearly-12 minute organ-based glory. the second album is equally full of win, pulling from both battle music and non-battle sources (i.e. a re-done version of the intro song "Otherworld" from 10).
the fact that Uematsu is doing the soundtrack to 14 has me all giddy. the man is a musical genius.
The thing about me is that apparently it's very hard to tell when I'm drunk. So I feel like I'm walking sideways on a UFO and everyone else sees me doing the robot like a pro.
i have bathed in the blood of many. my life was spent well.
feral druids do it on all fours.
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