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Inspirations of Nobuo’s Final Fantasy Music?

Many of you may have heard the opening theme to Final Fantasy X known as To Zanarkand.

Perhaps not so many have heard Humoresque No. 7 By Antonin Dvorak a Czech composer who lived in the 19th century.
You’ll know what I’m talking about about 1:20 into the song.

Dvorak is one of my favorite composers period. It shouldn’t surprise me to discover that Nobuo Uematsu got some ideas from him.

This is the original fight music from the very first final fantasy game.

Now compare to Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March

14 responses to “Inspirations of Nobuo’s Final Fantasy Music?

    • Giovanni Dannato September 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      You’ve definitely got an ear for melody.

      Cool song.

      Orchestral and heavy metal definitely have a shared heritage.

      When I hear heavy metal, it sounds like Beethoven or Wagner with rock guitars and screaming.

  1. Stoner With a Boner September 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I think you’ll like this…

    There’s a guy, Yngvie Malmsteen who recorded tons of stuff with this general sound…lots of shred. Uli Roth, Ritchie Blackmoore-they took Hendrix’s style of being really electrified and expressive playing and incorporated fast fluid passages almost like a violin player….

    • Giovanni Dannato September 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      That’s also a good one.

      You’ve also got an ear for rhythm. This song echoes the sort of jumpy beat those Slavic composers like.
      Probably comes from the folk music they took their inspiration from.

      Played this and Slavonic march at the same time and it doesn’t sound half bad.
      You were obviously able to hear the similarity in your head.

  2. Stoner With a Boner September 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    check this out–

    can you believe it is a cover of this?

    I’ve heard an orchestra doing some of Mastodon’s music, I just couldn’t dig it up….

    a string section did covers of Metallica, I think it was called Apocalyptica….

  3. Giovanni Dannato September 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I’ve heard some of the Metallica music with the orchestra before. Becomes all the more evident that the two genres are pretty similar and the main difference is the instruments they use.

    Imagine this redone heavy metal style with rock guitars:

    Just watch how the conductor has to throw himself around like a rock star.

    It begins with the whole orchestra revving up and gaining momentum just like you hear in countless metal songs.

    I use songs like this one to get the blood flowing.

    I don’t think I’ve heard a Dvorak piece I didn’t like.
    I even went to his museum when I went through Prague several years ago.

    And then there’s Qwerty…I just can’t stand him.

  4. Giovanni Dannato September 17, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I didn’t find any Dvorak new world symphony on rock guitars but someone did do a trance remix.

    Trance techno is another genre I find has pretty seamlessly carried on the orchestral tradition.

  5. Eric Patton September 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hans Zimmerman has kept it alive in movie scores:

    I usually prefer slower, non-lyrical tracks for sustained focus over long periods of time though:

  6. Giovanni Dannato September 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Hans Zimmer also did a great soundtrack for Black Hawk Down.

    Minimalistic pieces that build up slowly seem to have that focusing effect, I’ve noticed.

    If you like the Zimmer beat + meditative you might like some of Vangelis’ work especially in blade runner.

    For meditative minimalist music that repeats with subtle changes and slow buildup you might try out some tracks from the computer game, Homeworld.
    Probably one of my favorite computer game soundtracks because it really makes you feel the vastness and emptiness of space. Even in the gameplay, maps are not only huge, you can move your ships on vertically on a z axis which makes you feel even smaller.

    Ragas from Indian classical music can be worth a try because they also tend to repeat with minor variations in melody and beat.
    Better, they often last a good 30-40 minutes.
    It’s sort of like that frog getting boiled.
    15 minutes later you suddenly realize the beat has been steadily speeding up since the very beginning and there’s drums playing that weren’t there before.
    The changes creep up on you very steadily and subtly.

  7. Stoner With a Boner September 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

    so much music, so little time….

    there’s the guitar duel from Crossroads and I think it’s a Paganini piece

    I always loved the Unreal Tournament music…

  8. Stoner With a Boner September 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

    this song which was covered by Metallica, the rhythm in the beginning is strikingly similar to the duh–duh, duh duh part just before the outro in Movement #4….

  9. Giovanni Dannato September 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, this is truly becoming the music thread.

    If you liked the Unreal Theme, the Deus Ex title screen music is also a great one.

    Another piece ripe for conversion into a heavy metal song:

    I can just hear the rock guitars hammering out the melody. Love those Russian composers.

    This song just begs for metal or techno:

  10. Giovanni Dannato September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Diamondhead starts out with a very distinctive marching, military, sort of beat.

    It immediately brought to mind some of the Serbian music Eric I posted some time ago, this song in particular.
    I believe it’s supposed to be a hymn of the Serbian military.

    Diamondhead like much of modern sci-fi music also pretty clearly inspired by another piece that’s also about Mars using nearly the same martial beat.

    Oh, the drums of war!

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