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Overclocked Favorites: Arrr! September 19, 2008

Posted by eric22222 in General, VG Music.

A fine International Talk Like a Pirate Day to ye all! Fer today’s Overclocked Favorites, a few swashbuckling symphonies for ye:

Cursed Pirates of the Sea – Final Fantasy V, SNES
This one has plenty of ambient sea sounds to keep that piratey feel. The flute lead near the beginning is a great part. After once through the tune, the piece builds up to a synth lead, then brass takes over. About halfway through the song, the ambient sounds are the only things left for a moment as the song changes gears. Where it started as a more laid-back song, the tune now conveys a sense of urgency as the storms in the background rise.

Pirates of Dragon Roost Isle – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, GCN
Wind Waker was a Zelda game that took place almost entirely on the open seas, so any song coming from it had better have a good piratey feel. This piece opens like a movie, which is to say, this feels like the song playing during the opening credits as the camera pans around ships at port, hinting at a great adventure about to unfold. What’s more, this song is remixed from one of my favorite Wind Waker tunes, so it gets bonus points for that.

Set Sail – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, SNES
The first few lines of this piece are very calm and relaxing, but that pattern doesn’t continue for the whole song. Soon enough, a great piratey melody comes in, swelling into a grand orchestral arrangement. It fades back out into long chords again, then goes through the melody again, but slowly and more deliberately. The last minute of the song is fantastic, with plenty of brass holding the melody, and making a few sycopated stabs into the piece.

Yar, make sure to listen ta the other Overclocked Favorites



1. Larry “Liontamer” Oji - September 27, 2008

Nice theme on this one, Eric. Glad to read these as usual!

Larry “Liontamer” Oji
Assistant Soundtrack Director, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Head Submissions Evaluator, OverClocked ReMix
Creator, VG Frequency
Staff, VGMdb

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