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Final Fantasy Concert Series Coming to the States

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the get-your-black-mage-on dept.

Music 194

On February 19th in Chicago, Illinois, a concert series titled "Dear Friends" will kick off a U.S. tour. The music? Music from the Final Fantasy series performed by orchestra. From the press release: "The first FINAL FANTASY concert in the U.S. brought fans from far and wide together in Los Angeles to share in an unforgettable musical experience," said Ichiro Otobe, president and COO of Square Enix, Inc. "We are pleased to announce that, due to the overwhelmingly positive response, a North American tour will soon bring the emotionally moving and powerful scores to fans across the country." This is personally very exciting for me. See you there!

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Interesting (5, Informative)

kmmatthews (779425) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091565)

The article doens't mention how much tickets are; it also doens't directly link to the show on ticketmaster.com (though it does link to the theatre): Tickets are "Floor = 45.00 to 125.00," "Balcony = 33.00 to 65.00," and "VIP = 125" (includes meet & greet with the guy). The show on ticketmaster.com http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0400398AA9861B7C ?brand=&artistid=950969&majorcatid=10002&minorcati d=203 [ticketmaster.com] ...

Incidentally, if you read the article, you would know that FINAL FANTASY must be capitalized every single time that you say FINAL FANTASY. sheesh

Re:Interesting (2, Insightful)

Vengeance (46019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091630)

Do you know why they don't 'deep-link' directly to Ticketmaster?
Neither do I. Ticketmasters lawsuit about it was thrown out, and the judge in charge of the case made this statement:

"Hyperlinking does not itself involve a violation of the Copyright Act," Hupp said in his ruling. "There is no deception in what is happening. This is analogous to using a library's card index to get reference to particular items, albeit faster and more efficiently."

Re:Interesting (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091877)

They still say deep linking isn't allowed.

from their terms of use [ticketmaster.com] (illegally deep linked of course):
Permitted Use

You agree that you are only authorized to visit, view and to retain a copy of pages of this Site for your own personal use, and that you shall not duplicate, download, publish, modify or otherwise distribute the material on this Site for any purpose other than to review event and promotional information, for personal use, or to purchase tickets or merchandise for your personal use, unless otherwise specifically authorized by Ticketmaster to do so. You also agree not to deep-link to the site for any purpose, unless specifically authorized by Ticketmaster to do so. The content and software on this Site is the property of Ticketmaster and/or its suppliers and is protected by U.S., Canadian and international copyright laws. We post a legal notice and various credits on pages of the Site, which may not be removed. Please do not remove this notice or these credits, or any additional information contained along with the notices and credits.


Sounds like they still don't agree with the judge ;)

Something else I also notice in the wording of that, they tell people not to remove those notices, I wonder if they are refering to hackers, because the notice text isn't in a wiki of any sort, so surely no customer could modify or remove it?

Re:Interesting (1)

gcaseye6677 (694805) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092741)

They can always say that they prohibit it, but losing the case in court means that they could not actually take action against someone for deep linking. Someone can say just about anything; I can say that anyone who looks at me in public owes me $100, but that doesn't mean I can legally collect. I suspect the reason Ticketmaster doesn't like deep linking is to prevent other ticket brokers from collecting ad revenue or whatever when they direct people to the Ticketmaster site. But that is the nature of the internet, which they clearly do not understand. They could have fixed this problem technologically a lot easier than they could have by going to court.

Re:Interesting (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091910)

Hmm. I smell another "Spirits Within" debacle coming. I imagine Square just giving up on selling anything but games in North America pretty soon.

Re:Interesting (1, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091971)

Incidentally, if you read the article, you would know that FINAL FANTASY must be capitalized every single time that you say FINAL FANTASY. sheesh

Well, I'm a SLASHDOT READER and we don't read articles, so:

final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy final fantasy

Re:Interesting (1)

gcaseye6677 (694805) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092631)

As cool as this show would be, especially since I live near Chicago, I will not go if Ticketmaster is the only way to get tickets. When it comes to companies with abusive business practices, which so many Slashdotters hate, I can't think of a worse example. Let's start with the complete monopoly they have over ticket distribution. How Pearl Jam lost their lawsuit is beyond me; Ticketmaster must be contributing generously to the correct campaigns. Then there are the fees. There is a service charge per ticket, which is listed with the ticket price. Then there is an order charge on the next screen. Just when you think you have a grand total, there are "convenience fees", then shipping fees, then a fee to print the tickets on your own damn printer. And if you use your real email address on the website, you'll get spam; it even says so right at the bottom of the page. In summary, Fuck Ticketmaster, I wouldn't use them even if Pink Floyd tours again and they are the only ticket seller.

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (-1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091568)

In this case should that not be

Nothing for you to hear here. Please move along.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (1)

bobbagum (556152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091620)

There maybe nothing to see, but i'm sure there's plenty to be heard.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091750)

Shut up you fucking Mac-zealot.

Get a real computer.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (1)

nadadogg (652178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091789)

As awful and nerdy as it may be, even for slashdot, I'd probably so see this if they did it somewhere near Louisiana. Final Fantasy was the first RPG I ever played, and staying up until past midnight on the New Year's eve after the Christmas on which I receive it is one of my fonder memories. I just wanna feel the tingle of hearing a real orchestra play the fight music, just once.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091712)

To see, or not to see, that is the question.

Re:Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091833)

To C or not to C, as in Johnny C Bad from FFVI - Kefka's Domain. ;)
It seemed more appropriate.

final fantasy (2)

Lotharjade (750874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091572)

What? No con association? How bout getting in free if you dress up like your fav charachter?

Huh? (1)

Firehawke (50498) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091574)

I could have sworn there was already one concert with that name already in the last year or two-- Yeah, here we go, an announcement from quite awhile ago.. right here [slashdot.org] .

Re:Huh? (1)

Firehawke (50498) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091591)

Okay, I misread the original article. This is a re-running of it across multiple places because of the popularity of the original. Don't mind me, too early in the morning and not an ounce of caffeine.

It's not J-Pop, don't worry (4, Informative)

YetAnotherName (168064) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091587)

The compositions in many of the FF games are really top-notch; there are a few off-beat tunes (think the Chochobo scenes) but for the most part it isn't your dime-a-minute loop-based stuff but moving, uplifting, really cinematic kind of music. Performance by a full orchestra? Oh yeah, I'll even buy that.

Re:It's not J-Pop, don't worry (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091829)

Electric Chocobo [xs4all.nl] starts with a bit of Shadowy Men [xs4all.nl] feel. Building a unified concert theme might be tricky.

Re:It's not J-Pop, don't worry (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091852)

Then I have a virtual island for sale...

Re:It's not J-Pop, don't worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091926)

You mean like this one [slashdot.org] ?

Re:It's not J-Pop, don't worry (1)

mordors9 (665662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092038)

I hear that if they get a standing ovation, they will play the wockawockawocka of pacman.

Re:It's not J-Pop, don't worry (1)

DevNova (24921) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092371)

Yes, and follow that up with selections from this band [bucknergarcia.com]

Overclocked Remix (2, Interesting)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092230)

You might be interested (if you haven't heard about it already) in a site called OverClocked Remix [ocremix.org] , which has remixes (in many, MANY different styles... instrumental, techno, rock, even rap, you name it) of video game music available to download. All of the music went through a judging panel before it was posted to the site, so 90% of it is some very good stuff. Take a listen.

Fan-arranged sheet music (1)

qirien (140383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092512)

If you're a musician yourself, you might also be interested in the fan-arranged Final Fantasy sheet music at http://www.nobuouematsu.com

Not just piano stuff; they have a few full orchestra pieces, and some percussion pieces, as well as solos for various instruments (flute, clarinet, guitar, etc).

Gay. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091601)

That's all. Just gay.

Re:Gay. (-1, Offtopic)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091679)

this kind of gay? [cardmagnets.com]

At last! (3, Insightful)

mistersooreams (811324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091604)

I think it's great to see video game music finally getting the (fairly) widespread critical acclaim it has so long deserved. RPGs have had awesome music for year (Secret of Mana springs to my mind), but now it seems people are really starting to appreciate the music for its own sake.

Maybe the consoles of the future will offer as much scope for awesome sound as they currently do for the visuals.

Re:At last! (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091934)

It's funny you should mention Secret of Mana, I also think it has some of the best RPG music around, even better than some of the FF games.

On another note, as music gets more and more orchestrated (meaning "real music", not SNES midi stuff), it's much harder to remember/get stuck in your head. I still remember almost all the music From FFII(US, the one with Cecil) and games like Mega Man 2, games I played like 12 years ago, but I can't for the life of me remember music from FFIX or X off-hand.

Hearing that old SNES music in orchestra form would be much more rewarding.

Re:At last! (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091946)

I was going to make a comment about Spike TV's Video Game Awards from last night, and if they had awards for best music/soundtrack, but the web site is a flash hell.

Re:At last! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092065)

They did, Greenday's American Idiot won best song (not kidding) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas won best sound track.

I'm VERY excited too (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091606)

Now I know exactly where to go to kick the greatest amount of nerd ass at once! Better wear some clean underwear boys, cause you're gettin a BIIIIIG wedgie!

humm (1)

Ambient_Developer (825456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091607)

I am left wondering if they will name their next concert tour final final fantasy, or final fatasy concert two; and then I ask myself why I am thinking about such a thing in the first place.

Re:humm (1)

Christoff Ka Sin Chu (839334) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091614)

Interesting...I wonder if they'll act out some parts too.

Re:humm (3, Funny)

reverseengineer (580922) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092469)

Obviously, their two next concert tours will be held only in Japan, and will be called Final Fantasy Concert II and III. They will then hold another tour in the US, but pretend the Japanese tours never happened and refer to it as "Final Fantasy Concert II." The music will also be less technically demanding for the US dates than for the shows in Japan, which will be called Final Fantasy Concert IV.

Confusing, yes, but not nearly as confusing as it will be when the fourth concert series to play in the US is titled Final Fantasy Concert VII, or when Final Fantasy Concert X is so popular that a second tour is held and is named X-2, which is distinct from Final Fantasy Concert XI, which will be held over the internet. Not to mention Final Fantasy Concert Tactics.

Re:humm (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092636)

In Final Fantasy Concert Tactics, you'll have a rag-tag bunch of musicians. You must assign to each musician an instrument, then arrange them on the stage, and attempt to complete the concert.

The later Final Fantasy Concert Tactics Advance, however, will a) be held in smaller venues, b) be somewhat poorly lit, and c) be complicated by the conductor giving you pointless and arbitrary challenges for each song, such as 'no woodwinds' or 'stringed instruments cannot use their first string.'

Makes both sides of my life happy.... (5, Interesting)

AndyBassTbn (789174) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091612)

As a computer geek - especially one who has played damn near every Finaly Fantasy game - I'm thrilled as it is by the opportunity to hear these great soundtracks in a medium other than MIDI. I don't care how far the technology develops, nothing beats a live orchestra in a real concert hall, period.

As a trained classical musician living and [trying to] freelance in Chicago, I'm thrilled even more (and would get a nice early Christmas by being called to play said gig... ahh, one can only dream...)

Too bad the article says nothing of who actually arraanged these works for orchestra... (To the Slashdot crowd who may not know what I mean - I ask who actually transcribed the full orchestral score and individual parts from the MIDI original.) Was it Nobuo Uematsu himself? Being a great composer (and in his genre, he certainly is, IMHO) is one thing, while being a great arranger/orchestrator is an entirely different matter. His stock would go waaaaay up in my book if he did both....

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091706)

"Being a great composer (and in his genre, he certainly is, IMHO)"

As soon as you feel the need to qualify your prize by "in genre", you should realise the praise is meaningless.

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (0)

Corf (145778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091749)

"you're the best AC in all of Slashdot!"

hmm, you're right. meaningless.

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (1)

Temporal (96070) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091711)

No, it most likely was not Nobuo Uematsu himself doing the arrangement. Looking at the credits for the various orchestral and piano arrangement CD's, they are always arranged by someone else.

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (1)

burbankmarc (838977) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091771)

If you're wondering about the quality, check this [fantasyreborn.com] out. I listened and found it to be pretty good.

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091808)

that really IS good. i can't wait for the concert!!!!1

Re:Makes both sides of my life happy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092925)

I agree, Andy (a bass trombonist, I assume?). I'm a classically trained tubist, though I'm not attempting to make any money at it right now.

If this is what it takes to get people interested in supporting orchestral music, so be it. Further, it would be great if this sort of a concert series produced the effect of legimating video game music as an art form (which it clearly is). There is some terrific music in the Final Fantasy series (particularly FF3/6), and I think it could be quite impressive in live performance.

*prays for a Dallas/Fort Worth Appearance* (0, Offtopic)

Kumorigoe (816912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091615)

I would have gone to the LA show had I the time and money, but I was in avionics training on the other side of the country. Now, though, I should be able to make it if they come here. I own most of the OSTs and a lot if the Piano Works, which I'm learning to play.

Avionics, huh? (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092729)

Simple enough. Just take an airship to the Chicago show in February!

Before you think it's stupid or gay... (5, Insightful)

koreaman (835838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091641)

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the best composers of the present time. This is not about a bunch of video game fanboys with too much time and money on their hands, this is about a bunch of music afficionados going to a concert.

What is stupid or gay about a bunch of music afficionados going to a concert? If you think of the music as separate from the game, that's whay it becomes. And yes, Nobuo Uematsu's music is good enough to stand on its own and not as part of Final Fantasy.

Before I stopped downloading music (for ethical reasons) I used to download and listen to Final Fantasy music all the time, while I wasn't playing the game. And I don't even like Final Fantasy that much.

So, before you think that this will just be a bunch of people who live in their parents' basement dressed up like Cloud, think again. It really is good music.

Re:Before you think it's stupid or gay... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091670)

Not defensive enough. I recommend you add a "sez you", a "so there" and a "screw you, I'm going home".

Re:Before you think it's stupid or gay... (0)

jorenko (238937) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091768)

Exactly who are you trying to convince?

Re:Before you think it's stupid or gay... (2)

koreaman (835838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091780)

Are you reading at -1?

If so, you will realize that above posters have said it was "gay" and "the place where I can kick the most nerd ass at once"

Those people are who I'm trying to convince

Re:Before you think it's stupid or gay... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091828)

Cloud??? doood ff7 is soooo three decades ago man.

Re:Before you think it's stupid or gay... (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092932)

I like Final Fantasy music and Nobuo Uematsu as much as anyone, but it is program music, like film soundtracks - fun, but "one of the best composers of the present time?" I'm afraid that suggests you know a lot about videogames, and not so much about contemporary composition.

Terry Riley, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Arvo Part, John Zorn, John Taverner, Giya Kancheli, Luciano Berio, Koji Asano, Gavin Bryers, Elliot Carter, Yoshio Ojima, Don Van Vliet, Gyorgy Ligeti, Henryky Gorecki - any one of these and others probably deserves that title more.

An Uematsu concert does, in fact, bring a lot of people who otherwise do not see classical musical live, and it's apparent when you see how people did, in fact, dress in the Los Angelese concert.

It's no accident that it's the Chicago Pops Orchestra performing here - this is program music. Which is fine - I would probably go if I was in the area, and I have Final Fantasy soundtracks myself. But it's hyperbole to call him on of the best composers of the present time. It's well crafted fun, but more sentimental than serious.

How about world tour? (1)

TahitiBlue (699298) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091654)

I hope this tour is as much of a success as the original concert. If so some of us would love to see a concert of the FF music over here in England!

I'd love to go but.. (3, Funny)

leathered (780018) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091663)

I'd keep expecting to be jumped by monsters at random intervals during the performance.

Re:I'd love to go but.. (1)

Kumorigoe (816912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091690)

Just so long as they play Aerith's Theme.

The time has come... (1)

Twisted64 (837490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091693)

to kill off John Williams before he writes another stirring brass fanfare. Let's do a test. Fire up "Return to Zork." Listen carefully to the music during the opening scene, flying through the mountains. Now, grab your Harry Potter DVD, close your eyes, and listen to the main theme. Notice any similarities? Let's get him before he starts taking FF music.

Meanwhile... (1)

Gallowsgod (766508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091707)

In other news Metallica is about to do a world tour playing music from PacMan

Re:Meanwhile... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091853)

that would be an improvement for them.

Re:Meanwhile... (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091876)

They're sure to close with Pac Man Fever!

They said tour? (1)

krunchyfrog (786414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091714)

Man.. I'm gona wait for them to come in Montreal, Canada! If I get out of town I could have to fight random creatures on my journey.

Oh wait, I can get experience that way!

while i want to go (2, Funny)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091718)

I have ZERO chance of convincing any type of girl that I typically go out with to come along. Calling girl: "Hey you want to see an orchestra concert?"..."Sure that would be fun, what is it?"...."Final Fantas..."++ATH0 "Hello?"

Re:while i want to go (1)

Maradine (194191) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091784)

Then you, my friend, are dating the wrong kind of girl. Nobuo Uematsu makes my girlfriend wet.

Re:while i want to go (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091917)

That's what Nobuo told you huh?

Re:while i want to go (1)

DJNephilim (832695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091992)

Funny, I was going to say the same thing. Cheers to being lucky enough to find the right girls.

Re:while i want to go (1)

Yoje (140707) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092173)

Notice how close it is to Valentine's Day? A perfect gift for that geeky girl, a night on the town, and going to a video game concert.

Re:while i want to go (1)

Hyecee (809818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092018)

A great composer and a swimming instructor?

What are the odds!?!

Worst and opening night for Episode I (1)

CaptRespect (586610) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092806)

I dought anyone will have any chance of taking any girl to this kind of concert. It's going to be packed full of fat, sweaty nerds. It'll be worse than the opening night of Star Wars Episode 1.

I can't believe anyone would want to go to this, no matter how cool you think Final Fantasy is.

With Visuals (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091719)

This reminds me of the concerts that Boston Pops with John Williams used to do with his movie scores. They would show a scene from Jaws without the music and then the orchestra would perform. It really showed how important a good score can be - even if it is just background music.

Orchestral FF (5, Interesting)

Jabolio (840541) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091729)

I've been listening to FF music for about 7 years now. I actually have a copy of "Kefka's Domain" (the OST for FF3, as it's the American version) that I used to listen to on a regular basis. Aside from the game OSTs available for purchase, there already exist a fair amount of Final Fantasy music that was recorded by orchestra. There are several "Piano Collection" compilations (where pieces are performed solo on Piano), as well as some strange remix collections, but my personal favorite (and I still listen to it regularly) is a collection called "Grand Finale", which consists of orchestral renderings of Final Fantasy VI (III)'s tracks. They are all great, although some people have questioned the use of certain instruments here and there (bagpipes on Relm's track?). If you're real hard core, try to find the Dream Oath Opera (from FFVI)... A 20-minute or so version of it exists out there somewhere, complete with Japanese vocals. Simply amazing.

Re:Orchestral FF (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092501)

I haven't heard Grand Finale, though one of my favourite FF CDs is "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec", the corresponding orchestral CD for FFVIII. The original game soundtrack was fairly orchestral-sounding, so most of the arrangements sound very natural, though there are a couple of fairly odd ones (the synth-pop battle theme "The Man with the Machine Gun" is arranged into something that sounds almost like big band music).

It would be one of the best CDs ever if it weren't for the awful "Eyes on Me".

-Stephen

Re:Orchestral FF (1)

fistoflegend (813766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092859)

If you are not already aware, I would like to suggest you find, or download, a copy of "Final Fantasy: Pray." It is by far the best Final Fantasy Album. It is a vocal album with orchestral accompaniment. Don't worry, only one song is in english, so you don't have to worry about cheesy lyrics. The rest are Japanese, French, and Portugese. It is beautiful. Regarding your post, I don't really like Grand Finale, it sounds pretty cheap. "Fithos, Lusec, Wecos, Vinosec", an orchestral arrangement of FFVIII songs, is MUCH better. Also, the piano CD's are all better than Grand Finale, in my opinion. FFVI, FFVIII, and FFIX are amazing.

Holy Shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091734)

http://www.mijit.ws/ [mijit.ws] www.mijit.ws

OC Remix (1)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091745)

If you guys like final fantasy music or any other kinda of music from video games, http://www.ocremix.org/ [ocremix.org] has alot arrangements of different video games tunes. Don't let the name fool you, it's not filled with those lame techno remixes, it's done by tons of different people with too much time on their hands. Some kinda suck, but some of the remixes are done very well. It's worth a look, imo.

FINAL FANTASY (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11091762)

Yes it must Be CapAtiLisEd EvErY TiMe

kekeekekekkeke

The first thing came into my head. (2, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091792)

do de do- do da de- de de do

Re:The first thing came into my head. (0)

RangerRick98 (817838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092083)

Uh huh.... First thing that comes to my mind is "do re me ti la, do re mi so fa do re do," but then again, FFVII is the only one I've actually played.

Re:The first thing came into my head. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092306)

"do de do- do da de- de de do "

ah, how can ANYONE make fun of midi?

Mixed feelings... (3, Interesting)

Corf (145778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091805)

On the one hand, it's great that orchestral music is getting acclaim within the geek crowd, even if it is based on video games. I never caught the FF bug, but so many of my friends did, and in college the music was good background while I did other things in the apartment (generally not at all related to the degree I got in music performance).

On the other hand, RPG music on the whole tends to be overly thematic and soundtrackesque. Very emotional stuff - it doesn't make you think, it makes you sweat. Maybe that's a good release for geeks who think all day, but it compares to 200-years-dead-white-guy classical music in much the same way John Williams does... slightly dumbed down from the original to appeal to the masses.

On the gripping hand, it doesn't matter. People listen to whatever floats their boat, period. Personally I'd much rather attend this then shell out three times as much for kazillionth-row seating at a Britney Spears concert!

Re:Mixed feelings... (1)

dr_jjb (840545) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091895)

Maybe I'm narrow minded or just musically uneducated, but how the hell does any music without lyrics make you think?

The Bach Cello Suites... (1)

Corf (145778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092092)

If you're seriously interested, find a copy of one or more of the Bach Cello Suites. Listen, keeping in mind that it's just one guy doing all that. Check out this essay [cello.org] for clarification of the issues involved in a successful performance of said works. If there are words you don't understand in context, look them up. You'll learn a lot about why Bach was a musical genius and why his works are still valid and unsurpassed nearly two hundred years later.

Re:The Bach Cello Suites... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092830)

Yo Yo Ma did a fantastic job with that a few years ago called, "Inspired by Bach". He tuned his strat down so it would sound similiar to what it would have sounded at the time, and it's fantastic. Not to mention if you have a good sound system, the lower notes really make your system reach.

Re:Mixed feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092266)

Pfft. I'd pay to NOT attend Britany Spears, if I had to.

That doesn't mean that FF music is interesting.

Sorry, my response to this springs from that guy that we all knew at one point or another who would call you into his college dorm to listen to the new midi he downloaded. Dude, yer cool in your own way. But that damn midi sounds like a bagpiper being murdered by an atari 2600.

Is this a joke? (1, Funny)

kir (583) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091810)

No really... is it?

Uhm... guys? (2, Funny)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091830)

Ever wonder why you don't get laid? This is it... Right here.

~D

Can't wait. (2, Interesting)

sm.arson (559130) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091850)

Within about 45 seconds of seeing this slashdot story I was already typing in my credit card info for 2 VIP tickets. I'm glad to see they're starting out in my home town (Chicago).

Normally, I balk at the high prices at the local blockbuster, so I hope my girlfriend understands why I had to pay damn near $300 for VIP tickets. I'm always trying to share my passion for videogames with her, so I guess a nice dinner and a night at the opera will do the trick.

Good use of a christmas bonus.

only played FF7, but... (1)

oneiron (716313) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091854)

I enjoyed it immensely. I can still conjure up some of the theme music in my head. I'll be dragging my wife out to this if it comes near me...

Re:only played FF7, but... (1)

RangerRick98 (817838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092167)

Same here. My girlfriend actually got imported CDs of the FFVII music. I'm just hoping that the tour gets a little closer to PA so I have a better chance of going. Anyone have a list of the other locations they'll be performing at?

Interesting development. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11091898)

It is interesting that video games are starting to get credit for their music, from more traditional sources. For the longest time they always put Video game music with the same level as garage bands. But pieces like the Super Mario theme song will stay in a persons head for the rest of their life and remind them of the childhood and it is still a catchy little tune. Many times when I hum a piece from from a video game people tend to have a better connection with that then if I did from a song of the time. Heck whenever I complete something hard I usually hum the final fantasy victory song (Do De Do- Do- Da- De- Do De Do) and almost everyone knows that I completed something hard (sometimes the geekiest among use will wave anything that look remotely like a sword up and down almost 2 dimensionally)

I predicted Final Fantasy taking off (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092006)

When I played Final Fantasy 1, I knew the franchise would explode into tons of sequels. I've never met anyone who can predict what video game will be fun like me. In a lot of ways it sucks being able to see 10 years down the pipe. Most people just wait and are suprised by what video game comes out. I can already visualize the next big video game, but I need to wait until someone makes it. And mostly people make games almost on target, only to fail on some detail that would otherwise have made their game a hit.
Yes, life is boring in the tech job, when I should be heading up a game design team.

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Re:I predicted Final Fantasy taking off (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092188)

When I played Final Fantasy 1, I knew the franchise would explode into tons of sequels.

Sollog? Is that you?

Doh! (0)

Perseid (660451) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092027)

I can't afford tickets yet and now this gets announced on Slashdot? Crap.

Um...this concert is going to suck. You shouldn't go. Rosemont is a bad place. If you go there, you'll die. Um...I heard the theater has this really big bear that eats anyone who walks in.

No? Damn.

Black Mages (2, Insightful)

dannycim (442761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092132)

I'll go if they come near the East Coast. I'd be even more enthusiastic about a Black Mages tour. FF + Heavy rock? Live performance with Nobuo Uematsu at the kyeboards? Yeah!!!

Still, as long as they play X, S, T, L1+T, L1+S, X, S, T, L1+X, O, X, S, X, I'll be happy to go.

(I'll send a stack of Ghysal Greens to the first nerd who recognizes that. :)

Re:Black Mages (1)

qorkfiend (550713) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092331)

Highwind Takes To The Skies.

Cough up those greens yo, I got me some Chocobos to raise. Knights of the Round!

Re:Black Mages (1)

dannycim (442761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092486)

BZZZZT! Wrong. What you're thinking of is D, L, U, L1+T, L1+S, D, L, U, L1+X, R, D, L, D.

Meh. Go defeat Emerald, you'll get Master Summon; it's more useful.

Re:Black Mages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092506)

BZZZZT! Wrong. What you're thinking of is D, L, U, L1+T, L1+S, D, L, U, L1+X, R, D, L, D.

Meh. Go defeat Emerald, you'll get Master Summon; it's more useful.


Oh dear god you guys are nerds!

Boring dice games. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11092159)

I never could see the attaction to these fancy dice games. I find them quite frankly mind numbingly boring. The music is the only redeeming quality about them.

Their next gig... (1)

DevNova (24921) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092410)

Since he's obviously stupid with money, maybe Zachurm can get them to perform on his island [slashdot.org] .

Already Done. Disney/Gehry in LA. in May. (0, Redundant)

Speare (84249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092483)

The opening performance for the new Disney-branded, Frank Gehry-designed Los Angeles Concert Hall played a full orchestral concert of "The Music of Final Fantasy." How is this new concert tour "bringing it to the US?"

FINAL FANTASY Debuts First Orchestral Concert in North America Celebrating Video Game Music
LOS ANGELES, Calif., February 18, 2004 - Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. ("Square Enix U.S.A."), the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that they will present the first FINAL FANTASY® symphony concert in the U.S. on Monday, May 10, 2004, at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif. The performance will feature music from Square Enix's world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series, performed by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This exciting event will be taking place during the week of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), the largest interactive entertainment trade show in the U.S.

Coming to Chicago! Cool! (1)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092550)

I was just reading about the wild popularity of not only music from the Final Fantasy series, but music from many of the best game series in Japan, in Chris Kohler's excellent book Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life [amazon.com] . And now to hear that it is coming to my sweet home Chicago! Sweeeeet!

I'm torn between... (1)

bob670 (645306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092650)

really wanting to go and knowing that the real name of this show should be Birth Control World Tour, might be so geeky that my normally geek-loving wife would cringe.

Music from SNES games (1)

cy_a253 (713262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11092707)

You can find soundtracks extracted from SNES games at zophar.net. These are the raw spc files extracted from the roms, they sound exactly like the SNES music digitizer output.

http://www.zophar.net/zsnes/spc/ [zophar.net]

Players are here (get the winamp pluging):

http://www.zophar.net/utilities/spc.html [zophar.net]

Be sure to check out Final Fantasy III (6 Japan) and Chrono Trigger.
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