Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura Talks ‘Dearly Beloved’, Evolution of the Observe & Extra 1

Only a couple weeks again, we noticed the discharge of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Reminiscence, a rhythm recreation that was primarily meant to take followers down a nostalgia journey stuffed with iconic music from the sequence. With that in thoughts, it was the right time for sequence composer Yoko Shimomura to speak a bit about the primary theme of the sport, Dearly Beloved, the way it was conceived, and the way the monitor has advanced over the previous decade.

When requested about how she had initially conceived the monitor, Shimomura defined that she began by trying on the “themes and content material of the early a part of the sport.”

‘She remembers: “I used to be taking part in the start of the sport, set within the Future Islands, and I used to be struck by lots of imagery concerning the sea. Dearly Beloved simply got here to my thoughts in the future, whereas I used to be excited about that – picturing the ocean and the waves.”
Though her imaginative and prescient for the monitor was clear, implementing it into the sport proved difficult as a result of technical limitations of the PlayStation 2 console:
“By way of expertise, the sound got here from {hardware} – tone mills, synths, samplers, and so forth. We had been solely capable of report two songs within the studio – the vast majority of the sound was generated internally by the PS2 and I actually struggled to enhance the sound high quality of the devices utilizing the {hardware}.”’

Because the sequence progressed and extra sequels started to spawn, she defined how the monitor advanced together with it. As an example, the rendition in Chain of Recollections was meant to evoke a “hazy, considerably ephemeral feeling” whereas the Beginning by Sleep model was meant to be extra somber and tragic, leading to Shimomura utilizing “the sad violin in the course of the monitor and the full of life piano on the finish to painting these themes and feelings.”

You possibly can try the total interview at Sq. Enix’s web site, and check out our personal overview of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Reminiscence.

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