Hey there, internet. I have been working on a non-blog related writing project for the past bit and as such, have been listening to a far greater amount of music than I usually do. Perhaps it’s my age talking, but Youtube is truly a wonderful invention. Sure it’s always nice to see people fall down or make fools of themselves, but there are some incredibly talented people out there putting their stuff on the site. Now if you’re like me, internet, and I assume you are, you can’t stand listening to constant midi sounds trying desperately to be music. The problem is so many of the great video game tracks were found on earlier systems. Cue various geeks who have other talents and you get a wide variety of covers to the songs. The majority of them are laughably bad, or incomplete in some major way, and there is an alarming amount which are just mindless techno, but there are some shining gems out there worth your time. Now I don’t like being a broker, especially of Youtube clips, but that’s what’s going to happen today.
|Oh Mega Man, you drunk.|
Daniel Tidwell is a fairly prolific artist with a penchant for video games. He is notably the best person I’ve found on the internet when you want to find remixes of songs from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (Horrible game, but some really great music). As can be gleaned from his username metaldaniel03, his music is not of the orchestral or synthesized kind. My selection from his library to post here is “Flight into the Unknown” from Secret of Mana, a somewhat older piece of his. While his newer Mystic Quest stuff is technically better, there simply isn’t enough great Secret of Mana covers out there and most of them cover the same three themes.
2. Taylor Davis
Of the entire list today, I most strongly recommend you to click on Taylor Davis’ name and spend a couple of hours giving patronage to her amazingly well done work. Unlike Daniel Tidwell, who focuses entirely on a rock aesthetic with his guitar, Taylor Davis specializes in the violin. Now, there are plenty of people on Youtube doing violin covers to video game songs, but she is by far the best I have found. As such, I will be posting three videos from her. The first one I’m putting up is “Beatrix’s Theme” from Final Fantasy IX, which is one of the more compelling reasons to play that game.
I put that one up first because I know a lot of my audience are fans of JRPGs. However, one of the more technically impressive solo works she has done is a cover of “Metal Gear Saga” from Metal Gear Solid 4, and I urge you to watch it even if the series doesn’t hold any interest for you.
Finally there is one song that I have heard on Youtube many times by many performers, and I have very rarely heard anyone get it right. Truthfully, it’s because it is way too demanding for a single performer to do properly. The song I’m talking about is “Time’s Scar,” also known as the intro to Chrono Cross. The slow and simple introduction to the song has lulled many violinists into thinking they can handle it, but when the song speeds up, it becomes a total mess. Taylor Davis did a collaboration with Verdegrand and joshi3ioshi and it actually manages to get the song as close to perfect as I’ve seen.