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Episode 364: Masashi Hamauzu

In this exciting Patreon-suggested episode, Karl & Will explore the incredible video game music of Masashi Hamauzu! Known for his work on series such as Final Fantasy, SaGa and more, Hamauzu's music is well-crafted and uniquely beautiful. Enjoy!

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Musashiden II: Blademaster - Masashi Hamauzu - 2005
-Village of the Sacred Beast
Unlimited Saga - Masashi Hamauzu - 2002
-Enigmatic Scheme
Sigma Harmonics - Masashi Hamauzu - 2008
-Gentle Timbre, Dance of the Cornered Rat, The Screams of the Time Cycle
Final Fantasy XIII - Masashi Hamauzu - 2009
-The Gapra Whitewood, A Brief Respite, The Hanging Edge
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster - Masashi Hamauzu - 2013
-Besaid Island
The Legend of Legacy - Masashi Hamauzu - 2015
-Bi-Dimensional Battle, Goblet of the Stars
World of Final Fantasy - Masashi Hamauzu - 2016
-World of Beauty, Happy Melody
The Alliance Alive - Masashi Hamauzu - 2017
-Main Theme ~Understanding~, Ignition, Flight
Imeruat - Far Saa Far - 2017
-Flakes

Episode 318: Kingdom Hearts

In this LONG overdue episode, Karl & Will focus on the gorgeous and emotional music of the Kingdom Hearts series. The guys discuss how series composer Yoko Shimomura has created a truly unique and powerful musical tone for these games. Enjoy!

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Kingdom Hearts - Yoko Shimomura - Square - PS2 - 2002
-Dearly Beloved
-Destiny Islands
-Kairi I
Kingdom Hearts II - Yoko Shimomura - Square - PS2 - 2005
-Lazy Afternoons
-The 13th Struggle
-Sinister Sundown
-Fate of the Unknown (Final Mix)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories - Yoko Shimomura - Square - PS2 - 2007
-Scythe of Petals
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days - Yoko Shimomura - Square - DS - 2009
-Critical Drive
-Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
-Vector to the Heavens
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - Yoko Shimomura - Square - PSP - 2010
-Tears of the Light
-Peaceful Hearts
-The Silent Forest
-Dark Impetus (Final Mix)
Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance - Yoko Shimomura - Square - 3DS - 2012
-One for All
-Distant from You...
-L'Oscurita dell'Ignot
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep - Yoko Shimomura - Square - PSP - 2010
-Dearly Beloved

Episode 311: Secret of Mana

On this very long-awaited episode, Karl & Will shine a spotlight on one of the best SNES soundtracks ever: Secret of Mana! The guys discuss and analyze the many bold choices the composer, Hiroki Kikuta, made to set this music apart. Enjoy this in-depth focus on a truly iconic JRPG score!

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Secret of Mana - Hiroki Kikuta - Square - SNES - 1993
-Give Love its Rightful Time
-Angel's Fear
-Tell a Strange Tale
-Kind Memories
-Into the Thick of it
-The Color of the Summer Sky
-The Holy Intruder
-Secret of the Arid Sands
-What the Forest Taught Me
-A Wish
-The Orphan of Storm
-Eight Ringing Bells
-Prophecy
-Meridian Dance
-I Won't Forget
-The Wings No Longer Beat
Seiken Densetsu 3 - Hiroki Kikuta - Square - Super Famicom - 1995
-Innocent Sea
-Powell
-Hope Isolation Pray

Episode 234: Rudra no Hihou

In this very special episode, the guys spotlight on one of the most beautiful SNES scores that you probably haven't heard of. Rudra no Hihou. The guys discuss why the score to this Square RPG (released 20 years ago) should be celebrated for many years to come.

Rudora no Hihou - Ryuji Sasai - Square - Super Famicom - 1996
-Rudra
-Beginning for the End
-The Quest for Rudra's Mines
-Sword of the Valiant (night)
-Between Two Worlds
-Crime of the Heart
-Ride on the Breeze
-Evil Eyes
-Earth Bound
-Holiday in the Village
-Echoes
-Waiting for the Moon
-Whistle Down the Wind
-Place in the Sun
-King of the Mountain
-Downfall
-Sanctuary
-Edge of Darkness
-Battle of the Last Enemy ~ Evolution
-Beyond the Rising Moon (part 1)

Episode 182: Final Fantasy 1-3

This week, the guys focus on the wonderful music to the first three Final Fantasy games! These wonderful 8-bit scores find Uematsu at his most catchy and simple. Enjoy some legendary early video game music that laid the framework for an entire series!

Final Fantasy - Nobuo Uematsu - Square - NES - 1987
-Prelude
-Main Theme
-Town
-Ship
-Chaos Temple
-Gurgu Volcano
-Floating Ship
Final Fantasy II - Nobuo Uematsu - Square - Famicom - 1988
-Rebel Army Theme
-Castle Pandemonium
-Cave Theme
-Emperor Battle
-Game Over
-Finale
Final Fantasy III - Nobuo Uematsu - Square - Famicom - 1990
-Alter Cave
-Cursed Town
-Battle Theme
-The Requiem
-Go Above the Clouds!
-The Boundless Ocean

Episode 114: Final Fantasy Vol. II

For the second time on the podcast, the guys enter the enormous musical world of Final Fantasy! Enjoy another focus on the music of the one and only Nobuo Uematsu. As well as a few other composers later in the series. Featuring tracks from 1987 all the way to 2013. Enjoy!

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Final Fantasy – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – NES – 1987
-Matoya’s Cave, Temple of Chaos
Final Fantasy VI – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Super NES – 1994
-Awakening, Locke
Final Fantasy Legend III – Ryuji Sasai & Chihiro Fujioka – Square – Game Boy – 1993
-The Talon
Final Fantasy VIII – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Playstation – 1999
-Liberi Fatali
Final Fantasy II – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Famicom – 1988
-Castle Pandemonium
Final Fantasy Dimensions – Naoshi Mizuta – Square Enix – iOS – 2010
-The Cave Where Demons Lurk
Final Fantasy V – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Super Famicom – 1992
-Tenderness in the Air, Dear Friends
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest – Ryuji Sasai – Square – SNES – 1992
-Battle 2
Final Fantasy Tactics – Hitoshi Sakimoto – Square – Playstation – 1997
-Desert Land
Final Fantasy IX – Nobuo Uematsu – Square Enix – PS1 – 2000
-Behind the Door
Final Fantasy IV – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Super Famicom – 1991
-Fight One, Rydia, Cry in Sorrow (Part 2)
Final Fantasy X Piano Collection – Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu & Junya Nakano – Aki Kuroda
-Besaid Island
Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Naoshi Mizuta – Square Enix – PS3 – 2011
-Paradigm Shift
Final Fantasy III – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Famicom – 1990
-Cursed Town
Final Fantasy VII – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Playstation – 1997
-Cid’s Theme
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adulin – Naoshi Mizuta – Square Enix – PS2/PS3 – 2013
-Steel Sings, Blades Dance
Final Fantasy Legend – Nobuo Uematsu – Square – Gameboy – 1989
-Town Theme