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( Feb. 26th, 2009 11:49 pm)
Whoa, I found footage of Kumi Tanioka, one of the composers for FFXI rocking out at the North American fan festival. Some of what I thought Nobuo Uematsu did himself turned out to her solo work, which is probably as strong a compliment someone could give to a person scoring a Final Fantasy game. She also scored the Crystal Chronicle games. I have the one coming out on DS on pre-order, so that should be interesting to hear.

Yes, I pay attention to the music in Final Fantasy games. I actually pay attention to all music anywhere whenever I hear it. It's instinctive for me now. I just really get into the music of Final Fantasy, sometimes more than I can get into the game.

Here's a video of Kumi Tanioka performing the music for The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah, one of the most universally loved zones in FFXI.

Have another one of her playing "Flowers On The Battlefield", which when played like this kind of seems like FFXI's answer to Eyes On Me. I'm having trouble remembering where it is in the game, though. FFXI dudes, is this WoTG music or ToAU?

I think that alone Kumi Tanioka and Naoshi Mizuta are excellent composers, but something about them together is greater than the sum of its parts. I like their collaborations more than I like some of Nobou Uematsu's work. That's really saying a lot.


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