It is the only hardened wall that separates us from the great count, so let us proceed with caution as we descend to the "Door to the Abyss". The piece introduces an unsettling choir as percussion slowly ambles along at each interval. A flute echoes throughout the room displaying a blood curdling apprehension, almost like an unknown eye in the darkness which sees you all too clearly while you struggle to find the light.
Interesting sound effects also capture the frightening demeanor. The tension in the piece definitely represents the essence of expectant terror but we have traveled far and we must meet Dracula for the final showdown.
And here are. Smack dab in the dimension of Dracula's lair, face to face with a most terrible and cruel visage. Dracula has prepared a "Black Feast" for his unwanted 'guests'.
On this table, the blood flows like wine. Other appetizers include hopelessness, untimely destruction, a few bread rolls, and 17th century noble china. However, I am rather reluctant to inform you that we are the main entree. The main course of this music is truly grand, terrible, and ultimately effective at displaying not only the all-consuming rage of Dracula, but the spiraling into darkness and madness which went along with it as he went from man to demon.
If the ear catches it, it is not difficult to see how this piece might have been influenced by the percussive innovations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The percussive usage is garnished with off beats to cast this meeting in a most unpredictable and unsettling light. Dracula is going to destroy us! Quickly, throw your garlic at him and lets get outta here! OK, that garlic seemed to help.
We have now made it out of the castle and we're thankfully intact minus a few pints of blood. From our vantage point, we can see the tower slowly beginning its Dance Of Pearl - Michiru Yamane - Akumajo Dracula ～Gekka No Nocturne～ Original Game Soundtrack (CD where it will then rest beneath the waves. Finally Dracula is gone, but he is quite persistent for a dead guy, so we all know he is back. And, sigh, there is actually one last track to go over, so let me just hurry up and get this over with.
Rika Muranaka's "I am the Wind" is the closing credits song for the game and in my opinion is completely ridiculous and cringe-worthy. It sounds like an early s love ballad and not the good kind which leaves you with only a slight headache. It includes vocals, cheesy chords and melody, and an uninspired vocal performance.
Thematically and stylistically, it simply doesn't close the musical gaps very efficiently and doesn't stay true to the main gist of the soundtrack. Despite this glaring monstrosity, it shouldn't take anything away from what this soundtrack truly is. In case you couldn't tell from my description, this soundtrack is a diverse and masterful work of art. When one delves into the game, it becomes quite clear that the soundtrack has a certain flair for heartily maintaining the structures of classical composition.
However, it is also effective in upgrading tracks that have become quite familiar to the expansive musical world of Castlevania over the years. The structures of the music are generally well oiled beasts and, even though there is a variety of styles, the tracks are bound together well as a cohesive unit.
The soundtrack represents the ideal of Castlevania to utter perfection, merging old and new into one neat little shiny piece of musical goodness. The successful nature of the soundtrack speaks multitudes of the diversity of Yamane's eclectic compositional style and her ability to move like flowing water in whatever style she chooses.
I am absolutely amazed at the brilliance of this music and how well it shines poignantly and brightly, like a candle dwelling in darkness. After the upbeat pop-influenced approach of earlier Castlevania titles, Michiru Yamane took the series in a much deeper and richer direction for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night aka Akumajo Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight. This new approach was facilitated by the possibilities offered by the PlayStation's technology and the 3D action-adventure gameplay.
Her resultant score was a very important part of the game and excellently complemented the depicted struggle of Alucard and Dracula. Its soundtrack release is largely delightful too. Michiru Yamane immediately reflects her darker intentions for the series with "Metamorphosis No. Blending melancholic string motifs and gothic choral chants, it is certainly a chilling accompaniment to the opening cinematic.
The bombastic orchestration of series' mainstay "Illusionary Dance", the desperate romantic stylings of "Nocturne in the Moonlight", and eerie a capella chorus of "Prayer" only immerse listeners further into the experience. Such compositions were incredible for the PlayStation with their expressive qualities and classical finesse.
Though they have been surpassed with even more elaborate tracks in recent years, they still impress with their direct writing and creative inspiration. Among the more satisfying tracks on the soundtrack are those that emulate classical greats.
For instance, "Dance of Pearls" puts a neo-classical twist on the waltz format with its contrasts of romantic piano phrases and thick orchestral passages.
The elements are all synthesised here, but are extremely expressive due to their elegant treatment and convincing synthesis. Bach, blending intricate harpsichord writing with expressive synthetic orchestration, while "Requiem for the Gods" has an awe-inspiring effect in the game with its celestial chorus and organ passages.
In both cases, it is clear that Yamane's extensive studies of Bach have come in useful for game scoring. That said, the upbeat pop influence of the series is maintained in some central themes during the soundtrack.
This is how Castlevania rock should sound. In another example of evocative underscoring, "Rainbow Cemetery" takes gamers to a new dimension with its colourful piano clusters and electronic beats. Prior to the score's climax, Yamane portrays the heroic nature and melancholic Dance Of Pearl - Michiru Yamane - Akumajo Dracula ～Gekka No Nocturne～ Original Game Soundtrack (CD of Alucard with "Young Nobleman of Sadness". This track is one of the series' best rock anthems, managing to simultaneously represent something while being downright catchy and compelling.
After a series of dark cinematic cues, some of which reprise the opening themes, Yamane represents the final battle effectively with "Final Toccata"; this is slow-building invention that gradually incorporates choral, orchestral, and rock components in an understated yet chilling way. Overall, the music for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night deserves the praise it receives.
Almost all the pieces on the soundtrack are memorable, emotional, and fitting, and are stylised in such a diverse and sophisticated way.
The compositions here aren't as elaborate as Castlevania: Curse of Darkness or as ambitious as Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. However, they do provide an effective balance between the new and old Castlevania sounds and are highly accessible. This soundtrack is a must-have for fans of Michiru Yamane's Castlevania sound. In album form it doesn't quite manage the same magnificence as it does in the context of the game, but it is still another great Castlevania music experience.
Probably the most outstanding trait of this OST is that it is the most varied Dracula soundtrack yet. Older Dracula scores were too limited by their sound systems, and the original Dracula X the only other CD-based Dracula game seemed too pop-oriented as a whole.
Dracula X NitM rivals fellow Konami soundtrack Genso Suikoden in its wide variety of well-arranged musical styles, and this in an action-adventure game no less. Before going into what styles are represented, it should be emphasized just how important Album) sound system is to this OST.
Although I have yet to test it out physically on a Playstation unit, the music was almost certainly streamed from the game disc as opposed to being PCM synth. Konami's sound team is apparently quickly learning to maximize this advantage. Most of the instrumental sounds here still seem to be sampled, and are not quite the quality of the best game music arranged albums and domestic new age CDs, but they are leaps and bounds ahead of typical video game synth.
Without the present quality of instrumental sounds, the multitude of music styles couldn't be conveyed with such authenticity. String and brass sections and individual instruments come across passably without drawing undue attention from sounding artificial. Choir accompaniment is appropriately dark and moody, while pipe organs bellow. And in the grand tradition of the best Castlevania arrangements, electric guitars grind through with wicked force.
Dracula X NitM isn't the be all and end all of video game instrumental sound, but it is definitely another step in the right direction. So what musical styles are present? An easier question might be, "Which ones aren't?
Those who have played the game are well aware of "Prayer". Featuring solely the chanting of two female vocalists, with its mournful, haunting feel it is the perfect track to lead off a Dracula adventure. No question about this being a Dracula soundtrack. Several tracks are supplemented by ambient sounds such as whispering wind, dripping water, and creepy forest critters to further the mood. Of course the whole soundtrack doesn't focus solely on setting mood.
This is Konami after all, one of the kings of video game melody. Take "Awakened Soul", for example. Despite my own current lack of enthusiasm toward jazz fusion, Album), somehow it works marvelously well in this track. The steady, cymbal-intensive percussion and bassline get the groove going, while mellow guitar takes the lead melody, supplemented by jazzy horns and soft strings. If Konami ever offers a Dracula installment in the Pro-Fusion series, this track has convinced me it'll be worth checking out.
Finally, what Dracula soundtrack would be complete without some old-school Konami rock? It's present here in four or so boss themes, a couple tracks from the final stages of the original Dracula X, and the very catchy original stage BGM "Dracula Castle". However, these all pale in comparison to the hard-rocking excellence of "Young Nobleman of Sadness", which is Dracula rock at its best.
Although orchestral instrumentation sets the evil backdrop and provides some well-done transitions, it's the electric guitar that gives the track all its head-banging glory.
With its memorable melody, professional arrangement, and high-quality performance, the track is an instant classic. As implied earlier, there are a few setbacks with the release of this soundtrack on CD. First of all, since it's a standard OST with a high number of tracks, most of the selections only play once a full time through, then begin to fade out on the first loop.
Fortunately most of the original compositions were of decent length, but nevertheless they sometimes seem to be over too soon. Also, the wide variety of styles presented in the CD may not be appreciated by all Dracula fans. Dracula music is typically known for its hard-rocking nature, so some of the tracks in styles new to the series - especially mellower ones - may not pass over too well to some.
I must say that certain tracks which worked okay as background music in the game just don't cut it on their own. A few manage to be so unmelodic so as to be offensive, while others are just too boring to bother with.
Throw out these and the few under-a-minute tracks reserved for brief game events, and about fifteen tracks are left which I listen to regularly. Potential buyers of Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight who have played the game should just give a good listen as they play through to decide whether they really want the assortment of tracks on music CD, as this is a straight OST release all the way.
For those unfamiliar with the game, well, this is the best OST CD release from one of the most musically-renowned series in video games. Sounds like a recommendation to me. Despite the typical presence of forgettable tracks and the nuances of the OST format, the disc is overall a great production with some true gems.
Tracklist Reviews Overview There is an old saying in Transylvania, "For those of you who don't Dance Of Pearl - Michiru Yamane - Akumajo Dracula ～Gekka No Nocturne～ Original Game Soundtrack (CD Castlevania, shame on Body The title screen's "Prayer" is a sort of musical homage to the musicianship often heard in the 18th and 19th century Christian hymnals and missals that may be observed during mass.
Summary In case you couldn't tell from my description, this soundtrack is a diverse and masterful work of art. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour.
Album was released by Konami. CD 1 1 Metamorphosis No. Have something to say? Do it! Metamorphosis No. Illusionary Dance. Nocturne in the Moonlight. Dracula's Castle. Dance of Gold. Marble Gallery. Tower of Evil Mist. Wood Carving Partita. Door of Holy Spirits. Festival of Servants.
Resting Place. Requiem for the Gods. Page traffic visitors freedb. Page built in 0. You must be logged in to edit. You've requested a track! To hear the song, tune into MAGradio with one of the following links: Webcast stream listen with your own player Java player listen with your web browser. Don't show this again. User Name. GM Taiwanese, Bootleg printing, KO Taiwanese, Bootleg printing, Apr 09, ManufacturerKing Record Co. Metamorphosis NO. Illusionary Dance. Nocturne in the Moonlight.
Dracula Castle. Dance of Gold. Marble Gallery. Tower of Evil Mist. Wood Carving Partita. Doorway of Spirits. Festival of Servants. Resting Place. Requiem for the Gods. Crystal Teardrops. Departed Way. Rainbow Cemetery. Lost Paintings. Dance of Pearls. Cursed Sanctuary. Demonic Banquet.
Wandering Ghosts. The Tragic Prince. Doorway to the Abyss. Doorway to Heaven. Death's Ballad. Strange Bloodlines. Finale Toccata. Black Banquet. Metamorphosis 1. Dance of Illusions. Symphony of the Night. Castle Dracula. Golden Steps. Marble Hallway. Carved Partita. Fairy's Doorway. The Horde's Festival. Land of Benediction. Requiem to the Gods. Misted Crystal Ball. Abandoned Pit. Rainbow's Cemetery. The Lost Portrait. Waltz of the Pearls. Wandering Souls. Pitiful Scion. Gates of Hell.
Gates of Heaven. Poetic Death. The Outcasts. Metamorphosis 2. Final Toccata. The Black Feast.
An aspect of the soundtrack that I'd like to examine is the amazing eloquence with which Michiru utilizes multiple musical styles, sometimes alone, sometimes side by side, but always with good taste. The strength of this music contributes to the backbone of the emotional stirrings that are to be found in this amazing game and we can only listen. Apr 29, · My rip. Scans come from VGMdb. Castlevania Best Music Collections BOX Info Catalog Number GFCA~ Release Date Mar 24, Publish Format Commercial Release Price JPY Media Format 18 CD Classification Original Soundtrack, Arrangement, Original Work Published by Konami Digital Entertainment (distributed by Sony Music Distribution) Composed by James Banana . Apr 24, · Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Disc 1. Akumajo Chronicle Akumajo Dracula Original Soundtrack. Castlevania Sound Team. $ Akumajo Dracula X Gekka no Nocturne Original Game Soundtrack SELECTION. Castlevania Sound Team. $/5(9). Biography. Michiru Yamane is a classically-trained freelance composer best known for hercontributions to the Castlevania franchise. Born on September 23, in Kagawa Prefecture, Yamane learned to play the piano and electone as a child, and soon started trying to compose. Jan 19, · Akumajou Dracula X - Gekka no Yasoukyoku - % (Sega Saturn) Dystopia () Full Album (HD) - Duration: PC Engine Longplay  Akumajo Dracula X - Chi no Rondo - . Original Release Title MIDI POWER Pro 6 - Akumajo Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight Country Japan Format CD Release Date Nov UPN Contains MIDI arrangements of music from the KONAMI video game. This item: Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight by Michiru Yamane Audio CD $ Only 3 left in stock - order soon. Akumajo Dracura Best 2 (Original Soundtrack) by Game Music Audio CD $ Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Sold by Cool Japan Delivery Shop and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. FREE Shipping. Details. Akumajo Dracula /5(21). Oct 24, · Akumajo Dracula ～Gekka No Nocturne～ Original Game Soundtrack Sell This Version: GM Michiru Yamane: Demon Castle Dracula X: Nocturne In The Moonlight Original Game Soundtrack (CD, Album, Unofficial) Ever Anime International Records: GM Taiwan: Unknown: Sell This Version. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a D remake of Rondo of Blood for the PlayStation Portable. It includes the original PC Engine game (with both Japanese and English voices) and a port of its sequel, Symphony of the Night, available as an unlockable secret embedded within the base game. Symphony of the Night now includes the option to play as Maria (by using a secret name code after. Akumajo Dracula ~Gekka no Nocturne~ Original Game Soundtrack 悪魔城ドラキュラX～月下の夜想曲～ GAME ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Akumajo Dracula ~Gekka no Nocturne~ Original Game Soundtrack. Original Soundtrack Category Game Media Format CD Rating / 5 () Bootleg Of KICA discogs. Amazon. CDJapan. Michiru Yamane.
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