• Jeff Dean

Music that inspired me - introduction

This blog is just an introduction to a 5-part series where I’ll be reflecting back on some of the most influential soundtracks of all times from video games and movies. If it weren’t for music, I know the imagery I have for my book (at least in my head) would not be as rich.

Like a movie.

All my life, music has been probably the best source for building creativity. I don’t mean mainstream music off the radio, I mean movie and video game soundtracks. Yes – music from movies like “Aliens” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and video games like “Final Fantasy IV” and “Chrono Trigger” brought goosebumps to my skin. When I heard the boss battle theme play in an RPG game, I imagined a boss battle taking place in my book. It’s music like this that allowed me to imagine scenes from my Tagenji series like scenes out of a film.

I actually still have an old audio cassette tape where I recorded myself playing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game” for the NES. Why? For the music, of course! Or at least, that was the secret reason. I was too embarrassed to admit it back then. The Shredder final boss theme was one of the most epic songs to have ever existed in my childhood and this was a game I didn’t own, so if I didn’t record it then, I thought I’d never hear it again.

There are many prolific composers out there in the video game industry, I only listen to a fraction of them. Here are a few I'd like to reference along with the games that I know them for: Motoi Sakuraba – known for “Valkyrie Profile” and “Star Ocean”, Nobuo Uematsu – “Final Fantasy” games, and Arnaud Roy (aka.FlybyNo) – “Dungeon of the Endless”.

Honestly, to keep this narrowed down to a 5-part series will be difficult as I find there are way too many soundtracks out there that cannot be ignored. What about you? Are there any particular songs or soundtracks that boost your spirits?

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