February 1, 2023

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Music Week: The Legend of Zelda sent me on a musical quest

Hello! Welcome back to Music Week. Aamir Mehar explains how Zelda did for him what Chopin couldn’t.

I’ve come across so much great music in the video game medium. Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett created beautiful and reflective work for Transistor, and while I have yet to play Chrono Cross, the tracks I’ve heard from it (by Yasunori Mitsuda) are dazzling. Nobuo Uematsu’s work for Square has stayed with me to this day: Roses of May is as charming a tune as its name implies, while there is a menace to Succession of Witches and a subtle, disturbing feel to Listen To The Cries of the Planet.

While I liked music, I never really tried to actually play it myself; I had no real experience with instruments outside of music classes in school, lessons that never caught my interest for even a quarter beat. Perhaps the only detail that stuck with me, when it came to instruments, was my sister learning to play a simplistic portion of Aerith’s Theme on her keyboard at home, and then teaching me to play it.

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