The music of Nobuo Uematsu in the Final fantasy series

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Intellect Books,, Bristol, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00871761, (OCoLC)fst00872107, Composition (Music), Computer game music., fast


Intro -- Half Title -- Series Information -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- About the Companion Website -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Illustrations -- Introduction -- Notes -- References -- Part 1 Coneria Castle -- 1 Dancing Mad: Music and the Apotheosis of Villainy in Final Fantasy -- Defining allusion -- Final Fantasy VI: Kefka Palazzo -- Final Fantasy VIII: Ultimecia -- Other influences: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- 2 The Devil in the Detail: Analyzing Nobuo Uematsu's "One-Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VIIIntroduction -- Plot -- Context -- Analysis -- Section A: mm. 1-35 -- Section B: mm. 36-67 -- Section C: mm. 68-105 -- Section D: mm. 106-25 -- The legacy of "One-Winged Angel" -- Conclusion and further thoughts -- Notes -- References -- 3 Changing Times: The Diatonic Rhythms of Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy Battle Music -- Traditionally diatonic/propulsive rhythms in early battle themes -- Transitory propulsive rhythm in FFI -- Cyclical propulsive rhythm in FFI -- FFIII and a growing focus on diatonic/propulsive rhythm -- 1990s standardization of diatonic/propulsive rhythm techniqueTransitory propulsive rhythms -- Cyclical propulsive rhythms -- Challenges to diatonic rhythm -- Heightened ludic tension and the 3+3+2+2+2 rhythm -- A focus on the upbeat -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part 2 Nibelheim -- 4 Thus Spake Uematsu: Satirical Parody in the Opening Sequence to Final Fantasy VI -- Nietzsche and Strauss's Zarathustra -- Gestahl and Kefka's Übermensch -- Ominous beginnings -- "Omen" as parody -- Satirical distortion in "Omen" -- Structural symbolism: Foreshadowing Emperor Gestahl and Kefka -- Doubly satirical: Satirizing Emperor GestahlDoubly satirical: Uematsu satirizes Uematsu -- The ultimate irony: The rise and fall of the Gestahlian Empire -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- 5 That Tune Really Holds the Game Together: Thematic Families in Final Fantasy IX -- Musical topics and tropes -- Thematic families -- "Vivi's Theme" thematic family -- In-game uses of "Vivi's Theme" thematic family -- The "Melodies of Life" thematic family -- In-game uses of the "Melodies of Life" thematic family -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- 6 A Link between Worlds: The Construction of Nostalgia in Game Music and Final Fantasy IXNostalgia in music and video games -- Adaptation of van Elferen's ALI model -- Self-quotation and intertextuality as a means to evoke nostalgia -- Types of musical quotation -- Direct quotation -- Musematic quotation -- Discursive quotation -- Variant quotation -- Stylistic allusion and the musical paraphrase -- Black Mages: The Mysidian theme linked to FFIX -- Mystic Mysidia -- "Black Mage Village" -- "Mount Gulug" -- Character themes in FFIX -- Analyzing the inference of nostalgia from these cues -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- Part 3 The Lunar WhaleThis is the first book-length study of the music of Nobuo Uematsu, and focuses on his Final Fantasy soundtracks, exploring the dynamic relationship between the music and the stories behind the beloved video game series. Contributors are music and game scholars, based in the USA and UK. Foreword by William Gibbons. 95 b/w illus.