< Piro >
Saturday - August 26, 2000
One of the weird things about anime and simulation/visual novel games in general is what it does to your taste in music. Five years ago, I wouldn't have been caught dead listening to what I can only describe as 'lizard lounge music', or 'elevatormusic'. Not long after getting into anime, however, I was eagerly hunting down Original Soundtracks and listening to diskslike Kimagure Orange Road's "Ano Hi Ni Kaeretai" - a decidedly 'elevator music' like soundtrack. I did not loose my taste for Industrial, Techno, Hard Acid whatever-genre-you-wanna-call-them music - It became very easy to me to switch from NIN to"Nine Floors of Elevator Bliss".
I've seen this in action, too. A good friend of mine was just starting to watch anime, but still felt that he didn't like the music. After giving him a tape full of Ah! Megamisama! music, it wasn't a week that he was gleefully filling his collection with cheezy soundtracks and Japanese pop tunes. I still joke with him about his comment "Oh, i don't really like the music." heheh, sucker. gotya. :P
what's worse tho is when you start collecting midi files - the ones that typically play the themes and mood music for games in the background while you play. From years back, having MIDI files that played via the synth on the soundcard (and you know how cheezy those have been over the years) created a style of music that is very much like those cheezy Casio keyboards we used to play with when we were kids. I have megs (yes, many megs) of MIDI files that have been made by Japanese game fans of their favorite songs from various games. If you are curious, head over toSurfer's Paradise and do a search for MIDI files - you'll be surprised how many will turn up. Or, better yet, head over to Computer Music Center - one of the best midi sites around, and this one, the Game Music Library.
I find that these cheezy, cute little soundtracks are very enjoyable. Now, I have a SB Live, so they sound better than they did before I got this card - but believe it or not, i keep the sound fonts pretty much off to listen to these files. I suppose there is a corner of my mind that can't handle these files being played in a higher quality.
An odd thing I came across recently is on the Leaf game Magical Antique. Perhaps computers are getting too good at playing midi files - because for this game, the midi files are actually CD tracks on the game disk. I suppose that the makers of the game didn't want the cute cute atmosphere of the game to be ruined by a midi file that might be played -too-well.
(ps: isn't Rian-chan cute? I love Leaf character designs...:P)