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Matsushita, chose the name The Black Mages for their band. Freelancer —present [ edit ] Uematsu left Square Enix in and formed his own production company, Smile Please.Distant Worlds Final Fantasy and Nobuo Uematsu
Uematsu composed only the main theme for Final Fantasy XII ;  he was originally offered the job of creating the full score, but Sakimoto was eventually assigned as the main composer instead. He also wrote music for the cancelled game Cry On. Inmusic from the Final Fantasy series received even greater support and was voted into the third position on the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
They have a summer cabin in YamanakakoYamanashi. Japanese pianist Seiji Honda was invited to perform the arrangement together with the orchestra. The concert focused on the songs from the Final Fantasy series and was conducted by Arnie Roth. A Video Game Symphony in Chicago on May 27, ;  he composed the opening fanfare for the concert.
The world tour Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy made up one fourth of the music in the Symphonic Fantasies concerts in Cologne in September which were produced by the creators of the Symphonic Game Music Concert series and conducted by Arnie Roth.
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In Februaryit was announced that Uematsu would appear at Anime Bostonone of the largest anime conventions on the East Coast. Uematsu did not only show up at Anime Boston, he made a surprise appearance and played with the Video Game Orchestra for the track " One Winged Angel ". On August 18,while headlining the Fantasy Rock Festival in KawasakiJapan with the Earthbound Papashe revealed to the audience that he had originally intended to name their second album "Dancing Mad" after the Final Fantasy VI track which also appears on the album.
However, referring to Square Enix indirectly, he told the audience that "a certain company 'S'" had phoned and informed him that he "could not use the name". The reviewer said, 'Nobuo Uematsu is the John Williams of the video game world'. That said a lot actually, not just prestige, but the idea that the way that John Williams composes and writes is always about melody and structure first.
The scoring part is secondary. The most important thing with John Williams is establishing the melody for each character and a structure to weave the melody in and out.
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Nobuo writes the same way. Very traditional writer in many ways. It's the kind of writing style that withstands the test of time.
His melody and structure transcends the genre and the style. There's not a lot of writers like that. A certain number of Final Fantasy scores that has to be in every single official Final Fantasy concerts. One of them is of course, 'One Winged Angel', another one would be 'To Xanarkand' from Final Fantasy X and there are several others, I mean, we debate this all the time. The beautiful thing about Final Fantasy is, there's such a vast amount of music that we never run out of scores and interesting variety.
It's difficult sometimes with programming, because we have time frame with the concert, we can't just go forever right?
And I also have to look at what songs did we performed the last time we were in Kuala Lumpur. Then territorially, different things are popular in different areas.
That's very fascinating as well. In North America, all the earlier versions came out, so there's certain things like the opera in Final Fantasy VI that're very popular in certain parts of the world, in other parts of the world songs from VI may not be as popular. How do you ensure the selections appeal to casual and devoted fans alike? The fans as I've met all fall into different categories. There are some fans that are more specifically into one or another version of the game — you find that a lot with XI, or IX, and X.
Then, there is a whole core of hardcore fans that are really into VI, VII, and VIII, particularly the music which is why we have such a tremendous amount that comes from them. We limit the selection to the main roman numerals, rather than the off-shoot, like X-II.
But we have to have some kind of parameters. So, is it difficult? There are 30 years of Final Fantasy to figure out!
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After more than a decade of Final Fantasy concert tours, could you share with us about your experiences traveling and playing for a global audience? When we first started Distant Worlds, there was actually one of our assignments from Square Enix, and one of the main reasons of the tour is to take the music of Final Fantasy out to areas where had never heard it live.
It took us a number of years to establish that, and this is the 10th year of Distant Worlds, which is amazing. But the first couple of years, we launched in Stockholm, then to North America, gradually it grows and now we are actually traveling the world.
Most amazing thing is that, basically, the audience is the same regardless of where we go.
And this sense of family in the concert, everyone is there one purpose, they may not know each other, but they want to be there for the music. The main thing is about the music, and for that reason we can bring back certain music and recycle. They never get tired, and we never get tired of performing it. One of the most amazing experiences we've ever had that I can remember, was Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We've never been to South America, and that was the first time.