Over the years, the videogaming medium has learned to express itself through various forms of art, demonstrating an evolving maturity that goes hand in hand with technological progress. Among the most important personalities of all, the composer Nobuo Uematsu, who became famous for having played the best Final Fantasy.
Versatile to the point of not suffering from the limits imposed by the 8-bit consoles, the musician knew how to stand out among the ranks of Square even before he knew the great Sakaguchi, father of the series that together with Dragon Quest exported It was also thanks to his unforgettable melodies if every Final Fantasy had a resounding success, but what are the best tracks made by Uematsu? Here is a selection of what, according to him, could actually be the most beautiful OSTs.
One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)
With the advent of the first PlayStation, developers began exploring the potential of 3D, while musicians could use sound recorded directly in the studio, achieving amazing results for those years. With an introduction inspired by the song Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix and a Latin text that takes back Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, this track contains everything that makes Sephiroth the most beloved character
Free Fatali (Final Fantasy VIII)
If Final Fantasy VIII were a opera, Liberi Fatali would be the ouverture, as well as the pillar and manifesto of how multifaceted Uematsu is. With this choral piece characterized by a generous use of shaking and growing, the artist could crown the dream of exploiting for the first time an entire orchestra. The famous phrase with which the track opens: • Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec • Vinosec • Vinosec • Vinosec • Vinosec • It is an anagram formed by the expression Succession of Witches and the word Love, that is the two main themes on which the game rests.
Melodies of Life (Final Fantasy IX)
The soundtrack of Final Fantasy IX, composed of 120 tracks, is the project of which Uematsu is most proud. After being inspired by medieval music and castles during a trip to Europe, the musician returned to his homeland and produced masterpieces such as Roses of May, Vamos alla Flamenco and Not Alone, but the most important track of all
To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)
Initially, this hymn to the typical conductor motifs of Wagner’s theatre was not designed to accompany a video game. Uematsu has in fact declared that he composed this track for the recital of a flautist friend, but given the result too dark for the occasion, he chose to recycle it in view of Tidus and Yuna. The only thing to make this song unique, besides the simple beauty, is that it is that to come back in more scenes of the pilgrimage until reaching its peak during the Ending Theme. A circle closing.
Howl of the Departed (Lost Odyssey)
Let us conclude this list with something different from the point of view of musical genres, as well as intellectual property. Although Uematsu has repeatedly admitted that he wants to express calm and love, not all his songs recall idyllic landscapes. Among its most dynamic, oppressive and disturbing OSTs, the one that is the background to the final clash of Lost Odyssey, a game that would deserve to be lived by anyone despite some stumbling and its exclusive nature.
Are you curious about the best Final Fantasy according to Sakaguchi? On the pages of Everyeye.it you can also find the review of Fantasian, the latest J-RPG that Uematsu also worked on.