Ohno, Takao Noma
Ogawa, Kazuhiro Orihara, Shinichi Nakamura
(track 17) Makoto
Track 1 ("Requiem")
Soprano : Catherine
2 ("Obi caritas et amour") Composer : Marie
Arranger : Nick
Chorus : The
London Oratory School Track
3 ("Dead") String Arranger : Nick
Rakowski, Harriet Davies Viola
32, 33, 34 (Live version) Arranged by : Naoya
The music used in KOUDELKA
is composed by Hiroki Kikuta, The composer of "Secret of Mana+".
I love "Secret of Mana+", and this time his work is beautiful
as well. This album consists of four parts. "Original BGM", "BGM
for battle", "BGM for movie", and "bonus tracks".
1. original BGM- Well,
I don't know why this part is named as "original"...Anyway, there
are three tracks recorded in London (opening theme, ending theme,
and BGM for event scene). The former two are made like religious
music; opening theme is a chant in clear soprano voice, ending
theme is a boys chorus, like a hymn. The story of KOUDELKA is
set in an abbey, and the characters talk with the souls of the
dead. So it might be natural that composer, Hiroki Kikuta aimed
for a religious sound. I said "religious", but these two are not
so much grave as refreshing. BGM for event scene is a string quartet.
It sounds sad, awing, but tender as if it heal the grief of the
dead. I like it very much.
2. BGM for battle- These
four tracks are used at the battle scenes and for movement in
the dungeons. (Sorry I have not played the game of KOUDELKA, but
I know the story from reading the novelized one.) These are arranged
(mainly) with the flute like kena, strings, drums, and percussion's.
There is also Celtic influenced folk music, which is part of the
story. It creates a kind of tension as if going in to a dungeon.
The flute has a slightly sad tone, but the positive melody mainly
composed with high notes is not melancholy. Though the game is
placed as "gothic horror adventure", there's no fearful impression.
With these tracks I feel some positive attitude, strong will,
and slight sorrow. I think it may be related with the life of
Koudelka Iasant,the heroine of the game.
3. BGM for movie- There
are many, short tracks reminiscent of a "horror movie". Probably
these tracks have had their length customized for the movies,
so it's difficult to comment about each of them itself.
4. Bonus tracks- According
to the liner notes, these live-take remixes are recorded at the
press release party of KOUDELKA. "Waterfall" is standard remix
for fusion band. Good remix, but too ordinary for me. "Incantation"
is very interesting remix. Mysterious vocals of Reimi Tanaka and
religious chorus (says "Amen"), I feel has a great atmosphere.
I think this remix may be the true form Kikuta aims, rather than
original one. "Patience" is a slow ballad played by solo guitar.
It is totally different from the original form, and its lyric
remix is suitable for the end of this album.
As I listened to this
album, I felt Kikuta's earnest attitude toward composition. Recently
a large number of game music albums have been released, but most
are not serious enough (for me, at least). As a fan of game music,
I wish there were more interesting works like this album of KOUDELKA.
is the web master of Sakasakoma-beya(see links), a site dedicated
to the music of Zuntata. Go game Music!!