Bombers' Notebook

Bombers' Notebook

The Tale of the Seven Scales

Long ago, there once lived a man in the Kingdom of Melodica, where all music consisted of single-note drones. One day, the man went out to a field to hide from the dreadful noises of his neighbors (he hated this music very much), and stumbled upon what appeared to be a reptilian plate of armor, about the size of his head. He picked it up from the ground and dusted it off.

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A Critique on Modality

In my experience studying music and music theory, I have, on numerous occasions, encountered a particularly disappointing doctrine on the subject of modes; one that defies logic and sensibility. While I would like to believe that this teaching is not a commonly-held one, I happen upon it often enough to feel it worth the time to dispose of properly, as I have seen it create nothing but confusion and distress for many a music student.

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Master Scale List of VGM

Much game music does not conform to any particular scale 100% for any great length of time. For reasons both practical and artistic, you will find that many of the chords and melodies in the examples listed will not conform perfectly to their associated scales. Even so, each example still carries the overall sound of its associated scale, and should still be well-suited to study.

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Thoughts on "Fakebit"

Recently, I’ve been witness to (and sometimes a part of) some discussions regarding music production that have left me with a strong sense of disappointment. As creators, I think we can all agree that we wish to do our very best with what we create and how we go about it, and so I think it’s good for us to challenge one another and push each other to be the best we can be. However, I think there’s a point where these intentions can become misguided and cause more harm than good. I will explain what I mean by that.

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Ongaku Concept Interviews: Hajime Hyakkoku

If you’re an anime fan, you’ve probably heard of K-ON!, a KyoAni series about a highschool band. And if you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the show (being a musician myself), and its music has taught me a lot about music theory and guitar technique. Many composers, arrangers, and performers were involved in creating the music for K-ON!, but the show’s BGM was almost single-handedly composed, arranged, and produced by longtime anime composer Hajime Hyakkoku (百石元).

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Ongaku Concept Interviews: Rémi Gazel

Rayman holds a special place in my heart as a gamer. It was my first “non-PC” game, that got me into playing video games to begin with. Recently, a friend of mine showed me a video he found of the Rayman One Project — a live performance of the game’s music, lead by main composer Rémi Gazel himself on piano! I was very impressed by how much work was put into it, and that even 20 years later, Rayman’s soundtrack is still being appreciated by fans.

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Ongaku Concept Interviews: yamazo

Recently I had the opportunity to interview anime composer yamazo! Maybe you don’t recognize his name, but he’s worked on Sword Art Online, Ace of Diamond, Encouragement of Climb, and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, just to name a few. I asked him a few questions, so read on for more!

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