Video Game Music of the Week - 316

Terranigma (SNES)

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Tracks:
Origins, Light and Darkness, Elle, Dark Side Field, Nomads In A Desert

Composer(s):
Miyoko Takaoka
Masanori Hikichi


Terranigma is a JRPG that released on the Super Nintendo in 1995 and 1996 in Europe and Australia. The game unfortunately never officially released in North America.



Origins
This track is the first song found in Terranigma and plays during the opening movie. For the first half of the track, there is a lone instrument that plays a captivating melody. The song ends with a slightly sinister build up.




Light and Darkness
This song is a cinematic theme of sorts that progresses like a story. It plays directly after the previous tune, when the 'Start Screen' appears.




Elle
This track is a theme song to the games character Elle. Elle is an important character to the story and is also a love interest to the games main protagonist Ark.




Dark Side Field
Terranigma plays on the idea of a Dark side of the world and a Light side of the world. This theme pairs with the Dark Side and while it starts with a quite uneasy despair, the song kicks into a more empowering theme as it progresses.




Nomads In A Desert
This theme has a very different feel to many of the games other tracks with its almost old-style western feel. Its a great piece that delivers a specific mood and feeling, being one of the games memorable action tracks.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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