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Breaking the Loop: A Look at the Cinematic Music of Breath of the Wild

A few weeks ago, I did a talk on the History of Zelda music at the offices of Twitch, which included some post-talk Q&A. I had just finished explaining a key difference between video game music and other forms of music, which is that video game music has to repeat, that it has to play […]

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A History of Zelda Music: Presentation at Twitch Talks

Last week I did a talk called A History of Zelda Music at the offices of Twitch. It was livestreamed on the TwitchOffice channel (we got 2,000 viewers!) and I’ve finally gotten the video, added some subtitles (there were a few audio issues at times making it hard to hear me over the music) and […]

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Deconstructing: The Theme of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

At this time of writing, I am one of many eagerly awaiting the release of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is now less than a week away. In the meantime, I’ve consumed an unhealthy amount of Breath of the Wild media (though avoiding spoilers!)—and of course, my focus quickly turned to the music. I […]

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The Dungeons of Link's Awakening

Deconstructing: The 8 Dungeons of Link’s Awakening

The music of the 8 dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the subject of this Deconstructing article, where we’ll take a look in detail at a work of music and break it down into its disparate parts, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the reader’s experience with the music.

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Deconstructing: “Secret of the Forest” from Chrono Trigger

The 11th track in the Original Sound Version (OSV) of Chrono Trigger is “Secret of the Forest” and is the subject of this Deconstructing article, where we’ll take a look in detail at a work of music and break it down into its disparate parts, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the reader’s experience with […]

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An Examination of Leitmotifs and Their Use to Shape Narrative in UNDERTALE – Part 2 of 2

This article is the 2nd half of a 2-part article on leitmotifs in UNDERTALE and how they inform the narrative. The first half was published on March 31 and can be found here. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, it is highly recommended that you do so before reading this article.

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An Examination of Leitmotifs and Their Use to Shape Narrative in UNDERTALE – Part 1 of 2

This is the 1st half of a 2-part article on leitmotifs in UNDERTALE and how they inform the narrative. The second half is here.

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Cave Story, Counterpoint, Cross Relations, and Bitonality

Two articles I wrote in 2012 using tracks from the Cave Story OST to explain some music theory and harmony concepts–republished here.

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