So I made a mix.
More specifically, I’ve taken my collection of DQ Symphonic Suites and assembled various compositions into a flowing narrative, thus musically capturing the essence of Dragon Quest into a 140 minute long body of rich orchestration. And now it’s yours to enjoy as well!
Which compositions did I use, then? Ah, that’s where the Den’s latest contest comes into play. It is up to you, my music connoisseurs, to correctly identify each of the suites I’ve used for this mix. As with former Music ID contests here, you’ll be given points for how well you do, and awarded a badge accordingly.
This may be trickier than it sounds, as many compositions come in the form of medleys. Therefore, the Points System has been adjusted thusly:
1 Point: Which game it's from. I should note there are a couple compositions that have been reused in some games (Overture, as an obvious example) so you don’t have to guess the specific game it came from in those cases, but get a bonus point if you do.
2 Points: Type of theme. That is, where you might hear the music in a typical DQ game (ie: battle, town, credits, etc). Since some themes are put into medleys with other themes, a partial point is scored if you only get some of it right.
3 Points: Correct ID of composition; that is, the exact title of each one used. Be aware that some medleys come with only a single title, but most are an assemblage of different titles.
This leaves a total of 6 points available per composition, and as I’ve used 31 compositions, a grand total of 186 points are available. You only need 100 points to earn a badge, but a special badge will be awarded to the Top 3 scorers.
And now for some helpful hints!
Hint 1: As mentioned, 31 compositions have been used. One thing I challenged myself in making this mix was to not use a composition from the same game twice in a row. For instance, a composition from DQV won’t be followed by another composition from DQV. If you hear musical themes from the same game all in a row, chances are it’s a medley.
Hint 2: Only music from DQ 1-8 has been used. Sorry, DQ9 fans, but I don’t have the Symphonic Suites for that game.
Hint 3: No less than 2 compositions have been used per game.
Hint 4: No more than 7 compositions have been used per game.
Finally, a special thanks and kudos to Koichi Sugiyama, for not only creating the music of Dragon Quest, but also for being bold enough to be the first to translate simple bleeps and bloops into full orchestration.
Good luck, and enjoy the music!
King Zenith stepping back in here to hammer down some of the formalities. First of all, the official rules:
1) You must send your submissions to King Zenith via Private Message
2) You have until Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM EST to send me your submissions
3) Since there are 31 compositions used here, please format your submissions as follows:
Composition 1: DQ11, medley consisting of First boss battle of DQ11 followed by Starship music of DQ11, Battle for the Glory
Composition 2: ....
Composition 3: ...
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here in this thread.
Now, at long last! The thing you've all been waiting for, like the salivating dogs that you are! The music! You can listen to or download the track in MP3 format (192kbps or 320 kbps depending on how much of an audio nerd you are) and also a version you can "watch" on youtube. Choose the one that suits you the best.
192kbps version mediafire download
192 kbps MP3 Version:
320 kbps MP3 Version:
Edited by King Zenith, 16 April 2012 - 09:36 AM.