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DragonmasterX
2006-02-11, 16:44
And while I'm on it, what are some famous names associated with top quality music in visual novels?

IVE GIRLS(many games)
Noriyuki Iwadare(all the Tokimeki Memorial)

omgwtflolz
2006-02-11, 20:55
Why do visual novels always have fantastic music?


They don't.

Haeleth
2006-02-12, 05:02
Interesting question, actually; is there any tendency for the music in high-profile visual novels to be better than music in other genres, or do people just listen to it more intently because there's less happening in the game? ;)

Actually that's more likely to work the other way round... maybe high-profile visual novels tend to end up with good music because a visual novel with bad music will not tend to succeed; while games in other genres can make up for a sucky soundtrack with great gameplay, a visual novel really does have to worry more about presentation as well as plot.

It's actually a bit disappointing that game makers haven't put more effort into scoring VNs. Looping tracks can sound nice, but something more sophisticated would be even better. Even just smooth transitions between tracks would help. It's not like the technology doesn't exist - games were doing it 15 years ago with MIDI music.

GLACIER
2006-02-12, 11:59
Noriyuki Iwadare(all the Tokimeki Memorial)

I don't think Iwadare worked on any of the Tokimeki Memorial games. If I'm not mistaken, those soundtracks were handled by Konami's in-house composers.

rodan
2006-02-12, 13:11
Visual Novel music probably only seems better because the speakers aren't cluttered with machine gun fire.

Claudio
2006-02-12, 15:25
Actually that's more likely to work the other way round... maybe high-profile visual novels tend to end up with good music because a visual novel with bad music will not tend to succeed;

Why, aren't we the Darwinian ones?
I concur. I don't know about you, but given the fact that I can't read Japanese, I tend to experience the most well-known (intrascene or otherwise) novels, which would be amongst the higher rungs of the Visual Novel evolutionary ladder. And they make good use of music.

This includes not playing any when the atmosphere demands it.
Planetarian's rain comes to mind.

Shii
2006-02-12, 18:15
Visual Novel music probably only seems better because the speakers aren't cluttered with machine gun fire.The occasional machine gun fire could improve a visual novel.

Maceart
2006-02-12, 19:58
Like in Planetarian. Man that visual novel still sticks to me like a darkened memory.

Billhead
2006-02-12, 22:38
I'm waiting until it rains before I play Planetarian again(I live in California, summer is the only season we have, it has not rained at all in winter yet and only rained a couple of times in autumn, so I have no idea how long I am going to have to wait)

Spiritsnare
2006-02-13, 14:54
I live in California, summer is the only season we have, it has not rained at all in winter yet and only rained a couple of times in autumn, so I have no idea how long I am going to have to wait

Where the hell do you live in California to get that kind of weather?

Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, we only have three seasons: spring, summer, and wannabe spring. :P

Billhead
2006-02-13, 22:48
About 15 miles east of Los Angeles.
It was 86F/30C here today.

jensern
2006-04-05, 20:35
hi there, is it possible to extract the soundtrack from planetarian?
thanks

Carl
2006-04-05, 21:02
Noriyuki Iwadare(all the Tokimeki Memorial)

I don't think Iwadare worked on any of the Tokimeki Memorial games. If I'm not mistaken, those soundtracks were handled by Konami's in-house composers.
He certainly has done a few bishoujo games over the years. Unfortunately his site doesn't list them all.

I'm not sure whether the Tokimemo series were his work, but my ears tell me at least the third one wasn't.

DragonmasterX
2006-04-05, 21:06
Whoops, it's the True Love series he worked on.

Carl
2006-04-05, 21:08
Whoops, it's the True Love series he worked on.
Yes, that much is true.

AstCd2
2006-04-06, 01:08
hi there, is it possible to extract the soundtrack from planetarian?
thanks
Yes (http://d4.princess.ne.jp/pcat/).

jensern
2006-04-06, 02:03
Thanks AstCd2,
but....i dont know how to interpret the page as i cant read japanese.

AstCd2
2006-04-06, 02:07
Thanks AstCd2,
but....i dont know how to interpret the page as i cant read japanese.

(1) Download the file from first link on the page
(2) Unzip the program to your Planetarian installation directory
(3) Run the program

I'm pretty sure you can work it out from there.

jen sern
2006-04-06, 02:15
Thank you i just came to tell you i worked it out...
And i didnt think i'd receive a reply from you 5minutes after my last post.
Thanks a lot I owe you one.

jensern
2006-04-06, 02:23
Hi it's me again,
I've extracted the files already...but it seems i'm only getting BGM02, BGM04,BGM06 and BGM08
1,3,5,7 is nowhere to be found

AstCd2
2006-04-06, 02:38
It's like that.
See Haeleth's post on this thread for more details.
http://forums.haeleth.net/viewtopic.php?p=6118#6118

jensern
2006-04-06, 02:40
I LOVE YA!!
THANKS!!!!!!!!
I especially wanted BGM07

jensern
2006-04-06, 03:13
oh no.....AstCd2...
i tried the demo and it has all the missing ones....
except BGM07..
is there any other way?

AstCd2
2006-04-06, 03:31
Short of directly recording the sound output, I'm afraid I'm out of ideas.

Haeleth
2006-04-06, 04:04
http://www.haeleth.net/temp/BGM07.rar

...it was possible to extract from the original, less strongly DRM'd release. ^_^

jensern
2006-04-06, 06:31
"...it was possible to extract from the original, less strongly DRM'd release. ^_^ "

I have got no idea what that is..but!!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!! HAELETH AND ASTCD2!!!

You guys are really kind for helping me out.

THANKS!!!!!!!!!! :)