Game music of the day: Ar Tonelico

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July 16, 2010


Game: Ar Tonelico

Song: Singing Hill

Composer: Akiko Shikata, Gust Sound Team

Above: Singing Hill from Ar Tonelico

In the world of Ar Tonelico, singing is the most powerful form of magic. Musicality is a major theme of the series, so it's no surprise that that Ar Tonelico has an absolutely top-notch soundtrack. A synthetic race created to maintain the precarious technology of the floating world, magical girls called Reyvateils can harness powerful song magic when they become emotionally bonded to a human companion.

Since singing is so important to the storyline of Ar Tonelico, we had to pick the opening theme, Singing Hill, which features awesome Reyvateil vocals in both Japanese and Hymnos, a fictional language constructed for Ar Tonelico by Akira Tsuchiya. Hymnos puts a lot of emphasis on emotion, and has two different writing systems associated with it. It's a suprisingly complex and detailed language for a game, and linguistics enthusiasts can go here for a detailed description of the Hymnos language.

Above: Japanese opening for Ar Tonelico 3, another variation on the original Singing Hill

Besides the awesome vocal tracks, the rest of Ar Tonelico's soundtrack is strong too. Here's an energetic track called Vidarr to get you pumped for battle:

Above: Vidarr from Ar Tonelico - note the rockin' guitar solo

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  • jessepfau - July 19, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    The 1st song reminds me of the music in Umineko no naku koro ni.
  • powerpc127 - July 19, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    I heard a song from this game on gametrailers (1:41 on the youtube video) a long time ago, and I've listened to it regularly ever since. I'm not a JRPG fan by any means, but that song is so awesome that I might get the game, or at least just buy the soundtrack. 2:48 gives me chills every time, btw.
  • shyfonzie - July 18, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    I always thought it was Arts and Elico....
  • gamingfreak - July 18, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    The last song reminded me of Sonic the Hedgehog for some reason. But anyways, really nice music.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - July 17, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    I like the game music of the day, but one question comes to mind. Why hasn't the dark world theme from Link to the past arisen?
  • RonaldRayGun - July 17, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Cool beans. I've always wanted to play these but I've never had a playstation.
  • lovinmyps3 - July 17, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    Really cool! Keep up the good work Carolyn, you always have great GMoTDs!
  • vigeoman - July 17, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    for some reason i feel like my mom would enjoy this
  • kotosaku - July 17, 2010 1:13 p.m.

  • YES - July 17, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    Feature is missing the game music tag.
  • philipshaw - July 17, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    This soundtrack is great, always wanted to play this game but it takes me ages to get through RPG games. I'm still only 15 hours into FF13 and I got the game on lauch day
  • pinoklin - July 17, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    i am so glad that you decided to make this about Ar Tonelico, because i loved the first game so much...i cant get it off my mind and everytime i hear the song, nostalgia invaeds me....i wanna get the 2 and 3 entires of the series but they're so damn hard to find where i live at
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 17, 2010 7 a.m.

    Man, that first track got immensely epic 90 seconds in. I'd consider playing this, but I don't think I can handle another billion-hour JRPG at the moment...
  • fearunknown - July 17, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Game music of the day makes my world go round. Keep up the good work,
  • Corsair89 - July 17, 2010 5:05 a.m.

    I knew that Ar Tonelico as Game Music of the Day was inevitable. Both games have excellent music.
  • Meeko - July 17, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    Glad to see Akiko Shikata and Ar Tonelico getting some recognition.
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 17, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    Where's Brett? Oh I do like it though
  • MrSuitMan - July 17, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    Man, that really is good. Thanks for sharing us this.
  • Setre - July 17, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    I can dig it.
  • Metroidhunter32 - July 17, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Now looking into this series as potential buys.

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