Game music of the day: Atelier Iris

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May 5, 2010


Game: Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Song: Town Where the Bells Chime

Composer: Ken Nakagawa

Above: Town Where the Bells Chime from Atelier Iris

The Atelier series had been around long before its 2005 debut in the US, which is something of a shame given how delightfully playful and uplifting its music can be. Even if you don't give a rat's ass about JRPGs or obscure, latter-day PS2 releases, Atelier's rich and soulful sound should be enough to sooth your raging heart.

This particular track plays early on, I believe the first time you enter and fully explore the initial village. There's a bountiful tapestry of noises frolicking through the air, from accordian to bells to a well-placed harpsichord, creating a unique sound that has stuck with me for just about five years. Hope you like it too.

So the voice acting is typical fare. Sorry about that. But the music, man! It's the exact kind of approach I prefer when it comes to game music - that is, not generic, atmospheric droning that fades into the background. I want strong melodies and memorable loops that lend themselves to humming or remixing. And even if the gameplay is well worn, Atelier Iris (and its sequels) has its musical identity down pat.


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  • philipshaw - May 6, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    That brightened up my day, thanks Brett
  • elpurplemonkey - May 6, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    Very lighthearted, but also sort of uplifting. And the voice-acting almost ruins the second clip, but I do rather like it.
  • Tenfey - May 6, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    I am far too gaijin to have ever played such a game.
  • MrSuitMan - May 6, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Town Where the Bells Chime reminds me a lot of one my favorite games, Okage: Shadow King. The music in that game was pretty good, you should check it out.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 6, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    Reminds me of the port theme from Grandia. Dammit, still got that stuck in my head...
  • Modroneman - May 6, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Why is it that JRPG's town music is so awesome!
  • KREATIVEassassin - May 6, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    God. This game is fantastic. One of my top 5 favorite PlayStation 2 games. Hell, I MIGHT go as far to say it's my favorite PlayStation 2 game period. Hearing this music just gave me goosebumps as a nostalgic wave swept over me. Excellent music. Excellent choice.
  • CommandoDS - May 5, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    All this needs is some Seagulls in the background and you got yourself some sea side music. Good stuff by the way!
  • goochbiscuit - May 5, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Purdy muzak!
  • BUFFshagwell - May 5, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    folk music it is im more of a blue grass fan myself
  • Setre - May 5, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Hmm, songs kinda like a folk song. I like it.