Videogame music by no means ceases to amaze me. Whether or not I am listening to Nero’s battle theme, Satan Set off, from Satan Might Cry 5 or immersing myself within the stunning Peruvian-inspired soundscape of Ultros, the creativity and breadth on provide is astounding and one thing to have a good time. Properly, a minimum of that is what I assumed. It seems that Nobuo Uematsu, the veteran Ultimate Fantasy composer, thinks we will do higher and that Hollywood could also be holding us again.  

In an prolonged interview with NewsPicks (translated by Automaton) Uematsu explains why he thinks the present panorama of game music can do higher. “I feel folks have to have extra freedom,” he suggests, arguing that the problem could also be as a result of administrators and producers are “happy with film soundtrack-like music in video games.” Uematsu even went so far as to say that if this Hollywood model carries on, then “game music can’t develop additional.” 

Whereas I agree that you may at all times enhance, all of the game soundtracks I’ve listened to just lately have been excellent. There’s the retro synthwave of Sea of Stars, the epic scores accompanying Ultimate Fantasy 16’s thrilling battle scenes, and Pacific Drive’s unbelievable radio soundtrack, which can virtually undoubtedly make its means into my Spotify Wrapped on the finish of the 12 months. 

However apparently, it could get higher: “Game music will grow to be extra fascinating if composers think about ‘what’s one thing solely I can do?’ and use their very own information and expertise to be actually artistic,” Uematsu mentioned. 

Uematsu additionally warned in opposition to utilizing AI to compose soundtracks. He described how the position of an impressive rating is to convey empathy between composer and listener: “reaching deep down inside your self to search out points distinctive to you after which expressing them.” This is not one thing that may (or ought to) be substituted for AI.  

That being mentioned, it appears to be like like Uematsu will not be engaged on too many extra artistic tasks, as his final full soundtrack was for Fantasian in 2021. Beforehand, Uematsu mentioned that he would not have “the bodily or psychological energy” to compose complete game soundtracks anymore: “I feel I would quite use the time I’ve left to work on different tasks that I like.” Followers will nonetheless be capable of take pleasure in a brand new theme Uematsu composed for Ultimate Fantasy 7 Rebirth, No Guarantees to Maintain, which is seemingly primarily based on rearrangements of his favorite music from the unique FF7.