Video game music means a lot to me. I listen to it while I work in the office or when I write stories. It gives me a clear sense of mind and propels me to work diligently and creatively. Uematsu Nobuo, Mitsuda Yasunori, Naruke Michiko, and Higashino Miki are some of my favorite composers that currently work in the gaming industry.
Many artists have risen to fame on YouTube by producing covers or parodies of our favorite nostalgic instrumentals. Some include: Martin Leung, The Megas, Brentalfloss, Lindsey Stirling, and The OneUps. However, there are countless more who have the talent but not the recognition.
Here’s your chance to hear three passionate musicians with a small following on YouTube before it’s cool.
Marc Papeghin – French Horn
French native Marc Papeghin plays the French horn, trumpet and many other instruments for his video game medleys. He performs his arrangements by ear and improvises during recording. All of his sheet music and audio files are posted in the information section of each video to download for free. Papeghin also produces movie and TV themes as well as Dream Theater covers.
My favorite part of the Epic Final Fantasy IX Medley is the Frontier Village of Dali theme at 6:05. It’s one of my favorite songs in the OST and hearing it on the horn sounds wonderful. I like being brought back to the innocent beginnings of the first disc where you find out the so-called peaceful village isn’t quite so serene at all.
Vanilla Mood is a violin, cello and piano trio in their early 30’s. They work under the Japanese talent company Vision Factory, which served as agents for Namie Amuro, w-inds, and Hinoi Team in the past.
With one glance at Vanilla Mood, you wouldn’t associate them with video game music. Their channel is filled with classical pieces and they’re dressed in long flowing robes. You don’t even see gaming covers listed on their resume. However, perusing through their channel (and having basic Katakana knowledge), I noticed a few hidden gems from Final Fantasy.
Moonbow Music (Also known as Meine Meinung)
Not much is known about Moonbow Music from their YouTube page besides that they’re Japanese, love music and have over one million views. Why so many? Because, despite recording in a small, cramped corner that barely fits them and their instruments, you can see true passion and happiness during each performance. Every video shows their attention to detail and honor to the original composer’s work.
They play mostly old Squaresoft and Enix themes from Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. But they also perform a silly Super Mario Bros. 3 Medley in paper cosplay masks.