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Justisamuel

7 billion humans. She must know I exist
My favorite track so far this year. Amazing Uilleann pipes, Flute and E.G: I want to believe it was inspired by Kajiura's elements 😉
Also those subtle bulgarian choirs, ethereal vocals and catchy percussions... this guy makes music look like a child's play, doesn’t he ?
 
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Justisamuel

7 billion humans. She must know I exist
18:40 !!! Sawano finally made a piece longer than Kajiura's longest one ! Oh wait, it's just him milking AOT again and again.
Amazing to see it through a live performance, although I'm pretty sure that most of audio wasn't recorded there.
Thumb up for the high consistency and thumb down for the lack of transitions, something Sawano always fails at. My iTunes can "suite" every soundtrack better.
Still something I'd like to listen more from Kajiura sama.
EDIT: Scrolling the comments section, glad to see that there are also Men of culture, not only "Godwano" groupies
 
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Lorde-Kowz

I have reached Yuki nirvana
18:40 !!! Sawano finally made a piece longer than Kajiura's longest one ! Oh wait, it's just him milking AOT again and again.
Amazing to see it through a live performance, although I'm pretty sure that most of audio wasn't recorded there.
Thumb up for the high consistency and thumb down for the lack of transitions, something Sawano always fails at. My iTunes can "suite" every soundtrack better.
Still something I'd like to listen more from Kajiura sama.
EDIT: Scrolling the comments section, glad to see that there are also Men of culture, not only "Godwano" groupies
>No Mika Kobayashi
DROPPED.
Did they have a fallout or something?
 

Justisamuel

7 billion humans. She must know I exist
>No Mika Kobayashi
DROPPED.
Did they have a fallout or something?
Nothing official, I think. I remember an interview about her latest album (Mika type ろ) back in 2018, that included Sawano already released and lived- performed compositions on Disc 2. She said she was proud for being "her voice" during so long time, but wanted to try something else from now on... but I'm also worrying about it, since "Attack on Titan Final Season" could have been a suitable comeback or at least revival for her.

Does this AOT suite means that everything is over for Sawano's involvement on this anime, now that Kohta Yamamoto was announced as composer (Sawano would be just credited) ? Does it mean that Mika Kobayashi's collaboration with him is really over ? Or Plot-twistingly, could these two be notorious enough to get the final ED theme that still isn't announced yet ..? We'll find out within two months I guess.
 

Lorde-Kowz

I have reached Yuki nirvana
I see. I don't really listen to Sawano so no biggie for me, hue. I did listen to the first song, and the new girl wasn't bad at all. She was great actually, but I prefer Mika's tone of voice.
 

Terry Tsurugi

7 billion humans. She must know I exist
The first time I listened to this yesterday, I was like, what the heck, this is out of tune. But after listening to it like 20 times, I now love it.

 

LianaIlia36

I have reached Yuki nirvana
Dandelion-Gabbie Hanna (just heard this live, it was amazing, check it out! Also her book with the same name came out today!)
 

grunty

I have reached Yuki nirvana
HTTYD The Deluxe Edition is finally on my shelf and I have some thoughts.

The music is obviously 5/5 for me, one of my favorite scores (and animated movies, unlike its sequels). I did not really look into the technicalities yet. I presume it's the complete score but I didn't compare it to the movie or complete bootlegs. I also remember some bootleg tracks being lossy flacs - I did not compare that to this release yet.

But now this 2CD release. I have thoughts.

Firstly, the bonus tracks and the extra CD.
If you take out the 7 bonus tracks (22m29s), the entire score presentation is 83m22s. Fair, more than one CD.
If you go further and exclude the (unnecessary) Jonsi ending credits song (4m18s), we are left with a glorious 79m4s. Pretty sure that's a single CD.

But fine, maybe they contractually HAVE to include Jonsi's "Sticks & Stones" song on every HTTYD release. Fine - so that extra CD was "necessary". You could've still had the score on one disc for a great single CD listening experience and have the second disc be an extra with the damn song (I don't think any score/Powell completionists/purists would mind this song's omission from the score presentation). But fine, you chose to split the score and the song across two discs ~50/30min. It is what it is and it's fine... Have I already mentioned that it's fine?

So the bonus tracks... With the exception of one alternative recording of the ending track (2m4s), the bonus tracks are all synth demos which I'm pretty sure cost ZERO to release (please inform me if I'm wrong). This is disappointing particularly because these demos are not that different from the final result (composition/arrange wise; they do not appear to be early drafts or anything like that) but also because you could fit almost the entirety of the score in demo form on this 2CD release and it would still cost you zero - why then only 20m26s of demos? Someone please explain. I'm complaining because I feel like this was the perfect opportunity to release additional music from Gift of the Night Fury (I'm not sure if it was all synth. It wasn't by Powell but it's not like the original score is entirely from Powell either) and Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (if it had any original music, it's been a while). Instead we got only these six demos which are very close to the final recordings. Eh.

Secondly, the cover art. Don't get me wrong - I love that poster art, but using the same exact front and back cover 10 years later for a limited edition with a different tracklist? Meh. (see pic for original and deluxe)

httyddeluxe.jpg

Anyways, I'm now going to undermine myself and say - despite my nitpicky complaining - I'm actually VERY happy to finally have an expanded release for HTTYD (like I said, it's one of my favs) and I would surely+gladly get expanded versions of the sequel OSTs should they materialize, too.

Edit:
The mastering on Deluxe appears to be much better than on the original release I have. Makes me happy.

For those wondering how much strictly new stuff there is, the answer is "not much, actually". About 9 minutes plus the original opening to This Is Berk. Some stuff is edited differently than on the original release (some tracks were mixed/crossfaded together on the original release, while they are seperate here; on the flipside "Dragon Battle" is now part of "This Is Berk" on Deluxe - but those two were still crossfaded together on the original release with even less space between), I don't know how much the tracks might differ in the middle (I don't have every single note and sound memorized; I'm not sure why some titles are different on tracks which appear to be the same). Overall, the original album was a good presentation of the score (without comparing the mastering).
 
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Justisamuel

7 billion humans. She must know I exist
I presume it's the complete score but I didn't compare it to the movie or complete bootlegs.

This is disappointing particularly because these demos are not that different from the final result (composition/arrange wise; they do not appear to be early drafts or anything like that). We got only these six demos which are very close to the final recordings. Eh.

Some stuff is edited differently than on the original release (some tracks were mixed/crossfaded together on the original release, while they are seperate here; on the flipside "Dragon Battle" is now part of "This Is Berk" on Deluxe - but those two were still crossfaded together on the original release with even less space between), I don't know how much the tracks might differ in the middle (I don't have every single note and sound memorized; I'm not sure why some titles are different on tracks which appear to be the same).
I find very difficult to make compilations with "american" scores, mostly for all of these reasons you spoke about. AFAIK this website is the best place to learn more about composer credits or tracklist, but does anyone know a better place, some kind of VGMdb ?
 

grunty

I have reached Yuki nirvana
I find very difficult to make compilations with "american" scores, mostly for all of these reasons you spoke about. AFAIK this website is the best place to learn more about composer credits or tracklist, but does anyone know a better place, some kind of VGMdb ?
Fans rating: 2/5 (49 votes)

They can fuck off. lol.

Also, I compared that Deluxe to all the other rips I had so if anyone cares: the main score presentation on Deluxe appears to be "complete" and features the same tracks as the lossy flac rips of "FYC 2CD" and "sessions". If anyone cares for a visual comparison for the mastering between those versions, I can post them.
 
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