October 1, 2010

Musical Sketches: “Assault” and “Feldschlacht III”

I took a Masashi Hamauzu day recently, and I thought I’d share the results with you guys.

FFX Piano Collections: Assault
September 28, 2010

A 30-second test run I recorded of “Assault” from the FFX Piano Collections, composed and arranged by Masashi Hamauzu. I’ve been practicing this one a lot, and think I’ve mostly gotten the hang of it! I give it another month or so. (Also, I lost the sheet music last week, which is forcing me to play from memory and make up notes that I can’t remember for the life of me... sounds about right.) This one makes my right arm sore after an hour, but the way both hands fly around is so satisfying.

SaGa Frontier II: Improvisation on Feldschlacht III
September 28, 2010

I’ve been on a long SaGa Frontier II soundtrack kick, and among the fantastic stand-out tracks that I listen to a lot (like “Vorspiel” and “Arranguer”), most of my attention has been on “Feldschlacht III”. I go through entire commutes to and from work with Feldschlacht on repeat (and I even learned how to spell it!) The result of my gushing love is a short improvisation that I sat down and recorded. It's messy, but I like how it turned out for a sit-down-for-one-minute-and-wing-it track and think it has potential for a full-fledged arrangement.

More of my sketches here. Happy October, everyone! (Where did this year go?)


  1. Where indeed...

    Glad to see you're making more of an effort to update this blog! We all appreciate it!

    So how are you liking SMG2?

  2. As long as it's more entertaining than annoying, I'm fine with bringing smaller updates to the table. I'm constantly making music and working on something, it just takes some courage on my part to not feel shy about sharing works in progress :)

    Believe it or not... I still haven't even gotten SMG2 yet! Have you played it?

  3. Oh yes! I actually got it the day it was out! xD

    I only recently beat the final level (Hint: IT'S REALLY HARD), though.

    My review: If possible, it was even better than the first. Okay, it is possible. SMG2 is actually the best game I've ever played for Wii! I think the soundtrack is even more amazing than the first game's (although Gusty Garden is still the best song ever) and you should definitely consider getting it! There are some really easy and fun ones, and there are some really hard and somewhat annoying ones (example, they brought back the Mario 8-bit planet as its own galaxy, including a new Luigi purple coin level with only 100 coins on the board). If you liked the first one, you'll absolutely love this one!

    And don't ever be shy! We would never criticize you as you have more musical capability than the rest of us combined! :)

  4. Wow Assault sounds fantastic. I think I want to learn that next. I just learned Besaid Island because of your video inspiring me. Thanks so much! I'm about a month through on Besaid and I think I have it, just the ending I cant do yet because I have a short keyboard. Video for Assault yes!? Can't wait to here it complete! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. Piano is truly an amazing instrument.

  5. Wow I really like the SaGa Frontier one!!! There is this one song from Bleach ( anime ) show that I keep wondering what it would sound like on piano... It reminds me of a song from FFXIII Defiers of Fate. It's called On the Precipice of Defeat.

  6. Hey Aivi!
    You are simply an amazing pianist. I'm still learning. I'm a Level 2 player. I have a request. PLEASE play "Musique pour la tristesse de Xion." That is one of my favorite piano pieces I've heard.
    Please and thank you,

  7. I'm sooooooo loving and looking forward to hear you playing the whole "Assault", so far it sounds pretty good! :D

  8. Hi Aivi !

    I'm really fond of your music ! You are an amazing pianist and I hope I'll can play like you one day ! I think you should be composer for Nintendo. Everything you compose and you play is so nice !
    Excuse me for my bad english, I'm french :D

  9. Oh I love all the Feldschlacht songs. Especially Felschlacht V and the adaptation Sound of Quell did for it, Felschlacht Groove: Romancing Cyberbard. Have you heard it? I too have memorized it's spelling.

    And if you couuld. May you please sacrifice a minute and critique my composition? >.<


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  11. Where are you? How come you haven't been posting as much? You alive? Lol.

  12. Absolutely amazing playing! I love it.