Soundtrack Transcriptions

Epic VGM Transcription — Solomon's Keep
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Epic VGM Transcription — Solomon's Keep

16 parts32 pages05:344 years ago1,002 views
(Update: 100%'ed both Solomon games. Still waiting on Raptisoft for the next release. http://www.raptisoft-forums.com/)
I DO NOT OWN THIS. I DID NOT WRITE THIS. DO NOT SUE ME.
Maximum volume! This score does not start out very interesting—most looping soundtracks share that trait. But stick with it and this track has some mind-blowingly epic sections. Anyway, a few hours of work over the past two days have produced this fully looping transcription—The main theme (a.k.a. the only theme) from Solomon's Keep, a humorous/time-wasting dungeon-crawler app.

I was surprised at how well Musescore's synthesizers kept up with this piece; it sounds almost identical. However, the VIDEOSCORE *wink nudge* (which is the original version from the game) sounds much better. I was pleased to note that since the original game was somewhat low budget, the sounds are closer to what us musescorians are used to. If you notice, much of the original version sounds professional but the trumpet soundfont is truly musescore quality. Enjoy!

Halo: Reach — Overture

26 parts14 pages01:564 years ago11,327 views
NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. THIS IS PURELY FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRANSCRIPTION, AN IMPORTANT MUSICAL EXCERCISE.
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Anyway, please turn up the volume and brace yourself for awesomeness.

This is actually only the first half—the second half is slooooow, beautifully written, emotion-evoking and generally boring. So the question now is whether should I arrange the second half or give in to my laziness...
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The Castle in the Sky — An Ultimate Ghibli Medley

26 parts26 pages06:074 years ago15,777 views
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon(2), Trumpet, French Horn(3), Trombone(2), Tuba(2), Percussion(5), Timpani, Strings(4), Piano, Harp
Turn up the volume, (and the bass,) and brace yourself for Joe Hisaishi's OST from the Studio Ghibli masterpiece "Castle in the Sky." I have been working on this transcription on and off since last September, so please give it a chance and listen all the way through. If the nostalgia is too much for you, I suggest pausing, wiping your tears, and taking a short break before returning to the music. And seriously, if you haven't seen this movie...Muska will find you; he's not such a nice guy.
Here is the original audio I transcribed this from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=229K5n_PRJA

KILL BILL — EPIC OST MEDLEY — SOUNDCLOUD

20 parts9 pages01:074 years ago5,233 views
THE ABOVE SCORE IS SELECTED SAMPLES ONLY
The longest and most difficult transcription I have ever done is here:
https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-davidson-4/final-kill-bill-medley
This is for headphones or good speakers only. Kill Bill is like a great Anime, except with real people—a standard in stylized violence. Watch both volumes. Anyway, hope you enjoy this because it was incredibly difficult—the instrumentation alone was significant challenge. And wish me luck in Music Battle #11!

Fate Zero OST — Tragedy and Fate

9 parts4 pages01:433 years ago3,756 views
Trumpet, French Horn, Percussion, Timpani, Strings(5)
Transcription of "Tragedy and Fate" by Yuki Kajiura, as heard in Gen Urobuchi's Fate Zero.
I do not own this music or these images.

"In the battlefield, there is no place for hope. What lies there is only cold despair and a sin called victory, built on the pain of the defeated. All those people who meet there have wholeheartedly admitted the evil and foolishness of this act called war. As long as people don't repent and don't regard it as the most evil taboo, then hell will endlessly reappear in the world."
—Emiya Kiritsugu

I haven't been able to write anything for a while, and my longer transcriptions just never get finished, so I whipped this together in the past couple of days and decided to just go ahead and post it. Fate Zero is one of my all time favorite animes, and the soundtrack is equally unique and beautiful. Enjoy!

I still can't get used to the string fonts for 2.0; I prefer the slow strings from 1.3. Lot's of invisible dynamics in this one—I did the cresc/dim manually with user velocity.
Here is the original audio I used: https://goo.gl/I2PfcB

Princess Mononoke for Saxophone Quartet

4 parts7 pages03:46a year ago1,853 views
Alto Saxophone(2), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
https://goo.gl/eeyGcV
Formatted pdf's of the score and parts are available above, if you want to attempt this piece with your own sax quartet.

Hi all—I'm finally back! It's been several months since I posted, because I've been busy with the end of high school. Now that I've graduated, however, you can expect several more posts in the near future.

This is an original arrangement I did of "The Legend of Ashitaka," the main theme from Studio Ghibli's internationally acclaimed animated film, "Princess Mononoke."

And as for all you bari sax players complaining about the low notes—it's not impossible. I'm playing baritone saxophone in the recording and had no trouble consistently hitting the low notes after a little practice.

One last thing—my current favorite album is Kodama, (inspired by the Kodamas in Princess Mononoke,) by the French blackgaze group Alcest. Check it out if you're into post-metal, or shoe-gaze, or if you're not. xP