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The Importance of the Orchestra was a Capcom development blog published 17 July 2009. It is the thirteenth in a series of some twenty-three blogs detailing the development of the game.
I'd like to talk a little bit about the background music this week.
We recently held a recording session for the game's orchestrated music. The Resident Evil series has a long history of impressive orchestral music. We are always trying to find ways to make the music more and more impressive, which is why I love to visit the recording studio.
We recorded with the Tokyo Shitsunaigaku Kyokai Co., LTD (a Tokyo-based orchestra). Over 40 musicians performed on more than 13 types of instruments accompanied by a chorus of 30 singers to bring the soundtrack to life in spectacular fashion. The performance was awe-inspiring. I am sure the soundtrack will add another layer of depth to the game.
As you can imagine, recording an orchestra of this scale is no simple task. First, each piece of music must be analyzed and a musical role must be assigned to each instrument for each part of the song in a process called “orchestration.”
It's often quite common that game music was not originally created to be performed by a live orchestra, and therefore there is often quite a bit of arrangement necessary in the orchestration process. Luckily our composer is Yoshihisa Hirano, an artist of exceptional skill. Mr. Hirano has created memorable music for many games and anime titles. He is also an accomplished classical composer. His skills make him perfect for the job of creating music for this game. His arrangements have made it possible to bring an amazing orchestral performance to Darkside Chronicles.
Previously on this blog, I've mentioned Takeshi Miura, another skilled composer working on the game who wrote an original piece for the Code: Veronica portion of the title. He also helped bring new life to the Resident Evil 2 music featured in this title, along with one other talented composer, Shusaku Uchiyama. Shusaku wrote music for the original Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4 as well. He is currently a freelance composer. Having Takeshi and Shusaku work together on this project has been a wonderful experience.
All of the musical elements including superb original music, first-rate arrangements, excellent orchestration and the moving performance of the orchestra itself have combined to create a truly splendid musical experience.
You absolutely have to hear the Darkside Chronicles soundtrack!
I have directed such titles as Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and Beat Down. I enjoys travelling. I'm also a fan of horror novels, especially Stephen King's books. His earlier works, like “Salem's Lot”, and “Firestarter” are must-have items. Both of those have been made into movies, but I strongly recommend you read the books.