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Transported to DISTANT WORLDS

I was lucky enough to go to Distant Worlds this year, on October 6th! It is a concert of just Final Fantasy music. You read that right, just Final Fantasy music, but completely performed by an orchestra! I was rather surprised at how excited I was to go to this concert, because I“m usually not one to go to them. Since this was an orchestra, people showed up in various levels of dress. Some were dressed formally, others were dressed in a business style, some more casual, and I even spotted one person in full blown cosplay as Yuna!




But this concert was a blast! As my brother put it, it was a giant nostalgia trip. There were plenty of songs I recognized and quite a few that I didn“t. There were some medleys that were played, where songs from a few games transitioned very well into one another. There was also a special 25th anniversary song that was played. The conductor noted that the team tries to make the songs as close to the games as possible.


I had forgotten how great the Final Fantasy VIII battle theme was, and loved it when the main theme played. I wish Dancing Mad (Kefka“s theme), the Final Fantasy VI boss theme, or the World of Balance Map theme played, but you can't have everything. However, they did play the opera! Specific singers were brought in to play Maria and Draco, and there was a narrator too! The 25th anniversary special was a great original, and the choir/chorus ended up spelling the word “chocobo†during the end of the song.


The man, the myth, the legend, Nobuo Uematsu was there! This is the second time I've seen him, (the first was at PAX East 2011) and he even played a song! It was the introduction music from Final Fantasy VI, and he played on a keyboard. It was pretty cool, to see him play live. The conductor, Arnie Roth told the story about how Nobuo Uematsu would play in the concert…and that was if Arnie Roth agreed to play violin! Now I“ve never seen the conductor decide to play an instrument during the concert he himself is conducting, but I thought it was one of the best aspects of the show.


The concert ended with the ever so popular

, and Nobuo Uematsu joined the chorus and sang along! I very much enjoyed the aspect of original medleys and songs combined with the orchestral sounds of the game music.





See if you can spot Nobuo Uematsu!


All in all, it was a great show!

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Woah! That is awesome you went to one of these famous concerts. I've always wanted to go to one and really do enjoy Final Fantasy music. Distant World Soundtrack is pretty melodic and the piano pieces are excellent. Glad you had lots of fun. How big was the place or stage? Looked like you had great seats from where your at. You sure had a blazing night. :D

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TK with the quick comment and the pun.

I actually tried not to put up a picture of the musicians out of respect, but the rest of my pictures were not good enough. The last picture is just a glimpse of the right side, closer to the center. Further to the right were Cello players and I can't remember who was at the back right.

The left side was violin and wind instruments I think. Violinists were closer to the center.

The far back-center were the singers.

I was about 10 rows from the stage.

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I remember you talking about going to another musical concert for games before this one. Or it might have been this one, but I think it might have been Zelda. Anyway I hope you enjoyed it. FF has some of the best music out on gaming, heck anywhere so you are pretty lucky you got to go.

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Sounds pretty cool. I know my friend has been trying to get me to go with him to one of these for a while, but life stuff keeps getting in the way. There is so much video game related concert stuff I'd like to go to like this and videogames live (and various one-time concerts in Japan).


Regardless, it sounds pretty cool and FF has a lot of great music (granted, I've listened to it so much that I have almost lost any nostalgia to it). Btw, if I recall correctly, can't you pay extra money to see Nobuo up close and have him sign stuff? I think I recall a roommate of mine saying she did that and took a picture with him.

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I remember seeing a price list of stuff, but I never took a picture of it. I'm pretty sure you can pay extra to have Nobuo sign stuff, but I decided not to do that.

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