Thursday, November 9, 2017

MIDI Week Singles: "Unknown World" - Dragon Warrior (GBC)

"Unknown World" or "Go Out on the Plain" from Dragon Warrior I & II on the Game Boy Color (2000)
Composer: Koichi Sugiyama
Album: No Official Album Release
Developer: Chunsoft

A lot of what I could say about Dragon Warrior I & II that was released on the Game Boy Color back in 2000 I already covered last year in the MIDI Week Single article about Ladutorum / Tentegel Castle.  The same applies here too, but additionally so with the song title.  The original title that was given to the song from the 1986 Dragon Quest Symphonic Suite album was "Unknown World" although the title given on the unofficial soundtrack release out there in the ether is "Go Out on the Plains."

So I have wanted to use this song for a while and Dr. Potts' post yesterday about Dragon Quest VIII was just the kick the keester I needed to pull this one out.  The main difference between this 1993 Super Famicom arrangement and the melody written back in 1986, is that the original song only lasted 30 seconds before it would loop back on itself.  The 1993 arrangement is also just a bit slower, where as the original song lasted about 25 seconds.  The additional music that comprises the rest of this arrangement was created for the 1993 arrangement.

Confused yet?  I guess that is the problem when referencing music that was originally written in 1986, re-arranged in 1993, then converted to another arrangement using another sound chip in 2000.  Either, way, this is one of those songs that I could just let play over and over.


1 comment:

  1. Mmmm, that's tasty nostalgia, but with something new. That is why tributes and variations are a great thing.
    The song benefits a lot from having an additional part, which allows it to loop back to the verse but with a different arrangement. Good good stuff.