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  1. Classic FM have begun revealing their annual Hall of Fame list this weekend. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura has made another appearance on the list for Kingdom Hearts, finishing this year at 86th with Kingdom Hearts III Dearly Beloved. A description of Yoko from the Hall of Fame list can be read below. This marks the 6th year that Yoko has made an appearance on the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her third highest placing during her tenure, only behind 2015 where she placed 30th while and 2016 she placed 31st. In 2017, she finished 119th and in 2018 she finished 188th. After being excluded in 2019, Yoko reemerged at the 245th position on the 2020 list. In addition to the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko worked on the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XV, which also made the list this year for the first time at no 217. This is the first year that Yoko has been on the Classic FM Hall of Fame top 300 list with multiple entries. Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2021, including the following: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 282 "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 153 "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 120 Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list for the 6th time! View full article
  2. Classic FM have begun revealing their annual Hall of Fame list this weekend. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura has made another appearance on the list for Kingdom Hearts, finishing this year at 86th with Kingdom Hearts III Dearly Beloved. A description of Yoko from the Hall of Fame list can be read below. This marks the 6th year that Yoko has made an appearance on the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her third highest placing during her tenure, only behind 2015 where she placed 30th while and 2016 she placed 31st. In 2017, she finished 119th and in 2018 she finished 188th. After being excluded in 2019, Yoko reemerged at the 245th position on the 2020 list. In addition to the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko worked on the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XV, which also made the list this year for the first time at no 217. This is the first year that Yoko has been on the Classic FM Hall of Fame top 300 list with multiple entries. Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2021, including the following: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 282 "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 153 "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 120 Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list for the 6th time!
  3. A new video has been uploaded on the late XXXTENTACION's YouTube channel featuring "Nocturne", a track composed by Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura in memory of the late musician Jahseh Onfroy, who was a big fan of Kingdom Hearts. Here, Shimomura is seen playing the piano for the track; at the end of the video, Yoko responds to an question on why she decided to name the track "Nocturne", while a video of Onfroy listening to her music on repeat on a boat plays in the background. The video also features tweets that Onfroy had made about his love for Kingdom Hearts. "Nocturne" is featured on the Deluxe edition of XXXTentacion's second studio album "?", which released today. Shimomura said on Twitter that she composed the track while thinking about what Onfroy was thinking in the very last moments before his death, and that she would be happy if fans would listen to it. She also wrote that Onfroy loved her music so much that he listened to her songs before going to bed every night. She added that when she was shown the video of Onfroy on the boat listening to Kingdom Hearts music (more specifically, the track "Vector to the Heavens" from Shimomura's album "memória!"), it brought her to tears. You can watch the video and listen to "Nocturne" below. The description of the video is as follows. Translations for this article were provided by KH13 Staff @Mio-chan. View full article
  4. Voting has opened for the Classic FM's annual Hall of Fame, a list of the top 300 classic songs. Kingdom Hearts has been featured in recent years by composer Yoko Shimomura. In addition, her work in Final Fantasy XV and the Legend of Mana have also qualified for the list. Other arrangements that have been featured in Kingdom Hearts that have been shown on this list include: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ,"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ,"Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)", "Nutcracker", and "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" In 2020, Yoko Shimomura finished in #245 for the Kingdom Hearts series after being absent from the list in 2019. Previously, Kingdom Hearts finished 188th in 2018 after finishing as high as 30th and 31st in 2015 and 2016, respectively as well as 119th in 2017. Voting for the 2021 Hall of Fame has already begun! You can help bring Yoko back to the list by voting. You can vote up to 3 different composers/arrangements. Choice 1 has more points given than Choice 2 and Choice 3, so pick wisely. You can vote by clicking here. (You can only vote once, so make it count!) VOTING ENDS ON MARCH 24th AT 11:59 PM GMT! The Hall of Fame will be announced during Easter weekend. Vote for Yoko and let's show our appreciation of her work for her recent work with the Kingdom Hearts III soundtrack as well as the most recent title Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory!
  5. Voting has opened for the Classic FM's annual Hall of Fame, a list of the top 300 classic songs. Kingdom Hearts has been featured in recent years by composer Yoko Shimomura. In addition, her work in Final Fantasy XV and the Legend of Mana have also qualified for the list. Other arrangements that have been featured in Kingdom Hearts that have been shown on this list include: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ,"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ,"Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)", "Nutcracker", and "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" In 2020, Yoko Shimomura finished in #245 for the Kingdom Hearts series after being absent from the list in 2019. Previously, Kingdom Hearts finished 188th in 2018 after finishing as high as 30th and 31st in 2015 and 2016, respectively as well as 119th in 2017. Voting for the 2021 Hall of Fame has already begun! You can help bring Yoko back to the list by voting. You can vote up to 3 different composers/arrangements. Choice 1 has more points given than Choice 2 and Choice 3, so pick wisely. You can vote by clicking here. (You can only vote once, so make it count!) VOTING ENDS ON MARCH 24th AT 11:59 PM GMT! The Hall of Fame will be announced during Easter weekend. Vote for Yoko and let's show our appreciation of her work for her recent work with the Kingdom Hearts III soundtrack as well as the most recent title Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory! View full article
  6. What is your favorite piece of music and song from the Kingdom Hearts series? (I saw that people have been calling pieces songs, which would be musically incorrect if referring to a composition of music without words) My favorite piece is Nachtflügel(Yozora boss theme) and my favorite song is Sanctuary.
  7. As a gift to all of her fans on Christmas day, Yoko Shimomura has arranged a select portion of "Dearly Beloved" into a Christmas version. This video is only available for a limited time. You can view this special Christmas version of "Dearly Beloved" below: What are your thoughts on this unique arrangement on "Dearly Beloved"? Let us know in the comments below! Additionally, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! View full article
  8. As a gift to all of her fans on Christmas day, Yoko Shimomura has arranged a select portion of "Dearly Beloved" into a Christmas version. This video is only available for a limited time. You can view this special Christmas version of "Dearly Beloved" below: What are your thoughts on this unique arrangement on "Dearly Beloved"? Let us know in the comments below! Additionally, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
  9. Yoko Shimomura has announced that she will be sharing a memory of hers each day during December up until the 25th as part of an advent calendar! These memories will be related to the songs included in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. KH13 will be continually updating this article and social media with her posts. The translations for these posts will be done by our team's Ryuji, while the graphics will be done by our team's Kimpchuu. ~Day 1 - December 1st~ (source) ~Day 2 - December 2nd~ (source) ~Day 3 - December 3rd~ (source) ~Day 4 - December 4th~ (source) ~Day 5 - December 5th~ (source) ~Day 6 - December 6th~ (source) ~Day 7 - December 7th~ (source) ~Day 8 - December 8th~ (source) ~Day 9 - December 9th~ (source) ~Day 10 - December 10th~ (source) ~Day 11 - December 11th~ (source) ~Day 12 - December 12th~ (source) ~Day 13 - December 13th~ (source) ~Day 14 - December 14th~ (source) ~Day 15 - December 15th~ (source) ~Day 16 - December 16th~ (source) ~Day 17 - December 17th~ (source) ~Day 18 - December 18th~ (source) ~Day 19 - December 19th~ (source) ~Day 20 - December 20th~ (source) ~Day 21 - December 21st~ (source) ~Day 22 - December 22nd~ (source) ~Day 23 - December 23rd~ (source) ~Final Entry - Day 24 - December 24th~ (source) You can view the official translations provided by the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account here.
  10. Yoko Shimomura has announced that she will be sharing a memory of hers each day during December up until the 25th as part of an advent calendar! These memories will be related to the songs included in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. KH13 will be continually updating this article and social media with her posts. The translations for these posts will be done by our team's Ryuji, while the graphics will be done by our team's Kimpchuu. ~Day 1 - December 1st~ (source) ~Day 2 - December 2nd~ (source) ~Day 3 - December 3rd~ (source) ~Day 4 - December 4th~ (source) ~Day 5 - December 5th~ (source) ~Day 6 - December 6th~ (source) ~Day 7 - December 7th~ (source) ~Day 8 - December 8th~ (source) ~Day 9 - December 9th~ (source) ~Day 10 - December 10th~ (source) ~Day 11 - December 11th~ (source) ~Day 12 - December 12th~ (source) ~Day 13 - December 13th~ (source) ~Day 14 - December 14th~ (source) ~Day 15 - December 15th~ (source) ~Day 16 - December 16th~ (source) ~Day 17 - December 17th~ (source) ~Day 18 - December 18th~ (source) ~Day 19 - December 19th~ (source) ~Day 20 - December 20th~ (source) ~Day 21 - December 21st~ (source) ~Day 22 - December 22nd~ (source) ~Day 23 - December 23rd~ (source) ~Final Entry - Day 24 - December 24th~ (source) You can view the official translations provided by the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account here. View full article
  11. The official Kingdom Hearts twitter page has announced that a live Kingdom Hearts Q&A with Yoko Shimomura will be happening on their Facebook page in order to celebrate the upcoming releases of both the Kingdom Hearts III OST and Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory! You can leave questions you have for her with the #KingdomHearts3OST hashtag! The official Facebook page is here. Are you planning on asking any questions and attending this live Q&A session? Let us know in the comments below!
  12. The official Kingdom Hearts twitter page has announced that a live Kingdom Hearts Q&A with Yoko Shimomura will be happening on their Facebook page in order to celebrate the upcoming releases of both the Kingdom Hearts III OST and Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory! You can leave questions you have for her with the #KingdomHearts3OST hashtag! The official Facebook page is here. Are you planning on asking any questions and attending this live Q&A session? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2KGcuh07rw In this video, I will be tracing the connections between 52 different versions of Xion’s theme, following the journey from when her battle theme was called “Dirge of the Fourteenth”, until today, where we know it as “Vector to the Heavens”, establishing how there are many hidden influences between all these versions, including some of the official versions included in the games. I did a LOT of research for this video, and although there were some issues with the editing, I'm still very excited to share the results. I know it's a very long video this time, but if you're a fan of KH music, I believe you'll find it very interesting I also tried to make this one as easily digestible to those unfamiliar with musical terms, as possible. I hope you enjoy it!
  14. As part of her ongoing "Stay Home" Youtube series, Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, has uploaded another musical performance video. This video contains a duet performance of "Vector to the Heavens" with Benyamin Nuss, pianist of both the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-" and "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-", and Duke of Pianeet, who arranged this piece. You can view the duet performance on Yoko's Youtube channel or watch it below. Don't forget to check out the other performances for "Dearly Beloved", "Kairi", and "Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion" as well!
  15. As part of her ongoing "Stay Home" Youtube series, Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, has uploaded another musical performance video. This video contains a duet performance of "Vector to the Heavens" with Benyamin Nuss, pianist of both the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-" and "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-", and Duke of Pianeet, who arranged this piece. You can view the duet performance on Yoko's Youtube channel or watch it below. Don't forget to check out the other performances for "Dearly Beloved", "Kairi", and "Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion" as well! View full article
  16. Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared another musical performance video. This video consists of Benyamin Nuss, pianist of both the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-" and "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-", performing a medley comprised of the "Dearly Beloved", "Kairi" and "Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion" musical tracks. You can view this performance on Shimomura's Youtube channel below. She shared a performance video of pianist Ivan Linn a week ago as well. What is your opinion on this stellar and magical performance by Benyamin Nuss? Let us know in the comments below!
  17. Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared another musical performance video. This video consists of Benyamin Nuss, pianist of both the "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-" and "Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-", performing a medley comprised of the "Dearly Beloved", "Kairi" and "Musique pour la Tristesse de Xion" musical tracks. You can view this performance on Shimomura's Youtube channel below. She shared a performance video of pianist Ivan Linn a week ago as well. What is your opinion on this stellar and magical performance by Benyamin Nuss? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  18. Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared a performance video of the Concert Paraphrase on "Dearly Beloved". Ivan Linn, who is stated by her to have "a good relationship with recordings and concerts" performed this piece and it can be viewed on below on Shimomura's official Youtube channel. Additionally, you can listen to the original recording here. What do you think of this impressive performance by Ivan Linn? Let us know in the comments below!
  19. Yoko Shimomura, known for her work as the composer for the Kingdom Hearts series, recently shared a performance video of the Concert Paraphrase on "Dearly Beloved". Ivan Linn, who is stated by her to have "a good relationship with recordings and concerts" performed this piece and it can be viewed on below on Shimomura's official Youtube channel. Additionally, you can listen to the original recording here. What do you think of this impressive performance by Ivan Linn? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  20. Classic FM have begun revealing their annual Hall of Fame list this weekend. After not being included in 2019's list, Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura has reappeared on the list. Kingdom Hearts (including the Other Promise) finished at #245. A description of Yoko from the Hall of Fame list can be read below. This marks the 5th year that Yoko has made an appearance on the Classic FM Hall of Fame. In 2015, she placed 30th while in 2016 she placed 31st. In 2017, she finished 119th and in 2018 she finished 188th. Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2020, including the following: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 277 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 190 "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 171 "Nutcracker" ranked at no. 10 "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" ranked at no. 17 Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list for the 5th time!
  21. Classic FM have begun revealing their annual Hall of Fame list this weekend. After not being included in 2019's list, Kingdom Hearts Composer Yoko Shimomura has reappeared on the list. Kingdom Hearts (including the Other Promise) finished at #245. A description of Yoko from the Hall of Fame list can be read below. This marks the 5th year that Yoko has made an appearance on the Classic FM Hall of Fame. In 2015, she placed 30th while in 2016 she placed 31st. In 2017, she finished 119th and in 2018 she finished 188th. Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2020, including the following: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 277 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 190 "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 171 "Nutcracker" ranked at no. 10 "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" ranked at no. 17 Congratulations to Yoko Shimomura and her success in making Classic FM's Hall of Fame list for the 5th time! View full article
  22. It's that time of the year again. Time for Classic FM's annual Hall of Fame, a list of the top 300 classic songs. Kingdom Hearts has been featured in recent years by composer Yoko Shimomura. In addition, her work in Final Fantasy XV and the Legend of Mana have also qualified for the list. Other arrangements that have been featured in Kingdom Hearts that have been shown on this list include: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ,"Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ,"Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)", "Nutcracker", and "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" 2019 was the first year in the past 5 years that Kingdom Hearts (including the Other Promise) didn't qualify for the Hall of Fame. Previously, Kingdom Hearts finished 188th in 2018 after finishing as high as 30th and 31st in 2015 and 2016, respectively as well as 119th in 2017. Voting for the 2020 Hall of Fame has already begun! You can help bring Yoko back to the list by voting. You can vote up to 3 different composers/arrangements. Choice 1 has more points given than Choice 2 and Choice 3, so pick wisely. You can vote by clicking here. (You can only vote once, so make it count!) VOTING ENDS ON MARCH 24th AT 11:59 PM GMT! The Hall of Fame will be announced during Easter weekend. Vote for Yoko and let's show our appreciation of her work for Kingdom Hearts III and the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- tour!
  23. It's that time of the year again. Time for Classic FM's annual Hall of Fame, a list of the top 300 classic songs. Kingdom Hearts has been featured in recent years by composer Yoko Shimomura. In addition, her work in Final Fantasy XV and the Legend of Mana have also qualified for the list. Other arrangements that have been featured in Kingdom Hearts that have been shown on this list include: "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ,"Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ,"Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)", "Nutcracker", and "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" 2019 was the first year in the past 5 years that Kingdom Hearts (including the Other Promise) didn't qualify for the Hall of Fame. Previously, Kingdom Hearts finished 188th in 2018 after finishing as high as 30th and 31st in 2015 and 2016, respectively as well as 119th in 2017. Voting for the 2020 Hall of Fame has already begun! You can help bring Yoko back to the list by voting. You can vote up to 3 different composers/arrangements. Choice 1 has more points given than Choice 2 and Choice 3, so pick wisely. You can vote by clicking here. (You can only vote once, so make it count!) VOTING ENDS ON MARCH 24th AT 11:59 PM GMT! The Hall of Fame will be announced during Easter weekend. Vote for Yoko and let's show our appreciation of her work for Kingdom Hearts III and the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- tour! View full article
  24. We have fully translated the Hatalabo interview with composer Yoko Shimomura. We previously covered a brief section of this interview that focused on her experience with Kingdom Hearts. This interview offers an incredible amount of insight into Shimomura's mentality when composing music, and how her attitude towards it has changed since her novice years. Huge thanks to our team's Ryuji, Mio, and Nihonscribe for their incredible work on these translations!
  25. We have fully translated the Hatalabo interview with composer Yoko Shimomura. We previously covered a brief section of this interview that focused on her experience with Kingdom Hearts. This interview offers an incredible amount of insight into Shimomura's mentality when composing music, and how her attitude towards it has changed since her novice years. Huge thanks to our team's Ryuji, Mio, and Nihonscribe for their incredible work on these translations! View full article
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