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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Yoko Shimomura, the well-renowned music composer of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, was recently interviewed by Hatalabo, a Japanese website made to help inspire others in their careers. In this interview, she talked about how her passion for composing music for the Kingdom Hearts series pushed her into the spotlight. This helped pave the way for her to start working on other Square Enix soundtracks. Thanks to KH13's Ryuji for the translation! Part of the interview is below! We will provide translations for the rest of the interview later. Be sure to follow KH13 on social media to stay informed! View full article
  7. Yoko Shimomura, the well-renowned music composer of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, was recently interviewed by Hatalabo, a Japanese website made to help inspire others in their careers. In this interview, she talked about how her passion for composing music for the Kingdom Hearts series pushed her into the spotlight. This helped pave the way for her to start working on other Square Enix soundtracks. Thanks to KH13's Ryuji for the translation! Part of the interview is below! We will provide translations for the rest of the interview later. Be sure to follow KH13 on social media to stay informed!
  8. Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura and Composer Yoko Shimomura were interviewed back in February about the Kingdom Hearts -World of Tres- concert tour about the tour itself, the process of having the soundtracks for the games created and approved, and more. The interview was conducted by Tomoko Kanemaki and Taketeru Sunamori. The transcript of the interview is listed in the official -World of Tres- brochure. You can also view the interview below. [Thanks to KH13 News Team member Leamax for providing the transcript.] What was your favorite quotes from the interview? Let us know in the comments below!
  9. Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura and Composer Yoko Shimomura were interviewed back in February about the Kingdom Hearts -World of Tres- concert tour about the tour itself, the process of having the soundtracks for the games created and approved, and more. The interview was conducted by Tomoko Kanemaki and Taketeru Sunamori. The transcript of the interview is listed in the official -World of Tres- brochure. You can also view the interview below. [Thanks to KH13 News Team member Leamax for providing the transcript.] What was your favorite quotes from the interview? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  10. To commemorate Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura's 30th Anniversary as a video game composer, Music 4Gamer has announced the Yoko Shimomura 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert -Thanks Again!!- to be held October 19, 2019 at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan. While the set list will be announced at a later date, Yoko Shimomura 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert -Thanks Again!!- will feature well known musical pieces Shimomura has composed throughout her career, performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Chorus. There will be an afternoon performance, held at 2:00 PM JST, and an evening performance held at 6:00 PM JST, with some songs differing between the two performances.Additionally, Yoko Shimomura will be appearing as a guest MC. Tickets can be reserved via a lottery system here starting August 7. The prices are as follows: SS Seat ¥12,800 S Seat ¥9,800 A Seat ¥7,800 In addition to the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko Shimomura has lent her talents to Street Fighter II, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy XV, and more. Which Kingdom Hearts tracks would you like to make an appearance at this concert? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  11. 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.
  12. To commemorate Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura's 30th Anniversary as a video game composer, Music 4Gamer has announced the Yoko Shimomura 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert -Thanks Again!!- to be held October 19, 2019 at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan. While the set list will be announced at a later date, Yoko Shimomura 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert -Thanks Again!!- will feature well known musical pieces Shimomura has composed throughout her career, performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Chorus. There will be an afternoon performance, held at 2:00 PM JST, and an evening performance held at 6:00 PM JST, with some songs differing between the two performances.Additionally, Yoko Shimomura will be appearing as a guest MC. Tickets can be reserved via a lottery system here starting August 7. The prices are as follows: SS Seat ¥12,800 S Seat ¥9,800 A Seat ¥7,800 In addition to the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko Shimomura has lent her talents to Street Fighter II, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy XV, and more. Which Kingdom Hearts tracks would you like to make an appearance at this concert? Let us know in the comments below!
  13. On January 30, 2019, Ynnins Editions published a new book called "Hommage à Kingdom Hearts: à la croisée des mondes" (in English: "Tribute to Kingdom Hearts: at the worlds' crossroads") by Romain Dasnoy and Pa Ming Chiu, who analyze certain elements of the series so far. The book also includes a preface written by Risa Uchida (Kairi and Xion's Japanese voice actress) and the exclusive interview with Yoko Shimomura (series composer), Takeshi Arakawa (game designer, and Kazushige Nojima (screenwriter). You can read the interviews below. Thanks to KH13 Staff @Mio-chan, for translating.
  14. On January 30, 2019, Ynnins Editions published a new book called "Hommage à Kingdom Hearts: à la croisée des mondes" (in English: "Tribute to Kingdom Hearts: at the worlds' crossroads") by Romain Dasnoy and Pa Ming Chiu, who analyze certain elements of the series so far. The book also includes a preface written by Risa Uchida (Kairi and Xion's Japanese voice actress) and the exclusive interview with Yoko Shimomura (series composer), Takeshi Arakawa (game designer, and Kazushige Nojima (screenwriter). You can read the interviews below. Thanks to KH13 Staff @Mio-chan, for translating. View full article
  15. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will be making an appearance at Anime Boston 2019 as a Japanese musical guest. This will be her second appearance at the event (Anime Boston 2015). She will be at the event on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th. Anime Boston will be held on April 19th to April 21st at the Hynes Convention Center. You can register for the event by clicking here. Will you be attending Anime Boston 2019? Let us know in the comments below!
  16. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will be making an appearance at Anime Boston 2019 as a Japanese musical guest. This will be her second appearance at the event (Anime Boston 2015). She will be at the event on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th. Anime Boston will be held on April 19th to April 21st at the Hynes Convention Center. You can register for the event by clicking here. Will you be attending Anime Boston 2019? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  17. Towards the end of every year, Japanese video game websites 4Gamer and Famitsu publish comments by personalities from the video game industry in regards to the new year and what they are looking forward to. This year, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura, brand manager Shinji Hashimoto, and composer Yoko Shimomura, along with Kingdom Hearts battle system planner Yosuke Shiokawa, participated in the end-of-year questionnaires. You can read their comments below; translations are courtesy of KH13 Staff @Mio-chan and xionskeyblade. Ichiro Hazama, the producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (who has previously expressed interest in adopting Kingdom Hearts into Theatrhythm), also answered the questions on Famitsu and stated that he is looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III.
  18. Towards the end of every year, Japanese video game websites 4Gamer and Famitsu publish comments by personalities from the video game industry in regards to the new year and what they are looking forward to. This year, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura, brand manager Shinji Hashimoto, and composer Yoko Shimomura, along with Kingdom Hearts battle system planner Yosuke Shiokawa, participated in the end-of-year questionnaires. You can read their comments below; translations are courtesy of KH13 Staff @Mio-chan and xionskeyblade. Ichiro Hazama, the producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (who has previously expressed interest in adopting Kingdom Hearts into Theatrhythm), also answered the questions on Famitsu and stated that he is looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III. View full article
  19. So since it's quiet on the KH3 news front, I thought I'd write a little post about some of the returning music in KH3 Obviously we can expect plenty of new themes from Yoko Shimomura, (For example the toy story world & battle themes), but I've noticed a few old or remixed music tracks in the trailers: - Hand in Hand (Attraction Flow theme) - An Adventure in Atlantica (Ariel summon) - The Deep End (Rock Titan boss) - Shrouding Dark Cloud (Gigas Mech battle) - Hunter of the Dark (Heartless Doll fight) - Some form of Fate of the Unknown/Aqua's theme (Aqua fight) I'm sure we can expect other familiar tunes, like Destati and of course, Dearly Beloved. Personally I'm hoping for a variant of 'Another Side' like this (@ 40 seconds) https://youtu.be/yxF0h156sDk Also heard in 'The 13th Dilemma' and 'Showdown at Hollow Bastion' Anyone else have some thoughts on what they think/would like to see return music-wise?
  20. This is a question for all of those on here who stumble upon this topic, and have also had the pleasure of playing the KH3 Demo, be it at one of the recent conventions or the Premiere Event, How did Dearly Beloved sound like? The reason I ask is because I watched HMK's demo impressions on Youtube, and he made a comment on how good the Dearly Beloved sounded. So I ask you all, for those who have maybe listened to it and bothered to take it in: how did it sound like? Was it an old version, or the brand new one meant for KHIII? What was the feeling that you got for it. An example would be the 358/2 Days version emitting a hint of tragedy, whilst KH1's depicted the starting of a new journey, KH2's being the halfway point of that journey, and BBS's theme seeming to allude to awakening. Those are my impressions from listening to those versions of Dearly Beloved. So what are the impressions you get from the KHIII demo version of Dearly Beloved?
  21. Hey folks! So this is going to be a longish post regarding the music of BOTH KH and moreso KH3. So first thing is about the KH 2018 orchestra world tour going on currently. I've been hearing about a beautiful arrangement for Oath being performed at the current run of the tour...And although I have found live videos, I am dying to hear a real deal recorded version..So I'm curious if anyone knows if they are planning on doing a "second breath" CD or something?? I would love for it to also feature some stuff I was really sad that didn't make it onto the first soundtrack (Ventus' theme, Sanctuary/Passion, Organization 13 theme, 100 Acre Wood, Working Together, Mysterious Tower theme, One Winged Angel - maybe melding both the classic version and the Advent Children metal version?, etc. - feel free to chime in with any suggestions you may have too!!). Now the second thing was regarding Nomura's comments about FF characters being in KH3....Since a majority of them are FF7 characters as it's the most popular entry (my favorite too) - I would personally LOVE to hear Aerith's theme in KH3. If nothing else just to add onto the whirlpool of emotions already attached at the hip to KH3 (plus, can you imagine if it was also a beautifully composed, UPDATED piece for this day and age?? Ugh the feels.) But would any one else enjoy that? Thirdly, the anticipated would be "new" version of the iconic Simple and Clean...What would you guys and gals like to see happen for that? Personally I'm low-key expecting either a dubstep or rap version of it lmao (75% kidding)...Honestly I'd be fine with an even more slowed down version like that of Hikari but with singing.... And lastly - While on the subject, how would you like the final fight with Xehanort to be handled musically? I have this image in my head (which I'll go into at a later date in a video) of it being a very intense polarizing (and prolly long) fight with a darker more intense Hikari playing with like choral singing in the back (like that of the aforementioned One Winged Angel)? TL;DR - 4 things. 1 - Do you think we'll receive a second KH orchestra tour soundtrack (esp with some KH3 music and new additions from past entries)? Has there been any talk of that? I wanna hear this orchestrated Oath. 2 - Would anyone else besides yours enjoy hearing an updated version of Aerith's theme (FF7) somehow in KH3? 3 - If there is a new one...What do you anticipate the "new" version of Simple and Clean will sound like? 4 - Musically, how do you envision the final confrontation with Xehanort? I picture a more darker version of S&C with choral background singers. Feel free to let me.know what y'all think!! Let's get some good discussions going!!
  22. What other future game(s) should Yoko Shimomura compose for?
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