Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight OST

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Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight OST
Soundtrack album by Michiru Yamane
Released April 9, 1997, December 11, 2007 (iTunes)
Recorded 1997
Genre Classical, techno, heavy metal, jazz
Length 68:31
Label Capitol/Konami

Akumajou Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK (Japanese 悪魔城ドラキュラX: 月下の夜想曲 Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku) is the original soundtrack for the 1997 Konami video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, as it is known in North America. All of the tracks listed below appear in the PlayStation version of the game. Additional music from the Sega Saturn version was not included on the disc since it was released in June 1998; over a year later. The soundtrack was later released on iTunes in 2007.[1]

Detail[edit]

The composer, Michiru Yamane, created a wide range of musical types for her pieces, and it lends to the game in creating particular moods for every area. As an example, The Royal Chapel's theme, "Requiem for the Gods," consists of still, ancient vocals, tolling bells, an organ, and a steady, reserved drum beat to maintain a flow. The Underground Cavern's theme, alternately, employs a deep bass and a contemporary-jazz tone with its piano and distorted drums.

There are different theme songs for the Inverted Castle. Most take on a chaotic or sprawling nature. The dominant melody that plays is "Finale Toccata," which contains elements of one of Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous organ compositions, "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor".

Yamane added in some remixes of songs from previous games, such as Richter Belmont's theme from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, and "Dance of Illusions," Dracula's most frequently used battle theme from the series.

An English version of the disc's tenth track "Nocturne" was included in the game's North American release and performed by Wendee Lee.

The disc's final song, "I am the Wind," played during the game's ending credits, is performed by Cynthia Harrell. Harrell later sang the theme for the Konami hit, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The song was omitted from the iTunes release.

In addition to this soundtrack album excluding the Sega Saturn exclusive tracks, it lacks the music used when visiting the Master Librarian. This was the only song featured in Symphony of the Night to use the PlayStation's internal synth.

Track listing[edit]

Reception[edit]

The music was very well received. It is often cited as one of the best video game soundtrack of all time. Chudah's Corner gave it an A+.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/castlevania-symphony-night/id268585533
  2. ^ Chudah's Corner review

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