Kanon • AIR Piano Arrange Album "Re-feel"

Kanon • AIR Piano Arrange Album
Kanon • AIR Piano Arrange Album "Re-feel"
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Composed by KEY (Jun Maeda) / Magome Togoshi / OdiakeS / Shinji Orito
Arranged by Kiyoko Yamada / riya
Published by Key Sounds Label
Catalog number KSLA-0010
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 10 tracks
Release date December 28, 2003
Duration 00:41:36
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Overview

Following the precedent of various other bishoujo developers, Key celebrated the music of their first visual novels with a solo piano album in 2003. The release features five pieces from Kanon followed by five more from Air, all of them arranged by Ryo Mizutsuki and riya. The album sounds lovely from start to finish, but lacks the variety to be a top-notch release.

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When analysed from the ground-up, the opener "Promise" is one of the most simple piano arrangements in game music: a slow pensive melody is repeated on the right-hand above soft arpeggios. However, it is anything but dull. Subtle touches — such as the occasional chromatic shifts and melodic ornamentation — bring a lot of depth to the arrangement. In addition, the emotionally driven performance draws listeners in and brings new perspective to each repetition of the melody. It's the ideal arrangement to put listeners in a calm reflective state.

With subsequent interpretations such as "Girls Prison" and "Afterglow", the arrangers stay close to the melodies and moods of the originals, while offering a little more complexity than the opener. The arrangement approach is ideal for inspiring emotions and memories from sentimentalists. But on top of tracks such as "Tradition" and "Speaking of Dreams", the amount of ballads can be frustrating. They all feature soft melodies, diatonic harmonies, and predictable forms, meaning that the album eventually bores. Given the Air and Kanon soundtracks featured plenty of upbeat tracks too, some more variety would be appreciated.

The album is most remarkable when it deviates from its balladic origins. Inspired by the jazz basis of the original, "Pure Snows" expands into a lounge style improvisation with some dazzling treble frills from the 1:55 mark. It's major highlight of the release. Air's "Summer Lights" is also a breath of fresh air with its emphasis on pentatonic tonalities; while not as special as the original, it still retains a worldly flavour. Based on Kanon's theme song, "Remnants of a Dream" is a surprising momentous arrangement featuring some bold chord choices, while the semi-improvised closer "The Bird's Poem" shifts slightly from the balladic influence to provide a liberating and romantic finish to the soundtrack.

Summary

As far as game music piano albums go, Re-feel is middle ground. On one hand, the arrangers and performers capture the melodies and moods of the originals with elegant piano interpretations. On the other hand, they rely so much on predictable balladic approaches that the album lacks the variety needed to be a completely satisfying listen. This album is best recommended for Air and Kanon nostalgics and those who enjoy sentimental piano piece.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Chris Greening

Release dates:
2003/12/28~30 Comic Market 65
2004/06/25~ General Sale


Composition:
    Shinji Orito: 1, 3, 9, 10
    OdiakeS: 2
    KEY: 4~6, 8
    Magome Togoshi: 7

Arrangement:
    KIYO: 1, 3, 5~10
    riya: 2, 4
Album was composed by KEY (Jun Maeda) / Magome Togoshi / OdiakeS / Shinji Orito and was released on December 28, 2003. Soundtrack consists of 10 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by Key Sounds Label.

CD 1

1
Promise ~ from Kanon
04:02
2
A Girl's Prison ~ from Kanon
04:18
3
pure snows ~ from Kanon
03:39
4
Remnants of a Dream ~ from Kanon
03:24
5
Afterglow ~ from Kanon
04:14
6
Summer Lights ~ from AIR
03:17
7
Legends ~ from AIR
04:19
8
Blue Skies ~ from AIR
05:33
9
Account of a Dream ~ from AIR
04:39
10
Bird's Poem ~ from AIR
04:11
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