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The Musical Fusion of the Castlevania Series

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In this long winded video, I talk about the different ways that Castlevania soundtracks combine modern sounds with classical techniques.

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Castlevania simon belmont castlevania II Simon's Quest Castlevania III Dracula's Curse Vampire Dracula Classical modern music vgm video games music theory symphony of the night sotn ost alucard ricther rondo of blood ps1 nes snes

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Sem Assunto . 2019-03-15
an episode like that for super metroid's soundtrack?
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Jonny eh . 2019-03-15
Other than Castlevania, where else can we hear "modernized" classical music like this?
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Eli Smith . 2019-03-12
9:09 sounds so similar to the Song of Storms from OoT
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Beckett H . 2019-03-11
I'm realising the technique from 11:25 is also used in the intro of Through the Fire and Flames...
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DragonKnight90001 . 2019-02-23
What is a musical but a wonderful pile of notes, but enough talk HAVE AT YOU!
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Davis O'Donnell . 2019-02-20
11:24 through the fire and flames
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Angelos Dardagiannopoulos . 2019-02-19
Abandoned Castle is legit my favorite song in the series.
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Jackson Mckenzie . 2019-02-17
Appreciate the clip from the Mozart movie
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guckee gang . 2019-02-14
This is one of my favorite channels ever
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Dee Grieve . 2019-02-05
Loving your videos, could you please cover the music of the Gradius 3-5 series. Konami before they turned evil really did some neat tricks to get the best from the SNES when it came to music.
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Asamiya Shin . 2019-02-04
I have notions of music theory and I can't follow these videos. Everything happens too fast. They cover a lot in a very few time. I mean, we are talking about analysing music, right? Analysing something should be SLOW and relaxed, not like an Angry Videogame Nerd show.

A few minutes ago I was glad because I thought I had found a good channel to understand videogame music but now I'm dissapointed. When I'm trying to grasp what is being explained, the video goes to another point, and then to another... and then it talks about another phrase of another theme... Oh god, this is stressing.

It would be better to pick one theme or one phrase and explain it deeply and slowly.
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Vladimir Delta . 2019-01-30
I have to mention that a certain band used an implied pedal point on bass like the one you mentioned at 11:20, but the high notes acted as the supposed pedal and the low notes would change every bar.
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Aoldatabasement . 2019-01-19
as usual this is an amazing video
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Yoshi92 . 2019-01-19
fkin love your videos man
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El Gatto . 2019-01-18
Gotta admit it, I love your take on music theory way more than classroom theory... in the classroom I'd rather just sing it or play it than listen to them talking about it before sightreading...
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Arachnophoebe . 2019-01-17
11:25 See also Chrono Trigger: Silent Light
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Joe Lippard . 2019-01-17
I've binged your videos over the last few days. As a current music student, I enjoy them, and I especially enjoy this one. I love your humor, and the way you make music theory palatable to everyone is really cool to me. Keep up the good work!

I especially love the ideas you gave me through this video. I have a lot of ideas for music using these compositional techniques.

Edit: also, Simon's Quest's music was probably my favorite in the series, just sayin'. :3
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Maxime Beaudoin . 2019-01-16
What is that song!!! 2:04
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MagicMaster667 . 2019-01-16
I've never felt this smart after watching a video. Ever.
Also, I bloody love Castlevania, and have loved it for over 8 years now. :-)
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Morahman7vnNo2 . 2019-01-16
Where does one learn so many chord progressions.
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VANHAVIRTA.FI . 2019-01-15
9:25 Muse!
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DJ 0zymandias . 2019-01-15
I would love to see you go into Golden Sun's music
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Romaji . 2019-01-14
As for the "how will they describe 60s to now", my guess is "post disco"
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Student Rohan Joshi . 2019-01-12
I know you've already done a ton of Mario music, but I feel like the soundtrack from the Mario Galaxy games may be worth exploring as they are probably the most unique score in the main series games
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nikolamar . 2019-01-04
11:25 that sounds a lot like the beginning of ttfaf from dragonforce
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Boris Surkan . 2018-12-14
i dont understand the 75% of the information ur giving to me but im enjoying it anyways
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Tsunami Shahh . 2018-12-08
god, the blending of modern and traditional musical techniques is, like, my whole entire jam. its just so good and im so glad you covered it!
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Sylkis89 . 2018-12-03
Make me remember the music related to Neclord (an important yet still minor side-plot villian in the Suikoden series), with an obvious fugue while exploring the castle, and then an EDM-yet-still-spooky-castelvania-style battle theme during the fight with him in the 2nd game... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=473L99I88n8
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tonyvice6661616 . 2018-12-02
Hello! Fantastic videos! I have a huge question though. Why is the flat 6 flat 7 1 progression called like that? If you take a minor scale they are simply the 6 and 7 chord, not flat 6 and 7. Even though the "vampire killer" theme sounds a bit major, I think it is because it just borrows a dorian passage on the first measure. This progression is so familiar to my ears and guitar playing, but I always saw it as a natural 6 and 7 to a minor scale.
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shitcreekpolka . 2018-12-02
I just spent two hours learning how to play some of what was in the video. super fun. thank you for that!
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Alangh . 2018-11-27
Great video, sir! You have earned yourself another subscriber to your channel. That said, I wish you had touched on some of the music in Castlevania: Bloodlines. Because that game has some very underrated, if not iconic, music of its own.
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Magnum Mountaineer . 2018-11-26
This was a great video.
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Sky Sprice . 2018-11-26
This is the kind of content that earns a like and a share.
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Living Myth . 2018-11-24
OH MY GOD, I always hear the James Bond theme in a ton of video game music, but I never knew how to talk about it or how to point it out to anybody. This is the first time in my life where I've heard anybody else talk about the "James Bond chord progression." I feel like a crazy man who has finally been validated. :-/
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Jack Murdock . 2018-11-23
I very rarely know I'm going to like a channel just from its name.. However this was not the case for this channel . ♥
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Team Theta . 2018-11-23
I've always loved Castlevania music. Thanks for giving me a way to explain why to my skeptic friends.
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Master Edward Hyde TM . 2018-11-22
So this is the reason why these games are so attractive.
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88SJoe88 . 2018-11-21
So Dragonforce's Through the Fire and Flames got something from Fugue in D Minor, whoa!
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meowtrox1234 . 2018-11-20
Guilty Gear or FF7
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meowtrox1234 . 2018-11-20
Michiru Yamane is a deity
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chimpsfall75 . 2018-11-20
Do a search for Death Therapy The Belmont Family Curse! You won’t regret it!
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Arek Hautaluoma . 2018-11-18
Unf, beautiful Beach Boys reference.
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Munky Man . 2018-11-18
I thank God for the internet when I watch these
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jyuts . 2018-11-17
Thank you so much for this analyse and explanation! I love Castlevania's ost and wonder why it's so awesome. I am also a fan of classical music and rock bands, it is so interesting how composers combined those elements to create such a beautiful piece!
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SigillumSanguis . 2018-11-17
This was so interesting, Best episode yet!
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SEXCOPTER RUL . 2018-11-17
I've made my own wierd music for almost 20 years now, and one of my biggest influences has ALWAYS been castlevania titles, ESPECIALLY super castlevania 4. I'm entirely self taught and can't even tell you a basic scale, so it was incredibly interesting to see WHY I'm drawn to this game series music in particular. I started making music becuase noone was making what I wanted to hear,and now I know why!

amazing video! subbed AND hit the bell!
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Ezekiel33Music . 2018-11-16
Excellent video, and I really appreciate the clear and accurate theory explanations 😅
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Eric Cervelli . 2018-11-16
Michiru is not human...
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Eric Cervelli . 2018-11-16
wtf this channel is so amazing
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M Ward . 2018-11-15
And, it case it hasn't already been mentioned, the guys who came up with the soundtrack for that first Castlevania game? Only two years out of college.

What were you all doing two years out of college?
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