Due to my stupidly late work schedule (I usually have to work until 10pm), I missed the delivery of the soundtrack yesterday. Thankfully though, I was able to get it redelivered for this morning–and here it is!!
The Official OST page has been updated with samples from the 2nd disc and a fun, short bit between composer Okabe Keiichi and creative director Yoko Taro. Translation by me.
Well, please introduce yourselves.
Okabe (O): Hello. I’m Okabe Keiichi, acting as musical director for DOD3.
Yoko (Y): I’m Yoko Taro. I worked as the creative director.
O: You know, we just kinda came here without anyone calling us in……
Y: Ah, would you like us to make a comment for the sountrack?
O: Why the formal language? haha
Y: There’s a time for everything……right?
O: No. Not at all.
Y: So, how’s the soundtrack?
O: What do you mean, how?
Y: No, how about, “We really made an awesome product with this one, so be sure to buy it” or something like that?
O: I can’t say that!
Y: Huh? Why not?
O: Because, you kept telling me, “Make it sound different from Nier, different from Nier” so much, like a curse, that I ended up making something with a completely different pattern…
Y: But it’s not interesting to only do the same thing, right?
O: Yeah but, to have written this many different sounding songs…
Y: Like the boss themes?
O: Yes, yes. I made them as I was told but I kept wondering “Is this okay?” until the very end.
Y: Hey, that’s it. Like a challenging, avant-garde style? That’s what it feels like.
O: I have no clue.
Y: Like an overindulging feeling, perhaps?
O: C’mon, this has nothing to do with music. What is that, “overindulging feeling”?
Y: Even so, if you’re professional, you must have thought, “I tried to make new ground. That is more than enough.” right?
O: I told you, I can’t say such portentous things!
O: Did you just ’tisk’ me?
Y: I did not.
O: ……okay then.
……Umm— Well, finally could you say something to your fans…
Y: Okabe-san has worked very hard to burn this CD, so everyone please relax and wait for its release.
O: A lot of work went into the making of this CD, so I would be extremely pleased if you give it a listen.
Y: As long as you buy it, it won’t matter if you don’t listen to it.
O: That’s so wrong!
…………Thank you very much.
Here’s some interesting news from composer Okabe Keiichi about song titles on the DOD3 OST. I asked him whether he knew if there are both Japanese and English titles to each track. He responded, “Maybe…but I don’t think there were English titles. Sorry to be so ambiguous.”
So, I guess we need to wait for the official release of the soundtrack to see whether or not the producers/product developers will include English titles to each track. I would not be surprised either way.
The official soundtrack Web site has been updated again today with a brief item description, other soundtrack recommendations (the DOD1 & Nier soundtracks, respectively), as well as a track list for the 2-disc soundtrack. Short samples for nearly every track on the first disc is available on the page, too!! Check it out!
CD Release Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Price: 3,000 yen + 150 tax
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Square Enix
Sound Director: Okabe Keiichi (MONACA)
Composition & Arrangement: MONACA (Okabe Keiichi, Hoashi Keigo, Ishihama Kakeru, Takahashi Kuniyuki), Sano “Denji” Nobuyoshi, Toyama Akitaka
“Kuroi Uta” by Aoi Eir
“This Silence is Mine” by Onitsuka Chihiro
(C) 2013 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. Character Design : Kimihiko Fujisaka.
** Please note that there is currently no complete, official track listing in English as of yet. The following is my translation of the original Japanese titles. I like to be a little creative when translating titles, especially for music. Of course, direct translations are fine, too, but I like to take the actual feeling of the music, what’s happening in the story, and other similar aspects into account to make a final translation. **
01 Better End
02 Those Long Forgotten – Battle Stage
03 Strike of the Valiant – Battle Stage
04 Raid of Redemption – Battle Stage
05 The Decent of God
06 Merciless – Battle Stage
07 Celebratory Dance – Battle Stage
08 A Narrow-minded Sin
09 Return Attack
10 Arrival of the Guards
11 Vacant Noise – Battle Stage
12 A Mysterious Spirit – Battle Stage
13 Out Come the Crawlers – Battle Stage
14 Altered Steps
15 The Leaves of Confusion – Battle Stage
16 The Anthem of Camaraderie – Battle Stage
17 A Darkness Deep Within
18 Exhausted 3
19 Censored Violence Piano Theme
01 Kuroi Uta -black song-
02 Out Come the Crawlers / Phanuel
03 Arrival of the Guards / Armaros
04 Raid of Redemption / Almisael
05 Celebratory Dance / Egregori
06 The Anthem of Camaraderie / Gabriel
07 Celebratory Dance / Raphael
08 The Anthem of Camaraderie / Abdiel
09 Arrival of the Guards / Zophiel
10 Out Come the Crawlers / Galgaliel
11 Raid of Redemption / Ezrael
12 Kuroi Uta -black song- (International)
13 The Ultimate Song
14 This Silence is Mine
Read on for more detailed information on the single CD along with Japanese and English lyrics to the song “This Silence is Mine”.