If you love yourself a good RPG, chances are you’ve heard the music of the great Nobuo Uematsu.
Uematsu is somewhat of a gaming legend, having composed the soundtrack for nearly every major Final Fantasy title, as well as the music for RPG greats like Chrono Trigger, Blue Dragon, and even the main theme for Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl (who knew?).
Uematsu’s music has set the stage for dozens of games in an era where – despite massive technological limitations – developers were able to tell a story that could make players laugh, cry, and forge a deep, emotional connection with characters conveyed using little more than a handful of sprites and a blue dialogue box.
Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy is the transposition of Uematsu’s finest work from the Final Fantasy franchise into a fully orchestrated performance. Since 2007, Distant Worlds has toured worldwide, making appearances everywhere from North America and Europe to Asia and Australia.
Obviously, there’s a lot more to Distant Worlds than what you’ve read here, and if you’re in the Chicago area, you might want to consider checking out their performance this August. While tickets are a tad on the expensive side, I bet it’s one heck of a show.
Either way, do yourself a favor: Click “Play” on that dainty little Spotify player below and bask in the beautiful re-imagining of some of the best music ever to emanate from a game console.