Masashi Hamauzu: The Travel Agency

I’ve been meaning to do this song for a few days. I had some ideas about what I wanted to write and that didn’t help. I also was focusing on some parts too much. Overall the result is sufficient. Could be better; could be worse.

There were some sounds that I hadn’t noticed before this listen which is nice as I got to hear (at least actively) more than I had in the past.

Masashi Hamauzu’s (浜渦 正志) “The Travel Agency” (“旅行公司“) is from Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack for Final Fantasy X. Whilst Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫) composed most of the game’s songs, both Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano (仲野 順也) also contributed, leading to the soundtrack being a collaborative effort. In terms of both story and setting, it’s one of the most fitting soundtracks I’m aware of. A good chunk of it also works pretty well separated from the game.

I hope you enjoy.

A roll of keys whilst gentle percussion keeps things steady and going. There’s a sheen in this gentleness as keys keep on moving, stepping about and moving from low to high in a most natural way. A slight hint of bass in a small space before the keys resume. Soon some claps too join in, though only return occasionally.

There’s a gentleness, but there is also a liveliness. It’s a calm and relaxing space and it is welcoming and inviting, and slowly sounds outside of the keys and percussion come in a bit more, but they keep their distance. They choose to accentuate and fill out and boost, but with subtlety rather than obviousness.

Eventually the sounds fade away whilst they continue keeping things at ease and the song ends.

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