Fabula Nova Crystallis: The Music of Final Fantasy XIII
When analyzing music in video games, a few considerations must be made. Compared to film and television, story-based video games often have much more footage than there is music. As a result, directors have to get creative about how the music is created or implemented. With certain games inheriting these characteristics we associate from television and film, how does the role of the composer and how we storytell through our music fit in? In this paper, using Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII, the connection between the story and the music will be analyzed in-depth. As games have been growing as a artistic medium, my analysis will be based on how Final Fantasy XIII approaches the problem of staying coherent by utilizing motifs and strategic placement of music in a game.
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Won, Kevin. “Fabula Nova Crystallis: The Music of Final Fantasy XIII.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2016. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-scoring/46.