Archive for December 8th, 2009


Pacific Theater of Operations – First Movement (Hiroshi Miyagawa)

December 8, 2009

For today’s historic events, I’ve picked a piece from an album that recently was on Slightly Dark, “First Movement” from Pacific Theater of Operations. Pacific Theater of Operations (or PTO) is a strategy game produced by KOEI about World War II. KOEI produced dozens of strategy war games for the computer, and can kind of be thought of as the Japanese Avalon Hill of PCs.

Pacific Theater of Operations – “First Movement” (Hiroshi Miyagawa)

“First Movement” depicts the opening events of the war in several striking ways (illustrated below). It is taken from the orchestral remix of the album rather than the original midi version on KOEI Original BGM Collection Volume 6. Oddly enough, the soundtrack’s composer,Hiroshi Miyagawa, a respectable-looking gentleman, is also credited with composing the anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The album was also performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Makes me wonder what they were thinking as they recorded it.

This album is very interesting for its treatment of one of Japan’s most infamous acts. The track begins with a dramatization of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which is startling for its starkness, which makes it all the more striking as it comes from a Japanese composer. Read the rest of this entry ?