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July 16, 2010
Game: Ar Tonelico
Song: Singing Hill
Composer: Akiko Shikata, Gust Sound Team
Above: Singing Hill from Ar Tonelico
In the world of Ar Tonelico, singing is the most powerful form of magic. Musicality is a major theme of the series, so it's no surprise that that Ar Tonelico has an absolutely top-notch soundtrack. A synthetic race created to maintain the precarious technology of the floating world, magical girls called Reyvateils can harness powerful song magic when they become emotionally bonded to a human companion.
Since singing is so important to the storyline of Ar Tonelico, we had to pick the opening theme, Singing Hill, which features awesome Reyvateil vocals in both Japanese and Hymnos, a fictional language constructed for Ar Tonelico by Akira Tsuchiya. Hymnos puts a lot of emphasis on emotion, and has two different writing systems associated with it. It's a suprisingly complex and detailed language for a game, and linguistics enthusiasts can go here for a detailed description of the Hymnos language.
Above: Japanese opening for Ar Tonelico 3, another variation on the original Singing Hill
Besides the awesome vocal tracks, the rest of Ar Tonelico's soundtrack is strong too. Here's an energetic track called Vidarr to get you pumped for battle:
Above: Vidarr from Ar Tonelico - note the rockin' guitar solo
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