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Yoko Shimomura discusses new music for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and soundtracks for Kingdom Hearts III

On October 6th, 2016, in London, UK, Symphonic Fantasies was held featuring music from various franchises including Kingdom Hearts. At the Symphonic Fantasies concert, Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, discussed music for Kingdom Hearts. Many wondered about the music for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, releasing on January 24th, 2017, and the anticipated Kingdom Hearts III. Shimomura says that she has written new music for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and that she has a ton of tracks planned for Kingdom Hearts III with the high expectations in mind.
Shimomura also addressed Kingdom Hearts in general and some of her experiences as she developed and composed the music for the games.

You can check out her responses below. Thanks go to KH13 News Team members AndrewHankinson & Aquaberry for attending and taking note of the responses given by Yoko Shimomura. You can also check out some of the pictures they took below.

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[UPDATE] KH13 News Team Member AndrewHankinson has added the questions from the audience members and answers from Yoko Shimomura including a question asked by KH13 News Team Member Aquaberry. Please let us know if you asked one of the question on the night!

GARETH DAVIES (Interviewer/Principle Flute player and Chairman in the London Symphony Orchestra)
Now, your career in video gaming has spanned over 3 decades. The industry now is changed beyond all recognition since you started composing for games. When you decided not to accept the job as a piano teacher, but you decided to compose for games instead, how did you colleagues and family react?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Yes, now-a-days you have all these games and concerts, and so many people come to listen to them. And everyone knows about game music, but back then it was a really minor profession when I started and so the reaction I got from other people was…”You’re going to do what?” “What, you’re going to make little bleepy noises?” They just didn’t understand what it was I was going to be doing.

GARETH DAVIES
Now, the London Symphony Orchestra, as you know, has played lots of film soundtracks like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and now-a-days we do quite a lot of film music concerts and film music has been…it’s gradually being more accepted on the Classic FM Hall of Fame. Do you find that gaming music is finally now taken more seriously by people who go to other kind of concerts?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I started checking the charts a couple of years back and I’ve been keeping an eye on it for the last year or two. And when I first saw one of my own compositions on there 2 years ago, it was a really moving experience. I thought I’m standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with Beethoven. Hearing my music played by the LSO, by such an amazing and respected orchestra is really an honour for me. I’ve always loved orchestras since I was a child and it just makes me really happy.

GARETH DAVIES
Thank you. That’s really kind of you. We love playing your music too. Especially my flute solos.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I actually used to play the flute as a high-school student.

GARETH DAVIES
Oh wow!

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I’m not about to play for you. Maybe in another life I can be your pupil.

GARETH DAVIES
If you teach me composing, yes. Speaking of standing shoulder to shoulder with Beethoven, what a lot of people may not know (I don’t know if you know!) is that you are, in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, the highest female composer, ever!

YOKO SHIMOMURA
What an honour! I’ve hardly ever been number one at anything. I always thought that happiness was to carry on doing what you love whether or not I got to number one or number two or number three or number four. But that was happiness and so it’s a real surprise to be number one and I’m very very grateful because it’s of everyone here.

GARETH DAVIES
Now, after graduating in Osaka in 1988, you found success very very quickly, composing many now legendary soundtracks including I have to say one of the games I used to spend hours playing when I should have been practicing flute at college: Street Fighter 2. That’s up there! Now, Street Fighter 2 was the first score that you wrote that’s actually released as a stand alone soundtrack album, which is quite a huge thing particularly for gaming music at the time. Can you tell us how important that was for you and how important you think it was for the development of the way gaming music was accepted? Sorry, they’re very long questions.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Yes, Street Fighter 2 was such a big hit and the soundtrack did so well, and it’s an honour for me that they continue to use my music all the way through. It’s really something that has a lot of memories for me. But back then they weren’t using the internet like they do now; there wasn’t Facebook, there was no Twitter. So we didn’t really know if my music was successful or not.

GARETH DAVIES
That’s really interesting. So since the internet has been invented (yes, some of us remember when it wasn’t!) have you found that’s been a really useful tool for keeping in contact with fans and seeing how they feel about your music?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I think in a way it’s because of the internet, that I’ve got to where I am today. That I’m sitting here on this stage because as a composer what you do is quite solitary. You’re shut away, you’re plugging away at composition and you don’t have a chance to hear what people think about what you do. So sometimes if I’m feeling down or if I’m going down in the middle of the night, I just type in I wonder what people think about such and such a piece. All these amazing positive comments and that really cheers me up and gives me that need to carry on.

GARETH DAVIES
Oh, there you are. So ladies and gentlemen; you know what to do! Get on Twitter straight away! …Don’t forget to tag London Symphony Orchestra!
Now in 1993, when you joined what’s now Square Enix, when you started working for the them the kind of games that you composed for seemed to change to more fast role-playing games which also seemed to coincide with the change in style in your music. Writing for the games which have a more complex narrative; something which attracted you to Square Enix as apposed to the not so complex narrative of Street Fighter 2, I think is fair to say.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I’ve always like classical music so writing/composing those pieces with the drums and guitars wasn’t really my strong suit. But I did somehow ended up starting writing for all those fighting games and it was fun, but I did want to try something that was more suited to me. That was more classical and I also wanted to try composing for role-playing game and yeah there was a sense in which Square did have those kind of games that appealed to me.

GARETH DAVIES
It is very beautiful music and it’s interesting because hearing it in the orchestra. It’s like the whole thing expands.!What I do find fascinating about your music is the many many different themes for all the characters. There are so many individual motifs that are all different but they all fit together in the same way. When you compose a new game score, tell us how you do it, how you start? Do you see the gameplay, do you get shown pictures of the characters? Do you see characters and ideas for themes popping to you head? How do you start with such a huge project?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
That’s a hard question, but it’s difficult to answer because I don’t really think too hard about it, when I’m composing for a new game. I will have pictures of the characters, the story, I might see some background art, and then all of that combined stimulus comes together and I don’t really try to compose it. I just wait for something to appear.

GARETH DAVIES
Oh wow! So it’s easy?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
It’s easy if something comes to me.

GARETH DAVIES
So do ideas come to you when you’re sitting down at your piano or your desk or when you walk around? Do you have to lock yourself in room and just wait?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I never know when the ideas are going to come to me. I don’t know when they’ll appear, I don’t know when they’ll disappear, so it’s really about how I just seize them when they do show up.

GARETH DAVIES
Well you’ve seized a lot! If you have an idea, write it down!

YOKO SHIMOMURA
If I get an idea right now I’ll have to go backstage and try to write it down before I forget.

GARETH DAVIES
Now in 2002 you composed the music to Kingdom Hearts. [crowd applause] I know where this is going! Now, it’s amazingly a game that solds 4 million copies; it’s an incredible amount of people playing it! Now, famously it’s with the Disney characters. They are already really well loved characters, but also have a lot of very famous musical themes. We’ve all whistled various Disney themes, my daughter never stops. Was that a daunting prospect, going from one set of well loved characters to another and having to integrate them?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but I would also be lying if I said that it was really daunting and that I’d feel like I’d be under a lot of pressure. I had seen a lot of Disney films myself and I had my reactions to those; you know I was moved by them or I found them sweet. I just wanted to get those feelings across in the music with their reactions. So bits of it were difficult but a lot of it was wonderful as well!

GARETH DAVIES
It’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobody's listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

GARETH DAVIES
[indicating to the audience] You can see how excited they all are!
Now, Kingdom Hearts is regularly listed as one of top game soundtracks, and I personally would like to know do you have a favourite soundtrack of your own that you’ve written, and also a favourite by another composer?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
That’s such a tough question and I can never answer it because when it comes of my music and my soundtracks, they’re like my children and I love them all the same even the naughty ones. The particularly bad, but I love them all and they’re all important to me and I can’t say I like this one more than that one, so I can’t answer that question. Sorry. When it comes to other people’s music, again there’s so much that I like and it’s hard to pick just one off the top of my head so I’m going to have to apologise again and say I can’t answer that one either.

GARETH DAVIES
When you come back next time, you can think about it.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I’ll have a think. I’ll be ready!

GARETH DAVIES
Excellent! Now before we open the floor to questions with my two beautiful assistants with microphones, it has been a pleasure talking to you and it’s a pleasure playing your music! I’m sure that there might be some young people out there who would also like to compose for games. Is there something that you wish you’d known when you were starting out that you know now that you would be able to give them some advice?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Well now-a-days I think people have much better technology than I had back then and I think the more familiar you are with that, the more technology you take on board, the better; the more you’ll be able to improve! But that’s not so much something I wish I knew back then, and neither is this, but I guess I would say just don’t give up doing what you love! Stay strong, keep passionate and value small things! Small responses; things that move you however small they are in the music. It’s there in music that you write; there’s something that moves you and that what you need to respect and to know it. Because it’s there.


GARETH DAVIES
That is very good advice for everybody I think. Thank you very much!




QUESTIONS FROM AUDIENCE



GARETH DAVIES
Now, I’m sure, everyone’s shifting in their seats! I’m sure lot of you may have some questions that you would like to put to our guest!

QUESTION 1
Hello. Thank you for joining us in London. Thank you for coming to see us and speak to us. I would like to know the story of how you composed the boss battle music for Final Fantasy XV?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
That was 2007 Tokyo Game Shows. That was about 9 years ago? Yes I’m really glad that’s finally been used! At that time I wrote it for a trailer at the Tokyo Game Show and I really wanted it to be used for a game and I wanted it to be a battle song. That’s why it’s got that intense rhythm and it’s very dramatic and fast-paced, but I also wanted you to be able to go through that whole emotion in just one piece. That’s how it came about!

QUESTION 2
What composers and artists in general have inspired you?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
When I started this work, I already loved classical music and I’d listen to so much classical music that I don’t know if I could have told you who’d written what there was so much of it and it’s all had influence on my music. As a child I just loved classical music and I loved the piano of course, so I think some of the famous piano composers like Chopin, like Rachmaninoff. Those are some of the big influences but there are so many. So so many!

QUESTION 3
Hello. You’ve had such a wonderful career. What three words would you use to describe your journey you’ve been on during that time and why have you chosen those words?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Give me a minute. …Sounds a bit corny maybe but love, passion, feelings.

QUESTION 4
I was just thinking, you were saying there just before that you decided to be a composer, you were thinking of going to be a piano teacher. I was just wondering what made you decide not to take that easy path? What made you think, no this composition thing is a good idea?

GARETH DAVIES
I’m not sure piano teaching is quite as easy.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Well I did like games and then there were a lot of people becoming piano teachers and I thought it’s going to be hard to stand out and be a really good piano teacher amongst so many. So I wanted to do something that was different from what everyone else was doing and I thought no one’s really writing video game music, and I like games so why not give it a go.

GARETH DAVIES
I think it’s the other way round now; everybody wants to compose music for video games!

QUESTION 5 (Aquaberry’s question)
Hi. I met you 3 years ago so I’m really happy to see you again in London. This question is actually from my friend who lives in America; she told me "You have to ask her this!" Also she told me "You have to tell her that I love her!" because she’s very inspired by [you] because she also wants to be a composer. Her name’s Becca by the way, and Becca asks: when you were composing Vector to the Heavens, what sort of feelings did you go through or what was your journey to composing such a powerful piece? Because I know that there’s a lot of love and a lot of pain in that music, so we’re all very interested hearing how you composed it.

YOKO SHIMOMURA
If you’re familiar with Kingdom Hearts you’ll know how important that music is in the story and I really wanted to get across the sadness of Xion’s destiny and the sort of sense of unfulfillment. It’s really hard to describe in words; you’ll have to listen to the music to get it. But just the whole of the character and what they go through I wanted to get it there in the music and I would almost always be crying with tears in my eyes as I was composing that music. I also had tears in my eyes because of all the requests coming from Tetsuya Nomura!

QUESTION 6
Video game music is very different in certain ways from all other kinds of music because the player interacts with the game and because of that, the music as well has to be very flexible to be able to repeat, to be fade in and out as the situation changes. I was wondering as a composer how have you had to sort of shape your style around those challenges where it has to be flexible in a way that a lot of other music just doesn’t have to be; where it has to be scripted to a set scene or where it has to fit a lot of different scenarios?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Yeah there are various challenges for example in the first Kingdom Hearts in the question/answer bit with the stain-glass, where based upon what the player chooses, that determines what the next step is, all that music is connected but you have to set up so that you can jump from there to different other pieces. [It’s] The same with the last boss battle; you have to be able to jump to different bits for the music.

QUESTION 7 (Asked by DarkSeekerCosplay, a Xemnas cosplayer)
What gave you the idea when composing Xemnas’ theme (Disappeared)? What emotion did you have for that sort of theme?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Is that the fast one? They showed me the battle scene for that one and my impression was it was really fast and the attacks came really quickly so I knew it had to be a fast-paced piece that would latch to the action in the battle scene.

GARETH DAVIES
I love the fact that you’ve written so much music you have to ask everyone how it goes.

QUESTION 8
This is actually a question for Gareth. I was wondering when LSO gets music that’s new, temporary or whatever next concert you do like tonight, what’s the process i.e. how far in advance do you get the piece to read through and look at or does it come naturally because they’re such professionals?

GARETH DAVIES
Oh, we’re just amazing! But seriously, it’s slightly different for concerts; we’ve been rehearsing this for a couple of days, but when we do film soundtracks and video games, we turn up at Abbeyway Studios usually at 10 o’clock in the morning, or 5 to 10, and at 10 o’clock a whole pad of music about that thick [indicates with his fingers an inches’ width] appears on the stand and we sightread it and they put the red light on and they record it. So when I said we were amazing I wasn’t that far! The LSO recorded the very first soundtrack in 1934 for H.T. Mell’s film and have recorded films ever since. We are now officially the most extremed orchestra in the world. So really we’re very very quick, we get given music and it’s very quick; when you hear quite often we do a lot of education work with the London Symphony and we go to schools and we recorded music for the Harry Potter films, and there’s the moment when Dobby dies which is my flute solo. I apologise if that’s a plot spoiler! Quite often when children find out that we’ve done films like that, they’ll say could you play me that bit from the film, and the truth of the matter is I probably only played three times in my life. So the answer is you get the music on the day, and you sight read it and then you record it, and that’s it! Good question, thank you!

QUESTION 9
I’m going to ask a specific question about the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack. So you write a lot of music obviously, so first of all, when you wrote the main theme Dearly Beloved, were there any pieces that you wrote and discarded or did you come to Dearly Beloved straight away? Did any of those first drafts or second drafts get reused in the game? And also this is a slightly separate question, what’s your sort of workflow? How much music do you write in a day?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
Dearly Beloved came to me quite quickly. The opening shoot it was based on was meant to be the sea and so I think the idea of the first Kingdom Hearts but also there was this instrument back then, I don’t know if you know, it was called the sound canvas. And one of the sound effects was the sea shore and so I just used that in the demo that I created.
In terms of workflow, it really varies as to how much I can process in a day or how long I spent doing it. If it’s all going well I might write 7 pieces in a day or if it’s not going so well I might spend a few days without completing one piece. I’ve never really tried to stick to a rule like I must finish 3 a day or anything like that. If there’s a deadline coming up then that can make it a bit difficult but it’s quite flexible.

QUESTION 10
Hello. Thanks for writing so much music. I’ve got your music on loop on a daily basis; it really helped me throughout my education and work as well! My question is when Final Fantasy versus 13 became 15, what had they told you and what happened to most of your music? Also what opinions do you have regarding this change because it changed quite a lot in regards to story?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
I guess everyone was surprised by that change of title. I was surprised to be honest. When it became 15, most of the music is just carried through apart from a very small part of music that wasn’t quite right, but it’s mostly still all there because the basic world of the music is the same! So, there may have been concerns, but as far as the music goes, there’s no need for concern. It’s still there, just carried on; my feelings for it are just the same.

QUESTION 11
Hi. So basically I was wondering with Birth by Sleep, in regards to the main trio of protagonists (Terra, Aqua and Ven), we’ve heard snippets of them at the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix (Fate of the Unknown). I was wondering had the you and the team decided then or did you pick them out afterwards?

YOKO SHIMOMURA
The themes for Terra and Aqua were arrangements part for that secret ending because I predicted that it was going to be their story coming up next when composing for that secret ending. So I wanted to be able to connect it through to their themes.
So I already had that in mind but at that stage it was just me thinking of what I thought might happen but when it did actually happen then I got permission from Tetsuya Nomura to use those phrases for Terra and Aqua’s theme songs and that’s how it came about.

GARETH DAVIES
Ladies and gentlemen, at the beginning of this talk, our composer was worried that we wouldn’t have enough time, that we’d have TOO much time and then nobody would have had anything to say or have any questions, but I think we could probably could go on all night! However it almost time to let the music do the talking which is the other thing you’ve came here for. So, before we just wrap up here can you please give a huge round of applause for Yoko Shimomura!


YES! Music is one of the key things in Kingdom Hearts that make it what it is. Can't wait to hear the new tracks ^^

She's such a gorgeous lady who makes beautiful music <3 <3 <3

GARETH DAVIES
It’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?

YOKO SHIMOMURA:
Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

 

"think"

"I think"

"I think I will be writing"

 

 

She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

GARETH DAVIES
It’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?

YOKO SHIMOMURA:
Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

 

"think"

"I think"

"I think I will be writing"

 

 

She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

 

I don't think people ever said early 2017, most have said late 2017/early 2018. I agree the game is still a bit far, considering the gameplay needs to be finished/fine tuned, the story needs to work out, voice acting needs to take place, and then we have all the wonderful music soundtracks that need to be written to fit in the game. 

I don't think people ever said early 2017, most have said late 2017/early 2018. I agree the game is still a bit far, considering the gameplay needs to be finished/fine tuned, the story needs to work out, voice acting needs to take place, and then we have all the wonderful music soundtracks that need to be written to fit in the game.


There are plenty of people who still think early 2017-YouTube comment sections are usually home to those people.

GARETH DAVIES
It’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?

YOKO SHIMOMURA:
Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

 

"think"

"I think"

"I think I will be writing"

 

 

She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

When has anyone expected an early 2017 release? It has almost always been either late 2017/ 2018.

Yoko Shimomura and Tetsuya Nomura are the lifeblood of Kingdom Hearts imo

 

"think"

"I think"

"I think I will be writing"

 

 

She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

Maybe she's actually super fast when it comes to composing lol

(But yeah we got a long wait to go)

This was an awesome and fun article to read!  Thank you Jake, AndrewHankinson and Aquaberry, you beautiful people!  Thank you so much! :')

 

It was nice to read about Ms. Shimomura's thoughts about her standing in the music industry, and I'm glad that she loves what she does! You can tell she's passionate about her work, and she looks back at her past fondly!  She's become a master of her work, and it's awesome to see how far she's come! I especially loved the part where she mentioned writing Vector To The Heavens!  That track has always been a favorite of mine, and it's always given me goosebumps! <3

 

Gahhh, and we're getting new tracks for 2.8!  Most probably for the 0.2 and Back Cover parts of the collection, though we could be looking at re-orchestrated tracks for DDD HD as well! :D

GARETH DAVIES
It’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?

YOKO SHIMOMURA:
Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

 

"think"

"I think"

"I think I will be writing"

 

 

She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

 

Music isn't something thats forced. Don't forget that she's working on KH2.8 as well as FFXV so she probably has her hands full. With that said, its very likely that she'll have a few pieces drafted for KH3 but they might not have been their final stages. She is a professional musician afterall, so I think she'll be able to crank up some pretty nice and professional sounding tunes in a short amount of time. Better to give benefit of the doubt :D

@Barry Bacon Allen  To be fair, she might not have meant "I think". People say things like that when they're trying to gather their thoughts and all, and such things probably shouldn't be taken too seriously.

If we relied too much on verbal place holders, we could even say that Naminé was wrong about Xion interfering in Sora's memory restoration, because she said "I think" about that.

 

Though tbh, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a bit worried myself... I really think KHIII is 2018 now. I just do.

 

ANYWAY, reading all of these wonderful comments left such a huge smile on my face. Yoko Shimomura is such a sweet and talented woman, and I'm so glad that I'm going to be able to see her next year!

 

Also, I was totally listening to the FFXV at Abbey Road musical performance while reading all of this, and nothing could have been a better match. LOL.

GARETH DAVIESIt’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?YOKO SHIMOMURA:Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!
 
"think"
"I think"
"I think I will be writing"
 
 
She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.

Don't rely too much on verbal placeholders. She could've been writing KH3's music already and just said that she would be writing A LOT of music for it. Also you can't rush music. I tried and it sucked.

GARETH DAVIESIt’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?YOKO SHIMOMURA:Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!
 
"think"
"I think"
"I think I will be writing"
 
 
She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.


Stop disregarding Mooch, you know it's 2917

This was a great interview, it's great seeing how she goes about making this music. And I didn't know she was the number one female in the Hall of fame!

Music isn't something thats forced. Don't forget that she's working on KH2.8 as well as FFXV so she probably has her hands full. With that said, its very likely that she'll have a few pieces drafted for KH3 but they might not have been their final stages. She is a professional musician afterall, so I think she'll be able to crank up some pretty nice and professional sounding tunes in a short amount of time. Better to give benefit of the doubt :D

Final Fantasy 15 is complete and has gone into certification and 2.8 is not even a major title.

Don't rely too much on verbal placeholders. She could've been writing KH3's music already and just said that she would be writing A LOT of music for it. Also you can't rush music. I tried and it sucked.

If I can't rely on her word, then who's can I rely on? She's the one who writes the music, no one else.

She's clearly saying she hasn't written any music for KH3 yet, I don't see how you can interpret this any other way.

Final Fantasy 15 is complete and has gone into certification and 2.8 is not even a major title.

 

Yes you are correct. The way things are going it seems that 2.8 will probably just reuse music. But Shimomura did say she worked on quite a bit of 2.8's music so there might be a few new tunes there.

 

As for KH3. I don't know what goes on in her studio but I'm sure a few of the tunes from 2.8 might carry over into KH3. Eitherway she'll pull through :D (I hope)

Yes you are correct. The way things are going it seems that 2.8 will probably just reuse music. But Shimomura did say she worked on quite a bit of 2.8's music so there might be a few new tunes there.

As for KH3. I don't know what goes on in her studio but I'm sure a few of the tunes from 2.8 might carry over into KH3. Eitherway she'll pull through :D (I hope)


She won't be pulling through for quite a while pal xD

GARETH DAVIESIt’s great. That’s some of my favourite music CDs! Now, nobodies listening…but the eagerly awaited Kingdom Hearts III? Now for a game franchise that you’ve been involved with for such a long time, how’s it been revisiting some of those characters?YOKO SHIMOMURA:Yeah, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to and think there are people that are hoping for great things and of course Tetsuya Nomura is doing his best as well. So I think I will be writing a lot of music for that, but before that there’s actually 2.8 which is coming out, and I’ve already been writing new music for that – quite a lot! It has been a while since I’ve done it and so I just hope it will live up to people’s expectations. And yeah, just watch this space!

"think"
"I think"
"I think I will be writing"


She hasn't even started writing the music for KH3 and it's October of 2016. So much for this early 2017 release date everyone keeps craving.


Really enjoyed the event and it was great seeing Yoko Shimomura and the London Orchestra live for the first time!:) The theatre and building where it was held and beautiful. Also it was great meeting Andrew he's such a nice guy! :) I can't wait for the KH Orchestra world tour next year now, it's going to be amazing!

Oh Bacon, we all know it's going to be released on the dildoblade war of 20-6969 ;)

Really enjoyed the event and it was great seeing Yoko Shimomura and the London Orchestra live for the first time! :) The theatre and building where it was held and beautiful. Also it was great meeting Andrew he's such a nice guy! :) I can't wait for the KH Orchestra world tour next year now, it's going to be amazing!

Oh Bacon, we all know it's going to be released on the dildoblade war of 20-6969 ;)

I wish I could have gone but it's a 3 hour drive, I have no car, and it was on a school day :(. I should have just said I was going on an open day to Warrick university

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UK KH team represent! xD Maybe the orchestra will come to Wales!!!

I could have gone to this but decided not to because I'm going to the First Breath concert instead. We should do a KH13 meetup for anyone going to the London event in the future!

@Barry Bacon Allen  To be fair, she might not have meant "I think". People say things like that when they're trying to gather their thoughts and all, and such things probably shouldn't be taken too seriously.

If we relied too much on verbal place holders, we could even say that Naminé was wrong about Xion interfering in Sora's memory restoration, because she said "I think" about that.

 

Though tbh, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a bit worried myself... I really think KHIII is 2018 now. I just do.

 

ANYWAY, reading all of these wonderful comments left such a huge smile on my face. Yoko Shimomura is such a sweet and talented woman, and I'm so glad that I'm going to be able to see her next year!

 

Also, I was totally listening to the FFXV at Abbey Road musical performance while reading all of this, and nothing could have been a better match. LOL.

I think that she means what she says.

 

All of the 'she probably means this' just makes it seem like people are clinging on to false hope. She said she thinks she's going to be writing a lot of music for it, if a human being says they think they will do something, that tells me that they haven't performed the task yet. If I said

'I think i'm going to do the laundry today!', it implies that I haven't done the laundry yet.

I could have gone to this but decided not to because I'm going to the First Breath concert instead. We should do a KH13 meetup for anyone going to the London event in the future!
I think you mean the World Tour? First Breath already ended with two (or three) shows in Japan. If you're coming to the show in March at Central Hall Westminster for the opening night on Friday, let me know! I love meet ups. :3

I think you mean the World Tour? First Breath already ended with two (or three) shows in Japan. If you're coming to the show in March at Central Hall Westminster for the opening night on Friday, let me know! I love meet ups. :3

 

That's exactly what I meant. I love meet up's too.  :biggrin: I'm booked for the Friday opening night. Let's arrange a meetup closer to the event!

That's exactly what I meant. I love meet up's too.  :biggrin: I'm booked for the Friday opening night. Let's arrange a meetup closer to the event!


I'll open a forum post for this when the time comes :D