74: A Different Kind of Desert

Not every desert sounds the same. The sitar and tabla are Indian instruments that, in video game music, are almost always used to signify the desert. Not every composer buys into this trend, however, and this episode focuses on desert themes that suggest a different kind of adventure.

Along similar lines, listen to the episode about the phony pan-Asian motif in video game music.

Track listing:

0:14: Tostarena Ruins / Super Mario Odyssey / Naoto Kubo
3:42: Lethal Lava Land / Super Mario 64 / Koji Kondo
4:07: Through the Desert / Castle Crashers / Matthew Harwood 
4:31: Drums of Dalia / Golden Sun: The Lost Age / Motoi Sakuraba 
4:53: Kingdom of Nasrad / Skies of Arcadia / Yutaka Minobe and Tatsuyuki Maeda
5:15: Gritzy Desert / Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time / Yoko Shimomura 
5:34: Addashi Desert / Okage: Shadow King / Jun-Ichi Doi, Takamitsu Kajikawa, Yoshikazu Kawatani, Toda Kazuhide and Toshiaki Murata 
5:55: Dasil, City of Burning Sands / Xenogears / Yasunori Mitsuda 
6:16: Desert Ruins (Zone 1) / Sonic: Lost World / Tomoya Ohtani and Takahito Eguchi 
6:37: Slipsand Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Mahito Yokota 
7:46: The Burning Sands / Final Fantasy X / Masahi Hamazu
9:30: Dhalsim’s Theme / Street Fighter IV / Composed by Yoko Shimomura, arranged by Hideyuki Fukasawa
9:55: Desert Hill / Super Mario Bros. 3 / Koji Kondo
10:17: Sandopolis / Sonic the Hedgehog 3 / Various Composers
10:47: Desert Palace / Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds / Ryo Nagamatsu 
11:59: The Sunlands / Octopath Traveler / Yasunori Nishiki
15:31: The Withered Forest / Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl / Yuzo Koshiro 
20:36: Kalamari Desert / Mario Kart 64 / Kenta Nagata 
23:40: Desert Zone / Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap / Composed by Shinichi Sakamoto, arranged by Michael Geyre 
29:36: Yucca Desert / Mother / Hirokazu Tanaka
30:29: Super Dry Dance (Dry Dunes Desert) / Earthbound / Hirokazu Tanaka
33:14: Secret of the Arid Sands / Secret of Mana / Hiroki Kikuta 
35:19: Harvest November / Seiken Densetsu 3 / Hiroki Kikuta
40:43: The Rosy Setting Sun (El Sol Rosado Del Sol) / Sunset Riders / Motoaki Furukawa 
43:06: Advanced Wind (Whistle Version) / Wild Arms 3 / Michiko Naruke 
46:06: Teehee Valley / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions / Yoko Shimomura 
48:18: Desert Flower (Treit, the Desert Oasis) / Tales of Symphonia / Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura and Takeshi Arai
52:57: Gerudo Valley / Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Koji Kondo 
55:43: Gerudo Town (Night) / Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Yasuaki Iwata 
59:49: Oblivia Field (Night) / Xenoblade Chronicles X / Hiroyuki Sawano 
63:07: Marmalade Valley / Paper Mario: Color Splash. / Takeru Kanazaki, Shigemitsu Goto, and Fumihiro Isobe 
66:29: Scorching Dunes (Sunburn Island) / Shantae and the Pirate's Curse / Jake Kaufman 
70:58: Sky Sands / Kirby’s Air RIde / Shogo Sakai, Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando and Tadashi Ikegami
73:34: Sand Ocean / F-Zero / Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida
74:50: The Sandy Badlands / Final Fantasy VII / Nobuo Uematsu
75:59: Land of Sand and Time / Bravely Default / REVO

 
 
Drew Mackie