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New Transcription: "A Settlement in the Red Bluffs" from Octopath Traveler (2018)

I've just released a new full transcription of Yasunori Nishiki's jig-like "A Settlement in the Red Bluffs" appearing in the pleasant little JRPG "Octopath Traveler" (2018) alongside a recording to test its accuracy. Feel free to check it out!

If you're after the sheet music for "A Settlement in the Red Bluffs", you can find it here!

This includes individual part scores for:

  • Tin Whistle

  • Drum

  • Tambourine

  • Acoustic Guitar I

  • Acoustic Guitar II

  • Acoustic Guitar III

  • Accordion

  • Solo Violin

  • Solo Contrabass

If you are one of my Patrons, you can now find the MIDI, XML and SIB files I created for this transcription now available to download from your Patreon Google Drive folder!


Arranger's Note:

"The theme accompanying Therion's starting town, Bolderfall, is this lively little Irish Jig, complete with accordion, tin whistle and solo violin on the main melody.

The rhythms here are particularly tricky; they can both be written in a 4/4 time signature (as I chose here), or alternatively a 12/16 signature (which to me was far more difficult to read). So I decided on using a 4/4 signature with frequent triplet rhythms.

The work is incredibly modal, using in particular the "Dorian" mode in A (A, B, C, D, E, F#, G, A) with its characteristic F# (0:12), before modulating up to the subdominant - D Dorian (D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D) with its characteristic B-natural (0:39). The work then concludes back into A Dorian to allow a seamless repeat (0:58).

Even though the work is mostly Dorian, there are some quick excursions to the flattened-6th degree (which in A Dorian, would be F-natural, rather than F-sharp), as can be found at 0:17. This excursion occurs similarly when the work modulates into D Dorian, pivoting quickly on a B-flat (the flattened-6th) rather than a B-natural at (0:44)."

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