C# Compiler, The Wise

#7: C# Compiler, The Wise
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We went through quite a lot in Hello, Pumpkin!, didn’t we? We coded our very first program, using notepad nonetheless, just like the shamans of ancient times did. Then we called upon the compiler by applying the power of our own fingertips to the intimidating Command Prompt. But what was that all about? What exactly happened when we compiled that code?

Well, a couple of things happened back there, between us writing the code in notepad and the computer happily printing Hello, Pumpkin! to the screen. So what were they?

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TAM Violin / Final Fantasy V / Clash On The Big Bridge

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Before I saw this amazing performance of Final Fantasy V‘s hyperactive Clash On The Big Bridge instrumental theme by TAM, I never thought it was remotely possible for a human being to play this originally synthesised piece. The first few seconds of the this performance, with those fingers insanely dancing on that violin, as if it were that easy, show both why I thought it was impossible and how fortunately mistaken I was. This is wonderfully played.

I especially love the variation at 2:10, bringing even more heart into this hyper-energetic performance.

What do you think? Do you love this piece as much as me or even more?

Bastion / Theme Song Medley / Live

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Up until now, there has been only one game I ever purchased not only due to its inspiring design but also because I fell in love with its music. That game was Bastion.

In this live performance at PAX Prime 2013, composer Darren Korb and singer Ashley Barret enchant us with a special medley of the game’s sad yet enthralling theme songs, Build That Wall, Mother, I’m Here and Setting Sail, Coming Home.

Having played Bastion, these beautiful compositions always remind me of the sadness of building up for a war fuelled by mutual distrust yet also the encouraging inevitability of the freedom that follows.

Lyrics / Build That Wall

I dig my hole you build a wall
I dig my hole you build a wall
One day that wall is gonna fall

Gon’ build that city on a hill
Gon’ build that city on a hill
One day your tears are gonna spill

So build that wall and build it strong cause
We’ll be there before too long

Gon’ build that wall up to the sky
Gon’ build that wall up to the sky
Someday your bird is gonna fly

Gon’ build that wall until it’s done
Gon’ build that wall until it’s done
But now you’ve got nowhere to run

So build that wall and build it strong cause
We’ll be there before too long

Lyrics / Mother I’m Home

I set my sail
Fly the wind it will take me
Back to my home, sweet home

Lie on my back
Clouds are making way for me
I’m coming home, sweet home

I see your star
You left it burning for me
Mother, I’m here

Eyes open wide
Feel your heart and it’s glowing
I’m welcome home, sweet home

I take your hand
Now you’ll never be lonely
Not when I’m home, sweet home

I see your star
You left it burning for me
Mother, I’m here

Trivia

Bastion’s music was reportedly recorded in Korb’s closet at his New York City apartment. Who said wonderful music never came from someone’s closet?

Thoughts

Does this song inspire you as much as it does me? If so, why don’t you share your thoughts below?

Video Games Live / The Scars Of Time

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Do you remember Chrono Cross? Initially released for the PlayStation, this was one of the few games to ever get a perfect 10/10 score on GameSpot.

Listen to the inspiring opening song, The Scars Of Time, originally composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, here performed by the awesome guys at Video Games Live with Laura Intravia on the flute, Tommy Tallarico on the guitar and Jack Wall on the acoustic guitar.