Kyoto Nights was created using an innovative technique for creating freeform music – a program called ColorMusic (written by Shinichiro Hirama). This program translates the movement of a mouse over contrasting colors in an image file, and converts the result to music in the form of a midi sequencer file. The raw source for Kyoto Nights came from using a screenshot from the game Oni, and then edited and processed with different instruments in Melody Assistant.
If you’ve ever played a Final Fantasy game, you’ve probably heard of Cid. knowing that, you’d be quick to realize that this song has absolutely nothing to do with that at all. In fact, it’s named Ced’s march for the main chord progression: C,E,D. Aside from that, not much else to say about this song – it sounds kind of like brass-heavy marches by some british composers, hence the “strange british variant.”
The very first musical track that I ever sequenced on the computer, while trying out one of the early versions of Melody Assistant. And yes, that is my voice, after pitch shifting at the end of the track.