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Posted by shanoah on January 16, 2010

Continuing our theme of themes, I thought I’d play some more game music.

You may be thinking “All right, here goes Shanoah, playing more music in Japanese that I can’t understand.”. And you’d be wrong. For the Ar tonelico series, they invented a language named Hymmnos. It has it’s own alphabet, and is fairly complex, actually. You might look through the link I gave for more info, because it’s pretty interesting.

But what I’ve got today is two songs in the hymmnos language with the lyrics written out in both it’s own alphabet, ours, and also an English translation.  Both are from Ar tonelico II. (And there are full concert cds of songs from these games, btw. I’m very tempted to get them.)

First, I have the more laid back EXEC_VIENA. Note that most hymmnos songs are also spells. And if it seems like emotions are mentioned a lot in the translations, they are actually a critical part of any sentence in Hymmnos.

Now, here is METHOD_REPLEKIA, which is one of the most powerful spells in the game.  I think what they are doing here is Binasphere, where you can combine two lines of lyrics into one line. Powerful song, though. “She sings the song of her crazed heart”. Interesting how it totally changes in character halfway through the song, and goes from crazed despair to hope…

And if it seems like I’ve played songs from this series before, perhaps I have


2 Responses to “Hymmnos”

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  2. aquagon said

    Actually, in Replekia they aren’t using Binasphere, but an entirely different kind of Hymmnos called the “New Testament Of Pastalie” (only used in METHOD songs).

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