Raiden Shogun Battle Theme II
Genshin Impact Inazuma Song Review
First of all, The “Raiden Shogun Battle Theme II” is a video game soundtrack from the famous mobile and PC RPG game, Genshin Impact. The song was published and composed by Yu-Peng Chen and HOYO-MiX. The video game song was published in the “Genshin Impact - Inazuma Region Original Sound Track”. The song was composed by the one and only Yu-Peng Chen who worked with Sachiko Miyano, a brilliant orchestrator and arranger. The song is inspired by the country, Japan, with its use of Japanese musical instruments and Japan’s aesthetic design.
Furthermore, listening to the song I can hear that it has a flute instrument playing and it is accompanied by a drum set beat. I also hear strings playing almost continuously by decrescendo when there are re instruments and sounds colliding with each other. There is also a piano that plays that gives the song an ominous beat that is then played with a high bass sound that dominates the other instruments. I hear two massive trumpet-like sounds that give a hype to the beginning of the song and the flute then plays smooth and clean consonant sounds. The flute gives way for the piano to give a beautiful melody that hypes up the beat of the song and then the shakuhachi flute gives off a vibrant and relaxing sound. The strings from the shamisen instrument have strong and independent singular notes that sync with the piano synthesizer because they have a calm and elegant tone when the trumpet and electric guitar are not playing. On the other hand, the electric guitar has chords playing with the trumpet and it becomes a really beautiful sync of instruments. When the trombone is playing the strings play and the koto and shamisen instruments have coherent sounds that intertwine with each other creating an energetic and “battle themed” tone. The drumset plays an almost singular note with the koto and shakuhachi flute that plays a gentle tone from the drum beat and a natural tone from the japanese instruments. The song impacted how a flute can lead a song with deep instruments like the trombone. The meaning behind the shakuhachi flute was to provide the song a soothing and rich sound that blends well with the other instruments. The koto instrument’s meaning in the song was to give it string sounds that accompany the drumset upbeat and keyboard synchronizer notes.
Lastly, the trombone playing had me at awe because of the way it wasn't too overpowering but gave an energetic tone to the song. I think not many songs have a flute played and the audience would really love how soothing and controlled the shakuhachi flute can really change the gameplay in a musical art. The koto stringed instrument is also a magnificent and beautiful piece of japanese music that will make the audience want to know more about how it elegantly synchronises with the drumset.