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Seven Levels

Catalog Number N/A
Release Date 2008
Publish Format Doujin/Indie
Release Price Free
Media Format Digital
Classification Arrangement, Original Work
Published by Eric Barker
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu / , Kenji Yamamoto / , Minako Hamano / , Ogeretsu Kun / , Koji Kondo / , Eric Barker, Masato Nakamura /
Arranged by Eric Barker
Performed by Eric Barker


Disc 1

01 Final Fantasy VI – Battle Theme 3:15
02 Metroid 3 – Norfair Depths 4:33
03 Final Fantasy VII – Jenova 7:05
04 Mega Man 2 – Dr. Wiley's Fortress 3:08
05 Final Fantasy IX – Freya 8:01
06 Zelda – Ocarina Medley 10:12
07 Eric Barker – Escape from Azador 6:47
08 Sonic the Hedgehog – Brain Hill Zone 7:28
Disc length 50:29


Over the past two years, or so, I had become increasingly interested in music from old video games. I had already been arranging quite a few pop tunes, mainly Radiohead, for classical piano, so it was simply a natural course for me to begin arranging game music.

During my final year at Oberlin, I had built up a fairly extensive repertoire of game pieces, and made the reservations for an evening recital of my material. To my surprise, I ended up packing the small venue with game music and classical music fans alike. It was a wonderful experience, quite possibly the most engaged audience I have ever performed for. Unfortunately, the recording I had made of the recital didn't come out, so I went into the studio to quickly re-record the concert. Seven Levels is a combination of recordings from that session and recordings I had made previously of the same material for various online game remixing sites.

The recording includes one original composition, Escape from Azador, a piece I had written on piano to emulate a cinematic game music style, and had later arranged for orchestra. I had performed it on my game music recital as well and it had been a hit. One recording I have left off is an arrangement of the Super Mario Bros. 2 Theme, since I never got a decent recording of it. If I get the chance, it will be included at some later date.

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