Gust Sound Team

Name Gust Sound Team
Team Members Tsuchiya Akira (土屋暁), Nakagawa Ken (中河健), Achiwa Daisuke (阿知波大輔)
Occupation Composers
Gender All Male

Gust Sound Team is not a band, not to mention it sounds too lame for a band name. Gust Sound Team is just a term to describe the team of 3 who work in Gust, a game company, and they are the music composers for most of the games developed. The team consists of Tsuchiya Akira, the leader of the music team and also the “Total Command” (as credited) for game development, Nakagawa Ken and Achiwa Daisuke. Most of their music is lighthearted, cheery and a little playful, except for the Ar Tonelico series. As mentioned a few times here and there on this site, they are the creators of the Hymmnos music – the vocal themes of the Ar Tonelico series. Hymmnos is formally defined below in the Hymmnos section.

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Career

Gust is established in 1993, but the company only started to get a little recognition when the first game of the Atelier series – Marie no Atelier (マリーのアトリエ) was released in 1997. A number of games for the Atelier series were released in the next 10 years or so, although the English localization didn’t happen until recently for the newer titles. The team of 3 worked for the music for majority of the titles, composing the instrumental and also the vocal themes.

In 2006, a new non-Atelier game was released – Ar Tonelico. The style of the game was still similar, but Ar Tonelico had a significant change – the focus on vocal themes, which is collectively known as the Hymmnos songs. Ar Tonelico was localized, but it had mixed reception in the western world. Either way, this site is about the music not how well the game did. Ar Tonelico 2 was released about a year and a half later, and the distinctive music style was faithfully kept.

Hymmnos

Was yea ra chs ieeya fhyu, that’s Hymmnos (it means I will become the wind of hope). Hymmnos is an artificial language created for the Ar Tonelico series, grammar structures and semantics are defined, dictionaries and various information regarding Hymmnos can be read in the official Hymmno Server site (Japanese). So why Hymmnos and why we do care? That’s because majority of the vocal themes in the Ar Tonelico series are sung in Hymmnos, with some in archaic or traditional Japanese. Thus, the vocal themes of the Ar Tonelico series are generally referred as “Hymmnos music” or “Hymmnos songs” on this site.

Clearly, just because the songs are sung in an alien language does not make them good. The Hymmnos music is unique because they often employ multiple layers of vocals, choruses, a myriad of instruments, and of course heavy chanting (for an example, the ending theme of Ar Tonelico 2 has 2 main vocals, 3 choruses and 22 instruments), and the end result is splendid. I wouldn’t say it is a sub-genre by itself, since the songs can be quite diverse. To best understand how they sound or feel, check out the samples.

Albums

This section details some of albums done by the trio. Note that this is not a complete discography. Each album listed contains a few handpicked sample tracks that I personally adore. Also, the albums are sorted by personal favourites.

Note: Additional “sample” link is included if the stream doesn’t work. <name> next to a track denotes the vocalist.

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Responses

  1. Sorry for meddling in here, but you forgot to add into the list for Mio the song EXEC_over.METHOD_SUBLIMATION/. ee wassa sos yehar. And while your translation for that Hymmnos sentence is correct, you leaved out the emotions.

    Sorry again if I’m annoying you with this.

  2. Hm not sure how I missed it, but thanks for the correction. It’s now fixed.

  3. Ok, and I hope that you don’t mind if discuss with some of the feelings that were put on the songs, such as Harmonius being actually a song that asks you to calm your heart (simply put, hear my song and let it free you from the hatred and sadness you are feeling, and are driving you to do horrible things).

    And Phantasmagoria, which is undoubtedly the pinnacle of work for everyone in Gust (after all, a lot of people from both it and Banpresto took part in the chorus at the end), being the most beautiful form to wish for eternal peace and union for all mankind.

  4. Feel free to discuss anything, although do keep in mind that this is not a place to talk about the specifics of the Hymmnos language. While I understand the hard work the developers have put into Hymmnos, this site is more on the music than the language itself.

    To put it another way, I’d like to keep this as a place where anyone can drop in and enjoy the music without all the in-depth game details, which most people don’t care.

  5. Understood (though I was talking about the feelings the songs carried, and sorry I forgot to specify that I wanted to discuss it with you)… and here is a little extra info for the section… actually Dahna didn’t do the first Hymmnos male vocals in Homura, but rather in the two Hymmnos Musical discs (and both Shimotsuki and Ishibashi got some extra exposure in there, and in the OVA disc single)…

  6. Oh the drama CDs you mean… I didn’t get them because I read it’s mostly drama…

  7. Yeah, but they have also some original songs in there that don’t appear anywhere else (though except for the Ending songs, they are extremely short…)


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