Ongaku Concept

is creating video game music analyses
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  • My eternal gratitude
  • Access to the patron-only channel in the Ongaku Concept Discord server, as well as a shiny tangerine username.
  • A PDF of the Royal Road Guide, my meticulously thorough breakdown of the ”Four Chords of Japanese Music”.

All further tiers have the same rewards for now. You are welcome to pledge as much or as little as you like.

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A major donation. Or is it minor? Do dollars have accidentals? All previous rewards included.

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This is my favorite chord quality. Once you use 7ths, there's no going back. I heard that as a joke once, but I think it's true... All previous rewards included.

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About Ongaku Concept

What if I told you that you can write music with the same emotional impact and memorability as the music of Koji Kondo or Nobuo Uematsu?
I'll let you in on a secret. These composers are not gods of the musical realm, endowed with some innate understanding of music that few of us could ever aspire to. Their music is great because it's written with intent. Every note and every chord has a reason to exist, giving their music such clarity that it goes straight for the heart of every listener. You, too, can achieve these powers. How? Through the study of music theory.

Who are you and why are you talking to me?
My name is Joshua Taipale. I'm a composer and music theorist. Some of you might remember me as “that guy who covered like every Sonic the Hedgehog song on the guitar.” As a composer myself who wanted to learn more about the inner workings of my favorite game music, I searched for resources that could teach me about them, but I came up fairly empty-handed... so I made my own. On Ongaku Concept, I study the music of video games to explain how it was written, what makes it special, and how you can apply the same principles to your own music. I've discussed foreshadowing in the music of Pokémon, the inner workings of the ranch theme from Ocarina of Time, and even analyzed the intro theme to Game Grumps and its connection to Super Mario Bros.

Wait, isn't music theory limiting? I don't want to follow a bunch of rules!
You might be expecting me to say “you have to learn the rules before you break them,” but I'm going to say something a little more shocking: Music theory has nothing to do with rules. This is where most students (and many teachers) have it wrong. A proper understanding of music theory frees the creative mind to go above and beyond what you could possibly imagine otherwise.

What makes Ongaku Concept unique?
My study of music theory revolves entirely around principles; a moveset in a game, if you like. What makes speedrunners so incredible at games? They know their movesets like the backs of their hands. In my videos, I explain these musical movesets, and how other composers have used them to make some of the best music in video game history. It's then up to you to decide how you put them to work. Besides — how many resources do you know that are dedicated to video game music theory?

Why Patreon?
After two straight years of doing weekly videos (in addition to other musical pursuits), I started getting burnt out. It takes a lot of time to create high-quality rips content, and that time takes away from the time I could be spending earning money elsewhere. With an extra flow of cash on the side, I'm able to justify the hours I spend creating videos, and I'll also be able to afford the equipment and resources to make the show better and better.

What the heck does "Ongaku Concept" mean?
Ongaku is the Japanese word for music, literally meaning "comforting sound." Since I mostly study music from Japanese games, I thought it was fitting. Also, I'm not good with names...

And finally...
Thank you to everyone who's supported my work over the years. Whether you donate or simply watch my videos, I appreciate your support regardless, and I can't thank you enough for it. If you'd like to support me non-monetarily, sharing my videos is the best way to do that.

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