Rune Lai wrote:I haven't played most of the games Sakurabaa has composed, but Baten Kaitos is one of my favorite soundtracks (I'm actually listening to it right now). I don't think he would be a particularly bad choice, but there is something particularly fruity about Iwadare that makes his work distinguishable, and I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. I was playing Grandia II and a couple tracks made me think of Lunar because they sounded like something that belongs in Lunar.
I think the thing that makes Iwadare's music so distinct is his use of stringed instruments. He has a really wonderful way of utilizing them so that his compositions sound really full and rich. Sakuraba, on the other hand, relies heavily on brass and synth. Even when he does use strings like in that cool violin/viola-based battle theme for Baten Kaitos, it's not used as extensively or complexly as in Iwadare's work.