Two Sugars and Boys Don’t Cry are top in my list. Exotic Toybox, on the other hand, isn’t as appealing to me as a standalone track, but it sure is pretty good as an accompaniment to the VN and a mood setter. Its tune and instrument choice reminds me a lot of some tracks in the middle Pokemon generations, especially 3rd and 4th generations.
So Little Busters! got released today. It wasn’t a surprise, everyone had been preparing for this day for a long time, and while I still haven’t been able to lay a finger on the VN, I still did my preparations.
We’ve now seen the beginning of LB. Kyousuke coming back? No, before that. The menu. Such a lovely, yet intriguing melody. Defined rhythm, vague time signature. Defined harmonics within each voice, but lots of voices fighting each other. Truly one of the best tracks of the OST.
That’s why I decided to arrange it for the only instrument of which I have a minimum degree of knowledge, the piano. To be fair, I thought it was going to be way simpler than what it turned out to be. The beginning seems very easy: a few notes and far between and an extremely minimalistic accompaniment during the first bars. But then, all of a sudden, more voices appear and they all start talking to each other. They are like people speaking: they are all unique in that they don’t seem to 100% work with each other harmonically, but they are still there, merged in a sound composed of tons of arguments, opinions and concerns.
It was extremely difficult to depict all of that in a single piano track while keeping it arguably simple, so I opted to partially ignore the song structure to allow me to construct my own so that I could showcase the different voices in it in different sections of the arrange.
The time signature is very vague, especially at the beginning. This is something that made me meditate 2 weeks before writing the first bars. Consulting with some piano majors that I know, they told me that it was indeed vague and that the effect seemed to have been put there intentionally. My guess on this relies on knowledge from Refrain: This tune sounds when the ripples video plays, that is, when the fictitious world is being created. The vagueness of the time signature can perfectly represent how the world doesn’t have a defined shape at that stage, and all the different voices depict the different characters of LB arguing about whether to create this new world and, what to do in it if they finally decide to create it.
Anyway, it’s an intermediate difficulty piece, but the first part before the heavier left-hand accompaniment kicks in can be learnt by pretty much anyone that has been playing the piano for a week and knows the names of the notes. I didn’t quite like the final result since I don’t think that I managed to convey the feeling that I saw in the song, but it didn’t turn out to be horrible, so there’s that. I hope that at least someone enjoys it. That alone would make it worth it.
If you’re going to play it, keep in mind that the simplest parts are written with rather short note values that rely on high reverberation to sound like the original. If you don’t have any way to replicate a similar reverberation to that of the original song, feel free to apply full pedal when you feel that it’s needed.
So sheets and MIDI file in the youtube video description. Please enjoy!