A Home For Flowers (Empty) – OMORI

About game/music

This is “A Home For Flowers (Empty)” from RPG “OMORI”, which is about overcoming trauma, created by OMOCAT.
This is composed by Pedro Silva.
The soundtrack is here.

OMOCAT, the creator of the game, cites “Earthbound” as an influence on this game, but also says that it is influenced by other famous games in Japan, like “Pokemon”, “Legend of Zelda”, etc.
(Interview Note:Japanese only)

This song is played in the house of Basil, who is one of the main character’s friend.
As the story progresses, his house and its surroundings change, and this song has several variations to match each atmosphere.
(I won’t go into details as it would be a spoiler)

Analyzing

bar 8

  • It seems to be common-tone diminished seventh chord.
    • It embellish the next chord.

bar 9~12

  • IV-V-iii-vi, or variants (other TABs include this)
    • Very popular chord progression in Japan, called “王道進行”. It means “popular” or “typical”.
    • examples;
      • Re-Tail – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Melodies Of Life~Final FantasyFINAL FANTASY IX
      • Phoenix HighwayFreedom Planet 2
      • Rainbow Resort – Kirby’s Adventure
      • Ripple Field 1 – Kirby’s Dream Land 3
      • Grass Land – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Apt.102 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Abandoned Beach – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
      • Snowfield – La Tale
      • A Home For Flowers (Empty)OMORI
      • Challenge Go Go!Pocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Slateport CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Route 104Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Rustboro CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Hearthome CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Route 203Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • National Park – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Cianwood City – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Route 26 – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Accumula Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Route 2 – Pokémon Black/White
      • Lacunosa Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Thrifty Megamart – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Island Kahuna) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Hop) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Wyndon – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Cobalt Coastlands – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
      • Purity of your smile – Ragnarok Online
      • Seaside HillSonic Heroes
      • Dear My FriendSonic Unleashed
      • End Of The SummerSonic Runners
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life
      • ShopUNDERTALE
      • Oh! One True LoveUNDERTALE
    • examples in minor key (in this case, bVI-bVII-v-i);
      • Battle! (Rival) – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • The Battle at the Summit! – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Ultra Necrozma) – Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Arven) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Battle! (*spoilerAI Professor) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Magical Snow DaySonic Runners
        • It appears as a modulation from C major to C minor, a parallel key.
      • Desire Drive – 東方神霊廟 ~ Ten Desires.
      • Illusionary White Traveler – 東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
      • The Great Fantastic Underground Railway Network – 東方虹龍洞 ~ Unconnected Marketeers.

bar 20

  • I-I7 or i-I7 (other TABs include this)
    • After resolving to the tonic, it leads smoothly to the following IV (or iv)
    • I7 is sometimes replaced by a diminished 7th chord (#Io7 or other)
    • examples;
      • Boat BudsA Short Hike
      • Thrash MachineDELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Xeno ArcadiaHylics 2
      • Costumes & Colors – Kirby’s Dream Buffet
      • SNES Donut Plains 3 – Mario Kart 8
      • Actor’s AnteroomMELTY BLOOD Actress Again Current Code
      • Challenge Go Go!Pocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Rustboro City – Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Valor LakefrontPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Canalave CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Cianwood City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Pewter City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Iki Town (Day) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Levincia – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life

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