Roadside Trees Outside the Window – Etrian Odyssey

About game/music

This is “Roadside Trees Outside the Window” from Turn-based RPG “Etrian Odyssey”, developed and published by ATLUS.
This is composed by Yuzo Koshiro.

Etrian Odyssey is a game in which you build a party and conquer dungeons by creating characters by freely choosing from a selection of pre-defined classes, such as warrior or mage etc.
There is no map of the dungeon and you have to draw it yourself, which gives you an feeling of ‘exploring’ despite the low image quality of the Nintendo DS.
Sometimes powerful enemies are placed along the way, so there is a sense of tension as to how to avoid them and proceed.

This music is played in the town, which is the base for conquering the dungeon.

Analyzing

Note: Timestamp is from performance video.

  • bar 1~8: Progression like Pachelbel’s Canon. Descending bass with inverted form, using diatonic chords.
  • bar 12 (0:22): It seems to be a secondary chord towards V, but the quality is m7b5 (II9 root omitted) and sounds melancholy.
  • bar 13~18 (0:24~end): After the familiar ii-V expects the end, bVI-bVII-I is used, a common progression in minor keys. In addition, in last I, resolution to 3rd is pending, reinforcing stability when it is finally resolved.

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