Musical Monday: “Yellow River ~ Yangtze River” (Romance of the Three Kingdoms), composed by Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno is justly famed for her beautiful anime music (I previously spotlighted one of her compositions, “Inner Universe” from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Less well known is the lovely music she previously did for KOEI’s strategy franchises, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga’s Ambition. I’ve attached an orchestral performance of one song below. Enjoy!


Introducing Musical Monday: “Inner Universe” (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), composed by Yoko Kanno

Sorry, guys, still no major update — not only is my computer still out of commission, but I’ve been feeling under the weather for the last week. I have written most of a post on squad-level strategy and tactical RPGs, but ’til it’s ready, I thought I’d tide you over by kicking off a new series: Musical Monday. Every Monday, I plan to highlight the soundtracks that make my favourite games, movies, TV and anime what they are — and first up, I’ve chosen one of my all-time favourites, “Inner Universe”. Soaring and angelic, it perfectly accompanies the opening credits to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex:



A longer, five-minute version appears on the first soundtrack CD. Back in the day, I used this as background music for Freelancer:



Enjoy, and stay tuned for more next week!




Track: “Inner Universe”

Source:  Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack – OST CD #1

Credits: Composed by Yoko Kanno, lyrics by Shanti Snyder & Origa, sung by Origa.