OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears

Xenogears was released for Playstation by Squaresoft on February 11th, 1998 in Japan, with a North American release on October 20th of the same year. The story follows the protagonist Fei Fong Wong, who suffers from amnesia and is haunted by mysterious and often troubling flashbacks of his past lives. Xenogears’ storyline was quite controversial at the time of release due to its focus on topics such as religion, subjugation of people, classism, racism, and the horrors of war. Underlying its structure were the ideas of Jungian psychology; the id, ego, and superego from the Freudian structural model of the psyche; the philosophical ideas from Nietzsche; and the psychoanalytical theories of Karen Horney.

The music of Xenogears, entirely composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, perfectly reflects these heavy ideas and themes, while still providing a plethora of fun and beautiful compositions to represent the people and places of its world. Xenogears Original Soundtrack was released on March 1st, 1998, with 44 tracks spread across two discs. The music of Xenogears covers numerous styles, including Celtic, Arabic, folk, and religious. There are also two songs featuring Celtic vocalist Joanne Hogg, as well as choral work performed by The Great Voices of Bulgaria. The whole soundtrack is brimming with catchy, timeless, and unforgettable melodies that immediately pull you back into the game's world. However, even for those who haven’t played the game, this music is masterfully composed and can be appreciated by all.

For OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears, the Materia Collective community came together in full force to pay tribute to one of the finest RPG soundtracks ever made. Over 130 arrangers, musicians, vocalists, lyricsts, mixing engineers, mastering engineers, translators, and engravers worked together to cover all 44 tracks from the original soundtrack. OMEGA features a diverse range of instrumentation and styles, from solo piano to full orchestra; guitar and mandolin duet to an enormous choir just to name a few. We put our hearts and souls into this album, and we hope we have made a fitting tribute to a soundtrack that has meant so much to so many people since it was released twenty years ago.

Track List & Credits

OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears was made possible by the following individuals:

: Album Producer
: Special Thanks
Jake Murray: Album Art
: Mastering Engineer
: Special Thanks
: Executive Producer
1You Shall Be As Gods4:52
: Performing Artist, String Section
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Tuba
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
: Violin, Viola
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Baritone), Trombone
: Bass Drum, Chimes, Gong, Shaker, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Timpani, Wind Chimes, Xylophone
Erin Fan Blanton: Vocals (Alto)
Garret McPherson: Vocals (Baritone)
: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute
: Harp
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Tenor)
: French Horn, Trumpet, Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
Mai Yishan: Flute
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Vocals (Soprano), Viola, Violin
: Vocals (Tenor), Triangle, Synthesizer, Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Bass), Vocals (Tenor)
: Clarinet
: Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass), Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Synthesizer
: Violin
: Double Bass
: Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Bassoon, Cymbals
2Stand Tall and Shake the Heavens4:46
: Producer, Arranger, Vocalist, Mixing Engineer, Additional Lyrics
3KIZUNA2:57
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Pennywhistle, Bansuri
: Harp
4My Village is Number One!3:41
: Producer, Arranger, Nyckelharpa, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Accordion
Alexander Nielsen: Violin
5Valley of Winds2:39
: Producer, Arranger, Flute
: Flute
: Bass Flute
: Flute, Piccolo
: Flute, Piccolo
: Alto Flute
6Distant Oath2:34
: Producer, Arranger
: Mixing Engineer
: Viola
7Steel Giant3:24
: Producer
: Tuba
: French Horn, Arranger
: Trumpet, Mixing Engineer
8The Blackmoon Forest3:56
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Engraving, Sound Design
: Violin (1), Violin (2), Viola
: Violin (1), Violin (2)
: Sound Design
: Violin (1), Violin (2), Viola
: Harp
: Viola
: French Horn
: Cello
: Violin (1), Violin (2)
: Violin (1), Violin (2)
: Percussion Arrangement, Percussion
: Double Bass
: Oboe, Bassoon
9Dearly Egg of Dreams3:22
: Producer, Arranger, Piano
10Dozing Off (Short Version)0:11
: Producer, Arranger, Archlute
: Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer
11City of Burning Synths3:55
: Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Synths, Mixing Engineer
12Hopes and Dreams4:35
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Guitar
Bijan Bryan Eghtesady: Drums
13He Who Rules the Dark2:33
: Producer, Arranger
14Gear Cutter1:12
: Producer, Arranger
15Marching Orders from the Dreams of the Strong3:21
: Producer, Arranger, Trombone (1)
: Tuba
: Horn (1), Trombone (2)
: Quad Drums, Marimba, Gong
: Vibraphone
: Snare Drum
: Trumpet (1), Trumpet (2), Horn (3)
: Horn (2), Horn (4), Trombone (4)
: Trumpet (2), Trombone (3), Euphonium
: Mixing Engineer
: Trumpet (4)
: Trumpet (3)
: Bass Trombone
16Lost Jewel2:58
: Producer, Arranger
: Mixing Engineer
17Aveh, the Ancient Jig2:39
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Irish Banjo, Smallpipes, Bodhràn
: Hammered Dulcimer
18Incursion2:46
: Producer, Arranger, Finger Snap, Clave, Jingle Bell, Egg Shaker, Conga Programming, Toms Programming, Triangle Programming, Alto Sax (1), Alto Sax (2)
: Mixing Engineer
: Viola
: Trumpet (1), Trumpet (2)
: Flute (1), Flute (2)
: Eight Snare Hits
: Violin (1), Violin (2)
: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
: Jingle Bell Provider
: Surf Guitar, 70s Rock Guitar
19Stage of Death2:22
: Producer, Arranger
Bijan Bryan Eghtesady: Drums
: Bass Guitar
: Guitar
: Tenor Saxophone
: Tenor Saxophone
: Alto Saxophone
: Trumpet, Mixing Engineer, Producer
: Bass Trombone
: Baritone Saxophone
20Contact4:59
: Producer, Arranger
21Canção do Vento4:17
: Lyrics, Vocals
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Cavaquinho, Percussion
22The Chapel's Back Porch3:24
: Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Mandolin
23adrift...Shattered Splinters3:57
: Producer
: Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
FluteDiva Heftsiva Zer-Aviv: Bass Flute, Alto Flute, Turkish Ney
: Percussion
24Thames on the Field1:44
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Bass)
: Vibraphone (1), Vibraphone (2), Marimba (1), Marimba (2), Glockenspiel
: Snare Drum
: Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Bass), Shakers
: Mixing Advisor
: Xylophone, Chimes
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Bass), Triangle, Shakers, Timbal, Tamborim
: Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Bass)
: Additional Editing
: Snare Drum, Medieval Snare
25LET'S GO ALREADY!!!!!3:42
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Engraving, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Piano, Drums, Synth
: Tuba
26The Lion and the Lamb3:29
: Producer, Arranger
: Violin, Viola
: Lyrics, Soloist
: Strings, Performing Artist
27Jaws of Root and Steel2:05
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Marimba (2)
: Marimba (1)
: Xylophone
: Vibraphone
28Blood, Fire and Steel3:31
: Producer, Arranger
29October Mermaid4:34
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Piano
: Soprano Saxophone
30Those Who Went Above the Ground5:17
: Producer, Arranger, Percussion, Vocals
31Beneath the Blue Sky With You2:56
: Producer, Arranger, Clarinet in A, Bassoon, Glockenspiel
: English Horn
: Violin, Viola
: French Horn
: Violin, Viola
32Journey Through the Night Sky3:40
: Producer, Arranger
: Producer, Arranger
: Bassoon
33Stellar Remnants/Abstraction6:55
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Keyboard, Trumpet, Ocarina, Bamboo Flute
: Piano
: Tenor Saxophone
34Flytur ~ Skyve Himmelen!4:59
: Producer, Arranger, Seljefløyte, Low Whistle, Guitar, Synthesizer, Programming
35Yggdrasil3:11
: Producer, Performing Artist
: Arranger
: Violin, Editor
: Mixing Engineer (Unicycle Audio), Mastering Engineer (Unicycle Audio)
Rosalie Samter: Viola
36Rolling Hills3:41
: Producer, Arranger, Piano
37Beginning of Dreams0:37
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Performing Artist
38Torn Apart4:35
: Producer, Arranger
39Divine Providence1:51
: Producer, Arranger, Violin, Piano
40Assault on Babel Tower3:33
: Producer, Arranger
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2), Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Flute, Piccolo
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Tenor)
: Trumpet, Vocals (Tenor) (Tenor)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Clarinet
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Alto)
: Bassoon
41Awake3:58
: Producer, Arranger, Songwriter
: Songwriter, Vocals
42One Who Bares Fangs at God4:22
: Producer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Percussion
: Tuba
: Violin, Viola
: Vocals (Alto)
: Flute
: Mixing Engineer
: Trombone, Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Clarinet
: Trumpet (1), Vocals (Tenor)
: Horn
: Translator
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Uilleann Pipes
: Lyricist, Choral Arranger, Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Trumpet (2)
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Clarinet
43The Beginning and the End4:38
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Engraving, Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass)
: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Engraving, Synth Programmer, Plug-in Writer
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Alto 1), Vocals (Alto 2)
: Vocals (Soprano 2), Vocals (Alto 1)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Alto 2)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Translator, Transliterator
: Vocals (Alto 1)
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Alto 2)
Rachel Robinson: Vocals (Alto 1)
: Vocals (Alto 2)
: Vocals (Soloist), Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2)
: Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Alto 1), Vocals (Alto 2)
: Vocals (Soloist), Vocals (Soprano 1), Vocals (Soprano 2), Vocals (Alto 1), Vocals (Alto 2)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Tenor)
44Broken Mirror5:00
: Producer, Arranger, Performer

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