Sunday, August 03, 2014

The Pleasurable Irritation of Misplaced Nostalgia

On one hand, this post may appeal especially to the video game-literate members of my audience. On the other, it speaks to a larger sensation that I'm sure we have no word for.

Here is Rene Aubry’s “Seduction,” an instrumental piano piece that I heard yesterday on KCRW.

Now, please, what does it sound like? Aubry released the song on his 2013 album, Forget Me Not, which means that whatever I’m thinking of mostly likely came out before, but something about this song triggers my nostalgia sensors nonetheless. Just given my own history, it’s likely whatever it reminds me of came from a video game, just because a life playing video game has meant a lot of time listening to instrumental “wallpaper” music. To me, the Aubry song sounds like a minor key version of something in a major key, but for the life of me I can’t say what.

Is it this? Is it this? Does this trigger anyone else’s nostalgia sensors? This is driving me crazy, but in a way I don’t especially mind.


  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

    parts of it remind me of a sped-up version of promise (reprise) from silent hill:

    1. Okay, I can kind of get this. I haven't played the game, but this sounds not too far off.

  2. Sounds like the Forest Maze from Super Mario RPG, the first lick is identical.

  3. My immediate reaction was the Forest Maze from SMRPG as well.

  4. Anonymous1:23 PM

    It makes me think of various SquareSoft titles from the 16-bit era, but which ones...I can't decide. Looking at the comments, I'm like "all of the above".

  5. Anonymous12:19 AM

    Sounds like something out of Chrono Trigger.

    Full Chrono Trigger OST:

    More than a few sound similar to my ear, but the track at 1:09:47 (Ayla's Theme) is the one that stands out to me as sounding like the major to your minor.