If you've ever seen one of Hayao Miyazaki's animated films, you've encountered the work of composer Joe Hisaishi. His haunting, gorgeous compositions have accompanied films from Castle in the Sky to My Neighbor Totoro to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
Hisaishi will also be creating the music for Studio Ghibli and Level-5's upcoming PS3 role-playing game Ni No Kuni, something that has me just as excited about the game as any talk of its animation, story or design. In the video above, he talks about the creative process, which sounds like it was awfully organic. He says he based the music in part on folk music of Ireland to create "something nostalgic, but still connected to the future."
For some reason, I'm still kind of skeptical about Ni No Kuni overall (maybe it was that weird demo), but however the game turns out, it's a safe bet the music will be something special. Hisaishi says he hopes one day they can do a concert based on the game's music. I'd go.