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False Advertisement: Aspiring Composer Uses Final Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts III To Promote His Music

November 3, 2009 | | 8 Comments Share thison Facebook False Advertisement: Aspiring Composer Uses Final Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts III To Promote His Musicon Twitter

There’s this kid, named Max, who’s posting videos all over YouTube that combine his own original music with footage and concept art from big-name Square Enix titles. He has some logos made up for himself, one says “Max Enix,” and another says “Max Sounds.” He’ll title his videos Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack and Kingdom Hearts 3 Soundtrack. In the description, he (sometimes) admits the music he wrote is fanmade.

So here’s what’s really pissing me off about this guy. It’s not that his music is bad. The trouble is, actually, that he sounds like a truly talented composer! He really sounds good! So when you’re a good musician, the last thing you want to do is get yourself in legal trouble. And he’s just itching to do that, especially when his composition style is close to that of Masashi Hamauzu, composer for Final Fantasy XIII. That, and some of his “compositions” are actually arrangements of real Square Enix themes. He also claims he’s developing an indie game called “Final Fantasy Aether.” I think that’s strike three. Come up with some original ideas to match the music, please!

Check out his work on YouTube by checking his profile (max05233157). And encourage him to find someone that can help market his music appropriately–because this 17-year-old prodigy has a shot at doing something worthwhile. But as it stands, he doesn’t have a chance of making a good impression, not while he’s running around like an idiot claiming to write music for the most anticipated RPG of this console generation.

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