Before we begin, I would like to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for my life, and all the gifts which I've been given in it, including the ability to make this extension. Your name be glorified, my Savior, even in something as small as this. Amen.
Heading into the wilderness? Be sure to take the usual provisions, then. Food, water, extra sets of clothing, portable shelter, and of course, a portable music player as well. Why? So you can listen to Amateur Extended Theater 2000's newest upload, naturally! As ever, I'm your dream chasing host, Alkahest.
In 1966, a movie called 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' was released. It contained a soundtrack composed by the now legendary Ennio Morricone. The music from that soundtrack is such that even for people who've never seen the movie (like myself), it's instantly recognizable.
Little could anyone have realized, including Mr. Morricone, that music would serve as the chief source of inspiration to a future composer by the name of Michiko Naruke. Her distinctive western music style was heavily influenced and inspired by Morricone's work; nowhere in the WA series' soundtracks is this more evident than with the overworld map theme to WA1/ACF.
Originally titled as 'Lone Bird in the Shire - Rudy's Theme', the remade version is simply called 'Filgaia'. Both renditions play on Filgaia's overworld map as you traverse the desolate wasteland planet... just as both renditions carry an unmistakable refrain patterned nearly directly after Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold".
Likely as not, Michiko meant this to be an homage, more than outright plagiarism. She herself confessed to having been a fan of Morricone's work, after all. I can't help but wonder, though, if elements of Morricone's themes might not be lurking elsewhere in Wild Arms' soundtracks, waiting for a sharp ear to pick up on them... as was the case with WA4's 'Gunblaze'. (Check out Wild ARMs & Ennio Morricone from ImpetoBlu's channel sometime.)