@thehardmodes

The Hard Modes @thehardmodes

Jazz sextet that plays original arrangements of video game music. Based in Charlottesville, VA. Arrangements composed by Greg Weaver. Latest video:

https://youtu.be/aqLvh5T4niY

To test out new mouthpieces I recorded three different [rough] takes of “Ovelia’s Theme” from Final Fantasy Tactics. Which sound do you like the best? First is the piece that came with the horn and that I’ve been playing (Yanagisawa 6); second is Vandoren V16 S7; third is Selmer Super Session E. #saxophone #mouthpiece #sax #practice #sopranosax #jazz #vgm #videogamemusic #gaming #retrogaming #finalfantasy #finalfantasytactics
@thehardmodes

To test out new mouthpieces I recorded three different [rough] takes of “Ovelia’s Theme” from Final Fantasy Tactics. Which sound do you like the best? First is the piece that came with the horn and that I’ve been playing (Yanagisawa 6); second is Vandoren V16 S7; third is Selmer Super Session E. #saxophone #mouthpiece #sax #practice #sopranosax #jazz #vgm #videogamemusic #gaming #retrogaming #finalfantasy #finalfantasytactics

New foster dog Munchkin getting used to saxophone practice at 7am! Didn’t know what to think at first but then crashed on the futon. Good sign or just result of meds...? #fosterdog #fosterpup #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #pitbull #saxophone #sopranosax #practice #jazz #jazzdog
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New foster dog Munchkin getting used to saxophone practice at 7am! Didn’t know what to think at first but then crashed on the futon. Good sign or just result of meds...? #fosterdog #fosterpup #dogsofinstagram #pupsofinstagram #pitbull #saxophone #sopranosax #practice #jazz #jazzdog

Yo #cville if you can tell me where this is, I’ll give you a free signed poster! Also tell me your favorite menu item so I can order it next time ;D Sticker by @stickermule. Proud to be next to Cville natives @threenotchdbeer and @reasonbeer ! #localbrews #localmusic #brewwithaview #goodeats #locallysourced #spring #sprung #inthewild #randomencounter #vgm # videogamemusic #guerillamarketing
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Yo #cville if you can tell me where this is, I’ll give you a free signed poster! Also tell me your favorite menu item so I can order it next time ;D Sticker by @stickermule. Proud to be next to Cville natives @threenotchdbeer and @reasonbeer ! #localbrews #localmusic #brewwithaview #goodeats #locallysourced #spring #sprung #inthewild #randomencounter #vgm # videogamemusic #guerillamarketing

Two takes of the gorgeous “Ovelia’s Theme” from Final Fantasy Tactics. Trying out a new mouthpiece (Vandoren V16 S7) on my soprano for these. Got work to do :) Was inspired to do this tune after watching @purple.schala’s solo piano rendition of it on repeat yesterday—check her stuff out, too! #finalfantasy #finalfantasytactics #saxophone #sopranosax #vgm #videogames #videogamemusic #retrogaming #gaming #newmouthpiece #vandoren #vandorenv16 #breathsupport
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Two takes of the gorgeous “Ovelia’s Theme” from Final Fantasy Tactics. Trying out a new mouthpiece (Vandoren V16 S7) on my soprano for these. Got work to do :) Was inspired to do this tune after watching @purple.schala’s solo piano rendition of it on repeat yesterday—check her stuff out, too! #finalfantasy #finalfantasytactics #saxophone #sopranosax #vgm #videogames #videogamemusic #retrogaming #gaming #newmouthpiece #vandoren #vandorenv16 #breathsupport

Me with @chrispotterjazz 2007 vs. 2019! That ‘07 show was at Dizzy’s—CP played with Kenny Werner, Brian Blade, Nick Payton, and maybe Ben Street on bass? Anyway, they played a killin’ version of Hedwig’s Theme that we adopted and play at some of our gigs :D #jazz #chrispotter #saxophone #harrypotter #throwback #potterfam #potterbros #dumbeldore #springtimeofyouth
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Me with @chrispotterjazz 2007 vs. 2019! That ‘07 show was at Dizzy’s—CP played with Kenny Werner, Brian Blade, Nick Payton, and maybe Ben Street on bass? Anyway, they played a killin’ version of Hedwig’s Theme that we adopted and play at some of our gigs :D #jazz #chrispotter #saxophone #harrypotter #throwback #potterfam #potterbros #dumbeldore #springtimeofyouth

More scenes from @chrispotterjazz’s show at the @jazzstandard on Friday. 1) View from our seats for the first set. 2) My meal, the famous whole cornish hen (spicy style duh). Love how there’s zero garnish for this thing. 3) Chris’s rig. He was back to playing the black lacquered soprano as opposed to the one that he used for the last couple of records (I think). #chrispotter #jamesfrancies #marcusgilmore #jazz #jazzstandard #cornishhen #friedchicken #datchicken #groove #groovetown #saxophone
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More scenes from @chrispotterjazz’s show at the @jazzstandard on Friday. 1) View from our seats for the first set. 2) My meal, the famous whole cornish hen (spicy style duh). Love how there’s zero garnish for this thing. 3) Chris’s rig. He was back to playing the black lacquered soprano as opposed to the one that he used for the last couple of records (I think). #chrispotter #jamesfrancies #marcusgilmore #jazz #jazzstandard #cornishhen #friedchicken #datchicken #groove #groovetown #saxophone

The @chrispotterjazz show last night was 🌋🌋🌋If you’re in #NYC this weekend get to the @jazzstandard and be sure to catch both sets! It was a special treat to hear @drummerslams’s take on these bangers from the Circuits album, and watching @jamesfrancies88 live is unreal. #jazz #groove #chrispotter #jamesfrancies #marcusgilmore #saxophone #improvisation #groovecity #jazzstandard
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The @chrispotterjazz show last night was 🌋🌋🌋If you’re in #NYC this weekend get to the @jazzstandard and be sure to catch both sets! It was a special treat to hear @drummerslams’s take on these bangers from the Circuits album, and watching @jamesfrancies88 live is unreal. #jazz #groove #chrispotter #jamesfrancies #marcusgilmore #saxophone #improvisation #groovecity #jazzstandard

Field trip from Charlottesville to the Big Apple to see ya boi Chris Potter at the @jazzstandard! Nothing beats a 7-hour ride (except for a 7-hour ride that’s not 3 hours late but hashtag @amtrak). #trentonstyle #jazz #chrispotter #saxophone #bigapple #nyc #jazzstandard #gohoos #hoosinnyc
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Field trip from Charlottesville to the Big Apple to see ya boi Chris Potter at the @jazzstandard! Nothing beats a 7-hour ride (except for a 7-hour ride that’s not 3 hours late but hashtag @amtrak). #trentonstyle #jazz #chrispotter #saxophone #bigapple #nyc #jazzstandard #gohoos #hoosinnyc

@th_6_tv and @ryotayamasato never saw it comin’... #terracehouse #テラスハウス #persona5 #ペルソナ5 #ペルソナ #persona #renamamiya #joker #takeyourheart #p5 #karuizawa #openingnewdoors #軽井沢 #ジョーカー
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@th 6 tv and @ryotayamasato never saw it comin’... #terracehouse #テラスハウス #persona5 #ペルソナ5 #ペルソナ #persona #renamamiya #joker #takeyourheart #p5 #karuizawa #openingnewdoors #軽井沢 #ジョーカー

Finally hanging some art in Hard Modes HQ! Our two show posters, a poster from my ‘09 senior recital (where I debuted our Gemini Man arrangement), and two of the baddest Transformers. #morethanmeetstheeye #vgm #videogames #videogamemusic #hangemhigh #gaming #retrogaming #transformers #music #musicstudio
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Finally hanging some art in Hard Modes HQ! Our two show posters, a poster from my ‘09 senior recital (where I debuted our Gemini Man arrangement), and two of the baddest Transformers. #morethanmeetstheeye #vgm #videogames #videogamemusic #hangemhigh #gaming #retrogaming #transformers #music #musicstudio

Back to learning game heads before work! “Sunset Waltz” by Yoko Shimomura (Final Fantasy XV). Also #GOHOOS for putting an unbelievable sunset on a great #MarchMadness. #finalfantasy #finalfantasyxv #yokoshimomura #vgm #videogames #gaming #saxophone #tenorsax #waltz
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Back to learning game heads before work! “Sunset Waltz” by Yoko Shimomura (Final Fantasy XV). Also #GOHOOS for putting an unbelievable sunset on a great #MarchMadness. #finalfantasy #finalfantasyxv #yokoshimomura #vgm #videogames #gaming #saxophone #tenorsax #waltz

Our latest footage from our Level 2 show is up! “Radical Dreamers” from Chrono Cross—link in bio! #vgm #chronocross #chronotrigger #yasunorimitsuda #vgm #videogamemusic #vgmusic #jazz #gaming #retrogaming #localmusic #livemusic #cville #cvillejazz #saxophone #piano #flugelhorn #sopranosax #vibraphone #drums #uprightbass
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Our latest footage from our Level 2 show is up! “Radical Dreamers” from Chrono Cross—link in bio! #vgm #chronocross #chronotrigger #yasunorimitsuda #vgm #videogamemusic #vgmusic #jazz #gaming #retrogaming #localmusic #livemusic #cville #cvillejazz #saxophone #piano #flugelhorn #sopranosax #vibraphone #drums #uprightbass

First video from our Level 2 show is up! “Mysterious Woods” from Link’s Awakening - Link in bio! #linksawakening #legendofzelda #vgm #videogamemusic #jazz #gaming #retrogaming #videogames #saxophone #trumpet #improvisation #zelda #nintendo #windfish
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First video from our Level 2 show is up! “Mysterious Woods” from Link’s Awakening - Link in bio! #linksawakening #legendofzelda #vgm #videogamemusic #jazz #gaming #retrogaming #videogames #saxophone #trumpet #improvisation #zelda #nintendo #windfish

Recording some alto parts for a friend that I met in the #MAGFest #Jamspace, JohnStacy. Haven’t played that horn in quite some time (a YAS-62 that I got back in 2001!) but I’m slowly getting back into shape. #saxophone #altosax #yamahasaxophone #recordingstudio #homestudio #gikacoustics #rodemicrophones #squishable
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Recording some alto parts for a friend that I met in the #MAGFest #Jamspace, JohnStacy. Haven’t played that horn in quite some time (a YAS-62 that I got back in 2001!) but I’m slowly getting back into shape. #saxophone #altosax #yamahasaxophone #recordingstudio #homestudio #gikacoustics #rodemicrophones #squishable

Oh nice found another one :D Thanks, @krystlemkline !!
#Repost @krystlemkline with @get_repost
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Y’all should hear this awesome jazz band - video coming up in the story. @thehardmodes
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Oh nice found another one :D Thanks, @krystlemkline !! #Repost @krystlemkline with @get repost ・・・ Y’all should hear this awesome jazz band - video coming up in the story. @thehardmodes

Sweet photo by @thenewnumbertwo from the show last night. Also may be the only photo...? If you got any hit me up! #photography #fanphoto #artsy #vgm #videogamemusic #gaming #retrogaming #jazz #rainyday
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Sweet photo by @thenewnumbertwo from the show last night. Also may be the only photo...? If you got any hit me up! #photography #fanphoto #artsy #vgm #videogamemusic #gaming #retrogaming #jazz #rainyday

Tonight’s the night! Hope to see you at @cvillecoffeeandwine or catch you on our stream (facebook.com/thehardmodes)! #vgm #videogamemusic #videogames #gaming #retrogaming #legendofzelda #jazz #localmusic #cville #cvillejazz #saxophone #trumpet #piano #vibes #drums #bass #dreambig #windfish #nintendo #squaresoft #squareenix #undertale
@thehardmodes

Tonight’s the night! Hope to see you at @cvillecoffeeandwine or catch you on our stream (facebook.com/thehardmodes)! #vgm #videogamemusic #videogames #gaming #retrogaming #legendofzelda #jazz #localmusic #cville #cvillejazz #saxophone #trumpet #piano #vibes #drums #bass #dreambig #windfish #nintendo #squaresoft #squareenix #undertale

In print! Hope to see you at @cvillecoffeeandwine this Saturday 7-9pm! #vgm #videogames #gaming #videogamemusic #jazz #retrogaming #cville #localmusic #localartist #localart
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In print! Hope to see you at @cvillecoffeeandwine this Saturday 7-9pm! #vgm #videogames #gaming #videogamemusic #jazz #retrogaming #cville #localmusic #localartist #localart

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