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                  Bravo Music:
                Chou-Meikyokuban
           Super Famous Music Record
    
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    Version 1.0 by Christopher Amis (AEChris)
         Last Update: January 27, 2002
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         Bravo Music is a new take on the music/rhthym genre - instead 
    of playing the keyboard, drums, maracas, guitar, etc., you conduct
    an orchestra! 
    
         Your goal is to play four beautiful songs for the Martians 
    who have already left Mars and are on their way to Earth! They will
    arrive in one week's time, so you have seven days to play four 
    beautiful songs - even if you screw up the song, it counts as a
    day, so do your best! 
    
    
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    Contents
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    1. How to Play
    2. Menu Screens
    3. Music (Levels)
    4. Acknowledgements
    
    
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    1. How to Play
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         The point of Bravo Music is to conduct music. That is, to keep 
    the orchestra to a beat as well as instructing them on how light or
    strong to play each measure.
    
         The main play screen is set up like this:
    
        _
       / \
       | |
       | |
       | |            __
       | |           /  \
       | |          |    |           __
       | |           \__/           /  \
       | |      __         __      /    \
       | |     /  \       /  \     \    /
       | |    |    |     |    |     |  |
       | |     \__/       \__/      |  |
       | |            __            |  |
       | |           /  \           |  |
       | |          |    |          |  |
       | |           \__/          /    \
       | |                         \    /
      /   \        Conductor        \__/
     |     |        Buttons       Pressure
     |     |                       Gauge 
      \___/                         
      Power
      Meter
    
         The Power Meter shows how well you are doing. The closer the bar
    is to the bottom, the worse you're doing. Try to keep it at the top at
    all times, as it needs to be full when the song ends. If it hits the 
    very bottom, you're done too. 
    
         The Pressure Gauge gives you an indication as to how hard you are 
    hitting the buttons (blue, green, or red). Push down lightly on the 
    buttons to make it hit blue, normally to hit green, and hit the buttons
    hard to make the gauge hit red.
    
         The Conductor Buttons is what you'll be looking at for most of the
    game. In fact, you'll be staring at these until your eyes hurt. A blue
    ball will go around the buttons counter-clockwise, and it's up to you to 
    press the corresponding button on your controller (Triangle, Square, X,
    or O) at the same time it hits. So... you will always be pressing 
    the same combination of Triangle, Square, X, O, Triangle, Square, X, O,
    over and over again (in 4/4 time, in 3/4 time the number of Conductor
    Buttons will be reduced to three, in this case, use Triangle, Square, O). 
    
         The tricky part comes in with the increasing and decreasing speed
    of the music, as well as how loud or soft the music is to be played.
    Let's look at an example:
    
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                 /  \         To play this, you would first press down 
                | R  |        Triangle very hard, because it's red.
                 \__/
             __        __     Now, press Square as you normally would,
            /  \      /  \    not hard, but not too softly either.
           | G  |    | G  |
            \__/      \__/    Next is another red, so press X down hard.
                  __
                 /  \         Finally, press O with a normal pressure.
                | R  |
                 \__/ 
    
    
         Makes sense so far? Another thing they'll do to trip you up is to
    throw in arrows at certain parts in each song. All you do is push the 
    D-Pad in the direction of the arrow at the same time you press the 
    button. Let's look again:
    
                  __
                 /  \         In this situation, you would first press 
                | B  |        the triangle button very lightly, as the
                 \__/         first colour is blue. 
             __        __     
            /  \      /  \    Now lightly again with the Square button.
           | B  |    |R/Up|
            \__/      \__/    Now push it down hard with X.   
                  __
                 /  \         Finally, push O down hard and press Up on
                | R  |        the D-Pad simultaneously.
                 \__/ 
    
    
         Easy, right? You can do it with a little practice. Although you
    won't get better without practice, this'll help you get started! Also
    remember that every once in a while a star will show up in a circle,
    
    
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    2. Menu Screens
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         From the main screen you have five choices:
    
         * Tutorial
    
              Welcome! To Bravo Music World! Press O to go through the
              tutorial screens, press Start to exit. You might not have
              much luck here if you can't read Japanese.
    
         * Game Start
    
              When you choose Game Start, a text wondow comes up asking
              if you would like to view the tutorial first. Choose the 
              left option for Yes, right option for No. Choosing Story 
              Mode on the main menu screen will start the actual game. 
              You have four main options:
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        /    \
       /Story \           Choose from a selection of six songs to conduct.
       \      /
        \____/   ____
                /Game\
               /Sett- \   Set Volume (1-7) and Conductor Button Pressure
               \ ings /
         ____   \____/
        /    \
       / Save \           Do you want to save? Yes/No
       \      /
        \____/   ____
                /    \
               / Exit \   Return to Title? Yes/No, Save before exit? Yes/No
               \      /
                \____/
    
    
         * Game Load
    
              When you press O, a text window comes up asking whether you
              want to load this data, left option for Yes, right for No.
              If you press X, you are asked if you want to check for other 
              data. This is for if you want to insert another memory card,
              because you can only save one game on each memory card.
    
    
         * Child Mode
    
              In Child Mode you can choose from six planets, each leading 
              to a different song. Child Mode is really, really boring, 
              because there is no pressure measure and no arrows. You just 
              press the buttons in sequence over and over. Still, you 
              should check it out for the freaky looking bear on the 
              loading screen.
    
    
         * Toy Box
    
              View toys you have collected (more info later).
    
    
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    3. Music (Stages)
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         1) Fifth Symphony, First Movement ~ Beethoven
         2) Aria in G Major ~ Mozart
         3) Flower Waltz from The Nutcracker Suite ~ Tchaikovsky
         4) Wa ga sokoku (My Homeland) ~ Moldau
         5) Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement ~ Beethoven
         6) On the Beautiful Blue Danube ~ Johann Strauss Jr.
    
    
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    4. Acknowledgements
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    Bravo Music is copyright 2001 Sony Computer Entertainment.
    Thank you to Kinnon Yee with help on some of the song titles.
    
    
    Christopher Amis
    ICQ UIN: 1206297
    http://www.3pm.ca
    amiscw@mcmaster.ca