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Doujin, Game Music

GameLark Releases "Rarities" Tribute to Rare Composers

GameLark Releases “Rarities” Tribute to Rare Composers

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The video game music label GameLark has released a brand new album dedicated to the tribute of the music composers of the games released over the years by video game developer Rare.

Rarities is an album dedicated to the iconic composers of Rare that shaped an entire generation of gamers. Featuring tracks from classic games like Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Donkey Kong Country, as well as Yooka-Laylee, Rarities is sure to scratch that nostalgic itch. Rarities is fully licensed and available on iTunes and other digital retailers.

Featuring arrangements of the music from legendary composers Grant Kirkhope and Davis Wise (We’ll say Robin Beanland and Graeme Norgate too, since both composed Killer Instinct and worked with either Wise or Kirkhope on several other Rare titles featured on this album), Rarities is a 14-track dedication to years of game music memories.

“Rarities is an exciting cornucopia of some of the best platforming games, filled with electronic, rock, metal, and jazz interpretations of the goofiest soundtracks. From start to finish, every song will have you humming along and imagining the googly eyes and talking animals that brought these worlds to life.” – Ro Panuganti, album manager

You can check out Rarities on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and streaming on Spotify.

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Anime, Featured

Turn Up The Dark: TV ANIMATION BERSERK OST (Review)

Turn Up The Dark: TV ANIMATION BERSERK OST (Review)

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The new Berserk TV series aired its first season last year to mixed reviews due to its use of a cell shaded 3D animation technique. In all of the reviews I came across, none had much to say about the music in the series. I have seen the original low budget Berserk anime TV series, the three Golden Age Arc films, played the Dreamcast game and read the manga up to volume 36. I am very familiar with the musical history of the series and actually passed on buying the scores to the trilogy of films by Shiro Sagisu.

However after watching Berserk last year, and listening to the music as it played in the series made this an album I could not pass up. Read on for my thoughts on the latest Berserk musical experience.

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Experimental, Indie Music

A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

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A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

If Luminist’s Metroid: Resynthesized has left you wanting more Nintendo music on analog synthesizers, let me point you to Switched on SNES. It’s the first in a series from producer Will Patterson that aims to bring gaming’s musical masterpieces to new listeners by way of analog synths and drum machines.

The style fits quite well for A Link to the Past, smoothing out the instrumentation of the SNES original without sounding like a near-unrecognizable remix. Unfortunately, and just like Resynthesized, the album is painfully short and runs for just under 15 minutes. In its defense, the album doesn’t promise to rearrange the entire soundtrack and the themes that Patterson has chosen fit his minimal and subdued style in unison. I just wish there could be more of it!

While he may never expand on A Link to the Past, Patterson does have plans to visit more SNES franchises. The album’s Bandcamp page mentions Secret of Mana, Earthbound and Donkey Kong Country as potential upcoming entries. Switched on SNES is available now for $5 on Bandcamp.

What SNES soundtrack would you love to hear given the analog synth treatment? Let us know in the comments below.

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Chip Music, Events, Game Music

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 12 Announced With Band Lineup

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 12 Announced With Band Lineup

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Baltimore’s native game music festival Bit Gen Gamer Fest is returning for it’s 12th iteration this year on July 28th – 30th at the Ottobar.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest, Baltimore’s massive homegrown day-long video game music festival returns for its 12th year to explode your mind with a monstrous lineup of 16 musical acts from all across the country, collected under one roof for a full day of video game music MAYHEM! Enjoy a diverse selection of bands ranging from metal, chiptune, hip-hop, rock, and more while punishing baddies and setting the high score on a curated selection of home console and arcade games.

Launching the event with a solid lineup, the current performers scheduled to play are:

PowerGlove

Bit Brigade

Knight of the Round

X-Hunters

You Bred Raptors?

Rare Candy

Steel Samurai

The Mountain Chiefs

Stupid Idiot

Cowabunga Pizza Time

Garbage Masher

Unicorn Hole

Crunk Witch

Michael Zucker

Wreck The System

DJ Super Sonic

Started in 2005 in Baltimore as a small celebration of game music created by John DeCampos and Chris Baines of former VGM band Entertainment System, Bit Gen grew into a yearly local event. In  2013, it was acquired by MAGFest and became a subsidiary event of the brand, though it still remained under it’s own label.

You can check out more information about Bit Gen XII and purchase advance tickets on the event’s Facebook page.

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Indie Music, Music Production

Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

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Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

Last October Michael posted a roundup of composers who have turned to Twitch and YouTube to broadcast their music creation process to the world. Among them was FTL composer, Ben Prunty, who began streaming the regularly scheduled Music Workbench series earlier this year. Whether you tuned in or not, the results of his streams have now been compiled on the new, free album titled Music Workbench.

“During Music Workbench, I make music live on twitch, talk about my creative and technical processes, and answer questions from viewers. The purpose of the show is to help demystify the music production process, which too often is seen as pure wizardry.”

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The album offers five tracks that were created during live streams and highlight Prunty’s ethereal electronic style with some nice surprises and deviations to mix things up. There’s also the track “Going to Market” which was created off the air and added as a bonus track. You can grab the album for free from Bandcamp and join Ben Prunty’s Music Workbench streams every Saturday at 2pm PST on Twitch.

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Anime

Experience 90's North American Sailor Moon Music with SERASYMPHONY II: HALF MOON Album

Experience 90’s North American Sailor Moon Music with SERASYMPHONY II: HALF MOON Album

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SERASYMPHONY who performed several live concerts of both the Japanese and North American Sailor Moon music released SERASYMPHONY II: HALF MOON on March 7, 2017. The 23 minute album features a symphony orchestra performing re-orchestrated music and songs from the DiC North American version of Sailor Moon. Featuring the Kacey Cardin and iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra.

The composers featured on the album include John Miyagi Author, Michael Benghiat, Bobbie Lee Crow III, Andy Heyward, Tetsuya Komoro, Monroe Michaels, Kanako Oda, Evan Roberts, and Bob Summers.

The Track List Includes:

1. In the Name of the Moon (includes “Moon Crystal Power” and “Moon Prism Power”)
2. Moonlight Legend
3. The Power of Love
4. Tuxedo Knight (includes “Silver Millennium” and “Tuxedo Mask Theme”)
5. Light
6. Fight! Sailor Scouts (includes “Sailor Jupiter” and “Outer Scouts Theme”)
7. My Only Love

If you watched the Sailor Moon show in the 90’s this is an album for you. The album is available on Amazon Music, Google Play, and Spotify or can be purchased on iTunes for $6.99. You can find all of those links at SERASYMPHONY’s store.

Were you a fan of the music in the North American version of Sailor Moon?

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Doujin, Game Music, Miscellaneous

VGM Band Spotlight: Moiré Effect

VGM Band Spotlight: Moiré Effect

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The video game music scene is a vast one, with a growing community that continues to bolster itself regularly. Certainly with events whose core is centered around video game music, such as MAGFest and Gamer’s Rhapsody, as well as the niche industry of game music expanding through both fan projects and composer collaborations, new names pop up in the scene regularly. This is especially true with new performers and bands that dedicate themselves to the celebration of video game music.

Enter Moiré Effect. What is Moiré Effect? Well, ask a visualist and it’s the spacing effect when two sets of patterns are laid on top of one another. So, what does this have to do with video game music? According to the band, it didn’t start out with a dedication to games music and beyond.

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Game Music

Cosmic Star Heroine Soundtrack Giveaway Extra

Cosmic Star Heroine Soundtrack Giveaway Extra

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Pat did an interview with the composers of the indie game Cosmic Star Heroine this past fall with a giveaway of some of the game’s soundtrack to a few lucky individuals. Now that the game’s OST is available for purchase on the HyderDuck SoundWorks Bandcamp, we have a few extra codes to throw out to a few additional lucky readers!

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Game Music, Indie Music, Music Production

RiME's Second Developer Diary offers a look at the game's Art, music and sound

RiME’s Second Developer Diary offers a look at the game’s Art, music and sound

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Greybox, has just released their second developer video for RiME, an upcoming game for XBOX One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. In the video the developers discuss the art and design of the game, as well as the music and audio design. The video runs just under 10 minutes, and the discussion about the game’s music begins at 4:56. The developers talk about the game’s island as a character that tells the story of the game. In the video the music is described as a masterpiece that conveys the story arc and in game relationships. They also describe the music as having thematic adaptions to the player’s actions, and that the music ‘completes’ RiME.

David Garcia the composer is shown in the video offering some thoughts on his approach to creating the music. On April 6, 2017, Greybox also posted an excerpt of David Garcia’s score titled “Alone in the Light” which you can listen to below. There is also a link on the official YouTube video to download the sheet music.

Are you looking forward to RiME?

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Game Music, Indie Music

Graceful Explosion Machine OST Releasing on Bandcamp

Graceful Explosion Machine OST Releasing on Bandcamp

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Fans of shmups with bright colors and a sizable help of Gradius-like gameplay should take a look at the recently released Switch game, Graceful Explosion Machine. (A contradictory title that somehow works well with the content.) You can also now purchase the game’s soundtrack, courtesy of the composer Robby Duguay. (Fate Tectonics, Kim Magikal)

The Graceful Explosion Machine Original Soundtrack features 17 tracks of chiptune music that accompany the colorful chaos of the gameplay. The alien-like, otherworldly synth tunes compliment the intensity of space fighting through the various stages. Each “stage” features four subsections with variations of the stage main melody.

The music reflects Duguay’s previous thoughts on dynamic music in his compositions.

When I was composing the soundtrack for Fate Tectonics, I saw a major opportunity to make the music dynamically follow the player’s progress. I set out to make all the different elements of the game into a member of an ensemble, and let the gameplay dictate how those parts would be heard.

The soundtrack for Graceful Explosion Machine can be purchased in full release later today on Duguay’s Bandcamp, and you can check out the game itself on the Nintendo Switch.

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Game Music

The Wipeout Omega Collection Comes to PS4 with 28 new tracks!

The Wipeout Omega Collection Comes to PS4 with 28 new tracks!

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Last Week Sony announced the WipEout Omega Collection which will be coming to PlayStation 4 June 6 in North America, and a day later in Europe. Sony is reporting that the game will feature all the tracks & ships from WipEout HD, Fury and 2048 together for the first time. What caught our interest is that there will be new music included this new release.

In addition to remastering all of the sound effects so WipEout sounds better than ever before, we’ve also added 28 licensed music tracks from famous musical artists. Pilot your favourite ships to killer tunes from Swedish House Mafia, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Pre-ordering the game will earn you an exclusive dynamic theme for your Playstation 4.

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You can watch the trailer for the collection above. Check back with OSV in the coming weeks as we will update you on the official new track list.

Will you be picking up the WipEout Omega Collection? Do you have a favorite WipEout game soundtrack?

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Chip Music, Game Music

Brave Wave's Ninja Gaiden Albums out April 13th

Brave Wave’s Ninja Gaiden Albums out April 13th

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First announced last November, Brave Wave’s definitive soundtracks to the original Ninja Gaiden series are finally ready for release on Thursday, April 13th. The two-volume collection features the arcade original and its NES counterpart on Volume 1 and the NES sequels — The Dark Sword of Chaos and The Ancient Ship of Doom — on Volume 2. Both albums will be released on vinyl and CD and like past entries in their Generation Series the physical editions will feature archival artwork, composer photos and interviews. Digital versions will also be available on Bandcamp, iTunes and streaming services including Spotify.

The production of both albums is based on new digital recordings from original hardware with the supervision of Ninja Gaiden composer and Tecmo sound engineer, Keiji Yamagishi. It also marks the first time a commercial version of Ninja Gaiden III’s music has ever been available.

To commemorate the launch of these albums Brave Wave is also offering 100 limited edition vinyl box sets. Including all 4 LPs, the $100 set comes with a numbered art card designed by Ninja Gaiden illustrator Masato Kato and signed by composers Keiji Yamagishi, Ryuichi Nitta and Kaori Nakabai. Take a look at more of the gorgeous packaging at Brave Wave’s official site and sample some of the 100+ tracks from both albums above.

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