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Check out Trotus' album created on the 3DS

Check out Trotus’ album created on the 3DS

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Check out Trotus' album created on the 3DS

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of “video games” that let you create things, music in particular. Mario Paint, MTV Music Generator, Electroplankton, and most recently Detune’s line of portable music workstations on the DS and 3DS. Fascinated, but not dedicated. I’ve fiddled with the virtual knobs of these apps in the past but never dug into them or even heard the work of those who have.

It makes Trotus and the Gameboy an especially interesting listen as the album was composed, produced and mixed with KORG M01D, the $34 audio workstation available on the 3DS eShop. Trotus released the album over a year ago on Bandcamp but just linked to it on the 3DS subreddit this past week and it’s generated the most exposure I’ve seen so far.

Self-described as encompassing “chiptune, chill beats, and boss battle house with groovy odd time signatures”, Trotus reveals among the positive comments that he’s drawn inspiration from the likes of Earthbound and Cave Story for some of the tracks.

In another reply he gives his thoughts on using the KORG app. “I love this program. Honestly it’s not too daunting and quite user friendly once you get the hang of it. Touch screen interface and the portability actually are huge draw-ins to me compared to computer DAWs (digital audio workstations for anyone out there unfamiliar.) It’s easy to just loop a drum beat, and sequence in chords, or record melodies/basslines, etc. (it has a nice little piano roll).”

Take a listen for yourself above, grab the album for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp, and follow Trotus’ page if you like what you hear; he’s currently working on ten new songs. Let us know what you think of Trotus and the Gameboy in the comments and link us to some of your favorite made-in-a-game music while you’re at it.

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Game Music

Jesper Kyd on his Music, Gear, and MU Online

Jesper Kyd on his Music, Gear, and MU Online

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Jesper Kyd on his Music, Gear, and MU Online

Webzen has just released the first extensive preview of Jesper Kyd’s soundtrack for their upcoming action MMO, MU Legend. The follow-up to MU Online, one of South Korea’s long standing MMOs, MU Legend has itself been in the works for quite some time. But with a global Beta Test planned for September the marketing machine is spinning up and Webzen has chosen to kick it into gear by focusing on the music.

Along with three new preview tracks Webzen has released a short interview with Kyd that’s more about his composition style and history with game music than it is about MU Legend. From the demoscene to his array of keyboards and equipment from the 60’s, I think I learned more about Kyd in this five minute video than I have in the last five years.

Take a look at the playlist above to see the interview, the new preview tracks, and a couple of teasers I added that highlight some additional battle anthems. There are also two more tracks on JesperKyd.com if you’d like to hear more of the game’s softer side.

With their “first look” focusing almost entirely on Kyd himself we can expect to hear a lot more from MU Online in the months leading up to its Beta Test and then towards its release, whenever that may finally be.

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River City Ransom: Underground Soundtrack to be Replaced

River City Ransom: Underground Soundtrack to be Replaced

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Many of you may have heard of the ongoing DMCA debacle concerning Alex Mauer, the original composer for Starr Mazer and Starr Mazer DSP, as well as several other games Mauer was a contributing composer & arranger on. One of those games, River City Ransom: Underground, as also been hit with DMCA strikes which resulted in it’s being pulled from steam for the better part of the last week. Although developer Conatus Creative have assured the public that everything is legit on their end with regards to contracts and compensation and that the DMCA strike in false, they have decided to cut their losses and replace the soundtrack for River City Ransom: Underground to avoid ongoing issues.

It is out of respect for those many creators (of the entire Kunio-kun franchise) that I have chosen to commission a new soundtrack to replace the music from RCR:U. I believe it’s the best chance that RCR:U has of achieving a “clean break” from any negative associations with Alex Mauer’s wrongful claim.Daniel Crenna, Producer

River City Ransom: Underground‘s soundtrack was originally contracted with composer Rich “Distasterpeace” Vreeland (Fez, Hyper Light Drifter), who subcontracted Dino Lionetti (Cheap Dinosaurs, Autoscroll) and Alex Mauer to assist with the game’s music under the alias “Lexi & The Cheap Disaster”. Vreeland has documentation, confirmed by Conatus, that Mauer was paid in-full for contributions made to the game’s soundtrack though Mauer contests this and has used the accusation as a right to DMCA the game on Steam and any video media using tracks Mauer contributed on. By law, Valve was required to take the game off Steam as a result in order to maintain their “safe harbor” status until the strike is proven false, much like what happened with Starr Mazer DSP earlier this year.

In the post on the game’s Steam forums, Crenna does not go into detail as to whether Vreeland and Lionetti will be involved in any replacement music for the new RCR:U soundtrack. I have reached out to Conatus to confirm any additional details regarding the replacement soundtrack and will update this article with any response.

 

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Mondo's CONTRA OST Vinyl Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con

Mondo’s CONTRA OST Vinyl Premiering at San Diego Comic-Con

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Mondo seems to be continuing with their video game soundtrack releases to vinyl; this time featuring the NES classic Konami shooter-platformer Contra. The new vinyl release will be premiering at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Contra was originally composed by Hidenori Maezawa (Goonies II, Adventures of Bayou Billy) and Kiyohiro Sada (Top Gun NES) for the NES version of the game and and arranged by Kazuki Muraoka for the arcade version, though they were all only credited under the Konami Kukeiha Club for years due to Konami’s fear of having their composers poached by other companies. Mondo sticks with the original composing credits for one reason or another. The Mondo release will feature both NES/Famicom and arcade versions of the game’s soundtrack pressed on 180 Gram Red & Blue Half-and-Half Vinyl for $25.

A limited version of the record (pressed on Yellow, Orange & Red vinyl) will be premiering at our San Diego Comic-Con booth (#835), but we wanted to give CONTRA fans the opportunity to pick up the soundtrack online, too. When doors open for Preview Night this Wednesday at 8PM (CT), our Red & Blue version of the record will be available at mondotees.com.

The vinyl artwork was done by Eric Powell, who worked on Mondo’s Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest release; in my opinion the best and most faithful artwork of their Castlevania line. It’s unfortunate Powell couldn’t work on all Mondo video game released, because certainly this Contra art does the game’s visual’s justice. Hopefully the music quality will follow suit.

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You can purchase the Contra vinyl release starting tomorrow evening on MondoTees.com. You can also check out the limited edition variant if you’re perusing San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.

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70's Funk sets the tone to Serial Cleaner's grim proceedings

70’s Funk sets the tone to Serial Cleaner’s grim proceedings

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70's Funk sets the tone to Serial Cleaner's grim proceedings

Out this week is iFun4All’s Serial Cleaner, a stealth puzzler in which you play a mob cleaner in the 70’s who has to erase the grim evidence of the mafia’s crimes, often under the noses of the police. Accompanying the thick mustaches and sepia tones of the game’s stylized 1970’s world is a funk-infused soundtrack from five composers that’s releasing alongside the game on Steam and PlayStation 4 (while the game launches alone on Xbox One).

Check out a sampling of the pre-mastered tracks and the full playlist below. You can grab the album on its own on PlayStation 4 for $6.99 but to get it on Steam you’ll first have to buy the game as it’s treated as DLC. It’s another one of those odd cases where the PlayStation Store is the best place to grab a soundtrack.

01. Music to Hide Corpses To (Main Menu Theme) – Rob Zahn
02. No Sweat – Robert Purzycki
03. Sucker Punch – Jan Sanejko
04. Horoscope Date – Jan Sanejko
05. The Deadly Telegraph – Magdalena Urbańska
06. “M” is for Murder – Magdalena Urbańska
07. Fishy Business – Jan Sanejko
08. Hammering Out – Magdalena Urbańska
09. Gator Tears – Daylight Sound Creators
10. Disco Fever – Robert Purzycki
11. Close Shave – Rob Zahn
12. Heavy Load – Jan Sanejko
13. Cold Brew – Robert Purzycki
14. Awaited Abundance – Magdalena Urbańska
15. God of Thunder – Rob Zahn
16. Killer Clown – Robert Purzycki
17. Home Invader – Rob Zahn
18. Mafia Manslaughter – Rob Zahn
19. A Shot in the Dark – Daylight Sound Creators
20. Lair of the Beast – Daylight Sound Creators
21. Smile for the Camera – Rob Zahn
22. The Cleaner’s House – Rob Zahn
23. Neat Freak (bonus track) – Rob Zahn

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Miscellaneous

Layoffs Spell Further Danger for Soundcloud

Layoffs Spell Further Danger for Soundcloud

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It would seem music-streaming site Soundcloud is in some serious danger. Last week it laid off some 170+ employees and closed it’s offices in San Francisco and London. Citing the closures and layoffs were to “to ensure our path to long-term, independent success” while is secured more funding from investors, it seems that was just the start of a rapid spiral downward for the audio-streaming site.

As TechCrunch reports, a meeting held by the company across all channels explained that the layoffs were simply a way to buy a bit more time to figure out how to save Soundcloud as a whole. The company, which hosts millions of music uploads from indie and professional musicians across the world, has been hemorrhaging funds and having a difficult time closing with new investors. It also sounds that, given the suddenness of the layoffs and lack of foresight, remaining Soundcloud employees don’t seem to have a lot of faith in the company being able to turn things around, stating “The morale is really low”.

A large amount of content from indie game composers and video game musicians are hosted on Soundcloud, as an alternative to Bandcamp and Spotify in terms of streaming music and sharing with audiences without having to pay a fee. Certainly, it’s been a useful tool for OSV when linking to artist’s music and sharing with readers, so the news of it’s potential crash is a troubling one all around.

Be that as it may, users and artists of Soundcloud are urged to back up their works in case things go even more sour than they have already. Soundcloud’s founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss stated the layoffs bought time for funds to last into the 4th Quarter, with anything beyond that being a matter of securing more invested funds or being able to secure better revenue streams by restructuring Soundcloud’s subscription services that expand is library and remove ads for users. For the time being, we wait and see what the future of Soundcloud and its value to the VGM community ends up becoming.

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Remastered Warframe Album now out on Digital, Vinyl still on sale

Remastered Warframe Album now out on Digital, Vinyl still on sale

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Remastered Warframe Album now out on Digital, Vinyl still on sale

Back in March, Digital Extremes announced a remastered vinyl release of the soundtrack to their surprisingly successful free-to-play shooter, Warframe. If you missed the vinyl back then, didn’t feel up to the $36 price tag or simply don’t own a turntable, you can now grab the album digitally over at Bandcamp. The same 24-track album, highlighting the work of composers Keith Power and George Spanos is now available as a $10 download.

Warframe fans still have a chance to grab some of the accompanying physical goods that Digital Extremes and iam8bit released back in March. The double-LP vinyl album and all six of the enamel pins are still available, but all of the art prints have since sold out.

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FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE Blu-Ray Music Disc Available July 19th

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE Blu-Ray Music Disc Available July 19th

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Lovers of the music of the newly-released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be able to grab the game’s music soon, though in a particular format. The Square-Enix online store is currently taking pre-orders for a Blu-ray music disc release of the game’s soundtrack, composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto.

Published by Square-Enix Music, the soundtrack to the updated high-definition release of the 2006 game boasts a huge 102-track score, all composed and arranged by Sakimoto.

A comprehensive soundtrack that includes tracks newly composed by the composer Hitoshi Sakimoto specifically for FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE, and new arrangements of the familiar tracks from the original FINAL FANTASY XII such as “Streets of Rabanastre” and “The Dalmasca Estersand.” Released as a Blu-ray soundtrack, the music can be enjoyed along with remastered in-game footage generated with the latest HD graphic technology.- Square-Enix

Despite the need for a Blu-ray, high quality MP3 source files are included with the soundtrack, which can be ripped for digital listening. Previews for the tracks can be heard on the Square-Enix Music website. The Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Blu-Ray Music Disc release, along with a limited edition that also include a CD with the new arrangement music from the game, is available for pre-order and will be released on June 19th.

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Game Music, Indie Music

Surreal and Experimental Sounds in GoNNER Soundtrack

Surreal and Experimental Sounds in GoNNER Soundtrack

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If you’re looking for a little bit of strangeness in your gaming and music experience, GoNNER: Press Jump to Die might be the indie game soundtrack you’re looking for.

GoNNER is a tough as hell procedurally-generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements, following the largely misunderstood and altruistic Ikk on a journey to cheer up his only friend in this world – a giant landbound whale named Sally – by searching for just the right trinket in the deep and dark places nearby.Steam

Composed by Norwegian musician Joar Renolen and sound design by Martin Kvale, GoNNER‘s soundtrack features pop-like electronica and synth ambiance which pairs with the oddness of the game’s visuals and platforming gameplay in a interesting way. An almost ethnic quality pervades the game’s music, which compliments the stylistic art design of the game.


A little surreal, a little weird, and a little unique, GoNNER: Press Jump to Die is available on Bandcamp for a $3.99 purchase as a standalone soundtrack. The game, which has mostly positive reviews, plus it’s OST is also available to nab on Steam as a full bundle.

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Doujin, Game Music

Listen to Classic NES Tunes Reversed in Stemage's RETROGRESSION

Listen to Classic NES Tunes Reversed in Stemage’s RETROGRESSION

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Here’s a fun little treat to close out your holiday week. Grant “Stemage” Henry of Metroid Metal and Viking Guitar Live renown has decided to take some of the most iconic tunes from the NES library and literally spins them in reverse with RETROGRESSION VOL.1. The resulting reversed tracks prove that the musical library of many NES games, such as Super Mario Bros. and Punch Out! are just as amazing backwards as they are forwards.

Henry proves the legitimacy of his retro reversals by also releasing the tracks themselves reversed into their original compositions in order to hear exactly how on-the-mark he hits with the backwards transcriptions.

You can grab RETROGRESSION VOL.1 (meaning we could see more volumes in the future) at the name-your-price tier on the Stemage Bandcamp site.

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Kamil Orman-Janowski Talks Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath OST

Kamil Orman-Janowski Talks Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath OST

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Composer Kamil Orman-Janowski (Warplane Legends, Beyond Space and Isleron: The Rending) has expanded upon his composing for indie online RPG game Path of Exile with the new expansion, The Fall of Oriath.

The newest expansion will feature six new acts in total. Orman-Janowski relates to the new music in a developer diary featured on the Path of Exile website.

When it comes to the sheer amount of work and attention to detail, The Fall of Oriath takes Path of Exile’s music and composition to another level. The fifth act is also the first act for which the soundtrack was composed as a complete “package”, with tracks notably relating to each other.

Path of Exile was released in 2013 free-to-play on Steam by Grinding Gear Games and follows a similar style as that of the Diablo games. Orman-Janowski was one of several composers working on the game’s music throughout the first four acts of the game, with the new expansion being worked on by him alone.

With Path of Exile we are also lucky in that we can keep on improving the music. Instead of having one deadline for finishing the game, and then moving on to the next game like most game companies would, we can continually expand on and improve old content. Path of Exile’s music is something that is constantly evolving and expanding, not only with each major expansion, but sometimes in smaller patches as well. The small and often-seen patch note, “Incrementally improved effects, animations, sounds and world areas” sometimes hides very big musical changes.

The six new acts introduced in The Fall of Oriath is currently available for pre-purchase with a beta playable. The full release will be launched later this month. You can also check out more by Kamil Orman-Janowski on his website and preview more tracks from the Path of Exile expansion on his Soundcloud.

 

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Events, Indie Music

GameChops' Sonic remix sequel, Spindash 2, out now

GameChops’ Sonic remix sequel, Spindash 2, out now

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GameChops' Sonic remix sequel, Spindash 2, is out now

There’s something about Sonic that makes me think Summertime; maybe it’s the series trademark vibrant colors or penchant for lush, tropical Zones. GameChops must feel the same because July 1st marked the launch of their latest collaborative album, Spindash 2. Featuring GameChops alumni as well as some new faces, the 16-track album covers a similar roster of Sonic titles.

There’s a lot of love for Sonic 1, 2, and 3 but you’ll also hear loving EDM (and 1 solo piano) remixes from Sonic Colors, Sonic 2006, Sonic and the Secret Rings and more. The album is available to buy now for around $10 on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. You can also stream it on Spotify or listen and watch DJ Cutman’s July 1st listening party stream. It’s a spastic, meme-tastic way to check out the music on the album. Check out the playlist below to see who remixed what.

  1. Hyper Potions – Tropical Resort (From “Sonic Colors”)
  2. Tudd – Funky Robo (From “Sonic Adventure”)
  3. bLiNd – Starlight Starbright (From “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  4. Mykah – Angel Island (From “Sonic 3”)
  5. Flexstyle – Aquafire (From “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”
  6. RobKTA – King of the Mountain (From “Sonic 3”)
  7. Steven Silo – Marble Zone (From “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  8. Grimecraft – Chemical Plant (From “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”)
  9. GlitchxCity – Crisis City (From “Sonic the Hedgehog 2006”)
  10. DJ SuperSonic – Flying Fusion (From “Sonic 3”)
  11. General Offensive – Flying Battery (From “Sonic 3”)
  12. DJR feat. Chjolo – Totally Rad (From “Sonic Adventure 2”)
  13. Mega Flare/Tetracase – Seven Rings (From “Sonic and the Secret Rings”)
  14. DJ Cutman/Breakbeat Heartbeat – Chao Garden (From “Sonic Adventure 2 Battle”)
  15. Curly – Planet Wisp (From “Sonic Colors”)
  16. Sylvester Draggon Jr – Les Dauphins de l’aqueduc secret (From “Sonic 3”)
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