In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bungie Studio’s Halo 2
and the upcoming release of The Master Chief Collection
, Sumthing Else Records
has announced that from now until January 2015, all Halo
OSTs will be 50% off!
The press release by the company showcases the sale of all of the Halo soundtracks, from the original Halo to Halo Reach and Halo Legends, ranging from $4.99 for entire soundtracks, and $0.99 for individual tracks. The complete list of soundtracks on sale are:
Halo: Combat Evolved Original Soundtrack
Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume One
Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume Two
Halo 3 Original Soundtrack
Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack
Halo Reach Original Soundtrack
Halo Legends Original Soundtrack
Halo Wars Original Soundtrack
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Soundtrack
Featuring some of the most iconic music of the modern gaming era, the Halo series has done it’s due in continuing the advancement of music in video games. Probably not surprising is that Halo 4′s OST is not included due to Bungie’s departure from the series. Be sure to take advantage of the sale an Sumthing Else and grab yourself some awesome music!
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, Halo 3
, Halo Legends
, Halo Wars
Here on OSV we primarily focus on soundtracks and remix albums for videogames. However, every once in a while we like to take a look at some of the music software that’s available for composers to implement in their virtual instrument libraries. Such is the case with today’s review. This time around we will be looking at Impact Soundworks new percussion library Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion.
The software, as the name implies, is focused on providing a realistic orchestral percussion library for composers and musicians. You won’t be dealing with any synth or electronic drums in this program. The primary focus here is on acoustic instruments, both from western and eastern parts of the world. Impact Soundworks has created and released various types of instrument libraries over the years. These have included guitar libraries, vocal ensembles, and a hybrid synth program, the latter of which we reviewed on OSV earlier this year. This new instrument library was designed by Dickie Chapin & Andrew Aversa. Like their previous products, the program is designed to work with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) through the software application Kontakt 5. For this review, I’ll be examining the program, analyzing how well the instruments work, and the overall quality of the product for the end user. With all of that said, let’s take a look at Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion. (more…)
, Impact Soundworks
, Instrument Libraries
, Music Production
, Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion
It’s that time of the year when creepy music is what’s blaring on everyone’s stereos, be it from games, movies, television or what have you. Halloween is perfect for that niche portion of those who love all manner of spooky and scary to really indulge in the excessive amounts of what the season has to offer. What equally great about this time of year is that you usually get at least one new album from a band or group that focuses squarely on horror and scary-themed music, and The One Ups have decided to be the forerunner this season with Songs for the Recently Deceased.
This album features an assortment of tunes from a variety of games that are either fully immersed into the spooky and the horrific, or select stages that sport a creepy feel and fall into the category. It’s not just your Resident Evils and your Silent Hills, either; though they do make appearances. And of course, everything sports that smooth and chill tone that The One Ups are known for dishing out in high quality. So sit back, relax and let your brain switch to the mellow macabre.
, Songs for the Recently Deceased
, The One Ups
, Video Game Music
In the mood for some Halloween themed remixes? The newest Danse Macabre album from Viking Guitar may have exactly what you are looking for. If you follow the videogame cover music of Viking Guitar, you may be familiar with their tradition of releasing a horror music album every October around Halloween. Each of the previous Danse Macabre volumes has covered music from horror games, horror movies, and even music of other bands. This latest entry aims to follow in that tradition.
This year’s new album, Danse Macabre III, includes covers of music from The Ring, Dead Space, Silent Hill, and Goosebumps. As with the previous entries, a wide collection of music artists and groups are contributing tracks to the album. A decent mix of music styles and genres are present as well, including classical, rock, and chiptune. This year’s contributors include the Videri String Quartet, Chernabogue, and Phonetic Hero among others. If you’re a fan of music from horror games and movies, this is an album you’ll want to check out. Danse Macabre III and the previous Danse Macabre volumes can all be found on the Viking Guitar Bandcamp page.
Tags: Arrange Albums
, Danse Macabre III
, Film Music
, Viking Guitar
According to a Facebook update, it sounds like the touring video game music group known as Video Games Live will be starting another Kickstarter project to fund a new album, Level 4, on October 20th.
The album is going to feature symphonic arrangements from games such as Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI (Opera), BioShock, Uncharted, Earthworm Jim, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid 3 (“Snake Eater”), Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, League of Legends, Assassin’s Creed, Cave Story AND MORE! As well as a brand new Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross Piano Arrangement bonus album!
Last year the group funded their latest album, Level 3, through Kickstarter as well. The image above is stated to be a mock-up of the potential album’s artwork, provided it meets its as-of-yet-released goal. Those interested should keep an eye out on October 20th to find out more about this new album.
, Video Games Live
Back in April of 2013, the official Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack received a digital release on Grant Kirkhope’s Bandcamp page. If you are familiar with either the game or soundtrack, you’ll know that the music in the game changes dynamically. Depending on where you were in the game world, the instruments and music arrangement would change in real time. Unfortunately, many of these variations were not available on the official soundtrack. It seems that Grant Kirkhope has taken it upon himself to give fans access to those alternate versions and missing tracks with Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink!
Every piece of music that was ever in the game is on this soundtrack. There are also a handful of unused bonus tracks included. Even quick jingles/cues like “Collect Jiggy” and “Collect All Jingos” are present on this album. This includes variations of the music for when you’re underwater, the variations of “Gruntilda’s Lair,” and the arrangements for the various seasons in the Click-Clock Wood level. This is an absolute must-have for the Banjo-Kazooie music purist. As if the collection of all of this previously unreleased content wasn’t enough, the album is available for a pay-what-you-want price. So if you are a big fan of the the original Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack, definitely check out Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink!
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, Grant Kirkhope
If you’re a big Nintendo fan, then chances are that you spent most of this past weekend playing the latest Super Smash Bros. game on the 3DS. To celebrate the newest installment of the franchise, a number of talented game composers and remixers have released a massive arrangement album for free. Here’s a little sample of their work below.
The album Harmony of Heroes covers music from the Super Smash Bros. franchise and the music from the games represented in the series. It’s a large and diverse library of game music to cover and this collection delivers. The album is a colossal 101 tracks of music. Styles range from light jazz and rock to electronic and orchestral. There’s over 7 hours of music for you to listen to and enjoy. You can check out the album at the Harmony of Heroes site, or grab it on their temporary torrent link, since the main site has been having issues due to the high levels of traffic.
Source: Harmony of Heroes
Tags: Arrange Albums
, Game Music
, Harmony of Heroes
, Super Smash Brothers
Over the past few months, there were a fair number of gaming conventions and festivals being held. MAGFest had a new event with MAGFest 8.5 in Washington DC; Portland, Oregon had the XOXO Festival, covering arts and technology; and of course PAX Prime was held at the end of August in Seattle, Washington. There was however another small festival that took place on September 14th in Boston, Mass. This was the Boston Festival of Indie Games.
This was the third year that the Boston Festival of Indie Games has been running. Held only on one day, the event is focused on board games and digital games from the local Boston indie game scene. The event also hosts lectures on various industry subjects, with a diverse collection of guests. This year had plenty of great stuff to see and do. While it was impossible to see and cover absolutely everything that happened this year, I would like to give a brief overview of the event. So with that said, let’s take a look at what the festival had on offer this time around. (more…)
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, Indie Games
The Legend of Zelda series plays host to a lot of great game music. A number of different composers have contributed to the franchise including Koji Kondo, Akito Nakatsuka, and Toru Minegishi, just to name a few. The first handheld Zelda title Link’s Awakening featured a few themes from Kondo, but primarily had its music written by Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa. The two composers wrote some fun and memorable tunes that have stuck with many Zelda fans, so it shouldn’t be surprising that their work has inspired a remix album of the Link’s Awakening soundtrack.
The Meow Meow & Bow Wow remix album is a collaboration between DJ Cutman and Spamtron. The album’s title comes from the two chain chomp characters in the Link’s Awakening game. These two artists have worked together before on albums like Bagu and The Riverman. They each have a style that complements the other and their efforts have led to some great remixes. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has some great material to be covered. How do these two remix artists approach this classic videogame soundtrack? Read on to find out. (more…)
Tags: Chip Music
, DJ Cutman
, Game Music
, Meow Meow & Bow Wow
, Zelda: Link's Awakening
After a bit of a lull in announcements, MAGFest has dropped a nice assortment of features for their upcoming MAGFest 13 event in January. Or should I say, rolled up a nice assortment.
Yuu Miyake and Yoshihito Yano, both the composers of the Katamari Damacy series and both veterans of Namco Bandai, will be featured as special guests at the festival. Miyake will be be the featured DJ during the late-night DJ dance party, whereas Yano will be a special guest speaker with a panel for all Katamari fans to gather and listen to tales of how the music of the series came to be. As if that wasn’t enough, MAG 12 performers and super band LONELYROLLINGSTARS will be featured performers during this year’s concert lineup after nearly creating a crowd katamari of their own during their set last year. (now featuring guitarist Ryan “Mega Beardo” Postlethwait stepping in for a retired Grant “Stemage” Henry)
will be held on January 23 – 26th, 2015 with tickets and hotel rooms available, but better to get on them sooner rather than later.
, Katamari Damacy
, MAGFest 13
, Yoshihito Yano
, Yuu Miyake
The Steam Music Player, which has been in beta for a while now, has finally received its official launch. The program allows you to access your music through the Steam Overlay. It’s essentially a mini music player, similar to Apple’s iTunes mini player, that lets Steam users play and search through their music collection by album, artist, or track name without having to exit the game they are playing. The program can also scan the user’s computer and find music files for playback. This includes anything on iTunes libraries and any of the soundtrack DLC that has been downloaded off of Steam.
Currently the Steam Music Player only recognizes MP3s for playback. According to their announcement and FAQ, Valve plans on adding more features to the system, including support for more audio formats. This will be a much welcomed improvement, since many people, myself included, have music libraries that contain higher quality audio files, not just MP3s. Even with its current limitations, it’s nice to have easy access to your music collection, without having to exit the game or having to play the game in a windowed mode.
To help celebrate the official release, Valve has also made their soundtrack DLC available for free for people who already own the games. So if you’ve ever wanted to grab the soundtracks for Portal, Portal 2, or the Half-Life series, now is your chance. The offer on the soundtrack DLC expires on October 1st, so grab the albums while you can.
Tags: Game Music
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The Video Game Orchestra will be having their next performance October 2nd at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. It’s always a good time seeing VGO perform on their home turf with their full orchestra/band, including choir. This performance is special for two reasons; 1.) Capcom, Access Games and Bandai Namco are providing actual game footage for the event, meaning VGO will have full video playing while performing (akin to Video Games Live, one would imagine), and 2.) On top of having a setlist featuring gaming classics like Street Fighter, Mega Man and Final Fantasy, it will also be the world premier of music from the newly released game D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die while the game’s creator Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro in attendance.
Tickets for the show are reasonable ($8-$23 per) and can be purchased from the Berklee box office.
For more info on Video Game Orchestra, check them out on vgo-online.com
, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
, Hidetaka Suehiro
, Shota Nakama
, Video Game Music
, Video Game Orchestra