In this edition of Game Music for your soul, I am sharing more examples of Game Soundtracks that made an impact on me. Interestingly, UK composer David Wise wrote all of this music. This time I will be sharing some thoughts on the Pause music of Battletoads, and Donkey Kong Country’s “Aquatic Ambiance”. Does the music from these games mean anything to you?
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It’s just a few more days until the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco. Like the professionals they are, the website’s nifty shortcuts can direct you to the Audio Track Sessions listed for the event. The Audio Track is comprised of the panels dealing with game music and game audio production.
The Audio Track brings the industry’s top professionals to share their knowledge and experience from the real-world, addressing these unique problems: aesthetic, technical, business, logistical and then some.
The highlighted sessions for 2015 feature panels such as “Soundtracking Hell – The Music of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” and “Women in Game Audio” (Something that should interest any fans of our “Matron Maestras” articles), amongst others. An entire session schedule can be found of GDC’s website with dates, times and other pertinent details. It’s a pretty expansive list, showcasing just how technical the world of video game music has become.
I’m quite jealous of our own Michael Hoffman, who will be attending the event for OSV. For anyone else making it to the conference who’s a fan of the audio side of gaming, this is something you’ll want to browse through.
GDC 2015 – Audio Track
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It’s seems to be a good time to be a supernatural and horror-based game right now. With games like NightCry being funded on Kickstarter, Resident Evil Revelations 2 being release episodically and Bloodborne right around the corner, it’s nice for horror buffs like myself to see a verity of creepy stuff being released. The Order: 1886 skirts this same genre, being a supernatural/action FPS with a fair helping of grimdark tones. Having the composer of Dead Space and F.E.A.R. 3 at the helm of the soundtrack certainly doesn’t hurt in the creation of the general atmosphere of the game either, one would wager.
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Over the past couple of years I have been growing my soundtrack CD collection and picking up things that I always wanted but missed out on because they were out of print, or a limited edition release. There are game music collectors around the world that occasionally decide its time to thin out their collection or start to convert to digital because they don’t have the space for CDs anymore. In this article I will share the locations of where I’ve found some great deals, and where you can too. I also want to know where you’ve found a rare item, or your experience buying game music online. It’s time to start shopping, click here to find out
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One thing I love about the video game and VGM community is the often overwhelming outpouring of support for fellow fans and enthusiasts. In this case, 16-year old music and video game fan John (aka:DarthAurelius) was diagnosed with inexplicable total renal failure. Neither of John’s kidneys are working properly and he has been confined to needing regular dialysis treatments to help flush toxins out of his blood like his kidneys should be doing. Now, this is an ailment that afflicts many, young and old, within our world every day. John, it appears, has some guardian angels looking to help at least this one young man have a second lease on life.
Operation 1-UP is a charity arrangement album looking to help contribute to the raising of funds that John needs to help acquire a new kidney. Medical treatment both prior to and after receiving a new kidney is not cheap, especially when waiting on a donor list and needing dialysis multiple times a week for several hours. Thus, a group of musicians and gaming fans have created a 21-track arrangement album dedicated to helping raise awareness of John’s condition and help bridge the gap between well-wishers and John’s medical treatment goals. Artists such as Super Guitar Bros., MissionGuitar, Motion Ocean and several others have donated arrangements from Super Metroid, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII and more towards the cause.
You can check out the album and cause for yourself and either pick up the album or throw a bit of money towards John’s treatment and help out.
Operation: 1-UP – Loudr | GoFundMe | Twitter
You can also learn about other programs to help fight Kidney Disease and organ donation at the National Kidney Foundation.
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Continuing my series of video game soundtracks that have made a personal impact on me. In this week’s feature I discuss two pieces of music, one is an excerpt from a Sega Saturn masterpiece, the other is a an introduction piece. The music of AZEL: Panzer Dragoon RPG, and the short but sweet theme of Cyan (AKA Cyan Worlds). Is there a soundtrack that holds a special place in your memory? Bring on the man tears.
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It’s been a very intriguing month for Kickstarters involving some big names in the game music industry. Just a few days ago the adventure RPG platformer Unraveled hit Kickstarter seeking a modest funding, and with just a few days left the survival horror love letter NightCry is looking to secure it’s final funds. What’s more, both games are boasting some big names in the game music industry.
The nostalgic ’80s throwback platformer, Unraveled is a charming tale about childhood fantasy and dreams whilst dealing with powerful real-life messages. In production under RosePortal Games, the already beautiful-looking game will have it’s soundtrack under the control of industry veteran Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana, Soul Calibur V) with assistance from Dale North (Silent Horror, Dragon Fantasy Book II) The project already looks akin to Secret of Mana with its visuals and gameplay style, so having Kikuta-san at the helm is a sure bet.
Another ongoing Kickstarter project with some big-name talent is NightCry, aka. Project Scissors; a survival horror spiritual successor to the Clock Tower games and with none other than Clock Tower creator Hifumi Koto helming the charge. This creepy project has a ton of incredible talent involved already, and that’s not counting the fact the audio director is Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid series, Halo 4), but also sports Michiru Yamane (Castlevania series, Skullgirls) adding her amazing talent to the sum total of the game’s eerie tone.
Unraveled is looking for a rather frugal sum of $15,000 to fund the basic game’s creation, while NightCry is in it’s final 65 hours of looking for the much more typical game development funding of $300,000 to fund its huge team. Something to keep note of for anyone interested in some great soundtracks to some interesting-looking games.
Unraveled – Kickstarter | Facebook
NightCry – Kickstarter | Facebook
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Last week there was a rumour circulating that Netflix has plans to produce a family friendly game of thrones style series based on The Legend of Zelda. Neither Netflix or Nintendo has made any official statement to confirm if this is true but if it does happen there will be treasure trove of new Zelda music produced for the series.
The best music ever created for a live action version of Zelda was the brief score Stuart Balcomb wrote for IGN Entertainment’s 2008 April Fool’s trailer
produced by Rainfall. The music from that trailer is available for a free download
from the composer’s website and may help you get by until the music from the new series arrives.
Do you have any thoughts on who should write the music for the series?
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Two months ago, Crystal Dynamics came out with a sequel to the download-only Tomb Raider spin-off game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Still set within the Legends timeline and not the new rebooted story, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris finds heroine Lara on a quest to Egypt where she must fight rival treasure hunters, undead warrior and ancient gods. A familiar premise and just another Tuesday for Ms. Croft, honestly.
I first took a listen to this OST upon my trip to attend MAGFest 13. It’s a fantastic orchestrated album with much grandiose elements. Upon listening, my first impression was that the music style sounded like a more subtle, toned-down mixture of God of War and the soundtrack to the movie, The Mummy. That is a good thing, by the way. Composed by Wilbert Roget, II (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead Island 2), the music focuses on a lot of atypical middle eastern and Egyptian theatrical motifs, such as heavy string and flute flurries and double harmonic scales, but doesn’t go out of its way to dominate the tone of the game or upstage the gameplay.
“I’m very excited about this soundtrack as we got to work with some incredible classical and world-instrument soloists.”, states Roget on the soundtrack, which shows in the well-composed pieces. Though many pieces do seem to flow into one another at times, the “Finale” track might be my favored of the main game’s music, with its shades of John Williams peppered throughout.
The 36-track soundtrack, which includes two bonus remix tracks (The “Isis’ Lament” piece stands out to me), is currently free for download on Crystal Dynamic’s Soundcloud, and worth a listen for anyone who enjoys some good background ambiance. Who doesn’t enjoy free music?
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris OST – Soundcloud
Wilbert Roget, II – Website | Twitter
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Released in January 2015, the expanded soundtrack to the Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time adds 10 new tracks pulled from the archives of Presto Studios and offers a complete presentation of the music featured in the award winning game. This release follows the release of the soundtrack to the Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime and offers a superior listening experience on a reasonably priced CD.
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If you’re a fan of virtual reality simulations, music videos, 3D animation and rhythm games, then [NUREN]: The New Renaissance is probably something you’re going to want to keep an eye on. Having just launched it’s Kickstarter, [NUREN] is a project headed by composer Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Contra 4) along with Jessie Seeley. (voice, Double Dragon NEON, Bloodrayne: Betrayal)
According to the Kickstarter page, the game is basically a interactive music video, featuring 3D animation in real-time virtual reality. The game will feature seven distinct segments planned with musical and fully voice-acted interludes joining them together, with the Kickstarter helping to fund the guest creators that will help construct the [NUREN] world.
“[NUREN] combines influences from sources including Fantasia, Space Channel 5, TRON, Ghost in the Shell, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the Animatrix, and the technically and artistically brilliant PC demo scene. Dancing robot girls, synchronized light shows, vast panoramas, and starry skies await you.”
- [NUREN] Kickstarter
The game will offer full Windows/MAC/Linux support, but the biggest draw will be for the Oculus Rift and the full VR immersion experience. The current funding goal for the project is $70,000, with pledge rewards being largely immaterial and instead offering direct access and interaction with the development team. A demo for the game will be available for all to check out via the Kickstarter page, to get a good preview before your pledge! With VR games still being new and unique territory for game developers, [NUREN] looks to have the potential to really break into the new frontier with both style and a fantastic soundtrack.
[NUREN]: The New Renaissance – Kickstarter
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It’s hard to believe that The Legend of Zelda series is only a year away from being three decades old, but one fan is getting a jump on the anniversary with the release of the electronica arrangement album, Hyrule: Melodia et Concordia.
The franchise began with the release of the first game on February 21st, 1986 to the Famicom Disk System and whose music has been echoing within the memories of game enthusiasts ever since. Hailing from Portugal, album creator and arranger Shiryu says this project has been a long time coming.
“This is my third collaboration with Meus Jogos DS and one that is way overdue because I love the music of Zelda and I often think how to best pay homage to it’s iconic themes. I hope you enjoy the finished product and that like me when making this tribute album, these bring you some really awesome memories. Thank you, Nintendo. Enjoy!“
- Shiryu via Bandcamp
The album, which focuses on electronic melodies and ambient cues, has been released to Bandcamp for four Euros (approx. $4.50 American dollars) for 15 tracks. A nice tribute to one of the most iconic franchising in gaming history.
Hyrule: Melodia et Concordia – Bandcamp
Shiryu Music – Website | Twitter
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