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Game Music, Indie Music

Bastion Soundtrack finally coming to Vinyl in July

Bastion Soundtrack finally coming to Vinyl in July

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Bastion Soundtrack finally coming to Vinyl in July

Bastion was well regarded for its soundtrack even before there was a video-games-on-vinyl movement. Nevertheless, Darren Korb’s soundtrack has been in demand by vinyl fans for some time and Supergiant Games is finally able to provide.

Available to pre-order now through Bandcamp, the double LP, 180-gram black discs go for $39.99 and will begin shipping around July 20th. The package comes in an “old-style” double gatefold jacket with exclusive Bastion artwork by Marie Bergeron and remastered renditions of all 22 tracks from the previously released digital/CD soundtrack. As usual with Bandcamp, you’ll also get access to the digital soundtrack.

Check out the page to pre-order, see some more images of the vinyl package or refresh your memories of Bastion’s rusty-dusty soundtrack with some samples.

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Chip Music

Groupees Offers Chiptune + Charity Music Bundle

Groupees Offers Chiptune + Charity Music Bundle

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Groupees, the bundle site that runs sales on music, games and more to benefit a variety of charities, has launched it’s 12th chiptune bundle campaign to help benefit MyMusicRx.

For 9 more days, buyers name their price for a bundle of chiptune albums and choose for a part of their contribution to be donated to MyMusicRx charity, bringing music to children facing cancer and other illnesses. Artists include Zalza, tiasu, knife city, Rock Candy, Chrome Cobra and more. – Christian Bunda, Groupees Music Director

For a minimum of $2, you unlock nine chiptune albums with bonus funding goals to unlock two additional albums and 20% of all donation goes directly to MyMusicRx.


You can check out all of the bundle albums and learn more about the artists and charity by going to the campaign page on Groupees, along with many other charity bundles available.

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Chip Music, Game Music

Shiryu Music Releases Castlevania: Chiptunes of the Night

Shiryu Music Releases Castlevania: Chiptunes of the Night

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Shiryu Music has composed an album of retro-mixed chiptune versions of many classic tunes of the SotN soundtrack.

“Castlevania: Chiptunes of the Night” is my long and delayed tribute to Michiru Yamane’s incredible soundtrack. You might have found me teasing this release in the past years with me chiptune demakes/remixes/covers from such timeless classic songs as “Wood Carving Partita” or “The Tower of Mist”. But this time I went for the complete soundtrack, or at least the tracks that I could get my hand on sheet music and/or MIDI files. – Shiryu

Of the 32-track album, “Disc 1” features retro-makes of several tunes from Symphony of the Night done with a NES sound library, while “Disc 2” does the same track up with SNES sound fonts, meant to give tribute to the oldschool sounds of the earlier Castlevania games to this, the game that helped kick off a new genre of “Metroidvania” games.

Some tracks do a good job of down-mixing the iconic tunes of SotN, while others leave a bit to be desired. (The NES version of “Tragic Prince” starts off great but then gets a bit grating on the ears, in my opinion.) However it’s a solid effort and a commendable tribute to composer Michiru Yamane’s most recognized and revered soundtrack.

You can check out the entire album on the Castlevania: Chiptunes of the Night Bandcamp page for a listen.

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Game Music, Indie Music

Mages of Mystralia - The Original Soundtrack by Antoine Vachon has been released

Mages of Mystralia – The Original Soundtrack by Antoine Vachon has been released

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On May 18, 2017, one of my most anticipated soundtracks for 2017, Mages of Mystralia was released. The soundtrack release coincided with the release of the game which ran a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that was 100% funded in just 16 hours, and finished at a funding level of 930%.

According to the soundtrack page, the album includes all 50 tracks from Mages of Mystralia, composed and arranged by Antoine Vachon, with more than 20 tracks featuring Orchestrator Shota Nakama and The Video Game Orchestra (renowned for their work on Final Fantasy XV, God Eater 2 and the Kingdom Hearts franchise). Also featured on the album are Laura Intravia (Flute and Piccolo), Kristin Naigus (Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Bassoon) and Mathieu Côté (Solo Cello).

You can purchase the soundtrack directly on bandcamp for $9.99 or grab it in a bundle with the game on Steam.

Check back with OSV soon for our full review of the Mages of Mystralia soundtrack. Have you played the game yet?

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Television

Composers Aivi & Surasshu reveal tracklist to Steven Universe Soundtrack Volume 1!

Composers Aivi & Surasshu reveal tracklist to Steven Universe Soundtrack Volume 1!

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On May 17, 2017, composers Aivi Tran and Steven “Surasshu” Velema revealed the tracklist for the upcoming Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1 on Facebook Live. In the video you can go behind the scenes of series favorite songs like “Cookie Cat” which I learned was written using a GameBoy, “Giant Woman” which creator Rebecca Sugar first played on her ukulele, and many more. I was thrilled to hear that Stemage was brought back in to re-record some of the acoustic guitar for “Let Me Drive My Van Into You Heart”. You can see the full tracklist below.

1.We Are the Crystal Gems (Main Title)
2.Let Me Drive My Van into Your Heart
3.Cookie Cat
4.Giant Woman
5.Strong in the Real Way
6.Steven and the Stevens
7.Big Fat Zucchini
8.Steven and the Crystal Gems
9.Dear Old Dad
10.Be Wherever You Are
11.On the Run
12.Comet
13.Destiny
14.Lapis Lazuli
15.Wailing Stone
16.Stronger Than You
17.Full Disclosure
18.We Are the Crystal Gems (Full Theme Song)
19.Jam Song
20.Do It for Her
21.What Can I Do (For You)
22.Tower of Mistakes
23.Haven’t You Noticed (I’m a Star)
24.Something Entirely New
25.Peace and Love on the Planet Earth
26.Don’t Cost Nothing
27.Empire City
28.Mr. Greg
29.It’s Over Isn’t It
30.Both of You
31.Don’t Cost Nothing (Reprise)
32.I Think I Need a Little (Change)
33.Here Comes a Thought
34.Still Not Giving Up
35.I Could Never Be (Ready)
36.What’s the Use of Feeling (Blue)?
37.Love Like You (End Credits)

Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1 will be available digitally for purchase on various platforms on June 2, 2017. The video also hints at a special surprise for later this year which could be a physical release. Do you have a favorite Steven Universe song?

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Indie Music, Miscellaneous

Composer Norihiko Hibino Launches Prescription for Serenity Wellness App

Composer Norihiko Hibino Launches Prescription for Serenity Wellness App

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Norihiko Hibino, composer for the Metal Gear Solid series and the producer of the Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series of albums continues the growth of his Hibino Sound Therapy Lab project along with aid from Mission One with the Prescription for Serenity wellness app.

Since 2009, Hibino has seen the Prescription for Sleep albums grow and diversify, not just with soothing game music but with a wide range of relaxation bundles. Prescription for Serenity will take high resolution music files featuring live chamber music, solo harp and piano performances, and of course, more jazzy lullabies from GENTLE LOVE, the duo comprised of Hibino and Etrian Odyssey pianist AYAKI, who have made a name for themselves with their Billboard-charting Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies albums. The library is also expandable with a subscription that will add new content as it’s recorded, including selections from the Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series.

After the success of the first two Prescription for Sleep apps, and hearing comments from people who were helped by them, we decided to do something much grander in scope this time around–a full-fledged service offering hundreds of therapeutic songs all within one app. We are proud of what we accomplished, and hope that it helps give people the relaxation they deserve. – Marc Cellucci, Mission One Founder

 

You can check out the Prescription for Serenity app on iTunes and Google Play. You can also check out the other Prescription for Sleep apps and albums on the Hibino Sound Therapy Lab website, and the Game Music Lullabies albums at Scarlet Moon Productions.

 

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Doujin, Experimental, Japanese, Music Production

Rap Rabbit from PaRappa, Gitaroo Man Creators launches on Kickstarter

Rap Rabbit from PaRappa, Gitaroo Man Creators launches on Kickstarter

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Rap Rabbit from PaRappa and Gitaroo Man Creators launches on Kickstarter

Two of the most well known forces in rhythm gaming teased a collaborative new title called Project Rap Rabbit late last week. Now they’ve pulled the wraps off of their pitch and launched its kickstarter campaign, shedding more light on the game and those involved.

Fronted by Masaya Matsuura and Keiichi Yano, Rap Rabbit will also include their respective studios: Nana-OnSha of PaRappa the Rapper fame for Matsuura, and iNiS J for Yano, best known for Gitaroo Man and the Ouendan series. The pedigree is obviously there, they just need the funding and support to create what the pair defines as “rhythm-action 2.0”.

As Matsuura explains in the kickstarter video, he got some flack for referring to PaRappa the Rapper as a hip hop or rap game back in the 90’s. Sure, PaRappa had some opportunities to freestyle but the game really only required the precise, “Simon Says” callback of patterns to succeed. What rap fans wanted was a game where they could change the lyrics while playing, and that’s what Rap Rabbit hopes to offer. Drawing inspirations from both RPG dialog wheels and the YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History, combined with the back-and-forth gameplay of both PaRappa and Gitaroo Man, you can start to picture what the game might play like.

Rap Rabbit from PaRappa and Gitaroo Man Creators launches on Kickstarter

Based on their past works, it’s probably least surprising to hear that the game’s story trades on finding the strength to do  what’s right and conquering adversity; only this time it’s set against traditional Japanese art and folklore. Inspiration here comes from 16th Century Japanese picture scrolls all the way up to films like Spirited Away, Tekkonkinkreet and Kung Fu Panda.

That leaves only the music to address which Matsuura himself is heading up as Music Director and core composer. Despite the traditional look of the visuals we’ve seen so far, the music hopes to fuse Japanese and Western styles while incorporating the Epic Rap Battles mix of beats, unexpected encounters, and comedy. Obviously, music is the most important part of a rhythm game and as a fairweather fan of Matsuura’s work in the past, this is the part that really determines where I fall on Rap Rabbit.

Rap Rabbit from PaRappa and Gitaroo Man Creators launches on Kickstarter

As of this writing the project is nearly $100,000 of the way towards a $1.1 million goal with initial releases on PlayStation 4 and Steam. Some lofty stretch goals would see the inclusion of more content and eventually ports to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. No estimated release window has been mentioned so far but it looks like European publisher PQube is already on board to ship the game when it reaches its goal.

Take a look at the campaign video and kickstarter page and let us know in the comments if you’re already on board or patiently waiting for more details to emerge.

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Doujin, Indie Music

Zelda Cinematica is a successful Kickstarter in its final days!

Zelda Cinematica is a successful Kickstarter in its final days!

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Sam Dillard the creator of Metroid Cinematica and Chrono Cinematica is running a Kickstarter campaign for Zelda Cinematica which ends in just over three days, and it already over 900% funded. The trailer for the project is above and is described by its creator below:

Over an hour of uniquely realized music from what is amongst the most iconic soundtracks in all of gaming, Zelda Cinematica seeks to present to you the musical score from that epic Hollywood Zelda movie that lifelong fans have conjured in our heads while sitting in the back of the classroom drawing tiny worlds with Link fighting monsters! (Unless that was just me…) An album with a primarily energetic symphony sound but ranging across ambient soundscapes and electronic atmospheres as well. Years of planning, feature-length representing themes from the entire series, officially licensed, and available on all major digital platforms as well as collectible disc albums!

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The album will be available digitally, on CD, and on vinyl at different backing levels. Also if you missed out on picking up either Metroid Cinematica or Chrono Cinematica you can also find them on the Kickstarter Campaign page.

If this is project you’re interested in, you’ve only got a few days left to back it! Have you heard the previous Cinematica albums?

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Chip Music, Experimental, Indie Music, Music Production

8 Bit Weapon Releases New Satirical DLC Album

8 Bit Weapon Releases New Satirical DLC Album

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8 Bit Weapon Releases New Satirical DLC Album

8 Bit Weapon, the long-running chiptune and electronic band formed by Seth and Michelle “ComputeHer” Sternberger, have a new album and it’s got quite the meta concept: what if the music industry followed modern game design? “How much of a song would you hear before you purchased the rest of it as DLC,” the new album asks.

The idea is to start with track 4, “DLC the OST (Standard Edition)” which features only the backing and melody. It’s nice, but wouldn’t it sound even better with drums? For a small charge the Drums DLC adds layers of percussive depth and really gets your toe tapping. Later in the product cycle, take your song to the next level with the Expansion DLC that lays on the style by adding new synths, percussion, and samples.

Gross right? Ultimately, they couldn’t bring themselves to nickel-and-dime their fans to put the concept to test so the album contains all the “DLC” and the full song, hilariously titled “DLC the OST (Season Pass Edition)”. Taking the next natural step, the album is considered the “GOTY bundle” edition and includes two wholly original bonus songs.

The answer to the question that DLC the OST poses is obvious: No. No one would pay for half of a song and then buy individual instruments as if it were a satisfying reward. Ok, maybe some of you interested in remixes or how the song was created would, but not the general music listening public. The real question turns the focus back onto games but that’s a discussion for a different kind of site, or maybe the comments section. I’m happy to say that despite the concept, DLC the OST still gives us three enjoyable (and totally complete) tracks for as little as $3.

Check it out and let’s discuss in the comments. What do you think of the song, 8 Bit Weapon’s concept, or our modern games with DLC and microtransactions?

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Game Music, Indie Music

Chase Bethea Returns with a New Album to < / reality>

Chase Bethea Returns with a New Album to < / reality>

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The composer known mostly for his music for Super Happy Fun Block and I Can’t Escape Darkness returns with a new soundtrack after a longer break. Chase Bethea, together with Fancy Fish Games studio are working on the production of < / reality>,  a kind of tribute to the popular games of the visual novel genre.

The plot of the game revolves around a girl that travels in a virtual world using a machine and slowly discovers her real identity. The music accompanies the player in especially important for the plot moments an when interacting with encountered people. It is similar to the well know soundtracks from Mass Effect and Deus Ex. Nevertheless, Chase Bethea represents quite unconventional style to make the songs an integral part of the game. Soundtrack from < / reality> is already available at Bandcamp for $4.

Source: Game Music Artist PR

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Game Music

SUMTHING ELSE TO RELEASE WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

SUMTHING ELSE TO RELEASE WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Sumthing Else Music Works along with Relic Entertainment and Games Workshop will be releasing the official soundtrack to WARHAMMER 40,000: Dawn of War III this week to digital and streaming outlets. The 18 track album features nearly an hour of game music from BAFTA award winning, EMMY® and Ivor Novello nominated composer Paul Leonard-Morgan (Battlefield: Hardline, Dredd 3D).

Dawn of War III immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they will lead elite hero units and colossal armies to victory, or oblivion. Powerful super walkers will tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle worthy of the iconic Games Workshop® Warhammer 40,000 universe. For more information on Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® III, please visit www.dawnofwar.com.


You can pick up the official soundtrack May 9th digitally on the Sumthing Else website and iTunes and pre-order a physical copy on Amazon.

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Game Music

Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

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Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

When we last heard from Mick Gordon he was being praised for his driving and powerful soundtrack to 2016’s DOOM. Now he’s back with another dark, sci-fi score to a Bethesda title, Prey. The game launches on May 5th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam but the full soundtrack is available now to stream on Spotify or Apple Music and for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Compared to DOOM there’s a much wider and varied style to his work on Prey with equal tones of isolation, paranoia, and alien terror. The playable demo mostly stood out with the action theme, “The Phantoms”, but listening to the full album imparts a far more pensive and somber vibe. As Arkane Creative Director Raphael Colantonio explains, it’s based on the sound Gordon created for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

“I really enjoyed his work [on Wolfenstein], and specifically the sophisticated guitar arpeggios that stood out as something unique and emotionally powerful,” Colantonio says. “So we talked with Mick about the mood of the game, the fact that it’s in space, and my desire to see some of those arpeggios. Mick came back to me two weeks later with a short test that I really loved. It featured arpeggios that sounded a bit like some of those Sergio Leone Western movies – albeit a more melancholic version – mixed with some ’80s style synths.

The mix was so unique and so adapted to the mood we wanted to convey that it immediately felt like the right direction. I jokingly called the style ‘Western in space,’ and then we used that term as a filter for all of the future music Mick did for Prey.”

The album also includes two vocal tracks — “Semi Sacred Geometry” and “Mind Game” — as well as the previously released track “Everything is Going to be Okay” which is set to the game’s opening credit sequence. These three lend a more uplifting and modern dance feel which Colantonio described as being inspired by “80s Italian disco, like a lot of French DJs have been doing for some time now: Daft Punk, Kavinsky, Justice”.

Take a listen or check out the demo and let us know what you think of the Prey soundtrack (and the game) in the comments below.

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