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Get Your Orchestral Rock on with Chris Baines' New VGM Album

Get Your Orchestral Rock on with Chris Baines’ New VGM Album

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Musician and composer Chris Baines, who might be known to some as the bassist for VGM bands Rare Candy and Entertainment System, has released a new solo album featuring music from Chrono Trigger, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Heavy Barrel!

TofuMakoToro is a six-track album that features orchestral rock and metal arrangements from several popular games. Baines released the album to Bandcamp, while also supplementing some track with music videos.

So I’ve arranged this song three times over the years. Once for Entertainment System, once for Rare Candy, and now for my solo album. The funny thing is this is the first time I’ve actually gotten around to finally performing it. This is also the first playthrough video I’ve put together so be gentle as I’m still trying to get better at this video editing stuff. – Chris Baines, referencing video TofuMakoToro track Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

You can purchase TofuMakoToro on Bandcamp for $5.99 for either digital or CD format. You can also check out more of Baines’s work on his website, http://www.chrisbainesmusic.com/.

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Final Fantasy X Gets Massive Arrangement Album From Materia Collective

Final Fantasy X Gets Massive Arrangement Album From Materia Collective

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Video game music publisher Materia Collective have gone above and beyond with the release of their massive, 100-track Final Fantasy X album, SPIRA.

Spread across two 50-track volumes titled Besaid Mix and Zanarkand Mix, SPIRA covers a huge variety of styles such as orchestral, electronic, and rock along with Bollywood, disco, gypsy punk, folk and irreverent chocobo choir from a large cast of musical talent includes Horizon Zero Dawn vocalist Julie Elven, composer Dale North, Pokémon Reorchestrated arranger Braxton Burks, the Triforce Quartet, and many others.

The Final Fantasy X soundtrack already contains a lot of variations on a few common themes.We wanted to create a listening experience where it didn’t feel like you’re listening to ‘Hymn of the Fayths’ 20 times in a row, so all of our artists aimed to do something new on their track. For example, some artists arranged in an unfamiliar style, while others incorporated unique instrumentation. As a result, both SPIRA albums re-frame the classic themes from Final Fantasy X with a fresh perspective. – Joe Chen & Emily McMillanProject Organizers


SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X is fully licensed and available today on Bandcamp for $12 apiece for both the Besaid Mix and Zanarkand Mix.

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World of Tanks gets music update from Akira Yamaoka and Sabaton

World of Tanks gets music update from Akira Yamaoka and Sabaton

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World of Tanks gets music update from Akira Yamaoka and Sabaton

I’ve always found World of Tanks to be a fascinating diversion of the typical online multiplayer action game even if I have yet to dive into it myself. One thing I can report on though is the latest, possibly most fascinating news from the game as it revolves around music.

Wargaming has enlisted the help of two very different musical personalities who are known to be frequent “Tankers”: famed Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka and Swedish power metal band Sabaton. Yamaoka has created a unique track for the game that will be added soon while Sabaton and Wargaming collaborated on a music video for their song “Primo Victoria”. Sabaton has also been incorporated into the game as the first “music-inspired tank” complete with likenesses of the band members serving as the tank crew.

“We are just as thrilled as Wargaming to release a World of Tanks-style music video for one of our most famous songs—Primo Victoria. The shooting took place at Arsenalen Tank Museum in Sweden, and not far from Minsk. It was a true experience for us to ride real tanks and even crash one through a wall. Being involved in the creation of the music video and in-game content for the game is an honor for us. We put our heart and soul into it and are excited to present the results of our collaboration to the global community of tankers that we’re a part of.” – Pär Sundström, Sabaton bass player

You can check out the “Tank Metal” video here and if you’d like to hear what World of Tanks actually sounds like you can grab the current soundtrack for free from their site. Wargaming is also bringing both Yamaoka and Sabaton to gamescom next week for a live performance so if you happen to be attending you shouldn’t have to look (or listen) hard to find them.

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Steel Samurai's self-titled Second EP (Review)

Steel Samurai’s self-titled Second EP (Review)

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Steel Samurai's self-titled Second EP (Review)

Steel Samurai has been kicking around the Baltimore, Maryland scene since late 2013, making appearances at MAGFest and Bit Gen while contributing their brand of rock to an array of game music compilations. They specialize in power-rocking “the most ancient, unused and obscure video game compositions” and their second, self-titled EP definitely holds true to that mission statement.

Released on July 29th, Steel Samurai is a short EP but it rocks all the way through and covers a lot of rarely-revisited source material. The theme of the band’s namesake — the fictional TV hero from the also-fictional world of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — opens things up with a powerful rendition of the traditional Japanese-style tune from the DS game. But track two is what really pulled me into this album.

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Pixel Mixers Release Metroid Tribute Album

Pixel Mixers Release Metroid Tribute Album

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The VGM community group known as the Pixel Mixers have released a large, 30-track tribute album that celebrates the music of the classic Metroid games, titled Huntress.

Hey good people, i have the pleasure to present you the result of the hard work we put in the Metroid Album! Once again i’m thanking you guys for participating to those projects.  I really hope you’ll enjoy this album, i can’t wait to know what you think about it ^^ Feel free to share this album anywhere you can as much as you can!

Huntress focuses exclusively on the classic Metroid titles, giving us the possibility to make a Metroid Prime album in the future. – Hashel, Album Director

Huntress features tracks spanning all of the “classic” Metroid game titles, including the original game, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Metroid and Metroid Fushion, arranged by musicians within the game music community.

You can download the entire album for free on the Pixel Mixers website. You can also check out many of the other free albums the group have released, such as The Legacy (Final Fantasy I), Harmony (Rayman 1) Backup – A Tribute to MS-DOS and more, with additional free albums scheduled for the future.

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The Earthworm Jim Anthology on Vinyl is available for Pre-order

The Earthworm Jim Anthology on Vinyl is available for Pre-order

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On August 4, 2017, Tommy Tallarico confirmed that an Earthworm Jim vinyl release would be coming this year, and that more details would be revealed this week. On August 14, 2017 the details of the vinyl release were revealed. Black Screen Records, who have released some of the best video game soundtracks on vinyl will be handling the release spread over four sided 180g double vinyl.

The Limited Collector’s Edition comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with new and original artwork by Earthworm Jim artist Katherine Garner (aka Lemm/Rocket Worm). The packaging includes liner notes by Tommy Tallarico and two amazing full-colored “heart boxer shorts” and “cow pattern” inner sleeves on heavyweight off-set paper. The complete artwork will be refined with a matte finish and a special glossy spot varnish to highlight the incredible illustrations. The LP album will be pressed on “Groooovy!” limited Earthworm Jim flesh colored and opaque Snott colored vinyl. This Limited Collector’s Edition also comes with a unique download code that enables the customer to download the full digital soundtrack as well!

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If you already own the Earthworm Jim Anthology digitally or on CD, this new version contains two new tracks. The first is “Intestinal Distress (Previously Unreleased)” and the second is “Earthworm Jim (Video Game Live Montage)” which I am guessing may be the final track that was previously available on the Video Games Live Level 4 Album.

You can see the full details of the album and make you pre-order at the Black Screen Records store. The vinyl will also be available for pre-order from major online and other retailers as of September 15, 2017.

Are you looking forward to this Groooovy vinyl release?

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Music Video Collaboration by Jillian Aversa & Erutan for Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Music Video Collaboration by Jillian Aversa & Erutan for Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Performer and videogame soundtrack vocalist Jillian Aversa has teamed up in a collaboration featuring the famous title theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time performed jointly with YouTube musician Erutan (Kate Covington). This ethereal rendition of the theme, titled “Chrysalis,” is arranged by Jillian and her husband, Andrew “zircon” Aversa, and includes her lyrics and vocal work alongside Erutan’s ocarina, harp, and glockenspiel performances combined with mood settings and costumes.

“After taking a more literal approach with the characters in my second Zelda music video last year, I wanted to return to a freer interpretation for this one. When I think of the Zelda games, I don’t just picture Link and Zelda, but the whole world of Hyrule — with all its magic and charm. What does this world look like from the perspective of the critters that inhabit it? That is the question that inspired our video concept. Kate and I each play three different animal characters, all coming together to witness the metamorphosis of a moth.” – Jillian Aversa


Jillian and Erutan’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time“Title Theme” tribute has been posted to Jillian’s YouTube channel, where music videos paying homage to Final Fantasy VI, NieR, Destiny, Metal Gear Solid 3 and Game of Thrones can also be found.

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Rez Infinite PC release joined by a new Cassette Album

Rez Infinite PC release joined by a new Cassette Album

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Rez Infinite PC release joined by a new Cassette Album

Nearly a year ago when Rez Infinite launched for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, iam8bit crafted up a fancy vinyl package to commemorate the release. They’re back at it again for the surprise Steam/HTC Vive and Oculus Rift release of the game and this time they’re offering an exclusive translucent orange cassette tape.

The $35 Rez Infinite PC Collector’s Edition package gets you the fluorescent cassette featuring Hydelic’s music to the game’s new level, Area X, including some new bonus tracks. You also get download codes for the game itself and a digital copy of the album for when you’re away from your hi-fi stereo. Act quick if you’re interested though, only 888 cassettes will be sold but if you miss out there’s still plenty of iam8bit Rez merchandise available from last year.

For those more interested in the game now that it’s available on PC, the Steam version includes a free pack of DLC content that offers a 7-track soundtrack sampler with new never-before released tracks along with an assortment of wallpapers and avatar icons.

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Short but Sweet: The Franz Kafka Videogame OST

Short but Sweet: The Franz Kafka Videogame OST

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Short but Sweet: The Franz Kafka Videogame OST

Jonathan Geer, who we last highlighted for his soaring, sprawling, and years-in-the-works soundtrack to Owlboy, returns with an offering that is many ways a polar opposite. The Franz Kafka Videogame is a short puzzle/adventure game inspired by the writings of the famed author, out now on Steam and iOS. Geer’s soundtrack is extremely short compared to Owlboy’s 68 tracks and it isn’t filled with the same soaring heroics, but it is just as sweet and heartfelt.

The main theme features vocals by Kim Chandler and opens the album with a sweet sense of whimsy. The combination of Chandler’s accented, non-linguistic vocals, violin, and accordion quickly call to mind an early 1900’s European setting. There’s also a touch of piano that leads us into the following tracks: the painfully brief but bright “Background” and the somber waltz of “Intermission”.

Taking a serious turn from there is the “Noir Theme” that is appropriately jazzy and smolders with horn and our friendly guide, the piano. Finally, there’s “End Credits” that’s like a nuclear bomb compared to everything before it, a short explosion of electric guitar and squeaky synths to make sure your volume is in check. Lastly there’s a bonus instrumental version of the “Main Theme” if the vocals somehow bothered you.

If you’re looking for a shot of whimsy and you don’t mind a little variety in the sound The Franz Kafka Videogame OST is well worth its minimal $1 price tag on Bandcamp. It is short — only around 9 minutes long including the instrumental version of the theme — but the vibe works well on repeat as long as you save that end credits theme for a closer.

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Get Your Fill of Fun Straight Game Covers with Extra Lives

Get Your Fill of Fun Straight Game Covers with Extra Lives

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We currently reside in a community filled with fantastic game music bands from all over the world that span almost all genres. When you have dozens (if not at this point, hundreds) of bands and musicians that dedicate themselves to covering and arranging game music from the Atari all the way through to the current generation of gaming, it can sometimes be a bit hard to catch everything. Extra Lives is a band out of Los Angeles that is a simple, straight cover band that doesn’t do anything fancy; they just do really fantastic covers of music from all sorts of games.

The four-man band has been releasing their covers regularly to Youtube for the past year, touching upon everything from Chrono Trigger to Final Fantasy 4 to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and more. One might be keen to wonder why, with all the bands out there doing remixing and arranging of game music into grand metal, rock or orchestral variations, should a band that just does straight covers be something to pay much mind to? There is a simple charm to bands that not only play covers, but play them well. Bands like The Minibosses became the legends they are breaking into the field of game music bands with straight covers, and sometimes it’s nice to go back to those roots.

It’s also nice to find new bands that straight their legs a bit and cover songs that might otherwise go completely uncovered, such as The Adventures of Bayou Billy.

The band recently performed with Kirby’s Dream Band during their first live performance, and hopefully will be doing more in the future. You can check out all of their video on their Youtube channel and check back for new videos regularly.

What are you opinions of straight cover bands as opposed to bands that do more arranged game music? Let us know in the comments.

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The Inner World OSTs are coming to vinyl via BLACK SCREEN RECORDS

The Inner World OSTs are coming to vinyl via BLACK SCREEN RECORDS

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The soundtracks for Headup Games, The Inner World and it’s sequel, The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk are being released to LP vinyl in time for the latter’s release next month.

Released in 2013, the original game is a 2D Point ‘n Click adventure where you control the main protagonist as he explores the world and solves puzzles in an attempt to find the source of the wind’s disappearance in his world. A small indie game that received generally favorable reviews, the music for The Inner World was composed by Christian Barth, with Barth now heading up the soundtrack for the game’s sequel, The Last Wind Monk.

The music features atmospheric orchestration that remains subtle in both games and plays to the simplistic yet still engaging tone and gameplay. Subtle string and chime melodies create a charming musical backdrop for the journey of Robert the flute-nose.

The vinyl soundtracks come on audiophile 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with original artwork by developer Studio Fizbin and with an unique download code for both digital soundtracks as MP3s or WAVs. You can pre-order the black or purple & green variants of the LP release on the Black Screen Records website, or listen to the soundtrack for both game’s music streaming on Spotify, iTunes or on Bandcamp.

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Tommy Tallarico hints at an Earthworm Jim Vinyl Release

Tommy Tallarico hints at an Earthworm Jim Vinyl Release

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On August 2, 2017, Earthworm Jim turned 23 years old. On the same date video game composer, and Video Games Live creator, Tommy Tallarico tweeted suggesting that a vinyl release of the game’s music might be in the works. You can see a screenshot of the tweet below.

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A Facebook user named Jason C. Curry posted back in January 17, 2016, suggesting ‘snot’ colored vinyl would be cool. I agree, and also thought that a spotted cow option would be pretty cool too. The above cover art is not official. The soundtrack did receive an official release in the form of the Earthworm Jim Anthology, which featured Tommy Tallarico’s music but also remixes from some of the best folks in the video game audio community. You can find details about that release at the official Video Games Live Store. More specific details on performers and album contributors are in the Video Game Music Database.

Check back with OSV for full details on the Earthworm Jim vinyl release once they become available. Are you excited for Earthworm Jim on vinyl?

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