Game Music, Miscellaneous

Game Music Radio Roundup: Go-To VGM Streams for Your Listening Pleasure

Game Music Radio Roundup: Go-To VGM Streams for Your Listening Pleasure

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We’re in that age where we want everything at our fingertips without the need to go searching too extensively. We subscribe to feeds and bookmark databases so we always know where we can go for all of our information and news on any particular topic.

Streaming has become a popular thing in this age where traditional radio is becoming quickly antiquated. When you have the ability to create and stream nearly any amount of any genre of music, why limit yourself to stations that cater to a larger demographic? Video game music is no different, with entire online stations dedicated to just game music and VGM arrangements. So where are some of the best places to go to get your steady game music fix?

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Featured, Software

PAX East Preview: Thumper

PAX East Preview: Thumper

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Every PAX East features a wide array of companies and developers showing off their upcoming or recently released games. Here at Original Sound Version, we like to highlight some of the music related games that we come across during the event. These often end up being rhythm games, but this can also include other game genres where music is a vital element. A good example of this would be the FRACT OSC game that we previewed at last year’s PAX East. This year we will be highlighting two upcoming games that were on display at the PAX East Expo floor.

Our first preview is an action rhythm game called Thumper. This was one of the many titles featured at the PAX East Indie Megabooth. The game is currently being developed by Marc Flury and Brian Gibson, who have both worked on rhythm game titles at Harmonix. Flury acts as the lead programmer, with Gibson providing his music and art talents for the look and sound of the game. (more…)

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Chip Music, Events, Game Music

MAGFest 13: Recap

MAGFest 13: Recap

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It’s time, once again, for the MAGFest recap. Every year we try to present a small sample of what we experienced at the Music and Gaming Festival. This year’s MAGFest was a little different from previous years. The event not only took place later in the month of January, it also conflicted with the new PAX South event down in Texas. This unintended scheduling dilemma left potential attendees and guests torn between the two events. While it would have been fun to check out the latest addition to the PAX convention circuit, MAGFest has always been the traditional destination for members of the Original Sound Version team. This brings us to today’s recap of the events of MAGFest 13. While it’s impossible for us to experience and cover every panel and concert that the festival has to offer, we always like to provide a glimpse of the madness and excitement that is MAGFest. With that said, here is my brief recap of MAGFest 13. (more…)

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Game Music, Television

“Excuuuuuuse Me Princess!”: The Music of the Legend of Zelda Cartoon

“Excuuuuuuse Me Princess!”: The Music of the Legend of Zelda Cartoon

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The Legend of Zelda cartoon holds a very special spot in my memory, as does the music. A lot of the music to The Legend of Zelda is readily available on CD. However, beyond the theme song for the cartoon, very little music from this short lived animated series is available.  The series was part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Legend of Zelda episodes usually ran on Fridays.  The music for the series was composed by Shuki Levy who composed all of the best music from the 1980s and ’90s animated series and who currently holds the world record for television themes.

In this article I share my thoughts on the music of the series and share links to some of the music clips used during the series. Believe it or not, this was one of the first symphonic renditions of The Legend of Zelda theme.

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Game Music, Miscellaneous

Last 24 hours of Unraveled Kickstarter Project

Last 24 hours of Unraveled Kickstarter Project

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The last day of the Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter Kickstarter is about to start, and with only about half their goal made, they’re looking to attract any RPG fans into taking a look at what they’re all about.

The game sports a $15,000 goal with musicians Tarissa Tavelier, Brian Coffi, and Mattias Verbinnen providing for the basic game’s soundtrack. Stretch goals feature more musical talent entering in to provide their expertise. At $40,000, Dale North (Silent Horror, Dragon Fanatasy Book II) will provide composing for the game and at $50,000, Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta will throw his talent into the game’s soundtrack as well.

Kikuta-san has his own thoughts on the game project and the opportunity to compose for Unraveled:

The project has many tiers for donation rewards, but for those looking to bust through the stretch barriers and get legends like Kikuta-san onboard with the project, you’ll want to give the project a good look-through.

Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s DaughterKickstarter Page

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Game Music

Resident Evil Revelations 2 OST is Now Available

Resident Evil Revelations 2 OST is Now Available

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The soundtrack to Capcom’s latest entry in the Resident Evil franchise is up for download at Sumthing Else Music. This newly released album contains over three hours of music from Resident Evil Revelations 2. Kota Suzuki and Ichiro Kohmoto both return as composers from their previous work on the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 0 respectively. Collaborating with the the duo is instrumentalist and composer Nima Fakhrara, who is known for creating new and unusual instruments to use in his scores and sound design.

This new release covers all of the episodes of the Resident Evil Revelations 2 game. The soundtrack features orchestral instruments, dark layers of electronic ambience, and strange and unique percussive effects. If you’re a fan and the game and crave some frightening tunes or atmosphere when you’re not hunting zombies, head over to Sumthing Else Music and give this album a listen.

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Game Music

Sweepingly Beautiful and Engrossing: Ori and The Blind Forest Original Soundtrack (Review)

Sweepingly Beautiful and Engrossing: Ori and The Blind Forest Original Soundtrack (Review)

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The soundtrack to Ori and the Blind Forest is breathtaking and wonderfully crafted. The music was composed by Gareth Coker and performed by the Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra, with additional soloists. I have been listening to it for the past week and can’t seem get enough of it. The game designers describe the game as a Metroidvania-style platformer, and that they were heavily influenced by the works of Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki, and films like The Lion King and The Iron Giant.

Below, you’ll hear the music from the trailer for the game. The soundtrack consists of 32 solid tracks and has a playtime of 88:51. In this review I will highlight my thoughts on what makes this score special, if any musical elements of the designer’s influences show up in the score,  and why its worth your listening time.

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Chip Music

Chiptunes = WIN releases a St. Patrick's Day "Celt-tunes = WIN!" Album

Chiptunes = WIN releases a St. Patrick’s Day “Celt-tunes = WIN!” Album

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Never being ones to settle for simply one flavor of chiptune albums, our friends at Chiptunes = WIN decided to combine chip music with Celtic themes to create an album just in time for St. Paddy’s Day.

20 brand new “Celt-tunes” (#SryNotSry) from our usual wide variety of overly talented artists! (full roster coming soon!). Expect a mix of traditional celtic covers, some beautiful atmospheric pieces, and, of course, chiptune drinking songs aplenty (I HONESTLY CAN’T BELIEVE THAT HASN’T BEEN DONE ALREADY).

Brandon “President Hoodie” Hood

The album release party starts tonight at 8pm CDT on 8bitX.com with the album dropping shortly thereafter for all your chiptastic drinking shenanigans.

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Game Music

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN: Video Games Live Level 4 (Review)

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN: Video Games Live Level 4 (Review)

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The album Video Games Live Level 4 is the result of a second Kickstarter campaign run by Tommy Tallarico that was successfully funded on November 28, 2014. The album was released digitally to funders on February 18, 2014, and physical copies are shipping out in April 2015. I was able to pick up a physical copy at their recent show in Ottawa, Canada. The album offers 12 tracks that are of excellent quality and offers a new take on some classic video game themes.  If you haven’t already picked up this album, hopefully my review will make your decision easier.

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Featured, Game Music

Game Soundtracks For Your Soul: Level Five

Game Soundtracks For Your Soul: Level Five

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In this edition of Game Soundtracks for Your Soul, I am sharing some thoughts on electronic music used in game soundtracks that opened my eyes to the world of electronic, dance, techno and trance music.  I also talk about another soundtrack that introduced me to one of my favorite manga and anime series.  These soundtracks are Wipeout XL which I played on Sony Playstation, and Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage on the Sega Dreamcast.

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Game Music, Indie Music

[NUREN] Kickstarter Adds a Bunch of New Content in Final Week

[NUREN] Kickstarter Adds a Bunch of New Content in Final Week

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The Kickstarter for the virtual reality rock opera, [NUREN] The New Renaissance, is in it’s final couple of days, and if you hadn’t noticed, it’s added quite a bit of additional content and updates in the past couple of days. In the second half of it’s crowdfunding lifespan. the project has added:

***Vince DiCola (Transformers: The Movie, Rocky IV) as a guest composer

***Chris Huelsbeck (Turrican, Giana Sisters) as a guest composer

***Added a new $50 tier that nets Jake Kaufman’s complete Bandcamp release library (including Shovel Knight and Shantae games)

There’s still a couple days left and time for a few more surprises within the campaign, so anyone holding out should keep their eyes peeled for the next 4 days for last-minute additions.

If you haven’t heard of [NUREN] yet, it’s based as a collection of music videos, each with it’s own unique musical score, that are strung together as a complete story with a virtual reality gameplay mechanic. Optimized for the Oculus, but fully playable on PC, the game currently has demos of the game out for Windows & MAC OS X available on the kickstarter page.

You can learn everything about the project and updates on the campaign page.

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Events, Game Music

Still Alive: Video Games Live March 8 2015 Ottawa Canada (Review)

Still Alive: Video Games Live March 8 2015 Ottawa Canada (Review)

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Video Games Live returned to Canada’s capital Ottawa for its third performance on March 8, 2015 and performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Choir.  I attended with family who had their first Video Games Live experience and loved every minute. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was happy to hear the performance of a few tracks that were part of Video Games Live Level 4 kickstarter that was successfully funded this past November.

The show continues to follow a formula of blending video clips of video game culture and humor in-between songs, breaking the norms of the traditional orchestra with loud cheering and clapping at anytime, and audience participation through the costume contest and on stage gaming sessions.  The phrase: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” seems to be a phrase that applies to Video Games Live.

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