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The Evil Within 2 Original Soundtrack Available for Pre-Order

The Evil Within 2 Original Soundtrack Available for Pre-Order

October 9, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook The Evil Within 2 Original Soundtrack Available for Pre-Orderon Twitter

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Right in time for Halloween, the sequel to the 2014 survival horror-thriller The Evil Within will be having it’s soundtrack dropping on the doubly-spooky date of Friday the 13th!

The Evil Within 2‘s music was composed by Masatoshi Yanagi and Shuichi Kobori (Metal Gear Solid 3), both of whom worked on the original Evil Within game alongside composer Masafumi Takada. Although Takada seems to be absent from composing the sequel, there’s plenty of experience between Yanagi and Kobori to instill a good amount of hope for a return to the creepiness that was delivered in the first game’s music.

The 55-track soundtrack also features classic pieces from Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Claude Achille Debussy, which mimics the original game’s decisions to invoke unease through classic compositions; a common theme in more modern horror gaming.

The Evil Within 2 Original Soundtrack is published by Bethesda Softworks and available for pre-order on Amazon Music for $8.99, with the release date of the album being October 13th; the same as the game itself. It will likely also be available in iTunes and Google Play after it’s official release, and we will be sure to update you if and when it does.

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Experience the Beauty of VGM Love Themes with Ode to the Lovers Album

Experience the Beauty of VGM Love Themes with Ode to the Lovers Album

October 7, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Experience the Beauty of VGM Love Themes with Ode to the Lovers Albumon Twitter

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Materia Collective and folk video game group The Travelers VGM have released a new album dedicated to the great love and emotion-filled songs from gaming, titled Ode to the Lovers.

The 10-track album is performed live in the The Traveler’s signature European folk style, giving emphasis to the joy and feelings of some of the love-dedicated music from video gaming history, including “Song of Time” from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, “Trioan Beauty” from Final Fantasy IV, “Simple and Clean” from Kingdom Hearts and more from the group comprised of arrangers Ian Martyn, Josh Barron, and Masha Lepire.

Love is a central theme in so many RPGs, games which have the time and space to really flesh out developed storylines. There is always room for love even when the situation seems dire. Love, whether gained or lost, is also an important theme in folk music from around the world. – Ian Martyn, Traveler’s VGM arranger

The album is fully licensed and available for purchase on Bandcamp and streaming on Spotify. You can find the full credits for the album on Materia Collective.

You can also check out the music video for “Song of Time” from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on The Traveler’s VGM Youtube.

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Women Working in Video Game Audio: The Video Game Music Database Report

Women Working in Video Game Audio: The Video Game Music Database Report

October 6, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Women Working in Video Game Audio: The Video Game Music Database Reporton Twitter

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About a month ago I reached out to the administrators at the Video Game Music Database (VGMdb) to ask if they could make some modifications to their advanced search. I wanted to be able to search for something specific: Women artists involved in game music. With the help of VGMdb admin Bigblah the advanced search was updated and here’s what you can search for now:

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You can now refine the database search results by Male, Female or Unspecified genders, and isolate the results by Composer. Performing a search to include composers who were female for an original game soundtrack revealed 1,040 results! You can also make further refinements to your search to reveal more women that have worked in the video game audio industry.

Part of my motivations behind refining the advanced search was because a while back Original Sound Version began a series called Matron Maestras which highlighted some of the women working as composers in the video game industry. The composers included Winifred Phillips, Tomoka Sasaki, Eveline Fischer, and Michiru Oshima. We wanted to let you know that this series will be making a comeback in the coming months. In the meantime, please feel free to re-visit our previous Matron Maestras articles or perform some searches of your own with these new options in the VGMdb.

If there are woman composer or artist that you would like to see covered in OSV’s Matron Maestra series? Please let us know!

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Cuphead OST: Nearly 3 Hours of Jazz, Ragtime, and Surprises

Cuphead OST: Nearly 3 Hours of Jazz, Ragtime, and Surprises

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Cuphead OST: Nearly 3 Hours of Jazz, Ragtime, and Surprises

You might recognize Cuphead as the dazzling looking “playable cartoon” that we’ve been catching glimpses of since late 2013. Yes, it’s been that long, but most of the coverage over those last four years has come from flashy sizzle reels or the raucous halls of E3 and PAX. In those settings it’s easy to see what makes Cuphead so special but now that it’s out we can finally appreciate the breadth of its soundtrack from Kristofer Maddigan.

And oh what a soundtrack it is! Just check out this description: the Cuphead OST features nearly 3 hours of original jazz, early big band, and ragtime music. Each song is played by live musicians, including a 13-piece big band, 10-piece ragtime ensemble, a solo pianist, a vocalist, a tap dancer, and a few surprises.

As a fan of ol’ timey styles it’s been a joy to soak in this variety with just a few highlights being the vocal theme for King Dice and the surprising performance by barbershop quartet, ‘Shoptimus Prime on “A Quick Break”. I get a serious Skullmonkeys or‘Splosion Man vibe from that one. Speaking of influences, it warms my game-music-loving heart to see Maddigan include some of our beloved favorites alongside genre-defining legends. Uematsu and Mitsuda sit among Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, John Williams, and dozens of others that led to Maddigan’s huge score.

Take a listen for yourself and pick up the album on Bandcamp for $10 or on Steam alongside the game.

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Materia Collective & Multiplayer Release SPIRIT VGM Charity Album

Materia Collective & Multiplayer Release SPIRIT VGM Charity Album

October 5, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Materia Collective & Multiplayer Release SPIRIT VGM Charity Albumon Twitter

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Game music label Materia Collective along with Multiplayer charity organization have come together to help produce an entire EP of arranged and remixed video game music to help raise funds for aiding Hurricane Harvey victims, as well as draw attention to other recent victims of hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico.

SPIRIT is a fully licensed EP features four tracks of arranged game music from UNDERTALE, Final Fantasy VII, Journey and Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, with proceeds from sales going to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation to assist with relief efforts. Game artists and arrangers Braxton Burks (Pokémon Reorchestrated), Laura Intravia (Video Games Live), StringPlayerGamer (Strings of Determination), Loudr co-founder Jesse Budington, Sean Schafianski (Video Game Music Reorchestrated), and others have donated their time in order to put the album together for the charity effort.

We started working on SPIRIT almost immediately after Harvey, since many Materia Collective members are from Houston and wanted to contribute to the rebuilding process. There was a great outpouring of support in the immediate aftermath of this disaster; however, the need is ongoing, and we hope that our EP can contribute. In the time since we started this project, other hurricanes have affected other areas, including Florida, the Virgin Islands, and most recently, Puerto Rico. While all SPIRIT proceeds will go towards the Greater Houston Community Foundation, we also want to raise awareness for these other areas that badly need support. – Emily McMillian, Director

The album is currently available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify. Donation links for charities in other areas can be found on Bandcamp and Materia Collective’s official website.

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Another World gets the Symphonic Update it deserves

Another World gets the Symphonic Update it deserves

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Another World gets the Symphonic Update it deserves

Like composer Rich Douglas (Shadowgate, Lifeless Planet), Out of this World/Another World hit me in a special way. While Douglas picked up the PC original in 1991 it was the 1994 Sega CD release that wowed us both (and many others) with Jean-Francois Freitas’ atmospheric soundtrack. The classic adventure game has seen a few HD updates over the years but one thing that’s not been touched is the music. Now Douglas has come full circle and thanks to the Materia Collective he’s been able to revisit and rearrange Freitas’ original score for the album Another World Symphony.

“The idea with this release (as well as many others I have put together) was to modernize the game’s score into something that would be right at home in a newly released version of the game or even a film,” Douglas explains.

For a fan and frequent listener of Freitas’ original it makes for quite a pleasant listen. The new layers and orchestration succeed in lending a cinematic feel to the original themes. The next time the game gets updated or ported to a new platform I really hope there’s a chance for this album to be incorporated. Take a listen to the intro theme above and compare it to the CD original here if you haven’t heard it (or seen it; that animation is still so sharp) in a while. Another World Symphony is available now on Bandcamp for $7.

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Slumber with Strength with Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreams

Slumber with Strength with Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreams

October 4, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Slumber with Strength with Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreamson Twitter

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Scarlet Moon Records, Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid) and AYAKI (Eterian Odyssey) are at it again with yet another Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies. After producing several albums based around video game music to help sooth you into relaxation, the team now brings it’s newest iteration: Fight for your Dreams.

Fight for your Dreams centers itself around battle themes and boss music from both video games and other popular media, all spun into a jazzy and smooth sequence of music tracks that will help ease your tension for the rigors of every-day life. Battle Themes from Undertale, Mega Man 2, Super Metroid and more are given the GENTLE LOVE touch of Hibino and AYAKI.

I’ve been wanting to create a volume dedicated to battle music for quite some time. I’ve been trying to increase the challenge factor with each installment of the series, and what better way to challenge Hibino-san and AYAKI than by taking some of the most intense music from videogames and having them transformed into lullabies? I thought it would be a unique way to celebrate the Halloween season. We hope you enjoy it! – Jayson Napolitano, Scarlet Moon Records producer

Fight for your Dreams is currently on pre-order through Bandcamp for $10 and will be fully released on October 10th. You can check out more of the Game Music Lullabies albums on the Scarlet Moon Records website. (Personally, I am really looking forward to that “Autobots vs. Decepticons” theme from the 1985 Transformers movie.)

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