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Take A Trip to Paradise: Yoku's Island Express (Review)

Take A Trip to Paradise: Yoku’s Island Express (Review)

July 2, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Take A Trip to Paradise: Yoku’s Island Express (Review)on Twitter

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Everyone has seen images of what it’s like to be on vacation at a sunny beach, ocean waves rolling onto the sandy shore. Then you have the palm trees with their bounty of coconuts, leaves gently swaying in the breeze. Let’s not forget the wildlife going about their daily routine, chirping and wailing all while you go into a peaceful state of mind. Then, there’s also the off chance that something goes wrong. The trip could get cut short for a random life event, you might get bitten by a crab as you were trying to get a closer look or maybe you just got too much sand in your pants. A somewhat similar event can be derived from Yoku’s Island Express Original Video Game Soundtrack. Let’s see how that image holds up after the jump! (more…)

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Doujin, Game Music

Pre-Order Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV from Scarlet Moon Records

Pre-Order Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV from Scarlet Moon Records

June 28, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Pre-Order Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV from Scarlet Moon Recordson Twitter

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Following up on the Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series of albums, Scarlet Moon Records is now releasing a series of live classical guitar arrangements of iconic video game music in their Guitar Collections, starting with Final Fantasy IV.

Guitarist William Carlos Reyes (of The OneUps) arranges and performs Nobuo Uematsu’s iconic themes from Final Fantasy IV to celebrate the game’s 27th anniversary. Key themes such as “Theme of Love,” “Welcome to Our Town!,” and the final dungeon theme, “Within the Giant,” are featured alongside an original composition by Reyes are included in the inaugural album.

I’ve always enjoyed Square Enix’s Piano Collections FINAL FANTASY series, but I have a personal preference for the sound of the guitar. I wanted to produce a series of guitar albums starting with FINAL FANTASY IV, just as the Piano Collections series did. I also knew based on William Carlos Reyes’s past arrangements that he’d be perfect for this project with his ability to layer his performances in a very natural and pleasing way, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I want Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY to become a series, so we hope everyone’s as eager as we are to hear more! – Jayson Napolitano, Producer

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV is currently available for pre-order on Bandcamp and will be releasing on July 19th.

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POST E3 2018: MY MOST ANTICIPATED SOUNDTRACKS (Updated)

POST E3 2018: MY MOST ANTICIPATED SOUNDTRACKS (Updated)

June 26, 2018 | | 1 Comment Share thison Facebook POST E3 2018: MY MOST ANTICIPATED SOUNDTRACKS (Updated)on Twitter

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E3 wrapped up earlier this month and I finally took some time to watch most of the trailers and gameplay videos that were shown during the event. Game music was showcased at the event this year once again, which included some really cool live performances.

In past years I’ve written about my most anticipated game soundtracks. After this year I’ve settled on 10 titles that I’m most excited to hear their soundtracks. Read on for my full list ordered from number 10 to 1.

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Action Game Fossil Hunters OST Releases Today

Action Game Fossil Hunters OST Releases Today

June 25, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Action Game Fossil Hunters OST Releases Todayon Twitter

Robert Duguay, composer of Graceful Explosion Machine and Polarman soundtracks, has just released the OST to his most recently-composed indie game soundtrack, Fossil Hunters.

Fossil Hunters is a casual action-adventure game about digging for fossils and building your own dinosaurs. Currently available on Steam, the game has received positive reviews for many of its mechanics, including it’s music. The soundtrack itself features 12 tracks of charming orchestrated music to accompany your efforts to dig, build and play through the game and complete its challenges.

While some tracks present a grand orchestration within their composition, others are more simple and passive and allow the player to take charge without overwhelming them in the music. This adds layers of depth to the gameplay with Duguay’s choice of accompaniment to the overall aesthetic.

The Fossil Hunters Original Soundtrack launches today courtesy of Materia Collective and is available on Bandcamp.

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Naughty Dog and Mondo Announce Release of Last of Us Part II LP

Naughty Dog and Mondo Announce Release of Last of Us Part II LP

June 13, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Naughty Dog and Mondo Announce Release of Last of Us Part II LPon Twitter

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Let it not be said that hype from E3 doesn’t spur reaction. Hot off the heels of their press conference at the electronics show going on now, developer Naughty Dog has teamed up with Mondo Records to release an LP of the music from their upcoming game, The Last of Us Part II.

With the game’s composer Gustavo Santaolalla playing the opening to the preview at E3, the game showcased the grittiness of the continuation of the action survival game, complete with somber banjo accompaniment. This will be one part of the vinyl released by Mondo, titled “The Last Of Us (Cycles)” along with side A track “Little Sadie” – Performed by Crooked Still. The vinyl with be released in two different versions; the standard black and blue swirl that is on pre-order now, and a limited edition red and black marble that is exclusive to the Playstation store at E3 for attendees.

You can pre-order the blue and black version on for $15 on Mondo’s website.

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BRA★BRA FINAL FANTASY VII BRASS de BRAVO (Review)

BRA★BRA FINAL FANTASY VII BRASS de BRAVO (Review)

June 8, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook BRA★BRA FINAL FANTASY VII BRASS de BRAVO (Review)on Twitter

Since 2015, Nobuo Uematsu has been heavily involved in the recently incepted FINAL FANTASY BRASS de BRAVO concert. Just recently, news has it that the music to the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be supervised by the man himself and performed by the same orchestra for this album (the Siena Wind Orchestra, a professional brass band that represents Japan).
So, in many ways, this album could be a taste of things to come – or even the newly recorded music itself?

In any case, I’d best get into the details!
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Dues Ex Composer Alexander Brandon Releases Aven Colony Original Soundtrack

Dues Ex Composer Alexander Brandon Releases Aven Colony Original Soundtrack

June 6, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Dues Ex Composer Alexander Brandon Releases Aven Colony Original Soundtrackon Twitter

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Composer and friend of OSV Alexander Brandon is releasing one of his most recent video game soundtracks to digital and physical formats this week. Sci-fi city-building game Aven Colony released last year and will now be seeing its music officially released by Brandon and Materia Collective. Brandon’s former composing credits include the original Dues Ex, Unreal, Jazz Jackrabbit 2 and more, so he has experience composing for sci-fi and fantasy environments.

Aven Colony had a very cool music design. Paul Tozour, lead developer on Aven Colony, requested a feeling of “organic synthesis” and low key tonal beds when the player first begins building. As they progress, the music will shift using the same beds but add orchestra for a grandiose representation of their accomplishments. As Paul put it, “glory of civilization”. – Alexander Brandon, Composer

The soundtrack to Aven Colony features 21 tracks with heavy synth elements blended with acoustic tones.

The Aven Colony Original Soundtrack will be releasing this Friday, May 8th on Bandcamp and iTunes and can be pre-ordered on both for about $10.

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