Game Music

Bethesda and iam8bit to Release Skyrim Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack

Bethesda and iam8bit to Release Skyrim Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack

December 6, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Bethesda and iam8bit to Release Skyrim Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrackon Twitter

The game music vinyl craze continues to soldier on as Bethesda and iam8bit announce the release of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack to limited edition vinyl. Originally released in 2011 and composed my Jeremy Soule, Skyrim has a cult following for both it’s gameplay and it’s music.

The legacy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is profound, with so much owed to the atmospheric accents of its music by composer Jeremy Soule and lyricist Emil Pagliarulo. This JUN/KUN Limited Edition collects the dev team’s favorite tracks, separated into “Light” and “Dark” sides. Internationally famed artist (and Skyrim superfan), Aled Lewis, celebrates his favorite sights and sounds in an excruciatingly customized package – from subtle paper textures to even more subtle visual illusions hidden within its diecut gatefold, some so microscopic that you’ll need to examine in-person to catch them all.

The limited edition vinyl are currently up for pre-order on the iam8bit website for $40 with a released slated for Q2, 2018, with a stock of only 3,000 available. As with other iam8bit releases, the digital soundtrack is also included with the purchase. The limited edition screenprint art by Aled Lewis is also on sale for pre-order.

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Experimental, Featured, Game Music, Japanese

Hands on with the Final Fantasy XV Moonlit Melodies App

Hands on with the Final Fantasy XV Moonlit Melodies App

December 5, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Hands on with the Final Fantasy XV Moonlit Melodies Appon Twitter

Hands on with the Final Fantasy XV Moonlit Melodies App

Here’s a real oddity of our modern digital times: Square Enix has released a free app on PlayStation 4 in Japan that includes a live performance of the Piano Collections – Final Fantasy XV: Moonlit Melodies album, but it’s only fully functional for PlayStation Plus subscribers, and it will disappear after March 1st, 2018.

This is much more elaborate than the other soundtrack apps that have been released on the PlayStation Store so far. The 3gb download opens with a 3D interface, an original theme song, and a “daily login” unlock system. Basically, each day you load it up a sample of another song is unlocked for non-PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you are a subscriber the entire concert is available immediately and on the final day you’ll unlock a PlayStation 4 Home Screen theme. A small gift for your patience.

The Moonlit Melodies album was released in February but the live performance on this app comes from a concert held in Osaka on June 2nd that was produced by the game’s composer, Yoko Shimomura. I was expecting the songs to be accompanied by a simple slideshow of screenshots but you actually get direct video from the concert. It’s a well edited, multi-angle production with subtle lighting and projection effects that runs for about 40 minutes. Another bonus is an exclusive interview with Shimomura where she talks about choosing the venue, her love of the piano, the importance of concert settings, and more. Bonus bonus, it has English subtitles!

But once again, the whole thing will become inaccessible on March 1st, 2018, presumably leading up to a longer Blu-ray release of the full performance. Since it’s such an ethereal experience — Japan only, digital only, and soon to be shut down — I thought I’d record a video to show it off to those that don’t have the time or means to access it. You can check it out above or on OSV’s rejuvenated YouTube channel.

FYI: If you want to try it out for yourself you’ll first need a Japanese PlayStation Network account. Once you’ve got that set up you can download the app via this link. I can confirm, if you subscribe to PlayStation Plus on your main account and load up the app you’ll have instant access to the full concert and interview video. There’s no need to sign up for PS+ in Japanese. Convenient!

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Doujin, Game Music

Experience the Zelda Mythology Through Music with Sins of Hyrule

Experience the Zelda Mythology Through Music with Sins of Hyrule

December 4, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Experience the Zelda Mythology Through Music with Sins of Hyruleon Twitter

How many times can you said you’ve listened to the music of The Legend of Zelda in epic ballad format? Artist Rozen and Materia Collective decided to make such a thing a reality with Sins of Hyrule.

A retelling of the eternal conflict between the Goddess Hylia and the Evil of evils, Demise, through 15 tracks of arrangements, Sins of Hyrule delivers a sonic experience that embraces music with electronic flavors. Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess alongside original works by composer/arranger Rozen, Sins of Hyrule challenges the usual take on video game arrangement albums.

More than a straightforward orchestral remix album, this album goes deeper into retelling the mythos of Hyrule, scoring the key moments where humanity is the audience to the colossal battles between light and shadow. Through the use of live instruments, huge percussion, choir, hybrid elements, and dreamy vocals, experience the dark nature and the never-ending cycle of the curse trapped inside the divine-given Triforce.” – Rozen, Album Producer

Sins of Hyrule is licensed and available now in digital format’s via Bandcamp, iTunes and Google Play and limited physical CD formats.

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Game Music, Indie Music

Pre-Order Jon Everist's Shadowrun DRAGONFALL and HONG KONG on Vinyl Now

Pre-Order Jon Everist’s Shadowrun DRAGONFALL and HONG KONG on Vinyl Now

December 1, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Pre-Order Jon Everist’s Shadowrun DRAGONFALL and HONG KONG on Vinyl Nowon Twitter

On November 30, 2017, Black Screen Records announced that they are bringing Jon Everist’s soundtracks to the HarebrainedSchemes (HBS) games Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong to vinyl later this winter. Pre-orders have already begun, and the albums have already become top sellers for vinyl soundtracks on bandcamp. Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be available on limited edition clear 180g single vinyl, Shadowrun: Hong Kong on limited edition gold/silver 180g double vinyl.

Remastered by Christian Bethge at RAMA Tonstudio (Dear Esther, Another World, Syberia 3), Jon Everist’s cinematic soundtracks to the beloved Shadowrun series will get a high quality vinyl treatment through Black Screen Records with all-new original artworks by concept artists and illustrators Jenn Ravenna (Dragonfall) and Joel DuQue (Hong Kong) who both have originally worked on the games at Harebrained Schemes in Seattle. The vinyl soundtracks will be housed in poly-lined inner sleeves and will come with free mp3 download codes. Mock ups and additional layout by Dane Baudoin (Another World, Earthworm Jim).

“The Shadowrun series was a joy to work on, and will always occupy a special place in my memory. I felt humbled and privileged that I got to write themes for characters like Glory, and to fill the streets of dystopian Hong Kong with my unique take on this compelling and rich universe. The talented team at HBS and their fantastic writing made my job easy.” – Jon Everist

OSV interviewed Jon Everist back in June of this year, and he shared some details about his time working on the soundtracks for both games. Jon Everist also was my choice of of Artist of the year in 2015 for his work on Shadowrun: Hong Kong, and if you missed my “Must Listen” review of the soundtrack you can read it here.

The composer is also offering signed copies of each soundtrack directly on his bandcamp page, which are limited to 50 copies each. You can also purchase prints of the stunning album artwork.

Are you excited to hear these soundtracks on vinyl?

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Game Music, Miscellaneous

Classic Christmas & Video Game Music Combine with Scarlet Moon Christmas Vol.2

Classic Christmas & Video Game Music Combine with Scarlet Moon Christmas Vol.2

November 30, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Classic Christmas & Video Game Music Combine with Scarlet Moon Christmas Vol.2on Twitter

It’s the end of November, and if you’re the type that waits at least until December 1st to start celebrating the Christmas holiday season, then Scarlet Moon Records has got your first offering of Festivus tunes to start you off right. Scarlet Moon Christmas Volume II brings back the festive styles of last year’s Volume I and continues their tradition of arranging both classic Christmas songs and video game tunes into remixes ready to get you in the spirit. Featuring the likes of composer Vince Dicola (Transformers, Rocky IV), Osamu Kubota (Beatmania IIDX), Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid) and performers Grant “Stemage” Henry (Metroid Metal), Mustin & William Carlos Reyes (The OneUps) plus a lot more, the album gives a diverse offering to listeners.

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Doujin, Game Music

Diddy Kong Racing Gets EDM Tribute Album with Future Dance Land

Diddy Kong Racing Gets EDM Tribute Album with Future Dance Land

November 29, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Diddy Kong Racing Gets EDM Tribute Album with Future Dance Landon Twitter

It’s been a prolific year for celebrating milestone anniversaries of classic video games. (1992 and 1997 truly were blessed years.) There’s also been no shortage of tribute albums dedicated to celebrating the music of said games either. Diddy Kong Racing is no exception to this treatment, as Materia Collective has released yet another in their already impressive video game library with Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing.

Released in North America for the Nintendo 64 on November 24, 1997 and composed by the legendary David Wise, Diddy Kong Racing was Rare’s response to Nintendo’s Mario Kart. Album producer and arranger Nicholas Arden Day (aka Nikolyst) decided to pay homage to the game’s soundtrack by creating an electronic fusion album.

Diddy Kong Racing contains some of my all-time favorite game music. I felt it was only fitting to combine these catchy tunes with EDM. Once I discovered the 20th anniversary of Diddy Kong Racing was approaching, the idea for this album was born.” – Nikolyst, Album Producer

The album includes contributions from several artists over the 20 tracks, including Viking Guitar, John Weible, Jay Kim, former OSV editor Michael Hoffman and more, all done in a energetic, electronic mashup.

Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing is available for download on Bandcamp, iTunes and streaming on Spotify. You can find out the full album credits on the album’s page at Materia Collective.

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Experimental, Game Music

Ubisoft surprise launches musical exploration game Ode

Ubisoft surprise launches musical exploration game Ode

November 28, 2017 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Ubisoft surprise launches musical exploration game Odeon Twitter

Ubisoft surprise launches musical exploration game Ode

Ubisoft’s Reflections studio has once again sprung a colorful and charming new game on us out of nowhere. After their recent action/shooter Atomega, the team has returned to the minimal, open-ended style of 2015’s Grow Home but with a new musical touch. Ode is a “music exploration adventure” where everything in the game’s four garden worlds reacts musically to your actions.

Playing as the bubble-bound alien Joy, your goal is to explore these foreign environments by collecting and throwing fallen stars that have different effects on the flora, fauna, and even Joy herself. Using these abilities allows you to solve musical puzzles and reach new areas, all the while adding to the soundtrack in unique ways based on how you play.

From the brief debut trailer above, that soundtrack feels a little bit like Rez-meets-Vib-Ribbon. The thumping synthesized percussion and vocaloid voices make a pretty compelling argument for the game’s minimal $4.99 price tag. Ode is out now on PC and you can pick it up through Uplay, although it’ll probably make its way to Steam alongside all of Ubisoft Reflections’ other releases in due time.

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