Game Music

Headbang with Double Kick Heroes Original Game Soundtrack Now  Available

Headbang with Double Kick Heroes Original Game Soundtrack Now Available

May 10, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Headbang with Double Kick Heroes Original Game Soundtrack Now Availableon Twitter

Who doesn’t love thrashing zombies to the sound of heavy metal music blasting around you as your wreck havok on the undead? Upcoming indie rhythm game Double Kick Heroes has you covered in that regard. “Survive through 30 levels of total madness  by killing zombies with your gundillac on the highway to hell!Only the power of Metal can save your band!“. Initially created for the Ludum Dare #34 game jam, what would become Double Kick Heroes got the Gold Medal for Audio, and took off from there.

Composed by Frédéric “Elmobo” Motte (Nightmare Creatures 1&2, Dark Earth), the game’s soundtrack is rife with heavy metal guitar work that ranges from contemplative and moody to upbeat and spunky, mixing in retro chiptune sounds throughout.

“Double Kick Heroes is the game I’ve been dreaming to score all my life. I was born a metalhead, and this game is giving me the chance to pay tribute to the music that fuels my life. I’m trying to cover as many metal genres as possible. Heavy, black, death, industrial, stoner, thrash…and I took the opportunity to invite some the incredible musicians I’ve worked with at Conkrete Studio to sing and play on some of my tracks. When listening, you’ll inevitably notice references to Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Meshuggah, Faith No More and even Babymetal!” – Frédéric “Elmobo” Motte, Composer

The music for the game is as heavy as described, featuring 28 tracks of intensity that fuels the rhythm game in which players shoot zombies by beating the keyboard in a post-apocalyptic pixelarted world. The soundtrack features a slue of additional guest contributors, including PJ666 of LOKURAH, Matt Dumas of HELL IN TOWN, Ludo Faraill of ANTHEUS and more.

Double Kick Heroes is currently in Early Access on steam for $14.99 with the soundtrack available for an additional $9.99. You can also nab the soundtrack by itself on Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Game Music, Indie Music, Reviews



May 9, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook SHADOWRUN: HONG KONG VINYL (REVIEW)on Twitter

We recently reviewed Jon Everist’s soundtrack to Shadowrun: DRAGONFALL on Vinyl LP which you can read here if you missed it. The composer also provided OSV with a review copy of their Shadowrun: HONG KONG Vinyl LP. I first experienced this soundtrack back in 2015 and declared it a must listen, it also led me to choose Jon Everist as my pick for composer of year.

Listening to the soundtrack on vinyl for me was a new way to experience a soundtrack I fell in love with years ago. Read on for my full review of the double vinyl album, which includes a detailed look at the album art and packaging.


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Film, Game Music, Indie Music

Composer Ron Jones slated to score SKY FIGHTER, an Indiegogo Sci-Fi short film!

Composer Ron Jones slated to score SKY FIGHTER, an Indiegogo Sci-Fi short film!

May 8, 2018 | | 1 Comment Share thison Facebook Composer Ron Jones slated to score SKY FIGHTER, an Indiegogo Sci-Fi short film!on Twitter

On May 1, 2018, long-time soundtrack producer, and creator of Film Score Monthly, Lukas Kendall launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance SKY FIGHTER a short sci-fi film. The short film will be used as a proof-of-concept for a full length feature film. Composer Ron Jones, known for his stellar video game score to the Star Trek Starfleet Academy video game, and his extensive television scores for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ducktales, and Family Guy will be handling the music for SKY FIGHTER. Personally, I’ve read the script (which you can find on the campaign page) and found it to be both engaging and intriguing.

The rewards for the campaign include a soundtrack CD to the short, and additional new music composed by Ron Jones which will be produced by La-Land Records. Many of the rewards are soundtrack related and include CDs, or coupons for discounts at many soundtrack labels including Varese Sarabande, La-La Land Records, Intrada, Buysoundtrax, and Screen Archives Entertainment. You can watch the video for the Indiegogo campaign below:

I have loved Ron’s music since the early years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He wrote 42 episode scores for TNG, including some of the greatest episodes: “11001001,” “Heart of Glory,” “Q Who,” “Who Watches the Watchers?” and “The Best of Both Worlds” (with that incredible cliffhanger as the Enterprise faces off against Borgified Picard—”Mr. Worf…fire!”). His orchestral/synthesizer soundscapes brilliantly evoke futuristic, computer-controlled environments, which is why I want him for Sky Fighter. Ron has a new recording and audio postproduction facility north of Seattle, SkyMuse Studios, where we will do our music recording, sound design and mix.

I already have offers to package the Sky Fighter feature script with a director and actors to get it made—but I wrote it with the intention to direct it myself. So I need to make a short film version of it to prove I can direct! The project is inspired by some of my favorite worlds: Battlestar Galactica/Robotech space warfare and Ghost in the Shell/Black Mirror cyber-technology.

Lukas Kendall, Director

You can find all of the details related to the Sky Fighter Indiegogo Campaign right here, or by clicking on the banner above. If you’re a fan of Ron Jones, soundtracks, or sci-fi be sure to check it out.

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Game Music

Composer Olivier Derivière Scores DONTNOD Entertainment's Vampyr

Composer Olivier Derivière Scores DONTNOD Entertainment’s Vampyr

May 7, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Composer Olivier Derivière Scores DONTNOD Entertainment’s Vampyron Twitter

Fans of the Vampire the Masquerade games might be interested in checking out the upcoming immersive role-playing experience steeped in vampire mythology; Vampyr. This goes double for the fact the game’s soundtrack was created by BAFTA-nominated composer Olivier Derivière (Remember Me, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Freedom Cry), who brings the intense and haunted game’s atmosphere to life with industrial flavors.

“I wanted to capture the struggle between the doctor and vampire that Jonathan Reid becomes. Only a virtuoso cellist like Eric-Maria Couturier, with all his experience in contemporary classical music, could give this performance such complex duality with his instrument. With the use of dual strings and so many disturbing notes, his musicianship evokes something unique that perfectly matches the journey of Jonathan Reid.” – Olivier Derivière, Composer

Derivière’s dense and foreboding score also features dramatic, heart-staking choral performances recorded with the acclaimed Vox Futura choir ensemble, and further enhances the player’s experience by manipulating drones and other hybrid sounds to pan from side-to-side while you are exploring the darkly atmospheric streets of early 20th century London.

The Vampyr soundtrack premieres today on Bandcamp, with a digital release to follow on all platforms June 5.  A limited edition vinyl featuring a selection of Vampyr‘s soundtrack is also available to pre-order at select retailers exclusively in Europe.

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Game Music, Indie Music

Christopher Young's score to Wilson's Heart the VR Video Game score coming on June 1st!

Christopher Young’s score to Wilson’s Heart the VR Video Game score coming on June 1st!

May 4, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Christopher Young’s score to Wilson’s Heart the VR Video Game score coming on June 1st!on Twitter

On June 1, 2018, Varese Sarabande will release composer’s Christopher Young’s score to Wilson’s Heart, the Oculus Rift VR game developed by Twisted Pixel. Christopher Young is known for his many horror film scores including Hellraiser, The Fly 2, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Drag Me to Hell, and many more. He also epically scored the first two Monkey King films which OSV has covered in the past. Varese Sarabande offers some more detail on the soundtrack below:

Wilson’s Heart is the award winning Oculus virtual reality game. This game is an immersive first-person psychological thriller set in a 1940s hospital that has undergone a haunting transformation. The player becomes Robert Wilson, a patient who awakens to the shocking discovery that his heart has been replaced with a mysterious device. The original soundtrack features a creepy, horror movie inspired score composed by Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated composer, Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Spider-Man 3). CD and Digital hit June 1st!

Varese Sarabande Records

You can watch the trailer the game above, and you can download and listen to the game’s End Credits music directly on Twisted Pixel’s website. I’ve posted the track below so that you can listen here too! You can pre-order the CD now from Amazon for $14.98.

Have you played Wilson’s Heart? What did you think of the music? Share your experience with us in the comments!

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Game Music, Indie Music

L'Orcheste De Jeux Video's Next Concert Features Only Indie Game Music!

L’Orcheste De Jeux Video’s Next Concert Features Only Indie Game Music!

May 3, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook L’Orcheste De Jeux Video’s Next Concert Features Only Indie Game Music!on Twitter

Based in Montreal, L’Orchestre de Jeux Vidéo has been around since 2008. They are a non-profit organization, dedicated to video game music. Their goal has been  to give their musicians the ability to play in a rich musical environment and also to make symphonic music more accessible to general public. Their next concert is on June, 16, 2018 and dedicated solely to indie game music. The concert will also feature music by composer Antoine Vachon from his soundtrack to Mages of Mystralia, which we reviewed last year.

For the first time in its history, the OJV invites you, on June 16th, to a concert entirely dedicated to the music of independent video games! A unique opportunity to come and hear favorite games such as Shovel Knight, Undertale and Ori and the Blind Forest, Yooka Laylee … and discover new ones! Indie games have a special place in the heart of the OJV. Propelled by the passion of the studio’s employees and offering immersive environments that are often surprising, they are jewels to discover! 

The program for the evening will include music from: Ark: Survival Evolved, Ori and the Blind Forest, Super Meat Boy, Cold blood, Owlboy, Shovel Knight, Mages of Mystralia, Don’t Starve, Journey, Cuphead and Undertale.

L’Orchestre de Jeux Vidéo

Tickets for the concert are available from L’Orchestre de Jeux Vidéo’s website. You can also read about their past concerts that have included numerous classic video game franchises. They also have tickets on sale for their June 2019 concert Hero of the Past dedicated to the music of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

I plan on attending this event, I hope to see some of you there!

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Doujin, Game Music

Orchestral Album Ballads of Hyrule Now Available for Pre-order

Orchestral Album Ballads of Hyrule Now Available for Pre-order

April 26, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Orchestral Album Ballads of Hyrule Now Available for Pre-orderon Twitter

Late last year, arranger Rozen chronicled the mythology of The Legend of Zelda games through the music of the Sins of Hyrule album. Now almost half a year later, Rozen is following up with an orchestral companion album to further whet your musical whistle.

Ballads of Hyrule is a 15 track album that includes several fan-favorite tracks from across the series, such as “Song of Storms” and “Zelda’s Lullaby” from Ocarina of Time, “Ballad of the Windfish” from Link’s Awakening, “Outset Island” and “Dragon Roost Island” from Wind Waker, and “Kass’s Theme” from Breath of the Wild. Taking these memorable themes and more, the album puts a majestic spin on the music of The Legend of Zelda game series.

Ballads of Hyrule is the spiritual antithesis to Sins of Hyrule. The goal is to draw you into the more contemplative side of the lands of Hyrule; a nocturnal walk that feeds on the gifts left by the three goddesses: Nayru, Farore and Din, captured in nature.” – Rozen, Album Producer

Ballads of Hyrule drops on May 1 in digital, CD and vinyl formats and is currently available for pre-order on Bandcamp. The vinyl release will be limited to 500 copies, so enthusiasts are encouraged to act soon after the album releases.

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