Game Music

My Top 5 Piece of Scary Video Game Music (Brenna’s Picks)

October 26, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook My Top 5 Piece of Scary Video Game Music (Brenna’s Picks)on Twitter

Halloween is my favorite time of the year as a horror fan, as it is for so many of us. Growing up I was quite the opposite; everything freaked me out and some things left some lasting impressions on me. Right around my late teens things did a complete 180 and I began to love and appreciate the things I got spooked by as a kid, and this was amplified with my love of video game music that I had always retained. Thus my repertoire of beloved horror game music and game tracks is pretty extensive, ranging from classic horror genres to adventure and action games.

To pick the top five tracks that I deem the most fright-inducing is therefore a tough choice to make. I think I’ve narrowed it down to the ones that come to mind instantly when thinking of game music that immersed me the most within the macabre and the chilling (in no actual order), so take a look through and see if any of these make your own cut. (hehe)

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Featured, Game Music

My Top Five Pieces of Scary Video Game Music (Ryan’s Picks)

October 19, 2018 | | 2 Comments Share thison Facebook My Top Five Pieces of Scary Video Game Music (Ryan’s Picks)on Twitter

As Halloween approaches, over at Original Sound Version we are again looking at scary video game music. Back in 2015 I wrote Game Soundtracks For Your Soul Level 13 where I highlighted some of my most memorable pieces of scary game music. The games I highlighted included the Friday the 13th and Jaws on NES, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and Resident Evil 4. This year I’ve written about an additional top five pieces of scary game music. Other writers for OSV will share their selections as we get closer to Halloween.

Read on to see my top five picks for scary game music.

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Doujin, Game Music

FamilyJules to Release Album of Metal Arrangements of Octopath Traveler Music

October 16, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook FamilyJules to Release Album of Metal Arrangements of Octopath Traveler Musicon Twitter

Let it never be forgotten that Square Enix games tend to have soundtracks that inspire a lot of musicians and artists in the video game field, and certainly the arrangement communities. Jules Conroy, aka. FamilyJules7x is one such musician whose penchant for taking melodic VGM and turning it into rocking remixes has gained him some measure of distinction. Sure enough, he’s taken a significant portion of the soundtrack to Square Enix’s most recent offering, Octopath Traveler, and given it the rock/metal treatment in his soon-to-be release The Eightfold Road: Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler.

The two-disc album takes from composer Yasunori Nishiki’s compositions for Octopath Traveler and gives them full metal, rock and acoustic arrangements while staying true to the source material.

The Eightfold Road: Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler is currently for pre-order on Bandcamp and will release October 28th.

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Experimental, Game Music

Listen to Vocalist Emi Evans Sing on My Brother Rabbit OST

September 28, 2018 | | 1 Comment Share thison Facebook Listen to Vocalist Emi Evans Sing on My Brother Rabbit OSTon Twitter

Vocalist Emi Evans has been spreading her talents since her work on Dark Souls and Nier:Automata. She’s provided her vox for the soundtrack to the puzzle adventure game My Brother Rabbit that was released September 21st. Composed by Polish musician Arkadiusz Reikowski, My Brother Rabbit tells the tale of young siblings invoking a fantastic universe filled with bizarre objects and wonderful creatures to deal with the harsh realities befalling them in real life (and the game’s whimsical cover looks like something released by The Birthday Massacre).

“Because there are no voiceovers in the game, we knew from the very beginning of the project that the audio and music is going to be of the utmost importance, practically a separate layer of the game world. One of the greatest highlights of the score is the performance of a very famous singer, and my friend, Emi Evans.” – Arkadiusz Reikowski, Composer

“When I read the story about My Brother Rabbit it really connected with me. I spent lots of my childhood making up imaginary games, and the piece composed by Arkadiusz is really haunting, but also simple in the most wonderful way possible.” –  Emi Evans, Vocalist

Last month, Arkadiusz traveled to London to meet Emi and recap the project that was captured in the documentary, which you can watch on Youtube.

My Brother Rabbit is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The song “Dreams”, which features Evan’s vocals, is available for free on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Youtube, soon on Spotify and iTunes

 

 

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Game Music, Indie Music

CrossCode Original Game Soundtrack Now Available

September 21, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook CrossCode Original Game Soundtrack Now Availableon Twitter

The hype train of retro-inspired games keeps chugging along and doing quite well for itself. The 2D Action RPG CrossCode by Radical Fish games has only been out a day and is already receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from gamers and review outlets alike. You can now also nab the game’s soundtrack on several platforms to enjoy offline too!

The CrossCode Original Game Soundtrack was composed by German indie artist Deniz Akbulut  (that “Rice Ball” the devs refer to…yes actually) and features a huge repertoire of 60+ original tracks that themselves harken back to the early days of 16-bit gaming on the SNES and beyond.

I started writing the the soundtrack way back when I was graduating from high school. Since then, I worked on it on the side while I attended university. CrossCode has always been part of my life, and I always tried to push myself to my limits to go out of my comfort zone. I hope you all have a great time with CrossCode and enjoy its music! – Deniz Akbulut, Composer

With well over two hours of music to enjoy, the CrossCode OST is well worth the price of purchase. You can pick it up on Bandcamp, iTunes and Google Play or just nip over to Spotify and stream it for your Friday workday enjoyment.

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Doujin, Game Music

GameChops Releases “Zelda & Chill” Legend of Zelda Hip Hop Album

September 20, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook GameChops Releases “Zelda & Chill” Legend of Zelda Hip Hop Albumon Twitter

The “Netflix and Chill” meme has now permeated VGM culture, ladies and gentlemen. German beat-maker Mikel and mastered by Philadelphia based Dj CUTMAN have released hip-hop album Zelda & Chill, which features 14 Zelda themes from the across the whole Legend of Zelda series history.

Featuring compositions from Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi, Hajime Wakai, Takeshi Hama, Manaka Kataoka, and Yasuaki Iwata, Zelda & Chill contains music from the original Legend of Zelda for NES all the way up to Breath of the Wild, including fan-favorites such as “Gerudo Valley”, “Song of Storms” and “Lost Woods” plus more. These tracks were recreated with classic keyboard sounds, atmospheric synths and laid back beats, the perfect soundtrack to study, have on in your office or, well, just chill to.

Zelda & Chill is available digitally worldwide, it can be streamed on Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music, and downloaded from iTunes, Play, Amazon and more. http://smarturl.it/zeldachill

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Game Music

Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack Now Available

September 19, 2018 | | Comment? Share thison Facebook Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack Now Availableon Twitter

In case you missed it earlier this month, the soundtrack for the newest expansion in Bungie’s first person shooter, Destiny 2: Forsaken, is now available for purchase.

The three-disc soundtrack by composers Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin, Rotem Moav and Pieter Schlosser features 32 tracks from the Destiny sequel’s third expansion. Like the music from the vanilla version of the game, the Forsaken soundtrack continues the orchestral ambiance heard in previous installments of the franchise’s music. Additionally, the Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack Bungie Store Digital Edition includes the Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris and Warmind Original Soundtracks, totaling an over two and a half hours of music in MP3 format, high-quality Apple Lossless, and FLAC formats for a superior audio experience.

Every hero needs a theme song, and our composers at Bungie are thrilled to write yours. The Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundrack includes every anthem that we’ve released since the conclusion of the Red War, including music from ‘Curse of Osiris’ and ‘Warmind.’


The Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack Bungie Store Digital Edition also includes digital liner notes with a forward from the composers, as well as a download code for the exclusive “Songs of the Forsaken” Destiny 2 in-game player emblem.

You can purchase the Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack Bungie Store Digital Edition on the Bungie store, or the normal versions of the Destiny 2: Forsaken Original Soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon.

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