It’s never fun when a Kickstarter project you’re interested in fails, and it’s even less enjoyable when you see it cancelled when it looks like it won’t make its goals. It seems the latter was the reason for the death of the Rayman By Rémi Rayman OST orchestral project. When I reported about it a few weeks ago, the project was in full swing and hoping to meet it’s basic goal of creating a brand new jazz/symphonic arrangement album for the original Rayman game, composed by Rémi Gazel. Since then, however, it seems things did not pick up the steam the project directors were hoping for. On an update to the project, Gazel’s team states the project hadn’t even reached 45% funding of its €50,000 goal as the deadline drew near.
We already spent some time analyzing what went wrong. We changed our introduction video that was probably not good enough at the start, we unveiled a full support from Michel Ancel and did as many press relations and communications as we could. But it looks that there is nothing we can do anymore to revive this project. We missed our chance, the “momentum” as it is called has passed.
It’s often hard to see projects not makes their goals due to lack of exposure, or press campaigns that come well after the project launches. We received word of the Kickstarter well after it had already been launched, and with crowdfunding being as big a method of launching projects large or small, not getting a proper leg-up on promoting your campaign can have dire consequences.
Fortunately, the project team is not completely squashing hope for future endeavors.
All the team behind this project, starting of course with Remi, still deeply believe this is a very cool project. So, rather than leading it to its grave we decided to stop this campaign. Our goal now is to collect as many feedback as possible and to start working on a comeback. We believe there is chances to make Rayman by Remi possible by making things differently. We will take our time and make it happen.
The Kickstarter update currently includes a link for feedback on how to improve the project campaign, should they relaunch. We’ll keep an eye out to see if the project reasserts itself in the future, and hopefully some day Rayman will gets its musical makeover.
It is now officially the holiday season, and we can no longer deny the onslaught of questionably festive music that started well before December graced 2016. The good news is that there tend to be a good handful of arrangement albums and collaborative efforts each year towards building fun and interesting holiday music albums, both video game related and not, to keep us all mostly sane. The fine people of Scarlet Moon Records have kicked off the season with one of our first offerings of such sanity-saving musical projects with their Scarlet Moon Christmas Album 2016.
Featuring joint contributions from both video game and film composers, including Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Dale North (Silent Horror), Vince DiCola (Transformers, Rocky IV), Robyn Miller (Myst, Riven) and more over nine tracks, Scarlet Moon Christmas Album 2016 is a charming and subtle way of easing yourself into more festive feelings.
“Dale North and I are both massive fans of Christmas music. After releasing the Scarlet Moon Christmas EP in 2014, we wanted to rekindle that passion by creating even more Christmas-themed tracks to get music fans of all ages and genres in the spirit of the season. And as it would turn out, most of the artists on the roster love Christmas music just as much as we do!” – Jayson Napolitano, Producer
The track listing gives you an idea of what to expect to hear, including both video game music arrangements and arrangements of classic Christmas tunes.
01. “Jingle Bells” by Vince DiCola
02. “Christmas Garden (Yoshi’s Island)” by Mustin
03. “Peaceful Christmas (Chrono Trigger)” by Dale North
04. “Some Small Hope (Cherubic Hymn by A. Kastorsky)” by Osamu Kubota
05. “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Hiroki Kikuta
06. “Christmas Comes to Myst (Myst)” by Robyn Miller
07. “Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 64)” by Justin Lassen
08. “Melodies of Life (Final Fantasy IX)” by Goomin “Nauts” Nam
09. “Aspertia City – Winter (Pokémon Black & White 2)” by Materia
“Jingle Bells” (sample) – Vince DiCola
Even if you’re not a huge Christmas person, the album is worth checking out. I myself have a hard time getting into any festive mood around the holidays, but when Vince DiCola’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” makes me envision a Transformers Christmas Special (Complete with transforming reindeer, because why not?), it’s hard not to get a little into the holiday spirit.
Scarlet Moon Christmas Album 2016 is available now for purchase on LOUDr, and soon on iTunes and Spotify.
Who here like Undertale? (Cue metaphorical sea of hands outstretched begin popping up as far as the eye can see.) Well how about the Prescription for Sleep video game lullabies music albums from Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino and Etrian Odyssey pianist AYAKI? Then you’ll all probably be very happy boys and girls come December 1st.
Prescription for Sleep: Undertale is a two-disc relaxation album from the aforementioned duo also commonly known as GENTLE LOVE and produced by Scarlet Moon Records. The album is fully licensed and is planned for release on December 1, 2016 in digital and limited edition physical formats from Bandcamp and other digital retailers. Even better news is that you can pre-order it now for $10.00 digital, and $25.00 for the limited edition physical release.
Undertale’s themes of friendship, sacrifice, redemption, and of course, determination, are all beautiful attributes that play well into what Norihiko Hibino is trying to do with his unique brand of healing music. Plus, Toby Fox’s score is so amazing and memorable, how could we not do an entire volume dedicated to it? – Jayson Napolitano, Scarlet Moon Records
The limited edition physical release of the album will only have 1,000 copies, and will feature 6-panel digipak with silver foil print on the cover, two discs of music, and a 20-page booklet containing featuring the character of Undertale in four comic strips and four stickers illustrated by artist Maximo Lorenzo.
You can check out more from the Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies on their website.
On October 7, GameLark will be releasing Mog’s Mixtape; a loving tribute to the Final Fantasy series featuring over 30 artists and 2 hours of covers. The album features music from every main game in the series, from Final Fantasy I to XIV, and even Final Fantasy Tactics. Listeners will enjoy some of the most popular tracks from the series as well as some of the more obscure. With a vast array of genres represented, Mog’s Mixtape is the most dynamic and eclectic album that GameLark has released to date. In fact, the variety and volume of music required a different approach to the album arrangement.
“Given the sheer amount of music on the album, it made sense to separate this into two distinct musical journeys,” says Allen Brasch, GameLark creator and manager. “Disc 1 is a more light-hearted affair with battle themes and beautiful soundscapes. Disc 2 presents a more arduous journey and ends with the Game Over theme. Each disc stands on its own and can be experienced individually or together. It’s really the listener’s choice.” No matter how you decide to listen to this album, the works of Nobuo Uematsu and other composers will come to life in captivating ways. Final Fantasy is a series revered for its music, and with Mog’s Mixtape, we hope to honor that legacy.”
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The North American anniversary of the launch of the iconic Nintendo 64 console is coming up this Thursday, and it’s not going uncelebrated. The folks over at Patient Corgi (Super VG Christmas Party, SOUND WAVES: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin) decided to put together a massive fan tribute album to mark the momentous occasion!
Tribute Album 64 will be a huge 87-track mega album done by a large assortment of bands and musicians within the video game music community over five discs covering the greatest the Nintendo 64 had to offer us all.
“Some of the most beloved themes in all of video game history were born on this console from the minds of great composers like Koji Kondo, Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, Kazumi Totaka, Graeme Norgate, and so many others. We’re incredibly thankful for the astounding number of talented bands and artists that have teamed up with us to pay tribute to the music of this iconic system, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result. Be sure to check out the contributors’ websites for more great music (and the same goes for the original composers). Enjoy, and thanks for listening!”— Ian Luckey, Producer
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 – GOLDEN AXE SYMPHONY is available on Loudr, Amazon, and Google play with an imminent release on iTunes. Full preview tracks can be found on Soundcloud. GOLDEN AXE SYMPHONY is an officially licensed orchestrated and cinematic tribute to the Sega arcade smash hit, Golden Axe. Almost every track from the first game in the series has been updated to sound more like something you would hear in an epic fantasy film or game and breathes firey new life into the iconic music from this classic game.
The music was originally composed by the talented Tohru Nakabayashi. More information and a full tracklist may be found via the albums website .
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The acoustic duo known around as the Super Guitar Bros. (aka. Sam Griffin & Steve Poissant) have at long last released their second full-length album as a follow up to their self-titled premier album in 2013. The new album, “Nice”, features 17 tracks spanning several classic games such as Donkey Kong Country, Chrono Trigger, Castlevania III and of course several Super Mario titles. It also features some of the most interesting album art for a VGM release I’ve seen since entering the community, which can take as you may.
The album is currently in digital format on Bandcamp at a “Pay What You Want” price, or as a physical CD for $10. The duo recently performed at San Francisco Comic-Con and PAX West 2016, and, you can also catch the Bros. streaming regularly on their Twitch channel for live practice, mini-performances and other shenanigans.
There’s been a lot of Gamechops material coming out lately, and a lot of Pokémon activity going on in the gaming world. It thus just makes sense that the two would eventually combine.
For your viewing pleasure, you can check out Grimecraft‘s interesting take on the Pokémon bike theme paired with footage from the games, cartoon series, and custom CG segments by Curse Gamepedia. (And an additional little musical shoutout at the very end.)
Announced just a few weeks ago, Square’s performance of Final Fantasy XV music at the historic Abbey Road Studios really snuck up on us. The one-hour show, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with an appearance by composer Yoko Shimomura, airs live from London tonight at 7pm. That’s 2pm EST today on the East Coast!
A little something for your Friday before the holiday weekend! The 30th anniversary of Metroid is something to celebrate all the rest of the year, and GameChops has made no exceptions. Musician and artist Varien has created a funky, dubstep-like original tribute to Metroid, with a video that combines footage from “The Sky Calls” by Rainfall Films and gameplay cinematics from Metroid Prime.
Whether you’re a dubstep fan or not, the video is still a great piece of work and a commendable homage to Metroid and it’s legacy.
Fans of the four-part string band known as Triforce Quartet may now rejoice, as the group has officially released their second album!
Ultima Phantsia is the follow up to the group’s debut album, The Legend of the Triforce Quartet in 2014. The ten track album features heavy tribute to the Final Fantasy games, in line with the album’s title. It also includes arrangements of Mega Man X, Civilization IV and even a bonus track mashup of themes from The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, just to round out the nerdery of the album.
Super Smash Bros Wii U – “Main Theme” (Triforce Quartet)
The album release comes right before the group’s performance at the upcoming PAX West 2016. You can order the album directly from the group’s website, or purchase it digitally through iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.
Yesterday marked the 21st anniversary of the American release of Square’s beloved time-traveling JRPG, Chrono Trigger. Now that Chrono Trigger is legal to drink here in the states, the good folks at Overclocked Remix decided to throw it a party; in the form of a jazz tribute album! Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger features eight tracks from the Overclocked Jazz Collective; a group featuring artists such as Nostalvania, DrumUltima and the project’s own director, Dylan “Wiesty” Wiest.
Through some fluke, I was able to assemble my own “dream team” of musicians and arrangers on OC ReMix who all shared a passion for jazz and video game music. I felt Chrono Trigger would be an ideal candidate for our first release given the game’s quickly approaching 20th anniversary and the fact that Mitsuda’s music lends itself so well to jazz and improvisation. The musicians and artists on this album have put in countless hours of practice and recording to produce an album which I think sounds authentic and natural. Jazz is a social music best captured in the moment… and while the production process of this album was anything but “in the moment,” I think the album’s sound and cohesiveness will speak for itself. – Dylan Wiest, Chronology Project Director
This marks the second album Overclocked Remix has produced in tribute to Chrono Trigger; the first being Chrono Symphonic in 2006.
You can download the entire Chronology album for free on several mirrors hosted on their OCRemix website. Between this and the Chronicles of Time mega album from earlier this year, Chrono Trigger and it’s gorgeous soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda is definitely getting the love it rightfully deserves.