If you’re a huge oldschool Sega fan like myself, then you are likely familiar with Ecco the Dolphin; the game where you take control of a lone bottlenose dolphin and swim the seven seas achieving everything from reuniting with your pod to battling aliens to being a time lord. (that last one is speculation)
If you’re equally a fan of the game’s music by Spencer Nilsen, Brian Cobourn, András Magyari and several others through the series, then you’ll be happy to learn of the new arrangement tribute album that just released. Sound Waves: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin is a rather large compilation of arranged tracks from several music pieces from across the franchise created by a large assortment of musicians and artists across the game music fandom. Groups such as Armcannon, Do a Barrel Roll, Kirby’s Dream Band and even individuals like composer Alexander Brandon (Dues Ex, Unreal Tournament) have all lent their skill to the huge 39-track, three-disk album.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the entire series, or you only played for five minutes on your friend’s Sega Channel before quitting in a fit of rage, Ecco the Dolphin made a distinct impression on gamers across the globe with its unexpected, immersive, and haunting world of marine exploration, aliens, and time travel. Once Colleen and I began thinking about how we wanted to follow-up our last compilation, Super VG Christmas Party, the unique ambiance of these soundtracks came to mind almost immediately. – Ian Luckey, Producer
What’s best is that the album is completely free for download! Check out the album’s Bandcamp page to grab the entire tribute and enjoy yourself some awesome marine music marvels.
Sound Waves: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin – Bandcamp
DariusBurst: Chronicle Saviours — the greatly expanded home version of 2011’s DariusBurst: Another Chronicle EX — was released last week on Steam, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Along with a new story mode with hundreds of stages, 4-player co-op and support for dual monitors, fans will be getting a new soundtrack from legendary Taito sound team, Zuntata.
The game is on sale now for $60 on PlayStation 4 and $40 on Vita and Steam (regularly $50) but if you’re really just after the music you may want to hold off just a little longer. Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours Original Sound Track is slated for release on January 13th in Japan featuring twelve new songs from Chronicle Saviours as well as tracks from previous entries, Another Chronicle, Another Chronicle EX, and Second Prologue. The new vocal theme, “Freedom”, is also included and can be heard in the trailer above. Check the rest of this post for the full tracklist, read up on Chronicle Saviours at the official English site or catch up on the series’ music with some of our previous coverage.
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the Secret of Mana fan in your life, here’s something to surprise them with this season. Prescription for Sleep: Lullabies of Mana is the newest of the Prescription for Sleep game music series, derived from the original game soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta and arranged by Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino.
“Our first two Prescription for Sleep albums featured a variety of tracks from across all videogames, and were a great introduction to our healing game music concept. But with the third album, I wanted to try something different. I had been constantly tempted to pick tracks from Secret of Mana for our first two compilations, mainly because the music is so soothing in its original form, so I thought the next evolution of the series would be an entire album dedicated to one game.” – Jayson Napolitano; Scarlet Moon Records
The 12-track album is fully licensed and available now on Loudr. Those who purchase the album will also receive GENTLE LOVE’s tribute to late Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata titled Prescription for Peace: A Tribute to the Departed at no charge, and discounts applied to the other Prescription for Sleep albums.
Chozo Legacy is the latest release by music producer and game remixer bLiNd, released through record label GameChops. It’s a 10-track album featuring music from the SNES game Super Metroid remixed in a variety of electronic house, trance, and techno music styles. The album sets out to be more than just an assortment of remixed tracks though, and it achieves this goal quite well. If you’re a fan of the Metroid series or EDM, read on to learn more.
If you’re looking for your weekend fix of game music and are a Final Fantasy VII fan, then the gaming music gods have smiled upon you this day. Community remix creator Materia Collective has released a massive 5-disk arrangement album in anticipation of the remake of FF7, dubbed MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed.
To this day, Final Fantasy VII remains a fan favorite for its in-depth story, wide cast of characters, and its memorable soundtrack. Listeners will enjoy every track from Final Fantasy VII remixed, arranged, and re-imagined across a variety of genres, including the cinematic and beautiful “Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII,” the tribal “Cosmo Canyon,” the laid back “Costa del Sol,” the heartbreaking “Aerith’s Theme,” and the epic final battle theme, “One-Winged Angel” along with all the rest. Featured artists include composers Will Roget, II (Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris), Jeff Ball (TimeSpinner), Dale North (Dragon Fantasy Book II), Francisco Cerda and John Robert Matz (Gunpoint), Kyle Landry, Smooth McGroove, Laura Intravia, String Player Gamer, Doug Perry, Kristin Naigus, Rozen, Videri String Quartet, Triforce Quartet and many more. – Sebastian Wolff; Materia Collective Founder
With over five hours worth of arrangements of the entire Final Fantasy VII soundtrack originally composed by Nobuo Uemastu, the album is currently free to listen to on Spotify and iTunes, and available to purchase on Loudr.fm for $15 and is sure to tickle the fancy of many Final Fantasy fans who are hunkered down and awaiting the game’s announced future remake.
Disclaimer: A least one artist featured on the album mentioned above has a personal friendship with the author. No materials have been exchanged for this coverage.
Fall seems like it will be a good season for huge remix album releases. Tomorrow marks when you can expect the release of Final Fantasy IX: Worlds Apart arrangement album by Overclocked Remix. The 4-disk album will feature a whopping 58 tracks arranged from a large cast of artists new and old and directed by Cain “Fishy” McCormack. The album will span the entire soundtrack of Final Fantasy 9, originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
“There are so many variations that we actually had to limit the number of versions of similar themes. Twice in interviews, Mr. Uematsu has said that the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack is his favorite of the series, and you can definitely tell he got carried away given the depth on display. Even if you don’t agree that it’s his best, I definitely think it’s the most cohesive effort in the series.” – Cain McCormack
This marks the fifth full Final Fantasy arrangement album released under the game music arrangement community Overclocked Remix‘s label. Like the past mega-albums released, Worlds Apart will be released digitally for free. Go to the website for Final Fantasy IX: Worlds Apart tomorrow for more details about the release, and let us know what you think.
If you were hoping for an official soundtrack from the game Splatoon, you’ll at least be able to get your hands on an fan arrangement album while you wait for the official release. The group GameChops have gone ahead and released Splatunes!, which features 14-tracks of remixed goodness from group founder DJ CUTMAN, as well as fan arrangement artists such as bLiNd, Benjamin Briggs, Ralfington and more. What’s more, it’s fully licensed by Joypad Records, so no Nintendo law patrol will be after our fine GameChops friends.
SPLATUNES is a celebration of Nintendo’s new video game SPLATOON! The GameChops “Squid Squad” came together to create this mixtape of remixes and re-imaginations of some of our favorite tracks off of the Splatoon soundtrack.
The album is currently “Name Your Price” up on Bandcamp and is sure to keep appetites satiated.
In the latest of releases under the Overclocked Remix name, Seven Songs for Seventh Saga can now be added to the list. Arranged entire by cellist Sebastian “AeroZ” Freij, the album pays tribute to the 1993 Enix game, The 7th Saga whose music was originally composed by Norihiko Yamanuki.
What makes this arrangement album a bit unique, other than being strictly arranged by cello, is that it includes sheet music and performance videos along with the arranged music tracks, proving to be as instructive as it is immersive.
“Like many VGM fans, I’m very fond of music from RPG’s like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Lufia and the list goes on… but for making a project as this, I wanted to choose something that hasn’t been covered as much,” Freij explained. “As far as I know, 7th Saga is the only game [Norihiko Yamanuki]’s written music for. The question pops up in my head from time to time: Why did he stop? I think many of the tracks have a classical touch and very interesting harmonies.”
– OC Remix Press Release
The six-track album in its entirety, along with the aforementioned accompanying educational materials, are free for download on the album’s webpage. You can check out more OCR projects on their website.
Seven Songs for Seventh Saga – Website
The good folks at Joypad Records continue to attract new and interesting talent for new VGM arrangements. Surely by now y’all have heard the glory of Smooth McGroove, right?
I wanted to take a moment to highlight some new releases that I’ve been very much enjoying. First up (and pictured above) is the debut album from Videri String Quartet, entitled “Portals.” I haven’t heard a good string quartet album in awhile, so I was excited to check this one out. It features a collection of generally well-known tunes, including full medleys for a handful of popular games including The Legend of Zelda, Halo and Final Fantasy VII. It’s available on Loudr for 12.00 USD. Full disclosure: I first found out about this album from a press release written by none other than OSV’s illustrious Jayson Napolitano.
Another great little album worth checking out is the first in a series of albums from a collective calling themselves “Project Destati.” For those of you who somehow forgot, “Destati” is the name of one of the best up-tempo, intense battle themes from Yoko Shimomura’s Kingdom Hearts compositions. Project Destati intends to release a lot of music … for now, they have a 5-track, 18-minute EP out called “Awakening.” It’s available on Loudr for 3.00 USD. I learned about this one via an RPGFan news story.
There are other new albums worth checking out as well: I’ll put in my own recommendation for DJ Cutman and Spamtron’s “MeowMeow & BowWow” — which serves as an EDM-style tribute to the Game Boy classic Link’s Awakening.
We didn’t announce nominees for this category, but we decided that in simplifying our categories, we might have simplified too much. We skipped over a category that’s very important to us: fan arrange / doujin.
So, after the jump, we’ll tell you what our three favorite fan arrange albums of 2012 were. (more…)
When it comes to Touhou Project, there seems to be an endless stream of music coming out on the doujin music scene every year. A cursory look inside stores specializing in doujin products in Akihabara reveal large swaths of retail space dedicated to all types of Touhou Project music. Monthly sales ranking from shops such as Toranoana also reflect the dominance of Touhou Project although Vocaloid-related music appears from time to time to shake up things up. Nevertheless, it becomes a bit of a workout to sort through the horde of music out there, especially for the uninitiated.
Enter Arte Refact’s GensouYuugikan -Fantastic Casino-. Released originally during Reitaisai 10, the annual doujin event dedicated to Touhou Project, the 10 track album featuring a veritable who’s who of major doujin music groups with Touhou Project being there common link. This concept album’s theme centers around the idea of what it would be like if Gensokyo, the place central to the Touhou Project series, had a game center in it. Alongside this theme is the character, Marisa Kirisame’s adventures through said game center. The anachronistic theme aside, I had rather high expectations for this album given the star power driving it. As mentioned before, with such a wide variety of arranges, remixes and so forth out on the market, it can be difficult finding a gem in an endless sea of music.
Did Arte Refact nail it on their release? Or perhaps this is simply the case of more of the same? Hit the jump and find out! (more…)
[above: proof that I have no business messing around in Photoshop … or, in my case, GIMP]
UPDATE: You are free to submit more than one idea, so long as you don’t spam us with posts. To make it simple, let’s set a limit to three song ideas per person. Honor system applies, don’t create dummy email accounts or use proxy/tunnel to mask your IP address!
Yesterday, in our review of The OneUps’ latest album Intergalactic Continuum, we noted the extremely witty and clever track titles for the songs on the album. Now it’s time for you to make up your own title!
Here’s all you have to do: leave a comment on this article that includes a song, or a medley of songs from a game/franchise that you would love to have arranged by The OneUps. Then, give that dream arrangement a clever title. The funkiest (or funniest) entry will win a new, sealed copy of Intergalactic Continuum, courtesy of Mustin Enterprises and OSV. Free shipping within North America, but if you live anywhere else, we may have to ask you to Paypal 5 USD to OSV to cover international shipping. But we’re not limiting the contest to US/Canada residents, so anyone and everyone, feel free to submit your entry! We’ll close entries at noon EST on Thursday, Sept 13 and announce the winner the next day.
And hey, if we’re lucky, maybe The OneUps will use the entries as a source of inspiration. Who knows what we’ll hear at MAGFest 11?!