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.
For all you Overwatch fans, the good people over at Gamechops have released a new remix of music from the game. The single “The World Could Always Use More Heroes“, created by Curly, mastered by Steven “bLiNd” Silo and master by DJ Cutman, also comes with a special extra music video with animations from PlayOverwatch.
As always you can find more remixes (including future Overwatch arrangements) over on the Gamechops Youtube page.
Fighting game competition EVO is going on this weekend, and as such the game music label Materia Collective has partnered up with game community GameLark to create and release a double album full of fighting game music arrangements to celebrate the event.
VERSUS brings Materia Collective and GameLark together to create a unique double-album of fighting game remixes. The album itself is also a friendly competition between the two groups, who have previously worked individually on a wide range of remix albums of video game covers. VERSUS includes music from Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and many more.
“VERSUS was a perfect opportunity to show the collaborative nature of the VGM community,” says Allen Brasch, founder and head of GameLark. “We see countless collaborations between individual artists so I thought, why not collaborate between labels?”
The album spans two discs with 47 tracks full of arranged music from almost every big fighting game you can think of. I personally like that “Holy Orders” from Guilty Gear XX was snuck in, reminding me how much I have to get back into that game.
You can check out the album on the Materia Collective website, or pick it up streaming on Spotify or the digital album on iTunes and Loudr.
Source: Materia Collective
Here at Original Sound Version, we truly ask the burning questions that any true fan of video game music has discussed at one point in their lives or another. Michael started the question of what favorite versions of some of the most popular and heavily remixed tunes from iconic gaming franchises are your own, starting with Donkey Kong Country‘s “Aquatic Ambiance“. Now it’s my turn to pick your brain about arguably the most well-known and therefore remixed track from the Castlevania franchise – the original Castlevania‘s iconic stage 1 music, “Vampire Killer”.
It was hard for me to choose which Castlevania track I wanted to use for this question, as “Vampire Killer”, Castlevania 2‘s “Bloody Tears, and Castlevania 3‘s “Beginning” (Or the “Big 3” as I call them.) are almost equally arranged in proportion across both the Castlevania franchise itself, as well as within the remixing community. However, it feels right to start at the very beginning (No pun intended) with “Vampire Killer”, which was composed by the duo of Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima in 1986.
“Vampire Killer” – Castlevania
The tune is catchy and full of determination, which made it perfect for first-time players and veterans alike to start off their journey to Dracula with. It’s had several iterations within the Castlevania franchise over the years, showing up arranged in later games such as Dracula’s Curse (As castle track “Deja Vu”), Super Castlevania 4, Rondo of Blood, Legends, Dawn of Sorrow and more. It serves as that constant reminder of the series’s ties to one another and of that first faithful trek we took as Simon Belmont. If I had to choose my favorite iteration of the track from within the series, I’ve grown to truly love Castlevania: The Arcade‘s part-organ, part-rock synth version played during the first boss fight.
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The track has also been remixed by the fan community in just about every style imaginable, from the jazzy swing of Nostalvania to the electric grooves of Zircon and everywhere in between, to the point of near-exhaustion. Yet “Vampire Killer” persists as one of the most recognized video game tracks in gaming history, and still manages to inspire creativity and energy from musical vampire hunters to this day.
So what is your favorite version or arrangement of “Vampire Killer”? Do you have several? Let us know in the comments!
We may have Sonic on the brain thanks to his 25th anniversary this month but I stumbled upon Mindwipe’s tribute album yesterday totally by accident. Mindwipe Goes Sonic – The Album wasn’t released to commemorate his 25th (it’s from all the way back in 2012) but like all things on the Internet “if I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me” and in this case it’s perfectly appropriate.
I’m not familiar with Mindwipe’s other music but I can attest that there’s some truly special treatments of Sonic’s memorable themes going on here. Overall I’d describe the sound as High Swank. The familiar Green Hill Zone launches with orchestral pomp as the melody is sung by strings with breakbeat percussion racing behind. And it turns out what my life was missing was the Marble Zone theme done up with accordion and driving orchestral flare. Naturally, there’s a treatment of Starlight Zone and it’s instilling goosebumps and making me misty eyed as I write this.
The album hits 16 themes from Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 and even the maligned 4th entry with styles that are wonderfully diverse. Spring Yard Zone has the soulful funk, Chemical Plant Zone a smooth electronic vibe and Death Egg Robot is blown out into a near-rock opera rearrangement for electric guitar and drums (sans vocals).