Every PAX East features a wide array of companies and developers showing off their upcoming or recently released games. Here at Original Sound Version, we like to highlight some of the music related games that we come across during the event. These often end up being rhythm games, but this can also include other game genres where music is a vital element. A good example of this would be the FRACT OSC game that we previewed at last year’s PAX East. This year we will be highlighting two upcoming games that were on display at the PAX East Expo floor.
Our first preview is an action rhythm game called Thumper. This was one of the many titles featured at the PAX East Indie Megabooth. The game is currently being developed by Marc Flury and Brian Gibson, who have both worked on rhythm game titles at Harmonix. Flury acts as the lead programmer, with Gibson providing his music and art talents for the look and sound of the game. (more…)
In this edition of Game Soundtracks for Your Soul, I am sharing some thoughts on electronic music used in game soundtracks that opened my eyes to the world of electronic, dance, techno and trance music. I also talk about another soundtrack that introduced me to one of my favorite manga and anime series. These soundtracks are Wipeout XL which I played on Sony Playstation, and Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage on the Sega Dreamcast.
In this edition of Game Music for your soul, I am sharing some out of this world examples of Game Soundtracks that made an impact on me. Two in particular are the music from the PC/Nintendo 64 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire composed by Joel McNeely, and John Williams. The second is an alternate take on the music from LJN’s Nintendo classic Silver Surfer, and how it’s music would sound in an alternate universe. Do you have any fond memories of the music in these games?
In this edition of Game Music for your soul, I am sharing more examples of Game Soundtracks that made an impact on me. Interestingly, UK composer David Wise wrote all of this music. This time I will be sharing some thoughts on the Pause music of Battletoads, and Donkey Kong Country’s “Aquatic Ambiance”. Does the music from these games mean anything to you?
Continuing my series of video game soundtracks that have made a personal impact on me. In this week’s feature I discuss two pieces of music, one is an excerpt from a Sega Saturn masterpiece, the other is a an introduction piece. The music of AZEL: Panzer Dragoon RPG, and the short but sweet theme of Cyan (AKA Cyan Worlds). Is there a soundtrack that holds a special place in your memory? Bring on the man tears.
Have you ever heard a piece of video game music that triggered something inside you? An emotional reaction? A cherished memory? I have. In this week’s mini-feature I discuss two pieces of music that when played by a symphony orchestra had an big impact on me. The music of Chrono Cross, and Fantasy Zone.
Famed Famicom/NES composer Keiji Yamagishi has a new music project that will be released this year. The Retro-Active Experience is a set of albums which will be coming out in three parts over the course of this year and feature brand new compositions by the composer. Inspired by his earlier work on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, these albums will have an emphasis on chiptune and electronic genres, with a healthy blending of modern instruments.
The first part of this multi-album project is titled Retro-Active Pt. 1. A handful of the tracks on this first album feature collaborations with other composers and musicians like Stemage, of Metroid Metal, and Manami Matsumae, composer of the original Mega Man soundtrack. There will also be a few remix tracks from Takahiro Izutani, Riki Arai, and Smoke Thief included on Part 1.
Retro-Active Pt. 1 is currently available for pre-order on the Brave Wave music site. Pre-ordering the album will get you early access to 4 tracks for download (Tracks 1, 2, 7, and 9). The full album will receive its official release on February 5th. So if some new tunes by one of the great Famicom/NES composers sounds like something up your alley, check out the first entry of this new music project.
The year 2014 has come and gone. There were a lot of great soundtracks, arrange albums, and remix albums that came out this past year. Patrick and Brenna have already given their nods to some of the excellent music, composers, and artists of 2014, and now it’s my turn. As with the previous writer picks, the format is shortened for this year, with each category receiving a winner and a runner-up. As a reminder, here are the categories for the 2014 OSVOSTOTY (Original Sound Version Original Soundtrack of the Year):
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Artist/Composer of the Year:
Arrangement Album of the Year:
Rolling along with our 2014 recap of our favorite picks, now it’s my turn to go through and highlight what stood out to me this past year in terms of game music and everything related. It’s quite the mish-mash of musical praise and highlights, but I feel I covered a lot of the things I really felt deserved a big fat thumbs up this past year.
If you’re a Pokémon fan, then chances are you’ve been spending a lot of your time playing through the new Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. If you’ve played these latest iterations, then you know that these remakes don’t just feature improved gameplay and better graphics. They also contain brand new arrangements of the game music.
The original soundtrack to this latest set of Pokémon games has been released on iTunes for $9.99. The Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection contains a massive 160 tracks. Everything from the town tunes, battle themes, and victory jingles is included. If you’re feeling nostalgic you can also find the soundtrack to the original Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire games on iTunes as well. This is certainly something worth checking out if you’re a fan of the games and their music.
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Artist/Composer of the Year:
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Earlier this year a Super Smash Brothers tribute album, titled “Harmony of Heroes,” was unleashed upon the world. The collection focussed on the music of game franchises represented in Super Smash Bros., as well as the game’s own original music. The original “Harmony of Heroes” album has over 100 tracks of remixes and arrangements by a variety of artists and covers many of the great tunes used in the Super Smash Brothers franchise.
“Final Smash” is an expansion that covers the games and fighters that were not covered in the original “Harmony of Heroes” album. The 26 all new tracks highlight the music of Pac-Man, Xenoblade, Mega Man, and other titles that are new to the Smash Brothers world. The expansion also contains some tracks of previously covered franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario. The “Final Smash” expansion and the original “Harmony of Heroes” album can both be found and downloaded for free on the Harmony of Heroes website. Definitely give this collection a listen if you haven’t already.