The Beep Movie was officially released on September 30, 2016. I’ve watched the film, which is just short of two hours and a wonderful examination of the history of sound in video games. This includes a look at how music and sound design evolved from the penny arcade era to the modern era of gaming today.
Although I been writing for Original Sound Version for close to two years I still consider myself a bit of a N00b when it comes to game audio. Most of my game audio experiences have come from playing games, and listening to soundtracks. Until now, I did not have a decent understanding of the behind the scenes of the game audio world and Beep pulls back the curtain for its viewers. Read on to hear my full review of the film and the Blu-ray release.
Canadian Composer, Leonard J. Paul just put The Beep Movie Soundtrack up for pre-order on bandcamp. The full soundtrack releases on September 16, 2016, and here’s what he had to say about the creation of the Beep Movie Soundtrack:
Nearly two years in the making, this 100+ minute soundtrack is a true labour of love to support the “Beep” movie (BeepMovie.com) by Karen Collins. It is my first film soundtrack since the release of the soundtrack of the “The Corporation” by Mark Achbar, which has become the highest-grossing Canadian documentary to this date.
The “Beep” soundtrack is likely the first feature length procedural music film score in history and most of the songs are entirely produced using the open source visual scripting language Pure Data. Each song uses mathematics to both create the sounds of all the instruments as well as improvise on my musical patterns to generate a different performance each time the song is played. Many thanks to cellist Peggy Lee for her heartfelt improvisations on several songs on the album. If you enjoy the music, please consider supporting the album with a purchase and by letting your friends know about the album. Many thanks to those who have supported us already.
-Leonard J. Paul
You can listen to the first fews track through the link below. I for one am very impressed with the groovy third preview track “Half Steppin’ – Freaky DNA”.
You can pre-order The Beep Movie Soundtrack on bandcamp for $7.99 CAD, which is about $6 USD. All pre-orders include immediate access to the 5 preview tracks. If you need some more Canadian content in your life (and who doesn’t) Leonard J. Paul has you covered.
The Beep Movie (Beep: A Documentary History of Game sound) will be released digitally, on DVD and Blu-ray on September 30, 2016 and can find links to pre-order it and the soundtrack on it’s official site here.
Are you excited for Beep?
If you’re in the USA and also a fan of Film and Television soundtracks Barnes and Noble is blowing out over 50 titles at 75% Off for $4.49 each with some titles as low at $1.74. All of these release are from Varese Sarabande Records who is one of the best Record Labels in the soundtrack business today.
The titles available include: Pain & Gain, Monte Carlo, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Sanctum, The First Grader, The Smurfs 2, White House Down, Microcosmos, Green Zone, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The A-Team, Another Year, The Last Legion, Winged Migration, The Cabin In The Woods, Himalaya: Rearing Of A Chief, True Blood Season 2, I Am Legend, Beatles To Bond And Bach, The Princess Of Montpensier, The Family Way, 24: Seasons 4 & 5, The Idolmaker, One Track Heart, Ender’s Game, Lost Season 1, Nanny McPhee, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Ghost Rider, Hancock, Prime, The Pacific Flow To Abbey Road, Super 8, The Borgias, The Thing (2011), Changeling, A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas, Jig, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rise Of The Guardians, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Brake, The Apparition, Duplicity, Skyline and Scream 4.
You can check out the sale at this link here. Are you going to pick up any of these deals?
In honor of the release of the new film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, La-La Land Records is having a sale on some of the best Batman and Superman soundtracks ever released in the form of: Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Superman Returns. On March 29, 2016, La-La Land Records also released the soundtrack to the animated film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. Details of the sale are below.
The superhero titans’ big-screen fight has spilled over into La-La Land with pummeling sale prices on these BATMAN and SUPERMAN titles! BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOL. 1 (2-CD SET) and SUPERMAN RETURNS (2-CD SET) are only $20 each! BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOL 2 (4-CD SET), VOL 3 (4-CD SET) and SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (4-CD SET) are only $40 each! Sale runs through 4/11.
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If you’re a fan of Batman or Superman music – you might want to check out this sale on La-La Land Records web site! During Wondercon this past weekend La-La Land Records also announced that a 4th volume of Batman: The Animated Series including something called The Arkham Archives will be released this summer.
La La Land Records who have in the past release several video game soundtracks on CD, and a large volume of Star Trek music is putting out even more for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary this year. This month saw the release of their second volume of music from Star Trek: The Next Generation, later this year they expect to release a 4CD set featuring the music from Star Trek: Voyager, and second volumes for both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise.
What’s more exciting for music fans is that La La Land Records is taking requests for a 50th Anniversary album spanning the entire 50 years of Star Trek! They are looking for fan request of their favorite musical moments form the series that have not been released before. Startreksoundtracks.com has the definitive list of what Star Trek music has already been released in the past, so if you want to see if the music from your favorite episode is available it is a great place to start. There has also been several Star Trek video game soundtracks that have never been released on CD including Star Trek: Online by composed by Kevin Manthei
We have a “50th Anniversary” Star Trek collection that we’re going to do a little differently…because we’re TAKING REQUESTS! This 50th Anniversary album (# of discs TBD) will have music from across the 50 years of the Star Trek franchise—including previously unreleased cues from TNG, DS9, VOY (beyond the upcoming album) and ENT. This is not to say there may not be future volumes for DS9, ENT and the other shows, but for now, we are concentrating on this 50th Anniversary collection to present as much previously unreleased music as we can. So…if you have favorite scores and/or cues… be as specific as you want from the episodes—give me Netflix timecode from the episodes and I will make sure to try to include the correct piece!”
Lukas Kendall on working on the set with La La Land Records
The place to get your requests in in the Film Score Monthly Message Board. It is free to register, and when submitting requests wait about 30 seconds for it to post because the message board does lag slightly.
I put in a few requests myself including the music of Q’s Mariachi Band from Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode “Deju Q”.
Are you a Star Trek fan, and is there any Star Trek music that you would like to see on La La Land Records upcoming 50th Anniversary Album?
It has been an incredible year for game music, as well as film soundtracks. Early in the year I predicted a title I reviewed would make my list of best soundtracks of the year, it did. Another important factor for me was the question, since its release am I still listening to it? I can happily say that I still regularly listening to all of my choices.
2015 also delivered some of the best film soundtracks on CD from a number of record labels, and for me its truly been a year to remember. Come read about my my picks for “Game Soundtrack of the Year”, “Artist/Composer of the Year” and “Arrangement Album of the Year” and a couple notable releases.
Colosseum Music Entertainment is based in Germany, and has been selling soundtrack CDs for years. As of December 31, 2015 they will no longer be selling CDs and they have over 700 Soundtracks from many films and television series priced at 4.99 EURO (About $5.50USD). Shipping is free to German residents for orders over 25 EURO.
For USA and Canadian buyers, shipping for the first 7 CDs works is around 12.50 EURO. Once you get up to 8CDs the shipping cost doubles. There are many great soundtracks still available including some that are out of print. For myself I ordered a few including: Michael Kamen’s score to The Iron Giant, and Kung Fu Hustle by Raymond Wong and a few CDs with the music from the Lost TV series by Michael Giacchino.
Snag yourself a deal at Colosseum Music Entertainment before the end of the year! Did you find any good deals?
You may not have heard of this Chinese blockbuster film, and I am by no means encouraging you to watch it – but Christopher Young’s score won the 2014 International Film Music Critics Award this past April. The score was released by Intrada Records who this year released the complete scores to all of the films in the Jaws series.
The record label celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year and The Monkey King is one of their four final releases of the year. The other 3 releases included the unused score to Something Wicked This Way Comes by Georges Delerue, an expanded release of Danny Elfman’s score to Edward Scissorhands, and a 2 CD Paramount Film Noir collection.
Christopher Young fashions his most powerful, epic-scale work ever. Scored for large orchestra with augmented percussion plus choir, Young provides magnificent music full of rich melody, pulsating rhythmic drive and – in particular – incredible action sequences. Avoiding dissonance per se, Young hits the bullseye with lengthy, tonal harmonies, soaring themes even as his action material dominates. Action cues with emotion. Action cues with scope. Sensational, powerful music is the result!
I have already ordered my copy of the CD, which you can purchase for $19.99. Head on over to Intrada’s website to listen to the samples yourself, you may be just as impressed as I was with the score.
Have you seen the The Monkey King? Is this a score you are planning on picking up?
On November 17, 2015, Intrada Records released on CD the complete soundtrack to the 1975 classic Jaws. The Oscar winning score by John Williams is one of the most iconic film scores of all time. Although its not a video game score, it is a very important release.
The soundtrack is spread across 2 CDs, with the first containing the original film score and some alternate takes, and the second disc containing the original 1975 separately recorded soundtrack and source music from Amity Town Beach. The album is available for $29.99.
You can purchase all of the soundtracks of the Jaws series on Intrada’s website. I have ordered my copy, is this something you might pick up? Do you have any fond memories of the music from the Jaws series?
It’s not often that soundtrack labels have sales, but La La Land Records for one week only is offering a buy two, get one free sale on all of their titles. La La Land Records has produced some excellent video game soundtracks which include: Flower, God of War: Ascension, Lair, Sorcery, Star Hawk, Socom 3/Socom Combined Assault, and Socom 4. As well as a ton of great Film and Television music.
ONE WEEK ONLY!: BUY TWO GET ONE FREE SPECTACULAR!
STARTS 9/8 at 12noon (PST). For every two CD TITLES you purchase online at lalalandrecords.com, get another CD TITLE of your choice absolutely FREE! We won’t even charge you additional shipping for the free CD title! Your free CD TITLE must be equal to, or less than, the price of the lowest cost CD TITLE you purchased. For instance, if you purchased one CD title that was $24.98 and another that was $15.98, the free CD title you choose must be priced on our site as $15.98 or LESS. This offer is good thru 9/14 and applies only to CD titles that are currently in stock.
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If you’re not familiar with Kevin Manthei, you have probably heard his music at some point in a video game, television series, or movie trailer.
I recently revisited some Kevin Manthei’s music, specifically the soundtrack he composed for the animated series Invader Zim. This was not a coincidence, Invader Zim has recently returned in comic book form and with it all my great memories of the show and its excellent music. Kevin Manthei has also worked on DC animated features Batman Gotham Knight, Justice League: New Frontier and has written the music for the highly entertaining Ultimate Spiderman TV series. But he actually began his composing career in the gaming industry composing the music for titles including Panzer General II, Vampire: The Masquerade, Twisted Metal Black, Starcraft: Ghost and Star Trek Online.
In the process of looking back at Invader Zim‘s music I discovered that Kevin Manthei also recently founded a music library company called Barn Fire Music. The company is described as a boutique production music library providing music in any style to film and television production companies, television networks, game developers and anybody else who needs it.
The music Library itself is huge, boasting over 1900 tracks spread across just over 200 unique albums. Kevin Manthei has contributed over 800 tracks himself, but has collected music from various composers to build the library’s content, which you can sample above. What I appreciated was that the library even had an album titled “8-Bit Adventures,” offering 11 tracks of chip tune goodness. I am still exploring a lot of the albums in the library and so far really enjoy “Apocalyptic Trailers vol.2“, “Heroic Legends” and “Galactic Adventures Vol.1“.
They are always on the lookout for talented composers as well, so if you’re looking to have your music heard check them out. And, if you’re looking for music for your next project, you might find what you need in Barn Fire Music’s Library. Take some time to explore and let me know what you think!
When LucasArts started ramping up for the release of the strategy game Star Wars: Force Commander in 2000, one of the things they did was release mp3 samples of the music. At the time, I held John Williams’ original scores in the highest regard and wasn’t familiar with the growing fan remix/arrangement scene. So what I heard when I first clicked ‘Play’ on “Imperial Rage (Leviathan Mix)” startled me. I couldn’t imagine that someone would ever take those perfect pieces of music and put a beat to it, back it up with guitars and throw in samples from the movies. Within seconds, however, I realized how great the mix sounded and never again questioned someone having a go at the revered source material. With the impending onslaught of all new Star Wars games and movies this Fall I thought I’d take some time to highlight my favorite unexpected spins on the classic compositions.