On March 30, 2017, Spinnup records released the official soundtrack to Metroid: The Bounty Hunter’s Judgement, a fan film currently in production by OutPort Studio which is part of The Project Pack. According to the artist, this project was developed to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Metroid, as a tribute to Hirokazu Tanaka, Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano for composing music for this franchise, and to Toby Fox for composing and developing Undertale. You can listen to the entire album which runs around 20 minutes below.
This is the result of months of research, composing, arranging, playing and recording, and with the huge support of thousands of talented people, this 8 track album was possible. Music, as any other form of art, exists to protect and sustain a way of expression, and with It, protects a way to experience and approach a theme.
Fan art is now protecting both of them as hard as ever.We want to thank all of the Metroid community for keeping the franchise alive and relevant. From the speed running community, to the modding, hacking, illustration, music and game developing community, all of you are the ones who keeps us believing that Samus adventures are not over.
We want to thank Milton Guasti (DoctorM64) for creating the perfect fan game with AM2R, and making the ultimate gift for the fans on the exact 30th Anniversary of the Metroid.
The album is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and purchase an official digital copy of Amazon. Although a release date for the fan film has not been announced, OSV will keep you posted?
Have you been following the development of this Metroid fan film?
Robyn Miller, the composer of the soundtracks to Myst, Riven and Obduction has just released the soundtrack to Little Potato. The short film directed by Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller just won Best Documentary Short at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month. The filmmakers describe the film as an autobiographical documentary that tells the story of Little Potato‘s journey growing up gay in the Soviet Union before and after the fall of communism, his mother’s struggles to create a better life for them both, and their eventual escape to America via her becoming a mail-order bride.
Robyn Miller also shared some details on his approach to the soundtrack on his newly re-designed website.
Wes came to me with a daring musical vision: he wanted an upbeat 80’s synthpop sound. For music nerds, here are the tools I used: Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 and Komplete Ultimate, Pianoteq 5, Macintosh and Logic Pro X. The score was recorded at my home in Seattle.
You can sample the album’s remaining tracks on Amazon where it can be purchased digitally for $8.99.
Where you at the SXSW Film Festival this year, and did you have a chance to see Little Potato?
Last year, OSV reviewed Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound which is an excellent overview of the world of game audio. The companion book, Beep: The Complete Interviews written by Karen Collins and Chris Greening collects over 100 interviews with the leading names in the game sound industry and is part of the latest Storybundle. The Pay What You Want bundle (minimum $5) titled The Rogue Souls Bundle is available until April 13, 2017. Additional details on the bundle are below:
Love video games? Then The Rogue Souls Bundle is PERFECT reading material for when you can’t play video games!
Among the ten phenomenal ebooks we have in the bundle is You Died – The (Unofficial) Dark Souls Companion from Keza MacDonald & Jason Killingsworth, a history of FromSoftware’s majestic, tough as nails action RPG that’s at the same time interviews with key figures from playing & translating it, plus a bird’s eye view of the entire phenomenon. Also we’ve got a StoryBundle exclusive Bug Voyáge! A Tour of Classic Game Glitches by John Harris. Harris has delved deep into classic games – from Pac-Man to Galaga and beyond – to point out some amazing glitches, how you trigger them, and the underlying logic that makes them possible. In addition to all the wonderful game ebooks, we’re happy to feature the Video Game History Foundation as the designated charity for this bundle.
You can grab yourself a copy of this bundle over at Storybundle website. I already grabbed mine!
If you haven’t had a chance to watch Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound yet, you can rent or purchase the film here.
The soundtrack to Ducktales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp has at long last been released on CD. Growing up it was one of my favorite Disney animated films, and the music was what made the film special. It is a large scale adventure score that has some nods to the theme from the TV series.
A favorite project of composer David Newman, who considered it, “Like a dream experience for me.” Newman was afforded considerable freedom to write what he felt was most appropriate without interference. “It was lovely.” Newman scores for a large orchestra, writes wall-to-wall music, including several lengthy sequences. Strong degree of musical architecture results. Music often twists and turns on a dime, racing forward, stopping suddenly for quick pauses then continuing onwards. Excitement is name of the game! Vibrant recording by Tim Boyle made at Evergreen Studios in Burbank over 6 days in June 1990. Entire album is presented in crisp stereo sound from complete digital 2-track scoring session masters with 3 additional cues derived from the 30 its Dolby SR-format analog mixes, all courtesy Walt Disney Records. John Takis provides descriptive liner notes, Kay Marshall fashions gorgeous, colorful “flipper” cover. Choose your favorite! David Newman composes, orchestrates, conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!
The CD is available for purchase directly from Intrada Records’ website for $21.99. I’ve already ordered my copy. Here’s hoping we’ll see more music from Ducktales released in the future.
Is this a soundtrack you’ll be ordering?
Back in January of this year we let OSV readers know that La-La Land Records was taking fan requests for their most wanted unreleased or rare Star Trek music. The set was originally planned to be released as a 3 CD set in September to coincide with the 50th anniversary, but now just in time for the holiday season arrived as an incredible 4 disc set that went on sale Tuesday November 29, 2016.
La-La Land Records and CBS present, STAR TREK: 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION – MUSICAL RARITIES FROM ACROSS THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE, a sensational celebration of 50 years of Star Trek music in honor of the landmark series’ five-decade milestone. Travel at warp through Star Trek’s spellbinding musical history, with rare and exciting selections from the franchise’s varied television series, films, games, themed attractions and more!
DISC ONE features cues from the original, classic STAR TREK TV series (most of which were released on our TOS BOX SET, but have been sourced from newly discovered elements), as well the oft-requested STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE track “Inner Workings,” (featuring the wind machine more prominently) and STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN’s “End Titles,” (without the narration as heard on previous soundtrack releases.)
DISC TWO showcases the official world premiere release of music from STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, the beloved 70’s Filmation TV series, as well as original STAR TREK-inspired compositions from Ron Jones, and STAR TREK BORG, a score by Dennis McCarthy from an interactive 1996 movie/computer game.
DISC THREE features previously unreleased scores from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, including such episodes “Coming of Age,” “The Hunted,” “Tapestry” and more, as well as the series’ trailer music.
DISC FOUR contains more unreleased THE NEXT GENERATION, including “Deja Q,” “Elementary, Dear Data,” and others, as well as unreleased demo tracks from DEEP SPACE NINE, and VOYAGER, original score from the famed Las Vegas attraction, STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE, and still more!
Produced by Lukas Kendall and mastered by Doug Schwartz and James Nelson, this special collection contains a 48-page booklet with exclusive liner notes by writer Jeff Bond and stellar art design by Mark Banning. This treasure trove of musical gems from the most celebrated sci-fi television series of all time has a total running time of more than five full hours and is limited to 3000 units.
La-La Land Records
I am simply overjoyed that some of my requests made the set, including my most wanted piece “La Paloma (traditional)” from the Star Trek: The next Generation episode “Deja Q”. The music from the video game Star Trek: Borg also get its first official release on this set, it had been previously been released by the composer on a promotional CD-R which is no longer available. You can purchase the set for $49.98 on La-La Land Records website.
Did you make any fan requests for this 50th Anniversary set?
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.
La-La Land Records
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?