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?
Frozen Cortex, formerly known as Frozen Endzone, is a game created by Mode 7 who also created Frozen Synapse. OSV’s Patrick Gann reviewed that soundtrack in 2012. The music for both games was composed by Paul Kilduff-Taylor AKA nervous_pilot. Frozen Cortex is available now on Steam and is described as a strategy turn based game of future sport where the players are robots. I have not played the first game, or Frozen Cortex but I have spent some time with the soundtrack. The album is 15 tracks and just over 75 minutes of satisfying electronic music with some great ambient and trance elements.
If you’re stuck in a winter funk, I think I might have the treatment you need right here. Here are my thoughts on an album I will be using to get me through the rest of the season.
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 original soundtrack for the upcoming indie release, Out There: Ω Edition, has just released via Bandcamp for those wanting to get a leg-up on the music for the game prior to its release.
Composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn (The Stanley Parable, Antichamber) to compliment the rogue-like resource-management game, the soundtrack features ambient tones that will change depending on the heavily bodies you encounter within the game. The original, vanilla version of the game was releases in March of 2014, and the new Ω Edition will feature reworked versions of the music from the classic game by Barnhoorn.
Sid was inspired by the sound waves emitted from the stars to create different atmospheres you’ll encounter wether you’re next to a supernova, a blue giant or a black hole. For the garden planets (the ones where you’ll find alien life forms), Sid invited vocalist Lara Ausensi. She used her ethereal voice to bring life in three exclusive tracks.
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Out There: Ω Edition is currently in beta and Greenlit by Steam for release. The soundtrack is available on Bandcamp for $5 for the 23-track album, or you can pre-order the game on their website with the soundtrack for $14.99 and have the music available shortly thereafter on your Humble account. The soundtrack will also be available on iTunes on March 30th.
Out There: Ω Edition OST – Bandcamp
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?
It’s just a few more days until the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco. Like the professionals they are, the website’s nifty shortcuts can direct you to the Audio Track Sessions listed for the event. The Audio Track is comprised of the panels dealing with game music and game audio production.
The Audio Track brings the industry’s top professionals to share their knowledge and experience from the real-world, addressing these unique problems: aesthetic, technical, business, logistical and then some.
The highlighted sessions for 2015 feature panels such as “Soundtracking Hell – The Music of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” and “Women in Game Audio” (Something that should interest any fans of our “Matron Maestras” articles), amongst others. An entire session schedule can be found of GDC’s website with dates, times and other pertinent details. It’s a pretty expansive list, showcasing just how technical the world of video game music has become.
I’m quite jealous of our own Michael Hoffman, who will be attending the event for OSV. For anyone else making it to the conference who’s a fan of the audio side of gaming, this is something you’ll want to browse through.
GDC 2015 – Audio Track
It’s seems to be a good time to be a supernatural and horror-based game right now. With games like NightCry being funded on Kickstarter, Resident Evil Revelations 2 being release episodically and Bloodborne right around the corner, it’s nice for horror buffs like myself to see a verity of creepy stuff being released. The Order: 1886 skirts this same genre, being a supernatural/action FPS with a fair helping of grimdark tones. Having the composer of Dead Space and F.E.A.R. 3 at the helm of the soundtrack certainly doesn’t hurt in the creation of the general atmosphere of the game either, one would wager.
Over the past couple of years I have been growing my soundtrack CD collection and picking up things that I always wanted but missed out on because they were out of print, or a limited edition release. There are game music collectors around the world that occasionally decide its time to thin out their collection or start to convert to digital because they don’t have the space for CDs anymore. In this article I will share the locations of where I’ve found some great deals, and where you can too. I also want to know where you’ve found a rare item, or your experience buying game music online. It’s time to start shopping, click here to find out
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.
It’s been a very intriguing month for Kickstarters involving some big names in the game music industry. Just a few days ago the adventure RPG platformer Unraveled hit Kickstarter seeking a modest funding, and with just a few days left the survival horror love letter NightCry is looking to secure it’s final funds. What’s more, both games are boasting some big names in the game music industry.
The nostalgic ’80s throwback platformer, Unraveled is a charming tale about childhood fantasy and dreams whilst dealing with powerful real-life messages. In production under RosePortal Games, the already beautiful-looking game will have it’s soundtrack under the control of industry veteran Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana, Soul Calibur V) with assistance from Dale North (Silent Horror, Dragon Fantasy Book II) The project already looks akin to Secret of Mana with its visuals and gameplay style, so having Kikuta-san at the helm is a sure bet.
Another ongoing Kickstarter project with some big-name talent is NightCry, aka. Project Scissors; a survival horror spiritual successor to the Clock Tower games and with none other than Clock Tower creator Hifumi Koto helming the charge. This creepy project has a ton of incredible talent involved already, and that’s not counting the fact the audio director is Nobuko Toda (Metal Gear Solid series, Halo 4), but also sports Michiru Yamane (Castlevania series, Skullgirls) adding her amazing talent to the sum total of the game’s eerie tone.
Unraveled is looking for a rather frugal sum of $15,000 to fund the basic game’s creation, while NightCry is in it’s final 65 hours of looking for the much more typical game development funding of $300,000 to fund its huge team. Something to keep note of for anyone interested in some great soundtracks to some interesting-looking games.
Two months ago, Crystal Dynamics came out with a sequel to the download-only Tomb Raider spin-off game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Still set within the Legends timeline and not the new rebooted story, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris finds heroine Lara on a quest to Egypt where she must fight rival treasure hunters, undead warrior and ancient gods. A familiar premise and just another Tuesday for Ms. Croft, honestly.
I first took a listen to this OST upon my trip to attend MAGFest 13. It’s a fantastic orchestrated album with much grandiose elements. Upon listening, my first impression was that the music style sounded like a more subtle, toned-down mixture of God of War and the soundtrack to the movie, The Mummy. That is a good thing, by the way. Composed by Wilbert Roget, II (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead Island 2), the music focuses on a lot of atypical middle eastern and Egyptian theatrical motifs, such as heavy string and flute flurries and double harmonic scales, but doesn’t go out of its way to dominate the tone of the game or upstage the gameplay.
The 36-track soundtrack, which includes two bonus remix tracks (The “Isis’ Lament” piece stands out to me), is currently free for download on Crystal Dynamic’s Soundcloud, and worth a listen for anyone who enjoys some good background ambiance. Who doesn’t enjoy free music?
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris OST – Soundcloud
Released in January 2015, the expanded soundtrack to the Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time adds 10 new tracks pulled from the archives of Presto Studios and offers a complete presentation of the music featured in the award winning game. This release follows the release of the soundtrack to the Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime and offers a superior listening experience on a reasonably priced CD.