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
Did you love Crypt of the Necrodancer’s fusion of gameplay and music but wish the action was real time? If that sounds like it would make for a daunting experience, you’re not wrong! Klang, from one-man studio Tinimations, is available now on Steam for $14.99.
As Tinimations Tom-Ivar Arntzen explains it, “what makes Klang different from other rhythm games makes it challenging. Klang blends the variety of tasks players perform in action games with the timing challenges in rhythm games. The result is an immersive experience where players must pay attention to what they’re doing and the music they’re doing it to.”
That music comes in the form of a 34-track score from game music remix veteran, bLiNd and is available to buy alongside the game for $7.99. There’s also a free 4-track sampler album on Bandcamp so you can get a taste of the larger soundtrack. While it probably makes for a harrowing experience in the game, all the music I’ve heard so far has been pleasantly danceable and not overwhelmingly hardcore as you might expect.
Take a listen to the free sampler album above and check out some gameplay footage inside. If Klang proves to be enticing you can grab the game and its soundtrack at a discount right now on Steam. Normally priced $14.99, Klang is 20% off through September 29th, as is the soundtrack.
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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Rez Infinite may be an HD remake of the trance-cendental rhythm rail shooter but there’s some new content inside for fans of the original. “Area X” is an all new stage in the game and thanks to Polygon we have our first 6-minute look at the action. Since this is Rez, a game built as much on its music as its trippy visuals, it also means we have our first taste of the stage’s new music.
If you’re a fan of Rez but don’t want to spoil the only new content for yourself just click on the video above and scroll it off screen. Spoiler averted! For those interested in a proper album version of the new track check out our previous story on iam8bit’s upcoming vinyl editions of the soundtrack.
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.
Another one of my top 10 most anticipated soundtracks from E3 2015 was released September 13, 2016. Recore is the latest score composed by Chad Seiter known for the excellent scores to Star Trek: The Video Game, LEGO Jurassic World, and Fracture. He also wrote music for the popular TV series Fringe and started his musical career as an assistant Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino.
Chad Seiter discussed at length in this article on Recore‘s official website how he approached and created the score for the game’s trailer which is also on the soundtrack. You can listen to that track here:
Although the reviews for the game have been mixed, the music is exceptional. You can listen to samples of the music, and purchase a digital copy of the soundtrack on Amazon for $11.49.
Have you played Recore? What did you think of the music in the game?
We’re back with another roundup from independent game remix label GameChops. Over the past week they’ve released a slew of new remixes and mesmerizing music videos through their YouTube channel. From modern fan favorites Undertale and Overwatch to Sega’s niche nightopian, NiGHTS, there’s a bumpin’ remix for just about anyone inside.
Pixeljams Volume 2 comes to us just under four years after the original album and features many of the same artists from Pixeljam and their circle of friends. While Volume 1 was simply a collection of “new and used tracks”, Volume 2 has a more focused goal in mind. As Pixeljam co-founder and musician Miles Tillmann puts it, “we’re looking to express how games have influenced our sound aesthetic… music inspired by the technology behind game development, you could say.”
That translates into an album of bouncy electronic tunes and wafting soundscapes that echo retro consoles and PCs without simply sounding like typical chiptune. With a roster of seven artists (providing solo songs and collaborations) the 10-track album is diverse but maintains a few consistent sounds that work well throughout. Click inside to find out more about this array of new pixeljams.
Austin Wintory has done it again. That’s it, review over. That’s all you need to hear right? Well at this point when it comes to video games scores you know that Austin Wintory is going to provide an exceptional score. Abzu is 505 games next game following the critically acclaimed Journey, which Austin Wintory also scored.
I took time to listen to the soundtrack to Abzu and was swept away by it’s beautiful melody and reoccurring theme. So come read about my thoughts on the album and why thoughts of ballet sprung to my mind with this soundtrack.
Fans of Final Fantasy X will be getting treated to a special concert in Cologne, Germany on Oct 8, 2016. “Dreams of Zanarkand – Final Fantasy X” will be performed by the WDR Orchestra, who also did all the “Symphonic” Game Music Concerts 2008-2011 by Thomas Böcker, with piano performed by Benyamin Nuss and arrangements created by Masashi Hamauzu, who composed on Final Fantasy X with Nobuo Uematsu, and Benyamin Nuss.
“Dreams of Zanarkand” marks the first time a video game music concert in Europe has been dedicated to solely one game. Events of the game will be narrated by Maxi Gstettenbauer, a comedian and game tester. If you speak German, you can find out more information on the event’s Facebook Page, as well as purchase tickets for the October 8th showing.
Owlboy is a lush 2D open-world adventure game that has been a labor of love by D-Pad Studio for the past eight years. While pixelart was a fresh stylistic choice for indie developers back in 2008, Owlboy retains its wow factor thanks to its high-bit sprites and detailed backdrops. Looking at the game, it’s no surprise it took a team of five nearly a decade to complete and it’s finally launching November 1st on Steam.
The soundtrack, however, is one aspect of the game that hasn’t been covered in the years of dev blog updates and preview builds, until now. Composer Jonathan Geer (Neon Chrome and Cook, Serve, Delicious) has released a sampler soundtrack on Bandcamp with three preview tracks and an interesting purchase model. Read more and check out the music inside.
MAGFest Laboratories was this past weekend. (Full disclosure, I do know several of the bands that played and hosted the Opposing Bloodlines competition panel) Taking the place of MAGFest Classic from the two years prior, the event still retained the same amount of lower-key atmosphere and less of the grandiose of main MAGFest. The concerts, however, were still plentiful in both number and variety.
If you happened to be wary of the new branding of the mini-MAGFest event and missed out, you’re in luck! The crew running MAG Labs were zippy as ever in making sure all of the concert performances were up on their Youtube channel in HD quality within hours of recording, so you can already watch the entire musical entertainment from the event.
Kudos to the MAG Labs music and media departments for their timeliness, and for making sure that those who missed the event can still get in on the awesome. (And that those who did and have any of the dreaded post-MAG depression can receive a nice emotional boost.)
Did you attend MAGFest Laboratories? What did you think of the performances? Let us know what you thought in the comments!