The Kickstarter to the spiritual sequel of the Castlevania series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has now revealed it’s increased its big-hitting lineup of musical talent!
On top of veteran Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane and MegaMan composer/sound producer Ippo Yamada being the pair originally slated to create Bloodstained’s soundtrack, now a mini-stretch goal has been revealed that Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Shantae) will be lending his talent with composing 8-bit masterpieces to the game’s growing ensemble, right beside Yamane and Yamada.
I personally follow Jake on Twitter and had joked with him when the Kickstarter launched about how fantastic it would be to see him added to the game’s music talent. His work with the music of Bloodrayne: Betrayal has long been a highlight to Castlevania fans of Kaufman’s ability to create gothic and charged pieces that would fit right into a Castlevania title. To see that actually come true is a real treat.
Though requiring the $2.62M mark to actually solidify Kaufman’s inclusion in the game, with the trend that the campaign is creating, it’s a pretty sure bet. Those who haven’t pledged to the Kickstarter yet can nip over to Igavania.com to check out the growing additions to the game’s lineup, and can also sample Kaufman’s works (including Bloodrayne: Betrayal) on his Bandcamp. You can be sure as the game becomes funded and progresses that we’ll be featuring more about it’s composers and music in the coming months.
If you’re into ethereal, space-like music from your games, then you might want to check out the space video game SUPERNOVA, and more importantly it’s soundtrack which was just releases yesterday. Composer Olivier Derivière (Remember Me, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Freedom Cry) has released music from the Namco Bandai game, titled SUPERNOVA Volume 1: Through The Portal, which features a combination of his own talents as well as those of John Kurlander (The Lord of the Rings) and the Philharmonia Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Derivière has roots in classical music composition as well as coding games and music and attending coding and demo parties in his early days. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he’s since developed his skill, creating music for games like Obscure and has contributed to scores such as Alone in the Dark (2008), giving him a history with the atmospheric.
“The musical journey of the OST follows a big crescendo from a star’s birth to its supernova,” explains Derivière. “Volume 1 is about the first planet, more will come as the game progressively extends its universe to new worlds. This is only the beginning.
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The 10-track album can be found for purchase on Bandcamp and other musical distribution sites for around $5.00, and you can check out Derivière’s other works on his website.
As many of you may know, the music for the Earthworm Jim video game was composed by Tommy Tallarico, as was it’s sequel Earthworm Jim 2. The music for the cartoon series however contained completely new and original music by composer William Anderson. The theme song, according to Mr. Anderson’s website is his personal favorite and part of the reason is that he wrote and PERFORMED the piece himself. The song itself is brilliant, fun, and reveals the very simple origin story of the character. Watching it again and seeing Psy-crow use a conductor’s baton just made me want to sing along. The opening was uploaded to YouTube by user Sjahut.
William Anderson has also composed the music for some classic animated series including the second seasons of the 1990’s Marvel Fantastic Four/Iron Man cartoons series, Biker Mice From Mars, X-Men Evolution, and My Little Pony which has become hugely successful. The score of the Earthworm Jim cartoon was light symphonic melodies, and regularly featured instrumental versions of the theme song when Jim took action against the episode’s protagonist of the week including his green evil twin, Evil The Cat, Professor with a Monkey for a Head, and the Evil Queen (with her extended title changing almost every episode).
So have yourself a little Earthworm Jim sing a long, and you can also do Karaoke with a lyric free version of the theme by listening to the End Credits thanks to YouTube user James Smith.
The series is available for purchase on Amazon, and if you’ve never seen it you can sample the wonderful hilarity of it in this compilation EAT DIRT! catchphrases assembled by YouTube user brokensoul 8930. I think the show captured the essence of the character, thanks to Dan Castellaneta’s voice talent (Homer Simpson). This brief article ends my examination of the music in cartoons based on video games for the time being. Now EAT DIRT! You gigantic fans of video game music!
There have been a few Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons over the years, and according to many Sonic fans the best series was the Sonic SatAM series. SatAM is a reference to Saturday Morning on ABC where the show ran for two seasons totalling 26 episodes.
The music for the series was written by Michael Tavera, and features original score and an incredibly catchy theme song. Michael Tavera also composed the music for the second and third seasons of Captain N: The Game Master, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. I am not going to discuss the series music in detail but I wanted to make sure you knew about the excellent promotional soundtrack available for the series. A fan of the series wrote Michael Tavera asking if any music of the series was available and he provided the fan with a promotional CD containing some cues from the series, and some unreleased tracks one which was featured in Captain N: The Gamemaster. It’s old news, but you can read about and grab a copy of this promotional album over at Saturday Morning Sonic’s website.
The entire series including the theme song was uploaded to YouTube by user TheRealSonicFan, and it can also be purchased on DVD from Amazon.
Despite Sega having downsized and largely pulled out of the gaming market, that hasn’t stopped their boys in Crush 40 from making new music. The band just released the newest album, “2 Nights to Remember” on Amazon Japan.
Crush 40 is the band created by Sega and fronted by composer Jun Senoue (Sonic Games, Shadow the Hedgehog) on guitar and Johnny Gioeli as vocalist, originally for the release of the game NASCAR Arcade, and has contributed to the soundtracks of several Sonic titles, including main themes for Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 and songs for Sonic Heroes and Sonic and the Black Knight. This new original album follows the release of their 2012 album “Live!” and contains four newly-record studio tracks, as well as several live-performance tracks from the “Live!” album and various Sonic themes.
You can purchase the album on Amazon Japan for about 2,381 yen (or $19.95 dollars plus tax). You can also check out some previews on their website.
Last year Scarlet Moon Records released a video game music arrangement album titled Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies. The project had an interesting premise. Take some of the more mellow and relaxing tunes from video game soundtracks and arrange them as soothing lullabies for piano and saxophone. The group arranging on the album was Gentle Love, comprising of saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (composer for Bayonetta and the Metal Gear Solid series) and pianist AYAKI. The Gentle Love duo have collaborated on a few projects, primarily performing and making music to provide therapeutic relief to others after the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The original Prescription for Sleep album and this sequel is an extension of that work and mission.
The fist album consisted of well known tunes like “Dry Dry Docks” from Super Mario 64 and some lesser known pieces like “Song of the Ancients” from NieR. The album received praise from a number of reviewers, including members of the team here at Original Sound Version. Thanks in part to the success of the first album, this sequel has been released. Prescription for Sleep: Volume II sees Hibino and AYAKI return to cover music from various games in the form of tranquil lullabies. What does this latest addition cover and how does it compare to the first album? Read on to find out. (more…)
The indie game by RosePortal Games, Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter has returned to Kickstarter after not meeting its initial campaign goal in its first round of crowdfunding.
So how is this new campaign different from the first failed attempt? Well, now there is a playable demo that is available for download to get first-hand experience with how the game will play if funded and completed. The game has been Greenlit for Steam, so you know that if funded, it will appear there for purchase/download. A big change is that composer Dale North (Dragon Fantasy Book II) and veteran legend Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana) will now be a partial of the initial funding for the game, where in the previous incarnation of the campaign they would only be a part of the game if stretch goals were met. Kikuta-san himself is creating the game’s main theme
The game is currently seeking $15,000 to fund the base game, with over $3K of that having already been met, and might be worth a second look to any fans of North’s and Kikuta’s music who might have been hesitant to throw money at the first time around.
Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter – Kickstarter
There’s a short list of Japanese names that have proliferated American gaming culture due to their huge influence. Shigeru Miyamoto, Yu Suzuki, Hideo Kojima and others have made a lasting impact. Another well-known name is Nobuo Uematsu, sole composer for the first nine games in the Final Fantasy series, and lead / contributing composer to almost all the others (he did the theme song for XII and sat out completely on XIII).
Game music fans are also likely to know that Uematsu continued to work with his old friend Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, when Sakaguchi went on to form Mistwalker. Hence, the soundtracks for Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey and The Last Story were all composed by Uematsu as well.
Those are most of Uematsu’s “notable” works. But what about the rest? Are there any hidden gems among Uematsu’s lesser-known works? Let’s find out together by exploring five of Uematsu’s lesser-known projects, ranging from 1986 to the present. (more…)
Captain N: The Game Master was another animated series that featured arrangements of classic video game music. The music for the series was composed by Shuki levy, and Michael Tavera who music I’ve covered in articles about The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers Super Show!, and The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3 cartoons.
The show ran for three seasons with Shuki Levy acting as composer for the first season, and Michael Tavera taking over for the remaining two seasons. In this article I discuss the musical arrangements featured in the game, and provide you with some YouTube examples that you can listen to. Read on to find out more about the video game music of this Nintendo cartoon.
So I’m thinking I’m going to start little filler posts that deal with random game music-related things that I happen to come across during a given week that aren’t substantial enough to warrant their own full posts, but still are neat enough to give a bit of a nod to. It might not be an every-week thing, but something to sum up recent little gems I’ve come across either via social media, through friends or through news feeds. (Or just my casual bumbling about online.)
Beat the Boss: Remixes by Atavistic Spawn Records
Neat album I stumbled upon via Reddit that features recompositions of classic and not-so-classic boss themes, much like Overclocked Remix’s BadAss: Boss Themes albums. Caught my ear for it’s inclusion of the boss theme from Turrican done up with carefully-placed sound effects from the game, but also has stuff from Cave Story, Portal and Yoshi’s Island. Worth a listen to. On their Bandcamp (name your price).
“Paleblood Moon” by Miracle of Sound
Something neat for Bloodborne fans to enjoy by Irish-Jesus himself, Gavin Dunne, aka: Miracle of Sound. It’s a nice orchestral piece featuring his own vocals that pretty much speaks for itself. (Or sings, in this case) I originally it posted to in-game cutscenes on Youtube, but you can grab the piece for yourself for a dollar on his Bandcamp page. I love him for his metal, but it’s a pretty kick-arse orchestral piece.
MAGStock 5 has opened up for registration. The event is MAGFest’s answer to Lollapolooza, with outdoor music, camping, and I’m told a bouncy castle. (Just giving further weight to the need for a ball pit at MAGFest Prime) The event is held is Louisa, Virginia this year from June 19-21st and registration is $50 plus the need for your own camping gear. Bands haven’t been announced yet, but last year featured Super Guitar Bros. amongst others, just to give you an idea of what to expect.
At the tail end of 2014, when we looked back on the year in our annual OSVOSTOTY celebrations, I lamented that the soundtrack to LittleBIGPlanet 3 might not see the light of day. The game was new to the market at the time, and while it was (and still is) suffering from some technical issues, its aesthetics were as brilliant as previous entries in the series. The music was more eclectic than ever, due in large part to the wide array of musicians taken on for the game’s single-player campaign levels.
Lucky for me, a soundtrack did finally arrive. It wasn’t an exhaustive collection of the game’s music, but it was a full 70 minutes of music, on iTunes, for nine bucks. I wasn’t going to pass that up.
After the jump, I’m going to pinpoint, as best as I can, what makes me love this music so much. Hint: much of it is thanks to a wonderful lady whose name starts with a W. (more…)
Coinciding with the release of the second act of Broken Age, Peter McConnell’s complete soundtrack to the Kickstarted Double Fine game is available today. You can purchase the digital version on several platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, and on Sumthing Else Music. A physical version of the soundtrack is set to be released later in June of this year.
The complete Broken Age album includes the original set of tracks from act 1, released last year, and the additional music from the second act of the game. This brings the grand total of pieces on the soundtrack to 30. The album features performances by the Melbourne Symphony, the band Clarinet Thing, and The New Vocal String Quartet. If you’re a fan of McConnell’s work on Broken Age and enjoyed what he wrote for act 1, you’ll want to check out this complete version of the game’s score.