Occasionally I find myself searching bandcamp for keywords of things I like and stumble onto something great. Video Game Explosion is a recently released compilation by Square Punch (Lukas Daum). The album is available on Bandcamp right now for “name your price” and features five solid tracks remixing music from Castlevania, Lufia 2, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X and Mega Man X2.
Not only is the music great, but the cover art created for the album by Mike Lyon aka xHOJUx whose additional art you can check out on deviantart.com
I found the album because I was was searching for the keyword “SeaQuest”. I was big fan of the SeaQuest DSV/2032 television series. Square Punch created an awesome chip tune version of the SeaQuest 2032 theme song originally composed by Russ Landau, the game never existed but this will do just fine.
Square Punch has also released some great electronic albums also available on bandcamp for “name your price”. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Antoine Vachon also known as Reveirg is a Canadian composer and sound designer from Montreal, Quebec who has written the music for an indie PC game titled Chilie: The First Encounter, an app called Gentlemen…Ricochet! and Gentlemen Ricochet! Mini which is a de-make or 8-bit version of the original App with a chip tune soundtrack.
He has also composed the music to accompany an award winning act of a Magician, Marc Trudel, and recently released the soundtrack to a moutain bike film titled Cycles: A Mountain Bike Season in Flims-LAAX-Falera. I recently spent some time with his music which is an absolute pleasure to listen to.
The music from Gentlemen…Ricochet! features some jazzy and creative piano that has a wonderful swagger. The de-make 8-bit version Gentlemen Ricochet! Mini, has all the elements of a classic Gameboy title and is a very nostalgic listen. Chilie: The First Encounter makes use of the xylophone with piano and some high tones to bring out the character of the young girl featured in the game. The magician piece “Legerdemain” starts with soft piano and builds into a much more colorful melody. And the newest work, Cycles: A Mountain Bike Season in Flims-LAAX-Falera features great atmospheric synth and piano. He’s also got a pretty impressive Xenoblade Chronicles Main Theme Piano Cover on his Soundcloud page too.
All of Antoine Vachon’s music is currently available on bandcamp for “name your price” for now, I recommend checking it out as I expect we’ll see some great work by this composer in the future. Have you experienced any of Antoine’s music in these games?
For the past few years, the indie game scene has been seeing preferences to specific game genres. The fantasy rouge-like, or rouge-light if you prefer, has become a popular format to create games. In particular, the procedurally generated dungeon crawler has been a favorite of indie game developers. One of the more recent entrees to this genre is a the game The Enchanted Cave 2. Like the first game in the series, The Enchanted Cave 2 is a rouge-like dungeon crawler with randomly generated floors, items, and enemy placement. The game, created by Dustin Auxier, was made thanks to a successful Kickstarter, just making it to the initial goal. The game was recently released on Steam, Android, and iOS platforms.
The composer for this indie title is none other than BAFTA nominated composer Grant Kirkhope. Many game music enthusiasts are no doubt familiar with his work at Rare on games like Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Donkey Kong 64. His memorable melody writing and unique composition style make him a valuable collaborator for any project that he takes on. Kirkhope is also no stranger to the freelance composition world, even doing some collaborative music work on Desktop Dungeons with composer Danny Baranowsky back in 2013. So today we will be looking at his work on The Enchanted Cave 2 OST and examining how his music sets the mood for this fantasy dungeon crawler. (more…)
The music guests for this year’s MAGStock have been revealed. Performers for the event will include Professor Shyguy, Materia, Eight Bit Disaster, and Inverse Phase. MAGStock 5 is being held at Small Country Campground in Louisa, Virginia on the weekend of June 19-21.
If you’re wondering what on earth MAGStock is, it’s a music and gaming event, run by MAGFest, that takes place in the summer. Think of it as a smaller version of MAGFest in the great outdoors. This year’s music guest list is as follows:
Eight Bit Disaster
If you didn’t get your fill of music and games at MAGFest earlier this year or if you’re just looking for a fun weekend of games and music, be sure to check out MAGStock 5. You can find out more information for registering and attending MAGStock 5 at the MAGStock website.
Retro-Active Pt. 1 Remixed contains remixes of Ninja Gaiden composer Keiji Yamagishi’s acclaimed debut “Retro-Active Pt. 1″. Artists such as Chipzel (of Super Hexagon), Kozilek (Nuclear Throne), ABSRDST, and others lend their unique touch to Yamagishi’s high-energy tracks. The opening remix of “Kaleidoscope” by Daliesk was the Grand Prize Winner of Brave Wave’s March 2015 remix contest.
If you pre-order now you will get a copy of the winning track, and the remainder of the album delivered to you on release day which is June 10, 2015. As you can see from the tweet below it has Mr. Yamagishi’s full approval. I have also given it a few listens today and highly recommend it!
To pre-order head over to Brave Wave’s website, the album will set you back $7.00 and from my experience (as a huge fan of their In Flux album), it’s a solid investment as Brave Wave continues to produce fantastic releases.
Last year Double Fine Productions released the first act of their Kickstarter backed title Broken Age. The soundtrack for Act 1 was written by long time Double Fine collaborator Peter McConnell and released on various digital platforms. With Broken Age finally complete, the official soundtrack now has music from the game’s second half added to it. The score features performances by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a set of smaller ensembles from the San Francisco area, and even performances by the composer himself.
Since I reviewed the music of Act 1, when the album was released last year, there are only a handful of new tracks to discuss with the now complete Broken Age soundtrack. While I could talk about the earlier released material, it would only be a repeat of what I’ve already stated in my Broken Age: Act 1 OST Review. You can find my thoughts on the music of Act 1 there. Otherwise this will mostly be a review on the new material, how it fits in with the rest of the music, and how the full soundtrack works as a whole. As with the Act 1 review, there will be potential spoilers for the game plot, especially if you haven’t completed first half of the game. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the Broken Age OST. (more…)
The Original Soundtrack to Crypt of the NecroDancer is my first experience with music composed by Danny Baranowsky who has composed the music for Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac and who has also worked on some excellent arrangements including Super Metroid: Relics of the Chozo.
The soundtrack contains 42 tracks and is a blend of chiptune rock and electronic melodies with a runtime of just under two hours. I listened to the soundtrack through at least three times and was blown away with the blood pumping beats and pleasant repetition and alternate versions of tracks. My first play through of the album was during a drive from Ottawa to New York State to camp over the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. If you’re in the USA you can look forward to Memorial Day weekend next week. Read on to find out if you should pick up this soundtrack to kick off your weekend.
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.
Observing and listening to music evolve over the course of a game or movie franchise is always fascinating to me. I’m always curious to see and hear if themes get brought back, and how the new material contrasts with the previous entries. But sometimes, in an interesting twist, the music of a new entry abandons the original material completely, in favor of a different set of music themes and composers. Such is the case with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST, featuring all new music by Ridiculon.
This is something that can be quite intriguing. Having a completely new take on the music for a game, especially one that remains mechanically similar to its predecessor, is a great way to observe how a new set of music and themes can change a game experience. The score for the original Binding of Isaac was composed by Danny Baranowsky. This new game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features a new score by Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans, who make up the group Ridiculon. While it’s tempting to provide an “old vs new” comparison between the soundtracks, I want to focus primarily on this latest work and judge it on its own merits. Some comparisons will be inevitable, but there’s plenty to examine on the The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST on its own. With that said, let’s take a look at this fresh spin on the world of The Binding of Isaac. (more…)
Telepath Tactics is a steampunk turn-based Fire Emblem style RPG that adopts the best gameplay practices of titles like Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea. It was successfully financed on Kickstarter and the game was officially released by Sinister Design on April 16, 2015.
The soundtrack was composed by Ryan Richko who is new to video game scoring but has composed a wealth of music for a Yoga Instructional series called The Ulimate Yogi with Travis Eliot. Two additional tracks were composed by Craig Stearns who launched the Kickstarter campaign and designed the game. The music provides listeners with a rich symphonic and familiar RPG sound. I have been listening to it for a week, and haven’t gotten tired of it. Read on to find out (more…)
The Kickstarter for the virtual reality rock opera, [NUREN] The New Renaissance, is in it’s final couple of days, and if you hadn’t noticed, it’s added quite a bit of additional content and updates in the past couple of days. In the second half of it’s crowdfunding lifespan. the project has added:
***Vince DiCola (Transformers: The Movie, Rocky IV) as a guest composer
***Chris Huelsbeck (Turrican, Giana Sisters) as a guest composer
***Added a new $50 tier that nets Jake Kaufman’s complete Bandcamp release library (including Shovel Knight and Shantae games)
There’s still a couple days left and time for a few more surprises within the campaign, so anyone holding out should keep their eyes peeled for the next 4 days for last-minute additions.
If you haven’t heard of [NUREN] yet, it’s based as a collection of music videos, each with it’s own unique musical score, that are strung together as a complete story with a virtual reality gameplay mechanic. Optimized for the Oculus, but fully playable on PC, the game currently has demos of the game out for Windows & MAC OS X available on the kickstarter page.
You can learn everything about the project and updates on the campaign page.
If you’re a fan of virtual reality simulations, music videos, 3D animation and rhythm games, then [NUREN]: The New Renaissance is probably something you’re going to want to keep an eye on. Having just launched it’s Kickstarter, [NUREN] is a project headed by composer Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Contra 4) along with Jessie Seeley. (voice, Double Dragon NEON, Bloodrayne: Betrayal)
According to the Kickstarter page, the game is basically a interactive music video, featuring 3D animation in real-time virtual reality. The game will feature seven distinct segments planned with musical and fully voice-acted interludes joining them together, with the Kickstarter helping to fund the guest creators that will help construct the [NUREN] world.
“[NUREN] combines influences from sources including Fantasia, Space Channel 5, TRON, Ghost in the Shell, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the Animatrix, and the technically and artistically brilliant PC demo scene. Dancing robot girls, synchronized light shows, vast panoramas, and starry skies await you.”
- [NUREN] Kickstarter
The game will offer full Windows/MAC/Linux support, but the biggest draw will be for the Oculus Rift and the full VR immersion experience. The current funding goal for the project is $70,000, with pledge rewards being largely immaterial and instead offering direct access and interaction with the development team. A demo for the game will be available for all to check out via the Kickstarter page, to get a good preview before your pledge! With VR games still being new and unique territory for game developers, [NUREN] looks to have the potential to really break into the new frontier with both style and a fantastic soundtrack.
[NUREN]: The New Renaissance – Kickstarter