We’re in that age where we want everything at our fingertips without the need to go searching too extensively. We subscribe to feeds and bookmark databases so we always know where we can go for all of our information and news on any particular topic.
Streaming has become a popular thing in this age where traditional radio is becoming quickly antiquated. When you have the ability to create and stream nearly any amount of any genre of music, why limit yourself to stations that cater to a larger demographic? Video game music is no different, with entire online stations dedicated to just game music and VGM arrangements. So where are some of the best places to go to get your steady game music fix?
The last day of the Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter Kickstarter is about to start, and with only about half their goal made, they’re looking to attract any RPG fans into taking a look at what they’re all about.
The game sports a $15,000 goal with musicians Tarissa Tavelier, Brian Coffi, and Mattias Verbinnen providing for the basic game’s soundtrack. Stretch goals feature more musical talent entering in to provide their expertise. At $40,000, Dale North (Silent Horror, Dragon Fanatasy Book II) will provide composing for the game and at $50,000, Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta will throw his talent into the game’s soundtrack as well.
Kikuta-san has his own thoughts on the game project and the opportunity to compose for Unraveled:
The project has many tiers for donation rewards, but for those looking to bust through the stretch barriers and get legends like Kikuta-san onboard with the project, you’ll want to give the project a good look-through.
Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter – Kickstarter Page
The laddies (and lassies) over at Sumthin Else Music Works seem intent on saving you a bit ‘o the green this March (Okay, that’s as far as I’ll take the St. Patrick’s stuff). Until March 31st, you can get 25% off any video game soundtrack under their label by using the promo code: “sumthinglucky“. This is a pretty sweet deal, as they’ve got a lot of good game soundtrack albums to offer, as we’ve touched upon in past news and reviews. Game OSTs such as:
There’s a ton more than those listed too including a bunch more vintage OSTs, so be sure to take advantage of the sale and bolster your soundtrack collection.
Sumthin Else Music Works – Website
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
One thing I love about the video game and VGM community is the often overwhelming outpouring of support for fellow fans and enthusiasts. In this case, 16-year old music and video game fan John (aka:DarthAurelius) was diagnosed with inexplicable total renal failure. Neither of John’s kidneys are working properly and he has been confined to needing regular dialysis treatments to help flush toxins out of his blood like his kidneys should be doing. Now, this is an ailment that afflicts many, young and old, within our world every day. John, it appears, has some guardian angels looking to help at least this one young man have a second lease on life.
Operation 1-UP is a charity arrangement album looking to help contribute to the raising of funds that John needs to help acquire a new kidney. Medical treatment both prior to and after receiving a new kidney is not cheap, especially when waiting on a donor list and needing dialysis multiple times a week for several hours. Thus, a group of musicians and gaming fans have created a 21-track arrangement album dedicated to helping raise awareness of John’s condition and help bridge the gap between well-wishers and John’s medical treatment goals. Artists such as Super Guitar Bros., MissionGuitar, Motion Ocean and several others have donated arrangements from Super Metroid, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII and more towards the cause.
You can check out the album and cause for yourself and either pick up the album or throw a bit of money towards John’s treatment and help out.
You can also learn about other programs to help fight Kidney Disease and organ donation at the National Kidney Foundation.
Mariachi Games out of Mexico will be putting on the VCONCERT 2014 Game Music Event tomorrow, November 8th out of Monterrey, and streaming live through Twitch! Starting at 4 o’clock CST, a lineup of 10 hours worth of music performances from some of the most iconic names in the game music industry will be broadcast online for the masses to enjoy, including composers Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Shadows of the Damned) and Michiru Yamane. (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Skullgirls)
If you weren’t aware, Random aka. Mega Ran started himself a respectable little Kickstarter to help fund a new album for 2015 as well as a Director’s Cut DVD of his Mega-lo-Mania documentary that released this past August. The new album will feature fan input as well as guest composers, and the DVD Director’s Cut will be expanded in length to feature more performance footage and highlight’s of Mega Ran’s career.
The good news is that, with 16 days to go, the Kickstarter has been completely funded and even passed a stretch goal of releasing the new album to vinyl for higher-level pledges. Now he’s looking to release an additonal Megaman album for Christmas with the project’s next stretch goal. Additionally, Mega Ran was so ecstatic about the goals being shattered that he released a new bit of music based on his love of the sports of Philadelphia.
So if you’re looking to get yourself some new Mega Ran goodies, hop on over to his Kickstarter and chip in!
After a bit of a lull in announcements, MAGFest has dropped a nice assortment of features for their upcoming MAGFest 13 event in January. Or should I say, rolled up a nice assortment.
Yuu Miyake and Yoshihito Yano, both the composers of the Katamari Damacy series and both veterans of Namco Bandai, will be featured as special guests at the festival. Miyake will be be the featured DJ during the late-night DJ dance party, whereas Yano will be a special guest speaker with a panel for all Katamari fans to gather and listen to tales of how the music of the series came to be. As if that wasn’t enough, MAG 12 performers and super band LONELYROLLINGSTARS will be featured performers during this year’s concert lineup after nearly creating a crowd katamari of their own during their set last year. (now featuring guitarist Ryan “Mega Beardo” Postlethwait stepping in for a retired Grant “Stemage” Henry)
MAGFest 13will be held on January 23 – 26th, 2015 with tickets and hotel rooms available, but better to get on them sooner rather than later.
Ever wonder if any video game music bands, nerdcore artists or chiptune peeps are in your area? Well, for your stalking pleasure, you now can find out where your favorite artists hail from! (note: please no actual stalking; nobody likes a creeper)
First Lady of Chiptunes, Erin “Ryn” McQuisten of Chiptunes = WIN has created a Google Map documenting the locations of a hefty list of the current scene’s video game bands, Nerdcore Artists, Visualists and Chiptune Artists from around the globe! An interesting little piece of valuable info if you happen to have some musical artists near you that you may have never known about. (I never knew that chiptune band The Revengineers were right near me!)
You can check out the VG Artists map here – Artist Map/List
Many thanks to Erin for her hard work at acquiring this expansive list for the community to enjoy!
Who doesn’t want more festivals and conventions based around video game music and media? (rhetorical question, of course) A new event, “Gamer’s Rhapsody“, has been created to show just how large the community surrounding video art and music has become over the past few years.
Gamer’s Rhapsody is a new convention that recognizes all the people who work on video games. This is to celebrate all the animators, storywriters, and composers that work endlessly to bring you the video games that you love. Gamer’s Rhapsody is the only convention in Minnesota that connects gamers and artists, celebrating the art that goes into creating video games.
The event will be held in Minneapolis, MN on November 16th and 17th at the downtown St. Paul Double Tree Hotel, and so far is slated to feature:
More guests, performers, professional artists and more are sure to be announced as the event draw closer. The event also features an art room with art contest, jam room and exhibitor’s room. Currently registration is at $43.50 until October 2nd, when it will increase by $5.
Learn more about Gamer’s Rhapsody: http://www.gamersrhapsody.com
What is a free month?
Nothing but a miserable pile of AWESOME MUSIC, THAT’S WHAT.
Placements in Dwelling of Duels are like points in Who’s Line Is It Anyway?. The points don’t matter and the placements are hilarious. Do you know the money I would pay to see the kind of music John Sessions or Mike McShane might be able to come up with if they suddenly decided they wanted to rearrange old video game music? Yes, I’m that hipster who remembers how much more he enjoyed Clive Anderson than he did Drew Carey.
Alright enough of that. Onto the songs!
The Amazing Frenchman Cometh! Longtime arrangement artist and fantastic musician Christophe “CarboHydroM” Blondel has just released his newest album “Prime Legacy” for all to soak up in it’s glory!
Prime Legacy is the soundtrack to a fictional STG, in the glory of those games, my favorite genre ever. The story it tells is very ambiguous, as one can tell from the song titles, and embeds possible deeper meaning. It is left open to interpretation on purpose. It’s up to you to let your imagination go wild while listening to it!
The album features 12 tracks of blaring guitars and amazing melody that just drips nostalgic appeal to fans of the old-school SHMUPs of yesteryear. If you haven’t been able to grab it during it’s pre-sale period, it’s now live and ready to download for a few bucks on Bandcamp and Overclocked Records. (Also a brand-new update to Blondel’s 2005 Link to the Past arrangement “Unsealed” will soon be available for auditory consumption, so keep up on Blondel’s Facebook for updates!).