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The Chris Huelsbeck Piano Collection Kickstarter Down to Its Last Days

The Chris Huelsbeck Piano Collection Kickstarter Down to Its Last Days

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If you haven’t gotten in on Chris Huelsbeck’s “The Piano Collection” Album and Score Book Kickstarter, you only have a few more days to do so. The campaign, which shattered records by making its goal with 66 minutes of going live (just another notch on Mr. Huelsbeck’s belt after the fantastic success of his Turrican Soundtrack Anthology project), features a piano album performed by Patrick Nevian of Huelsbeck’s greatest musical compositions (Turrican, R-Type, etc.), and includes a score book of the piano sheet music and autobiography by former OSV writer Audun Sorlie available to certain tiers.

There’s a limited amount of physical printed copies remaining, so get in on them while you can. Digital copies and several other pledge tiers are also still open, and stretch goals of a roundtable team video and an original arrangement album release are still on the horizon. If this project is anything like Huelsbeck’s other works, it should be top-quality for all who pledge.

Chris Huelsbeck – The Piano Collection & Limited Score Book

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Know Your MAG - The Tiberian Sons

Know Your MAG – The Tiberian Sons

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It’s that time of year again; time for Know Your MAG! MAGFest 13 is under 3 weeks away, and there are a lot of new bands and performers this year, and bands we never got to cover this year that we might know a bit more about, so let’s not waste any more time!

Some bands are created specifically for debut at MAGFest, with either the intention of sticking solely to the music and gaming festival as a fun hobby, or to use it as a stepping stone for greater stardom down the line. New band The Tiberian Sons is one of those that are a little of both groups that will be a secondary performer at MAG 13.

The four-man metal band is made up of Colorado-based Tony “Prince of Darkness” Dickinson, formerly of Dwelling of Duels Live, on primary guitar and drummer Travis Moberg, guitarist Connor Engstrom from the mid-west, and Quebecois Max “Wild_Cat” Noel on bass. These men hope to melt your eardrums and thrash your soul into silly-putty with their symphonic metal melodies. By their own admission, however, ” The Tiberian Sons are NOT in fact a Command & Conquer cover band, they just think C&C is metal as #%&$”. (Bassist Noel confesses that the band suggestion “Pud’s Dudes”, a parody of Dickinson’s PuD’s DuDs album, was pitched and subsequently rejected prior to settling on their current name. A shame.)

The Tiberian Sons will be playing on Sunday amongst the other secondary bands performing at MAGFest 13. We’ll keep you updated for exact times and days of all performances when they are released, and be sure to register for MAG if you haven’t already!

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OSVOSTOTY 2014 - Michael's Picks

OSVOSTOTY 2014 – Michael’s Picks

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The year 2014 has come and gone. There were a lot of great soundtracks, arrange albums, and remix albums that came out this past year. Patrick and Brenna have already given their nods to some of the excellent music, composers, and artists of 2014, and now it’s my turn. As with the previous writer picks, the format is shortened for this year, with each category receiving a winner and a runner-up. As a reminder, here are the categories for the 2014 OSVOSTOTY (Original Sound Version Original Soundtrack of the Year):

Soundtrack Album of the Year:

Artist/Composer of the Year:

Arrangement Album of the Year:

Special Mention(s):

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OSVOSTOTY 2014 – Brenna’s Picks

OSVOSTOTY 2014 – Brenna’s Picks

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Rolling along with our 2014 recap of our favorite picks, now it’s my turn to go through and highlight what stood out to me this past year in terms of game music and everything related. It’s quite the mish-mash of musical praise and highlights, but I feel I covered a lot of the things I really felt deserved a big fat thumbs up this past year.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Soundtrack is Available on iTunes

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Soundtrack is Available on iTunes

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If you’re a Pokémon fan, then chances are you’ve been spending a lot of your time playing through the new Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. If you’ve played these latest iterations, then you know that these remakes don’t just feature improved gameplay and better graphics. They also contain brand new arrangements of the game music.

The original soundtrack to this latest set of Pokémon games has been released on iTunes for $9.99. The Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection contains a massive 160 tracks. Everything from the town tunes, battle themes, and victory jingles is included. If you’re feeling nostalgic you can also find the soundtrack to the original Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire games on iTunes as well. This is certainly something worth checking out if you’re a fan of the games and their music.

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OSVOSTOTY 2014 - Patrick's Picks

OSVOSTOTY 2014 – Patrick’s Picks

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It’s almost the end of 2014, and that means it’s time for OSVOSTOTY (Original Sound Version Original Soundtrack of the Year, for those uninitiated) This year saw a lot of fantastic work come out, and since 2015 is right around the corner, we’ll shorten the usual format and have each writer list their picks of 2014 in the following categories:

Soundtrack Album of the Year:

Score of the Year:

Artist/Composer of the Year:

Arrangement Album of the Year:

Special Mention(s):

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Harmony of Heroes Expands its Smash Bros. Tribute With Final Smash

Harmony of Heroes Expands its Smash Bros. Tribute With Final Smash

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Earlier this year a Super Smash Brothers tribute album, titled “Harmony of Heroes,” was unleashed upon the world. The collection focussed on the music of game franchises represented in Super Smash Bros., as well as the game’s own original music. The original “Harmony of Heroes” album has over 100 tracks of remixes and arrangements by a variety of artists and covers many of the great tunes used in the Super Smash Brothers franchise.

“Final Smash” is an expansion that covers the games and fighters that were not covered in the original “Harmony of Heroes” album. The 26 all new tracks highlight the music of Pac-Man, Xenoblade, Mega Man, and other titles that are new to the Smash Brothers world. The expansion also contains some tracks of previously covered franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario. The “Final Smash” expansion and the original “Harmony of Heroes” album can both be found and downloaded for free on the Harmony of Heroes website. Definitely give this collection a listen if you haven’t already.

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Game Music

Game Music Online 2014 Awards Nominees

Game Music Online 2014 Awards Nominees

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The chaps over at Game Music Online have just put up their 2014 nominees for their Annual Game Music Awards. The extensive list includes 6 different main categories, such as Scores of the Year and Albums of the Year, and each main category is broken down into several sub-categories. Pretty much every game notable for its score or soundtrack is represented, along with fan arrangement albums and game organizations.

Check out the extensive list of nominations and let us know who you think should get the gold! OSV will be listing it’s own (much, much smaller list) of soundtracks and music we awards our top praise too before 2014 comes to a close, so be sure to come back and see who were our favorites of the year!

VGMOnline – Annual Game Music Awards

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"The Drop That Contained The Sea" Also Contains My Heart (Review)

“The Drop That Contained The Sea” Also Contains My Heart (Review)

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Christopher Tin first captured the hearts of gamers with his much-loved opening theme for Civilization IV: “Baba Yetu.” Originally recorded for the game in 2004, it was re-recorded with the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2009 as the opening track to Christopher Tin’s song cycle and debut choral/orchestral album Calling All Dawns. With this release, Tin received not one but two Grammy awards, including one specifically for Baba Yetu. This was the first time that music written for a video game received a Grammy.

In other words, Christopher Tin is free to join fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy in saying, “I’m kind of a big deal.” But I suspect he’s too humble for that.

After doing some fun projects in the following years, Mr. Tin returned to the choral-orchestral work that made Calling All Dawns so great. No, sadly, none of the music in 2014′s The Drop That Contained The Sea is featured in a video game (yet). And seriously, why is this music not in Civilization V? But I digress.

This new album features ten tracks, following the tradition of CAD by having each song sung in a different language. We’ll explore this album’s in-depth themes and look deep into each track after the jump.

OH! And to tease you into reading this whole article: if you love Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenogears, Chrono Trigger/Cross) you’re going to love at least one of the songs on this album. We all owe more than we can say to the wonderful nation of Bulgaria. (more…)

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Enjoy Chill(y) Beats with chipWINter Wonderland

Enjoy Chill(y) Beats with chipWINter Wonderland

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If you’re looking for some seasonal tunes with a nice wintery feel to them, then you’ll enjoy the newest release from Chiptunes = WIN group with chipWINter Wonderland. The sequel to the original chipWINter release in 2012, this “Pay What Your Want” album features 16 tracks from several fantastic chip artists such as Joshua Morse (Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned), Rekcahdam (Band Saga) and mastered by Metroid Metal’s Grant “Stemage” Henry! (Toni Leys’ “Borealis Palace” reminds me a bit of a smooth version of “Diamond Dust Zone” from Sonic 3D Blast)

So if you’re needing some chip music with a solstice-swing to it, go grab chipWINter Wonderland and rock your fuzzy socks off! \m|♥♥♥|m/

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Matron Maestras – Winifred Phillips (Spotlight)

Matron Maestras – Winifred Phillips (Spotlight)

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When Brenna first unveiled OSV’s Matron Maestras series, I was over the moon. Gender politics and volatile gaming culture aside, there’s no denying that the world of game music production is dominated by men. I don’t have a full database from which to do calculations (vgmdb doesn’t allow advanced artist search with filters on artist gender and artist type, such as composer arranger performer etc). Anecdotally, however, it seems to me that the West has an even harder time of it than Japan. I can easily name a dozen women composers from Japan; I would be hard-pressed to do the same among American and European VGM composers.

In wanting to support this new article series, I felt it best to highlight the contributions of the award-winning Winifred Phillips. This is a woman who is blazing a trail in the industry, and teaching others how to do it at the same time. No, really, she wrote the book on the matter (the first English-language book on the topic I’ve yet seen). This, in my mind, makes her both a scholar and a visionary, as she is able to adapt from formulaic composition to out-of-the-box creativity as needed.

After the jump, I’ll give you some examples to show you what I mean. And you’ll also see a list of recent accolades Ms. Phillips has received, demonstrating that I’m not the only one recognizing her talent.

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MAGFest 13 Complete Music Lineup

MAGFest 13 Complete Music Lineup

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Viking Guitar Live at MAGFest 12

As of yesterday, the entire music lineup for next month’s Music & Gaming Festival, aka. MAGFest 13 has been completely revealed to the public. The large assortment of musicians and performers consists of 14 featured bands, 9 supporting bands, 15 chiptune artists and 7 DJs, including one of this year’s special guests Yuu Miyaki of Katamari Damacy fame. That’s a whole lot of music to cram into just a few days, so here’s a complete rundown of who’ll be performing on stage:

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