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SUMTHING ELSE TO RELEASE WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

SUMTHING ELSE TO RELEASE WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Dawn of War 3 Cover

Sumthing Else Music Works along with Relic Entertainment and Games Workshop will be releasing the official soundtrack to WARHAMMER 40,000: Dawn of War III this week to digital and streaming outlets. The 18 track album features nearly an hour of game music from BAFTA award winning, EMMY® and Ivor Novello nominated composer Paul Leonard-Morgan (Battlefield: Hardline, Dredd 3D).

Dawn of War III immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they will lead elite hero units and colossal armies to victory, or oblivion. Powerful super walkers will tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle worthy of the iconic Games Workshop® Warhammer 40,000 universe. For more information on Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® III, please visit www.dawnofwar.com.


You can pick up the official soundtrack May 9th digitally on the Sumthing Else website and iTunes and pre-order a physical copy on Amazon.

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Game Music

Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

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Prey Soundtrack from Mick Gordon Available Now

When we last heard from Mick Gordon he was being praised for his driving and powerful soundtrack to 2016’s DOOM. Now he’s back with another dark, sci-fi score to a Bethesda title, Prey. The game launches on May 5th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam but the full soundtrack is available now to stream on Spotify or Apple Music and for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Compared to DOOM there’s a much wider and varied style to his work on Prey with equal tones of isolation, paranoia, and alien terror. The playable demo mostly stood out with the action theme, “The Phantoms”, but listening to the full album imparts a far more pensive and somber vibe. As Arkane Creative Director Raphael Colantonio explains, it’s based on the sound Gordon created for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

“I really enjoyed his work [on Wolfenstein], and specifically the sophisticated guitar arpeggios that stood out as something unique and emotionally powerful,” Colantonio says. “So we talked with Mick about the mood of the game, the fact that it’s in space, and my desire to see some of those arpeggios. Mick came back to me two weeks later with a short test that I really loved. It featured arpeggios that sounded a bit like some of those Sergio Leone Western movies – albeit a more melancholic version – mixed with some ’80s style synths.

The mix was so unique and so adapted to the mood we wanted to convey that it immediately felt like the right direction. I jokingly called the style ‘Western in space,’ and then we used that term as a filter for all of the future music Mick did for Prey.”

The album also includes two vocal tracks — “Semi Sacred Geometry” and “Mind Game” — as well as the previously released track “Everything is Going to be Okay” which is set to the game’s opening credit sequence. These three lend a more uplifting and modern dance feel which Colantonio described as being inspired by “80s Italian disco, like a lot of French DJs have been doing for some time now: Daft Punk, Kavinsky, Justice”.

Take a listen or check out the demo and let us know what you think of the Prey soundtrack (and the game) in the comments below.

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Miscellaneous, Music Production

PopCap Layoffs Highlight the Difficulties of Game Audio Careers

PopCap Layoffs Highlight the Difficulties of Game Audio Careers

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Recently, PopCap Games announced a wave of layoffs at their Seattle development branch to “refocus on new titles and key projects”. There was no confirmation of how many where laid off or what departments saw the cut in staff, but at least one member of their audio team announced their position had been the victim of the downsizing.

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Doujin, Game Music

Dark Electronica Super Metroid Album Released by Ghastly Ghost

Dark Electronica Super Metroid Album Released by Ghastly Ghost

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If you’re jonsing for a taste of Super Metroid music on the heavier electronic side, artist Ghastly Ghost has released a new remix album dedicated to the game.

Hailing from Salem, MA, Ghastly Ghost puts a house trance-like spin on classic Super Metroid fans are familiar with. Those who enjoy dancable eletronica can check out the 19-track album streaming on the artist’s Bandcamp, and purchase the album at the Name Your Price tier. If you find yourself a fan of the artist’s flare, you can check of Ghastly’s music demo also on Bandcamp.

While I find some of the track arrangements to be a bit heavy for my taste, that album art really drew my attention and I give it a solid thumb’s up.

 

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Game Music, Indie Music

Go Behind the Music of Battletech with Composer Jon Everist

Go Behind the Music of Battletech with Composer Jon Everist

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Jon Everist the composer of the soundtracks to Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Shadowrun: Hong Kong, and Necropolis is currently working on the score to HarebrainedSchemes’ Battletech. It’s one on my most anticipated scores for this year, and has been posting videos that take us behind the music. I have shared the playlist above which currently has two videos.

The first video features a simple video of a MIDI mood piece I wrote in a day to accompany a specific portion of the game. This is an (obviously) unfinished version of a track in progress that will later be properly mixed and mastered and added to. This video serves to show that fairly complex moods can be established with rather simple brushstrokes and textures using virtual instruments and analog synths. Future videos will include commentary by myself with a more robust look into what processes I follow when writing a cue for BattleTech (or for anything). This will include live videos of my recordings with orchestra, score overviews, some videos of me smashing keys, pushing buttons and twisting knobs on synths in my studio and some cinematics and snippets of music in the game itself.

Jon Everist, Composer

The second video is much more in depth and the composer dicusses the tools and processes he uses to create mock ups to record with live orchestra. You’ll also hear a few snippets of music coming to BattleTech.

If you have any questions or comments for the composer you can post them directly on YouTube here.

I’m looking forward to seeing more behind the scenes videos added to the playlist. Are you excited for the Battletech soundtrack?

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Experimental, Game Music

Discovering the Vaporwave Sound of CD-i Tetris

Discovering the Vaporwave Sound of CD-i Tetris

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Discovering the Vaporwave Sound of CD-i Tetris

While the modern gaming populace is enjoying the conglomeration of Puyo Puyo Tetris, I’ve suddenly found myself crushing pretty hard on regular old Tetris… for the Philips CD-i. The 1992 release for the largely forgotten CD-i was completely off my radar, even as a kid who desperately, foolishly wanted the interactive/edutainment console. It’s all for the best though, I would never have appreciated Jim Andron’s New Age, proto-Vaporware soundtrack when I was deep into Metal, Industrial and Techno.

Having been turned onto it this week by Matt Hawkins over at Attract Mode, though, I admit I’m totally in love with this soundtrack. For those not familiar, Vaporware is one of many “microgenres” of electronic music fixated on 80’s/90’s nostalgia. I’ve heard it likened to the sound of corporate training videos, on-hold music or elevator music and the crunchy compression of the source material — despite the shiny 224kbps AAC rip — only adds to the wistful 90’s feel for me.

In video game music terms there’s a lot in here that calls up Wave Race 64 and “Dire Dire Docks” from Super Mario 64. I even get a little vibe of The Sims here and there. But don’t expect a touchy-feely remix of the familiar Tetris theme, “Korobeiniki”, the closest thing to sounding “Russian” is the song from the High Score screen. Aside from that it’s a very consistent sound and quite a long playlist at just over 45 minutes, as you’d hope for a soundtrack that accompanies the potentially endless addiction of Tetris.

Anyways, it’s well worn territory at this point and I’m just doing my part to spread the word on some obscure and unique old game music that’s new to me. You can check out the recording above from MaxOfS2D on YouTube or see the game in action here; CD-i Tetris conveniently had no sound effects so every recording puts a focus on the music.

While you’re down here, let us know your favorite Tetris (or Tetris derivative) soundtrack in the comments. CD-i Tetris has jumped pretty high on my list but the top is still reserved for The New Tetris on Nintendo 64.

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Doujin, Game Music

EarthBound Gets Psychokinetic Remix Albums by The Bad Dudes

EarthBound Gets Psychokinetic Remix Albums by The Bad Dudes

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A remix album paying tribute to Nintendo’s MOTHER series titled “Psychokinetic” has been released by video game cover band Bad Dudes. Originally a part of the “You Are Now EarthBound” Kickstarter campaign run by Fangamer in 2014, the album is now available separately for the first time.

“Fangamer’s Kickstarter aimed to deliver the ultimate EarthBound fan’s dream package – a guidebook for the game, a documentary about the effects of EarthBound in the United States, a fan zine, lots of collectible knick-knacks, and our album.
Backer Emile Rosales challenged me by requesting two pieces of short, ambient music from EarthBound to arrange: ‘Crossing Space and Time’ and ‘The Place.’ I drew from my experience playing the game and applying my senses of both wonder and terror as you learn the true nature of this cave and what it means for your party.” – Mustin, Bad Dudes Founder

Separate of the Kickstarter campaign, a limited number of physical copies produced for the campaign are still available, housing both Part 1 and Part 2 of the digital collection in a sleek DVD case alongside a booklet containing credits and track commentary, along with digital copies of the albums available on several digital outlets.

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You can purchase the physical copies of the Psychokinetic double album on the Mustin Enterprises website, with Part 1 and Part 2 being available on both Bandcamp and Spotify.

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Doujin, Game Music

GameLark Releases "Rarities" Tribute to Rare Composers

GameLark Releases “Rarities” Tribute to Rare Composers

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The video game music label GameLark has released a brand new album dedicated to the tribute of the music composers of the games released over the years by video game developer Rare.

Rarities is an album dedicated to the iconic composers of Rare that shaped an entire generation of gamers. Featuring tracks from classic games like Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Donkey Kong Country, as well as Yooka-Laylee, Rarities is sure to scratch that nostalgic itch. Rarities is fully licensed and available on iTunes and other digital retailers.

Featuring arrangements of the music from legendary composers Grant Kirkhope and Davis Wise (We’ll say Robin Beanland and Graeme Norgate too, since both composed Killer Instinct and worked with either Wise or Kirkhope on several other Rare titles featured on this album), Rarities is a 14-track dedication to years of game music memories.

“Rarities is an exciting cornucopia of some of the best platforming games, filled with electronic, rock, metal, and jazz interpretations of the goofiest soundtracks. From start to finish, every song will have you humming along and imagining the googly eyes and talking animals that brought these worlds to life.” – Ro Panuganti, album manager

You can check out Rarities on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and streaming on Spotify.

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Anime, Featured

Turn Up The Dark: TV ANIMATION BERSERK OST (Review)

Turn Up The Dark: TV ANIMATION BERSERK OST (Review)

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The new Berserk TV series aired its first season last year to mixed reviews due to its use of a cell shaded 3D animation technique. In all of the reviews I came across, none had much to say about the music in the series. I have seen the original low budget Berserk anime TV series, the three Golden Age Arc films, played the Dreamcast game and read the manga up to volume 36. I am very familiar with the musical history of the series and actually passed on buying the scores to the trilogy of films by Shiro Sagisu.

However after watching Berserk last year, and listening to the music as it played in the series made this an album I could not pass up. Read on for my thoughts on the latest Berserk musical experience.

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Experimental, Indie Music

A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

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A Link to the Past gets the Analog Synth Treatment

If Luminist’s Metroid: Resynthesized has left you wanting more Nintendo music on analog synthesizers, let me point you to Switched on SNES. It’s the first in a series from producer Will Patterson that aims to bring gaming’s musical masterpieces to new listeners by way of analog synths and drum machines.

The style fits quite well for A Link to the Past, smoothing out the instrumentation of the SNES original without sounding like a near-unrecognizable remix. Unfortunately, and just like Resynthesized, the album is painfully short and runs for just under 15 minutes. In its defense, the album doesn’t promise to rearrange the entire soundtrack and the themes that Patterson has chosen fit his minimal and subdued style in unison. I just wish there could be more of it!

While he may never expand on A Link to the Past, Patterson does have plans to visit more SNES franchises. The album’s Bandcamp page mentions Secret of Mana, Earthbound and Donkey Kong Country as potential upcoming entries. Switched on SNES is available now for $5 on Bandcamp.

What SNES soundtrack would you love to hear given the analog synth treatment? Let us know in the comments below.

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Chip Music, Events, Game Music

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 12 Announced With Band Lineup

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 12 Announced With Band Lineup

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Baltimore’s native game music festival Bit Gen Gamer Fest is returning for it’s 12th iteration this year on July 28th – 30th at the Ottobar.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest, Baltimore’s massive homegrown day-long video game music festival returns for its 12th year to explode your mind with a monstrous lineup of 16 musical acts from all across the country, collected under one roof for a full day of video game music MAYHEM! Enjoy a diverse selection of bands ranging from metal, chiptune, hip-hop, rock, and more while punishing baddies and setting the high score on a curated selection of home console and arcade games.

Launching the event with a solid lineup, the current performers scheduled to play are:

PowerGlove

Bit Brigade

Knight of the Round

X-Hunters

You Bred Raptors?

Rare Candy

Steel Samurai

The Mountain Chiefs

Stupid Idiot

Cowabunga Pizza Time

Garbage Masher

Unicorn Hole

Crunk Witch

Michael Zucker

Wreck The System

DJ Super Sonic

Started in 2005 in Baltimore as a small celebration of game music created by John DeCampos and Chris Baines of former VGM band Entertainment System, Bit Gen grew into a yearly local event. In  2013, it was acquired by MAGFest and became a subsidiary event of the brand, though it still remained under it’s own label.

You can check out more information about Bit Gen XII and purchase advance tickets on the event’s Facebook page.

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Indie Music, Music Production

Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

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Ben Prunty Releases Free Album Created on Stream

Last October Michael posted a roundup of composers who have turned to Twitch and YouTube to broadcast their music creation process to the world. Among them was FTL composer, Ben Prunty, who began streaming the regularly scheduled Music Workbench series earlier this year. Whether you tuned in or not, the results of his streams have now been compiled on the new, free album titled Music Workbench.

“During Music Workbench, I make music live on twitch, talk about my creative and technical processes, and answer questions from viewers. The purpose of the show is to help demystify the music production process, which too often is seen as pure wizardry.”

Ben Prunty

The album offers five tracks that were created during live streams and highlight Prunty’s ethereal electronic style with some nice surprises and deviations to mix things up. There’s also the track “Going to Market” which was created off the air and added as a bonus track. You can grab the album for free from Bandcamp and join Ben Prunty’s Music Workbench streams every Saturday at 2pm PST on Twitch.

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