When we last checked in with Chime Sharp it was racing towards its Kickstarter goal last July. Having been fully funded the game was launched on Steam Early Access in November and will see its final release on Steam by the end of this month. Today, publisher Chilled Mouse and Chime co-creator, Ste Curran, have announced the full list of artists whose music will be at the core of the game’s fifteen stages. The list looks to hit a good mix between electronic and acoustic styles with contributions from the following artists:
For those that don’t remember the 2010 original, the team sums it up perfectly as a “crossover between a music sequencer and Tetris”. Utilizing a sweeping time bar Chime hits that same hypnotic, rhythmic euphoria as the classic music puzzler Lumines as players slot pieces into formations to clear them from the screen in time with the music.
Chime Sharp offers new modes, new music and a sharp (whoops, didn’t see that coming) new visual presentation to bring its classic gameplay up to date.
E3 2016 is rapidly approaching and we want to hear from you. What are your most anticipated game and most importantly, soundtracks?
After E3 finished last year I created a Top 10 list of my most anticipated soundtracks which you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Since writing that list only 3 of those games have been released, and some will be making an appearance this year. Those that did come out were Unravel, I Am Setsuna (in Japan) and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The remaining 7 titles on my list were: No Man’s Sky, Recore, Final Fantasy VII:REMAKE, Shenmue III, Nier: Automata, Dreams, and The Last Guardian.
A lot of rumors have been flying around as of late including the possibility of a Skyrim remastering, and the possibility of a new Red Dead series game.
Let us know what game or soundtrack you’re most excited about!
Impact Soundworks has been busy recently in creating the perfect sample library for the retro game music enthusiast; Super Audio Cart! Eight years in the making, Super Audio Cart aims to be the go-to sample library for both retro game music composers and hobbists.
The most complete set of classic video game samples ever produced. Features seven legendary systems from the 70s to early 90s, unparalleled accuracy, and a powerful synth engine to transform them into a limitless variety of modern sounds.
The library features sample from the NES, SNES, GB, 2600, C64, SMS, GEN and over 1,000 presets to be used with Kontakt and recorded with actual console hardware.
“Super Audio Cart is without doubt the best plugin for all your chiptune needs, it’s got the lot and they’re all glorious!! Having all these authentic sounds in one place is the best idea since someone said, ‘Let’s put a rap in Donkey Kong’ … oh wait.” – Grant Kirkhope (Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie)
If you’re a vinyl enthusiast and an appreciator of indie game music, then record label Ghost Ramp has just the thing to tickle your fancy; a car-shaped record for their release of the soundtrack to the PC driving game Drift Stage.
The 7-inch vinyl is available for pre-order for $15 and features the track “Applied Dynamics” on Side A, and track “Touge Run” on Side B. The cyberpunk-inspired music by Hugh Myrone can also be bought on Bandcamp for $2.
Drift Stage is a modern evolution of the classic arcade racer, bringing the gameplay up to date a bit while keeping the late 80’s style intact.
In these street races, speed reigns supreme. The art of the drift is easy to learn and immediately fun, but it’s true depth and challenge are hard to master.
The game itself is currently in early alpha-demo and can be downloaded on the game’s website for public play. You can check out more on the game’s development on their official Twitter, and more on the game’s soundtrack on Myrone’s Twitter.
Following up the Splatoon soundtrack album from 2015 comes a new official collection of live performances from the in-game idol group, the Squid Sisters. The tracks come from two shows that the duo put on earlier this year in Japan which the majority of the world was only able to see over livestreamarchives.
Along with recordings from the Niconico Tokaigi and Choongakusai music festival venues, SPLATOON LIVE IN MAKUHARI will include in-game music not included on the original soundtrack as well as a demo version of “City of Color” and two bonus songs: “Tokimeki * Bomb Rush” from Callie and “Sumisoae no Yoru” from Marie.
Play-Asia has the CD up for pre-order now for $29.99 and it’s expected to ship on July 13th. If you can’t wait for more jammin’ Splatoon music you can always fall back on GameChops’ fan arrangement album, Splatunes, from last June.
During the past month we’ve asked our readers about the first game soundtrack they ever listened to and about the first game music arrangement that they had heard. This week, I’d like to pose a more specific question to game music remix fans out there. Since starting up the Arrangement of the Week posts on OSV last year, I’ve listened to a tons of game pieces reimagined and remixed into a variety of styles. As a result I began to notice a pattern in favorite tracks among remix artists. One of these trends is the frequent covering of Donkey Kong Country’s “Aquatic Ambiance” by composer David Wise. So the question for this week is: What Is Your Favorite Remix of Aquatic Ambiance?
It’s not hard to understand why this track in particular gets so much attention. The original’s ethereal tone makes it great for chill electronic interpretations like “A Hint of Blue” by artists Gibs and Mordi. At the same time the track’s memorable melodies make it a good candidate for metal covers like ToxicEternity’s “Aquatic Shrediance.”
While I’ve enjoyed a number of great ambient electronic and rock versions of the classic Donkey Kong Country track, I’ve also heard a few great acoustic versions. Gentle Love’s saxophone and piano duet interpretation off their album Perscription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies is one that instantly comes to mind. Part of the appeal to me for this version is the generous amount of time devoted to improvisation with the material, a feature which is present on the entire game arrangement album.
“Aquatic Ambiance” has seen many arrangements and there’s no doubt that I’ve heard only a fraction of what’s out there. Music remix site OC ReMix boasts sixteen different arrangements of the piece alone (as of this writing), and there are tons of other interpretations floating around on YouTube and Soundcloud. So do you have a favorite remix or arrangement of “Aquatic Ambiance” that you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments!
Disney Interactive and Sumthing Else Music Works have come together to release the soundtrack to the action-adventure runner game based on the franchise of the same name, TRON Run/r. The game, release earlier this year and available on PS4, XBox One and Steam, features a completely new score composed by Giorgio Moroder and Raney Shockne, and remixes by Autechre, Bibio, Darkstar, patten, Plaid and Rusko.
If you don’t recognize the name, Giorgio Moroder is an Italian record producer, songwriter and DJ who, at age 76, is credited with pioneering synth disco and electronic music. He credited with writing songs performed by some of the biggest names in music such as David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Blondie and Donna Summer and is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich where bands such as Queen and Led Zepplin recorded. In terms of video games, he’s produced themes such as Grand Theft Auto III and Scarface: The World Is Yours, among others.
“If you go back to the sound of original electro disco in the ’70s, Giorgio is right at the heart of it. He’s been pushing electronic music his whole career. We wanted to nod to the first film as well as the later incarnations of the series.” – Christopher Nicholls, TRON Run/r Executive Producer
The 14-track complete album can be purchased at Sumthing Else for $9.99. You can learn more about the game on their website, and more about composer Giorgio Moroder including his discography and his history with electronic music and more on his personal site.
Furi has been a game I’ve been anticipating for the past year. Beyond the uniquely-style game design, the game’s soundtrack will be featuring a bevvy of high-paced electro synthwave music that, based on the trailer, will seemingly really amp up the game’s pace and really mesh with the combat-centric, bullet hell-like gameplay. The likes of French artist Carpenter Brut, Scattle (Super Meat Boy), The Toxic Avenger, Waveshaper and more are debuting 100% new compositions to the game’s soundtrack, giving it the energy and electronic feel the game is tempting players with.
The OST goes on sale June 7th, but you can pre-order the album now in digital format as well as a 2-vinyl LP. Pre-ordering nets you 3 tracks now (Including the above linked track, streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released. The LP features pink and blue vinyls, in a silver print and white glossy folder with art by Takashi Okazaki.
Furi comes to PS4 and PC later this summer, and regardless of whether the game itself tickles your fancy or not, it will at least have some fantastic music to rock your ear-meats with.
OverClocked Remix’s own community house band OverClocked University, who debuted at MAGFest 9 on a OCR panel and performed as a full-fledged band at MAGFest 11, have released their second album “Spring Break DJ Set” in time for Memorial Day!
The follow up to their 2014 debut EP, “Freshman Year“, the new album features ten tracks with upbeat, summer-y tunes from games like Pokemon Black, Bravely Default, Undertale and more!
The sun is shining, the waves are crashing, and there is an umbrella in your drink. It’s gotta be spring break! Get down with the latest OCU release, OverClocked University: Spring Break DJ Set. It’s sunny, it’s synthy, and every track is completely crossfaded to have a continuous playing time, so the party never stops!
Antoine Vachon, a Canadian composer who we profiled last year has recently released three tracks to the upcoming game Mages of Mystralia which is releasing next year. The gorgeous tracks feature Laura Intravia on flute, Mathieu Côté on violin, David Bouchard on Cello and Antoine Vachon on piano. The music very engaging and my personal favorite is the lengthy track just under minutes long titled “Dark Tower”.
Accompany Zia as she strikes off to train and learn to control her magical abilities that had her exiled. Journey across the lands to meet other exiled mages and uncover runes with magical properties that can be combined into millions of different possibilities, letting you come up with completely new and incredible spells! The story is being written by bestselling author Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world for Dungeons and Dragons.
The studio is working on developing its first original innovative game that you will have never seen before in 2017.
After hearing these first tracks from Mages of Mystralia I can wait to hear more. The preview album is available now on bandcamp for name your price. You can read more about the game on it’s official website. What do you think of the music so far?
Ever want to really turn up the immersive experience with your tabletop gaming? How about having custom soundtracks to provide background sounds to your RPGs? That’s the focus of Syrinscape – a sound design app that adds a variety of background sound to your tabletop gaming.
Syrinscape uses a powerful audio engine and complex algorithms to produce ever-changing soundscapes and rich encounter specific music. SoundSets are made up of numerous independently controllable ‘elements’, each representing a component of the audio environment. Each ‘element’ distributes randomly chosen samples into the 3D environment surrounding the listener. All this works together to create immersive sound with no annoying repetitions or patterns.
As the product’s website and the introductory Youtube video highlight, you can use samples from a variety of landscapes and settings including fantasy, gothic, cyberpunk and more. The Syrinscape player itself if free to download, and you purchase individual soundsets in their store or purchase a monthly subscription to access all soundsets in their library as well as any future releases as they come out. Some soundsets are for specific tabletop games, as their most recent release, A Song of Silver SoundPack, is the “complete audio solution for the fourth chapter of the Pathfinder RPG Adventure Path: Hell’s Rebels.”
The app can be run on PC, Mac, tablet or even smartphone and custom tailored for specific sound experiences within individuals tabletop games. You can check out more on their website or Facebook page.