The fine people over at OverClocked ReMix have released their 51st community arrangement album in the form of Final Fantasy II: Rebellion. If you couldn’t already guess from the title, the album covers Nobuo Uematsu’s music from the 1988 Famicom title Final Fantasy II. There are a total of twenty-one tracks from a group of eighteen different artists, with a wide range of music styles including folk, jazz, heavy metal, and many more.
Artists and groups contributing on this new album include Jeff Ball, Viking Guitar, XPRTNovice, and Sixto Sounds. Like previously released OverClocked ReMix community projects, Final Fantasy II: Rebellion is available for free download in a variety of formats. So if you have any interest in hearing some new interpretations of some classic Final Fantasy music, be sure to give this album a listen. You can check out Final Fantasy II: Rebellion on the album’s main page.
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.
There are not that many video game soundtracks that I have been anticipating but today I got a serious soundtrack vibe. As E3 is approaching there have been numerous hopes and speculation about the Japan Studio and Team Ico’s The Last Guardian. Every year for the past few years at the beginning of June I dutifully revisit the two breathtaking trailers for the game. There’s the E3 2009 trailer which runs about 4 minutes, and there’s the Tokyo Game Show 2010 trailer that runs about 2 minutes. In the first trailer there are no mentions of who will be handling the music for the game but, it does mention that the Sound Design is being handled by Tsubasa Ito.
So being the curious type I try to look for hints, and clues about who will be doing the music for the game. As Kow Otani composed the now classic score for Shadow of the Colossus in 2005 my sights are on him. Secrecy in the Japanese game industry is legendary, and it may be nothing but it looks like Tsubasa Ito recently started following Kow Otani on Twitter. I may be grasping at feathers here, but one can dream right?
Are you anticipating any video game soundtracks for games that might be announced at E3 this year?
For This Week in Random, there’s some neat little tidbits to look forward to in the near future!
This up, the Kickstarter campaign for the game Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter looks like it very well might make it’s goal on it’s second go-around. With 56 hours left in the campaign, the game is less than a grand away from basic funding, and in order to encourage some last-minute backing, a giveaway of a separate OST of the game’s composer Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana) is happening for a handful of lucky backers.
The next 100 Backers to do this will receive a digital copy of this amazing album by our legendary composer himself! Consisting of 13 tracks, the album is divided into two halves: “PULSE” is 21th century classical acoustic music in minimal style. “PICO PULSE” is electronic music in 8bit chiptune style. The result is captivating and strangely beautiful to listen to.
So if you haven’t backers Unraveled yet, you might want to in order to be one of the lucky few to get this album included, and even if not, it’s certainly an excellent album to check out regardless!
If you’re a fan of the older Final Fantasy game’s scores, you’ll soon be in luck. Overclocked Remix will soon be launching Rebellion: Inspired by Final Fantasy II. Directed by artist Brandon Strader, the album will feature several artists and regular OCR arrangers remixing songs from the 1988 game Final Fantasy II. You can check out the OCR-hosted trailer for an idea of what to expect.
The album will be dropping on Monday, June 8th on Overclocked Remix. Check out the trailer for a taste of what to expect and mark your calendars if you’re a hardcore FF2 fan itching for some classic tunes reborn!
In this edition of Game Soundtracks For Your Soul I am looking back at the music of two of the best multi-player games of my early gaming life. My brother was much better at video games than I was but often he was player 2, and we both drank heavily from the Nintendo Kool-Aid jar. We spent hours playing many two player games on Nintendo and Super Nintendo, but two in particular stood out musically. One is in my opinion, a Capcom classic and only recently did I learn that they made a sequel. The other game is now one of the rarest Super Nintendo titles and one of the most treasured games in my cartridge collection.
Here are my thoughts on the music of Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers composed by Harumi Fujita, and the music of Metal Warriors by Eric Swanson.
If you’re not a patron of social or browser-based gaming, then you might not know what Plarium is, but you have at least one reason to do so now. The free online social gaming hotspot features a slew of MMO strategy games to play from your desktop. Not enough? It will now have a soundtrack arranged by long-time game composer, Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands).
Five Worlds of Plarium is an 11-track compilation album released by Sumthings Else Music Works that feature’s Kyd’s distinct musical signature spread across the five games that comprise Plarium’s lineup, which features genres spanning from fantasy to sci-fi MMO’s. Being a master of creating everything from grand theatrical melodies to subtle, refined rhythm, Kyd’s mark can definitely be heard within the music he’s composed for Plarium.
“It’s a really diverse collection reflecting my interest in combining different music styles but they all share a sense of creative fun and adventure. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did writing them.”
The album drops on June 2nd for iTunes, Amazon and Sumthing Else for around $6.99 for the complete album and can be pre-ordered. You can also follow the album by checking the hashtag #5WorldofPlarium on Twitter.
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…)
If you’re a fan of fantasy RPGs such as Dragon Age: Origins, then you’ll be happy to know that the upcoming D&D game from n-Space and Digital Extremes, Sword Coast Legends, will have the same composer as many of the staples of the genre.
Two-time winning BAFTA nominated composer Inon Zur (Icewind Dale II, Baldur’s Gate: Throne of Bhaal) will be in charge of the music for the new game, set within the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe by Wizards of the Coast. This would seem to be a great fit for the composer, as his history with providing power orchestrations within similar games such as EverQuest makes him a great fit. The game’s music has been recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Zur at the helm.
“Throughout his career, Inon’s music has been integral to many of the game industry’s most memorable experiences and has raised the bar on what we expect from a video game score today. His ability to capture the player’s experience through his music is second to none,” said Dan Tudge, President of n-Space and Director of Sword Coast Legends. “It’s wonderful to see Inon return to Dungeons & Dragons and the Forgotten Realms setting, where I’m confident our deep story, compelling characters, and rich environments will inspire one of Inon’s most memorable works to date.”
Source: Top Dollar PR
To get a taste of what to expect from Zur, you can check out any of his previous works, such as Dragon Age: Origins. A master of creating powerful melodic orchestrations that simply ooze fantasy-adventure feel to them, fans of the Dungeons & Dragon games can bet on good things coming for Sword Coast Legends.
Sword Coast Legends will be on sale for PC later this year, and is currently on pre-order for Steam for $34.99, along with digital deluxe and collectors editions. For more on Inon Zur’s musical repertoire, you can check out his website or follow him through social media.
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.
Of the various subjects that we like to cover on Original Sound Version, we occasionally turn our attention to the music tech side of game music. While our focus is primarily on the soundtracks and arrange/remix albums for game music, we also feel it’s important to review and examine some of the tools available to musicians, remixers, and composers. With that in mind, today we will be taking a look at Pearl Concert Grand, a new piano sample library from Impact Soundworks.
Pearl Concert Grand initially caught my attention because, being a composer myself, I’m always on the lookout for more realistic sounding piano libraries to use on my projects. Due to my classical music background, I have some very high standards for the quality of orchestral sample libraries. Piano sample libraries in particular have always had shortcomings in my experience. After years of performing on real pianos, I’ve never been able to find a decent substitute when using digital pianos or samples for performance or for composing. Technology for samples and digital sounds have certainly improved over the years, and Pearl Concert Grand is one of the more recent attempts to capture the true sound of the piano in a sample library. So with my high standards and a healthy dose of skepticism in mind, let’s take a look at this new piano sample library from Impact Soundworks. (more…)
The Kickstarter to the spiritual sequel of the Castlevania series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, has now revealed it’s increased its big-hitting lineup of musical talent!
On top of veteran Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane and MegaMan composer/sound producer Ippo Yamada being the pair originally slated to create Bloodstained’s soundtrack, now a mini-stretch goal has been revealed that Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Shantae) will be lending his talent with composing 8-bit masterpieces to the game’s growing ensemble, right beside Yamane and Yamada.
I personally follow Jake on Twitter and had joked with him when the Kickstarter launched about how fantastic it would be to see him added to the game’s music talent. His work with the music of Bloodrayne: Betrayal has long been a highlight to Castlevania fans of Kaufman’s ability to create gothic and charged pieces that would fit right into a Castlevania title. To see that actually come true is a real treat.
Though requiring the $2.62M mark to actually solidify Kaufman’s inclusion in the game, with the trend that the campaign is creating, it’s a pretty sure bet. Those who haven’t pledged to the Kickstarter yet can nip over to Igavania.com to check out the growing additions to the game’s lineup, and can also sample Kaufman’s works (including Bloodrayne: Betrayal) on his Bandcamp. You can be sure as the game becomes funded and progresses that we’ll be featuring more about it’s composers and music in the coming months.