On September 6, 2016 during a Facebook Live video stream, Brain Transeau (BT) announced that Electronic Opus is getting an official CD, and Blu-ray Audio release. The Blu-ray will be pure audio, and feature three audio mixes: Stereo, 5.1 and a 9.1 Auro 3D mix. If you’re not sure what 9.1 Auro 3D sound is, it adds 4 additional speakers or points of sound above you for a more immersive sonic experience. In order to listen to the mix in 9.1 you will require special audio equipment. However, I’m just excited to be able to listen to the album in 5.1! You can check out my full review of BT’s Electronic Opus here as I was able to snag a CD produced from the Kickstarter campaign.
The mix was created by Daniel Shores of Sono Luminus Studios which is according to its website located in the nearly 100-year-old former Emmanuel Episcopal Chapel in rural Boyce, VA, the studios are a world-class recording facility with a special focus on classical and acoustic music. Studio A boasts a 25 foot vaulted wood ceiling over a 35’x65′ original heart pine floor, providing a beautiful natural acoustic. Sono Luminus specializes in the highest caliber of audio quality with the capability of recording 24 simultaneous channels of audio with sample rates up to DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) 352kHz/24bit or DSD (Direct Stream Digital). Here’s a shot of a tweet from Mr. Shores:
You can pre-order both the CD Album for $13.99, and Blu-ray Audio version from Amazon for $19.95. The expected release date is September 30, 2016. And if you’re by chance located in Canada the I noticed that the Blu-ray Audio version on Amazon Canada has a great pre-order price of just $16.07CAD, I already pre-ordered my copy.
Is Electronic Opus on Blu-ray Audio something you’d like to hear?
There’s been a lot of Gamechops material coming out lately, and a lot of Pokémon activity going on in the gaming world. It thus just makes sense that the two would eventually combine.
For your viewing pleasure, you can check out Grimecraft‘s interesting take on the Pokémon bike theme paired with footage from the games, cartoon series, and custom CG segments by Curse Gamepedia. (And an additional little musical shoutout at the very end.)
The music comes from Grimecraft’s 2013 PokéEP, which you can grab for free over on his Bandcamp page.
Announced just a few weeks ago, Square’s performance of Final Fantasy XV music at the historic Abbey Road Studios really snuck up on us. The one-hour show, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with an appearance by composer Yoko Shimomura, airs live from London tonight at 7pm. That’s 2pm EST today on the East Coast!
There really aren’t many more confirmed details aside from the links to watch the show for yourself live on YouTube and Twitch later today.
I personally love it when games of long-past systems make news decades after their time. In this case, the soundtrack to the Game Boy Color RPG, Infinity, has now received a proper soundtrack release thanks to the efforts of the Materia Collective and composer Eric Hache with sound engineer Mathew Valente.
The game itself was only recently released after years of being in development hell, as developer Affinix continued to struggle to release the game despite the GBC being long past its prime and the company going defunct. Last month, the ROM for the game was released to the public, and now sees its soundtrack available for the first time through Bandcamp, iTunes and soon to be released on Spotify.
“We would like to thank our team at Affinix Software foremost for their efforts in developing this special game. We would also like to thank our families, friends, and Materia Collective for making this release possible! We are excited to bring this soundtrack to RPG fans everywhere and hope you all enjoy it!” – Eric Hache & Mathew Valente
Infinity is currently open source and 90% done, with Affinix stating it has plans to finish the game but encourages fans to build upon the game themselves. You can learn more about the soundtrack itself on the Materia Collective website.
A little something for your Friday before the holiday weekend! The 30th anniversary of Metroid is something to celebrate all the rest of the year, and GameChops has made no exceptions. Musician and artist Varien has created a funky, dubstep-like original tribute to Metroid, with a video that combines footage from “The Sky Calls” by Rainfall Films and gameplay cinematics from Metroid Prime.
Whether you’re a dubstep fan or not, the video is still a great piece of work and a commendable homage to Metroid and it’s legacy.
Canadian Composer, Leonard J. Paul just put The Beep Movie Soundtrack up for pre-order on bandcamp. The full soundtrack releases on September 16, 2016, and here’s what he had to say about the creation of the Beep Movie Soundtrack:
Nearly two years in the making, this 100+ minute soundtrack is a true labour of love to support the “Beep” movie (BeepMovie.com) by Karen Collins. It is my first film soundtrack since the release of the soundtrack of the “The Corporation” by Mark Achbar, which has become the highest-grossing Canadian documentary to this date.
The “Beep” soundtrack is likely the first feature length procedural music film score in history and most of the songs are entirely produced using the open source visual scripting language Pure Data. Each song uses mathematics to both create the sounds of all the instruments as well as improvise on my musical patterns to generate a different performance each time the song is played. Many thanks to cellist Peggy Lee for her heartfelt improvisations on several songs on the album. If you enjoy the music, please consider supporting the album with a purchase and by letting your friends know about the album. Many thanks to those who have supported us already.
-Leonard J. Paul
You can listen to the first fews track through the link below. I for one am very impressed with the groovy third preview track “Half Steppin’ – Freaky DNA”.
You can pre-order The Beep Movie Soundtrack on bandcamp for $7.99 CAD, which is about $6 USD. All pre-orders include immediate access to the 5 preview tracks. If you need some more Canadian content in your life (and who doesn’t) Leonard J. Paul has you covered.
The Beep Movie (Beep: A Documentary History of Game sound) will be released digitally, on DVD and Blu-ray on September 30, 2016 and can find links to pre-order it and the soundtrack on it’s official site here.
PAX West 2016 is only a few days away, and you can expect a top-notch assortment of concerts and video game music panels this year! Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to see if you’re attending this year’s event so you can be sure to “catch ’em all”, so to speak.
Friday Night (8:30pm – 11:30pm PDT)
Video Game Pianist
Saturday Night (8:30 – 11:30pm PDT)
Super Guitar Bro.
OC Remix: Video Game Music Community/Lovers of Greatness (11:00am PDT – Chicken Theater)
The Business of Geek Music (11:00am PDT – Hippogriff Theater)
Maestros of Video Game Music (10:00am PDT – Sphinx Theater)
Autograph Session – Maestros of Video Game Music (11:30am PDT – Autograph Area)
Video Game Music Trivia (8:30pm PDT – Chipmunk Theater)
Majoring in VG Music: How to Put On a Game Music Concert (2:00pm PDT – Hippogriff Theater)
As you can see, there’s a good amount of segments related to video game music, composers and the industry to check in on. You can check out more about the huge variety of panels at PAX West 2016 on their website, including the concerts and panel descriptions.
Attending PAX West 2016? Let us know what you’re most excited for, and come back after to tell us what you thought!
The prequel to the retro roguelike shoot ’em up Starr Mazer, titled Starr Mazer DSP, has made it to Steam Early Access and is available now to tantalize your fingertips and your earholes.
“Main Theme” (Preview) – Starr Mazer DSP
“For Starr Mazer DSP’s soundtrack, we’re doing a Venn diagram of music styles: combining the moody-melodic Starr Mazer sound with the ’80s style ‘Outrun‘ sub-genre of synth-wave. Inspirations include demoscene musicians like Lizardking, ’80s European disco records, arcade soundtracks like U.N. Squadron, and a visit to Miami. The main Stage 1 theme was written while on that trip.” – Alex Mauer, Starr Mazer DSP composer
Released by Imagos Softworks and PLAYISM, the “retro-sexy” soundtrack—combining electronic, chiptunes, and synthwave stylings imagined by Mauer is also available. You can currently save 10% on Starr Mazer DSP through Steam Early access until September 1st, and can learn more on the Starr Mazer DSPwebsite.
Last week we reported on the release of the soundtrack to Obduction a new game from Cyan Worlds, the creators of the original classic games Myst and Riven. Robyn Miller composed the music for Obduction and he graciously took the time to talk to Original Sound Version about composing the score.
In our interview Robyn Miller provides insight on how he became a part of the project, his approach to scoring the game, and his favorite tracks on the album. He also answers a question I’ve had for years about the Cyan introduction music. Read on for our extensive interview and listen to tracks from the score that formed part of our discussion.
Fans of the four-part string band known as Triforce Quartet may now rejoice, as the group has officially released their second album!
Ultima Phantsia is the follow up to the group’s debut album, The Legend of the Triforce Quartet in 2014. The ten track album features heavy tribute to the Final Fantasy games, in line with the album’s title. It also includes arrangements of Mega Man X, Civilization IV and even a bonus track mashup of themes from The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, just to round out the nerdery of the album.
Super Smash Bros Wii U – “Main Theme” (Triforce Quartet)
The album release comes right before the group’s performance at the upcoming PAX West 2016. You can order the album directly from the group’s website, or purchase it digitally through iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.
The Obduction Original Soundtrack was released on August 24, 2016 along with the game. Robyn Miller co-created and wrote the music for both Myst and Riven: The Sequel to Myst, and this marks his return to composing music for a Cyan Worlds title. After E3 2016 the Obduction soundtrack made my list as one of my most anticipated soundtracks. You can listen to the 28 track album through the bandcamp link below.
At my first listen I can firmly say that Robyn Miller’s return to scoring for video games is a welcome one. The album cover is also an impressive work of art. You can also watch the official launch trailer for the game featuring Robyn Miller’s music.
You can purchase digital copy of the soundtrack on bandcamp for $7. You can also purchase the full game for $29.99 at the official Obduction page. Stay tuned to Original Sound Version for more on the Obduction soundtrack next week when we’ll share our interview with composer Robyn Miller.
The fun just keeps on coming in terms of vinyl releases of classic video game soundtracks. (With some turning out better than others.) At the top of the VGM record leaderboards, Data Discs has revealed their seventh official release in collaboration with SEGA of Japan. The soundtracks to both Golden Axe and Golden Axe II will be pressed to vinyl, and will include high-quality lithographs from both games, along with artwork from the Japanese release featured for the cover sleeve.
The first Golden Axe game was composed by Tohru Nakabayashi (Altered Beast, Thunder Blade) in 1989, with Naofumi Hataya (Sonic CD, Burning Rangers) jumping in to compose for Golden Axe II in 1991. Both soundtracks featured battle-ready music with grim undertones that played well with both games’ Conan the Barbarian-like themes.
The vinyl will be released by Data Discs on August 27th in both classic and golden standard editions, as well as a limited edition gold with purple swatches.
I for one will be standing at the ready for that limited edition, ready to bequeath Data Discs my love (and money.) Golden Axe was one of the first games I ever played when it came on the Sega 6-PAK and I played the heck of of it and its sequel, so it holds a special place in my heart and there’s no doubt in my mind that Data Discs are the right people for the job in remastering both soundtracks to vinyl.
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