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The initial run of Brave Wave’s Street Fighter II: The Definitive Soundtrack on vinyl sold out incredibly fast when it was released last November. Nearly a year later, though, the label has announced that Big Wax will be their distributor for all upcoming vinyl releases and the partnership kicks off with a new pressing of Street Fighter II. Pre-orders are available now for the 4-LP box set for roughly $75 which will begin shipping in December.
Brave Wave has also partnered with Mondo who will be carrying Street Fighter II and other upcoming Generation Series releases on their store including next week’s Shovel Knight vinyl. You can pre-order Street Fighter II: The Definitive Soundtrack from Mondo and read up on our previous news story about Shovel Knight’s vinyl release here. And if that Street Fighter album is a little hazy in your memory you can always refresh yourself with our review of the CD album.
Tags: Brave Wave
, Game Music
, Street Fighter II
, Yoko Shimomura
While boning up on the blues for my Mafia III review my searches led me to the fantastic Music Respawn! program from WSHU radio out of Connecticut. Created by Kate Remington, the station’s classical music director, the show is just nearly a year old but has already chatted with some major names. Michael Salvatori on Destiny, Austin Wintory on Abzu, Jason Graves on Farlands, Grant Kirkhope on Yooka-Laylee. Remington has also spoken with performers whose creations combine classical music and video games like The Videri String Quartet, the creators of A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy and even the Los Angeles Jewish Orchestra.
Episodes are typically 30-40 minutes in length, include plenty of music clips and sound just as well produced as any of the NPR shows that WSHU broadcasts. Each episode’s page is also fleshed out with a synopsis, images, videos and more music clips. Most recently she’s spoken with Darren Korb about his work with Supergiant Games, Greg Edmonson on going from Firefly to Uncharted and Chad Seiter’s soundtrack to ReCore. You can follow Music Respawn! online or subscribe through iTunes.
What are some of your favorite game music podcasts or interview shows? Let us know in the comments.
Tags: Kate Remington
, Music Respawn
OCTOBER 6, 2016 – Black Screen Records will release Jonah Senzel’s amazing soundtrack of the critically acclaimed indie game Pony Island on vinyl this November. The bubbling 8bit soundtrack will come on limited edition 180 gram clear and audiophile 180g black vinyl. The artwork was exclusively designed by the game’s creator Daniel Mullins. The soundtrack comes with a free Steam code, which can be used to download full game as well as the mp3 version of the soundtrack on Steam.
“Pony island is a game with two distinct faces: the cheerful outer facade, and the evil lurking under the surface. Most of the soundtrack is based around this idea of the “devil within” that’s present throughout the game. The most fun part of writing the soundtrack was composing really over the top cheerful cutesy Tracks for the cheery sections and then turning around and getting as gritty and evil sounding as possible for the devil sections. For the happy sections I channeled my inner children’s TV composer using fun, light and bouncy melodies played on old school 8bit synths as well as real instruments like the ukulele. – Jonah Senzel; Developer & Composer
A trippy and unique experience that will make the player desperate and stunned at the same time. Pony Island is probably most enjoyable when played without knowing what to expect. Without giving too much away, it can be said that the game works mostly on the meta-level and it will take some time to figure out where the story is heading. A marvelous game for long and sleepless nights that will leave you pondering and amazed, while enjoying it’s varied music that perfectly fits the constant ups and downs of cheerful and vicious moments. For more information on the game visit www.pony-island.com
Pre-order the soundtrack for Pony Island now at WWW.BLACKSCREENRECORDS.COM
Source: Black Screen Records
Tags: Indie Game
, Indie Music
, Jonah Senzel
, Pony Island
On October 7, GameLark will be releasing Mog’s Mixtape; a loving tribute to the Final Fantasy series featuring over 30 artists and 2 hours of covers. The album features music from every main game in the series, from Final Fantasy I to XIV, and even Final Fantasy Tactics. Listeners will enjoy some of the most popular tracks from the series as well as some of the more obscure. With a vast array of genres represented, Mog’s Mixtape is the most dynamic and eclectic album that GameLark has released to date. In fact, the variety and volume of music required a different approach to the album arrangement.
“Given the sheer amount of music on the album, it made sense to separate this into two distinct musical journeys,” says Allen Brasch, GameLark creator and manager. “Disc 1 is a more light-hearted affair with battle themes and beautiful soundscapes. Disc 2 presents a more arduous journey and ends with the Game Over theme. Each disc stands on its own and can be experienced individually or together. It’s really the listener’s choice.” No matter how you decide to listen to this album, the works of Nobuo Uematsu and other composers will come to life in captivating ways. Final Fantasy is a series revered for its music, and with Mog’s Mixtape, we hope to honor that legacy.”
You can find the album upon it’s release on GameLark’s website, and follow them on Twitter for the announcement of when it goes live.
Source: GameLark Remixes
Tags: Arrangements Albums
, Final Fantasy
, Game Music
, Nobuo Uematsu
Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to catch up with everyone’s favorite Irish musical duo. Okay, maybe not everyone’s favorite … there are probably loads of Irish musical duos out there. But if we narrow it down to Irish VGM duos, it might be safer to say that Chris Geehan and Dan Byrne-McCullough of HyperDuck SoundWorks top the category.
In the past few years, their work on Dust: An Elysian Tail and Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 4 have defined their sound and given them a strong fanbase. In the following interview, we get set for what’s to come, as well as how you can win a free digital version of the upcoming Cosmic Star Heroine OST when it arrives (digitally, via Bandcamp) on December 7th of this year. (more…)
, Chris Geehan
, Cosmic Star Heroine
, custom mixtape
, Dan Byrne-McCullough
, HyperDuck SoundWorks
, Laura Shigihara
, Ship to Shore
, Zeboyd Games
If there’s a genre of music I don’t hear often enough in games, it’s the blues. A few titles come to mind that have borrowed the style for a single level or licensed a blues song for a cutscene but very few go all the way with their soundtracks. Even fewer big budget titles these days would dare reach beyond the safety of orchestral bombast that has become the norm. That’s what makes Mafia III (Expanded Game Score) extra special. It comes from a mainstream AAA title in a series whose orchestral soundtracks were already well regarded, bucking the trend of what even fans may be expecting. It’s also an exceptionally listenable album with highs and lows to accompany the drama and action but with a graceful, consistent feel overall.
Tags: 2k Games
, Game Music
, Game Soundtracks
, Jesse Harlin
, Jim Bonney
, Mafia III
Shadow Warrior 2 — the all-new sequel to the 2013 remake of the 1997 original — is coming to PC on October 13th and Devolver Digital has whipped up a very special vinyl EP to accompany the game. Produced by Laced Records, Warrior EP contains the new song “Warrior” from Stan Bush, the man behind rock classic “The Touch” heard in the 1986 animated feature The Transformers: The Movie.
If “Warrior” gets you in the mood to rock out to “The Touch” again, never fear, it’s conveniently located on the same 4-track record. Bush’s “Never Surrender” is also included as is a special rendition of “The Touch” featuring the voice of Shadow Warrior’s star, Lo Wang. Since the album is only four songs long the B-side of the vinyl features a special full-sized screen print, all nestled inside the card sleeve designed by Polish comic artist Michal Sledzinski.
Warrior EP is available for pre-order now from Laced Records for $60 in Deluxe and limited-quantity Gold editions, both of which include a Steam code for Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe to be delivered upon the game’s release, October 13th. Vinyl will be shipped out in November.
Any Shadow Warrior or Stan Bush fans in the crowd ready to pick this one up? Or did you have your fill with the SoundCloud tracks above? Let us know in the comments.
Tags: Devolver Digital
, Game Music
, Laced Records
, Shadow Warrior
, Stan Bush
This past Monday was the 30th anniversary of Castlevania, a franchise that has been a cornerstone of video gaming for so many of us since our childhoods. On September 26th, 1986, Akumajo Dracula, or Demon Castle Dracula as it translates, was released for the Famicom Disk System in Japan, and the legendary feud between the Belmont clan and Count Dracula was born.
For me, Castlevania was not only an indulgence of my childhood love of vampire stories and movie monsters, but the music of the series became the baseline for which I rated so many game soundtracks through my life. Granted, I loved my Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe as a Genesis kid, but the soundtracks from the Castlevania series stuck with me, and impacted a lot of how I perceived game music from childhood to adult hood. If I played it at 8 or 28, the series soundtracks are hands down my favorite of any game franchise.
Thus, in a bit of self-indulgence and as a tribute to 30 years of whip-cracking, wall meat-finding, vampire-slaying goodness, I’ve made a list of my favorite music from each game in Castlevania‘s lifetime; from the very first game all the way through to Lords of Shadow. (I’m omitting the Pachislot games as they’re basically all re-used music and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate since I never played it) Granted, OSV has covered the music of Castlevania several times before, but consider this a brief perusing through of the history of the franchise’s music in all its iterations.
Be ye warned; here there be fangirling.
, Game Music
, Game Soundtracks for Your Soul
, Hidehiro Funauchi
, Kinuyo Yamashita
, Michiru Yamane
, Oscar Araujo
, Satoe Terashima
Just like they did last year for Mario’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo has just released a massive 2-disc album chronicling the history of the Legend of Zelda series. The 30th Anniversary: The Legend of Zelda Game Music Collection contains 93 tracks and hits every major release in the series including the Game Boy Color editions and the most recent installment of Tri Force Heroes. The first pressing also comes in a deluxe package with sixteen interchangeable covers, one representing each entry in the series. Play-Asia still has copies available for $38.99 as of this writing.
And if you’re in the mood to reminisce about the Zelda’s of yore while listening you can pick up the dazzling Legend of Zelda Hyrule Graphics 30th Anniversary Book for $54.99. It’s filled with over 2,000 character images and illustrations from the same landmark entries in the series as the music album.
Check out some more details on the album from vgmdb and some images from the art book inside.
, Game Music
, Koji Kondo
, The Legend of Zelda
Square Enix Music Japan has announced that they will release a NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray on December 16, 2016 featuring music composed by Keiichi Okabe and Keigo Hoashi. The Blu-ray will feature recordings of the sold out NieR Concert from this April 16, 2016 was held at EX THEATER ROPPONGI. The announcement page details that the performers included Vocalists: Emi Evans, Nami Nakagawa, J’Nique Nicole, on Piano: Keigo Hoashi (MONACA). on Guitar: Takanori Goto and on Strings: Takanori Goto. The Blu-ray will also include some portions of the discussion from the event.
The track listing has also been revealed, and it appears that there are a total of 13 tracks, two of them featuring music from the new game NieR: Automata.
Light Roh Fubuki Kuoka
Inishienouta / Devol
Folly Kashii machine
NieR: Automata New BGM # 1
NieR: Automata New BGM # 2
Ashes of Dreams
Inishienouta / fate
Square Enix Music Japan
You can see the official announcement page for the Blu-ray on Square Enix Japan’s page, and you can pre-order it from their store right now for 10% discount price of 4704 Japanese Yen, Regular Price is 5184 Yen on Amazon Japan. The music from the concert will also be available on CD, but as of now it seems you can only get the CD version by pre-ordering the collector’s edition of NieR: Automata which is due out February 23, 2016. You can see the known details about that CD on the Video Game Music Database here.
Will you be pre-ordering this Blu-ray or the CD version in the collector’s version of NieR: Automata?
Tags: Emi Evans
, J'Nique Nicole
, Keigo Hoashi
, Keigo Hoashi (MONACA)
, Keiichi Okabe
, Nami Nakagawa
, Takanori Goto
When creating music with virtual instruments, there are plenty of tools out there for getting authentic acoustic instrument sounds. There’s an almost endless list of software for emulating strings, brass, woodwinds, and other western instruments. However, it can get a little trickier when looking for a specific instruments from other parts of the world. There are ethnic instrument sets out out there, but the libraries rarely allow for the same amount of precise performance control as their western instrument sample library counterparts.
Impact Soundworks is taking a shot at filling this need with their new Ventus: Ethnic Winds series of instruments, the first of which is a sample library of the Shakuhachi. For this review, I’ll be taking a look at the software’s different patches (or default load-outs), the various controls and functions available, and how intuitive the software is for the average user. So without further delay, let’s take a look at the Ventus Series: Shakuhachi. (more…)
Tags: Impact Soundworks
, Sample Libraries
, Ventus Series
, Virtual Instruments
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The North American anniversary of the launch of the iconic Nintendo 64 console is coming up this Thursday, and it’s not going uncelebrated. The folks over at Patient Corgi (Super VG Christmas Party, SOUND WAVES: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin) decided to put together a massive fan tribute album to mark the momentous occasion!
Tribute Album 64 will be a huge 87-track mega album done by a large assortment of bands and musicians within the video game music community over five discs covering the greatest the Nintendo 64 had to offer us all.
“Some of the most beloved themes in all of video game history were born on this console from the minds of great composers like Koji Kondo, Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, Kazumi Totaka, Graeme Norgate, and so many others. We’re incredibly thankful for the astounding number of talented bands and artists that have teamed up with us to pay tribute to the music of this iconic system, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result. Be sure to check out the contributors’ websites for more great music (and the same goes for the original composers). Enjoy, and thanks for listening!”— Ian Luckey, Producer
An astounding number of bands and artists is right. Patient Corgi have been kind enough to share with OSV the final track listing for Tribute Album 64, which you can see after the cut!
Tags: Arrangement Album
, Game Music
, Nintendo 64
, Patient Corgi
, Tribute Album 64