For this entry of Arrangement of the Week, we’ll be looking at an arrangement from a more recent game. The Last of Us, like many great games, boasts a wonderful score. The game’s main theme “The Last of Us” is a beautiful and mournful piece from composer Gustavo Santaolalla, that sets the mood for the game’s world and story perfectly.
The arranger for this week’s selection is nckmusic who presents his own acoustic interpretation of the main theme from The Last of Us.
Much of what nckmusic does with music isn’t too far from the tone of the original soundtrack. If anything, this version is much more solemn. The arrangement begins with the piano playing the opening arpeggios that were previously performed on guitar. When the strings come in to accompany, they create a haunting ambient boom in the lower register, helping build on the sorrowful atmosphere. At 1’37” a solo cello enters with another solemn presentation of the original melody.
What I like most about this arrangement is how small scale and intimate it stays. While later parts of the track do build up with percussion, and even a few siren effects, it maintains its haunting and somber tone throughout. Overall, a wonderful adaptation of an already excellent piece of music.
Have any favorite game music arrangements, remixes, or covers? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out nckmusic’s “The Last of Us” arrangement on OC ReMix.
On November 13, 2015, Cyan’s kick-started game Obduction, a spiritual successor to the hit Myst series announced on their developer blog that none other than Robyn Miller will be composing the music! Robyn Miller famously composed the music to the original Myst game, and its sequel Riven. In fact these were the first video game scores I ever owned on CD.
The blog also provided a shot of Robyn Miller’s work space where you can see he’s already begun writing the score. No samples of the music have been released yet but if you missed it, Robyn Miller re-mastered the soundtrack to the original Myst game which is still available for purchase over at Loudr.
If you want to be notified when pre-orders are available you can sign up with the Obduction team here. Keep checking back with us here at OSV for news on this soundtrack as I’m very eager to hear it!
Do you have any of the soundtracks from the Myst series? Is this a soundtrack you’re looking forward to?
Chozo Legacy is the latest release by music producer and game remixer bLiNd, released through record label GameChops. It’s a 10-track album featuring music from the SNES game Super Metroid remixed in a variety of electronic house, trance, and techno music styles. The album sets out to be more than just an assortment of remixed tracks though, and it achieves this goal quite well. If you’re a fan of the Metroid series or EDM, read on to learn more.
On November 17, 2015, Intrada Records released on CD the complete soundtrack to the 1975 classic Jaws. The Oscar winning score by John Williams is one of the most iconic film scores of all time. Although its not a video game score, it is a very important release.
The soundtrack is spread across 2 CDs, with the first containing the original film score and some alternate takes, and the second disc containing the original 1975 separately recorded soundtrack and source music from Amity Town Beach. The album is available for $29.99.
With this release Intrada Records has now released all scores to the Jaws series including Jaws 2 also composed by John Williams, Jaws 3-D by Alan Parker, and Jaws The Revenge by Michael Small.
You can purchase all of the soundtracks of the Jaws series on Intrada’s website. I have ordered my copy, is this something you might pick up? Do you have any fond memories of the music from the Jaws series?
I have listened to the Shadowrun :Hong Kong at least 5 times since I received a digital copy to review. The soundtrack spans 28 tracks and is spread across 2 CDs in its physical release.
The music itself is very melodic, uses a variety of instruments combined with unique sounds, and overall presents a very engaging listening experience. Read on to see my thoughts about what I loved so much about this soundtrack and hear some must listen tracks.
OSV readers who’ll be in London on November 28th, take note! REZtron, a pop-up purveyor of social retrogaming events, has booked a very special #SEGASaturday at the world famous Ministry of Sound. It’s an all-Sega night with four generations of consoles represented on grungy CRT TVs and huge projectors. All the hits from the Master System, Mega Drive (Genesis), Saturn and Dreamcast will be playable while DJs spin “Hip Hop, House and Video Game music from the 80’s and 90’s”.
#SEGASaturday starts at 6pm with an after party until 6am (gosh! really?) featuring DJs James Zabiela and Olivier Giacomotto. Early Bird Tickets start at £7.50 and can be purchased through Designmynight.com. Competitions and giveaways sweeten the deal with the promise that you could “win a Mega Drive” while playing these and other classic Sega games: Golden Axe, OutRun, Space Harrier, Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage 2, Alien Storm, Sonic 2, Thunderforce III, Virtua Racing, Shadow Dancer, World Cup Italia ’90, 8-player Micro Machines 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Wipeout, Virtua Tennis, House of the Dead 2, Rez, Space Channel 5, Soul Calibur.
On November 12, 2015 Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD would be released on March 4, 2016. What caught my eye was that as a pre-order bonus they were offering a copy of the Official Soundtrack to the game. An entry has already been added to the Video Game Music Database for the soundtrack. At this time it is unknown if the soundtrack will be a re-release of the previous 7 track official soundtrack, or something of greater length showcase more of the game’s excellent music by Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta, and Koji Kondo.
You can watch the announcement video below thanks to GameXplain which also features a brief clip from the new Legend of Zelda WiiU to be released sometime in 2016.
Is this something you’ll be pre-ordering solely to get your hands on that soundtrack? I’m considering it! Please share your thoughts on this exciting upcoming release.
Coinciding with this week’s release of the long awaited open-world game Fallout 4, the game’s soundtrack has received a digital release on iTunes. The album contains 65 tracks, all written by award-winning composer Inon Zur.
It should be noted that this album is the orchestral score for the game only, so the you will not find any of the licensed music that’s used for the in-game radio stations on this album. While there’s no official word yet on a physical release or a digital release on other platforms for the soundtrack, you can currently purchase the Fallout 4 OST on iTunes for $15.99.
This week I thought we’d take a break from the electronic dance remixes and listen to something a little more relaxing. The Chrono Trigger soundtrack has a number of memorable and distinct pieces that help make it a favorite of many game music fans. One of the more relaxing tracks from the game is “Secret of the Forest” by composer Yasunori Mitsuda.
Today’s Arrangement of the Week is an ambient electronic remix of the piece, titled “The Depetrification of the Submerged Forest,” by artist Zisotto.
Right from the start the remix sets up a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. Plenty of resonant and slow building synth effects are present to build a relaxing and otherworldly sound. The piece also takes its time building up. It’s not until the 1’25” mark that we even hear the recognizable arpeggios from the original track.
The remix is also fairly long, lasting almost 10 minutes. Part of this is a result of how long Zisotto waits and builds up the synth instruments and atmosphere. It’s not until around 2’42” that the main melody gains some prominence over the rest of the instruments. However, there’s plenty of movement and consistently fresh elements being added to the remix to maintain the listener’s interest. Most of the ambient tones remain present throughout the whole remix, providing a consistently chill vibe all the way through.
Have any favorite ambient remixes, arrangements, or covers of game music? Share them with us in the comments below. You can check out Zisotto’s “The Depetrification of the Submerged Forest” on OC ReMix.
Be it hedgehogs, firefighters or dancing penguins, Yuji Naka’s games frequently feature soundtracks just as memorable as the games themselves. The same holds true for his Prope studio’s latest release, Rodea The Sky Soldier. Released on November 10th for Wii U and 3DS, Rodea features a soundtrack from Takayuki Nakamura and his Brainstorm sound studio.
MAGFest recently announced some additional guests to their upcoming 2016 event lineup. Banner Saga and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate composer Austin Wintory will be joining the previously announced Grant Kirkhope as composer guests.
The Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer has earned himself several credits in the past decade, both for the aforementioned games as well as Journey and Sunset, the former of which netted Austin two more BAFTA nominations and was met with immense critical and commercial success. His MAGFest guest announcement as been released alongside that of MAGFest-regulars, Extra Credits.
MAGFest 2016 kicks off February 18-21st in National Harbor, Maryland and pre-registration tickets are currently $60 until November 30th when the price will increase. Considering the Gaylord and most surrounding hotels have completely sold out of rooms for the event, anyone wishing to attend should pre-register soon in case the event sells out.
A new crowdfunding campaign has been debuted by the composer of of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Star Wars: The Old Republic and others. Wilbert Roget has taken to Kickstarter to help fund his original album, Beyond Libra, which is inspired by anime composers and features several cultural influences.
As a composer for games, I’ve always been influenced by classic Japanese anime and video game scores, with musicians like Yoko Kanno and Jo Hisaishi being some of my biggest inspirations. I’ve always wanted to write music for animation, and so 8 years ago, I embarked on an ambitious album project: I’d write an entire soundtrack for a show that existed only in my imagination, with commissioned artwork to accompany the music and an interplanetary adventure story to bind it all together.
Beyond Libra is a very diverse soundtrack, with songs ranging from j-pop to orchestral, dulcet small ensemble works, and uplifting afrobeat. There is no single “sound” for the album as a whole, but instead, a great variety of genres support the characters’ adventure across several planets and civilizations. – Wil Roget
The album will feature several additional musicians, including Jillian Aversa (Halo, Soul Calibur 5, VideoGamesLive), Offiong Bassey (featured on NPR Radio and The Boston Globe), Raj Ramayya (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) and others. It will also include the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus and several other cultural ensembles. The current goal is $1,500 for the 45-minute album and some stretch goals to help improve mixing and increase tracks and more.