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Prescription for Sleep: Volume II (Review)

Prescription for Sleep: Volume II (Review)

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Last year Scarlet Moon Records released a video game music arrangement album titled Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies. The project had an interesting premise. Take some of the more mellow and relaxing tunes from video game soundtracks and arrange them as soothing lullabies for piano and saxophone. The group arranging on the album was Gentle Love, comprising of saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (composer for Bayonetta and the Metal Gear Solid series) and pianist AYAKI. The Gentle Love duo have collaborated on a few projects, primarily performing and making music to provide therapeutic relief to others after the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The original Prescription for Sleep album and this sequel is an extension of that work and mission.

The fist album consisted of well known tunes like “Dry Dry Docks” from Super Mario 64 and some lesser known pieces like “Song of the Ancients” from NieR. The album received praise from a number of reviewers, including members of the team here at Original Sound Version. Thanks in part to the success of the first album, this sequel has been released. Prescription for Sleep: Volume II sees Hibino and AYAKI return to cover music from various games in the form of tranquil lullabies. What does this latest addition cover and how does it compare to the first album? Read on to find out. (more…)

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"Unraveled" Indie RPG Back on Kickstarter with Kikuta & North

“Unraveled” Indie RPG Back on Kickstarter with Kikuta & North

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The indie game by RosePortal Games, Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter has returned to Kickstarter after not meeting its initial campaign goal in its first round of crowdfunding.

So how is this new campaign different from the first failed attempt? Well, now there is a playable demo that is available for download to get first-hand experience with how the game will play if funded and completed. The game has been Greenlit for Steam, so you know that if funded, it will appear there for purchase/download. A big change is that composer Dale North (Dragon Fantasy Book II) and veteran legend Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana) will now be a partial of the initial funding for the game, where in the previous incarnation of the campaign they would only be a part of the game if stretch goals were met. Kikuta-san himself is creating the game’s main theme

The game is currently seeking $15,000 to fund the base game, with over $3K of that having already been met, and might be worth a second look to any fans of North’s and Kikuta’s music who might have been hesitant to throw money at the first time around. If nothing else, the game is sure to hit some emotional notes for sure. (Pun sort of intended!)

Unraveled: Tale of the Shipbreaker’s Daughter – Kickstarter

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Anime, Featured, Game Music

The Uematsu You Never Knew

The Uematsu You Never Knew

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There’s a short list of Japanese names that have proliferated American gaming culture due to their huge influence. Shigeru Miyamoto, Yu Suzuki, Hideo Kojima and others have made a lasting impact. Another well-known name is Nobuo Uematsu, sole composer for the first nine games in the Final Fantasy series, and lead / contributing composer to almost all the others (he did the theme song for XII and sat out completely on XIII).

Game music fans are also likely to know that Uematsu continued to work with his old friend Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, when Sakaguchi went on to form Mistwalker. Hence, the soundtracks for Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey and The Last Story were all composed by Uematsu as well.

Those are most of Uematsu’s “notable” works. But what about the rest? Are there any hidden gems among Uematsu’s lesser-known works? Let’s find out together by exploring five of Uematsu’s lesser-known projects, ranging from 1986 to the present. (more…)

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Game Music, Television

The N Team - The Music of Captain N: The Game Master Cartoon

The N Team – The Music of Captain N: The Game Master Cartoon

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Captain N: The Game Master was another animated series that featured arrangements of classic video game music. The music for the series was composed by Shuki levy, and Michael Tavera who music I’ve covered in articles about The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers Super Show!, and The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3 cartoons.

The show ran for three seasons with Shuki Levy acting as composer for the first season, and Michael Tavera taking over for the remaining two seasons. In this article I discuss the musical arrangements featured in the game, and provide you with some YouTube examples that you can listen to. Read on to find out more about the video game music of this Nintendo cartoon.

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This Week in Random - Bloodborne & Bosses & Beats, oh my!

This Week in Random – Bloodborne & Bosses & Beats, oh my!

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Bloodborne by Joseph Luster @ subhumanoids.com

So I’m thinking I’m going to start little filler posts that deal with random game music-related things that I happen to come across during a given week that aren’t substantial enough to warrant their own full posts, but still are neat enough to give a bit of a nod to. It might not be an every-week thing, but something to sum up recent little gems I’ve come across either via social media, through friends or through news feeds. (Or just my casual bumbling about online.)

Beat the Boss: Remixes by Atavistic Spawn Records

Neat album I stumbled upon via Reddit that features recompositions of classic and not-so-classic boss themes, much like Overclocked Remix’s BadAss: Boss Themes albums. Caught my ear for it’s inclusion of the boss theme from Turrican done up with carefully-placed sound effects from the game, but also has stuff from Cave Story, Portal and Yoshi’s Island. Worth a listen to. On their Bandcamp (name your price).

Paleblood Moon” by Miracle of Sound

Something neat for Bloodborne fans to enjoy by Irish-Jesus himself, Gavin Dunne, aka: Miracle of Sound. It’s a nice orchestral piece featuring his own vocals that pretty much speaks for itself. (Or sings, in this case) I originally it posted to in-game cutscenes on Youtube, but you can grab the piece for yourself for a dollar on his Bandcamp page. I love him for his metal, but it’s a pretty kick-arse orchestral piece.

MAGStock 5 has opened up for registration. The event is MAGFest’s answer to Lollapolooza, with outdoor music, camping, and I’m told a bouncy castle. (Just giving further weight to the need for a ball pit at MAGFest Prime) The event is held is Louisa, Virginia this year from June 19-21st and registration is $50 plus the need for your own camping gear. Bands haven’t been announced yet, but last year featured Super Guitar Bros. amongst others, just to give you an idea of what to expect.

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Wish Granted! LittleBIGPlanet 3 Soundtrack Exists! (Review)

Wish Granted! LittleBIGPlanet 3 Soundtrack Exists! (Review)

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At the tail end of 2014, when we looked back on the year in our annual OSVOSTOTY celebrations, I lamented that the soundtrack to LittleBIGPlanet 3 might not see the light of day. The game was new to the market at the time, and while it was (and still is) suffering from some technical issues, its aesthetics were as brilliant as previous entries in the series. The music was more eclectic than ever, due in large part to the wide array of musicians taken on for the game’s single-player campaign levels.

Lucky for me, a soundtrack did finally arrive. It wasn’t an exhaustive collection of the game’s music, but it was a full 70 minutes of music, on iTunes, for nine bucks. I wasn’t going to pass that up.

After the jump, I’m going to pinpoint, as best as I can, what makes me love this music so much. Hint: much of it is thanks to a wonderful lady whose name starts with a W. (more…)

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Game Music, Indie Music

Broken Age's Complete Soundtrack is Out Now

Broken Age’s Complete Soundtrack is Out Now

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Coinciding with the release of the second act of Broken Age, Peter McConnell’s complete soundtrack to the Kickstarted Double Fine game is available today. You can purchase the digital version on several platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, and on Sumthing Else Music. A physical version of the soundtrack is set to be released later in June of this year.

The complete Broken Age album includes the original set of tracks from act 1, released last year, and the additional music from the second act of the game. This brings the grand total of pieces on the soundtrack to 30. The album features performances by the Melbourne Symphony, the band Clarinet Thing, and The New Vocal String Quartet. If you’re a fan of McConnell’s work on Broken Age and enjoyed what he wrote for act 1, you’ll want to check out this complete version of the game’s score.

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Game Music, Indie Music

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST (Review)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST (Review)

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Observing and listening to music evolve over the course of a game or movie franchise is always fascinating to me. I’m always curious to see and hear if themes get brought back, and how the new material contrasts with the previous entries. But sometimes, in an interesting twist, the music of a new entry abandons the original material completely, in favor of a different set of music themes and composers. Such is the case with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST, featuring all new music by Ridiculon.

This is something that can be quite intriguing. Having a completely new take on the music for a game, especially one that remains mechanically similar to its predecessor, is a great way to observe how a new set of music and themes can change a game experience. The score for the original Binding of Isaac was composed by Danny Baranowsky. This new game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features a new score by Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans, who make up the group Ridiculon. While it’s tempting to provide an “old vs new” comparison between the soundtracks, I want to focus primarily on this latest work and judge it on its own merits. Some comparisons will be inevitable, but there’s plenty to examine on the The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST on its own. With that said, let’s take a look at this fresh spin on the world of The Binding of Isaac. (more…)

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Game Soundtracks for Your Soul: Bonus Level

Game Soundtracks for Your Soul: Bonus Level

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Ryan started Game Soundstracks for Your Soul; this little series of looking back at game soundtracks that go beyond mere admiration, but actually invoke powerful emotions and feelings and sing to the soul of the listener. Reading his articles, I knew exactly which game music soundtrack completely puts me into a serene trance every time I listen to it: Super Castlevania IV.

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Game Music, Indie Music

Mindful Melodies: Telepath Tactics Original Soundtrack (Review)

Mindful Melodies: Telepath Tactics Original Soundtrack (Review)

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Telepath Tactics is a steampunk turn-based Fire Emblem style RPG that adopts the best gameplay practices of titles like Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea. It was successfully financed on Kickstarter and the game was officially released by Sinister Design on April 16, 2015.

The soundtrack was composed by Ryan Richko who is new to video game scoring but has composed a wealth of music for a Yoga Instructional series called The Ulimate Yogi with Travis Eliot. Two additional tracks were composed by Craig Stearns who launched the Kickstarter campaign and designed the game. The music provides listeners with a rich symphonic and familiar RPG sound. I have been listening to it for a week, and haven’t gotten tired of it. Read on to find out (more…)

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HALO: SPARTAN STRIKE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE

HALO: SPARTAN STRIKE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE

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Halo music fans rejoice, for the original soundtrack for the newest outing of the franchise, Halo: Spartan Strike, has just been released! Composed by Tom Salta (Red Steel, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2), the music for the top-down shooter that has launched for Windows 8, iPhone and Steam is now available for purchase on iTunes, Xbox Music and several other digital music outlets by 343 Industries

Salta is no stranger to the Halo series. He worked on Halo: Spartan Assault also and is continuing the work he started on there with Strike. The score was recorded with the New York Film Chorale and Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and features solo performances by celebrated musicians Jillian Aversa (vocal) and Steve Ouimette (guitar).

Tom continues to be a great partner for our franchise, and has crafted a stunning musical offering that enhances the overall mix of the game and captures the sonic essence of the Halo experience,” said Paul Lipson, Senior Audio Director at 343 Industries.

Source: Top Dollar PR

To learn more about Halo: Spartan Strike, you can visit the game’s website.

Halo: Spartan Strike OSTiTunes | Amazon MP3

 

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Game Music, Television

I’ll get those plumbers! The Music of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Cartoon

I’ll get those plumbers! The Music of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Cartoon

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After writing about both the music from The Legend of Zelda and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! it only made sense that I continue to examine the music of the cartoons that followed.

The next installment in the series of Super Mario cartoons was the 13 two part episode series of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoon.  Michael Tavera acted as composer for the music and brought an updated symphonic synth sound. Michael Tavera also wrote the music for the Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM cartoon series with the catchy theme song (“He’s the fastest thing alive!”).  Here’s your chance to read about the music of this animated series.

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