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VGM Band Spotlight: Moiré Effect

VGM Band Spotlight: Moiré Effect

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The video game music scene is a vast one, with a growing community that continues to bolster itself regularly. Certainly with events whose core is centered around video game music, such as MAGFest and Gamer’s Rhapsody, as well as the niche industry of game music expanding through both fan projects and composer collaborations, new names pop up in the scene regularly. This is especially true with new performers and bands that dedicate themselves to the celebration of video game music.

Enter Moiré Effect. What is Moiré Effect? Well, ask a visualist and it’s the spacing effect when two sets of patterns are laid on top of one another. So, what does this have to do with video game music? According to the band, it didn’t start out with a dedication to games music and beyond.

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Game Music

Cosmic Star Heroine Soundtrack Giveaway Extra

Cosmic Star Heroine Soundtrack Giveaway Extra

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Pat did an interview with the composers of the indie game Cosmic Star Heroine this past fall with a giveaway of some of the game’s soundtrack to a few lucky individuals. Now that the game’s OST is available for purchase on the HyderDuck SoundWorks Bandcamp, we have a few extra codes to throw out to a few additional lucky readers!

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Game Music, Indie Music, Music Production

RiME's Second Developer Diary offers a look at the game's Art, music and sound

RiME’s Second Developer Diary offers a look at the game’s Art, music and sound

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Greybox, has just released their second developer video for RiME, an upcoming game for XBOX One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. In the video the developers discuss the art and design of the game, as well as the music and audio design. The video runs just under 10 minutes, and the discussion about the game’s music begins at 4:56. The developers talk about the game’s island as a character that tells the story of the game. In the video the music is described as a masterpiece that conveys the story arc and in game relationships. They also describe the music as having thematic adaptions to the player’s actions, and that the music ‘completes’ RiME.

David Garcia the composer is shown in the video offering some thoughts on his approach to creating the music. On April 6, 2017, Greybox also posted an excerpt of David Garcia’s score titled “Alone in the Light” which you can listen to below. There is also a link on the official YouTube video to download the sheet music.

Are you looking forward to RiME?

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Game Music, Indie Music

Graceful Explosion Machine OST Releasing on Bandcamp

Graceful Explosion Machine OST Releasing on Bandcamp

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Fans of shmups with bright colors and a sizable help of Gradius-like gameplay should take a look at the recently released Switch game, Graceful Explosion Machine. (A contradictory title that somehow works well with the content.) You can also now purchase the game’s soundtrack, courtesy of the composer Robby Duguay. (Fate Tectonics, Kim Magikal)

The Graceful Explosion Machine Original Soundtrack features 17 tracks of chiptune music that accompany the colorful chaos of the gameplay. The alien-like, otherworldly synth tunes compliment the intensity of space fighting through the various stages. Each “stage” features four subsections with variations of the stage main melody.

The music reflects Duguay’s previous thoughts on dynamic music in his compositions.

When I was composing the soundtrack for Fate Tectonics, I saw a major opportunity to make the music dynamically follow the player’s progress. I set out to make all the different elements of the game into a member of an ensemble, and let the gameplay dictate how those parts would be heard.

The soundtrack for Graceful Explosion Machine can be purchased in full release later today on Duguay’s Bandcamp, and you can check out the game itself on the Nintendo Switch.

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Game Music

The Wipeout Omega Collection Comes to PS4 with 28 new tracks!

The Wipeout Omega Collection Comes to PS4 with 28 new tracks!

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Last Week Sony announced the WipEout Omega Collection which will be coming to PlayStation 4 June 6 in North America, and a day later in Europe. Sony is reporting that the game will feature all the tracks & ships from WipEout HD, Fury and 2048 together for the first time. What caught our interest is that there will be new music included this new release.

In addition to remastering all of the sound effects so WipEout sounds better than ever before, we’ve also added 28 licensed music tracks from famous musical artists. Pilot your favourite ships to killer tunes from Swedish House Mafia, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Pre-ordering the game will earn you an exclusive dynamic theme for your Playstation 4.

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You can watch the trailer for the collection above. Check back with OSV in the coming weeks as we will update you on the official new track list.

Will you be picking up the WipEout Omega Collection? Do you have a favorite WipEout game soundtrack?

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Chip Music, Game Music

Brave Wave's Ninja Gaiden Albums out April 13th

Brave Wave’s Ninja Gaiden Albums out April 13th

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First announced last November, Brave Wave’s definitive soundtracks to the original Ninja Gaiden series are finally ready for release on Thursday, April 13th. The two-volume collection features the arcade original and its NES counterpart on Volume 1 and the NES sequels — The Dark Sword of Chaos and The Ancient Ship of Doom — on Volume 2. Both albums will be released on vinyl and CD and like past entries in their Generation Series the physical editions will feature archival artwork, composer photos and interviews. Digital versions will also be available on Bandcamp, iTunes and streaming services including Spotify.

The production of both albums is based on new digital recordings from original hardware with the supervision of Ninja Gaiden composer and Tecmo sound engineer, Keiji Yamagishi. It also marks the first time a commercial version of Ninja Gaiden III’s music has ever been available.

To commemorate the launch of these albums Brave Wave is also offering 100 limited edition vinyl box sets. Including all 4 LPs, the $100 set comes with a numbered art card designed by Ninja Gaiden illustrator Masato Kato and signed by composers Keiji Yamagishi, Ryuichi Nitta and Kaori Nakabai. Take a look at more of the gorgeous packaging at Brave Wave’s official site and sample some of the 100+ tracks from both albums above.

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Film, Game Music, Indie Music

Fan Film Metroid The Bounty Hunter's Judgment Official Soundtrack Available Now

Fan Film Metroid The Bounty Hunter’s Judgment Official Soundtrack Available Now

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On March 30, 2017, Spinnup records released the official soundtrack to Metroid: The Bounty Hunter’s Judgement, a fan film currently in production by OutPort Studio which is part of The Project Pack.  According to the artist, this project was developed to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Metroid, as a tribute to Hirokazu Tanaka, Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano for composing music for this franchise, and to Toby Fox for composing and developing Undertale. You can listen to the entire album which runs around 20 minutes below.

This is the result of months of research, composing, arranging, playing and recording, and with the huge support of thousands of talented people, this 8 track album was possible. Music, as any other form of art, exists to protect and sustain a way of expression, and with It, protects a way to experience and approach a theme.

Fan art is now protecting both of them as hard as ever.We want to thank all of the Metroid community for keeping the franchise alive and relevant. From the speed running community, to the modding, hacking, illustration, music and game developing community, all of you are the ones who keeps us believing that Samus adventures are not over.

We want to thank Milton Guasti (DoctorM64) for creating the perfect fan game with AM2R, and making the ultimate gift for the fans on the exact 30th Anniversary of the Metroid.

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The album is also available on iTunes,  Spotify, and purchase an official digital copy of Amazon. Although a release date for the fan film has not been announced, OSV will keep you posted?

Have you been following the development of this Metroid fan film?

 

 

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Game Music, Japanese

PaRappa the Rapper OST sees Digital Release this Week

PaRappa the Rapper OST sees Digital Release this Week

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PaRappa the Rapper OST sees Digital Release this Week

Despite my pessimistic expectations last week, Sony has seen fit to bring the original PaRappa the Rapper OST out of Japan and direct to the PlayStation Store. Released this week alongside the remastered edition of the game is the same 44-track album that will be reprinted on CD in Japan next month.

In the same vein as recent soundtrack releases the PaRappa OST comes in the form of a music app for PlayStation 4. There’s the standard playback controls, a no-frills slideshow and the ability to export the songs to a USB device in MP3 format. If you’ve been holding onto dubious and scuzzy MP3s from the late 90’s this is a great way to update your collection while showing support for the classic franchise.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack isn’t bundled with the game this time around. The PaRappa the Rapper OST is $11.99 while PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is priced at $14.99 on the U.S. PlayStation Store.

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Chip Music, Game Music

Slime-san features a huge roster of Chiptune Artists

Slime-san features a huge roster of Chiptune Artists

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Slime-san features a huge roster of Chiptune Artists

Slime-san is an upcoming pixelart platformer with a striking visual style and a collaborative chiptune soundtrack to match. The blue-and-white toned visuals are highlighted by oozing crimson and lime, calling to mind a custom palette on the Super Game Boy. Accompanying the wild looks and precision gameplay that’s in the vein of Super Meat Boy is a playlist of over 20 songs from 13 chiptune artists. Those artists include Richard Gould, Adhesive Wombat, Mischa Perella, FantomenK, Meganeko, Kommisar, Tiasu, Lumena-tan, Kubbi, Carl Clark, Inverse Phase, Saad Akter Ali, and Michael Miller.

“The music complements the game’s pixel art aesthetic but each track was also designed with a certain gameplay aspect in mind,” explains Fabraz’s Fabian Rastorfer. “We wanted to create a soundtrack that is worth the price of admission alone, and I think we’ve accomplished that.”

There will be a digital soundtrack available when the game launches on April 7th but developer Fabraz has also teamed up with Black Screen Records to offer a 2-LP vinyl edition. The (s)lime green set will be available to pre-order between April 7th and the 9th. Your purchase also includes a free Steam code for the game as well as the digital version of the soundtrack to enjoy while waiting for the vinyl to ship out in early June.

You can sample the entire tracklist in the video above and be sure to take a look at the game in action to see that color palette really pop.

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Game Music

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment OST Now Available

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment OST Now Available

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The newest DLC for retro-platformer Shovel Knight, titled Specter of Torment where you take control of the ghoulish Specter Knight to traverse the game and new areas of the original campaign, has been out for Switch for a few weeks now and just dropped for PC/Steam. As such, the DLC’s soundtrack by the game’s composer Jake Kaufman has also released for the low price of whatever you want!

Specter of Torment nearly doubles the OST track list of the game’s previous DLC, Plague of Shadows, boasting 25 tracks featuring both new original tracks as well as macabre-tinged arrangements of previous Shovel Knight tunes. Kaufman worked on the Specter tracks almost exclusively during regular Twitch streaming, giving avid fans a preview of what was in store for the devilish DLC.

“This is the first time I’ve streamed the composition of an entire soundtrack from beginning to end! A whole bunch of people got to watch this music being written, and you can watch in our archives at youtube.com/mintpotion and follow us every day as we do our jobs at twitch.tv/mintpotion — it’s a really fun experience for everyone, and I love having company while I write music!”- Jake Kaufman, Shovel Knight Composer

You can stream the Specter of Torment soundtrack on Kaufman’s Bandcamp or purchase it for yourself at a voluntary rate. You can also follow Kaufman on Twitter to learn about future Twitch streams for upcoming Shovel Knight music and other musical projects.

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Events, Game Music

New No Man's Sky Performance from 65daysofstatic

New No Man’s Sky Performance from 65daysofstatic

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No Man’s Sky is having a bit of a renaissance here in early 2017. More people seem to be picking it up on sale and discovering a much fuller game, closer to (though still far from) the slick E3 trailers and teasers that wowed them over the last three years. To coincide with the recent “Pathfinder” update, Laced Records and 65daysofstatic — the instrumental post/math-rock band who created the game’s soundtrack — have released an exclusive live performance music video. The video offers three tracks from the game in new arrangements that 65daysofstatic’s Paul Wolinski says won’t be heard again.

“We are in a studio environment in this video. Everything wired up to play just these specific songs. This provided an opportunity to create a system where every performance of a track would be unique. This was one of the first attempts at rethinking how to approach performing music that was written to be non-linear and lend itself to generative, infinite soundscapes rather than fixed compositions.”

He has a lot more to say about the future of musical performance — one where “the listener is as vital as the musician” — in this PlayStation UK blog post. Alongside the video release, Laced Records is running a 15% Off sale on all of their No Man’s Sky soundtrack offerings. That includes their immense 4-LP vinyl box set, 2-disc CD album and the digital version of the soundtrack.

Have a look at the performance above and check out Ryan’s review of the album here.

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Doujin, Game Music

The Travelers VGM Release Prelude to a Fantasy EP

The Travelers VGM Release Prelude to a Fantasy EP

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Prelude to a Fantasy (FF EP)

The video game music cover band The Travelers VGM, who focus on arrangements done in a European folk style, has released a tribute EP to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series titled Prelude to a Fantasy.

The original Final Fantasy, composed by Nobuo Uematsu and released on December 18th, 1987 for the Famicom, kickstarted a franchise of RPG fantasy games that continues to go strong to this day and has a powerful legacy and a strong fan following in both its game style and is music.

“The music of all the early Final Fantasy games heavily influenced the beginning of my unique composition style. Their lush but powerful melodies still inspire my music to this day. I hope to continue to create beautiful covers and original pieces of music based on those wonderful game scores. I want the Travelers VGM to keep exploring the high quality composition tradition seen in both old and new Final Fantasy soundtracks.” – Masha Lepire, Co-producer

Prelude to a Fantasy, produced by Josh Barron with assistance from Lepre and fellow co-producer Ian Martyn, features five tracks that offer tribute to specific songs within the Final Fantasy series, including franchise mainstay “Prologue”, which began with the first game and has persisted through the series within its three decade tenure. Certainly the music of the Final Fantasy series has inspired many past and present composers to enter into the realm of video game music.

“Final Fantasy music got me to pay attention to game music. My first was Final Fantasy VII and then after that I have been hooked on game music. It even made me want to become a composer. I am who I am today because of listening to Uematsu-san’s music back when I was thirteen years old. It is a pleasure to be able to revisit the classics and give them unique arrangements and performances!” – Josh Barron, Producer

Prelude to a Fantasy can be purchased for about $5 on The Traveler’s VGM Bandcamp and iTunes as well as streaming on Google Play and Spotify. You can check out the album’s full credits on their Materia Collective page.

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