The popular video casting service Twitch TV and its earlier incarnation Justin TV has allowed gamers to show off their skills to audiences for many years. Recently Twitch has been expanding the streaming content to include creative streams. Under the Creative category, casters have been live streaming painting, cooking, and even metal work. One of the other emerging types of creative streams has been music production.
There are a number of music artists, composers, and arrangers who have decided to use their Twitch channel to give their fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the music that they love is made. A lot can be learned by observing how a music producer writes, mixes, and arranges music, so streams like these can be valuable tools for other music creators or for fans who want to see the creative process. Today I’ll be highlighting some of the Twitch streams that you can tune into on a regular basis. (more…)
Limited Run Games has announced their next set of physical releases on PlayStation 4 and it’s all about Shantae. The cult classic platforming adventure series began on the Game Boy Color in 2002 and has seen two new entries in recent years with a fourth installment coming in December.
One of the hallmarks of the series has always been its music, created by Jake “virt” Kaufman, which Limited Run is also commemorating with three new CD releases. Also up for sale on October 28th will be a scant 750 copies of the soundtracks to all three current titles: Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. The albums each cost $14.99 and will be made available in two batches at 9:45am and again at 6:00pm EST.
If this news has rekindled your Shantae passion or if you’re new to it’s music you can read much, much more about it in our previous coverage. The Risky’s Revenge and Pirate’s Curse soundtracks are also available on virt’s Bandcamp page and once, long ago, he posted the original Game Boy Color music to his blog.
Are you hype for these new disc-based copies of the games or soundtracks? Just want to reminisce about Shantaes gone by? Let us know in the comments below.
As Shawn posted last month, the music for the action rhythm game Klang is now available on multiple platforms. To promote the game’s OST, the guys from GameChops have crafted a music video to help illustrate how powerfully the music and gameplay work in tandem within the game.
If you’ve played the game and have not yet purchased the soundtrack or you’re a fan of composer bLiNd’s work, then you’re in luck. OSV has been given two codes for free copies of the Klang OST on Bandcamp. Comment on this post with your email address and share this post via Facebook or Twitter (post a link so we can see!) to win a chance at one of these two codes. We’ll pick the winner randomly by the end of the week!
In case you missed it, Original Sound Version recently conducted an extensive interview with composer Robyn Miller Known where we discussed his score to Cyan Worlds latest game, Obduction. We also briefly touched on the composers work on the game Myst and Riven. You can read the full interview with the composer here. One of the topics we covered was music that did not make it into the game.
Following the interview Robyn Miller said he planned to share some of this music on his Soundcloud page. I for one have always loved behind the scenes videos ever since movie box sets came with bonus VHS Tapes. The composer shared three of these tracks about a month ago. It is not that often that we as listeners get to hear the behind the scenes of a video game soundtrack, but you can listen to those tracks with Robyn Miller’s comments here.
For those waiting on Shovel Knight releasing to vinyl and other physical licensed formats, you’re wait is over. Brave Wave Productions have officially announced that pre-orders for the Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack are going live today!
Our latest Generation Series release, GS-002 Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack will be available to pre-order today at our new merch store: http://bigwax.fr/en/brave-wave/
The album features new illustrations by the legendary Hitoshi Ariga, artist of such series as Mega Man and Pokémon.
The release will be available at the following times:
18:00 BST (London)
19:00 CEST (Paris)
21:00 GST (Dubai)
02:00 JST (Tokyo)
04:00 AEDT (Sydney)
10:00 PDT (San Francisco/Los Angeles)
12:00 CDT (Chicago)
13:00 EDT (New York)
They warn that unlike 2015’s staggered release of Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack, all copies of the initial allocation will be available for pre-order and thus buyers should grab them ASAP. Pre-orders for the vinyl edition can be made at the above listed times at http://bigwax.fr/en/brave-wave/gs-002.
Happy Halloween (to those who subscribe to the holiday)! We’ve shared some of our personal favorites over the past weeks and years and now we want to hear some of your own. Truly terrifying or playfully macabre. Squirming out of ancient PC sound hardware or freshly released deceased. Or anywhere in between.
Share some of your favorite spooky game music in the comments below and if you need a little inspiration here are a few of our recent and popular Halloween themed features:
… soon … well, in December, actually. When it comes out, first week of December, we will distribute the codes.
But for now, we thought we’d announce the winners! The five of you will receive an email from me [Patrick] today, and separate emails when the Bandcamp distribution codes are ready in early December. Now then, drumroll please…
Oliver R. / Jack de N. / Véronique M. / Sabin Figaro / Jack W.
For those who wanted to know the answer to our entrance quiz: “In Cosmic Star Heroine, there is a particular bounty hunter who has quite the affinity for capes: can you tell us his name, and his weapon of choice?”
Name: Z’xorv | Weapon: Claws
And now you know! We wish we could’ve given away codes to everyone! For those of you who still want it, remember that you can preorder it for 7 GBP here.
The Beep Movie was officially released on September 30, 2016. I’ve watched the film, which is just short of two hours and a wonderful examination of the history of sound in video games. This includes a look at how music and sound design evolved from the penny arcade era to the modern era of gaming today.
Although I been writing for Original Sound Version for close to two years I still consider myself a bit of a N00b when it comes to game audio. Most of my game audio experiences have come from playing games, and listening to soundtracks. Until now, I did not have a decent understanding of the behind the scenes of the game audio world and Beep pulls back the curtain for its viewers. Read on to hear my full review of the film and the Blu-ray release.
Last month, Original Sound Version partnered up with the Dwelling of Duels game music competition and Impact Soundworks at MAGFest Labs to debut “Opposing Bloodlines“; a video game music competition specifically for established game music cover bands, be they instrumental, chiptune, acapella or otherwise. The competition was a success with one of the prizes for the winner being a feature on OSV!
The grand winner of the competition was a one-man band out of southern Maryland known as WASD. Who and what is WASD?
It’s that spooktacular time of the year again when we Americans overdose on Halloween. We’ve done our part in years past to feature appropriately spooky video game music and so have composers and remixers. One of this year’s offerings comes from Ben Prunty, the composer of FTL, Gravity Ghost and StarCrawlers. Described as “Halloween electro-funk”, the album is actually the soundtrack to upcoming indie brawler FrankNJohn but is rebranded here as ElectroCrypt in celebration of Prunty’s favorite holiday.
“The music was inspired by Danny Elfman, the old Super NES game Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and the gleeful indulgence of OCRemix, a community of game music rearrangement artists that I love,” Prunty explains.
You can check out the full album on Bandcamp and pick it up for $5 if so inclined. Prunty adds that the sales from the album are going towards getting his live shows up and running.
Oscar Araujo, best known as the man behind the most memorable part of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — the music — is returning to the video game scene again for Raiders of the Broken Planet. Araujo is reuniting with MercurySteam, the developers of Lords of Shadow for the asymmetrical 4-vs-1 sci-fi adventure game that’s currently in closed Beta testing.
“I feel very comfortable working with my friends at MercurySteam once again and I’m so excited by this world of adventure they are creating in Raiders of the Broken Planet”, remarked Oscar. “It’s really making me approach my work in a new way. My hope is that the game’s music will bring a stylish sense of adventure to the game.”
A “stylish sense of adventure” is how I’d describe the game’s main theme preview track above. The song sets the theme on acoustic guitar, builds it up with electric punch and breaks it back down for a sweeping ride in just a few moments’ time.
Are you looking forward to Raiders of the Broken Planet or a new score from Araujo? Let us know in the comments below.
Los Angeles, California – October 11, 2016 – AREA 34 is pleased to announce TINY METAL, a military-themed turn-based tactical game for PlayStation 4 and PC developed by a team of industry veterans from Japan known as Project Milk. TINY METAL draws inspiration from titles like Advance Wars and aims to modernize this long-forgotten game genre with deep tactical gameplay for both casual and hardcore fans, an engaging story, and a mesmerizing soundtrack. Project Milk is headed by Hiroki Kikuta, who is best known as the composer of Secret of Mana, but also has extensive experience creating games, with TINY METAL marking his triumphant return to game development.
TINY METAL was recently greenlit on Steam and Project Milk has prepared a playable prototype for players to see their progress. Currently on Kickstarter, Project Milk hopes to raise $50,000 USD by October 18 to fund development:
EXPERIENCE the future of military-themed turn-based tactics games
FIGHT your way through an eight-hour story-rich campaign rife with political drama
AVENGE your beloved king and peoples of Artemisia against the evil Zipang shogunate
PLAN your next move with deep tactical gameplay requiring courage and skill
COMPETE against friends in multiplayer skirmishes
BEHOLD a memorable cast of beautifully hand-drawn allies and villains
LISTEN to a catchy and upbeat soundtrack by I Am Setsuna composer Tomoki Miyoshi
The Beep Movie was officially released on September 30, 2016. I’ve watched the film, which is just short of two hours and a wonderful examination of the history of sound in video games. This includes ...
Last month, Original Sound Version partnered up with the Dwelling of Duels game music competition and Impact Soundworks at MAGFest Labs to debut "Opposing Bloodlines"; a video game music competition specifically for established game music ...
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. ...