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4:15 PM on 02.24.2014

Austin Wintory: Everyone has the potential to make music

We managed to catch up to composer Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga, Monaco) following his D.I.C.E. Summit talk on how technology has changed music making, and how this impacts videogame scores. As a fellow musician a...

Dale North

2:15 PM on 02.24.2014

Journey was composed on a $50 crappy Casio keyboard

We recently had a chance to chat with Journey and The Banner Saga composer Austin Wintory, and as a fellow musician I took the opportunity to talk shop. Curious about which tools he uses to create music with, I asked abo...

Dale North

9:50 AM on 02.24.2014

Here's an 18-minute Persona 4 the Golden a cappella cover

I've been following YouTube user theTMKsound for awhile now as the Japanese cover musician behind the channel is a) insanely talented, and b) a fan of videogame music. His previous works inspired me to create my own Persona ...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 02.21.2014

This old Chinese instrument was made for Mario music

The instrument you're about to hear is called a sheng. This weird looking Chinese cluster of bamboo flutes has an unexpected sound, and in this video it's used for an unexpected purpose: to play the Super Mario Bros. music. ...

Dale North

4:45 PM on 02.20.2014

OC ReMix dedicates this to all the Cids in the audience

The maestros at OverClocked ReMix are at it once again, taking cherished videogame music and creating new pieces with it. Though OC ReMix has taken on Final Fantasy previously, most of those works were centered around a parti...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 02.20.2014

Monarch: Heroes of a New Age soundtrack out now

Korean fantasy MMORPG Monarch: Heroes of a New Age features beautiful orchestral music by composer Goomin "Nauts" Nam. Nam's previous works include the drink mixing sim series (no, really!), Bar Oasis, currentl...

Dale North





10:15 AM on 02.20.2014

PSA: Xbox Bonnaroo App is now available

The Bonnaroo app for Xbox One and Xbox 360 has launched, and is ready for you to jump in and watch the festival from the comfort of your living room. It would have been more helpful to tell you earlier, as the whole shebang kicked off last night with the lineup announcement (BLAM!) and jam performances by Ben Folds and others. The four-day event will stream in high-definition this June.

Dale North



Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix photo
Chroma: A musical first-person shooter from Harmonix
by Dale North

It makes sense that when word gets out that Harmonix is working on a new game, everyone is going to want to see it. This was exactly the case at an invite-only showing earlier this month, taking place during D.I.C.E. Summit 2014.

I sat in a small meeting room in a Las Vegas hotel with a few other journalists, and Double Fine's Tim Schafer worked his way into the room to also see Harmonix's next big project. When attendees were asked to guess what kind of new game this might be, Schafer called out jokingly, "A first-person shooter!"

No one reacted as they probably already knew.

A few minutes later, after Harmonix's John Drake began the presentation of this new game, Schafer blurted out with a surprised laugh. Apparently he was joking about the game being a first-person shooter, not knowing that he was absolutely right. 

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2:45 PM on 02.13.2014

Deaf Resident Evil composer admits he is no longer deaf

"Japan's Beethoven," the famous, deaf composer who for two decades has passed off someone else's work as his own, has admitted that he is no longer deaf, but maintains that he really was deaf. This statement comes after alleg...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Ghost writer: Fraudulent Resident Evil composer not deaf

Yesterday, we found out famed deaf Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi (Resident Evil Director's Cut: Dual Shock Version, Onimusha), known as "Japan's Beethoven," has actually had someone writing his compositions for the las...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 02.06.2014

This new musical exploration game trailer is so FRACT

We have seen a bit of FRACT in the past. Nearly a year ago it was put onto Steam Greenlight, where it went through and was quickly supported by the Indie Fund. Now that it is nearing official release, we may just be seeing m...

Darren Nakamura

6:30 PM on 02.05.2014

Deaf Resident Evil composer didn't write his own music

Here's a weird one. Mamoru Samuragochi, composer for Resident Evil: Director's Cut (1997) and Onimusha: Warlords (2001), was hailed as "Japan's Beethoven." Like the troublesome St. Bernard, Samuragochi lost his hearing comple...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 02.04.2014

Chrono Trigger Symphony Volume 3 is out now

Last year, Blake Robinson announced that he would be working on a three-part tribute to the legendary Square role-playing game, Chrono Trigger. Volume One of the Chrono Trigger Symphony released in August and Volum...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 AM on 02.04.2014

Composer Alexander Brandon's collab album, Just Fun

Composer Alexander Brandon has is best known for his work on games like the first two Deus Ex games, Unreal, and the Jazz Jackrabbit games. For the last two years, he has been working on a collaboration album titled Just Fun...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Steam Music beta 'coming soon' to Big Picture, SteamOS

Steam's in-client support of music playback isn't a feature I'm dying to have, but it is one I will use on a near-daily basis. I'm ready for it. Valve says the beta release of Steam Music is coming soon -- first on Steam Big ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 01.31.2014

How nice: GOG.com adds 31 FLAC soundtracks

One of my favorite features of GOG.com is its inclusion of bonuses at no additional charge, particularly when it comes to the "good old games," which these days isn't the sole focus of the distributor. Extras can range from r...

Jordan Devore