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10:06 PM on 04.01.2014

VGdrum returns with a drum cover of The Chessmaster (SNES)

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9:06 AM on 12.01.2012

VGdrum: Mega Man X3 "Opening Stage"



Nothing more pleasant-sounding than that X-Buster charging sequence! Enjoy the video, I know it's been a while.

I decided I'd give the drums a bit of my own spin with this track. For the most part the original drum track is composed of just those quick rolls on the hi-hat and some snare and crash hits.

I met composer Kinuyo Yamashita at a meet-and-greet after a Video Games Live in Red Bank, NJ. She is AWESOME! I recall asking her if she was big into hard rock or heavy metal given the soundtrack's rockin' edge, but she surprisingly said "no." >_>

I remember the first time playing MMX3 and being captivated by the intro stage music. It's so energetic, so dramatic. SO ROCKIN'!

I was an SNES kid through and through, and while I do prefer its soundchip to the Genesis', there's a fan remix of "Opening Stage" done Genesis/Megadrive-style that blew me away. It has so much punch to it that I think it may very well be better than the original.

I have a handful of more videogame tracks I'd love to record, but it may take a while. Once I'm finished with those, I'll go back to all those requests that have sitting in my inbox for a few years. Sorry about that, busy schedules and all :/

See a bunch of you at MAGfest 11 hopefully!

Engineered, mixed, mastered & co-produced by Phil Silvestro.

"Opening Stage" and all of Mega Man X3's music was composed by Kinuyo Yamashita.

Mega Man X3 (Rockman X3 in Japan) was developed and published by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom.

Follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

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4:52 PM on 08.02.2012

VGdrum: Shadowrun "The Cage"

Pixelitis Link

Youtube

Just a note: There may be audio/video sync issues if you up the Youtube video's resolution to 720p/1080p. Not sure why that's happening but I apologize in advance.

Hey there fellow Dtoiders/chummers! I'm back with another VGdrum video (still haven't forgotten about the multitude of requests I still have to tackle, but I just want to do a few more of my own covers!). This latest one is Shadowrun.

Shadowrun for the SNES was so awesome, I remember reading about it in a walkthrough published in an old Nintendo Power mag and I was just dying to play it. When I finally got to rent it at a video store when I was 9 years old (I got realllly late into some SNES games), I was floored by its cyberpunk atmosphere and grittiness. You didn't always get that in an SNES game!

It also had some incredibly catchy tunes (with some of them carrying that signature SNES bass guitar sound), including this one, which plays in the different clubs you can go to. It's a simple beat, but I decided to add some extra flavor the second time around. Hope you enjoy it! I also hope the little "skit" I threw in there isn't too corny for your tastes. I had fun filming it, so I guess that's what matters. I knew my official Adam Jensen coat I bought last year would come in handy!

I did this not only as a tribute to the game and its music, but in a way to thank Harebrained Schemes for its "Shadowrun Returns" project. It's about time Shadowrun gets the treatment it deserves!

Now for the good ol' copy-pasta/credits stuff:

Engineered, mixed, mastered & co-produced by Phil Silvestro.

"The Cage" and all of Shadowrun's music was composed by Marshall Parker.

Shadowrun was developed by Beam Software and published by the now-defunct Data East for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The original PnP game was created by FASA Corporation.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a videogame features/news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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6:30 PM on 06.02.2012

VGdrum: Mega Man 10 "Solar Inferno"

Pixelitis Link

Youtube

I’m back and in *gasp* high-definition! And not only that – my drums are miked up for the first time ever. Super special thanks to my friend Phil, who with his trusty Macbook Pro and several drum mics, patiently waited for me to stop messing up all of my takes. Hope you enjoy (there are plenty more recordings on the way)!

A word to the wise: If you're going to record something, make sure you have more than capable equipment of doing it. My friend & I were struggling for a good week or two trying to get these recordings to work out well without any hiccups, until we said "eff it" and went with better equipment. From there on, recording was painless.

I appreciate any constructive criticism you might have regarding the mix, my friend tooled around with it a lot to get it to how it sounds now. I know it can only get better from here on out with future recordings.

Even now, after what we both considered a good take, I can notice little nuances here and there that I could have worked on (like the timing of certain crash hits), but I hope you enjoy it regardless!

I still haven’t finished Mega Man 10 on my Wii (those Wily stage bosses are tough), but damn does it have awesome music! This particular track was composed by Yasuaki “BUNBUN” Fujita, who also composed one of my favorite videogame soundtracks of all time: Breath of Fire for the SNES/Super Famicom! I remember the first time listening to this track in Solar Man’s stage I thought “this sounds like 8-bit thrash metal!” From that point on, I knew I had to do a drum cover of it. I particularly love the fast-paced, thrash-metaly part. Always headbangable.

Special thanks to the folks at Destructoid, Pixelitis and MAGfest for their support, particularly during PAX East. I finally got to meet some of the awesome people on this site, including Tony, Max, Holly and Hamza. Also got to see Andrew B. again, and that's always nice! The Dtoid community is an awesome bunch.

I even got to drum up on stage at the PAX East Jamspace. That kicked a lot of ass, and I even got complimented by Grant Henry from Metroid Metal. Here's the video for that.

Engineered, mixed, mastered & co-produced by Phil Silvestro.

“Solar Inferno” was composed by Yasuaki “BUNBUN” Fujita.

Mega Man 10 (known as Rockman 10 in Japan) was developed by Inti Creates/Capcom and published by Capcom in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a videogame features/news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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2:06 PM on 03.31.2012

VGdrum Request IX: Secret of Mana "Danger"

Pixelitis Link

Youtube

I really wanted to do this track a couple years back but I always experienced audio/video sync issues. Now it's better! I love this track.

Secret of Mana is such a great game. I remember first playing it on my SNES after renting it from a local rental place. I enjoyed it immensely, wonky hit detection and all. I also have fond memories of having to teach every friend I played with how to work the ring menu system.

I'll admit I don't own the actual cartridge, although I had borrowed it from a friend from back in the day and played through it on my own. As soon as it was available for purchase for only 800 Wii Points on the Virtual Console, I jumped on it. Since then I've had a save dedicated to it in which I only play so long as I have 2 other friends to do co-op with.

Secret of Mana also has one of the greatest SNES soundtracks of all time. Everything Hiroki Kikuta composed for this game is eclectic and astounding. And I just love the double-bass in this particular boss battle piece. It's tough to get that timing right! The Seinfeld-esque bass guitar is another highlight of this over-the-top, dramatic track. There's a million boss battles in this game, too, so you get to hear it more often! :D

It's kinda depressing to think that this game's content was cut considerably due to the SNES CD add-on being canceled. And let's not forget the fact that they barely gave Ted Woolsey any time to translate this game, which resulted in huge cuts to the backstory.

By the way, I added a little something after the credits, too. Just saying.

Special thanks to Destructoid, GamerRant, and GilisMunny for their support!

Requested by Ace Aileron, among other fans.

"Danger" was composed by Hiroki Kikuta.

Secret of Mana (known as Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan) was developed and published by Square (now Square-Enix) in 1993 for the Super Nintendo/Super Famicom, Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, and Apple iOS devices.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a videogame features/news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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3:49 PM on 01.20.2012

VGdrum: Star Fox

Via Pixelitis:
http://www.pixelitis.net/video/vgdrum-star-fox/

Via Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvZsn5eHs4k

MAN I love me some Star Fox. Yes, I skipped out on requests again because I’ve been wanting to do some of this music for a long while.

Even with its outdated visuals, the original Star Fox is still a blast to play, and the music has a lot to do with it too – it’s epic! Starting right as you hit the power switch to the end, the music just goes through so many dramatic phases, I love it. From the ominous intro, pop-out Title Screen music, to the pretty “control screen” part, the dramatic map screen, followed by an intense “Scramble” sequence where the Arwings bust out amidst a blaring alarm, and then BAM, upbeat orchestral-meets-rock Corneria music. So good.

I’m disappointed that Hajime Hirasawa didn’t continue a career path in game music, but nevertheless we can safely say it began and ended with a bang. I wish the later Star Fox games used his style more often, not to knock on the soundtracks of Star Fox 64 or even Star Fox Assault.

I use a lot of cymbals in these songs, which doesn’t help when recording on an old camcorder. Just more proof that I need a better recording setup. If I could only afford one! “Boss (Titania)” had to go through a few revisions because a Neil Peart-esque beat I was doing with the ride cymbal didn’t lend itself well to the song. I tried my best to enhance the bass and lower the brightness of the cymbals but there isn’t much I can do given my equipment to make the double bass more audible. Imagine it in your head :P I’m also aware of just a little timing snag in the middle of “Boss (Titania).”

Oh, and stick around for the credits. Just ’cause.

Music: “Corneria,” “Boss (Corneria),” “Boss (Titania),” & “Course Clear (Band Version).”

Music composed by Hajime Hirasawa.

Star Fox (known as Starwing in Europe) was developed by Nintendo EAD and Argonaut Software and published by Nintendo in 1993 for the Super Nintendo/Super Famicom.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a new videogame news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

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And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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12:51 PM on 12.28.2011

VGdrum: Sparkster - "Lakeside" & "1-1"

Via Pixelitis:
http://www.pixelitis.net/video/vgdrum-sparkster-lakeside-1-1/

Via Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldGX8fjbLN8

Hope everybody had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that jazz.

No request this time, sorry! But I haven't forgotten about those who've emailed me. I've wanted to cover the intro music to Sparkster for a long time, but I somehow never got around to it. It just feels so triumphant and upbeat that I just HAD to cover it.

I never played Sparkster or the other Rocket Knight games as a kid, but clearly I have been missing out. It's a great couple of games with some damn good music. The first time I heard "Lakeside" was around 2 years ago and yet on the first listen it made me feel nostalgic for the SNES days. I originally wanted to just cover that, but upon listening to the intro stage of the Genesis version, I knew I couldn't pass it up. This marks the first time I've covered a Genesis/Mega Drive song, hurray!

I always imagine brentalfloss creating lyrics for these tunes. I thought up some lines of my own:

"Have you met Sparkster?
He is the Rocket Knight
Straps on his jetpack and flies
And now he's high in the sky
While I'm high as a kite"

Okay, maybe I should just stick to drumming.

Music: "Lakeside" (SNES) & "1-1" (Genesis/Megadrive)

Music composed by Kazuhiko Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, M. Matsuhira, Michiru Yamane, and Akira Yamaoka.

Yeah, you read that correctly. Michiru Yamane, who brought us amazing Castlevania music, and Akira Yamaoka, the composer of the Silent Hill games among other great titles, both had a hand in Sparkster's music!

Sparkster was developed and published by Konami in 1994 for the Super Nintendo/Super Famicom.

Likewise, Sparkster (Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2) was developed and published by Konami in 1994 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a new videogame news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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5:10 PM on 11.01.2011

VGdrum Request VIII - Zombies Ate My Neighbors - Zombie Panic

Via Pixelitis:
http://www.pixelitis.net/video/vgdrum-request-viii-zombies-ate-my-neighbors-zombie-panic/

Via Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UewPzg1MLHM

Happy Halloween! It's a day late (I'm lazy), but here's the next request. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a pretty fun game with the quirkiest soundtrack you'll ever hear on the SNES. I love how eclectic it is.

Am I the only one who hears a tinge of Danny Elfman's "Batman" theme in the title screen music?

I apologize for the weird transition in the beginning. I messed up the drum intro so I went back to re-record that part. Unfortunately my china cymbal drowns out the sound of my snare at certain parts. Makes me wish I had drum mics so I wouldn't have to rely on the camera's audio anymore. It's also impossible to take out the drum track to this one, as the SNES game's drum tracks were programmed into each channel of the SNES sound chip (how weird!).

The next video or two may just be my own pick this time, but that doesn't mean I haven't forgotten about any requests. Keep 'em coming!

The music was requested by Gwen S. & Matt R.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out http://www.pixelitis.net . It's a new videogame news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and on Facebook @VGdrum.

"Zombie Panic" was composed by George Alistair Sanger.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Zombies in Europe and Australia) was developed by LucasArts and published by Konami (SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis) and LucasArts (Virtual Console) in 1993/1994.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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10:05 AM on 09.28.2011

VGdrum Request VII - Pokémon Gold/Silver - Battle! Trainer (Johto)

http://www.pixelitis.net/video/vgdrum-request-vii-pokemon-goldsilver-battle-trainer-johto/

When's that video embed option coming back? :P

Pokémon! A series I adored as a 4th grader, but then I sort of shunned away from it for a long time before fully appreciating it again in college. While Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow remain my favorites, playing through some of Heart Gold made me realize that I missed out on the great sequel to those games! Pokémon Gold/Silver’s battle music is just plain epic.

This was a tough song to drum to, but it was also highly enjoyable. I’m all over the place on this one, and it’s more interpretive given that there’s no real drum beat in the original GBC composition. Despite a few minor timing issues I’m really proud of this one. Now who wants to redo this one with me in a heavy metal/prog setting?

The music was requested by Erin M. B.

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul and Facebook @VGdrum.

“Trainer! Battle (Johto)” was composed by Junichi Masuda.

Pokémon Gold/Silver (Pocket Monsters: Gold & Silver in Japan) was developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo & The Pokémon Company on Game Boy Color.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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3:44 PM on 07.30.2011

VGdrum Request VI: Battletoads & Double Dragon “Level 1: Abobo”

http://www.pixelitis.net/video/vgdrum-request-vi-battletoads-double-dragon-level-1-abobo/

Still having trouble finding the video-embed option again. Oh well.

Here's a game I should have given a second chance a long time ago! I never realized just how fun Battletoads & Double Dragon is. And the music is killer! David Wise is videogame music genius. Love the beat to this one. It's simple, but loads of fun.

I wonder why Billy and Jimmy's faces and hairstyles are swapped. Odd.

This is a request made by bowbay, who does several bass guitar covers of videogame tunes. Check him out at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/bowbay

Next request is a biggie, and that's all I'm sharing with you.

I got a pair of new hi-hats, 'cause my old ones broke. Say hello to my 14" Sabian Xs hi-hats!

Remember to rate the video and subscribe. Please check out www.pixelitis.net. It's a new videogame news blog that my friends and I are currently working on. And follow me on Twitter @PatrickKul.

"Level 1: Abobo" was composed by David Wise.

Battletoads & Double Dragon was developed by Rare, Ltd. and published by Tradewest on the Super Nintendo.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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7:57 AM on 07.25.2011

VGdrum Request V: Super Valis IV "Castle Vanity"

Pixelitis.net presents: VGdrum Request V: Super Valis IV "Castle Vanity"

(Where'd the video embed option go?! :/ )

I take forever, don't I? Here I am with a request I received over a YEAR ago from Shuy Dagnino. I had never heard of Super Valis IV before, but now that I have I need to play more of it. It's got a great soundtrack.

I really want to replace my drum heads and get some good mics for future recordings. I can't say when that will happen but just know that it's in my plans!

I've got two more "learned" songs to record for you all, so hopefully the wait won't be as gargantuan as before.

Finally, please check out www.pixelitis.net. It's a new videogame news blog that my friends and I are currently working on.

"Castle Vanity" was composed by Junta.

Super Valis IV (known as SUPER Varisu Akaki Tsuki no Otome in Japan) was developed by Telenet Japan and published by Atlus on the Super Nintendo/Famicom.

For all my other videos, click the following link:

http://www.pixelitis.net/video_category/vgdrum/

And visit my Youtube Channel Page!
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7:02 PM on 06.13.2011

VGdrum Request IV - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - Original Sin

Pixelitis.net presents: VGdrum Request IV - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - Original Sin

It's been a while, but I'm back with another request! Yes, it's Castlevania again! This is a sick track from a Gameboy entry of the series, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. Credit goes to Tony Ponce from Destructoid for requesting the track. It took a lot of practice! I had 2 mics on my drums to record the drumming, but unfortunately the bass left a lot to be desired, so I stuck to the camera mic. I wouldn't mind releasing an MP3 with the recording if anybody wants it.

Also if you haven't noticed, I have several new additions to my cymbal family, including 2 new Sabian crashes (one replacing my broken Zildjian) and a new Sabian splash. I love these new cymbals!

I'm still taking requests like usual, but it's been slow-going, please understand. I have two more tracks that have their beats mostly figured out.

Oh and if you enjoyed the video, PLEASE "like" it and "favorite" it. I'd really appreciate that.

"Original Sin" was composed by Hidehiro Funauchi.

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (known as Dracula Densetsu II in Japan) was developed and published on the Game Boy by Konami.

And, if you missed them the first time around, here are all of my other videos (which can also be viewed at Pixelitis:

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 1 Drums

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 2 Drums

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 3: Dark King Drums

VGdrum - Breath of Fire Beginning of Battle

VGdrum - Breath of Fire Battling Drums

VGdrum - Breath of Fire II Cross Counter Drums

VGdrum - Final Fantasy 5 V Battle at the Big Bridge

VGdrum - Street Fighter II Guile's Theme A Violent Emotion

VGdrum - Drakkhen Character Creation

VGdrum - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV Turtles in Time Drum Medley

VGdrum - Earthbound (Mother 2) Pokey/Porky Means Business! REVISITED

VGDrum - Breath of Fire II Battle Medley

VGdrum - River City Ransom

VGdrum - Mega Man X Medley Part 1/2

VGdrum - Mega Man X Medley Part 2/2

VGdrum Request I - Shadow of the Colossus A Despair-filled Farewell ~Battle With the Colossus~

VGdrum - Final Fantasy I, II, & III Battle Medley

VGdrum - Gradius III - Invitation to Space/Departure For Space/Sand Storm

VGdrum - Final Fantasy IV Battle Medley

VGdrum - Now Taking Requests!

VGdrum Request II - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - Lava Dome

VGdrum Request III - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

VGdrum Request IV - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - Original Sin   read





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