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Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

Dec 30 // Jayson Napolitano
10. "Db 606" - de Blob (Wii) [embed]265845:51406:0[/embed] Let's start with something energetic and fun! While you can probably guess that this list will be dominated by battle themes, this track, from the amazing soundtrack to de Blob, brings live instruments to the mix with a jubilant disco track. In the game, the tracks are named by mood, and this one is aptly called "Euphoric." Pretty fitting, and it will certainly put a smile on your face as you're torturing your body at the gym! 9. "Boss Battle" - Final Fantasy XII (PS2) [embed]265845:51408:0[/embed] I have so much Hitoshi Sakimoto on my exercise playlist, it's not even funny. Kind of odd when you consider his orchestral style, but this track in particular has some epic buildups in the chorus section that will really get your blood pumping. You may also want to check out some of his themes from Valkyria Chronicles as they're surprisingly good for a workout. 8. "Geometric City" - Raystorm (PS1) [embed]265845:51409:0[/embed] Raystorm has several tracks I'd like to include, but I love the smooth soundscape of this track. It's not too intense, and gently eases you into a workout, or gives you a much needed break towards the end of a tough session. You can also check out the NEU TANZ MIX remix album for more Raystorm goodness for the gym. 7. "Maze of Death" - Mega Man 9 (Wii / PS3 / 360) [embed]265845:51410:0[/embed] There are so many Mega Man tracks to consider, but I had to pick this one. The track title, the pumping basslines, and the fast-paced notes make for such a great motivation for that workout. There's also an arrange album for this game which has a great version of "Maze of Death," and several other themes from Mega Man 9 and of course the entire franchise are great for the gym (check out our top ten underrated Mega Man tracks here). 6. "Sealed Time" - Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (PC) [embed]265845:51411:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite songs of all time, period. So it goes without saying that I also love to take it with me for exercise sessions. It's a powerful '80s rock adventure, as is the rest of this amazing soundtrack, and all of it could be included on this list. Man, that melody is just so awesome! 5. "Dispossessed Eidolons ~Minudes~" - FFIV: The After Years (Wii / PSP) [embed]265845:51412:0[/embed] I bet this one is a surprise to most. The chaotic nature of this track and the pounding orchestral elements are just so awesome, I couldn't help but bring people's attention to it here. In fact, the word "explosive" comes to mind with this track... it will really work you up into a frenzy at the gym. 4. "Awakening" - Xenogears (PS1) [embed]265845:51413:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite final boss themes out there, and it always comes to mind when people ask me about my favorite battle themes, or heaviest game music tracks. Mitsuda really outdid himself with the orchestral elements and choir, bringing in a memorable melody and a perfect ending to such a powerful game. 3. "Glory Days" - Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 (Arcade) [embed]265845:51414:0[/embed] The Wangan Midnight franchise features music by Yuzo Koshiro, and this track in particular brings in the pumping electronics for which the series is known and combines it with a mean sax performance by Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (the two often collaborate on the Etrian Odyssey series, so this track is a trip to hear after hearing the style of music they create for those games). It makes me think of the "Glory Days" when I weighed a lot less, which gets me into gear! 2. "Worlds Collide" - Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) [embed]265845:51415:0[/embed] I absolutely love the Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack, and this track and "Paradigm Shift" are absolute musts on your exercise playlist. This is one of the first songs featured in the early demos of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and it blew me away with its heavy electronics-infused hip-hop sound, and I think if you really give it a chance, it will grow on you and become one of your favorites as well. 1. "Argon Refinery" - Shatter (PS3) [embed]265845:51416:0[/embed] The entire Shatter soundtrack is a gym playlist in itself. It's absolutely stunning, and "Argon Refinery" in particular with its 8:23 length will keep you going for a while. There's a part towards the middle where some killer electric guitar makes an entrance and will really get you in the mood to kick some ass. Go download this whole soundtrack now, in fact! BONUS! "To Far Away Times" - Love SQ [embed]265845:51417:0[/embed] I wanted to throw in a bonus, and this one is an arrangement of the ending theme from Chrono Trigger. This track has a special meaning to me in my life, and always managed to bring a tear to my eye, but this version is just so energetic and positive that I love when it pops up during a workout.I also present this arrangement here for another special occasion. I know the articles I write on Destructoid are long, but I know there are those out there that read every word, and for those of you reading this now, I have this message: this is my last post on Destructoid. I'm not one to write a big going away post for the front page, so I wanted to say goodbye here, to those of you that have read this far, in the best way I know how: with the most fitting piece of music I could think of.Thanks to everyone running Destructoid for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for game music with all of you, and most of all, thank you, dear readers, for your ear in more ways than one. I will continue sharing my passion for game music with others as I delve into providing public relations services for composers around the globe as well as releasing albums as a part of a new record label I'm launching. You can bet that the good folks here at Destructoid will be keeping you informed about these projects in the future. And I'll hopefully see many of you at MAGFest.Until that time, I beg you all to keep an open ear, listen to as much game music as possible, and share the love with your friends! Thanks for everything! 
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Sound Card 014: Get ready to kick some ass!
Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thoug...

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Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix

Three discs of music, including arrangements by top Japanese composers
Dec 26
// Jayson Napolitano
After our look at the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last week, I wanted to turn my attention to this year’s special release, dedicated entirely to the music of Ragnarok Online. Elemental Tunes features f...
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Puzzle & Dragons

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons

A published soundtrack album comes with rockin' remixes
Dec 22
// Jayson Napolitano
So what’s the big stink about Puzzle & Dragons? I was fascinated by the title before it blew up into a huge success for Japanese publisher GungHo, mainly because of Romancing SaGa/Culdcept composer Kenji Ito’s...

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at

Playing cards, key chain, mouse pad, music CD and more
Dec 19
// Jayson Napolitano
We just featured an issue of Note Worthy last week, but I thought the elaborate packaging and contents that GungHo put into the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last year deserved its own moment in the spotlight. It i...

So much great game music was released this past month

Dec 16 // Jayson Napolitano
Top Picks[embed]267541:51850:0[/embed]Cure SQRelease Date: December 11, 2013Price: 2,100 Yen ($21)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsAn official Square Enix arrange album featuring a quartet of recorders? Sometimes a ukulele? But mostly recorders? I never thought I’d find myself being excited about such an album, but here I am. Despite the album’s short length (around 33 minutes), the quirky song and instrument selection for a lot of fun.You have a beautiful rendition of “Opening” from Romancing SaGa, an impressive “Clash on the Big Bridge” from Final Fantasy V, a delightful “Gogo’s Theme ~ Slam Shuffle” from Final Fantasy VI (my favorite track!), a perfectly-matched “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger, and a gorgeous “Gau’s Theme ~ Relm’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI.So good! Get this now!LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKRelease Date: November 21, 2013Price: 3,990 Yen ($40)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various Artists[Sound Samples]Ready for another surprise? While Final Fantasy XIII-2 was laden with pop and ballad vocal tracks, Lightning Returns takes yet another direction, instead relying on exotic instrumentation, lots of choral elements, and a dark ambient vibe. There are a few cutting electronic tracks that caught my attention, some great jazz and Dragon Quest-esque orchestral themes, an ending suite that will move you to tears, and even a few references to past Final Fantasy XIII songs that fans should appreciate.My favorites of the bunch are: “The Devout,” a dark and droning ambient tracks that’s over eight minutes in length, “Salvation’s Fanfare,” a funky electronic victory theme, “Eternal Midnight,” a free-form jazz piece, “The Savior’s Song,” a vocal lullaby by Mitsuto Suzuki that sounds like a classic from ages ago, “Desert Lullaby,” an ‘80s-flavored easy listening track with bongos and a seductive male vocal performance, “Evening Returns” with its super soothing woodwinds and acoustic guitars, and “Angel’s Tears,” the contrasting beautiful-yet-unsettling piece that relies on chopped up strings and a synthesized choir. I love a lot of tracks here, but three discs is a lot to cover.Those who pick this up at CD Japan can still get the first press bonus: a fancy textured box that houses the album. Fans of the game or those who are curious beforehand will want to look into this.Nintendo FAMICOM MUSICRelease Date: December 4, 2013Price: 2,400 Yen ($24)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsNintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Famicom in style, bringing several classic soundtracks to Blu-spec CD. Soundtracks include everything from Super Mario Bros. and Zelda to Metroid, Famicom Wars, Kid Icarus, Mach Rider and their sports lineup (see a full list here).Collections like this have come along a few times over the years, but they’ve quickly sold out and have gone out of print. This is a great opportunity to pick them up now if you haven’t already. I was particularly surprised by the Shin Onigashima soundtracks. My only complaint about the collection would be the absence of Doki Doki Panic (Super Mario Bros. 2 outside of Japan) and the fact that each title is presented as an individual track as opposed to breaking out each individual song into its own track for easy picking out of your favorite moments.At the price point of $24, which is cheap by Japanese standards, I think it’d make a fun stocking stuffer. If I hadn’t already bought it, it would be the coolest stocking stuffer I’d ever hope to receive![embed]267541:51851:0[/embed]The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsRelease Date: November 22, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: In-game only Artist(s): Ryo NagamatsuAfter writing some of my favorites tracks for Super Mario Galaxy 2, I was surprised to see that Ryo Nagamatsu was not involved with Super Mario 3D World. This is why. He was writing over two hours of music for this game! I’d heard great things about the score, and for those who loved the soundtrack to A Link to the Past, the nostalgia is laid on thick with tons of references to past tunes.Nagamatsu is no slouch when it comes to original works, however. What I’m most impressed by is his knack for a classical orchestral sound, as heard in his castle stealth theme and the castle theme you’ve heard in the trailer (that plays the Hyrule Castle theme in reverse). That theme in particular is featured in several different layers of intensity, which is a real treat to hear. Aside from that, Nagamatsu adds emotional themes, a grandiose overworld theme, an icy dungeon theme, and a mysterious witch’s hut track that really impressed me. Then there are the milk bar tracks that provide acoustic versions of many of the game’s themes… there’s a lot to hear in this game.With that, it’s a shame there probably won’t be a soundtrack release. I feel that maybe they did rely too heavily on A Link to the Past, but as a fan of that score, I can’t complain. Nagamatsu has done an amazing job.Other Releases[embed]267541:51849:0[/embed]Blur BomberRelease Date: December 10, 2013Price: $7 (digital) / $30 (physical)Availability: BandcampArtist(s): Mega Ran and Mister Wilson Mega Ran and Mister Wilson team up to tell a tale of the merging of the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man through their unique blend of chiptunes and hip hop. The story is just as big a part of the experience as the music, and fortunately, both are quite interesting. On a whole, the album is rather mellow, with lots of slow jams, my favorites of which are the spooky “Skull Egg Zone,” the heavier 8-bit infused “20XX,” the super chill “Unite! (feat. Tha Kure)” (my favorite track on the album), and the jubilant “Ending.”Want to find out how Robotnik and Wily plan to turn Mega Man and Sonic against one another? Fans of either franchise should buy this and find out.[embed]267541:51848:0[/embed]MeowMeow & BowWowRelease Date: September 1, 2013Price: $10Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Dj CUTMAN, SpamtronI’ll admit I never played more than a few minutes of Link’s Awakening, but I have been playing the Gameboy Color titles recently, and fortunately they use a lot of the same music! This album stays true to the original soundscapes of the Gameboy with some retro synth work with added bass grooves and percussive elements, all of which are tastefully done. I love the jubilant “Mabe Village,” the bumping “Awakening (Overworld), the funky “The Woods,” the deep and bassy “Dungeons,” the head-boppin’ Mega Man-esque “Mountain Range (Tal Tal Heights),” and a sweet, dreamy version of “Ballad of the Wind Fish.”Very good stuff.[embed]267541:51852:0[/embed]SONIC LOST WORLD ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK WITHOUT BOUNDARIESRelease Date: November 27, 2013Price: 4,200 Yen ($42)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Tomoya Ohtani and Takahito EguchiTomoya Ohtani continues to lead the Sonic team's musical efforts, keeping the quality high while exploring an eclectic mix of styles. There’s the amazingly catchy “Wonder World - Title Theme -,” which gets the big orchestral treatment, but there’s also a fun electronic version to be had later on the album. It then launches into pop rock sans lyrics with “Windy Hill Zone 1,” followed by everything from ska and big band jazz to Latin and Japanese-flavored tracks. I particularly enjoy the desert-y “Desert Ruins Zone 4,” the chilled out “Sky Road,” and the rockin’ showdown with the final boss.While Ohtani works his magic yet again and impresses with the sheer number of genres he’s seemingly mastered, I could have gone for an entire soundtrack in the style of “Wonder World” and “Windy Hill Zone 1,” which were my favorite tracks from the beginning of the album. Still, it’s a fun musical journey that Sonic fans will appreciate.[embed]267541:51847:0[/embed]Ultionus: A Soundtrack of Petty RevengeRelease Date: December 12, 2013Price: Name Your PriceAvailability: BandcampArtist(s): Jake Kaufman and A_Rival This is a perfect project for Jake Kaufman: a retro synth shmup with a silly premise (read about it on the Bandcamp page). While Kaufman generally goes all out with his synth work, adding all sorts of flair with impressive solos and such, Ultionus is a rather subdued affair, and I have to say that I really dig it. It feels like a lost Japanese soundtrack from the early ‘90s. I particularly enjoy the energetic “Orbital Bombardment,” funky “Snow Peaks,” and the sleek “Inner Sanctum.” A_Rival’s contribution is “Wandering” from his TRUTHCANNON album, which was easily the best track on that album, so I love it here.Hey, name your price and get this now! World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Soundtrack Volume IIRelease Date: November 8, 2013Price: $12Availability: BlizzCon Exclusive Artist(s): Blizzard EntertainmentIn addition to the StarCraft II CD that we covered last month, Blizzard also released a second volume of music from Mists of Pandaria. While the original Pandaria CD sported an ethnic sound that seemed to fit quite nicely with the expansion’s visuals, this album, compiling music from the content updates, is a bit more sinister.It begins with the tumultuous “Thunder King” and the powerful and ominous choir in “Heal the Land,” and rarely lets up in intensity over the course of an hour of listening. I did appreciate the soothing Chinese zither work in “Worth Fighting For,” but for the most part, even if the tracks aren’t loud, they’re dark and terrifying, which should bring World of Warcraft soundtrack fans back to some of the earliest expansions in terms of soundscape.Unfortunately the album was meant to be a BlizzCon exclusive, so chances are slim that it will turn up again.[embed]267541:51846:0[/embed]X'mas Collections II music from SQUARE ENIXRelease Date: November 27, 2013Price: 2,190 Yen ($22)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsWe mentioned this album a few weeks back. Yuzo Koshiro on “Rydia” from Final Fantasy IV, the return of Junya Nakano tackling Dewprism, Kenichiro Fukui doing a lovely piano ballad of “Crono and Marle” from Chrono Trigger, a performance by one of our favorite new bands of 2013, Nanaa Migho’s, a track from NieR, and even an arrangement from a Mana game that hasn’t been announced.The album offers a lot of surprises, and the music is amazingly well-produced, and not cheesy in the slightest. Expect lots of icy bell tones, chilly strings and pads with lots of crystal-like reverb, and some tasteful use of jingle bells. This is the game music you want to listen to for Christmas, so hopefully you’ve already ordered it by now!Oh, and the cardboard sleeve that houses the album? There’s a foam spacer just in case you happen to own the first X’mas Collections CD, which is a nice treat.
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Note Worthy 023: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
You know the drill: another month, ten more game soundtracks to review. We usually have a pick of the month, but there was so much great music released this time around, I decided to recognize four separate releases as our to...

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Final Fantasy VII

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls

A treat for fans in Japan and Europe
Dec 08
// Jayson Napolitano
After the beautiful Final Fantasy Vinyls collection released last year, Square Enix is putting together a special two vinyl collection of music dedicated solely to Final Fantasy VII, printed on what they're calling "picture v...
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Game Music

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer

Classic Famicom-era soundtracks across two discs
Dec 05
// Jayson Napolitano
Nintendo has released their Famicom-era soundtracks in a variety of ways over the years, but it's been quite some time since anything has been available in print. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of some of their earliest ti...
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Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman

Because the main theme wasn't catchy enough as is
Nov 24
// Jayson Napolitano
We've said time and again how great the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is. The team used the game's main theme quite extensively in promotional videos for the game, and it became obvious that they were taking the series in ...
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Christmas Music

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness

Featuring Yuzo Koshiro and unannounced Mana game
Nov 20
// Jayson Napolitano
Square Enix's X'mas Collections album from 2010 was a cool idea, but was poorly executed. To put it bluntly, it was short, lazy, and sounded "cheap." They've taken this feedback to heart, and are releasing a second volum...

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is another masterpiece

Nov 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksSuper Mario 3D WorldRelease Date: November 22, 2013Price: N/AAvailability: In-gameArtist(s): Mahito Yokota, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi, Yasuaki Iwata[embed]265455:51383:0[/embed]I'll say that Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo (interviewed here) had a lot to live up to after their work on Super Mario Galaxy. Fortunately, they've brought together the best of both worlds, both in terms of a big orchestral sound and the traditional Mario big band jazz that's been missing for so long.Every bit of this soundtrack is a love note to fans, from the arrangement of the character select screen from Super Mario Bros. 2, to the Super Mario Bros. 3 death jingle (I almost wanted to die just to hear it), to tons of references to past Mario titles that I won't spoil here.In terms of the new, there's the infectious theme that everyone has heard in trailers, tons of catchy overworld tracks (disco meets brass for one of the final stages? Yes please!), epic orchestral for the castle stages, a great Christmas-esque snow theme, a beautiful yet spooky ghost house theme, some smooth jazz (very good!) for the beach, some fun woodwind-meets-funk bass, more disco, more funk, cool synths, traditional Japanese sounds... it goes on and on. It's all amazingly well produced, and the cheesy game-y synth sounds that Nintendo is apt to use are used tastefully in this game.This soundtrack looks to be a Club Nintendo exclusive in Japan. That means I'll pay $50+ to gouging importers because it's that good. Get ready for a beautiful aural experience (I didn't even mention the sound design... underwater effects are awesome!), and watch for our review in the coming days![embed]265455:51303:0[/embed]Castlevania ~Lords of Shadow~ Exclusive Director's Cut SoundtrackRelease Date: October 29, 2013Price: $9.99 (digital only)Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Oscar AraujoI admit the Lords of Shadow soundtrack isn’t as sexy as the gothic rock scores of Castlevania’s past (interesting article on the contrast here). However, it’s found favor for fans with its highly emotional orchestral score that still emphasizes melody and atmosphere. Back when the game was released, the limited edition contained a soundtrack disc with about 20 tracks, but to celebrate Halloween last month, Sumthing Else Music Works released the Director’s Cut version with a whopping 42 tracks.My favorites from the original, including the foreboding “Dead Bog,” the beautiful “Waterfalls of Agharta,” and the defiant “Belmont’s Theme,” still stand out, but in terms of new material, the powerful “Underground Cave” is a track I was always hoping to see released, as well as short but sweet “Forest Dream” and melancholy “Into Darkness.”I loved the Lords of Shadow soundtrack, and this is the definitive version. Check it out.[embed]265455:51297:0[/embed]Club NeedlemouseRelease Date: October 31, 2013Price: $10 (physical) / $7 (digital)Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): RobKTAThis electronic remix album spans the entire Sonic universe and is damn smooth. Italian artist RobKTA hits a homerun with his funkalicious take on “Spring Yard Zone” from the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the feel-good “Disco Absolution” from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the sexy “Sambapolis” from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and even a bumpin’ remix from Sonic Lost World (the bass on this one is killer!). Our favorite electronic remixer, bLiNd, even makes an appearance in “Neddlemau5,” which covers the ending theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and does wonders with its minimalistic approach.If you ever loved Sonic music (not the cheesy rock stuff), download this now![embed]265455:51298:0[/embed]MM25: Mega Man RocksRelease Date: October 29, 2013Price: $9.99 (digital only)Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Various ArtistsThis is one half of the officially sanctioned Mega Man 25th anniversary fan arrangement albums (the other is here). Mega Man Rocks focuses on game music cover bands/artists, and it’s a vocal-heavy affair. That actually had me a bit worried at first, but the vocal work here is quite tastefully done.Acts include ARMCANNON, Mega Ran, The Megas, The Protomen, X-Hunters, and Bit Brigade (yes, it looks like a MAGFest lineup). Everyone does a fantastic job, and I have to say that after hearing many of these acts live and not being overly impressed, their studio efforts are a whole lot more enjoyable. Your favorite tracks are probably going to depend on your musical preferences and the source tracks, but ARMCANNON and Mega Ran do a lot in the way of interpretation and The Protomen are incredibly… dreamy? I wouldn’t think twice if I heard them on the radio.Check it out if you’re a Mega Man fan.Other Releases[embed]265455:51294:0[/embed]Castlevania -Lords of Shadow- MIRROR OF FATE Original Game SoundtrackRelease Date: November 26, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Oscar AraujoI am super happy that Konami has finally decided to release this soundtrack. Oscar Araujo had a daunting task reimaging the musical soundscape of Castlevania with Lords of Shadow, and after doing a fantastic job, I was looking forward to hearing the score for Mirror of Fate.The score is certainly subdued in a lot of ways. The theme is a bit unassuming, and the tail end of the album is packed with most of the heavier action cues, which are rather terrifying. I really love the emotional and rich “Gabriel’s Farewell,” which is probably my favorite track here, although the ethereal bell tone-laden “Library,” tumultuous “Succubus” (love the deep brass bass), and moving “Carousel” are also highlights.While this album isn’t nearly as strong as Lords of Shadow, I still think it’s good, and worth checking out for fans of the Lords of Shadow saga.Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter Original SoundtrackRelease Date: September 18, 2013Price: 2,800 Yen ($28)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Naoki Sato[Soundtrack Samples]I’m with you in not really knowing what this is. Doing a little research on Wikipedia, the anime series is about elementary school kids and futuristic “A.I. cars,” and this album features music from the subsequent games on arcade and 3DS by Naoki Sato.It’s a shame that the franchise this is attached to is so obscure, because the music is quite good. In typical anime fashion, you have high production values and some great composition covering rock, orchestral, ballads and more across two discs. There are a few moments that will make you look up and take note of what you’re listening to, but the fact that likely nobody reading this will have played the games, you probably won’t find yourself connecting with the album.Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes Original SoundtracksRelease Date: July 27, 2011Price: 2,400 Yen ($24)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): T’s MUSICHere’s one that’s been on my desk for way too long. That’s probably because I’m not really a fan of the series and haven’t been impressed with past efforts in terms of music. However, I’m surprised that this is my favorite Sengoku BASARA soundtrack that I’ve heard, bringing together the usual rock, electronic, and orchestral fusion with some really catchy results.The foreboding traditional Japanese and rock in “The End of the Beginning,” chugging “Burning Soul,” an awesome brass and piano-infused rock track, “Lamentation,” the contemplative “Contest the Differences” and “Full Throttle,” the gritty and funky “Now to the Fated Battle,” the classical-inspired “Ravaging Red” (probably my favorite), and the octave-jumping and energetic “CHRONICLE HEROES” are all fantastic.Check this one out if you like traditional Japanese-flavored rock at its best!StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Soundtrack Volume IIRelease Date: November 8, 2013Price: $12Availability: BlizzCon 2013 exclusive Artist(s): Blizzard EntertainmentWe had an awesome feature on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swam’s OST, and I loved the soundtrack was it was released. I was therefore very excited that they decided to release more music from the game in the form of an exclusive CD at BlizzCon this year.While Heart of the Swarm and therefore Volume I of the OST focused on the Zerg, featuring evolving soundscapes that were a lot of fun to listen to, this disc captures the Terran perspective, incorporating more orchestral and rock. There’s emotion in tracks like “Worlds Will Burn,” some rockin’ and funkin’ Terran in “Kaldir,” and the patriotic march, “The Old Directorate.” It’s nice to see the other side, but I was hoping for more textural Zerg themes.Still, fans of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and its music should try to track this album down. It features amazing composition and production values, as always.[embed]265455:51301:0[/embed]Thanks a MillionRelease Date: December 31, 2012Price: FreeAvailability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Descendants of ErdrickWhile Descendants of Erdrick have been one of my favorite acts at past MAGFest events, I failed to notice the release of Thanks a Million, a fan-funded album that was released for free online after physical copies were sold out. How cool is that? Now, I’ve never been a fan of medleys because you don’t really get to savor that one track you’re looking to hear, but this band does them so well, I can’t help but love them. I think it’s the flute added to the rock ensemble that makes their sound so unique… plus any band that does Ninja Gaiden (the NES ones!) deserves major props. What you like will probably depend on what you’re nostalgic for, but the Sonic II, Double Dragon, and Zelda II medleys are all fantastic.No reason not to pick this up. Watch for them at future MAGFests![embed]265455:51300:0[/embed]Valdis Story: Abyssal CityRelease Date: August 1, 2013Price: $15Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Zach ParrishBefore you write this off as “never heard of it, don’t care,” take a moment to check out this fantastic JRPG-style soundtrack by composer Zach Parrish. There is nearly three and a half hours of music presented here, including pumping battle tracks, foreboding dungeon themes, and of course some emotional cues thrown in. It’s all wonderfully produced for an indie title. I particularly enjoy the more mellow tunes, including the dreamy “Once a Mine, Now a Shrine” and the sweet guitar and bell ballad, “The Heir of Valdis.”I recommend streaming it on Bandcamp and picking it up if you like what you hear.
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Note Worthy 022: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Coming to the end of the year, there's always a lot of great game music releases planned. Top honors go to Super Mario 3D World, and there are so many reasons why that you'll read about here in a second.We've got reviews...

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Escape Goat 2

Here's some music from Escape Goat 2's forest area

Goatvania in gameplay and music!
Nov 08
// Jayson Napolitano
Escape Goat 2 looks better each time I see it. I got some new hands-on at GDC Next in Los Angeles where I caught a glimpse of the beautiful new forest and cathedral areas as well as got to hear some work-in-progress music, w...

Super Mario 3D World composers talk cats, dogs, and more

Nov 06 // Jayson Napolitano
On the game's cat theme and how that influenced the scoreMahito Yokota: I worked on a lot of pieces with fun, energetic themes to them, fitting for a "cat" running all over each stage. A lot of the tracks were performed live for this game as well, and there are a few electric-guitar and trombone sequences meant to imitate a cat's meowing.On their specific roles on Super Mario 3D WorldMahito Yokota: I was the sound director and main composer. Outside of Koji Kondo, the other composers were Toru Minegishi and Yasuaki Iwata.Koji Kondo: I worked on two tracks for the athletic and seaside courses.On whether we'll be hearing arrangements from Super Mario WorldMahito Yokota: Sadly, there isn't any remixed music from Super Mario World. However, this is a game where you take control of four characters, each with different abilities. Does that remind you of Mario 2 at all? You might just find some musical rearrangements from that game here.On the differences between Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D WorldMahito Yokota: With this game, too, there are naturally a lot of tracks performed live. The game chiefly takes place on terra firma, so there isn't the majestic or floaty feel of the Mario Galaxy series; instead, the music has a more rhythmic atmosphere, something you'll want to dance to. Like you at Destructoid have noticed, we're arranging the music with a big-band feel, taking advantage of a full horn section with trumpets and saxophones, as we try to differentiate the music feel here from the Mario Galaxy series.Dogs get a lot of attention in Japan (Nintendogs!), but this game is all about cats. After working on this game, which do you prefer?Mahito Yokota: I like dogs! I had to run Cat Mario around a lot during development, but I don't think that changed my opinion at all!Koji Kondo: Sadly, I like dogs more too, although I do like cats.A message to Mario music fans as they play through Super Mario 3D WorldMahito Yokota: We've changed our musical aims here from the Mario Galaxy series, but I'd like to know what you think about this kind of Mario sound. It's the first multiplayer 3D Mario game, so hopefully you'll be enjoying this music while having a blast with your friends.Koji Kondo: There are a lot of fun tracks here, a good match for all the variety in the stages and all the new ways to play. It's a new soundtrack for the Mario series, a lavish one with some live performances, and I hope you can enjoy it with family and friends as you play on a big screen.
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Interview covering influences for the game, references to past soundtracks, and cats vs. dogs
We mentioned a few days back that we had an interview with Nintendo composers Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo regarding their work on Super Mario 3D World in the works. Well, here it is! The two take the time to share with us how cats influenced the game, their thoughts on the great cats vs. dogs debate, and some surprises that we'll hear when it comes to the game's soundtrack.

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Mega Man

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album

Capcom-sanctioned album shows they're thinking of Mega Man
Oct 31
// Jayson Napolitano
OverClocked ReMix has already made it big in our books, contributing to the Video Games Live concert series and creating the soundtrack for Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. On that latter front, OCR has t...
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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music

The emphasis is on a big-band jazz style
Oct 30
// Jayson Napolitano
The Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks feature some of the best Mario music of all time. That's in part thanks to the majestic atmosphere generated by the live symphony orchestra they recorded for those games. The recent New...
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New album seeking Kickstarter funding needs your help
I know there are a lot of fans of Pokemon Reorchestrated's Kanto Symphony and Lost Diaries albums out there. The team is now looking to release a new project titled Double Team, which will cover music from the first five gene...

I'm convinced: Final Fantasy VI is Uematsu's best work

Oct 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksFINAL FANTASY VI Original Soundtrack Remaster VersionRelease Date: September 4, 2013Price: 3,300 Yen ($34)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Nobuo UematsuWhat can I say about this other than re-listening to it for this review made me come to terms that this is Uematsu’s best work. I gushed about the job OverClocked ReMix did with Balance & Ruin, but there’s nothing quite like the original. Spot-on character themes packed with emotion, a perfect expression of good and evil that isn't too cheesy one way or the other ... it’s pretty much perfect.Everyone has their favorite tracks, and they tend to be the same, so I want to call out some underappreciated gems: “Kids Run Through the Corner,” which I think is one of Uematsu’s most soothing town themes, “Grand Finale?,” the comical battle with Ultros at the Opera House that unfortunately never makes it into live performances, the insanely terrifying battle theme, “The Fierce Battle,” and the mischievous “The Magic House” are among my favorites.Buy this now if you don’t already own it. There’s not much difference I could detect from the original version, although if I had to make one gripe, it’d be that their official English track listing breaks a lot of conventions and ignores localization efforts (“The Snake Path” and “Searching Friends” are particularly bad).BEYOND: Two Souls SoundtrackRelease Date: October 8, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: Pre-Order Bonus Artist(s): Lorne BalfeOkay, maybe we didn't like the game, but I love the soundtrack. Lorne Balfe, who recently did Assassin’s Creed III, is quickly becoming one of my favorite composers, and he’s only recently made his way from film to games. This score, while short, is a blend of beautiful and distraught orchestral cues. While that probably sounds boring, I really love the ambiance Balfe creates with the score. The unassuming main theme, “Jodie’s Suite,” features haunting female humming/singing, while “Beyond,” my favorite piece, is dark and tumultuous. Some tracks bring in heavier rock-style percussion to highlight the game’s action, but for the most part, I enjoy the textures that Balfe weaves over the course of nearly 45 minutes.Spectrum of ManaRelease Date: September 28, 2013Price: Free (digital) / $15 (physical)Availability: Spectrum of Mana website Artist(s): Various ArtistsHere’s an impressive album that covers all of the themes from the legendary Secret of Mana soundtrack. Get ready for tons of rock of all flavors, including riveting metal, some mellow acoustic material, and more. The entire album is gold (in part thanks to the source material, and also due to the artists’ apparent love for it). My favorites? There are a lot, and they tended to be my favorites from the original score: Ailsean’s chip-meets-rock “Leave Time for Love,” Norg’s explosive “Like a Boss,” stemage’s dreamy yet rockin’ “Holy Intruder,” Dr. Manhattan’s spunky “Steampunk Fun,” and my two favorites, the alternative-esque “Forest Lesson” by Tim Yarbrough and “A Wish” by VikingGuitar and Larua Liebowitz. Oh, and “Girl, You Got a Nice Beard” (town of dwarves) wins for best song title.Download. NOW. And then think about buying the awesome elemental shirts and art book.Stolen Hearts / Nanaa Mihgo'sRelease Date: September 11, 2013Price: 2,667 ($27)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Nanaa Mihgo’s[Sound Samples]Here’s the Final Fantasy XI live arrange album you never knew you wanted. After most of the members of the Star Onions left Square Enix, this trio got together and brings a much heavier jazz flavor to the mix. The album’s eight tracks are really meaty, coming in at close to an hour, and I think fans will dig the jazz/funk and ballad elements.While “Bustle of the Capital” takes a lighter tone, “Fighters of the Crystal” is quite epic at 11 minutes in length. “Distant Worlds” takes a more ballad-oriented approach, while fan-favorite “Ronfaure” is super funky!Grab this album. It also comes with some codes for in-game stuff.Other Releases[embed]263332:50862:0[/embed]Bells of YggdrasilRelease Date: October 1, 2013Price: $4Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Jeff BallThis is a short but sweet solo piano album by Tiny Barbarian composer Jeff Ball. He cites the Piano Collections Final Fantasy CDs among its inspiration, which you can hear from time to time, especially in the ballad-esque “Girl with Platinum Hair.” My favorite, however, is the sleep-inducing “Aurora above Taiga,” which forms a nice contrast between high and low notes in an almost call-and-response manner. Lovely stuff, grab it if you like piano music.DENJI MASHI-MASHI Original SoundtrackRelease Date: February 7, 2013Price: 2,000 Yen ($20)Availability: Limited Artist(s): Various ArtistsI’m a huge fan of Nobuyoshi Sano, best known for Ridge Racer and Tekken, and I just recently found out he had his own record label with music distributed by SuperSweep. DENJI MASHI-MASHI is one such release that is admittedly mostly sound effects, but there are some bumping electronic tracks with some hip vocaloid vocals. The main theme in particular is rather infectious, while the electro “Parameters” is trip, and the retro “Dear Radio,” which will have you thinking of classic SEGA tunes, is probably my favorite track on the album.Still, there are about seven real songs here, and even if you could find the CD (it’s been sold at events in Japan), $20 for seven tracks is a lot to ask. Still, interesting to know what Sano does in his free time!Disgaea D2 Original SoundtrackRelease Date: October 8, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: Limited Edition Bonus Artist(s): Tenpei SatoWe kind of did this one in reverse order! We recently reviewed the arrange album, and I was admittedly unimpressed. However, I think the original soundtrack offers a little more variety: classic fantasy tunes, Sato’s signature style of rock infused with wacky synths, and quirky vocal themes (one of which sounds like the Pokemon theme). I particularly dig the final battle theme “Dramatic Devil Story” and the sweet and comforting “Brown Leaf.”The second disc includes tracks from previous Disgaea games, while the beautiful limited edition set (still available exclusively on the NISA shop houses figurines, an art book, collectible cards, and the game. Fans who are looking forward to the game will want to strongly consider springing for the limited edition set, as the contents, including the soundtrack, are great additions to any collection.Sakura Flamingo Audiography –GREY– and –PINK–Release Date: July 26, 2013Price: 2,100 ($21) eachAvailability: Limited Artist(s): Various ArtistsI, like you, had no idea what these albums were when I first saw them. They were distributed by SuperSweep, and contain tracks and remix from ChaosField, Radirgy, Ilmatic Envelope, and Karaos. You end up with two discs packed with club, house, and other various kinds of electronic music. When I say electronic music, I mean the real stuff, too, not game-y stuff. PINK didn’t do much form me outside of the icy “Timeline,” although GREY get a bit more into game-y melodic territory with tracks like the perfect schmup accompaniment, “Human Figure -Remix-“ and the upbeat “2 the Sky -Remix-.” Still, even if you can find these, you’re probably going to want to be a huge electronic music fan to care.SQUARE ENIX COMPOSERS BEST/SELECTION BLACK DISKRelease Date: September 18, 2013Price: 2,100 Yen ($21)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various Artists[Sound Samples]This album draws attention to Square Enix’s current roster of composers, arrangers, and synthesizer operators. Each of nine artists gets a single track that acts as a medley that goes through their various works. While I can get behind Square Enix wanting to support its sound staff in this project, and while it will draw attention to some of the work some of their lesser-known team members have contributed to, I can’t help but think they could have done it in another, better way.First, medleys shift from one track to the next without much transition in some cases, making it difficult to isolate a specific piece you may want to listen to on its own. And you’ll sometimes be left scratching you head, knowing that a different composer composed the piece you’re listening to, but that this guy arranged or operated the synthesizer. Decently priced by Japanese standards, but would have made a better $10 digital release.SQUARE ENIX MUSiC SAMPLER CD Vol.8Release Date: September 21, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: Tokyo Game Show 2013 Artist(s): Various ArtistsAn unassuming name, yes, but this disc is important. Square Enix hands these out every year at TGS, and they contain music previews of their upcoming release, often announcing many new CDs that we never knew were coming. This year’s disc is no different.There are some Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer tracks (a nice bonus) which sound nice, although don’t give us much indication of what we’re going to hear, an underwhelming preview of their second volume of Christmas music, an action-y track from Drag-On Dragoon 3 (I was hoping for some more emotional NieR-esque material), and a few tracks from their smaller mobile titles. What really caught my attention were Cure SQ and SQ Swing, however, with the former bringing playful woodwinds to “Battle on the Big Bridge” and the latter giving us a medley from Final Fantasy VI. I’m not looking forward to both.A disappointing sampler for the most part, but there’s some interesting things that Square Enix will have for us this year!
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Note Worthy 020: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Okay, so we've featured a lot of Final Fantasy in Note Worthy lately, in part thanks to the recent remaster soundtracks. Looking at Final Fantasy VI this month, however, finally brought me around to accepting that this is tru...

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Yoshitaka Amano

Look at Yoshitaka Amano's Deva Zan story and art book

Literary debut of legendary illustrator
Oct 04
// Jayson Napolitano
I've been looking forward to getting this book for a long time. When we featured The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy some months back, we were told about the impending release of Deva Zan, Amano's literary debut that not ...
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Secret of Mana

Spectrum of Mana tribute album now available

Three discs of arrangements paying homage to Secret of Mana
Sep 30
// Jayson Napolitano
Last month we shared an exclusive sample of Spectrum of Mana, a 3-disc tribute album to Hiroki Kikuta's timeless Secret of Mana soundtrack featuring stemage, Alexander Brandon, Tim Yarborough of The OneUps, and many others. T...

Top ten game music tracks to sleep to

Sep 24 // Jayson Napolitano
10. "Eruyt Village" - Final Fantasy XII (PS2) [embed]261464:50403:0[/embed] I knew from the moment this track started in with its beautiful harp and woodwinds that it'd be perfect to sleep to. Not only is the music soothing, but imagery of a lush deep forest comes to mind, really putting me in the mood. This is also one of my favorites from the highly underrated Final Fantasy XII soundtrack, and one of my favorite Sakimoto compositions to date. 9. "The Queens" - Secret of Evermore (SNES) [embed]261464:50404:0[/embed] Did you know that Secret of Evermore was composer Jeremy Soule's musical debut? This track, while somber, is simply magical. There are the peaceful harmonies in the beginning, followed by the warm bass, and finally the scattered woodwinds that seemingly drift off into a dream. 8. "Still of the Night" - Secret of Mana (SNES) [embed]261464:50405:0[/embed] I could have easily made a top ten list of music to sleep to from Secret of Mana alone. I went with "Still of the Night" mainly because some of my other picks were either more relaxing than sleep-inducing, or they were already featured on past lists. The bell tones and choir pads get a nice rhythm going that will do just trick on those sleepless nights! 7. "Peace of Akatosh" - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC / PS3 / 360) [embed]261464:50406:0[/embed] My sleep playlist is loaded with Jeremy Soule's work from The Elder Scrolls. "Peace of Akatosh" is especially effective, however, with its dreamy pads, slow pacing, and effective use of silence. It's not as exciting as many of the other tracks here, but it's somewhat of a sleeper hit (hah!). 6. "The One Who Is Torn Apart" - Xenogears (PS1) [embed]261464:50407:0[/embed] Okay, this one is a bit sinister, but man, that steady pad in the background and the fading bell tone backing does wonders. I often find the track contemplative, but given its length at over five minutes, I'm usually knocked out by the time it's through. This is another soundtrack with tons of great music to sleep to, though, so dig in! 5. "Subterra" - A Boy and His Blob (Wii) [embed]261464:50408:0[/embed] This was such a charming and gorgeous-looking game. Daniel Sadowski really outdid himself with the soundtrack, with "Subterra" being my favorite track from the game as well as one of my favorite songs to sleep to. It's that rich reverb that gives the track such an encompassing feel. 4. "Dimension Break" - Chrono Cross (PS1) [embed]261464:50409:0[/embed] Chrono Cross is another title with more than ten tracks that could easily be on this list. This lazy track moseys along with solo guitar, a measured pace, and a beautiful melody that is never intrusive. I can't help but remember the track's context, as well, in the bizarre yet beautiful space between worlds. 3. "Submerged Temple" - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GC) [embed]261464:50410:0[/embed] I was pleasantly surprised that this arrangement of the red soil area from Super Metroid found its way into Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. It's an exceptional example of memorable ambiance, and the updated version featured here really put the theme over the top. There's power in repetition, and I find a certain regenerative quality in this track. 2. "Lifestream" - Final Fantasy VII (PS1) [embed]261464:50411:0[/embed] Okay, getting down to the bottom here, I had some really tough decisions to make. "Lifestream" is simply my favorite track from Final Fantasy VII, and for some reason, people never seem to pay it much mind! I remember going into Bugenhagen's observatory and leaving my TV on just to relax to this track, and I'll admit that it was first MP3 I ever encountered back in 1998. A friend brought over 21 floppy discs with three songs from the FFVII OST so he could show me "this cool new MP3 thing" (I now own the soundtrack legally, of course!). 1. "This Dream" - NieR (PS3 / 360) [embed]261464:50412:0[/embed] Nearly the entirety of the NieR soundtrack is on my sleep playlist. However, I went with "This Dream" because it literally put me to sleep while I was playing the game. This forest town is foggy and dream-like to begin with, but this track plays during one of the text adventures that you encounter while trying to save the villagers from their eternal dream state. So beautiful! BONUS! "Nao Chorra Menina" - Final Fantasy: Pray [embed]261464:50413:0[/embed] Okay, I intentionally said I wouldn't be including arranged tracks, so I had to pick my very favorite and make it a bonus track. "Nao Chora Menina" is a lullaby-esque arrangement from the Final Fantasy vocal album, Pray, and covers "Kids Run Through the City Corner" from Final Fantasy VI. It's one of just a handful of songs that contain vocals on my playlist, and I think you'll find that it's a wonderful lullaby.
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Sound Card 013: Try not to fall asleep while reading!
This one's been on the back burner for way too long. While most recent editions of The Sound Card have focused on a single game franchise, I've been wanting to get back to the good ol' "What's on your playlist" kind of posts....

I never realized Final Fantasy V's OST was this good

Sep 16 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksFINAL FANTASY V Original Soundtrack Remaster VersionRelease Date: August 7, 2013Price: 3,200 Yen ($32)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu[Sound Samples]Okay, I admit it. I still haven’t finished Final Fantasy V, and given that I never really played it, I never sat down and listened to its soundtrack with a critical ear. It’s interesting to note that with all the remix albums released by Square Enix over the years, I’ve been mostly exposed to this music through arrangements, and so it’s nice that this remaster version has given me the opportunity to visit the originals, and I have to say that I’m impressed!The composition is really top-notch Uematsu stuff, fitting nicely in between Final Fantasy IV’s newfound storytelling and the epic scale of Final Fantasy VI. Uematsu really nails the emotion right out of the gate with the bubbly main theme that is repeated elsewhere through the album, including in the foreboding “Bewitched” and the melancholy, “One Day, for Certain.” The town theme and overworld themes are fantastic and catchy, “Spreading Vast Wings” is pure Uematsu bliss, and “Far-Distant Hometown” is offers a rustic RPG sound that makes for an instant classic. And that’s not even touching on the legendary “Clash on the Big Bridge,” the powerful “Epic Battle,” and touching “Dear Friends.”You can count me as a fan of this soundtrack. Really, given its emotional impact, I think I’m inspired to go back and play the game now.As far as what the remaster version offers, I can’t tell the difference from the original soundtrack release, but there is the first-press cardboard sleeve if you were able to get that, and now there’s an official English tracklisting that is going to take old timers some time to get used to (no more “Ahead on our Way” or “Home Sweet Home”).LET ME TELL YOU A STORYRelease Date: September 26, 2013Price: $10Availability: Band Website (physical) | Bandcamp (digital) Artist(s): Random Encounter [embed]261873:50491:0[/embed]I’ll admit that I saw this band at MAGFest and thought they sounded terrible. However, I decided to give them another chance, this time with their new album, LET ME TELL YOU A STORY, and man, they’ve record a mean album. While the arrangements are short, the rock stylings with the addition of accordion sometimes feels like a pirate jig, and at other times it just seriously rocks. I love “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger, “Heart of Fire” from Castlevania, and the very cool “Serpent Trench” and “Slam Shuffle” (perfect for an accordion) from Final Fantasy VI, and the super epic “Wind Waker” (what better game for a pirate jig performance?).Vocals are strewn across the album. I know these will turn some people off, but the content is actually pretty funny if you take the time to listen (I’m looking at you, “Katamari on the Rocks”). “Theme of Sorrow” from Final Fantasy IV gets a serious vocal arrangement, and the choral fragment of “Epona” is also quite sweet.I hope they clean up their live act and bring some of these new arrangements to MAGFest this year! In the meantime, check them out. They’ve got a very unique sound and some great arrangements.Toukiden Original SoundtrackRelease Date: August 28, 2013Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Hideki SakamotoHideki Sakamoto is a name that you should learn if you don’t already know it. While he’s known mostly for his work on echochrome, nearly everything he’s written is worth your time and attention, and this soundtrack is no different. It takes the monster hunting formula and adds traditional Japanese elements, which is reflected in the music. Now, this game is from Tecmo Koei, and I was expecting the soundtrack to take a heavy metal turn, but it never does, instead relying on traditional Japanese instrumentation with a strong orchestral backing, and, from time to time, an injection of tasteful electronics that really gets the blood pumping.There are emotional moments, grandiose epic ones, and everything in between. There are two discs of amazing composition here, with excellent production values. I can’t really call out the tracks by name (the track list hasn’t been translated yet), but this album comes highly recommended. Other Releases2ND SUPER ROBOT WARS OG ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKRelease Date: June 26, 2013Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsThis robot-themed tactical RPG soundtrack spans four discs of some pretty awesome rock and orchestral stuff, and given the critical acclaim of the franchise in Japan, it’s a shame that this installment will likely never be localized. The soundtrack touches on a ton of genres, but heavily emphasizes the action-oriented gameplay with rock, sometimes sounding upbeat and bouncy like something out of the Virtual On franchise, and at others taking on a retro synth sound like something from the SNES era (no complaints from me on this!).There is a lot of brilliance here, but unfortunately there’s a lot to wade through to find those magical moments. JAM Project serves up two heavy metal vocal themes that don’t disappoint, either.Check it out if retro gamey rock is your thing.Before Meteor FINAL FANTASY XIV Original SoundtrackRelease Date: August 14, 2013Price: 5,250 Yen ($53)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu, Masayoshi Soken, et al[Sound Samples]I’m not going to belabor what I’ve already written about in other reviews of this soundtrack. There were the Hot Pocket-esque mini albums (20 tracks between two albums), the meatier iTunes release (38 tracks), and now the full Blu-ray release (104 tracks). There’s a lot of great music here, the best of which was featured on the mini-albums, but for the completionists out there, this is worth checking out.Most of this music is by Nobuo Uematsu in his classic style, including the nostalgic Final Fantasy “Opening Theme,” the cutesy electronic “Supply & Demand,” the rockin’ battle theme, “No Quarter,” and a slew of emotional ballads and slower pieces (many will end up on my sleep playlist), with “Where the Heart is,” “From the Heart,” and “Tranquility” being a few of my favorites. There’s epic chocobo with “Bo-Down,” spooky with “Enraptured” and “Final Respite,” and decisive and resolute in “Breaking Boundaries” and “Imperial Will.” Oh, and a Nanashi no Geemu cameo in “Siren Song!”The album ships on a Blu-ray with accompanying visuals which is nice. You can download MP3s via your home network. While $53 is a lot to ask for, there’s six hours of music here, which would have shipped on 5-6 CDs (see this interview for more), so it’s not really as bad as it sounds.[embed]261873:50490:0[/embed]Cubic Climber Official SoundtrackRelease Date: August 31, 2013Price: $4Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Chase BetheaWhile the soundtrack for this indie title gets off to a rocky start (har har, it’s about climbing mountains), there are some great moments here. The soundtrack sports an icy electronic vibe, accented with some great rhythmic percussion. The crunchy “Boulderdash” is particularly cool with its industrial soundscape, and the dreamy “Class 5” with its female choral elements is simply stunning. Check ‘em out.Grisaia no Rakuen Soundtrack & Theme Song CollectionRelease Date: May 22, 2013Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Pixelbee, Elements GardenThis is another smutty soundtrack in the same series as Le Labyrinthe, which we covered some months back. The duo Pixelbee and members of Elements Garden tag up to serve an eclectic collection of orchestral, pop, and electronic-infused themes. I really dig the vibe here, as there are some really great tracks to relax to. The problem is that I didn’t really find many of the themes to be overly memorable. The second disc containing the vocal themes offers the standard J-rock fare, and didn’t really do much for me.It’s funny though, listening to the music, you’d never guess it was for a pornographic visual novel game.Lost Planet 3 Original SoundtrackRelease Date: August 27, 2013Price: $8.99Availability: iTunes Artist(s): Jack Wall[embed]261873:50496:0[/embed]Composer Jack Wall (Myst, Mass Effect) takes the helm of the Lost Planet franchise, surprising me with over an hour of heavy blues and folk music. The musicianship is fantastic, with the gritty and moody “Lost Souls” and the highly overdriven and abstract “In the Bayou” blowing my mind. It’s not all blues and folk, however, as the second half of the soundtrack treads on familiar orchestral territory. There’s the chilly and ominous main theme followed by a series of sometimes tense and sometimes big orchestral cues, my favorite of which is the terror-inducing “Research Base” with screeching electronic guitar and unsettling string stabs.This is great stuff, and there’s two hours of music here for a fair asking price. Check it out.[embed]261873:50492:0[/embed]Puzzle Bobble Wii Original Sound TrackRelease Date: September 11, 2013Price: $8.91Availability: iTunes Artist(s): Yasuhisa WatanabeI love me some Bobble action. Former ZUNTATA and SuperSweep member Yasuhisa Watanabe was responsible for this short-but-sweet soundtrack. You get icy electronic backings and whimsical melodies that yield a cool and futuristic vibe. The funky “Premonition of a Breeze” and the driving “Swan Park” are my two favorites.This is all good and great. The problem? $8.91 for 15 minutes of music is a bit steep. Pick out your favorites and buy them individually!THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY Compilation AlbumRelease Date: July 31, 2013Price: 3,990 Yen ($40)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsAfter a scattered iTunes release, Square Enix has put out a five-disc collection of music from Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. The first four discs contain the original versions of the songs featured in the game, so if you’re new to collecting game music, this is a good place to start, although seasoned collectors will be most interested in the fifth disc that contains brand new arrangements for the various menus found in the game.Still, even this will probably fail to amaze, although some of the tracks are pretty cool. There are multiple versions of “Prelude” and “Final Fantasy,” with my favorite of the former being the light electronic opening version and the latter being a cute pizzicato version. Other standouts include a rockin’ version of “Setzer’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI, a classy harpsichord version of “Corenlia Castle” (from the original Final Fantasy), and a cool overworld-y version of “The Sunleth Waterscape” from Final Fantasy XIII. Finally, the packaging is pretty rad, too, with sprites of the protagonists all over the front, and sprites of the antagonists covering the inside of the cardboard sleeve.Buy it if you’re a completionist and need the fifth disc or if you’re just starting a collection.
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Note Worthy 019: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Another month, another batch of ten soundtracks to cover in our monthly Note Worthy feature. We've got a lot of great music in this issue, including the Final Fantasy V Remaster Version, six hours of music with Before Meteor:...

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Super Mario World

This Super Mario World orchestral arrangement is glorious

Might be included on Video Games Live: LEVEL 3
Sep 09
// Jayson Napolitano
Video Games Live is making a final push for its Kickstarter campaign, unveiling a fantastic arrangement from Super Mario World (which you can hear below) that it hopes to take to Nintendo and get on the upcoming Video Ga...
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Game music

Come see Gamer Jams concert if you're near Los Angeles

Journey, BioShock, Call of Duty, Uncharted, and Diablo III to be performed
Sep 07
// Jayson Napolitano
Will you be in the Los Angeles area near the end of September? If so, you might want to head over to the Ford Theater on Friday, September 27 at 8:30pm for a special orchestral performance featuring the Young Musicians Founda...

Enjoy these Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft music samples

Aug 20 // Jayson Napolitano
[embed]259767:49948:0[/embed] Eric Dodds (Blizzard Entertainment)Role: Lead DesignerPast Works: A 16-year veteran at Blizzard Entertainment, he's touched nearly everything On the team's approach to the game's soundtrack "We wanted to make sure the music in Hearthstone perfectly complemented what we were trying to do with the game. I think everyone working on the direction for the music was on the same page in that we needed music that was familiar, and at the same time had its own unique feel and signature. Ultimately, we wanted the music to convey three important things -- Warcraft, whimsy, and warmth -- to reflect the lighthearted nature of the game, and to make players feel as though they were sitting in their favorite tavern from Warcraft. I would love to say that I brought something special to the mix, but I think that right from the start everyone was on the same page about what the game needed." On bringing in composer Peter McConnell to score the music "Working with Peter has been fantastic! When we first started working with him, we gave him the assignment to create music that combined Warcraft themes with something whimsical and mysterious.. He delivered a sample track that captured that, and we were very excited to move forward in that direction. Then the magic happened, and when we started working on the final music, Peter took it in an entirely different direction from the initial tracks. In the end, we felt that this new style -- which is what you hear in the game now -- really nailed the combination of themes we were looking for. We think Peter really knocked it out of the park. The team has listened to a lot of different variations of what could have been our music, and we are really happy with what Peter came up with." On why fans should care about this soundtrack and about a soundtrack release "For us, the focus has been on making great, fast-paced, energetic music that complements a game intended to be played in shorter bursts. Releasing that music in the form of a soundtrack is really just a cool bonus for the community. In the end, if you’ve been playing the game for a while, and you’ve been enjoying the music the whole time, then I would chalk that up as a win. I think Peter has delivered music that’s well-suited to that." Jason Hayes (Blizzard Entertainment)Role: Trailer music, in-game singersPast Works: StarCraft franchise, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft On "Hearthstone Revealed" [embed]259767:49949:0[/embed]"The moment I saw the trailer, with the inclusion of all these classic heroes, I knew the team was going for something that would evoke a sense of myth, magic, and limitless adventure -- the promise of a Warcraft experience. At least, that's the way the beginning had to feel. But at the end of the trailer we wanted to pull the rug out from under the viewer, and reveal that all the buildup is just about having fun playing a collectible card game. We wanted it to have a decidedly more lighthearted tone than some of our other epic gaming experiences. "It was a challenge trying to figure out the logistics of how the surprise twist with this music would take place. We knew that the shot in the tavern would be the pivotal moment, when the dwarf says, 'But of course, you could forget all that and just have FUN!' The question was how to express musically that this was a stark departure from the expected. We decided that the logical choice was to switch to a type of 'tavern music,' but we also didn't want to lose momentum as we headed to the final scene. So I kept the tempo going at the same speed, and left in part of the orchestra in the form of some rhythmic strings and brass to carry the viewer through this moment with energy. To achieve a huge contrast, I added in the sound of an accordion, a hard drum, and the very piercing signature sound of a penny whistle. When you hear a jaunty melody played on that instrument, it immediately connotes a fun traditional Scottish feeling and sounds right at home in a tavern. "I had a lot of fun mixing in a couple of Warcraft thematic elements into the music, albeit in a somewhat hidden way that might not be obvious. First of all, I used the climactic motif from the piece 'A Call To Arms' during the tavern scene. And on the last shot when the cards fly in the box, the lead french horn melody from that same theme plays right before the logo appears. Even if it's not consciously detected by everyone, I think that touches like this add a nice continuity that puts this trailer in the Warcraft universe."In addition to the trailer, I worked on numerous musical stingers for Hearthstone along with Glenn Stafford. These are short pieces of music that last about five seconds each, and happen when you play 'Legendary' cards in the game. Peter McConnell did a great job setting a nice bouncy mood for the music in the game, as if you are hanging out in a tavern with some friends enjoying a casual card battle. But because we still wanted a sense of importance when you cast big spells or summon powerful minions, these special card stingers infuse the gameplay with moments that feel satisfying and add a little extra epic punch." Peter McConnellRole: ComposerPast Works: Sly Cooper series, Brutal Legend, Psychonauts, Grim Fandango On "Bad Reputation" [embed]259767:49950:0[/embed] "When I first started to work on Hearthstone, there were lots of discussions with the team about music style and direction. We eventually honed in on the idea of a small ensemble, capturing the feel of a bar band that might actually be playing in the tavern where the game is taking place. At the same time, we didn't want to be too literal about this, because the music also needed an ambient quality to support the mood of the gameplay without overpowering it. "With all this in mind I had to answer the question: What sort of sound and instrumentation is really going to get across what it feels like to play Hearthstone? Beyond the fact that I knew there would be some pub-friendly instruments like guitar and fiddle, I thought a lot about the attitude I wanted to project -- tough guys and bar-room brawls with a round of cards in the tavern twist. This led me to come up with the unlikely pairing of celtic and early instruments, and blues rock. Like what if ZZ Top or Golden Earring had been transported back in time to the Middle Ages? What would they play? The music would have a swagger, and an attitude, and a certain groove -- a bluesy-ness without being overtly the blues. "So I started riffing around with a triplet guitar groove, and 'Bad Reputation' was what I came up with. The piece has a Celtic flavor, especially in the instrumentation with the guitar, fiddle, and harp, but the Celtic triplet rhythm is transformed into more of a steady blues groove. The wind instruments, especially contrabassoon, give an ancient flavor, and the piece also has a lot of space, so that you have time to feel the mood without being overloaded by melody as you play the game. When bits of original Warcraft themes do appear, they are meant to work like little cheers, as if they are from the player's faction, or taunts from the faction the player is facing. 'Bad Reputation' really set the precedent for the whole score, including the game's title music. "This score has been a wonderful opportunity for me to play instruments I love -- guitar and violin -- and in a spirit of fun, to pay homage to music that I greatly admire. To me, it feels like a jam in my living room that ties into a larger world we all love."
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Exclusive tunes along with commentary from the sound team
It's been a while since we've talked about the Warcraft card game spin-off, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment is currently taking beta sign-ups, so I thought it would be a good time to find out what's go...

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Pokemon X and Y soundtrack to ship on four discs

Gotta listen to them all
Aug 18
// Jayson Napolitano
Nintendo is on a roll. After the five-disc Fire Emblem: Awakening soundtrack earlier this year, they're now putting out a four-disc Pokemon X and Y soundtrack titled Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X・Y Super Music Col...

Nobuo Uematsu's return to form with Blik-0 soundtrack

Aug 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksBlik-0 1946 SoundtrackRelease Date: July 28, 2013Price: $2.98Availability: iTunes Artist(s): Nobuo UematsuWe spoke with Uematsu about this e-book at Comic-Con last month, and now that we’ve had the chance to read the book and listen to the music, we wanted to tell you that it’s lots of fun. The book is a children’s story about unconditional parental love, the confusion of childhood, and sacrifice. It’s short and sweet.The music is spread across three tracks at just 12 minutes in length. The main theme, “Blik-0 1946” covers ominous electronics to highlight the story of a robot, but turns to whimsical and upbeat towards the end. My favorite track, “Ah, But Why?” sports digitized singing and an incredibly catchy melody that sounds like classic Uematsu (it’s so good!). Finally, “So Close” goes all-out vocaloid ballad, nicely wrapping up the story.Check out the book and music if you’re a fan of Uematsu. You won’t be disappointed.[embed]259849:49965:0[/embed]Indie B-Side, Vol. 1Release Date: June 29, 2013Price: Name Your Own PriceAvailability: BandcampArtist(s): Joshua MorseJoshua Morse is a fantastic composer and arranger, tackling a variety of funk-infused electronic genres, and this release is no different. What this release does, however, is bring attention to a number of unsung heroes, and some great Korean game music tunes.There’s “Adventure” from Fez, one of my favorite tracks for the game, which gets a more invigorating mix, the incredibly smooth “Oasis Epsilon” from Globulous (with live sax), the groovin’ “Dive Into Volcano” from PangYa Portable, the soothing “Elias Palace” from La Tale, a track from Cryamore, and my favorite of the bunch, a super sleek and sexy arrangement from Cardboard Box Assembler.Name that price and download it, now![embed]259849:49966:0[/embed]Remember Me Original SoundtrackRelease Date: June 3, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: iTunesArtist(s): Olivier DeriviereI was impressed with what I was hearing when we had our preview of the Remember Me soundtrack with composer Olivier Deriviere, and the rest of the soundtrack is just as good. What’s here is a glitchy blend of orchestral and electronics that is at times beautiful, at others spooky, but always “cool.”I love the pitch-bending synth work featured throughout lending that “spooky” vibe. Particular favorites are the stop-and-go “Fragments” with its chopped up digitized vocals and the tasty drum ‘n’ bass found in powerful “Memorize” and the ominous “The Ego Room.”I recommend giving this one a listen.Other ReleasesDisgaea D2 Arrange SoundtrackRelease Date: June 12, 2013Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Tenpei SatoLooking forward to Disgaea D2? Well, composer Tenpei Sato wanted to take his usual eclectic and quirky soundtrack to the next level with this arrange album. It’s heavy on vocal themes, a couple of which are great, and others which are grating with their shrill female vocals. There’s plenty of Sato rock to enjoy (the upbeat and explosive “Moving Express” is my favorite track on the album), a few darker and broodier tunes (“Whisper Of Hell~Darkness” comes to mind), and of course your epic fantasy RPG stuff as well.It’s a solid collection that Sato fans will want to check out, although I’d say the casual Sato fan might not find as many memorable melodies here. [embed]259849:49986:0[/embed]Halo: Spartan AssaultRelease Date: July 18, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: iTunesArtist(s): Tom SaltaThis one takes an interesting approach. Halo: Spartan Assault takes the series in a different direction, but it’s obvious from the first piano and choir notes of “Legacy” that composer Tom Salta was asked to emulate the classic Halo sound, and he does so very convincingly.While tracks tend to be short (one to two minutes, a few over the three-minute mark), there’s everything Halo here from electronic-infused orchestra to explosive bass and percussion-heavy rock. To call out a few of my favorites, I love the desperate “Bridge Too Far” with its deep bass and floating bell tones, the piano and choral ballad, “Prelude,” the ominous and slow “Quiet Giant,” and the appropriately dreamy “Night Dreams.”Halo fans will want to check out the soundtrack even if they’re not into the game.[embed]259849:49967:0[/embed]Ravenmark: Mercenaries Original SoundtrackRelease Date: May 2013Price: FreeAvailability: SoundCloudArtist(s): Xiao'an LiI admit my interest in this soundtrack stemmed from Joshua Whelchel’s score to the Ravenmark: The Scourge of Estellion soundtrack. I quickly discovered, however, that composer Xiao’an Li took over composition duties for this title, and that the soundtrack length clocked in at just about 15 minutes as opposed to the former’s 75 minutes.Still, it’s free to download, and what’s here is great. There’s an epic overworld theme, a beautiful and contemplative piece to accompany the codex, and a series of tense battle themes. Again, there’s not much, but fans will want to check it out.ROCKMAN Xover ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKRelease Date: June 10, 2013Price: FreeAvailability: Capcom Japan Artist(s): Masahiro AokiSurprise! Masahiro Aoki of the Mega Man band, the ROCK-MEN, appear to have been responsible for Xover’s soundtrack, and while short (six tracks, 12 minutes), they serve up some very convincing metal. It’s short, but sweet, with an energetic main theme, an explosive boss theme, a decisive “Battle Arena” (my favorite track), a percussion-heavy “Arcade Man,” and even a piano remix of the main theme. There’s plenty of guitar shredding and even solos, so dig in if that’s your kind of thing.I will say that it doesn’t sound a whole lot like classic Mega Man (it has a more commercial slant), but I do like what I’m hearing. And hey, they could have charged $5 for this, but are instead offering it for free, so good for them.[embed]259849:49987:0[/embed]Shadowrun Returns Official SoundtrackRelease Date: July 25, 2013Price: $30Availability: Comes with various versions of the game Artist(s): Marshall Parker, Gavin Parker, Sam PowellI love Shadowrun. Maybe I’m not an authority on it, but I did play the tabletop RPG (I had a shark shaman named Sharky) and loved the hell out of the Super Nintendo game. So it came as a huge surprise when I found many of my favorite tracks from the SNES title remixed in Shadowrun Returns.Honestly, the album’s a bit rough around the edges, but I think it’s meant to sound like something out of a different time, and the gritty nature of the recording along with the strong sense of atmosphere and the throwback to classic tunes is all I could have asked for. I love the moody “Shoot Straight” that gets just the smallest reference to the main exploration theme from the SNES game (more heavily featured in the awesome “Double Cross”), the slower and more grungy take on the battle theme, “Null Sheen,” and other references as well. The original tracks are interesting as well, making me want to dig into the game myself and find their context.Ultimately, this one’s all about fan service. And I’m all for that!Shinji Hosoe Works Vol.2 ~ORDYNE~Release Date: April 12, 2013Price: 2,940 Yen ($30)Availability: Limited (SuperSweep Store)Artist(s): Shinji HosoeShinji Hosoe is back, this time with another collection of old and rare soundtracks from his past. The main feature is for the shooter, ORDYNE, which admittedly falls a bit flat with its overly upbeat tunes that don’t really have a hook to draw you in, but the surprisingly somber ending theme, electronic-infused special stage themes, and exclusive remix are quite nice.Disc two offers the soundtracks to Metal Hawk and Dirt Fox, which are more in line with what you’d expect from Hosoe. Metal Hawk serves up some fantastic shooter tracks (the bumpin’“BGM3” is super rad), while Dirt Fox gets more playful and funky with its arcade racing action, even though it’s essentially the same song over and over.I’d say this one is for hardcore Hosoe fans. The exclusives and rare soundtracks are a nice addition,but ORDYNE itself is somewhat disappointing.SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs Original Video Game SoundtrackRelease Date: May 10, 20122Price: $19.98 (physical) / $9.99 (digital)Availability: La La Land Records (physical) / iTunes (digital)Artist(s): Bear McCrearyReviewing Bear McCreary’s amazing soundtrack for Defiance last month made me remember that I had wanted to take a look at his SOCOM 4 soundtrack. I had been excited about the idea of it featuring a slew of ethnic Asian instruments, including a gamelan ensemble, but never got around to reviewing it.McCreary has a knack for writing catchy themes, which he weaves throughout his scores, and SOCOM 4 is no different, although it admittedly feels a bit cliché with its woodwind melody that reminds me of Kung Fu Panda. Thankfully the tribal percussion and gamelan ensemble help differentiate the theme and most of the score. “Naga Formation” is a perfect example, and is one of the best tracks on the album, but other sounds are also worked in, including the hip-hoppish “Confrontation,” the heavy electronic-infused “Clawhammer,” electronic guitar-ridden rock in “Onslaught on the Bridge,” and in the album’s epic climax, “Battle for Control.” The two-disc soundtrack features a lot of high-energy atmosphere which may make for a strained listening, but if you liked McCreary’s work on Defiance and want to hear more, there’s this.
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Note Worthy 018: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Last month's Note Worthy featured some of the best music I've heard this year. It's interesting then, that this month, we have a lot of shorter releases, including several free-to-download albums, which is good if you broke t...

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Secret of Mana

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

Your ears are ready to be invaded
Aug 14
// Jayson Napolitano
It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combin...
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Video Games Live

Video Games Live takes to Kickstarter to fund third album

Because music publishers still don't get game music
Aug 13
// Jayson Napolitano
Maybe you've been to a Video Games Live concert. Maybe, like me, you loved it, and sought out past CD and DVD releases. The show has only gotten better with time as they incorporate more and more music into the program, and a...
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Lords of Shadow 2's Dracula still evolving as a character

Voice acting talent is impacting character development in a big way
Aug 08
// Jayson Napolitano
While there was a ton of news about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a few weeks back at San Diego Comic Con, we did have a few more tidbits to share from a joint session with the voice of Gabriel Belmont/Dracula, Robert C...
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Lords of Shadow 2

Classic Castlevania music teased for Lords of Shadow 2?

'Vampire Killer' or 'Bloody Tears' might be coming to a game near you
Jul 26
// Jayson Napolitano
We mentioned a few days ago that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will feature a brand new soundscape. However, what has me even more excited was producer Dave Cox's response to my plea for classic Castlevania tracks, such as "...
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Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST on four discs

Most heavily-promoted Final Fantasy soundtrack to date
Jul 25
// Jayson Napolitano
Square Enix is super serious about the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. I've never seen so much activity in terms of pre-releasing singles from a game as they've done three times now with "The Savior," "Crims...

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