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8:30 AM on 04.17.2013

World 1-2 is insane, and I must have it in my earholes

Okay, I have no idea how this album is even possible. How do you get the composers of the original Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man, Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Austin Wintory (Journey), Stemage of Metroid Metal, Module (Shatter), ...

Jayson Napolitano

6:30 PM on 04.15.2013

Mega Man 2 OST now on sale, but beware of audio hiccups

Any debate over the best Classic series Mega Man soundtrack typically boils down to MM2 and MM3. Both games sport some of the best music on the NES, but when push comes to shove, MM2 will edge out ever so slightly in a popula...

Tony Ponce



Halo 4 OST Volume 2 is everything I wanted out of Halo 4 photo
Halo 4 OST Volume 2 is everything I wanted out of Halo 4
by Jayson Napolitano

Welcome back to Note Worthy, our monthly soundtrack round-up. This issue marks one year of Note Worthy, and I'm changing up things a bit with formatting. In the past, I've featured our ten monthly reviews in alphabetical order, giving each album equal weight, but I want to experiment a bit with this format and present it in a way that lets readers sift through and pick up on the most important releases of the month first with a more in-depth look.

With that said, Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 gets top honors this month, as it provides everything that was missing from the first volume in terms of ambiance and bad ass soundscapes. Other notable releases include Magical Chase and Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin.

As always, enjoy streaming samples courtesy of our SoundCloud account and let us know what you think of the new format! Here's to another year of Note Worthy! 

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6:00 PM on 04.14.2013

Out now: Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes

We mentioned last week that a secret roster of chiptune artists were teaming up for charity in an upcoming release on Ubiktune. Now that the album is released, you can get in on some fantastic tracks from Jake "virt" Kaufman,...

Jayson Napolitano



NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more photo
NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more
by Tony Ponce

Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor?

Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few straight-up NES arrangements and beat compilations of Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, and Mega Man 2, plus a few other surprises.

One of those surprises is a chiptune version of the main theme of The NeverEnding Story -- not the joke track from The Lonely Island linked above, of course. Then there is his medley of GoldenEye 007 tracks, which reminded of just how badass the music in that game was.

Go on and sample, chilluns!

Underbelly Beats & Remixes [Dj CUTMAN]

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1:15 PM on 04.10.2013

eJay Pure lets you easily build your own chiptunes

Not everyone can make chiptunes. Look, I'm a classically trained musician and I have trouble making them. My last creation sounded like a TurboGrafx-16 farted and then poured acid on itself.  iOS and Android app eJay Pu...

Dale North

6:00 AM on 04.09.2013

Top chiptune talent teams up with Ubiktune for charity

We love Ubiktune. And now there's an even bigger reason to check out their upcoming release titled Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes. An array of secret chiptune artists are joining forces with Noise Channel's c...

Jayson Napolitano

6:00 AM on 04.08.2013

It's Ridge Racer, the arrange album! Riiiiiiidge Racer!

No, it will never get old. NEVER. OverClocked ReMixer Joshua Morse has organized a jazz-electronica fusion celebration of Namco's Ridge Racer series. He was assisted by a pair of fine young gentlemen with wonderful first name...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 04.08.2013

Yarg! Chip Ship is a chip-piano mashup for pirates

Last year, French composer Yoann Turpin released his very first album, Rhythm'n'Bits. It straddled a few lines by incorporating both chip sounds and live instruments for a funk-fusion style inspired by 16-bit RPGs. For his fo...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 04.05.2013

Original Mega Man OST now available to download

Capcom announced during their PAX East panel that they're working on making every mainline Mega Man soundtrack available for download. Today they've made good on that promise by getting the first Mega Man OST on their officia...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Fountainhead, a loving chiptune tribute to NES audio photo
Fountainhead, a loving chiptune tribute to NES audio
by Tony Ponce

Dedicated PC gamers have often trumpeted the superiority of their chosen platform in part because of the ability to expand a PC's capabilities with add-on upgrades. Their claim was that home consoles had a static hardware configuration and thus could never be upgraded without buying a completely new system. And they would be WRONG.

Cartridge-based systems like NES and SNES could indeed be enhanced via expansion chips installed directly on the cartridges themselves. The NES in particular had Memory Management Controllers (MMC), in both first- and third-party varieties. Among the improvements provided were additional sound channels to the measly five in the base hardware. I'm sure you are all aware by now of Konami's VRC6 chip and how it made the Japanese version of Castlevania III sound far more spectacular than the American version.

Chiptune artist Xenon Odyssey recently released his debut album, Fountainhead, a pay-what-you-want tribute to the entire scope of NES sound. Composed in FamiTracker, Xenon used just about every audio expansion from the hardware's life with the sole exception of Sunsoft 5B -- which was only used in a single game, Mr. Gimmick. A wonderful sampler platter of the NES' audio range, Fountainhead is the shizz and you should give Xenon a high five for his solid work.

Fountainhead [9-bit Records]

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halc delivers sweet Game Boy chiptune perfection photo
halc delivers sweet Game Boy chiptune perfection
by Tony Ponce

Game musician Drew "halc" Wheeler has a treat for you. The OverClocked ReMix champion promised a new musical gift if his fans showered love on his Facebook page. The incentive worked, and the man held true to his word.

Pixel Perfect Micro is a pay-what-you-want, eight-track follow-up in the Pixel Perfect series, which has already seen three previous installments. This one, however, is composed entirely using the Game Boy composition tool, Little Sound Dj. That means you have to don your headphones and jack in to get the true experience. Game Boy audio simply doesn't work any other way!

Pixel Perfect Micro [9-bit Records]

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Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album  photo
Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album
by Tony Ponce

How can I help you, King DeDeDe?
I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBER DAT DERE KIR-BEH!

Game music arrangement repository OverClocked ReMix has released Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute, a project that has spent a dizzying eight years in production. I can only guess at what kinds of behind-the-scenes shenanigans caused such a massive delay, but love for the Super Nintendo classic carried the team through.

Unlike the disgustingly monstrous multi-disc collections like Mega Man X: Maverick Rising or the recent Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!, Milky Way Wishes is a respectable 23 tracks in length, spanning all manner of genres from chiptune to folk music. You can download it for free directly from the album's page, or you can mind OCR's precious bandwidth and torrent the pink puffball. The power is yours!

Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute [OverClocked ReMix]

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6:00 AM on 03.09.2013

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...

Tony Ponce

5:00 AM on 03.07.2013

The Dude abides! The Big Lebowski has a chiptune album

You ought to know by now if you dig the Coen brothers' classic The Big Lebowski. If you haven't seen it, you probably should. If you have and didn't enjoy it, that's just, like, your opinion, man. The Big Lebowski celebrated ...

Tony Ponce



Savor this album of Sega Genesis-styled jams photo
Savor this album of Sega Genesis-styled jams
by Tony Ponce

Tuesday morning music madness gives props to the Sega Genesis! I will not rest until I convert all you SNES-loving heathens (I don't really think you are heathens) into soldiers of the Genesis nation. The war rages on (no it doesn't)!

Vurgon is the first completed album by Ario, who only started making tunes a mere six years ago. The seven-track chiptune production makes full use of FM synth, that magical quality of sound that made Genesis music so gosh-darn lovely. And with alien gibberish like "Glaustarr" and "Clankendrung" as song titles, Ario's album could easily work as the soundtrack to a new 16-bit space shmup.

Want this bizniz? Give Vurgon a download below, for however much you wish to splurge.

Ario - Vurgon [Ubiktune]

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