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Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre photo
Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre
by Tony Ponce

Have you ever been playing Ecco the Dolphin and thought to yourself, "This music is great, but I really wish it sounded as trippy as how the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey looked"? Well then have I got a gift for you!

Last year, I brought to your attention ECCOS, a modification of the Ecco the Dolphin soundtrack to be played as part of a wild art installation called "Center for Wave Change." Creator Andrew Norman Wilson took a gameplay video of the Sega Genesis classic and heavily modified the music in Final Cut Pro, changing the speed and adding echo effects. The result was a wild departure from the source material, something that Andrew describes as "furniture music" -- not meant to stand on its own but rather to serve as background noise that engages the mind.

Andrew decided to release the ECCOS soundtrack trough the Rhizome art organization's download program, which can only be accessed by Rhizome members. Lucky for us, he has provided Destructoid with the seven-track, 48-minute album to share with you all for free. You can download individual tracks from SoundCloud or you can snag the entire shebang straight from MediaFire. And in the gallery below, you'll find the album art and a diagram that illustrates Andrew's sound editing process.

Now turn off the lights, turn on a lava lamp, and allow your mind to wander as you ride the waves of experimental Sega Genesis music.

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Aliens games to play that aren't Aliens: Colonial Marines photo
Aliens games to play that aren't Aliens: Colonial Marines
by Jim Sterling

Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything Xenomorph related -- refused to make good on his purchase of a Colonial Marines collector's edition. I want that Power Loader statue ... but I never want to touch the game again. 

It's a very sad day for Aliens fans. The game we hoped -- and had been told -- would be the ultimate love letter to the franchise turned out to be insulting junk. However, we need not totally despair. As far as licenses go, Aliens games have had a better run than most, and there are some very solid games on the market. 

If you were planning on having fun while blasting Xenomorphs today, why not try these worthy alternatives? 

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4:00 PM on 02.03.2013

This is how Mega Man would sound on Sega Genesis

I've professed my love for the Sega Genesis' music capabilities numerous times, but people still look at me like I'm taking crazy pills. I am dead serious! I love the grungy, metallic sound of FM synth! It was the dressing t...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 02.01.2013

This Streets of Rage fan film was shot in one take!

De-Pixelated by Blue Goggles Films is a web series that re-enacts videogames in real life. So far, nothing we haven't seen before, right? In this latest episode, based on Streets of Rage for the Genesis, Adam Hunter shuffles...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 11.28.2012

Pier Solar HD hits funding goal on Kickstarter

2010's homebrew Sega Genesis RPG Pier Solar was one of those projects that was fun to watch from the sidelines, but I never got to actually play it myself. That's what was great about development team WaterMelon turning to Ki...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 11.04.2012

New Genesis portable includes Mega Man: The Wily Wars

[Update: tav7623 mentions that the full game listing appears on the At Games website.] Sega is a whore, plain and simple. How many different Genesis collections has the company pumped out in the past decade? There have been r...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 10.19.2012

Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 soundtrack unboxing

As highly-regarded as the soundtracks to Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are, you'd think the music would have been released before 2011. It didn't happen, however, as composer Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come...

Jayson Napolitano

8:30 PM on 10.12.2012

The DTOID Show: Darkstalkers, Serious Sam, Rockstar & BL2

Today's formerly-live Destructoid Show was a whopper! Of NEWS! Yes. A bunch of stuff is coming to XBLA, PSN, and Steam (such as Serious Sam 3: BFE, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Toejam & Earl) and Borderlands 2...

Max Scoville

9:30 PM on 10.10.2012

Sega confirms ToeJam & Earl for XBLA, PSN

Missing out on ToeJam & Earl back in the '90s was, I've now realized, a huge mistake. As previously rumored, both ToeJam & Earl and its follow-up Panic on Funkotron will be coming to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 10.09.2012

PlayStation Plus members get free King of Fighters XIII

The latest PlayStation Plus benefits are an eclectic bunch, but fighting game fans in particular should have a good week in store. As described on the PlayStation Blog, Plus members will be able to nab The King of Fighters XI...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 10.07.2012

Nice and easy with the Sonic medley by Super Guitar Bros.

Sometimes, you gotta take it nice and slow. You don't have to speed through life all the time. No stress, my friends. No stress. Soothe your weary joints by drawing a warm bath, lighting some incense, then playing this Sonic...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 09.24.2012

More Ecco the Dolphin? Creator is talking with Sega

I know! But before you get your hopes up, let's go through this one step at a time. Game designer Ed Annunziata, the creator of Ecco the Dolphin, tweeted this last week: "Ecco fans, I need you to follow & tweethank @scott...

Jordan Devore





4:30 PM on 08.16.2012

The conclusion to James Rolfe's SNES vs. Genesis battle

Following the introductory video that James "Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe uploaded the other day, here comes the epic showdown: Super Nintendo vs. Sega Genesis! Which is the undisputed champion? Obviously, there is no winner...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 08.14.2012

James 'AVGN' Rolfe pits the SNES against the Genesis

As the Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe can be funny, crude, abrasive, or annoying, depending on who you're asking. But when he steps away from that persona and simply shares his childhood experiences, he's a pretty mellow...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 07.29.2012

Ecco the Dolphin celebrates 20 years of aquatic majesty!

[Header by Ashley Davis] Every other videogame franchise seems to be celebrating a major anniversary lately. However, there's one little series that seems to have slipped everyone's mind. Everyone except Dtoider TheManchild, ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 07.23.2012

ToeJam & Earl may soon arrive on PlayStation Network

Siliconera has reported on a rumor that the funkiest aliens ever to be stranded on Earth will soon make their way to PlayStation Network. According to their sources, ToeJam & Earl and ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotr...

Conrad Zimmerman