Remember our old pal Smooth McGroove, the man with a beard that could stop tsunamis and with a voice that could bring color back to a decaying forest? I recently discovered him and his amazing, amazing, AMAZING Zelda a cappe...
While Eidos Montreal has had a secret Deus Ex project in the works, it's not a new game. The studio has teamed up with OverClocked ReMix and the composer of the original Deus Ex, Alexander Brandon, to craft eight remixes from the classic Deus Ex. Tracks will be released via the Deux Ex Facebook fan page over the course of the next few weeks, with the first track available today.
Even more, we've had the chance to sit down with Eidos Montreal's audio director, Steve Szczepkowski, to talk about the project, including questions as to why they're focusing on the original Deus Ex rather than the more-recent Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and why Alexander Brandon wasn't tapped to score the latter after his success with the original game.
On March 19, 1994, one of the best Super Nintendo titles -- and one of the best games of all time -- made it's debut in Japan. Super Metroid was and still is the perfect combination of atmosphere, exploration, and action, bu...
Ever since Wiz Khalifa shamelessly ripped "Schala's Theme" for the single "Never Been," I've been under the belief that a Chrono Trigger mash-up album would be gold. Chrono Jigga, a Chrono Trigger mash-up that throws Jay-Z's ...
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!
We have come to know and love the excellent offerings from the Ubiktune netlabel over the years, and they've just unleashed an amazing album that combines chiptunes and live piano titled The Black Box. It features ...
First thing you'll notice about YouTuber Smooth McGroove is that his beard is legendary. Combined with his already long hair, he is a dead ringer for Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. Also, he looks a lot like my college ro...
In the fall of 2011, a young beatsmith known as Shag produced Flyrule, which sampled the iconic tracks of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and mixed them up for your head-nodding pleasure. Simple yet sweet, Flyrule struck...
What's that, Plants vs. Zombies' Laura Shigihara? Covering select tracks from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword isn't enough anymore? You're going to give Super Castlevania IV a spin? That's cool.
And what's that? You want ...
I've heard Lucio Baldomero's rapping skills live a few times at MAGFest, accompanying my favorite game music cover band, The OneUps. He's just released his first full-length album, The Master System, which features some excel...
Man, videogame remixer Dj CUTMAN is a showman indeed. Look at that sick armor he wears to his shows! Never seen him perform live? Check out this recording of his MAGFest 11 set -- nothing like being there in the room, but you take what you can get!
How would you like to rock those jams on your mp3 player whenever you want? CUTMAN has just uploaded Game Music Record Label, a best-of compilation of various tracks produced in 2012 and released through his GameChops net label. You can buy a physical version for $10, but just until Sunday, you can download the 20-track album for FREE.
Random AKA Mega Ran knocked it out of the park with Black Materia, a love letter to his favorite Final Fantasy ever. He followed it up a year later with Black Materia: The Remixes, which inserts new beats into old tracks, expands others, and even adds all new ones. Both are some of the finest work he's ever done, not to mention among the best Final Fantasy musical tributes around.
Proving again that third time's a charm -- not that the first two weren't already spectacular -- Ran has released White Materia. Another remix album? How did he plan on keeping that old shizz fresh? By recruiting mashup artist DJ Nerd42 to splice Black Materia lyrics with songs from Eminem, Guns N' Roses, Daft Punk, Will Smith, and many others.
Ran's Yuffie rap "Ninja Girl" gets crossed over with "Gold Digger." No, not the Kanye West original. It's Weird Al's polka cover! That's flippin' AMAZING! And guest rapper Adam WarRock's "Cait Sith" is now backed by the theme song from Sesame Street! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE!?
Best of all, unlike Ran's past two FFVII albums, this one is all free. You kinda need to listen to this stuff. It's pretty incredible.
Running all weekend at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is the Apex 2013 fighting tournament. To promote the event as well as game arrangements in general, ten artists from OverClocked ReMix took a shot at arranging the music from the titles on the schedule. Well, technically nine artists -- DarkeSword covers two games, while John Ryan contributes the Apex 2013 main theme as the lead track.
Apex 2013: Straight to the Top has tracks from Super Smash Bros., Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Persona 4 Arena, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, The King of Fighters XIII, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, SoulCalibur V, and Pokémon Black & White 2. Hey, Pokémon isn't a fighting game! I doubt anyone is throwing up much of a fit over that, however.
As with any other OC ReMix release, the album is free to download. And if you want to follow the tournament itself, you can check out any of the following TwitchTV streams: 8WAYRUN, bifuteki, and CLASHTournaments. Each are running different games, so take your pick!
MAGFest is the gift that keeps on giving! There was the new Armcannon album, and now we've got a full-length remix album by OverClocked ReMix legend Jordan "bLiNd" Aguirre. Will the magic and music ever stop?
Just in time for...
A year ago, chiptune artist C-jeff produced a very spiffy chip album entitled Preschtale. The seven-track release was inspired by several progressive rock bands, and the result was very "space-y," for lack of a better word.
The album has inspired a bunch of other musicians in turn in the form of Preschtale Variations. A much more expansive 16 tracks in length, Preschtale Variations features many guests reworking C-jeff's original material in a variety of styles like acoustic and electronica. You might even recognize some of the contributors, which include Shnabubula and Metroid Metal's Stemage.
You can download the album for free, so get to it!
New Japanese screenshots of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix really show off the work Square Enix has done for the characters in the game. In this massive gallery we have shared below you'll find several character closeups that give you a good look at how much better Kingdom Hearts can look on the PS3. Nice shading, sharp edges, punchy colors -- it looks like a Disney production.
The scenery and background objects don't look near as nice, though.
We recently told you that HD Remix is coming to Japan on March 14. I'll remain hopeful for a localization.