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.
Imagine that. Nothing happened. Certainly today was to be the end of the world according to the Mayans, even though the Mayans never actually said that. Either way, hurray for life!
As we mentioned yesterday, musician Theophany had a countdown page, and once the clock reached zero, he unveiled Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed, an arrangement album of one of the best -- if not the best -- Zelda game ever. Peppered in key spots are live instruments and vocals, truly giving the sense of impending doom. Just listen to "Clocktown" and be amazed!
This is merely the first part of a project that will eventually cover the entire Majora's Mask soundtrack. You can download it for free from the countdown site above, or you can slide on over to the Bandcamp page and toss in a donation of your choosing. Whatever works!
If you've been even tangentially connected with anything resembling internet culture within the past... I dunno several years, then you're probably aware of the fact that there's a decent chunk of society that thinks that the...
On December 19, yet another Mega Man tribute album will be dropping in Japan. Entitled ROCKMAN HOLIC, it is a 16-track collection of vocal arrangements that spans the entire Classic series plus a couple of X numbers.
By now, you've likely had time to absorb the glory that is Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the Metroid series tribute arrange album from Shinesparkers. Among the tracks is Sam Dillard's "Beyond the Glass," a cover of Super Me...
I remember when OverClocked ReMix started producing full arrange albums nearly a decade ago. The second official release was 2004's Kong in Concert, a tribute to the SNES classic Donkey Kong Country. It clearly shows it's age, and all the contributing artists have since honed their skills immensely. Still, it remains on my music rotation to this day.
Fast forward six years, Serious Monkey Businessdrops. The level of overall improvement was readily apparent. I seriously believe it's one of OCR's strongest projects.
Now the trilogy is complete. Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! is manages to dethrone Maverick Rising as the biggest OCR album to date, clocking in at 77 tracks from 69 artists across five discs at five-and-a-half hours in length. It covers not only the Super Nintendo tunes but also the radically different Game Boy Advance soundtrack. Even series composers David Wise and Robin Beanland offer up an arrangement of their own!
The time is "ripe." Get it? Don't look at me like that. Just... just go download the damn thing, foo'.
I've said it before, but Konami's VRC6 Memory Management Controller chip was quite magical. Applied to a Famicom cartridge, it added three extra sound channels, allowing for richer audio. Just compare "Beginning" from the We...
You can only hear the sound effects from Super Mario Bros. so many times over the years before they start to grate on your very soul. As such, this new Nintendo-themed remix by Reverse Enginears wasn't winning me over with i...
If you haven't already, do check out the first two 9-bit Records releases. We discussed 9-bit Blitzkriegthe first time around, but there's also the decidedly non-chiptune electronica LP Evelation by Miearth for those feeling a bit frisky.