Thursday, December 11, 2014

Episode 17: Boss

Like a boss! This episode's music, that is. We listen to a lot of rock and orchestral tracks from boss levels, with soaring guitars and epic strings. There are some surprises in here as well, tracks that don't fit the boss music stereotype at all.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Final BossMythJeroen Tel
KoopaSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi's IslandKoji Kondo
BadAzzFinal Fantasy VIIPrototypeRaptor
[BOSS] Solaris Phase 2Sonic the HedgehogTomoya Ohtani
Final BossRainbow CottonGreat Nakamura
Prince Dail Boss BattleFreedom PlanetWoofle, Strife
Welcome to My KastleSuper Mario 64DDRKirby(ISQ)
Roar of the Twin Dragons (Final Boss)Double Dragon IIKazuhiro Hara, Nobuhito Tanahashi
Goliath & Carrion (Boss 1 & 2)A.R.E.S.: Extinction AgendaHyperDuck SoundWorks
Stage 08: Final BossHard Corps: UprisingDaisuke Ishiwatari
Boss Battle 1Kid Icarus UprisingYasunori Mitsuda
Pokey Means BusinessEarthboundHirokazu Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki, 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Episode 16: Cave Story

In episode 16 we focus on Cave Story, the wonderful indie game created and composed by Daisuke Amaya, who goes by the pseudonym Pixel. This game has a gem of a chiptune soundtrack that has inspired many remixes and rearrangements.

 Tracklist (full info here):

The Way Back HomeCave StoryDaisuke Amaya (Pixel)
Meltdown 2Cave StoryDaisuke Amaya (Pixel)
Mimiga TownCave StoryVernian Process
The UnbrokenCave StoryNutritious
Labyrinth FightCave StoryDaisuke Amaya (Pixel)
Escape RouteCave StoryCorran
PlantCave StoryDM DOKURO
Mischievous RobotCave Story+Yann van der Cruyssen
PlantationCave Story 3DDanny Baranowsky
The Angels of HellCave StoryRandom Hero
Last Battle (Cadillacs & Dinosaurs cover)Cave StoryFusionArmorX
Cave Story - Fields of AwesomeCave StoryVikingGuitar

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Episode 15: Original + Remix 2

Since this episode ends in a 5, Tom and Nat revisit the focus of Original + Remix! This episode features great songs from soundtracks along with awesome remixes or arrangements, giving us a chance to see how the remixers worked with the source music in their remixes.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Main ThemeSuper Mario KartSoya Oka
Title ScreenMario Kart 8Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, Ryo Nagamatsu, Yasuaki Iwata
Dark WorldThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastKoji Kondo
Dark StormThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Pastdjpretzel
EndingMetroid II: Return of SamusRyoji Yoshitomi
Anthem of a Metroid HunterMetroid II: Return of SamusBig Giant Circles
Battle Scene 1Final Fantasy IINobuo Uematsu
"Battle Scene I - arrange -" from FINAL FANTASY IIDissidia: Final FantasyTakeharu Ishimoto
The Defender (Black Knight Battle)Shovel KnightJake Kaufman (virt)
Rough and Tumble (Black Knight)Shovel KnightJeff Ball
Sewer Surfin'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in TimeKazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko
Sewer Surfin'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in TimeDaniel Tidwell

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Episode 14: Games Not In Series

For episode 14, Tom and Nat focus on game that have never had sequels and aren't parts of series. Since this eliminates many of the well-known video game soundtracks, we get to hear a variety of music with unique sound qualities. Some of the tracks in this episode come from old games that will likely never get sequels, and others are from more recent games that have no sequel yet, though could in the future!

 Tracklist (full info here):

OutlawsOutlawsClint Bajakian
Durch Den Dunkel-DschungelDas Geheimnis der Happy Hippo-InselStello Doussis
Aerial WalkwaysCloudbuiltJacob Lincke
Music of my DuckDuck HuntShael Riley
Stage 2Marble MadnessHal Canon, Brad Fuller, Steve Hayes, David Wise
Temple Of RainGuacamelee!Rom Di Prisco
Stage 1-1Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap PanicKaoru Ohori
BGM ISilver SurferTim Follin, Geoff Follin
Lava Trouble BubbleJets 'n' GunsMachinae Supremacy
Comic BakeryComic BakeryVisa Röster
Fools' FailureTime TravelersHideki Sakamoto
Potential for AnythingVVVVVVSoulEye

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Episode 13: Vocals

We focus on vocal music for episode 13! This includes a wide variety of tracks, some cheesy, some donuty. Vocals in VGM can be a divisive topic, so hopefully this will be enjoyable to the vocals lovers and enlightening to the vocals haters!

 Tracklist (full info here):

Smooth As HoneyMega Man 9Sir Jordanius
Angels With Burning HeartsBurning RangersNaofumi Hataya, Dennis St. James
Baba YetuCivilization IVChristopher Tin
Fuujin ~God of Wind~ Full Throttle MIXRacing Battle C1 Grand PrixAkihiko Hirama
Tengen Toppa Dairantou: Part 1 - Game SetSuper Smash Bros. MeleeOverClocked Assembled
Donuts, Go Nuts!Splosion ManMatt Chaney
Chaos NightmaresSonic AdventurePrototypeRaptor
Pollyanna (I Believe in You)MotherKeiichi Suzuki, Catherine Warwick
Everything's AlrightTo The MoonLaura Shigihara
Song of the Ancients / FateNieRKeiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, Takafumi Nishimura, Emi Evans
Shine TonightFinal Fantasy VIIIPoolside
Credits (Wandering)UltinousA_Rival, Helen Eugene

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Episode 12: SQ Albums

The SQ Albums are a series of official arrangement albums created by Square Enix arranging many different games that they developed. This series includes a set of chiptune-focused arrangement albums, as well as other albums with various themes. Tom and Nat enjoy picking tracks from the SQ Albums, including a few expected games such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, as well as some lesser known games such as Live-a-Live and Threads of Fate.

BTW, thanks for being understanding that we have missed a few of our every-other-week-on-Wednesdays releases, since we've been busy with summer vacations, etc. We hope to get back into a groove as fall hits!

 Tracklist (full info here):

Can You Fly SisterSeiken Densetsu 3MOHIKAN FAMILY'S
Final Battle ~ Mana PalaceFinal Fantasy AdventureSEXY-SYNTHESIZER
Opening ThemeFinal FantasyYMCK
Jolly Ol' SpekkioChrono TriggerLittle Fats & Swingin' Hot Shot Party
Last Dungeon ~ Theme of DewprismThreads of Fatemillstones
Mount GulugFinal Fantasy IXajiponn
MegalomaniaLive-A-LiveIdiot Pop
Outskirts of Time (livetune remix)Chrono Triggerlivetune
Chrono TriggerChrono TriggerDJ OMKT & MJ
Johnny C BadFinal Fantasy VIKING COLUMBIA
Within Living Memory...Front Missionokadada

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Episode 11: Commodore 64 OST

In this episode we concentrate solely on soundtrack songs from the Commodore 64, one of the main home computers of the 80's and early 90's. We hear a lot of tracks from Western composers who were largely influenced by the electronic music popular in Europe at the time. If you aren't familiar with the C64 and its SID sound chip, definitely give this a listen -- lots of good music came out of this era!

I should have given a shout-out to Stone Oakvalley's Authentic SID Collection, where you can get most of the tracks we played this episode as MP3s.

Oh, and sorry this episode is a week late. We try to stick to every other Wednesday, but sometimes life gets in the way!

 Tracklist (full info here):

Main ThemeDeltaRob Hubbard
IntroductionSphere BrainTero Hilpinen, Toni Hilpinen
BGM Part 6Gordian TombThomas Detert
R-Type C64 Theme (Original Sound Version)R-TypeChris Hülsbeck
TitleTurbo OutrunJeroen Tel
Main ThemeMonty on the RunRob Hubbard
TitleTurricanVince DiCola, Ramiro Vaca
BGMHalifaxOnyx Design
Subtune 2DominatorMatt Gray
C64anabaltCanabaltMikkel Hastrup (Encore)
The StreetLast Ninja RemixReyn Ouwehand
TrapsTurrican II: The Final FightChris Hülsbeck

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Episode 10: Free Play

For our tenth episode we go for a free play, where we play whatever we like without having a theme. Tom ends up playing a lot of 9-bit songs, and Nat plays a huge variety including an 80s pop balad from a soundtrack and some eclectic remixes. We also have fun answering our first listener mail!

 Tracklist (full info here):

Next StageeXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black PackageSaitama Saisyu Heiki
Disregard Farm, Acquire FishHarvest Moon 64Benjamin Briggs
"Sea" Stage BGMUmihara Kawase ShunAtsuhiro Motoyama
Lullaby of FlameTouhou Chireiden: Subterranean AnimismDDRKirby(ISQ)
Girl in the TowerKing's Quest VIMark Seibert
IkangerTeleroboxerKatsuya Yamano
Noby Noby Folk GuitarNoby Noby BoyYu Miyake
Cowabunga!Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in TimeWillRock, Sixto Sounds
The Sky By NightLittle Nemo: The Dream MasterCanine
First Time on OutsetThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Wakerhalc
Latest FailEarthboundLess Ashamed of Self, Bladiator, Prizm
Area AShatterhandIku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Episode 9: Point-and-Click Adventure Games

This episode features one of Tom's favorite game genres, point-and-click adventures. The music this week is a bit more ambient than usual, but still enjoyable as usual. Lots of Lucas Arts games are featured, as well as many Western composers.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Bernard's ThemeManiac MansionDavid Warhol, Chris Grigg, David Lawrence, George Sanger, David Hayes
Pleasantly Understated Credits SequenceSam & Max Hit the RoadClint Bajakian, Michael Land, Peter McConnell
The Barbery CoastThe Curse of Monkey IslandMichael Land
Virtue's Last Reward ~Piano~Virtue's Last RewardShinji Hosoe
Operator Plays a Little PingpongThe NeverhoodTerry Scott Taylor
The Laffer Monologues (ft. Hat)Leisure Suit LarryLONELYROLLINGSTARS
spirit of lawPhoenix Wright: Ace AttorneyDetective Tuesday, melody
DolphinThe Longest JourneyTor Linløkken
CompanerosGrim FandangoPeter McConnell
To the Moon - Main ThemeTo the MoonKan R. Gao
Gameboy TuneMachinariumTomáš Dvořák (Floex)
Skeletons In My ClosetThe 7th GuestGeorge Alistair Sanger

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Episode 8: Jazz

Our focus this episode is on jazz music, from big band to Latin to jazz combos. We end up playing a lot of songs prominently featuring saxophones.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Tsukiyo Ni Saraba -Opening Theme-Moonlit ShadowYasunori Mitsuda
Big-Band BattlefieldSuper Mario 64The Runaway Five, The University of Toronto 10 O'Clock Big Band
Thunder Beam (Mega Man - Elec Man Stage)Mega ManJoshua Morse
Copacabana BeachSuper Spike V'BallLeandro Abreu
Vanilla LakeSuper Mario KartThe OneUps
CreditsTantei Jinguuji Saburo: Toki no Sugiyuku Mama niShogo Sakai, Seiichi Hamada, Takafumi Miura, Yuji Suzuki, Yusuke Takahama, Z. Yamanaka
Take Back the Tower ~Tower Stage~Mega Man XToshiaki Ohtsubo
Street ASam & Max: The Devil's PlayhouseJared Emerson-Johnson
Godot ~ The Fragrance of Dark CoffeePhoenix Wright: Trials and TribulationsNoriyuki Iwadare
Waltz for ZoraThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastNeskvartetten
Sparkling Blue Light / Jin’ougaMonster Hunter (title unknown)Zac Zinger
Home Is Where the Luvdisc Is...Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/PlatinumPROTO·DOME

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Episode 7: Spectrum of Mana

We welcome special guest Kevin (SOcean255) onto the show. Kevin has managed Rainwave's Covers radio station for years. We decide on a Covers-related topic, and focus on a single album of VGM covers: Spectrum of Mana. This album is a fan-arranged album covering songs from the SNES game Secret of Mana, which was originally composed by Hiroki Kikuta. This episode features a lot of live instrumentation and prog rock.

 Tracklist (full info here):

On the Wings of DragonsSecret of ManaMike Villalobos, Travis Morgan
Spirit of the NightSecret of ManaCory Johnson
Aurora BorealisSecret of ManaViking Guitar, Lauren Liebowitz
The Summer Sky is BlueSecret of ManaSuper Guitar Bros.
Like a BossSecret of Mananorg
Holy IntruderSecret of ManaStemage, Amanda Lepre, Travis Morgan, Josh Czoski, Lauren Liebowitz
Mushroom KingdomSecret of ManaThe World Warriors
Forest LessonSecret of ManaTim Yarbrough
Give Time Its Proper LoveSecret of ManaAilsean, Bruce Bonebrake II
The Rabbit HoleSecret of ManaDr. Manhattan
NOW IS THE TIME FOR NOMENCLATURESecret of ManaStemage, Chris Dlugosz
A Storm is ComingSecret of ManaAlexander Brandon, Lauren Liebowitz
Tale of the Curious StrangerSecret of ManaThe Second Story

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Episode 6: Castlevania

The series Castlevania is the focus this week. One of Konami's flagship series since the 80's, Castlevania games have always had great music, and have inspired many good remixes.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Another Vampire KillerCastlevania ResurrectionKonami
Mad ForestCastlevania III: Dracula's CurseJun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, Hidenori Maezawa
Young Nobleman of SadnessCastlevania: Symphony of the NightMichiru Yamane
Tears of BloodCastlevania II: Simon's QuestJoshua Morse
A Walk with DeathCastlevania I-IIIAilsean
In the Beginning There Was JazzCastlevania III: Dracula's CurseLSD, Shnabubula
Praying Hands (Cloud Castle BGM)Castlevania II: Belmont's RevengeHidehiro Funauchi
Death TapCastlevaniaMega Beardo
ActraiservaniaActraiser, Castlevania III, Super Castlevania IVThe Smash Brothers
The Whip's MemoryCastlevania: Portrait of RuinTheGuitahHeroe
Requiem for the Nameless SoulsCastlevania: BloodlinesMichiru Yamane
RevengeCastlevania: The AdventureShigeru Fukutake, Hidehiro Funauchi, Norio Hanzawa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Episode 5: Original + Remix

Tom and Nat play original songs from game soundtracks alongside their remixes. This side-by-side comparison allows us to see what the remixer was trying to do with the source material. Lots of good tracks here, both from the originals and the remixes!

 Tracklist (full info here):

DangerSecret of ManaHiroki Kikuta
Step Off My Flower BedSecret of ManaNase
Main ThemeSpace HarrierHiro
Rainbow RoadMario Kart 64Kenta Nagata
RadianceMario Kart 64Benjamin Briggs, Level 99
You're Fired!SimCitySoyo Oka
There's A New Mayor In TownSimCityJoshua Morse
Cave Story (Plantation)Cave StoryDaisuke Amaya (Pixel)
PlantationCave StoryRare Candy
Dusk Falls (NES)BloodRayne: BetrayalJake Kaufman (virt)
Dusk FallsBloodRayne: BetrayalJake Kaufman (virt)
Sky Sanctuary ZoneSonic & KnucklesHoward Drossin, Jun Senoue, Tomonori Sawada, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Sachio Ogawa
Breathtaking VisionSonic & KnucklesKanjika
Prologue ThemeSnow Bros.Mikiko Suzuki, Osamu Ohta, Tatsuya Uemura
Go Blow Snow For A YearSnow Bros.housethegrate
Master of FlameMega Man 6EvilHorde

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Episode 4: 1993

The focus this week is on games released in the year 1993,  from classics and lesser known games alike. We manage to play songs from 10 different systems in our 12 tracks!

 Tracklist (full info here):

At Doom's GateDoomRobert Prince
PromarocYs IV: The Dawn of YsFalcom Sound Team jdk
The Grassy PlainsKirby's AdventureHirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa
Metal BeatMetal MastersAlberto Jose González
Go StraightStreets of Rage 2Yuzo Koshiro
Plok's HousePlokTim Follin, Geoff Follin
Battle Point Ver.CBrandish 2Falcom Sound Team JDK
FutureSocketYasuyuki Hamada, Shigenori Masuko, Youko Suzuki, Fumito Tamayama
Speed KingOutRunnersTakayuki Nakamura
The ForestFury Of The Furrieselmobo
Theme of Star FoxStar FoxTokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra
Sleeping Egg ZoneSonic ChaosKojiro Mikusa, Masayuki Nagao

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Episode 3: Acoustic

This episode takes video game music away from its electronic roots to focus on music played by acoustic instruments. We find variety, with not only acoustic guitar but also piano, organ, and other instrumentation.

 Tracklist (full info here):

Far Away MemoriesChrono TriggerNeil Benjamin
Dispossession / Piano Ver.NieRTakafumi Nishimura, MONACA (Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi)
Koopa vs. KefkaSuper Mario WorldDhsu
The Quick and the Blue/QuickmanMega Man 2The Megas
When Morning ComesNightSkyChris Schlarb
Enemy ZeroEnemy ZeroMichael Nyman
Dragon Roost IslandThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerKenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo
Forgotten DaysSuikodenTHE RAIN BOOK
I Have Begun My AscentDear EstherJessica Curry
Silent Hill 2 - Theme of LauraSilent Hill 2Jonas Tunander
No Matter Where You Go, This Will Always Be Home Mega Man Battle NetworkLevel 99
The Legendary Theme (Acoustic Version)Gitaroo ManCOIL

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Episode 2: Puzzle Games

We listen to the best soundtracks and remixes in puzzle games. This episode features music from many different genres, including funky organ solos, 80s glam rock, and symphonic orchestrations.

 Tracklist (full info here):

OpeningKururin Squash!Atsuhiro Motoyama
Extra 2Toki Toribeek
The 1st TideIntelligent QubeTakayuki Hattori
Burnin' UpDr. MarioDJ Redlight
Flower StageTetris AttackMasaya Kuzume
Lullaby SetBraidShira Kammen
Tuna LoafThe Incredible MachineLoudMouth
Cover Your LightDeflektorZero Division
Black TileAntichamberSiddharta Barnhoorn
Level 3Alter EgoKulor
I/OMr. Driller GGo Shiina
Biologica RoboticaReturn All Robots!Flexstyle