January 25, 2015
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Tsuyoshi Sekito debuts Guitarworks Selection 2

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-23 - comments
Square Enix in-house composer Tsuyoshi Sekito today published the second volume in the musician's series of progressive rock covers, reinterpreting console gaming themes. Brief samples from T. Sekito's Guitarworks Selection 2 are streaming on iTunes, featuring music from The Last Remnant and Final Fantasy XIV.
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Okami Jazz Arrange excerpts on Capcom website

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-22 - comments
Capcom has posted excerpts of five pieces to the e-Capcom online store from the Okami Jazz Arrange album, scheduled for publication in Japan on February 11 through the developer's Suleputer record label. The eleven-track album is the companion piece to the recently released 8-bit Okami remix compilation.
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dreeps devs on the making of the alarm playing game

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-21 - comments
"Alarm Playing Game" dreeps is an independently developed iOS application inspired by the pixel art and chip music of classic console RPGs. We caught up with Tokyo-based illustrator Hisanori Hiraoka, programmer Daisuke Watanabe and composer Kyohei Fujita to hear about the objectives of the three-person design team.
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Capcom posts Rockman Dystopia album samples

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-20 - comments
Excerpts of five tracks from the Mega Man X concept album Rockman Dystopia have been posted to Capcom's online store. Due for release in Japan on February 11, "Dystopia" treats the Boomer Kuwanger, Chill Penguin, Armored Armadillo and Crystal Snail stage themes to aggressive techno arrangements.
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dreeps alarm playing game set for January 21st

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-18 - comments
An iPhone application that draws on the visuals and sounds of early console RPGs, dreeps is due for release on January 21 on the iTunes Store. The experimental APG (alarm-playing game) has been independently developed in Tokyo by illustrator Hisanori Hiraoka, programmer Daisuke Watanabe and musician Kyohei Fujita.
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Maltine Records shares ᘐЯᓮᗰᕮ☾ᖇᗩƒ☂ EP

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Tokyo-based dance music netlabel Maltine Records starts off the new year with the release of the ᘐЯᓮᗰᕮ☾ᖇᗩƒ☂ EP, composed by Bay Area game cover artist Grimecraft. All four tracks from the upbeat future bass concept album are free to download in mp3 format, sporting futuristic cyborg cover illustration by Tokiya Sakba.
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Capcom posts Okami Retro Arrange samples

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-16 - comments
Capcom has posted music excerpts from the Okami Retro Arrange album, published earlier this week in Japan through the publisher's Suleputer label. Five music samples are streaming on the e-Capcom store, while additional full-length mp3 files can be downloaded by poking around the Okami official website's 8-bit section.
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Distant Worlds III album excerpts streaming online

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-15 - comments
Square Enix has posted brief samples of all thirteen tracks from orchestral album Distant Worlds III: More Music from Final Fantasy, scheduled for release on January 21 in Japan. Music for the third album in the series, overseen by Chicago-based conductor Arnie Roth, is composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu.
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Takeaki Kunimoto Band live concert on YouTube

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-11 - comments
Earlier today the Takeaki Kunimoto Band performed a live acoustic concert of 8-bit NES and role-playing gaming themes in Nakano, Tokyo, including several vocal renditions. The full two-hour program has been archived on YouTube, featuring music from the Dragon Quest series, Final Fantasy series, ICO and Chrono Trigger.
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Capcom posts Monster Hunter Brass Quintet excerpts

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-10 - comments
Capcom has posted excerpts from all twelve pieces from the Monster Hunter Brass Quintet album, due for release this week in Japan on the publisher's Suleputer label. Arrangements of music included on the album were performed on trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba and percussion instruments at the Monster Hunter Festa '13 festival.
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Nullsleep live at Cafe la Siesta broadcast on Ustream

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-09 - comments
Kyoto game culture bar and lofi music venue Cafe la Siesta is streaming a broadcast of performances today by international chip musicians, live via Ustream. The lineup includes Nullsleep of 8bitpeoples (New York), Sulumi of Shanshui Records (Beijing) and DJ Master Kohta of Cafe la Siesta (Kyoto).
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Ultra Fami-Compilation crowdfunded in Japan

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-05 - comments
The crowdfunding platform Makuake has given the greenlight to Ultra Fami-Compilation, the third installment in a series of dance music arrangements of Famicom game soundtracks. The 20-track album goes on sale on January 28 in Japan, with excerpts previewed on YouTube.
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Bitter Sweet Shopping by en;Dolphin on Bandcamp

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Bitter Sweet Shopping by electronic music circle en;Dolphin Records debuted last week in compact disc form at the Comic Market 87 hobbyist festival in Tokyo. The eight-track compilation is now available to stream in full on Bandcamp, with an eight-minute crossfade sample track accessible through SoundCloud.
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The Month in The Ongaku: January 2015

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The Month in The Ongaku for January 2015 provides a selection of remarkable game-related albums, available for free download or "name your price." This edition includes lo-fi music by Slime Girls, Hizmi, lpower and Orloc, as well as chamber orchestra recordings from Crystal Dynamics and prog rock by Matheus Manente.
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Foilverb's Melancolia streaming on Bandcamp

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-01 - comments
Following the Comic Market 87 hobbyist festival, Kyoto-based chip musician Foilverb has released his third full-length album of original material, available to stream in full on Bandcamp. Melancolia features vocalist Tomoko Asaka on "Flowers Down" and chiptune artist BOKKADENcI on harmonica on "The end of Quiet Dream (Live)."