Chip musician Rushjet has released the holiday chiptune album Carols of the 2a03. The 8-track, 8-bit collection including "Greensleeves," "Silent Night," and "Carol of the Bells" is available to stream in full and download in your file format of choice for "name your price" though Bandcamp.
Chiptune party VJ and game-inspired music video creator Raquel Meyers has sent an animated holiday card by FAX. The stylized FAX visuals were generated as part of a collaboration with chip musician Goto80 for an art installation sponsored by the Statens Kunstrad Danish Art Council, with stills available on the artist's flickr photo page.
C418, the composer of Mojang's popular sandbox game Minecraft, has released an 18-track collection through Bandcamp for "name your price." Titled "Seven Years of Server Data," the album is comprised of older compositions, along with some more recent remixes.
Game arrange circle Stoic Sounds has uploaded a cross-fade demo for arrange album "D² -Dual Duel- Shoot'em All 2nd." Debuting at Comic Market 81 on December 31, the album will include remixes of music from shooters Deathsmiles, Xevious, R-Type and DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu, among others.
Comic Market 81 release "Undressed" will feature arrangements of composer c418's tracks "Sweden" and "Minecraft" from the popular indie sandbox game Minecraft. A collaboration between arrangers Yuu-P of PHOENIX Project and JOYH-TV of SEPIA-SIS, the compilation will debut on December 30.
TPR of Phoenix Rise Music, a 24-year-old pianist from the South of England, has focused on the darker aspects of Nobuo Uematsu's first PlayStation RPG score with the release of classically inspired fan arrange album "A Melancholy Tribute to Final Fantasy VII." The thirteen track tribute album is currently available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.
Celtic music aficionado Kou Ogata of k-waves LAB will release a Nora arrange album at Comic Market 81, reinterpreting Michiko Naruke's music compositions from the Nintendo DS role-playing game through the use of live instruments.
French news site Musica Ludi reports that Xenoblade co-composers CHiCO and Tomori Kudo, members of the ACE music studio in Japan, will be writing original music for Nintendo 3DS title Code of Princess.
Game arrange circle Diverse System will release Ridge Racer Respect Recreation at Comic Market 81, a compilation of Ridge Racer remixes from throughout the series. A cross-fade sample is available to stream and download from the album webpage, including tracks by ten different artists.
Game arrange circle Dangerous Mezashi Cat will release their Mega Drive tribute compilation album Omega Catastrophe at Comic Market 81 on December 31. The compact disc release will include renditions of music from Super Shinobi, Space Harrier, Virtual-On, Outrun, Thunder Force III and more.
Game arrange circle HellionSounds is preparing their eighth Atlus tribute compilation "Last Floor" for release at Comic Market 81 late this month. The album is set to include twelve tracks arranged from the Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey series soundtracks, Persona 4, Devil Survivor 2 and more.
Square Enix has launched the webpage for arrange album Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III, due out February 29, 2012 in Japan. A track list has been posted, revealing that the thirteen tracks performed by Hiroyuki Nakayama will include "Matoya's Theme" and "Mount Gulug" from Final Fantasy I.
Game arrange circle Salvation by Faith Records will release a Super Smash Bros. Brawl remix compilation titled "We Bros. X," at Comic Market 81, taking place on December 31. More than 20 artists are participating in the 2-disc album.
Ten piano arrangements by Brent Kennedy have been released as an album under the title Super Meat Boy Choice Piano Cuts. Tracks from the PC, Mac and XBLA platformer chosen for reinterpretation include Betus Blues, The Salt Factory, It Ends 1 & 2, Forest Medley and C.H.A.D.'s Lullaby.
The latest installment of the IndieGames Podcast features Austin Wintory discussing his music for flOw and Journey by ThatGameCompany, along with Andy Schatz' Monaco. Chris Schlarb talks about working with Nifflas on NightSky and Erik Loyer on Strange Rain. Shadi Muklashy and Ali Bavarian of Paper Sound, writing music for mech combat simulator Hawken, talk old school game melodies.