Jessica Curry has composed original music for first-person ghost story Dear Esther, which has been nominated for an Excellence in Audio Award in the 2012 Independent Games Festival. Two years in the making, the commercial remake of the PC mod features a re-orchestrated soundtrack.
Owners of Commodore 64 consoles can now send away for the cartridge port of Adam Atomic's Canabalt. The demake has been overseen and fully endorsed by the Canabalt dev team, with the conversion developed by Paul Koller.
Weeklybeats is a 52 week long music project in which artists compose and publicly release one song a week for the entire year. Chip musicians chipping in on week one of the project include little-scale, Lazerbeat and Pongball.
Kyoto DJ and visual artist Baiyon of PixelJunk 4am will be among the game creators and lecturers introducing Global Game Jam 2012 (taking place January 27 to 29,) which anticipates the participation of game creators in 44 countries.
Hideyuki Fukasawa has uploaded a new music video featuring footage of his live performance at AINOTE in Tokyo on November 22. The composer of Super Street Fighter IV performed as Eicheph for the fourth installment of the Denshi Kaimen modular synth party.
Chip music artist and game composer Matt Simmonds has uploaded a track from his forthcoming album "Origins" to his new 4mat SoundCloud account. "Strobe Lights" features vocals by self-described computer science geek George Ashdown.
Chip musicians USK and nordloef will play Kyoto's game culture spot Cafe la Siesta this Saturday, January 14. It will mark the 23rd installment of the 1H1D chiptune party organized by the venue.
Final Fantasy XIII series musicians Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina have uploaded a music video for their song "Imeruat." The five-minute YouTube video is composed of numerous photographs taken on the artists' overseas tour in 2011.
Comic Market 81 took place last week at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Japan. Game arrange albums debuting at the event include Diverse System's Dear Mr. Minecraft and Ridge Racer Respect Recreation, Woodsoft's Castlevania: Chronicles of the Past and Memories of Game Music by EtlanZ.
METEOR has posted an eleven-minute digest video of footage from last year's Fami-Mode 8-bit culture festival. The movie contains clips of stage performances by Sexy-Synthesizer, Bourbon Kobayashi, Kplecraft, Consumers, Craftwife+Kaseo+, smallest and Omodaka.
Kittenrock presents Mister Beep’s 4th album, created in celebration of the ZX Spectrum 48K’s 30th anniversary. Z80 is intended to showcase the "grainy textures and old school feelings" of the retro gaming platform, while including guest tracks by Factor6 and irrlicht project.
Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya of Studio Pixel has released an enhanced iOS edition of his game Azarashi for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, available through the Apple App Store. Azarashi challenges you to a game of darts where the very lives of adorable seals are at stake.
Square Enix will publish the console download edition of Scarygirl, previously a web browser game and line of plush toys designed by Nathan Jurevicius. The enhanced edition of the spooky platformer has been coded by TikGames.
The 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards' nominees for Best Audio have been announced. They are Bastion by Supergiant Games, LittleBigPlanet 2 by Media Molecule, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Bethesda, Dead Space 2 by Visceral Games and Portal 2 by Valve.