March 28, 2015

The Ongaku of The Month: February 2015

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-02-08 - comments
The Ongaku of The Month feature for February 2015 highlights recent, remarkable game-related albums, available for free download or "name your price." This month's edition includes Famicom soundtracks reimagined by Kirby Pufocia and Wally Chantek, and chip music compilations from 8BitLA and Toy Company.

Kirby Pufocia mixes Castlevania III Famicom score

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Metroid Metal band member Kirby Pufocia has uploaded his own personalized mix of the music score to Famicom action game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Streaming on Bandcamp, the album seamlessly integrates audio content both from the Japanese release incorporating the VRC6 coprocessor chip and more limited overseas cartridge.

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.

Takeaki Kunimoto Band live concert on YouTube

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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 The full two-hour program has been archived on YouTube, featuring music from the Dragon Quest series, Final Fantasy series, ICO and Chrono Trigger.

Wally Chantek's Option Fire demakes Gradius III score

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Wally Chantek's Option Fire album rolls back the clock on the music score to Gradius III, converting the shooter soundtrack for the Super Famicom and arcade cabinets to an NES score built using FamiTracker software. Composed by the Konami Kukeiha Club, the album is streaming on YouTube and free to download.

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.

Capcom posts Rockman Utopia album samples

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-12-26 - comments
Excerpts of all tracks from the Mega Man concept album Rockman Utopia have been posted to Capcom Japan's Cap'stone sound team website. Due for release in Japan on January 14 through the developer's Suleputer record label, "Utopia" gives upbeat technopop makeovers to Elec Man, Freeze Man, Centaur Man and Clown Man's stage themes.

Revengineers publish 8static EP through Bandcamp

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-10-17 - comments
The Nintendo Entertainment System rock group Revengineers, based in Rochester, New York, have released an EP to coincide with Philadelphia's 8static chip music event. The EP includes the songs "Meteoric Theory" and "Escape Velocity" and is available to stream in full through Bandcamp.

Name your price for Parareco Rhythm vol​.​1

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-09-10 - comments
Tokyo-based chiptune collective Parallelogram Records has published Parareco Rhythm vol.1, downloadable through Bandcamp in your file format of choice for "name your price." The ten-track album includes tracks composed for Famicom, Game Boy, and X68000 consoles by Hydden, Suesset and Xinon.

Hydden's Rockman-Like BGM streaming online

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-15 - comments
Collections of original music inspired by Mega Man NES game soudtracks include RushJet1's Mega Man 9.5 and ASAGEN's Rokko Chan music score. Tokyo-based chip music artist Hydden delves deeply into the genre with his three Rockman-Like BGM albums, now available to stream in full on Bandcamp.

DuckTales: Remastered soundtrack excerpts online

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The soundtrack to Wayforward's DuckTales Remastered by Jake Kaufman (Virt) has been released online for digital download, with brief samples of each track available to stream on Amazon mp3 and iTunes. The album includes the remastered soundtrack, Hiroshige Tonomura's NES score and 8-bit arrangements of the new themes.

The Megas' History Repeating: Red covers Mega Man 3

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Rock cover band The Megas, based in Los Angeles, California, have published History Repeating: Red, comprised of vocal tracks inspired by the storyline and soundtrack to Mega Man 3. The ten-track album, featuring cover art by vocalist Josh Breeding, is available to stream in full through the band's Bandcamp page.

RushJet1's various remixes released through Bandcamp

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Chip musician RushJet1 (Tadd Nuznov) of Atlanta, Georgia has released Various Remixes, a compilation of NES game arrangements spanning compositions from the Mega Man series, Secret of Mana and Ecco: The Tides of Time. The 33-track album is available to download for "name your price" through Bandcamp.

Europe in 8 Bits now on Vimeo on Demand

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Chiptune music documentary Europe in 8 Bits, directed by Javier Polo, has become available to rent on Vimeo on Demand in all regions. Exploring the use of Nintendo Game Boy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 for the composition and performance of music, the film stars Goto80, Raquel Meyers, Covox and other artists.

Zabutom's Lost Tapes retrieved by Data Airlines

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Zabutom's compilation Lost Tapes 1 includes music from demoscene releases, cracktros and chipdisks created between 2000 and 2005. A technical showcase of hardware engineering, the 15 tracks streaming online courtesy of the Data Airlines record label makes use of MS-DOS trackers, Commodore 64 and NES consoles.