February 10, 2016

EarthBound vinyl released through Ship to Shore

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2016-01-25 - comments
Ship to Shore plans on shipping the Mother 2 (EarthBound) vinyl soundtrack album sometime next month from its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. The release marks the first time the Super Nintendo score by Hirokazu Tanaka and Keiichi Suzuki has been made available on vinyl outside of Japan.

Konami posts Gradius II complete soundtrack excerpts

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-12-26 - comments
Konamistyle, Konami's Tokyo-based record label, will publish the soundtrack to Gradius II: Gofer's Ambition on compact disc on January 23 in Japan. The 72-track album contains Sharp X68000 home computer, Roland SC-55 MIDI sound module and Roland MT32 renderings of each music track from the sidescrolling shooter.

BIT.TRIP's Greatest Chips vinyl published by iam8bit

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-12-14 - comments
Game-themed event organizer iam8bit has published BIT.TRIP's Greatest Chips, a vinyl album featuring music by chip musicians Bit Shifter, Nullsleep, Bubblyfish, Minusbaby and Anamanaguchi. Bit.Trip Run for iOS, the spiritual sequel to Bit.Trip Runner, is currently available for free download through the iTunes Store.

GameChops publishes Button Masher by Doni

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-10-18 - comments
Dj Cutman's game-inspired GameChops netabel has published Button Masher Remastered by Taipei-based Canadian DJ and producer Doni. The compilation of electronic music arrangements revisit themes from Donkey Kong Country 2, Secret of Mana and Mega Man 3, streaming on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

Zabutom's Redux34 album streaming on Bandcamp

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-09-24 - comments
Chip musician Zabutom of Gothenburg, Sweden has published the six-track album Redux34 through Bandcamp. The project started out through the live performance of LSDJ and NES chiptunes, and more recently began incorporating instruments and production techniques from a wider selection of electronic music genres.

iam8bit presses Rare Ltd. vinyl soundtracks

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-08-04 - comments
Game-themed store and event organizer iam8bit has pressed three classic Rare Ltd. game soundtracks to vinyl records, available for purchase while supplies last. Music from Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark feature original compositions by David Wise, Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate and David Clynick.

Rockman World 2 score reformatted by RushJet1

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-07-23 - comments
RushJet1 (Tadd Nuznov) has reinterpreted composer Kenji Yamazaki's music score to Game Boy action title Rockman World 2, through the lens of Konami's VRC6 sound chip. The Famicom era technological innovation allowed Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse access to three additional NES sound channels.

Hydden's Rockman-Like BGM 4 debuts on Bandcamp

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-04-29 - comments
Tokyo-based chip music artist Hydden delves into the Mega Man soundtrack genre in the fourth of his Rockman-Like BGM compilations, now available to stream in full through Bandcamp. Composed in MML (Music Macro Language), the concept album pays elaborate homage to the 8-bit sounds of Capcom's famous action game series.

TAMUSIC unveils FF Violin I+II International

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-04-03 - comments
Violinist TAM of the TAMUSIC arrangement circle has announced FF VIOLIN I+II INTERNATIONAL for release on April 25 at the M3 hobbyist gathering in Tokyo. The remastered compilation, reinterpreting music from Final Fantasy I~X & XIII composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu, can be previewed through SoundCloud.

Kirby Pufocia mixes Castlevania III Famicom score

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-02-02 - comments
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

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.

Wally Chantek's Option Fire demakes Gradius III score

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2015-01-08 - comments
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.