September 04, 2015

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.

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

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.

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

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-06 - comments
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.