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Dance To The Taiwan Developed PlayStation Move Game Music +

By Spencer . February 22, 2011 . 5:07pm

Funfia also brought a never before seen PlayStation 3 game to the Tapei Game Show. Their title Music + (temporary name) is a dancing game set in the trendy shopping area Ximending.

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Video Games Live To Debut In Japan

By Ishaan . June 21, 2009 . 2:10pm

Video Games Live is set to make its Japanese debut this September. Titled “Video Games Live in Japan,” the concert will be held from September 21-22.

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Following Game Show, Square Enix Music Takes Initiative

By Jerisaka . November 15, 2008 . 10:14pm

Over two consecutive years Square Enix has been the only developer at the Tokyo Game Show to devote a booth solely to its music department. Next to a rack of forty-four albums published by Square Enix and a three-dimensional version of the lime green cube familiar to visitors of the publisher’s website, promotion coordinator Akio […]

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Hiroki Ogawa And The Path To Dog Ear Records

By Jerisaka . November 14, 2008 . 10:35pm

Hiroki Ogawa is the director of Nobuo Uematsu’s recording studio Dog Ear Records. Together with the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy orchestral concert, he has traveled outside Japan and encountered firsthand the enthusiasm that international audiences have for Uematsu’s videogame music. Now more than ever, the director says, the staff of Dog Ear Records […]

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Building VGMdb, A Videogame Music Database

By Jerisaka . November 14, 2008 . 6:45pm

Since the website opened late last year, the stated goal of VGMdb has been to comprehensively archive the world’s videogame music albums. Other resources predate the work undertaken by the database’s countless contributors, but few have managed to cast as wide a net while keeping translated track lists, scans and release information as well organized. […]

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Game Music 4 All Creates First-Rate Tribute To Second-Best Console

By Jerisaka . November 14, 2008 . 6:33pm

Over the course of the past year, Game Music 4 All has organized several live concerts in the Los Angeles area. Tomorrow night, the latest in the series will see Mega Man rock band the Megas performing live at the West Coast Wig Out in North Hollywood, alongside six other California-based nerdcore bands. Tickets are […]

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EXTRA 2008: Uraken on 8BIT☆iDOLM@STER

By Jerisaka . November 8, 2008 . 6:11pm

Since Uraken first began DJ’ing, his electronic music has been described as powerful and uplifting. In addition to appearing at live performances, beginning in 1996 he organized a monthly event called “Hardcore Kitchen.” The first of its kind in Japan, it introduced Tokyo to the UK Hardcore scene. The musician has since toured Britain and […]

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GOMIBAKO Heaps Up Inventive Gaming Ideas

By Jerisaka . November 1, 2008 . 12:16pm

The lines and crowds of the Tokyo Game Show can make it a difficult environment for settling into titles whose selling points are their epic storylines or in depth gameplay. It tends to be that the most immediately appealing of games often leave the best impression, a phenomenon that this year has worked in the […]

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EXTRA 2008: Yuzo Koshiro on Etrian Odyssey

By Jerisaka . October 19, 2008 . 5:29pm

When looking at the magnitude of music composed by Yuzo Koshiro for the Etrian Odyssey series of role-playing games, its breadth amounts to a small kingdom of sounds. The original soundtracks for the first two titles make up five discs. In addition, a drama CD, two Super Arrange records, a piano collection and an album […]

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EXTRA 2008: Jeff Curry on The Outer Rim

By Jerisaka . October 19, 2008 . 4:39pm

In May of this year, the Tokyo-based band The Outer Rim published their self-titled debut album. Composed primarily by bassist Jeff Curry, the musician imagined the spoken drama that bookends the music tracks, which are performed by professional videogame voice actors, as a dark and brooding outer space tale reminiscent of James Cameron’s Aliens. Over […]

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The latest from Norstrilia – In the Sky On the Water

By Jerisaka . October 19, 2008 . 3:09pm

On the same week that Secret of Mana reached North American virtual consoles, the latest album by its composer went on sale on his private record label in Japan. The most recent published soundtrack by Hiroki Kikuta is “In the Sky On the Water.”     A collection of music to the 2004 PC game […]

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EXTRA 2008 piles on the videogame music nostalgia

By Jerisaka . October 13, 2008 . 9:11am

There were so many renditions of classic game tunes performed at this evening’s EXTRA Hyper Game Music Event at Shin-Kiba’s Studio Coast that it was hard to keep track of them all. The yearly event organized by 5pb Records assembles game composers to perform their own songs and revive classics from yesteryear by way of […]

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Focal points of videogame music – real and virtual

By Jerisaka . October 12, 2008 . 7:15pm

Akihabara is a hub retro games, used consoles and videogame music albums. At the Super Potato store located just a short walk from the JR train station you can find copies of 8-bit era original and arranged soundtracks along with rows of Super Famicom strategy guides.     In terms of online destinations where those […]

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Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show music sampler

By Jerisaka . October 11, 2008 . 3:19pm

Each year Square Enix prepares a Tokyo Game Show sampler CD with tracks from unreleased albums. The sampler is offered to visitors who make a purchase at the Square Enix Music booth, and this year marks volume number three. While the preview website implied that the disc would be rounded out by songs from The […]

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PixelJunk Eden art and music: Baiyon Interview

By Jerisaka . September 27, 2008 . 12:37am

Baiyon is a DJ, art director and graphics designer based in Kyoto, Japan. Several years ago he released the album “Like a school on lunch time,” an experimental approach to minimalistic electronic sounds. He has collaborated on a variety of visual design projects and museum exhibitions, which can be sampled on the website wetside.jp. For […]

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New in Mega Man remixes is Lie Mf B’s Dive Man

By Jerisaka . September 20, 2008 . 10:40pm

Uppsala-based videogame cover artist Lie Mf B has been reinterpreting 8-bit game themes since he released his first album in August of 2004. His songs primarily involve live instruments marked by a funky, raw sound, while the arrangements themselves are methodically fine-tuned. The juxtaposition between spontaneity and careful consideration can be heard on his latest […]

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