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Luminary composers gather for 2008 Press Start symphony of games

By Jerisaka . September 14, 2008 . 7:36pm

In attendance at last night’s Press Start Symphony of Games taking place at Shibuya’s Bunkamura Orchard Hall were a number of Japan’s videogame music luminaries. Koji Kondo took the stage to introduce Super Mario Galaxy, Nobuo Uematsu offered a pre-Final Fantasy Square medley, Motoi Sakuraba was there to represent Baten Kaitos, and for a surprise […]

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Gaming and game-inspired music: Why the rift?

By Jerisaka . September 13, 2008 . 3:02pm

It can be a strange feeling walking into a Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles and finding only a handful of videogame soundtracks. By contrast, today in Tokyo the staff of Tsutaya Shibuya recommends Echochrome Original Soundtrack, Tower is calling attention to the score for Siren New Translation, and Rockman 9 OST has just hit the […]

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Sound Current: The PAX 10

By Jerisaka . September 6, 2008 . 3:30pm

Fifty judges comprised of industry experts were asked by the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo to select ten outstanding independent games for this year’s PAX 10 showcase. The finalists ranged from ambitious takes on familiar genres like 3D action adventure and RTS to off-the-wall story and gameplay ideas.   Dylan Fitterer created a rhythm […]

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Hyadain’s Metal Man: not a dentist

By Jerisaka . September 6, 2008 . 3:30pm

Nico Nico Douga’s popular fan remixer has released the fourth installment in his series of Mega Man vocal arrangements. This time Hyadain paints a picture of Metal Man by way of electronic metal, a brooding loner who insists his heart is made of… well, metal. It follows the stories of cool FLASH!, hyperactive Quick!! and […]

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Tokyo hosts Extra – Hyper Game Music Event in October

By Jerisaka . September 6, 2008 . 3:26pm

Last year, 5pb Records organized a concert during which prominent videogame composers performed renditions of their own compositions and remixed their favorite tunes from the history of videogame music. The free range of the selections at the Extra – Hyper Game Music Event has made a planned DVD release unlikely due to licensing issues, but […]

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Audiosurf: musical rollercoaster of the PAX 10

By Jerisaka . August 30, 2008 . 2:06am

The PAX 10 is a selection of independent games recognized by the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo.  Among them this year is Audiosurf, the first game to use Steamworks, a free development suite based on Valve's game design technology.  The PC title allows players to participate in rhythm-action gameplay to the beat of the […]

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Tales of Series Battle Arrange album sounds intense

By Jerisaka . August 27, 2008 . 5:29pm

  In July, music publisher Team Entertainment announced a best-of battle remix album would be offering up reinterpretations of themes from Namco Bandai's "Tales of" series.  The album is on sale today in Japan, and the official webpage has been updated with six energetic-sounding samples. They can be found at the bottom of the linked […]

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DJ Q&A – Ian Hartley on Final Fantasy Remix

By Jerisaka . August 16, 2008 . 9:22pm

Ian Hartley is a Tokyo-based DJ hailing from London who publishes drum'n'bass, acid jazz and electronica mixes through his independent label, kikaizuki.  He and Matt Baggiani have collaborated under the group name Ante on Final Fantasy Remix, an album featuring club style arrangements of songs from eight different Final Fantasy games.  The project was directed […]

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Remixing Street Fighter II – Malcos music interview

By Jerisaka . August 15, 2008 . 10:21pm

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is in open beta on XBox Live Arcade until September 5.  The full game is headed to XBLA and PSN, with high resolution sprites by artists at Udon Entertainment and an arranged soundtrack by members of OverClocked ReMix.  London-based musician Malcos has been contributing to the online remixing […]

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The E3 party everyone missed

By Jerisaka . July 24, 2008 . 2:11pm

  Other E3 parties had free beer and free swag, but did they have an R&B cover of the password screen from Faxanadu?  Level Up! Level 2! took place the day before the Business Summit at the nearby California Institute of Abnormalities in North Hollywood.  The second anniversary celebration of GameMusic4All showcased the talents of […]

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Videogame albums: yay or nay?

By Jerisaka . July 20, 2008 . 10:22am

1994 marked the first time for many listeners in English-language regions that videogame soundtrack albums became available. Through promotional offers in gaming magazines, Nobuo Uematsu’s score to Final Fantasy VI was released as the three-disc album "Kefka’s Domain."  The soundtrack to Donkey Kong Country went on sale under the name "DK Jamz."  Around the same […]

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‘Tsuki no Akari’ a highlight of Final Fantasy IV DS

By Jerisaka . July 20, 2008 . 9:34am

When the musical score for Final Fantasy IV debuted in 1991, videogame audio was at a turning point in Japan. The game's inclusion of a theme of love attempted to approximate an emotional moment on the newly released 16-bit hardware. History suggests that composer Nobuo Uematsu pulled off the experiment.  For many players the song […]

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Plugging into Korg DS-10

By Jerisaka . July 16, 2008 . 12:53pm

The Korg DS-10 is a six track synthesizer for the Nintendo DS, based on the classic Korg MS-10 model.  To publicize the ease of the music creation software in Japan, Nobuyoshi Sano of Drakengard (aka Sanodg of Ridge Racer) gave a YouTube demonstration on how the ability to tweak everything, from the notes, to the […]

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Lightning Q&A with Hyadain, YouTube’s master remixer

By Jerisaka . July 13, 2008 . 12:21pm

Hyadain creates game-related remix videos.  Not only is he responsible for arrangements of classic gaming themes, he also writes his own lyrics and sings in a variety of voices that capture the personalities of timeless videogame characters.    After discovering an enthusiastic response to his series on the Japan-based video sharing site Niko Niko Douga, […]

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Song Summoner: does your playlist have what it takes to save the world?

By Jerisaka . July 9, 2008 . 8:09am

The hero of Square Enix's strategy role-playing game for the iPod is a determined lad.  While committed to saving his brother from the hands of tyrannical robots, Ziggy never loses his enthusiasm for music.  It's a good thing too, because in the world of Song Summoner the power of tunes is the primary force in […]

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Hiroki Kikuta’s Concerto to debut momentarily

By Jerisaka . March 1, 2008 . 9:55pm

The composer of Secret of Mana and Koudelka has a new album scheduled to go on sale at the end of February.  Hiroki Kikuta's fifteen-track Concerto will be available on his privately owned label Norstrilia.  Including songs from Concerto Gate, the Square Enix massively multiplayer online game for the PC, this marks the musician's first […]

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