November 18, 2013
Gamerchat is back, discussing what we want from Next Gen.
Our podcast is back after a long hiatus, we are sorry for that. Real life can sometimes hinder our schedules is unpredictable ways. Brad (thesoundman) and I are talking about what we want from the next round of consoles, and what we would like to see disappear as well. We will be doing a series of these, with various people, taking about what we liked and disliked about the previous generation we are leaving behind. Enjoy.
Intro Music – “Master D is for Dance (Rise of the Albatross)” by Gario from Bionic Commando Remixed – Ok, Let’s Grove (OverClocked Remix)
January 6, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: Happy New Year Edition
Well the New Year is well underway and thought I would celebrate it with two tracks off of one of my favorite albums of last year, The Greatest Video Game Music vol. 2 (that is including any mainstream music as well). The renditions Andrew Skeet put together are fantastic; and 8 bit music turned full orchestra is just the bee’s knees. I picked two different tracks from the album that were in games I have never featured before, Assassins Creed and Super Metroid. One is very majestic and fitting for its time period the other is dark and grim and converted 16 bit audio. Let us ring in the New Year with a Renaissance assassin and bounty hunter out to kick some space pirate booty.
Assassins Creed: Revelations – Main Theme – Lorne Balfe
This title track for the latest unnumbered Assassin Creed entry was not done by series composer Jesper Kyd, but Lorne Balfe who composed the score for the current entry in the series Assassins Creed 3. This is a beautiful track. The series has always had a beautiful score that made the crusades or renaissance Italy feel beautiful despite the templar corruption. (0:10) A somber female vocalist carries the melody throughout most of the track. At (1:36) the main beat comes in feeling a bit on the electronic side. (3:13) the female vocalist is replaced by delicate strings leading up to (3:51) where the track takes an epic turn. At that point you can just set back close your eyes and imagine a sun drenched Constantinople. The song is neither too subtle nor overbearing to make its point.
Super Metroid: A Symphonic Poem – Kenji Yamamoto & Minako Hamano
Metroid is one of my favorite Nintendo series. There was always a sense of exploration, darkness, and mystery lurking around every corner. Super Metroid to this date still holds up incredibly well, if you can’t find a copy there is the Wii Virtual Console where you can snag a copy for a mere $7. This track is an ode to the great themes found on space station holding the Metroid larvae and the planet Zebes. (0:04) the brass pull in the main theme that will be picked up later and creates a grand entrance for the track. At (0:29) the classic tune from the title sequence starts. At (1:27) the swirling on the drum brings a sense of dread that leads up to (3:50) the reassuring theme of Samus. Finally at (4:18) the main theme from the start of the track is ushered back in for a grandioso finale. This track made me purchase the game on the Virtual Console just in case my original SNES copy ever bums out. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
October 9, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Borderlands 2 “Catch-a-Ride!” edition
Sorry to everyone that we have been away, real jobs get in the way of updating the site. Brad was recently promoted and I am a manager at a retail chain so this time of year can be hectic but I will do my best to schedule weekly articles and we will have more contests on the way. Now, let’s get back to business! This week on Gaming in Stereo we are going to listen to some of the fantastic soundtrack to one of my absolute favorite games of the year, Borderlands 2. Now, I have yet to finish the game. Yes, I know it has been out for quite some time now, but I am playing two characters simultaneously (I have Maya the siren and Axton the commando and are leveled well into the 20’s) and trying to see all of what Borderlands 2 has to offer. Now on to the music!
Interlude Combat – Jesper Kyd
I have always thought of Borderlands as a crasser, more violent take on Firefly. Feeling that western, sci-fi tone, this song fit right in with my thoughts. Jesper Kyd has done numerous Video Game soundtracks from Freedom Fighters to the Hitman series, and the Assassins Creed series. His most recent work was on Darksiders 2, which I do want to feature on here. Interlude Combat feels like it could be dubbed into an episode of Firefly and would fit right in.
Pandora Park – Jesper Kyd
While finally making it to the Wildlife Exploitation Reserve, Joe and I realized how awesome the soundtrack really is. The bass fall the starts at 0:39seconds in and is a continuing theme throughout the track is and is an awesome hook in such an action oriented mission. Having to traverse this area for a side mission was a real treat just to hear this track over and over.
Bandit Slaughter – Raison Varner
This electronica track from the Fink’s Slaughter House was a great compilation to the mass chaos that ensues during the horde like mission. It immediately reminded me of the night clubs in Mass Effect, only with no Asari dancers; which is disappointing. I hope everyone enjoys the look at Borderland 2’s incredible soundtrack. Now get out to Pandora and loot, loot, loot.
P.S. Don’t for get to say hi to Mushy Snugglebites and Felicia Sexopants.
July 21, 2012
Gaming in Stereo is back!
After a long hiatus do to work relate reasons, I am finally bringing back our music article, Gaming in Stereo. The format is changing just a little. It will be posted one day a week, still haven’t decided which one, and it will focus on two songs. Other than these minor changes the format will remain the same. This week we take a look at 2 songs both theme songs for games and are catchy pop songs from their respected countries.
B’z – Into Free –Dangan- This was the main title theme from Dragon’s Dogma. I had the pleasure of listening to over and over again while I downloaded the Resident Evil 6 demo. It’s insanely catchy tune and is available on iTunes, where I purchased it from. The song is by Japanese rock legends B’z, and the song was their 24th single; the song was originally released back in 1998. The song was rerecorded in English in 2012. The song is only 69 cents and I keep listening to it on the way to and from work. It has that late 80’s hair band feel to it with a modern twist, but what is even more surprising is this was a title track for an open world medieval fantasy action RPG; and that is why Japan is so cool. Enjoy
Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive – Back in 2008, one of my favorite games if not my favorite game of this generation hit shelves, Mirror’s Edge. It’s unique take on the FPS genre and clean, creative esthetics and a lead female protagonist that was not over sexualized. I have a tradition to at least play through the game once a year and sometimes I do it multiple times. Developed by DICE, who is based in Sweden, brought in Swedish pop star Lisa Miskovsky and what we got is an awesome song that has small hints from the actual soundtrack. Hopefully everyone enjoys the return of the article, it will return every week!
April 16, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Retro Evolved Monday
I was extremely excited when I found this soundtrack available as a free download. Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 is by far my favorite XBLA game of all time. I use it as a morning routine, when I am up early enough, to get the brain cogs turning. I also use it as a great unwinding tool, when you have a rough day, nothing like some great techno pulsating to twin stick perfection. Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 – Megamix by audioantics is every track in the game fused together to create 13 minutes of bliss. Audioantics did several games including Geometry Wars, PGR3, PGR4, The Club, and Blur. It’s a shame we may never get a sequel since Bizzare Creations was shut down after Blur’s poor retail performance, I bought it just so you know.
Today’s tune is a free download, I have provided the link below. Enjoy!
April 13, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Reach Friday
I thought I would finish out the week with Halo since the big news this week coming from 343 was about the Halo 4 soundtrack. Overture by Martin O’Donnell is off the Halo: Reach soundtrack. This was the main theme from the game and was quite the departure from the trilogy but still felt like Halo in every way. The tribal drums, piano, and chorus made Noble Teams last hurrah nothing short of epic. It’s going to be a shame not to have Martin O’Donnell at the musical helm for Halo 4, though the series is in very capable hands and I am interested to see where they take it from here; but he brought something special to the series, a sense of story in the music that didn’t require you to play the game, yet you could still feel what was going on. O’Donnell is one of my favorite game composers best of luck to him and all of Bungie, Halo won’t be the same.
April 12, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Bad Company Thursday
I had planned on presenting this song on Wednesday but back to back Battlefield themes felt too much like shooter releases so I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Battlefield Theme (Orchestral Version) by Mikael Karlsson maybe short on time but is still quite epic. Bad Company was a welcome to the modern shooter for its large open environments and humor; two things that are rarely found in that genre. Bad Company also brought the magnificent Frostbite engine to life. I spent quite a bit of time with BC1 and BC2 but BC1 theme is still more memorable than its successor. I hope you enjoy the short but sweet Battlefield theme and in BC1 fashion I leave you with “Beat the Taco”.
April 11, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Advent Wednesday
Back in 2005, Video Games Live debuted and launched video game music to the popularity it so rightfully deserved. Video Games Live was a live concert event founded by Jack Wall of Mass Effect fame and Tommy Tallarico of Advent Rising fame. Video Games Live brought the musical compositions found in video games to life in a traditional concert setting, while having local musicians perform the songs in this grand setting. Today’s track is from one of my favorite games of all time, but is off the Video Games Live: Level 2 album. Advent Rising Overture is a collection of themes from Advent Rising performed live by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert series had brought gaming music into the spotlight, and has become so popular, Video Games Live: Level 2 hit number 8 on the Billboard charts when it debuted. I hope to see Video Games Live perform later this year. I hope you enjoy the music and appreciate what our media has become as much as I do. Happy Advent Wednesday!
April 10, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: BF3 Tuesday
As I continue my week of new music continues we move to game that really isn’t know for epic scores or sweeping symphonic vistas but the main theme became as infamous as the title itself. Battlefield 3 Main Theme by Johan Skugge drove the sales pitch for the title with its distorted beauty. I will never forget the first time I saw the Caspian Border game play trailer and heard this pulsating in the background. The ending to this song is as epic as the massive multiplayer and will always be synonymous with the title sequence. In this day in gaming military shooters are a dime a dozen and the market is a bit saturated, but Battlefield still stands separately, providing a grand experience unlike any other as does it’s soundtrack. Give your speakers and ears a treat to the distorted and pulse pounding rhythm of the Battlefield 3 theme.
April 9, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Dark Knight Monday
After a small hiatus due to the switching of jobs, Gaming in Stereo is back! This week there will be no remixes just straight music from some really great games. To kick off the comeback week, I chose this very wisely (insert Last Crusade joke), I chose to honor my personal game of the year from 2011, Batman: Arkham City. Arkham City Main Theme by Nick Arundel is off the Batman: Arkham City – The Album. This is one of my personal all time favorite scores in any medium, It is dark and brooding, yet full of hope and loaded with despair. I even like it more than, dare I say it, Hans Zimmer’s Dark Knight Score. Rocksteady cranked the game all the way to 11 and that included the musical score. If video games ever get their rightful spot in the Grammy’s I want this to win an award that it so sorely deserves. Will we ever see a sequel to Arkham City? That is a question I cannot answer, but did we already get the Batman game we deserve, the one that we needed to believe in the Dark Knight’s video game repertoire again? Yes, yes we did and in doing so the song that should fill every villains heart with fear, the song that every Batman staple should be branded with. I hope everyone enjoys the articles return, I think I am going to head back to Gotham and show people that there are people ready to do good, ready to show the Joker he is alone and that everyone is not as ugly as he is; Gotham needs it’s caped crusader, it’s Dark Knight.