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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: December 28, 2017 (10:47 AM)
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When done right, video game music is an integral part of the experience. I've been introduced to many fantastic games via their soundtracks, as well. Enjoy this thread dedicated largely to video game music! There will be consecutive postings due to the nature of this thread, by the way. Let's start this thread off with a triple-feature!


"The Boy's Got Wings" from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Turbo CD)
https://youtu.be/LJnhYhL2-fM

Easily one of my favorite video game soundtracks, Ys III has a wide variety of genres, from rock to synth orchestral. I can only imagine how amazing it was to hear this back in the days of 16-bit sound.


"Devil Hunter/Mode Select" from Devil May Cry 2
https://youtu.be/UeWnVzhuKaE

One of the most under-appreciated soundtracks is DMC2. An almost immaculate selection of hard rock, with synth and quieter pieces peppered about for good measure.


"Title Theme" from Jet Force Gemini
https://youtu.be/khlPGVOGL2g

Perhaps the greatest N64 score, Jet Force Gemini changed my perception of what video game music could accomplish. From the triumphant title theme onwards, each track suits its environs perfectly, using emotional strings as well as haunting ambience to do so.


What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks?


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: December 28, 2017 (07:23 PM)
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I like a surprising amount of music from Street Fighter Alpha 3, and I love most of the music from Mega Man 2. Capcom in general delighted me for much of around 20 years, honestly. My favorite soundtrack is probably Yasunori Mitsuda's work for Chrono Cross, and he is one of my favorite composers in general. Final Fantasy VI also had some amazing tunes. Beyond that, I tend not to pay a whole lot of attention to game music, honestly.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: December 30, 2017 (05:42 PM)
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Since you're a fan of Mitsuda's work, I think you would be interested in some of the works at OCRemix.org. There are entire albums of fan-made arrangements of his music from such games as Chrono Trigger, Radical Dreamers, and Xenogears, all for free!


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: December 30, 2017 (09:31 PM)
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I'm aware of OCRemix, and I even backed them substantially on Kickstarter when they put together that Final Fantasy project. One of their community members composed a beautiful Zelda II medley that is (as far as I know) the only game composition I have on my iPhone.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: January 11, 2018 (01:01 PM)
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Here are two games I plan to review soon. I'm not sure which to take on first, so if anyone is particularly interested in either game, let me know!



"Camanis Level (Remix)" from Tyrian 2000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pS7yQ9M63M

Oh, ho, you thought Thunder Force IV or Gate of Thunder or some other game with Thunder in the title was the best shmup ever made? Wait 'till you hear about this one...


"Efrain's Return (Extended)" from Castlevania: The LeCarde Chronicles 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VjqXbwhv3Y&list=PLhV0S_CLD6ZTxM8nfBTQLwW46_3965W11&index=7

The production values in this game are astounding! As you might have inferred, this game is a sequel to an equally excellent game; the original is a Rondo of Blood-style affair, and the sequel is what we might call a Metroidvania.


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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: January 19, 2018 (01:42 PM)
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Time for some obscure soundtracks to get their due.



"Level 0" from Tetris CD-i
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXvztldcWA4

Wonderful studying music right here. This version of Tetris was kinda clunky, but I liked the pleasant nature footage in the background. More interesting than just a plain backdrop. Actually, there are some really neat Tetris games out there; maybe I'll review some of them.


"Time" from Deep Fear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLqeEe4VM5w

Resident Sea-vil took the seminal '96 title's formula and decided to focus on the running back and forth through empty corridors to get stuff bit instead of anything tense. I don't know how they got the composer for Ghost and the Shell on this sinking ship, but we got some great music out of the deal. Watch the abridged Retsupurae videos on this game if you are interested in it.


"Stellar Light" from Eschatos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecqf_nRzUM

Now THIS is some shmup music! Yousuke Yasui is easily one of my favorite composers. Amazing from start to finish.


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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: March 07, 2018 (06:15 PM)
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Been too long since I've posted in this thread. Let's hear some obscure classics!

"Isotoxin" from In Pursuit of Greed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmaxOSAe7Jw

Very interesting FPS for its time. The soundtrack surpasses that of any FPS prior and is still a giant today. This track was also featured in Unreal, so you know this OST is something special.


"Title" from Over Horizon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdotzyCSEYA

One of the better NES shmups. I may review this one soon.


"Island of Ruins" from Ardy Lightfoot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lawboQcT1I

This one I will review soon. Ardy has one of the most atmospheric soundtracks of any 16-bit platformer, which, alongside the interesting aesthetic, help make it more than the many mascot cash-ins of the era.

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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: March 07, 2018 (07:29 PM)
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I thought I'd chime in with some favourite shooter tunes of my own:

VERYTEX - Act 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1d1pwSYa_I

SPACE MEGAFORCE - Space Cruiser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgRpU70fX2A&list=PL1ED6389785C4A71E&index=9

GATE OF THUNDER - Stage 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sThnCzeNyEk

BLAZING LAZERS - Area 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhbf99ZrH3E&list=RDFhbf99ZrH3E&index=1

R-TYPE III - Stage 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo7YkdX17i8&list=PLB0xooEkKbSa2P3LvcYjKqw7VecTNBrhP&index=18

GINGA FUKEI DENSETSU SAPPHIRE - Boss Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flfyG6AJXe8&list=RDflfyG6AJXe8&t=53

AXELAY - Colony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrWp4taT4yI&list=RDOrWp4taT4yI&t=85

R-TYPE DELTA - Fate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4YcMZ09K0A&index=12&list=PLXSaJ1VYkIYuzScqXdQahXAmgI7ul7o33

RAYSTORM - Intolerance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baChi7Niaz0&list=RDbaChi7Niaz0&t=56


I don't have to prove I'm refined - that's what makes me refined!

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: March 10, 2018 (05:17 PM)
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Oh, cool! There's a few here I haven't played yet; I may have to get to that before publishing my Tyrian review. I'll follow up with music from more shmups:

"Stage 1" from ring^-27
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iewDKOgFNc

This game gets the award for weirdest shmup title. It sounds like one of those bizarre visual novels. I haven't tried this one yet, though.


"Will Force (Arrange)" from Mamoru Has Been Cursed!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqGdXTfoo9Q

More Yousuke Yasui excellence. It seems Touhou may be the third or so most influential shmup (behind R-Type and Gradius) in terms of aesthetics.


"Judgement Day" from Don-Don-Pachi Black Label
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jQgU4orrV8

Jake "virt" Kaufman, composer of Shovel Knight and many tunes from DwellingofDuels.net, lends his talents to this remake of the seminal bullet-hell title.

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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: March 12, 2018 (11:53 AM)
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I'll get in on this on what remains my favourite OST of all time. I even imported the album:

Wild Arms - Ps1 Soundtrack


For us. For them. For you.

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: March 13, 2018 (07:19 PM)
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Happy birthday, my fellow of good taste:

http://ocremix.org/album/35/wild-arms-armed-and-dangerous

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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: March 15, 2018 (12:05 PM)
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I was always struck by the beauty of the Wild Arms 3 soundtrack, myself. The first one had some good selections, but didn't stick with me to the same extent.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: March 24, 2018 (07:37 PM)
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It's been too long since I had the time to be online. Now for some movie soundtracks! I'd like to write about these movies and more; I guess the blog sections here would be fine to do so, right? But anyway:

"Doors and Distance" from Birdman/The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_2eNgkWGns
This masterpiece broke into the mainstream largely because of its fascinating premise: an aging superhero actor tries to regain his image by directing, producing, and starring in a play adaptation of a classic book. The former superhero actor is played by Michael Keaton. As in, the star of the Tim Burton Batman movies. The soundtrack, like the cinematography, is experimental and succeeds in crafting an electric atmosphere.


"Liberation" from 127 Hours
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH2R_kb1OmU
How do you make a movie set almost entirely in one location, starring one actor for the majority of the film? You get the director of Slumdog Millionaire and you make sure everyone's on their a-game, that's how. And you end up with one of the best survival stories ever told.


"Too Hip to Retire" from Whiplash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxpPcf2pizc
Another of many fantastic movies from 2014, Whiplash may be the most tense experience in media I've ever had. Suffice it to say that the plot revolves around an aspiring jazz drummer and the obstacles he faces. Of course, the music is fantastic, but I recommend not spoiling much of it for yourself; if you like this track, check out the movie for even more musical goodness!

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Posted: April 15, 2018 (10:22 AM)
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"Melting Point" by Mitch Murder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw6pqJ9UltE
Oh, yeah, time for some synthwave, a wonderful music genre that's only getting bigger and better! Mitch Murder, who contributed to the soundtrack of Hotline Miami 2, is one of the leaders of this category of electronica. This album "Selections 3" is free on his Bandcamp (see video description).


"Take Off" by Konrad Celinski
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sapmFbvQNo
The amazing music of Konrad Celinski is some of the best in the genre, making excellent use of instrumentation, sound effects, and voice clips. This song is featured on YouTube channel LuigiDonatello, thoug don't miss the picks by ThePrimeThanatos, either.


"Everything" by FM-84
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYoWstToygA
FM-84 may be my favorite synthwave artist. All their music is sublime, and their "Atlas" may be my favorite synthwave album. It's certainly one of my all-time favorites!

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