'Balloons' Animal Crossing inspired orchestrations by Ryan Stunkel

Float away

Balloons is a relaxing acoustic album, inspired by the music from Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series. With this in mind, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make the style fairly minimalistic, while keeping it emotional. And two, I wanted to make each track represent different times of day. So, I based each track on a general time during the day, starting with “Wake Up” for the morning. I wanted to incorporate a lot of my own style and personal taste into the composition and arrangement of each track. Although the album is not particularly themed towards Animal Crossing, the games remained my source of inspiration and I created this album to sort of give them under my own interpretation!

There is a story to this album, but I don’t want to say what it is because I like hearing other peoples interpretations of a story for the music! So if you have any ideas for stories I would love to hear them.

The entire album was created using the following VST and AU sample libraries:

Versillian Studios - vis.versilstudios.net/hand-chimes.html
East/West Hollywood Strings
East/West Symphonic Orchestra
East/West Goliath
EZ Drummer

But thanks for coming by to listen to Balloons! And another thanks for if you liked it enough to download it. The support is greatly appreciated!


Feel free to contact me to ask questions or just say hi!

Website: ryanstunkel.com
Email: ryanwstunkel@gmail.com
Skype: stunkel2
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/pianoatlarge
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ryan-stunkel
— Ryan Stunkel

Listen to SUBCON podcast 16 - The most thug party members in FFVII

The only video game hip hop podcast

The latest SUBCON features new tracks from 2 Mello, Andre Martel, Bona El-Zee, and an OCReMix rap collab. In another Video Game Based Lyrics Corner, I decide which FFVII characters don't give a f-, using Sean Paul and J Bo of YoungBloodz as my guide. Then I go as hard as a PBS telethon as I reveal the SUBCON Patreon plan!

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The Team Players perform acoustic guitar remix of music from Super Mario Bros 3

Check out this acoustic rearrangement of the Athletic theme from the super popular, yet not often covered, music from Super Mario Bros 3.

Follow our Twitter for hints on future covers! ► https://twitter.com/boomgallows

Instagram! (Behind the scenes stuff) ► https://instagram.com/boomgallows/

Super Mario Bros. 3 soundtrack composed by : Koji Kondo

Greetings, If you see any ghosts, be careful. They will give chase if you turn away.
— The Team Players

The calories keep adding up with JUNK FOOD's Gourmet Deluxe Vol. 2 mixtape

Another helping won't hurt

I was a fan of the original Gourmet Deluxe, so I have to bump this super sized sequel.

Junk Food delivers a sweet mix for us as the second installment of his GOURMET DELUXE series. Enjoy and keep up with everything Junk Food does
— PRIME

Listen to NES style remix of Faron Woods from Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

From 8 bits and back again

Just found MRsonic699, so expect me to post more hot jams like this from him in the future. MR chooses an underrated Zelda track from the GCN/Wii game. 

I just really felt like doing this, I know this song isn’t all that special but for some reason I really love it. It doesn’t actually obey console limitations, but whatevs. Enjoy c:
— MRsonic699

Listen to SUBCON podcast 15 - Comparing Jay-Z to LoZ, and talking Smash Bros DLC

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Four artists never before highlighted on the podcast, RunC.T., Aquma, Marcus & Rome, and music from Steven Universe! More VG based hip hop than you can shake a stick at. Brand new mashups, beats, and original rhymes from the new challengers and more.

This week's 'Video Game Based Lyrics Corner' features the lyrics of Jay-Z, by way of Legend of Zelda. I also discuss the latest Smash Bros DLC news, and implore you, those listening at home, to use your heart, and your rupees to help support this podcast!

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GRIMECRAFT drops hour long adventure mixtape dedicated to classic video game composers

Retro futurism 

As I type this, I'm slowly being murdered, in my own home by this unbearable desert heat. Alas, it's GRIMECRAFT to the rescue with an ice cold VG based mixtape to cool down to.

Lingering VGM,  a relaxed aesthetic, and bass heavy futurism. In the endless heat, being able to just hit play and let the music wash over you in ebbs and flows can be a soothing experience. 

I tend to refer to my live recordings as ‘Adventures’ as they are audible journeys through the soundscapes of different game worlds. This installment is a 63 minute entry celebrating the works of Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, David Wise and more. My style primarily focuses on the fusion of 64bit era video games and future music.
— GRIMECRAFT

"Battle vs Team Plasma" (feat. Animatissimo) from Pokémon Black & White

Name: “Battle vs Team Plasma”
Songs: Battle vs Team Plasma, Battle vs Ghetsis
Game: Pokémon Black & White
Original Composers: Junichi Masuda
Arrangements: Pokérus

Recorded live for the first time at PokéRaymi 2015 in Lima, Perú. With the amazing musicians of “Animatissimo”!

Visit Animatissimo´s Page: https://www.facebook.com/animatissimo
— Pokerus

Move that Dope: Rap duo Marcus & Rome drop Rated 'D' For Dope EP

Light it up. 

Technically sound, extra catchy, lyrically smart, AND with heart. Been looking forward to reviewing this album, because that means I get to call listening to this album 'work.'  The Maryland born, Philly based rap duo drop an eight track EP that burns hot straight through. This is the sort of album I created SUBCON to showcase. You can bet M&R will make an appearance on the show soon (like, the next episode soon). 

M&R lay it all out as soon as the album starts with an autobiographical account most retrogamers have lived in the Yoshi based, Bknapp produced opener, "Press Start." 

SHVKVZULU's glitched beats crack the album open, and quickly takes a dark turn to fit the mood.  The shot firing "HM02 as Fuck" may already got my new vote for best Pokemon rap ever (No, the official Pokemon rap does not even make top five).

"Ice Cap/Aquatic Mine drops the duo in the back to back sonic beats. The flow gets out of control before switching into a smooth, low key closer.

I review the track Gorrila Tactics on an upcoming episode of SUBCON. Get hyped!

"Hero of Rhyme" is another banger over fan favorite Legend of Zelda theme Gerudo Valley. Judging by the love shown at the end of this track, I believe more LoZ based M&R is on the way. Sounds like they got enough memories in them to go full Zelda on the next release. I say all this because the track is a teasingly short minute long without the closing speech.

"Ring Out" may be the  sneaky best track on the album. They bring back the grime, constantly dropping rings and some of the best lines on the album. So many replays for hip hop heads, with the fast pace and surprising rhymes. 

The duo go clutch and kill it on the finale. "No Johns Freestyle" is dedicated to all the smash players, even 'filthy casuals" like me.

Rated 'D' For Dope is stuck in my rotation as I write this. If you hit play, it can easily infest your music player as well. Keep your finger on the rewind button for this one.

‘D’ For Dope content is generally suitable for gamers, hip-hop heads, and/or filthy casuals. May contain suggestive rhyme schemes, immature humor, partial nudity, use of drugs, and/or frequent use of strong bars.
— Marcus & Rome

Stream the SUBCON video game hip hop podcast - Final Fantasy special on Youtube.

I've begun the process of uploading the SUBCON podcast to youtube, so folks have one more venue to stream and listen to the show! For now, be sure to listen to the opening episode of the podcast, the Final Fantasy anniversary special! This episode is almost a year old at this point. The podcast has definitely come far in a few short episodes!

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