Indie games remix album "Indie B-Side!" by Joshua Morse

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Longtime game remixer (and creator of one of my favorite Earthbound remixes) Joshua Morse takes it old school and new school all in one very likely overcrowded school of smooth electronic flavors.

Eschewing popular or nostalgic titles, Morse takes it to the streets by remixing some of his favorite niche indie titles in the appropriately Indie B-Side Vol. 1. Longtime readers and fans of video game remixes will recognize a bevy of musicians who belted out the original tunes including halc, Anosou, Zircon, and Disasterpeace.

Finally, considering Joshua Morse has been providing the internet with some incredible, and free, music for years, return the favor by supporting his own indie gaming endeavor Crypt Run on Kickstarter.

THE ANSWER ~ Armored Core Tribute Album ~ [PREVIEW EDITION] release

Looks like Another Soundscape is back to work on an album full of video game remixes. In his classic style of electronic dance tunes, he is now paying tribute to the soundtrack to Armored Core. Not so fast though, the album is coming out this December, but lucky for you, Anouther Soundscape has decided to upload some amazing preview tracks to satiate your taste right now. Over at Another Soundscape's bandcamp page we have, for free download, five incredible tracks from the forthcoming THE ANSWER ~ Armored Core Tribute Album.

The album kicks off with the powerful, and catchy Morning, Thinker, an ambient dance track with some robotic vocals that certainly put you in the right mood for giant robots. Don't let the intro fool you though, as the song progresses we are hit with some rocking guitars and slamming drums to add to those giant robots with some aggressive fight music. From there we move to the hard rocking Twisted on the Surface, which combines some heavy riffs alongside some catchy electronic flourishes and piano that swirl together in a fantastic sonic treat. Half rock epic, and half piano laden sonata, this track definitely stands out as my favorite from these five preview tracks.

Now it's time to start Dropping Atoms with the third piece of music here. An adventurous electronic beat has us racing along some ambient leads held together by some very funky bass lines. If I was to cover a song live, it would definitely be this one, with it's jazzy mood, and smattering of styles. We've now passed the half way mark with RAY of Speed, another uptempo track in the same vein as the sampler opener. We get some over the top drum crashes mixed in with more of those infectious vocals, and combined with more catchy synth riffs and a vibe that shifts from rave to rock with incredible ease. This sampler sadly closes quickly with the final movement, Apex in TECHNO. Drums and washed out backing sounds kick off this reprise style ending, before shifting into a moody piece with wavering highs and a rolling piano tune. The track, and this album ultimately come to a close as all the instruments fall away and we are left with a somber and lonely piano belting out the last few notes.

That wraps it up for the preview, and if you are anything like me, you are pretty excited to hear the album in it's entirety. For great electronic dance funk rave rock inspired by video games, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone rocking any one or multiple of these styles harder than Another Soundscape, so be sure to head over to the Another Soundscape bandcamp and get your own taste of the album now. Word from Anosou is that the full album will be dropping this December, so keep an eye out for what's sure to be one of the bigger releases of this winter. Also, why not head over to Another Soundscape's official site and grab his amazing debut original album We Express Ourselves With T-Shirts as well!

Final Fantasy V The Fabled Warriors - Volume 1 Wind OCReMix compilation release

The folks of OverClocked ReMix are at it again. After the huge success that was their last compilation, Serious Monkey Business, folks from OCR have banded together once again to pay tribute to an overlooked classic from the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy V The Fabled Warriors is that tribute. The first album of this five part series is available now at the official site, and boasts some incredible talent, including some of my favorites such as Sixto Sounds and Another Soundscape.

The album kicks off with some intense rocking courtesy of Sixto Sounds and the opening track The Path to Glory ~Theme of Bartz~. From there we hear an ear catching rendition of In the Shadows ~Theme of Thief~ by Another Soundscape. He creates a catchy, eccentric movement that adds a ton of texture to this song. Darkesword works his magic on his track Little Black Book ~Theme of Black Mage~, an up tempo hip hop styled ominous mix that brings the mood to a subterranean dance lair. Another incredible track comes our way thanks to Zircon and Vessel of the Void ~Theme of Exdeath~, a foreboding industrial track that might be my favorite piece on the album so far. This first chapter of this series comes to a close with DarkeSword and his wonderful rendition of this albums title theme, See You Next Time ~WIND~.

You must know by now, that this being OCR and all, that the album is available for free download, so hurry up and grab this amazing tribute at ff5.ocremix.org and start twiddling your thumbs in anticipation of Water, which looks to be set for release early 2011!

Week in Video Game Inspired Music 4/19 - 4/25

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Welcome to another edition of Week in VGIM round up. Plenty has happened this week, as will be covered in the round up. We also have another comic from the one and only Neally of Neally & DJ Dig Dug. Also don't forget to join up in our forums to discuss all these awesome comics, sweet topics and more!

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Mattias Häggström Gerdt - We Express Ourselves With T-Shirts album release

Although not a video game inspired album technically, I believe Mattias Häggström Gerdt AKA Another Soundscape has been around these parts (mainly over at OCReMix) enough to get a pass on such trivial matters. This album, We Express Ourselves With T-Shirts (available through this link), marks Anosou's foray into original tunes, and is quite successful at it no doubt. The instrumental album, revolving on T-shirts and our lives within them is a suprisingly evocative work. Kicking off with the forest like adventure of Richard's T-Shirt and into the longing sounds of The Person You Love Forgot This T-Shirt the album creates some surprising moments of depth as well as upbeat head bobbing.

My personal favorite track, if you couldn't guess, is the cosmic Souvenir T-Shirt From Space Travel (it's just something about songs about space). The track starts with a reverberating tone that leads into a track that creates a mood of reverence and adventure that is hard not to enjoy. The warbling tones create an alien like atmosphere while the pianos and scratchy drum beats keep you in the mindset of a noble human on that alien world. Definitely a stand out track in my mind.

The rest of the album continues to play around with different themes and moods, like the upbeat rhythms in T-Shirt With Flowers Instead of Fabric or the laid back dance atmosphere of Rather Plain T-Shirt, and closing with the deep jungle vibe of Stolen T-Shirt With Black Cat Print.

This is certainly a strong debut of original tracks from a long time member of the VG inspired music community. As a close I would also like to include some of the liner notes from Anosou himself from this new album.

Even though my heart is with video game music, you can’t expect all your ideas to fit in games. You can’t even expect to get enough work to try those ideas in games. Sometimes, just sometimes, you want to make music for yourself. ‘We Express Ourselves With T-Shirts’ is a compilation of such music written on various occasions and locations between 2007 and 2009. The title is a self-referential joke that grew on me and ultimately made it to the cover of this compilation.

Thanks goes out to everyone at OverClocked ReMix for helping me get to where I am today, friends and close ones for inspiration, support and joy and finally the video game music community at large for loving, promoting and re-inventing the art form. I love you! Mattias Häggström Gerdt Stockholm – January 3rd, 2010