Psychonauts 10th Anniversary Week continues w/ MazeDude tribute 'Psychotic Censors'

A haunting rearrangement of Peter McConnell's theme 'The Censors Unleashed'

As with any great game, Psychonauts has inspired plenty of artists in its wake. One of those is MazeDude, a stellar musician and prolific video game remixer. Many of MazeDude's tracks are easily recognizable for the eclectic sounds and instruments used in them. His tribute to Peter McConnell and the Psychonauts soundtrack is no different. A driving piano centers an array of industrial sounds. The result is a dark journey through sound, very fitting of the more disturbing moments of Psychonauts.

MazeDude's track can be found both on the Bad Dudes album Zombies Rocked My Neighbors, and on OCReMix as remix #1638.

Did you consider Psychonauts a funny, or dark game? The game certainly had plenty of both in the variety of levels, sometimes at the same time. Do you think there are other video games that have the same mood and tone as Psychonauts?

Support: Fangamer's You Are Now EarthBound Kickstarter

Featuring all new Earthbound tribute album by Bad Dudes.

The ever expanding Fangamer is back with an incredibly ambitious kickstarter all about the Earthbound fans of America. For the price of $100,000 Fangamer will be producing a feature length documentary about US EB fans across the country. There is also the requisite tons of one-of-a-kind merchandise that only Fangamer can produce. Reward tiers begin at $16 for digital merchandise to over $8,000 for an all expenses paid trip to Japan with Fangamer.

Check out the kickstarter page for the run down on the insane amount of products that can be nabbed for the proper donations.

Of particular interest to readers of the site, is that part of the Kickstarter is a brand new album by musical collective Bad Dudes. Psychokinetic will be filled with an eclectic series of beloved themes from the Mother / Earthbound series, including "Snowman," and "Eight Melodies."

Listen to a sampling of themes from the upcoming album below. (listen for one of my all time favorite Earthbound themes at the 1:25 mark.)

The album can be collected along with plenty of other goods, such as the Earthboound handbook, documentary, and more starting with the $32 pledge tier.

Be sure to head over to the official You Are Now Earthbound Kickstarter page to learn more, and check out the nearly finalized tracklisting for the Bad Dudes' Psychokinetic album.

Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned - an OverClocked ReMix album arranged by Joshua Morse


Just in time for Halloween (although my post itself is too late for it) comes Joshua Morse with a brand new Castlevania series tribute, Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned an OverClocked ReMix album arranged by Joshua Morse. The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the album. Brought to us by OCR and Joshua Morse, who also helped bring us that other Castlevania tribute, to pay homage to the amazing composers throughout the Castlevania series.

Morse brings a ton of jazz flare to the monster infested rooms of Castlevania starting off with the requisite cover of Vampire Killer from the original NES title. The funky mood is upheld with plenty of piano theatrics and hip hop style breaks throughout the album. At half an hour the album is on the short side, especially when compared to other all star OCR albums, but there is certainly something to be said for brevity as the tracks are fantastic and will certainly garner repeated listens. Grab the tracks or torrent from sotd.ocremix.org and check out the track listing below. This is another great OCR release and is sure not to disappoint fans of the series.

1. Vampire Snap
Castlevania
Vampire Killer (Breaking Into the Castle BGM)
2. Demonic Conception
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Demon Seed (Dracula's Castle Underground)
3. Madd Forest
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Mad Forest (Forest Stage)
4. Wandering Latinas
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Wandering Ghosts
5. Sparkle
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Emerald Mist
6. Fear of Haze
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
VICTORIAN FEAR
7. The Solace of the Daylight
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
The Silence of the Daylight (Town Stage BGM)

Bad Dudes - Chronotorious album available for preview and pre-order

Watch out! The Bad Dudes are back! And badder than ever! No that's ridiculous, they are already the baddest dudes. Anyway, they have very recently announced that their upcoming tribute to the amazing classic Chrono Trigger, awesomely titles Chronotorious is available for pre-order. Not only that, but if you click on "albums/eps" and then click on the Chronotorious album, then hit tracks, you can preview all the songs from the album! Bt you can only get five of those tracks on the official pressed album release. Danimal cannon of the Bad Dudes and Armcannon fame personally describes these songs as "bad-fucking-ass" and you don't argue with a bad dude who's last name is Cannon.

Also if you pre-order the album now, the album will only cost you $10, this will rise to $12 come August 18th, not to mention that the album also comes with a sweet poster. Oh, and did I mention they are only making 1000 albums! So don't drag your feet, I already pre-ordered my copy, so realistically there are only 999 left at most!

And finally, for the artistic types in the crowd, Bad Dudes are also holding a music video contest. So for any would be directors out there, you can try your hand at making a video for the Dhsu vs. Mustin - B.A.M.F. (Radio Edit) track. And for anyone else, you can just download the radio edit track and wait in anticipation of this sure to be amazing album!

Bad Dudes & Friends present Castlevana: Symphony of the Night - Resurrection


It's already been established just how bad the Bad Dudes are, with awesome albums like Zombies Rocked My Neighbors (best album title ever in my opinion), the tribute album No Balls, No Glory, and many more. This time I am happy to present to you a tribute to the much beloved and classic game Castlevania, Symphony of the Night. The album is 15 tracks of vampire killing tracks from the many OCReMix regulars that make up the Bad Dudes and more.

As with all previous releases the album is free to download at this link, but they have been bringing you fantastic albums for some time now, so I definitely think a donation is in order by now, don't you?

In related news Mustin has mentioned an upcoming album from Bad Dudes currently named Chronotorious. Hmm, I do believe it is what we all have in mind.

Bad Dudes - Thai Guy album release


the ever creative and ever bad Bad Dudes have released a new EP. Thai Guy is a free download and contains one song, ten times. what song is awesome enough to be made into a ten song EP you ask? why it's Sagat's theme from SF2 of course!

Throughout history, you'll find many great ideas - the printing press, for example. Or the theory of relativity. But all ideas pale in comparison to Dale North and Kunal Majmudar's joint brainstorm to make an album of nothing but arrangements of Sagat's theme from Street Fighter II. And the icing on the cake? Naming it Thai Guy.

The Bad Dudes are back and this time, it's for real. Yes, we seriously did nothing but remixes of Sagat and you've never heard anything more rad in your life.

~m

01 The OneUps - Live Thai Guy
02 Joshua Morse - Traveling Thai Guy
03 Tim Sheehy - Sly Thai Guy
04 Mustin - Sexxy Thai
05 Dale North - Abstracted Thai Guy
06 Kunal - Proggy Thai Guy
07 Mazedude - Alone with Tiger
08 zyko - Maita'i Roa
09 (Bonus) Mazedude - Sagat's Moonbike
10 (Bonus) Dhsu - Waltzing Thai Guy

So hurry up and head over to OneUpStudios and download the album now!

Bad Dudes - No Balls. No Glory compilation release


Those Bad Dudes from OneUps Studios are at it again! This time they have released a full re-imagining of the soundtrack from Super Dodgeball. Following their trend of epic album titles this one goes by the name of No Balls No Glory You can and should download it at noballsnoglory.net!

In June of 1989, the United States was given a great gift. Super Dodgeball on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2008, we'll see a remake of this classic game unleashed on the Nintendo DS as Super Dodge Ball Brawlers.

In honor of this amazing game, which was nothing more than hard-core athletes throwing volleyballs at each other, The Bad Dudes have put together an album of arrangements of Kazuo Sawa's original Super Dodgeball video game score. Tracks were generally assigned by ethnicity (or proximity), which resulted in some amazingly unique arrangements - often with a little ethnic spice. So get some wrist bands, find the shortest shorts you can get your hands on and get ready to get whacked in the face by our balls.