Listen to Dead Winds (Biggie & Earthbound Mashup) by 2 Mello

Sailing to Scaraba is my second favorite track from the masterpiece that is Earthbound. My number one favorite? Eh, a story for another time. Let's focus on this gritty mashup of the adventurous theme from Earthbound and Notorious B.I.G. laying it down hardcore thanks to the mashup magic of 2 Mello and his album EarthBIG.

Metroid inspired original album 'Child of the Chozo' by Will Brueggemann

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One-half of the Super Marcato Bros reveals the lost legacy of Metroid.

Will Brueggemann, better known as Super Marcato Bros when he voltron's with his brother Karl, has created an 'inspired by' tribute to the entirety of the Metroid games. Series composers Kenji Yamamoto, Hirokazu Tanaka, and Minako Hamano are all paid tribute to over the course of nearly two dozen tracks. From the NES original and the SNES classic, through the multitude handheld outings, and even into Wii/GCN territory with some tributes to the Metroid Prime series.

Grab the full album for $5 on the Super Marcato Bros' Bandcamp page for Child of the Chozo.

Virt Week ends with 'Crystal Flash' a 20 minute Super Metroid mega medley

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With a catalogue of music the size of Jake 'virt' Kaufman's, it is no small task to decide on the best one. What is much easier, is to choose one of the earliest songs I had ever heard from Virt. That honor goes to the ten year old Dwelling of Duels champion, "Crystal Flash." The track is over twenty minutes of music from the Super Metroid soundtrack. Nearly every song from the foreboding collection is represented in this arrangement. 

I have said many times that it takes a real musician to make a Metroid cover. Well Virt takes that notion, freezes it, then blasts it with a super missile. An entire soundtrack rearranged and performed in one month, and the result is a brilliant track unmatched even ten years later? Sounds like a real musician to me

Happy birthday to Jake 'virt' Kaufman, and thank you Virt for all the wonderful video game soundtracks, arrangements, and performances!

Rumor has it that virt was on the short list of composers to be contracted to write the score to Retro Studios' Metroid Prime, unfortunately such a partnership never came to be. Every time I hear my beloved MP soundtrack, I can't help but wonder what could have been.

What are some of your favorite virt memories or music? Share them in the comments below.

Watch this Earthbound / Mother 2 live concert with Keiichi Suzuki & Hip Tanaka

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I've been meaning to post this wonderful live concert performed with composers for Mother and Earthbound (Mother 2), Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka. This live performance was my jam for months after it came out.

Together they perform a stripped down collection of live rearrangements of several classic Earthbound themes. Watch the full concert below!

Listen to Pokey Means Business! from the Earthbound OST

Sometimes you just want to listen to some of the incredible music from the SNES cult classic Earthbound. One day, when Nintendo is really in the red, and only one thing can save them from complete bankruptcy, they will translate Mother 3 for the US. 

The enemy of all zombies: A review of Earthbound by Cory Johnson

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Disturbing, haunting, plaintive, and even hopeful. Definitely Earthbound. Cory Johnson follows up his monumental Zelda album with something more like an audio event than an album. Johnson channels his inner Orson Welles to create a sonic account of the war against Giygas.

Back when the site had recently gone through another torrid upgrade by my hands, Cory Johnson released a one of a kind tribute to the Legend of Zelda. Since then I have been an immense Cory Johnson fan, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I have never had the opportunity to commit many words to paper about this wonderful musician. Coincidentally, as I have revamped this site once again back in July of last year, I run across a brand new collection of music from Cory Johnson, and it appears he has been grinding and leveling up during GM4A's dormancy, because his latest, a tribute to the fantastic, ultimately niche music of Earthbound, is a SMAAAASH!! Homerun.

The introductory tracks paint an ominous picture using dialogue that would sound at home in any 1950's space opera, the audio equivalent of that memorable opening image from Earthbound. The spoken word portions paint a picture which is steadily reinforced by the musical arrangements in an incredible way I haven't heard since some of Jay Tholen's chiptune classics. The tension builds sharply as the actors weave a tale of the chaos raining down from the skies.

It's not until we are well into "Prophecy of Bee" do we start to approach a world far less antagonizing than earlier. "Towns I (Hello World)" runs with that hope and launches it into an upbeat melody of heavy drums and a whirlwind of instruments lead by some evocative guitar playing. The album takes a turn for the somber and beautiful for much of the meat of the album, but don't let that fool you into a fall sense of safety.

"The Cliff That Time Forgot" lays waste to some of the most truly memorable tracks from Earthbound, the type of songs that seemed to be little more than noise in some instances. The trumpet like warbling of Dungeon Man or the pulsing drill sounds that seemed to have no rhythm at all, seem to be best represented by this song. The mood and style of the song vary wildly until we reach the penultimate track.

Penultimate is a great word in this situation, because nothing conveys the grandiosity of the track "I Am the Evil in Your Heart". An 18 minute build up of dramatic speeches and slowly building music that eventually culminates into a stirring finale.

At least, it would, were it not interrupted by the gestating rumble of something completely not of this world. Perhaps not even of this dimension. The music lurches like a lava stream inching it's way forward until we are plunged back into the depths of chaos that the album began with.

Like all great rock albums, this one ends with a reprise like finale. "Town IV (Because I Love You)" is a heartwarming rearrangement of the theme from the bustling town of Fourside.  No tricks here, despite Giygas' greatest efforts, Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo have overcome evil and are triumphant in their quest.

Now much like the hope for that day that Mother 3 gets an official US release, I long for the day that Cory Johnson graces the world with another grand tribute to another heralded video game series.

You can grab the Earthbound album for free or name your own price via Cory Johnson's bandcamp album page.

Watch the trailer for Metroid Cinematica, a symphonic Metroid album by Sam Dillard coming in October

A full-length fan album composed by Sam Dillard which envisions the music of the Metroid series as a film score, blending symphonic and electronic elements into a rich cinematic soundscape, from the classics on NES and Super Nintendo to the recent Prime trilogy. Return to planet Zebes and beyond in the definitive "epic" score inspired by the legendary music from "Hip" Tanaka and Kenji Yamamoto's Metroid soundtracks!

Available October 2014 on Loudr, iTunes, and more
www.samostudios.com/metroidcinematica

Sammus - Another M album of Metroid inspired Hip Hop

Sammus has upgraded her armor and unleashed Another M, a new album of Metroid based Hip Hop. Clever rhymes and an adventurous story are fitting for one of the best video game series in history. Next time I play Metroid: Other M, I'll just play Sammus' Another M during the cut scenes.

I can't get enough of the smooth rhymes of tracks like "Brinstar" and album closer "That Feeling (Beat the Game)". Although it's the heavy hitting tracks like "Power-Ups" and "Smash Bruhs" that solidify the album into an epic adventure.

The well produced album really takes things to another level. The deep dark beats lurking beneath Sammus' rhymes and the impeccable use of Metroid sound effects provide a lonely depth to the album, and do Hip Tanaka and Kenji Yamamoto proud. 

It's clear that Sammus understands the aesthetics of the Metroid series and those who have produced music for it (much like my beloved Metriod Metal, now if only they could collaborate somehow...). I certainly hope we get another Another M from Sammus in the future.

I personally recommend you download the album for $6 or grab a physical CD for $8, both via Bandcamp.

sleepytimejesse samples N64 and SNES games in latest release 'Spacious Anxious'

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Recent release, Spacious Anxious, the latest album from Youngstown, Ohio-based chiptune composer sleepytimejesse seems to be summoning the spirit of Hip Tanaka if he had gone on to compose the music to all those incredible N64 games that never came out (Earthbound 64, Metroid 64...sigh).

MC Larny - Project Nightroid album

Take a little Metroid toss it in a pot, now toss in a little jazz, sit back and watch. After the sonic masterpiece that was Samus the Jazz Queen, MC Larny is giving the people what they want! MC Larny lays it down smooth with the ambient jazz tones of the Metroid series in Project Nightroid. If you want some of the realest of Metroid covers (straight Metroid Metal real Metroid son), you see MC Larny.

YTCracker - earthbound - adventures of the sound stone vol. 1

Earthbound hip hop automatically wedges its way into my heart without much work. Perhaps it was that Earthbound Zero mixtape, or maybe it's because I want to create an EB game hack called Erfbound. YTCracker drops Adventures of the Sound Stone Vol. 1 and does what he does, and if you know YTCracker you know how he does.

Every time I hear someone do something with Earthbound music, it feels like I understand more about the strange original music of the game.

Earthbound raps son!

I Miss You - Earthbound 2012 compilation release

I get excited about a lot of things, but Earthbound excitement is on another level! Feel free to play this album, and daydream about the Earthbound of an alternate reality. This album definitely does the Earthbound/Mother name proud.

Also, word up to Pongball, who has released plenty of great music I need to write about. Also Joshua Morse, who was on the Bound Together album all those years ago. He even did one of my all time favorite remixes, Medical Insurance.

<a href="http://sleepytimejesse.bandcamp.com/album/i-miss-you-earthbound-2012">I Miss You - EarthBound 2012 by Various Artists</a>

Week in Video Game Inspired Music 12/07 - 12/13

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Another week ended in VGIM and we find ourselves with over 10 new OCReMix tracks to celebrate ten years online. One of which is from good friend XMark who appeared on our second mixtape. Also with the release of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (which is awesome by the way) for the Wii this week, news comes that Akira Yamaoka has left Konami, making this possibly the final SH soundtrack by him. Finally, up above we have some interesting FF6 (or 3) artwork called Awakening by MOOMANiBE which looks at one part of the game from another perspective. You can check out more of his work on his DeviantArt. Along with last week's picture these may be getting a tad risque, but this is just the awesome stuff I come across. We shall see if next week continues this streak or not.

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO This week we have an awesome video of a performance by Random, AKA Mega Ran. This was from a show I was lucky enough to attend in Los Angeles this past November 27th. Mega Ran put on a great performance, and this is my particular favorite. This was recorded by Jeriaska of Nobuooo.com and you can see the rest of the concert through here. Although if last weeks live chiptunes footage is more up your alley, then check out BOSTON8BIT's youtube page for more footage from that concert!

Mega Ran in LA - Splash Woman from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Also, thanks to Doc Pop for linking some news to me last week! Remember to leave a comment with awesome articles, songs, videos, art, etc. for next weeks round up as well!

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