IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute compilation available for free download

After several months and a ton of plays, GM4A is proud to present the highly anticipated release of IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute via Bandcamp. Every note of this amazing compilation is available completely free, and in a variety of different formats for the audiophiles out there. This not only includes the 35 tracks included over at the official album site iwadon.com, but also several BRAND NEW songs exclusively for the album release by musicians such as Stephen Malcolm-Howell, Nate Trier, ilp0, and one of my personal favorite artists Temp Sound Solutions. So if you think you have heard it all, you are sorely mistaken.

So head on through to the IWADON bandcamp page and download the entire album right now! Also please spread the word about this amazing compilation, and remember to check out the amazing website with tons of liner notes and more at iwadon.com. I also want to extend an incredible thanks to the dozens of artists, musicians, fans, and friends who have made this album possible.

IWADON release set for July 23, 2010

Had you begun to believe we had forgotten about our hard work over at iwadon.com. Little did you know that things are still going strong behind the scenes in preperation for the now official release date of July 23rd.

Why July 23rd? Well that just happens to be Hiroyuki Iwatsuki's birthday, so we find that there is no better a time to unleash this immense breadth of music on the world. Not only will we have all the music that has been up on the IWADON site for the last few months, but we will also have completely brand new unheard tracks from several more artists as well. Check out the list below to check out some of these amazing musicians new to the collection.

Stephen Malcolm-Howell

Nate Trier

Nathan Hanners

ilp0

Temp Sound Solutions

Not only will the album see release on July 23rd, but also planned for this occasion is an android application for the google based smart phones. Hope you folks are as excited as us for the release of this incredible collection of material from dozens of talented musicians!

Currently in Boston for PAX East

I am typing this while onboard a flight to Boston, MA for the first Penny Arcade Expo East convention. So by the time I have a chance to post this I should have touched down and started preperations for the festival. I hope to be bringing folks plenty of news, interviews, and more from the vg inspired music world all weekend. Also I'll be giving my own informative panel alongside Jeriaska of nobuooo.com about the recently unveiled album IWADON. Speaking of which I hope you have headed over to the compilation's main site and given the album a good listen, along with helping spread the word via facebook and twitter. The panel itself will focus on the amazing artists who helped contribute to the collection of music, as well as the person we pay tribute to as well, Hiroyuki Iwatsuki. The panel will take place at 4:30pm in the jamspace area on Friday (tomorrow).

Well that is all I have to report for now, but as I said, be on the lookout for more random posts by me this weekend!

IWADON Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album website launched. Streaming music, liner notes, and more.

After countless months (well about 12, if you have been counting) GM4A alongside Jeriaska of Nobuooo have just about finished toiling away. We are now very excited to announce the newest compilation from Game Music 4 All.

IWADON Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album

You can click the title above, or head over to iwadon.com to listen to a full 34 streaming tracks of music inspired by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, an often overlooked but much respected composer of video game music from the 8 bit NES days to present. We are very proud to release an album of talented artists and musicians paying their respects to the influential "Iwadon" in this way.

Full liner notes, streaming music, photos, and more are all available at the main website for the album. Also check out those buttons following you about on the right side of the screen. You can help us spread the word by using those links to spread the word on facebook and twitter about the album's release!

Finally, I want to personally thank everyone who has contributed all of their time, effort, and hard work to create a brilliant album, an epic looking website, incredible artwork and especially Jeriaska who put in his effort full force to make this happen, and worked on securing all the japanese artists as well as writing out extensive liner notes for the website. We hope that you get as much enjoyment out of the album as we did putting it all together. And for those of you who are hankering to put these tunes on your iPod and listen to them on the go, we will be updating soon with the free download for all the tracks. Keep your eyes open for that and please keep spreading the word on this album.

Game Music 4 All announces IWADON Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album

After nearly a year of radio silence in relation to our compilations here at Game Music 4 All, I am very proud to announce the next in our series of eclectic albums. IWADON Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album.

Alongside the hard work of Jeriaska of Nobuooo.com, an incredibly diverse and amazingly talented collection of musicians has been gathered to pay tribute to a composer who has been creating amazing game soundtracks for 20 years, but has been largely overlooked by many. That composer is Hiroyuki Iwatsuki. Iwatsuki, or IWADON as he was credited on his early game soundtracks (and still uses on social network sites like twitter and last.fm). composed music to many cult classic games such as Wild Guns, Ninja Warriors, and Pocky & Rocky, as well as newer titles like the amazing XBLA shoot-em-up Omega Five.

IWADON will be comprised of over 100 minutes of music, and will be available to stream for free starting March 24th, as well as a free download of the album through bandcamp at a date soon after. Musicians both large and small, and from genres as varied as orchestral to hip hop, from trance to jazz, and a wide variety more. The album will also include extensive liner notes on each track as well as links to the original tracks via youtube via the album's web page. We might even be having multimedia apps for the album for mobile platforms on a future date.

This album has been under wraps for close to a year and we are glad to finally unveil it at the end of this month with a panel at PAX East taking place on Friday, March 26th at 4:30PM in the JamSpace room. If you are attending PAX East please come out and sit in on our panel to learn more about this compilation as well as Horiyuki Iwatsuki himself and all the artists involved in this tribute.

Finally, to help satiate your thirst for some music from this album, as well as to help spread the word, Jeriaska has put together the first of several videos showcasing some of the amazing music from this compilation. The first is below, and features Kento Watanabe and his arrangement of IWADON's Omega Five track Stage Clear: Report from Destroyer. Watanabe's rearrangement is titled Report From the 1920s.

IWADON: Report from the 1920s from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Game Set Watch interview with Hiroyuki Iwatsuki


Recently Jeriaska of nobuooo.com wrote a lengthy and in depth interview with Hiroyuki Iwatsuki for Game Set Watch. Read the interview and learn about a very interesting game composer who has created music on a variety of titles from the NES and Gameboy all the way to the Xbox 360. He has also done many cult classic game titles like Wild Guns and Pocky and Rocky to Chaos World and Ninja Warriors. Definitely a good read to learn about an often overlooked figure in game music.