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.

Virt Week begins with remixed music from Shantae: Risky's Revenge

To celebrate the upcoming birthday (April 3) of Jake Kaufman, an incredible video game musician and composer by any measurement, I'm counting down my three favorite virt tracks that I've heard throughout my years of covering VGM.

Number three on the list is from the Shantae: Risky's Revenge soundtrack, a song I first heard performed live a few years ago.

"Burning Town Forever Remix" is an intense chiptune dance track that encapsulates the vibrant fun of the Shantae series, This remix  is included as the final track to the Shantae: Risky's Revenge Original Soundtrack by Jake 'virt' Kaufman. The critically acclaimed DSiWare game was released on October 4, 2010. 

A few facts about Jake 'Virt' Kaufman.

  • Also composed the original Shantae for Game Boy Color (a very rare game that can now be found on ebay for over $200)
  • Credited in over sixty albums (via VGMdb)
  • The first WayForward title composed by Jake Kaufman is the Game Boy Advance game The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris, released April 2, 2002.
  • Founded landmark video game music community VGMix website in 2000.

What are some of your favorite songs and soundtracks by Virt? Help celebrate by sharing them in the comments.

Jake 'virt' Kaufman - Mighty Milky Way / Mighty Flip Champs OST release

Great games. That is what Mighty Flip Champs and Mighty Milky Way are. One of the qualities of a great game is great audio. Jake 'virt' Kaufman provides that great audio. Flipping and floating to your hearts content.

Download the games!

Dear WayForward, I am officially ending each post about you with some variation of, "Sigma Star Saga successor please!"

Pizza and Chips 4 chiptunes and nerdcore concert - Tomorrow 10/08 in Rosemead,CA

Just a reminder, Pizza and Chips 4, a free concert in the Los Angeles area, is happening tomorrow night! It is a free show of chiptunes and nerdcore, with tons of great performances! Full info on the flyer above, or through the event page.

A bit of bad news though, unfortunately Mr. Spastic has had to cancel his performance due to unforeseen circumstances, but taking his place is the amazing Jake 'virt' Kaufman! He has composed the music to Contra IV for DS, as well as the new game Shantae: Risky's Revenge (soundtrack available free) and tons more! Not to mention his brilliant chiptune music on his website Big Lion Music and his VG cover band The Smash Brothers. So be sure to check out his tunes before you see him rock the stage tomorrow night!

Also, many artists will have merch and we will be taking donations to help organize more chiptune events in the future, so be sure to bring a few bucks for some great merch and delicious hand tossed pizza!

Once again, full concert info can be found at the official event page or the Facebook event page. Concert begins at 5PM but feel free to come on in early to chat with artists or grab some pizza!

Now check out some footage below of Wizwars performing at Pizza and Chips 2 to get yourself in the mood for tomorrow!

Shantae: Risky's Revenge Original Soundtrack release by Jake Kaufman and WayForward

Just watch that video up above! All done? Alright, I have just gotten word from Jake 'virt' Kaufman that this amazing soundtrack is available to download right now over at the official page at Big Lion Music. The album consists of the 29 tracks from the upcoming WayForward game Shantae: Risky's Revenge, as well as an extra special bonus remix, rounding out the album to 30 tracks and an hour of catchy dance tunes.

I hope to give a full review on the album soon, but for now I just want to tell everyone of this breaking news, as well as remind everyone to prepare to download the brand new chapter in Shantae's adventures on the DSi this October 4th. Judging by the amazing WayForward games of the past, and the dedication these developers have shown to Shantae, this highly anticipated sequel is sure to please any and all fans of classic platforming action!