DREAMERS by Zebes System, a chiptune rock tribute to Koji Kondo & Nobuo Uematsu~

Chipped and chopped up video game covers that will make you want remakes of classics, demakes of new games and everything in between. Zebes System pays tribute to the illustrious musical careers of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu in his 2010 album DREAMERS.

Sometimes I dream,  I wonder how my life would be different if only I heard this album when it was first released. So many nights would have rocked just that much harder. Don't suffer the same fate as I.

Tribute Album of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu Works
— Zebes System

Listen to 'Sunken Ship' Leandro Arbreu's Dire, Dire Docks guitar arrangement from Super Mario 64

This guitar driven rendition of Dire, Dire Docks has me flipping out right now. It's great stuff. Is there an OCReMix of the year ballot? Leandro Abreu definitely gets my vote thus far.

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ReMixer: Leandro Abreu
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• Game: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64)
• ReMixer(s): Leandro Abreu
• Composer(s): Koji Kondo
• Song(s): ‘Dire, Dire Docks’
• Posted: 2014-08-19, evaluated by djpretzel
— OverClocked Remix

GRIMECRAFT drops hour long adventure mixtape dedicated to classic video game composers

Retro futurism 

As I type this, I'm slowly being murdered, in my own home by this unbearable desert heat. Alas, it's GRIMECRAFT to the rescue with an ice cold VG based mixtape to cool down to.

Lingering VGM,  a relaxed aesthetic, and bass heavy futurism. In the endless heat, being able to just hit play and let the music wash over you in ebbs and flows can be a soothing experience. 

I tend to refer to my live recordings as ‘Adventures’ as they are audible journeys through the soundscapes of different game worlds. This installment is a 63 minute entry celebrating the works of Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, David Wise and more. My style primarily focuses on the fusion of 64bit era video games and future music.
— GRIMECRAFT

Super Mario 64 - Ending Theme Cover by Game & Sound - YouTube

I'm just an unbelievably huge fan of this theme, itdefinitely makes my top 3 staff rolls of all time. Kondo kills it on this ending, it's like he took his skills to a new dimenstion much like Mario himself.

G&S kicks some ass too, both musically as well as in the new additions he's been adding to his videos lately.

This is my arrangement for the Ending/Credits Theme from Super Mario 64.

Mario 64 has been the very first 3D game I’ve ever played. I still remember the novelty of the concept of being able to move in 3 dimensions, and all the fun I had with this game. This theme unironically makes me get emotional every time I listen to it, and I thought it was about time to make a cover of it.

Hope you’ll enjoy it.

The original composers of this track is Koji Kondo.
— Game & Sound

Listen to Tetrimino's jazz arrangement of 'Inside the Castle Walls' from Super Mario 64

The low key lobby music gets a grand five minute tribute

Check out our new Tetrimino performance "Inside the Castle Walls" from Super Mario 64 on the N64! Our jazz fusion remix does the unthinkable-- expands the simple song into a 5 minute jazzy piece!

This is our contribution to the “Operation: 1-UP” video game music cover album. All proceeds will go to John Means, a young teenager who is currently suffering from kidney failure. The money raised will help cover the cost of John’s medical expenses, including the dialysis treatments and kidney transplant.

Because the title of the album is called "Operation: 1-UP", we decided to cover another song from Super Mario 64. We chose a song that's not often covered, but we're sure you'll remember "Inside the Castle Walls"!

Even though this song is meant to be subtle background music, we created an arrangement to be much more dynamic. We incorporated viola to cover the lower harmonic notes, making more space for the piano. Add some groovy bass and upbeat drums, and you have a full-fledged arrangement of the music that you hear inside Princess Peach's castle!

We hope you enjoy the nostalgia!
~Tetrimino

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 15th Anniversary Week Begins

Dawn of a New Day

Music Performed & Sequenced by
MAJORA PHILHARMONIC SOUND ORCHESTRA
Shoji Horikoshi,Masahide & Yumi,Masaharu Toyoda,
Keita Kikuchi,Katsuya Takahashi

Original Music Composed by
Koji Kondo,Toru Minegishi 

From Sky to Surface: A Tribute to The Legend of Zelda by Bleeding Ink

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Legend of Zelda is certainly my thing, in case you had not noticed, what with all the consistent Zelda coverage. Despite that, Bleeding Ink stands out as a hard edged approach to the normally melodic and adventurous style of the series. Tracks like "Song of Time" and "Dragon Roost Island" are given some heavy metal rearrangements that will get your blood pumping.

I would definitely add this to my workout song list if I worked out.

After an album's worth of hard rocking instrumentals, Bleeding Ink changes things up with a vocal arrangement of Ballad of the Goddess, mixing the symphonic Zelda music with the hard rocking attitude of the album. The only issue I have is that BI didn't include lyrics on the bandcamp page.

You can name your price for this eleven track tribute to the renowned music of the Legend of Zelda series via the Bleeding Ink bandcamp page.

H.A. Sedda pays tribute to Koji Kondo & Motoi Sakuraba in new album 'Chosen Giants'

Guitarist's original album influenced by the Legend of Zelda and Tales of series.

Sedda has quickly returned to the studio for a follow up to his impressive VG tribute EP Vignettes from Millennia. In his latest, he continues his fusion of influences. This time, not just in tribute to two particular games, but two incredible pantheons of games, the niche RPG series Tales of, which began with one of my personal favorite games, Tales of Phantasia for the SNES. The second title is about as far from niche as a game could get, of course I'm talking about the wildly acclaimed and beloved Legend of Zelda.

Motoi Sakuraba and Koji Kondo have been the foremost composers for their respective series, and it's clear that H.A. Sedda has worked hard to provide music worthy of these influences.

Chosen Giants starts softly with "Melomakarono" (which Wikipedia tells me, is a type of Greek dessert). The song quickly spirals into a fusion of genres, including glitch, jazz, rock, and more. Once the song kicks into the closing half, the gentle tones give way to a foreboding shift in mood. The guitars cackle out riffs as the drums and deep bash push forward unrelentingly. This track goes from 'resting at an inn' to 'boss battle' in under four minutes, like a medley of songs from a game that never existed.

At this point I can't help but think of a few of my favorite scenes from Tales of Phantasia, such as the snow falling as Mint and Cless have a conversation outside an inn, or dropping to the depths of the ocean to find a now destroyed ancient civilization (as many RPGs do).

'Klutz Nicolette' follows. This theme takes on a much more positive tone, though no less adventurous. That's not to say that Sedda doesn't fill the song with his brand of eclectic instrumentation and mood. The songs finale builds, as if a great strength is enveloping the hero as the track comes to a close.

Title theme, Chosen Giants, brings the EP to a close. The guitar work on this track is vibrant, and ever flowing. It's easy to get drawn in, making this my favorite track of the clearly too short album. The final track evokes some of that deep dark dungeon exploring that is at the heart of so many classic adventure games and RPGs. It's easy to imagine descending deeper and deeper into the depths of the earth as the song pushed forward. This, of course, includes the requisite dungeon boss battle. The struggle builds and builds, with a single final note deciding the fate of the album. and possibly some grand mission by a group of ragtag adventurers.

The constant shifts of mood in each song create a varied and emotional trek through his music, surprisingly reminiscent of the games S.A. Sedda is influenced by. Thanks to this, he has quickly rose through the ranks of my favorite VG inspired guitarists. Now, I hope Sedda can find the time to nail down a full album. I can't imagine how many influences he could muster in a full 45 minutes.

No matter what musical endeavor H.A. Sedda takes on next, at least he can rest assured that Zelda fans are a patient breed thanks to Nintendo and game delays.

Download the album by naming your own price on the Chosen Giants bandcamp album page, or stream the full EP below.

MeowMeow & BowWow a Link's Awakening tribute

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The immense musical might of Spamtron and Dj CUTMAN have recombined in their new album MeowMeow & BowWow. In their latest album, the duo pays tribute to the classic Game Boy title The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening. This classic handheld game is the fourth installment of the long running Nintendo series, and has recently celebrated it's 20th anniversary just this past month.

Dj CUTMAN and Spamtron drop some feverishly catchy remixes that will get your mind all set for adventure. Bump this in the club and people will start dropping rupees.

Week in Video Game Inspired Music 12/14 – 12/20

Up above here we have awesome Gameboy artwork by 8bitcollective member MassiveUntilMorning, with his simply titled but well done DMGpaintjob. Speaking of artwork, our resident artist Nyno added an epic Earthbound inspired Krakken to the background, if you had not noticed yet. Well besides that, this week saw a few big things, one is the return of Joe Allen to the Gamewave Podcast, another was our very own first ever GM4A Records release of Challenge! by Comptroller. Be sure to check out both of those, not to mention all the other big news this past week below.

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO The video this week is of course from the recently passed Blip Festival 2009. Well perusing for some recaps of the event I came across little-scale's blog and found some footage of the amazing J. Arthur Keenes Band performing pieces from their latest Pause release Pamplemousse.

Remember to leave a comment with awesome articles, songs, videos, art, etc. for next weeks round up as well!

Painting an Interactive Musical Landscape - Koji Kondo GDC Lecture


Koji Kondo, the music creator who has inspired many, possibly near all, video game inspired musicians around these parts conducted a conference at GDC this Wednesday March 8th. He talks about the process of making a game soundtrack that melds with the game, and makes the game truly memorable. Nintendo Wii Fanboy has a great article from the conference Painting an Interactive Musical Landscape on their site. Also a quick main point overview of the lecture over at Joystiq. We owe a lot to this guy for creating some of the first truly memorable video game compositions as well as proving that video game music is neither disposable nor any less artistic than any other form of music and continuing to do so for over twenty years. Be sure to check out the article!