Mustin and Beefy combine their power for super treachery in the opening track from Mustin's 2010 EP Vision Quest.
I've had a hankering for NBA Jam as I always do during the best moments of NBA season, and NBA Christmas is one of them. As always, OverClocked ReMix delivers with an absolutely on fire remix from OCReMix's big three, ktriton, Mustin, and Steve Lella (all of which also appeared on the absolutely stunning Bound Together album).
I plan to play this song in lieu of watching commercials during most of the NBA games today. OCR needs to get this track in the hands of some arena DJs, They already play Super Mario and Sonic noises in a couple stadiums, this tune should be jamming in arenas during every time out.
(Also someone mash this up with the Space Jam theme please.)
Back when I first heard of OverClocked Remix, I decided to grab every Mario song I could and slap them on a CD. Evidently it was early enough in OCR's history that the entire selection of Mario songs wasn't more than 80 minutes of music. Within that collection of songs was Mustin's phenomenal live arrangement of the oft overlooked world map music from World 3: Ocean Side.
To this day, this track remains one of my favorite Mustin arrangements, and OCReMix releases.
I also love that I don't have to state the name of the song, because the song does so itself!
There is a certain funk I prefer in my music, and The OneUps always deliver it with class. The intergalactic adventures continue through a mix of popular video game tunes, now with that OneUps style. Grab the album and enter the fight for video game funk.
Musician, remixer, and member of The OneUps, Mustin, is blind.
Okay, maybe not blind per se, but he has trouble seeing, like many nerds do. So he is in the market for some new glasses. To that end Mustin has released a brand new EP of collaborations for download. This album is available now via Bandcamp, and aptly named Vision Quest.
The album kicks off with a remix of He-Man, known as You'll Never Get Away With This! And combines Mustin's production and nerdcore rapper Beefy's heavy rhymes. The song see's The Beef playing supervillian versus what I assume is Mustin the hero. This track kicks off the album with a ton of power, and one of the catchiest hooks in nerdcore I have heard this year. This is followed by The Lion's Roar, a mellow streets of rage remix filled with a lot of well done urban ambiance. This track is fronted by well known musician zyk0 who throws down some smooth flows about the gritty streets that build very well through out the song.
This gritty tune takes us into the surreal music of Earthbound with the track I Want to Be Beside You. This song is fronted by the equally surreal group The Crackaz, who you may know from the Bound Together album. This is another one of those tracks where you have to just sit back, and take it all in. Suffice it to say though, this is definitely The Crackaz material. Mustin of course holds it down with a catchy R&B flavor to the catchy Earthbound tunes. This makes a good transition into the oft revered, yet rarely covered Bust A Groove soundtrack. Natural Playboy goes into full on seductive R&B tones thanks to Mustin's piano work alongside Dale North's impressive vocals that could easily be mistaken for a catchy radio tune.
We finally come to a close to this EP with another catchy tune. This time from Street Fighter II and my personal favorite tune from the soundtrack, Chun Li's theme. Beautiful Spring sees rapper Lucio telling the tale of the world's strongest woman. This song has a catchy flow and style very similar to the opening tune, which creates a very nice circular album.
This album is definitely worth the price of admission, and some of these songs are definite must hears, particularly the opening track, and the surprise catchiness of Natural Playboy. Lucky for you the EP can be streamed free and is available via OneUp Studios' Bandcamp for the reasonable price of about five bucks. And of course as mentioned above, it is going to help Mustin level up his vision back to 20/20.
I recently spoke of the phenomenal Bound Together album both here and in length on The Start Screen which was originally compiled and overseen by Joe Cam. Well unknown to me Cam had been hard at work on an Animal Crossing tribute that has sadly remained unfinished for well over a year. Joe Cam has decided to make the best of the situation by collecting the finished tracks along with some WIPs and releasing them for all you Animal Crossing fans to enjoy.
The album is an all star collection of VG Remixers and musicians all coming together to pay tribute to the Animal Crossing series and the fictional musician KK Slider. The album is available via torrent or thanks to KyleJCrb and kngi.org you can Download the RAR file for the full album which includes proper id3 tags and artwork by Red Kinikacha from the OCR forums.
Speaking of the forums, be sure to pop in the official thread and toss some thanks to the Joe Cam and the awesome collection of musicians and contributors if you enjoyed the album as much as I do!
The album has lots of high quality stand out songs like Sixto Sounds over the top metal in Rockin' the Crossing or the classy laid back vibes of Mustin and Anthony Lofton's rendition of KK Soul known as I Got Soul. Another stand out is what may be Benedikt Terhechte's final song ever in the very somber stringed sounds of Kristina. Perhaps the biggest highlight and the way to best tell that this was a Joe Cam organized album is the return of the Crazy Crackaz alongside GM4A favorite Chico Ray in 7am (feat. Chico Ray) which catchily blends the very NSFW styles of everyone on this track. That is just a very small sampling of the large collection of tracks.
Below is the tracklist as compiled by KyleJCrb and Joe Cam's thoughts on the release.
"This is what remains of a planned Animal Crossing remix project I set out to organize. One specific remixer was unable to finish his task which would have been a huge chunk of the project. After waiting on him for over a year, I gave up and aborted the project. These are the finished (and unfinished) tracks from what was to release.
Enjoy what could have been." -JoeCam
1. K.K. Cruisin' - Bruce Bonebreak 2. Clock Part 2 V2 MIX - Christian Pacaud 3. Clock V5 MIX - Christian Pacaud 4. bossa00 - Joshua Morse 5. nilli00 - Joshua Morse 6. rainy00 - Joshua Morse 7. K.K. ReMix - Less Ashamed of Self 8. Slidin' & Cruisin' Live - Less Ashamed Of Self 9. 4 A.M. (v6) - Monobrow 10. K.K. Dirge - Nutritious 11. K.K. Western (WIP2) - Sixto Sounds 12. Get Out of Town (rough demo) - Sixto Sounds, The Crakaz 13. Rockin' the Crossing - Sixto Sounds 14. KKmusic Dj - FFmusic Dj 15. Safari - Mazedude 16. Purdie Old Days - Posu Yan 17. Shimmering in the Dark - Level 99 18. T.S. Aria - Tim Sheehy 19. I Got Soul - Mustin, Anthony Lofton 20. 7am (feat. Chico Ray) - Crazy Crakaz 21. Rider's Bewailment - Vampire Hunter Dan 22. Acetone - Sixto Sounds 23. Enjoying the Rain - Salluz 24. Good Old Days - Posu Yan 25. Just a Summer Drizzle - POCKETMAN 26. Only Me - Girlz Melon 27. Kristina - Benedikt Terhechte 28. K.K. Sex-A-Peel - Mustin 29. Letting Go - OA 30. Mr. Soccerball - Theory of Nonexistence 31. Camrade - Diggi Dis 32. 1 AM Smile - Tim Sheehy 33. 7 AM (Instrumental) - DCT 34. KKmusic Dj (alt) - FFmusic Dj
That's right, only 14 years after being released on the Super NES, I have began, played through, and finished Earthbound. IT WAS AMAZING! I finally get what everyone was talking about and now Earthbound sits on my list of greatest games I have ever played (not to mention one of the, if not THE greatest final battle of all time in gaming).
Well what does this have to do with anything really? Well I wanted to quickly highlight some of the amazing music related tributes to Earthbound and more from over the years.
First up is the amazing Earthbound tribute album Bound Together from many of the amazing musicians from The Shizz Minibosses Boards, VGMix, and OCReMix. The album includes greats like Shael Riley, Temp Sound Solutions, Mustin, and so many more incredible artists all remixing nearly the entire Earthbound soundtrack in as just a whimsical, amazing, and sometimes very strange way as the original music to the game. Bound Together is an amazing aural achievement in it's ability to balance the catchiness of the Earthbound music right alongside the jarring and disturbing tones the game also provided. Those who played the game will surely have a nostalgic trip down the lane of those 16 bit memories, while those who have not had a chance to play through Earthbound (what the hell, get on that!) will be able to listen to a breathtaking and diverse arrangement of tunes, and get a small glimpse of just one of the many brilliant aspects that is Earthbound.
Another thing I would like to mention, which makes an incredible supplement to both the game, as well as the aforementioned remix compilation is Kenley and his incredible Into the Score podcast 24 - Live at the Chaos Theatre… The Runaway Five! which takes an academic look at the games soundtrack, the two amazing composers, as well as the history of the game and even jazz bands. This is all wrapped up as well with an interview with the amazing Canada based VG jazz ensemble The Runaway Five. A listen to this podcast can not be recommended enough to anyone who is a fan of Earthbound and the music within. Listening to this adds an interesting inside look at the game, which in turn makes you feel as if you got even more out of it.
Finally, not music related, but still Earthbound related, if you have, or when you finish the game, be sure to read this article, "The Literature of the Moment" A Critique of Mother 2 by Tim Rogers. A lengthy but very very interesting and well written look back on Earthbound for one gamer.
For those who have not played Earthbound yet, I now join the many many gamers who once harangued me about not playing it, and implore you to do so as soon as possible. It is an experience that is more than worth the time invested. The game is an experience unmatched even by fifteen years of games and several consoles hence. I would like to personally thank my best friend, who herself forced me to finally sit down and play through the entire game. From the first town to the final battle it is a game that will proudly stand among my list of the most incredible games of my life.
A place I have rarely mentioned until now, a wonderful, magical place that helps dreams come true (well if your dream is to get help for going to MAGFest at least). Anyway, this place is known as Concatenation Records and is home to many great releases. A few I am highlighting here as a crash course in the website with the following releases.
From a collection of the best minds in video game inspired music, all concentrated in the pure awesomeness of The Shizz Minibosses boards comes Nevar Say Die! Compilation, Volume One. Released October 9th, 2007 for $5 to get hopeful shizzies out to MAGFest, the album boasts impressive original tunes and incredible video game covers from the endless talent in the minibosses boards community. The album is still available now to continue providing money for the ever helpful Shizzie MAGFest Fund. Check out the incredible list of artists below over the 19 tracks. Still an incredible buy even today.
01. xoc - Magic Johnson's Fast Break
02. Wizards and Warriors (featuring Spamtr0n) - Grim Bleeper
03. Ashane - Cyrinite
04. Spamtr0n - Water Dripping in the Metvl Cave
05. Temp Sound Solutions - Room Temperature
06. Disasterpeace - Death Satellite Evasion
07. TheoConfidor - Into the Depths
08. Mustin - Serenity (Final Fantasy VII)
09. pingosimon - Metroid Symphony (performed by the San Diego State University Orchestra)
10. Phlogiston - Ture and Yoru
11. atomic-guy - Double Dip
12. The OneUps - Bomberman
13. M-H - Blue Knight of Ballacetine
14. Kodiak Attack - Motörbear
15. Metalbishop - FPS
16. weener and Tender Lad - Battleaxe Babes
17. ansgaros - How?
18. mercatfat - That's So Ironic!
19. Temp Sound Solutions - Rotten Fruit Msgboard Apology
On November 4th, 2008, just about one year after the initial release, Concatenation brought us Nevar Say Die! Compilation, Volume Two. This time compiling 17 tracks of refined shizzery for the same goal of getting people out to MAGFest, we see a lot of new additions along with old favorites and staples of the community contributing incredible works. Available as Either a $5 download or $8-10 for a ritzy pressed copy of the amazing album (I have my copy by the way). Once again check out the tracks below and get prepared, as Nevar Say Die 3 is on it's way soon!
01. neu cetera - Never Say Die (Outsourcing My Use of Profos)
02. ansgaros - Dolls' Night
03. small child david - TranceSexual
04. The Sticky Situation - Nice Graphics
05. Temp Sound Solutions - All I've Got, I Had to Steal
06. Cyanidic Rapture - Cold Open
07. Brian and Josiah Tobin - Transmission
08. Kevin Hagge - Breakdown
09. TheoConfidor - Ensis Obitus
10. M-H - Union Alpha
11. Analog Wizards - Master Blaster
12. The Tendonites - Paradijs bij het Köttfärslimpa
13. streifig - Honey, you ate the onion pie again, didn't you?
14. cacomistle - The Funnyz
15. weener and Tender Lad - The Ferryman
16. XMark - Cyanide Overdose
17. Vegeroth & Battlerager - Nevar Say Die
Our final album started as a humble request to bring some Christmas cheer to some kind folks grew into another behemoth collection of stellar work from The Shizz Minibosses community. Taking the amazing, but overlooked soundtrack to the NES game based on the movie Willow, over a dozen artists organized and released The Wonderful World of Willow. This 18 song collection covers the entire soundtrack to Willow, and is amazing whether or not you are familiar with that particular games soundtrack. This is also another album which puts money into the MAGFest fund of which I have mentioned many times. Five dollars nets you the 320kbps MP3 files, while a measly $8-10 will hook you up with the full fancy CD Package. Just like the above two, this album features a who's who of amazing VG inpired musical talent and then some.
01. norg - The Journey Begins
02. Cide Projekt - Das Kennwort ist...
03. Mystic Nova - When the Mist Becomes Dew
04. ShawnPhase - Endless Frost
05. TheoConfidor - A Royal Catastrophe
06. Cide Projekt - Kempf
07. Josiah Tobin - Dark Walls
08. Ryan8bit - Put Aside Strife
09. Amaranthine Skies - The Lords of Nockmaar Will Fall
10. NESTERBABIES - Cheef Up the Helium
11. ShinerCCC - Beautiful Lake Cheef
12. Ryan8bit - Zhena, Warwick Princess
13. Battlerager - Another Challenge Yet To Face
14. cacomistle - WILLOW'D
15. ShinerCCC - Corner of Tir Asleen and Sandwich Street
16. Vegeroth - Assaulting the Fort
17. xoc - Xocmaar Castle
18. The Powerful Shizzards - We Willow Ways Remember
I hope that was a sufficient introduction to the many amazing releases from Concatenation Records. Be sure to check them out at concatenationrecords.com and keep an eye on them for new and fresh releases of original and VG inspired works, many of which are free to download!
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!
So recently video game musician Josh Whelchel contacted me about not just an important album, but the most important album ever! Well okay, maybe I am being a little over dramatic, but hopefully it has your attention, because it is something highly important none the less! The gist of it is that Josh Whelchel has collected some well known and up and coming musicians from the world of VG composing and VG inspired music to contribute to an amazing album. Artists like Mustin and Jay Tholen, not to mention VG composers like Kyle Gabler (World of Goo) and David Saulesco (Eternal Daughter). The album is solely dedicated to helping raise money for cancer research and helping victims of cancer. You can order the album right now at Whelchel's Relay For Life drive page. The album is ten dollars for a digital copy (which also comes with an exclusive bonus album of music by Josh Whelchel) and a donation of $25 gets you a spiffy physical copy to be proud of! Read Whelchel's words below for all the info and a full rundown of all the artists!
Relay for Life is a national event where participants all around the country raise money on behalf of the American Cancer Society and honor victims of cancer. The event is responsible for raising millions of dollars annually that goes directly to funding cancer research, lab materials, and to helping victims of cancer. In addition to raising money, participants in the relay spend the night walking laps adorned with luminaria commemorating survivors and victims of the disease. The event that we are supporting is through the University of Cincinnati and will be held on April 24th, 2009 at 6:00pm EST. It is our goal to raise over $1,500 by this time! (We can get there faster if you ask your company if they will match donations!)
Last year, I managed to raise over $800 for the American Cancer Society by offering my latest soundtrack to anyone who donated over $5. This year, I'm hoping to raise even more money, and I've got new plans to help me do so. In an effort to do so, I've gotten together with a selection of extremely talented composers and musicians to help assemble an exclusive album for this year's fund raiser.
Anyone who donates $10 or more will receive an exclusive digital copy of this album. Donating $25 or more will not only get you the digital album, but it will also score you a physical copy of the album that will be sent to you absolutely free. The entirety of your donation goes to the American Cancer Society, and all of the expenses are being covered out of our pocket. In addition, all donations are tax-deductible!
The exclusive relay for life album will contain music from:
Mustin of OCRemix.org fame and head of Mustin Productions,
Karen Kosowski, fabulous singer and producer,
Jimmy Hinson, talented composer and arranger for OCRemix.org (big giant circles),
Kyle Gabler, fantastic composer from 2D-Boy and for World of Goo,
Alec Holowka, composer for the successful independent game Aquaria,
David Saulesco, super talented Swedish composer known for the Eternal Daughter soundtrack,
Inez S. deDeugd-McComas, ultra-gifted composer from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
Vincent Parrish, composer featured on thesixtyone.com,
Jay Tholen, talented and multi-faceted musician leading a successful solo career,
Barry van Oudtshoorn, Australian Composer Extraordinaire!
Josh Whelchel from The Spirit Engine 2 and Bonesaw: The Game,
Jussi Nieminen, a progressive-rock genius,
David Thatcher, composer for indie-games,
James Starkey, collaborating with David,
Shane Lu, virtuoso pianist, and
David "Warrior Bob" H. from Trax in Space!
You've never had MORE reasons to donate!
This album will contain solo works and collaborations between these artists in a unique effort battle cancer. Last year, albums were delivered shortly after the event, and I guarantee to have the music delivered to you by April 26th at 9:00pm EST.
In addition to receiving this exclusive album, you will also receive a free copy of Josh Whelchel's upcoming album as a bonus gift. This means that you will be getting two complete albums of music for a donation of only $10 or more!
To take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and more importantly support the fight against cancer and show support to those who have and are currently struggling with this disease, you should head to my Relay for Life page, here. Again, this promotion will only be available to you if you donate $10 or more!
This offer is only available up until the Relay for Life event, on April 24th at 6:00PM (Eastern Standard Time)!
Thanks for your support,
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.
So MAGFest is over, and everyone who attended (which did not include me, sadly) can die happy, or more likely could go into hibernation until the build up to MAGFest VII starts heating up. Anyway, There is a ton of footage from the festival, I'm only posting a mere sampler of the smorgasbord of amazing things that went down this year. There are of course tons of stories, and anecdotes from this year that will come out in due time as people slowly recover.
One of my favorite anecdotes currently is from Paragon from theshizz forums.
Lots of great memories from this year.
Watching Hale and Pongball step out of the elevator and have such an amusingly puzzled look on their faces as this complete stranger smiles and waves at them like they're old friends.
Seeing spamtron, shouting "SPAMTRON!" and he shouts back "I LOVE YOU!" and hugs me and then asks me who I am. And then later, talking to him (or maybe more like being talked to by him).
Check out this handy thread for a ton of footage from MAGFest VI. I will probably be making another post like this one, when some more cool footage comes rolling in, so if you have some awesome MAGFest VI footage, hit up theshizz thread or send it my way!
Thanks to Kareshi from theshizz for gathering all the MAGFest media all in one place. Thanks to Sunny, Hale-Bopp and Pongball's photographs which I stole for this post. Shawn Phase for linking me to some cool footage, and all the folks who took some awesome footage and tossed it up on youtube! Here is that sampler of footage I spoke of earlier!
Liontamer and Hale-Bopp of OCRemix fame handling the beautiful OCRemix guitar.Hale-Bopp showing off the guitar.
Select Start performing FF7 track
Sam, Mustin, Shawn Phase @ Jamspace
OCR doing "Carmen Sandiego" @ Jamspace
Arm Cannon - "Tecmo Super Bowl" from stage