Ryan Stunkel's 'make-believe RPG' album Echoes of Adventure

Listen for adventure.

This stuff is so soothing. We all know that I love them funky rhythms and in your face hip hop jams, but growing up as a Square fanboy, and also a fan of lighthearted games like Kirby, Chibi Robo and Animal Crossing have given me a soft spot in my heart for the light and fluid melodies such as 'The Princess.' One of the opening tracks on Ryan Stunkel's latest, Echoes of Adventure. 

Stunkel is releasing music at a surprising clip, and I'm glad to hear it. The quantity hasn't affected the quality though, as EoA seems to be the fullest album to date. Ten tracks of wonderful RPG fare that would make a Square Enix fan of any era get sucked into the swelling horns and drums on the more epic tracks such as Kidnapped, and Beneath the Shadow.

Ever since I started ending SUBCON with OST ending themes, I've become far more attentive to ending themes in general. "Friends Forever" is the closing track to the album, and although I know nothing more about the protagonists of this story beyond the evocative artwork, the heart of the track seeps through, and helps conclude the album with some surprising poignancy. 

Can Stunkel keep up the frenetic pace he has been composing at? While he finally release a few more VG covers? Find out whenever I review another one of Ryan Stunkel's videogame inspired albums. That day is certainly sooner than I think.

Echoes of Adventure is an album portraying a make-believe RPG soundtrack. All of the tracks are 1-2 minute loops inspired by classic RPG’s on all consoles dating all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
— Ryan Stunkel

The latest VG inspired album by Ryan Stunkel, Across the Worlds

Left to right. 

I covered Ryan Stunkel's Animal Crossing inspired album Balloons a few months back, and I'm glad to say he has another new album, Across the Worlds. Stunkel expands his inspiration to a variety of classic game franchises. See if you can pinpoint some of those retro classics within these upbeat melodies.

Hello everyone! To celebrate Mario’s 30th anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to release an album with music inspired by Mario as well as other Nintendo franchises, including Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and many more. Across the Worlds is meant to portray a soundtrack for a generic make-believe video game platformer. The album art is meant to represent the game that this music would be composed for and as you will probably notice, the album track names and order replicate exactly what is shown in the artwork. The music in this album is intended to be what I would compose if I were to do the music for one or a few of Nintendo’s game franchises. Although the feel of the music isn’t spot on to Nintendo at all times, it always remained my main source of inspiration during my composing.

My inspirations for this album: Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Banjo Kazooie, Yoshi’s Island, Paper Mario, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, Kirby and Earthbound.
— Ryan Stunkel

'Balloons' Animal Crossing inspired orchestrations by Ryan Stunkel

Float away

Balloons is a relaxing acoustic album, inspired by the music from Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series. With this in mind, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make the style fairly minimalistic, while keeping it emotional. And two, I wanted to make each track represent different times of day. So, I based each track on a general time during the day, starting with “Wake Up” for the morning. I wanted to incorporate a lot of my own style and personal taste into the composition and arrangement of each track. Although the album is not particularly themed towards Animal Crossing, the games remained my source of inspiration and I created this album to sort of give them under my own interpretation!

There is a story to this album, but I don’t want to say what it is because I like hearing other peoples interpretations of a story for the music! So if you have any ideas for stories I would love to hear them.

The entire album was created using the following VST and AU sample libraries:

Versillian Studios - vis.versilstudios.net/hand-chimes.html
East/West Hollywood Strings
East/West Symphonic Orchestra
East/West Goliath
EZ Drummer

But thanks for coming by to listen to Balloons! And another thanks for if you liked it enough to download it. The support is greatly appreciated!

Feel free to contact me to ask questions or just say hi!

Website: ryanstunkel.com
Email: ryanwstunkel@gmail.com
Skype: stunkel2
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/pianoatlarge
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ryan-stunkel
— Ryan Stunkel