Week in Video Game Inspired Music 2/08 – 2/21

Unfortunately I missed last week's Week in VGIM but oddly enough it was quite the slow week for VGM news and wasn't too tough playing catch up this week. I do hope I did not miss anything though! Up above we have some fantastic artwork by GaryStorkamp aptly named The King of Kong. Also there are plenty new podcasts out from the past two weeks, as well as a good couple interviews and more. GM4A also had it's very awesome second chiptune show, Pizza and Chips 2, which was a pretty rousing success, and a great show was given by all the performers involved. Watch out for a bigger update on that soon. Now for the links!

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases

Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO The video today is one I recorded myself, and is from our recent Pizza and Chips 2 show which was held February 18th in Rosemead, California. This is a performance by Wizwars of his awesome track "Intergalactic Disko Dance Party' from his Handheld Heroes release of Gameboy Rock!!.

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Week in Video Game Inspired Music 2/01 – 2/07

Tons of new things this week. Two of which involve me and my voice. First, I would like to announce that the Letters VS Numbers podcast is back after a lengthy hiatus! Secondly, I have started a new podcast endeavor called This Week in VGM. A new 10-15 minute podcast covering the past week in VG inspired music news. You might be wondering what game the awesome sprites up above are from, and the answer is none. The sprites are original creations via Nino (who also did this site's artwork), which she calls the Film Noir Set and you can get to know the full cast of characters at kattuccino.deviantart.com. Also there seems to be a ton of big stories happening lately. I highly suggest you take the time to read all the linked stories today as they are very interesting. Most specifically the Sound Current for Comic Market 77. Also be sure to check out the list of performers who will be at PAX East! Now the news.

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases

Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO Though I did consider being a little self serving and link to one of my own recent videos for my new podcast This Week in VGM that I mentioned earlier. I decided against it so I can bring you this weeks video. The video comes via old pal 8 Bit Duane and his new project Action Adventure World. The video is his new song about the often overlooked classic Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy. Here's to hoping he does SML2, one of my personal favorite games!

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Zelda Reorchestrated - Ocarina of Time Complete rearrangement released

It has been a long time coming, and a few false starts and offshoots but over the holidays Zelda Reorchestrated has compiled and released their magnum opus. A full length 82 track recreation of the music to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The album is appropriately titled and released as Ocarina of Time - Complete. The lengthy album spans two discs with nearly two hours worth of music. From the Title Theme and classics like Kakariko Village and Lost Woods, to lesser covered tunes such as Deku Tree and Goron City. Even short themes like the Open Treasure Chest fanfare and all the songs played on Link's ocarina.

These songs are all amde with the intended purpose of sounding as if they were performed by live musicians, and according to the ZREO team, were painstakingly collected, rearranged, released, and rearranged again over several years to create something they can truly be proud of. The album can be downloaded in full or in part through the albums main page.You can also check out some words from the team themselves, who I had the chance to interview back in this sites younger days, over through their announcement post for the album.

Week in Video Game Inspired Music 1/18 - 1/24

Look up above, today's art is not a painting, but a very cool clay sculpture done by artist unicornstrike, and simply entitled Roselia. Be sure to check out more of her impressive video game inspired sculptures as well!

In GM4A news, if you look over to your left, you will see an advertisement for our next concert! It is called Pizza and Chips 2, and will feature amazing music by several great VG inspired musicians. More info for that on the event page.

That is about it from me this week, except for the unrelated but very sad news that Conan O'Brien has walked away from the Tonight Show, but hopefully he will be popping up soon with something new and awesome. Anyway, check out the links below for this week's news! NEWS

REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases

Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO This weeks video comes courtesy of the one and only MAGFest. This year's series of performers really outdid itself with tons of amazing songs, and performances. This is but the smallest of highlights below. Armcannon covers the amazing Chrono Trigger soundtrack with their arrangement of Zeal, orginally from Bad Dudes' Chronotorious album. Also be sure to see one of their latest debuts in their amazing F-Zero medley, which came very very close to being this weeks video, considering my endless love for the music from F-Zero. In the end though, the amazing guitar solos in the below video just edged it out for video of the week.

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Week in Video Game Inspired Music 1/11 - 1/17

I am finally back with the first This Week in VGIM of the new year, and decade, and millenium (depending on where you start counting). Up above we have some incredible artwork by zgul-osr1113 and goes by the name Like Jazz Zora band Indigogos. This piece definitely has video game music written...ahem...drawn all over it! Well in site related news I have to reiterate that we have our second release. This time it's some ambient space tunes courtesy of Doug Leinen and his new album Songs to Sing in Space (download here). I have been away for a bit due to unforeseen circumstances that were mentioned before, so there is a huge list of remixes this time around. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty of the news.

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest Remix:ThaSauce releases

Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO Video this week is pretty crazy, but hard not to enjoy, and comes our way via Nobuooo and Tiny Cartridge. The song is “Star Soldier - Soul of the 16 Shot” by Takahashi Meijin and IOSYS and Tiny Cartridge has this to say about it, "This wondrous music video comes from Takahashi Meijin Legend: Soul of the 16-Shot, an upcoming album remixing songs from classic Hudson titles like Lode Runner, Challenger, and Milon’s Secret Castle."

It definitely sounds like this should be one catchy, album of some of the more overlooked classic themes of the NES era. Enjoy, and don't get your mind blown too much.

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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.

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Week in Video Game Inspired Music 12/07 - 12/13

Awakening by MOOMANiBE

Another week ended in VGIM and we find ourselves with over 10 new OCReMix tracks to celebrate ten years online. One of which is from good friend XMark who appeared on our second mixtape. Also with the release of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (which is awesome by the way) for the Wii this week, news comes that Akira Yamaoka has left Konami, making this possibly the final SH soundtrack by him. Finally, up above we have some interesting FF6 (or 3) artwork called Awakening by MOOMANiBE which looks at one part of the game from another perspective. You can check out more of his work on his DeviantArt. Along with last week's picture these may be getting a tad risque, but this is just the awesome stuff I come across. We shall see if next week continues this streak or not.

NEWS

PODCASTS

REMIXES Latest OCReMix releases

Other singles and releases

VIDEO This week we have an awesome video of a performance by Random, AKA Mega Ran. This was from a show I was lucky enough to attend in Los Angeles this past November 27th. Mega Ran put on a great performance, and this is my particular favorite. This was recorded by Jeriaska of Nobuooo.com and you can see the rest of the concert through here. Although if last weeks live chiptunes footage is more up your alley, then check out BOSTON8BIT's youtube page for more footage from that concert!

Mega Ran in LA - Splash Woman from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Also, thanks to Doc Pop for linking some news to me last week! Remember to leave a comment with awesome articles, songs, videos, art, etc. for next weeks round up as well!

http://gamemusic4all.com/wordpress/gm4a-records/gm4a-compilations/hey-listen-mixtapes/hey-listen-volume-2-mixtape/

Updated Band Listing 04/05/07

Since VGM Index asked for it, here it is! Whenever I add new bands to the band listing, I will also list the new bands on here, so you know who's been added most recently! Nifty eh? Well let's jump right in.

This week, the following six bands have been added to the band list.

Homeless Ninja Robots - Post-Rock/Experimental/Ambient - México City, México
nanogrrrl - 8-bit/chiptune/electronica - London, UK
Seth Lilly - Rock/Metal/Garage - Lake Crystal, MN, US
T.R.E. - Nerdcore/Alternative/Rap/Progressive - Saskatchewan, Canada
Varia - Acoustic/VGM cover band - Decherd, TN, US
Zelda Reorchestrated - Orchestral - US

And remember, if you have a band you would like to be added, then head on over to the band submission page.

Zelda Reorchestrated Interview

The Legend of Zelda, a lot of us truly love that game, but one group of people has taken their love for Zelda, and especially the music of the series, and dedicated themselves fully to re-interpreting, and re-orchestrating it’s works. This group is known as Zelda Reorchestrated, or ZREO for short. You can check out their endeavors at their official site zreomusic.com. I recently interviewed the musical composer of ZREO, FireGS. As well as ZREO’s art director, Master of Zelda. Here is that interview. Enjoy! So you guys are collectively known as Zelda Reorchestrated? FireGS: Yep, thats correct.

How many people are in ZREO? FireGS: Well, music wise, it's only myself, but the project would not have existed if it weren’t for the Art, Web and tech team. MoZ is the Art director, but I also have a web designer, and a technical advisor. Total of four.

Master of Zelda: When ZREO first started, there was a team of five people doing the music, but that responsibility has slowly made its way to FireGS exclusively. So the group dynamics have changed considerably since ZREO's origins.

When did you get the idea that you wanted to recreate Zelda music exclusively? FireGS: Well, to be honest, I don't remember what started it. I had gotten into computer music while trying to write music for a video game I was making, which never panned out, but I got really fascinated with how one could make computerized music more and more real. I thought about music that I personally liked, and Zelda was the first that came to mind.

How long have you guys been working on this music project? MoZ: Since October 2004. That makes a total of about two and a half years.

Impressive if I do say so. How many songs have you rearranged in that time? Keeping track? FireGS: Oh yeah. A total of 130 available on the site as of now.

Wow. Are there any ones you are particularly proud of, or particularly enjoyed making? FireGS: Well, there are a few songs on the way to be released that I am particularly proud of, but I really love Ocean Redux, from Wind Waker. Ocean was one of the first WW songs I did, and It seemed wrong to me. So as soon as we started up the project again, it was one of the first ones I wanted to redo.

MoZ: I am really impressed with all of them. But of course I have some of my own favorites. Gerudo Valley Redux, Hyrule Castle, and Stone Tower Temple are somr of the most powerful pieces of music! I would definitely agree with Fire about Ocean Redux! Everyone likes that song!

How did you decide on the name of your group? FireGS: I just threw together the first thing that came to mind. Its Zelda, its an orchestra, and were

re-doing it all. Zelda Reorchestrated. Z.R.E.O. is just Zelda REOrchestrated.

Sounds simple enough to me. Mind If I ask you guys some video game related questions? FireGS: Sure thing.

MoZ: Go ahead!

Cool. So what was the first console you ever owned? Any good memories with it? MoZ: The first console I ever personally owned was the GameCube. However, I grew up with an NES that my parents bought. I beat Super Mario Bros. before I could read at age 2. My parents were shocked!

FireGS: Definitely. Mine was the N64. My first game was Super Mario 64. Second one was Zelda. Its why my love for adventure games is so high!

MoZ: And then of course Super Mario Bros. 3 came out and simply blew my mind. Video games really opened up the abilities of my imagination.

What are some of your favorite games? Seems like you just named some of them. MoZ: Some of my favorite games are Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, F-Zero GX, Resident Evil 4, and Gradius III.

FireGS: Zelda, Final Fantasy 7 and 9, All of the Medal of Honor series, Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger, All of the Mario games, GoldenEye, Halo, all sorts. Yes, even World of Warcraft, but I just quit for good.

MoZ: Can't forget Super Smash Bros. series!

FireGS: Oh yeah, that too!

Great choices, you named a couple of my favorites too! MoZ: There are always more games to name out! Ha ha!

Haha, yep. I think that will do though. Any games you have been playing a lot of recently? FireGS: Well, After the project closed in 2005, I was playing World of Warcraft without end. That took over my life.

MoZ: Twilight Princess has really been tugging a lot at my free time. Took me six days to beat, but I always go back for more! It's the first 3-D Zelda game that actually makes me want to go back and play through a second time. What instruments and tools do you use to create the music and art for ZREO? MoZ: I was taught graphic design using Macromedia Fireworks. I've stuck to that tool for all of my graphic art needs. I've spent three and a half years working with the program. I've learned all sorts of tricks and secrets to get it to do what I want. Some people would be shocked that I'm not using Photoshop, but when you are comfortable with a program, you stick with it. There is a relationship there. *tear drop* Heh.

FireGS: Well, I compose in Finale 2006, I do the sound work in Cubase 4, and Trackion 2. I work with the Kontakt 2 Plugin for those, as well as Garritan Personal Orchestra, and EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra. I also use real instruments for some of the songs.

What real instruments do you use? particularly good at any instrument? FireGS: Guitar and Piano are my main instruments. You'll also hear me play Bass.

MoZ: Fire uses a wide variety of techniques and instruments to get the sound he wants. If he needs real human voices, we'll look for real human voices. It provides a nice challenge.

Do you create art for other projects in addition to ZREO? MoZ: Yes. I currently do some graphic design for a new theatre company in real life. I've also been known to do some fan service on community boards. Doing logos for fan fictions and such. It's mostly a hobby though.

Alright, I believe I have just one more question for you guys. Any advice for any other aspiring video game inspired artists and musicians? MoZ: Don't give up. Persistence is a virtue available to everyone. If you can dream it, you really can achieve it!

FireGS: I do. For the love of god, do what you like, follow through on it, and NEVER give up on a dream. If I had, you'd never hear of Z.R.E.O.

Thanks a lot for your time guys, Us at GM4A really appreciate it! anything else you'd like to add? FireGS: Yeah, be sure to check us out every week, join our announcement list, and stay tuned for a ton of new projects on the way!

MoZ: Keep visiting the site, we have a lot of cool plans for all our visitors. We think you'll like what we have in store! -------

I once again would like to thank ZREO for taking the time to answer these questions. remember to check them out at zreomusic.com.

The Legend of Zelda Soundscapes Volume 1


Zelda Reorchestrated, also going by the acronym ZREO, has released the new orchestrated album The Legend of Zelda Soundscapes Volume 1 as a free download on their website. The eight track album covers Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and even Twilight Princess. An incredible musical project as well as a necessary listen for any Zelda fan.

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