Eight Melodies (16 Melodies), Earthbound/MOTHER - Vocal Cover by Lauren the Flute

Whew! I have wanted to cover this song for so long, but I wanted to do something very special with it. Earthbound is so special to so many people, including many of my very good friends, and I wanted to capture what it is that people love so much about MOTHER and Earthbound. I asked my friends to tell me what the game means to them because I wanted to write lyrics for the Earthbound "Eight Melodies" (since no official lyrics exist in English). Their answers just reinforced for me that I really need to give this game another chance. So soon I will be streaming my first full playthrough of Earthbound! I'm streaming it because I am afraid I might get frustrated or stuck and I am hoping that all the Earthbound fans I know will help me out sometimes.

Please come help me get to know this game you all love so much! I'll be on Twitch:

I hope you don't mind that there's no flute in this one. I thought it didn't need flute ... just the voice and the piano. When I realized that MOTHER's "Eight Melodies" and Earthbound's "Eight Melodies" could fit together so well, I knew I needed to do this! I'm feeling a little better about writing lyrics now that I've done it three times. I kept all of the original MOTHER lyrics from the official vocal album, and then I wrote the Earthbound lyrics myself. I'm not sure if the second half of the Earthbound melody is from the game, but there is a Japanese vocal cover that I love and have listened to a lot, and I borrowed the melody from that. But the actual arrangement here is my own arrangement, with inspiration from other places! (Yes, I did look at the MOTHER 3 "Sixteen Melodies" too, of course.)

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Super Metroid Memories, a drama + arrange tribute album by Hyde209


I'm a fan of words, for those who may not know. So an album of not just Super Metroid music, but also an SM dramatic reading? Cameos by some incredible VG musicians? The bandcamp page even has lyrics! This album hits me in all the right places. 

The album takes Super Metroid fans on a trip back to Zebes as Samus Aran retells her story of visiting the ruined and dangerous world in search of the last metroid. 

Besides the excellently done narration, the album hosts a ton of remixed music from Super Metroid. These metroid rearrangements are a diverse set, with electronic, metal, and symphonic sounds all collide. These tracks heavily reinforce the Super Metroid mood you will quickly find yourself in once you hit play. 

I personally love the perilously metal "Intergalactic Warrior" and not just for the Mutherpluckin' B cameo. The track features amazing production values and not only reminds me of the Super Metroid playing of my youth, but also the large volumes of metal music I consumed during my teenage years. It all combines into one intense, but not over the top track that any metal fan will love.

The entire 18 track album is available free and learn the full story via Hyde209's bandcamp page.

Incredible genre spanning VGM remix album Draskon's VGMusic Covers Vol. 1


Every so often I come across an album so eclectic I can't simply categorize it into any one genre, since the album itself fails to stick with any genre for too long. Draskon's VGMusic Covers Vol. 1 does precisely this with a tornado of metal, electronic, orchestral, hip hop, and more.

The album kicks off with a damn near endless (in the best way possible) Zelda medley, sending us through some of the deepest darkest moments of the zelda series in the opening track "The Legend of Zelda - Link's Nightmare Suite."

All your fear washes away though, as the hip hop styled "Astral Observatory" gets your head in the right place with a smooth beat and catchy sampling that I would kill to hear someone lay some bars over. Don't let the hip hop nature of the beat fool you though, as a searing solo burns up the track around the midway point.

I can't forget the utterly incredible rendition of "Vampire Killer", one of my favorite songs from one of the best game soundtracks ever made, Castlevania for the NES. Draskon does this song every bit of justice as he flies through sizzling riffs and intense solos.

You can grab this album for $12 via Draskon's bandcamp page.

Watch video for Baba Yetu - Civilization IV Theme Cover by Peter Hollens feat. Malukah


Thanks to the internet, even one or two musicians can recreate a full band or more under the right circumstances. I reviewed the highly acclaimed Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin, an album that includes this song, which is also the opening theme to Civilization IV. I'm glad to see musicians inspired by the relatively recent music of Christopher Tin.

Thanks to @Crashbomber on twitter for the link.

Hey guys! 

This song by composer Christopher Tin has always filled me with so much energy and getting to sing on Peter's cover arrangement made me to appreciate it even more!

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Watch the ethereal music video for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Forest Temple ("Generations") Vocal Arrangement by Jillian Aversa


Fans of the ever present OCReMix have surely heard the name, and likely the brilliant music of Jillian Aversa.

Well know you can also watch her latest music video, a vocal tribute to the classic Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time on the N64. This video is well produced, intriguing, and will make you look at the story of Link in Ocarina of Time just a bit differently. All trademarks of a great music video and a damn fine song.

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The Flight Away uses Sega Genesis to create vibrant pop melodies in Sega Swing

Perhaps it is because of the shadow of Michael Jackson that lives on in the Sega Genesis' FM chip. Maybe it's the pop sensibilities of Jun Senoue and Crush 40 from the Sonic The Hedgehog series. All I know is that the Genesis is custom built for the catchy synth sounds captured in The Flight Away's latest album, Sega Swing.

Pop music isn't always the most well-liked, especially in a genre as niche as VG inspired Genesis sampled chiptune music, but those pop sensibilities are necessary and very much appreciated as I continue to adventure through the vibrant depths of video game inspired music.