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Sep 19, 2014, 13:48, Igor Korsakoff

Frank Klepacki updates!

We had several news from our favourite Frank Klepacki and decided to make a composite news post. First of all, Frank starts a series of technical posts on technology of video games music.  Check it out here: http://blog.audio-technica.com/frank-klepacki-blog-series-music-technology-evolution-video-games-part-1/   Second, Frank was interviewed by CC Assault team. Here's the interview itself: http://en.ccass...

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Sep 18, 2014, 20:19, Igor Korsakoff

Video Game Orchestra revealed what they worked on

As  anounced on TGS, it is Final Fantasy XV! Composer:  Yoko Shimomura. Here's the trailer:  ...

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Jan 8, 2014, 9:14, Chris Greening

Alien: Isolation Pays Homage to Jerry Goldsmith's Aliens Score

Sega announced today that they will release the first-person horror shooter Alien: Isolation later this year. Developed by The Creative Assembly (Total War), the title will pay homage to Ridley Scott's Alien and aims to recreate the original's tense, horrifying feel in a space station setting. The game's sound designers obtained the license for the late Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for the original film and expanded upon it to yield a 120 minute score. The soundtrack was recorded with National Philharmonic Orchestra, the original orchestra behind Alien. Some old-time members who were involved in the original Alien were even able to perform in Alienn: Isolation's rec...

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Jan 2, 2013, 4:06, Chris Greening

Christopher Tin Pens Calling All Dawns Sequel

Christopher Tin has confirmed on his Facebook that he is composing a sequel to his Grammy-winning world music album Calling All Dawns. Producing the album will take him around the world — London, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Dubai, Sofia, and New York — to studios such as Abbey Road and stages such as Lincoln Center. He will document his progress with updates, pictures, videos, and behind-the-scenes looks at the composing and recording process on Facebook....

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Dec 29, 2012, 2:26, Chris Greening

Guests and Program Details for MAGFest XI

Between January 3 to 6, MAGFest X will celebrate gaming and music with a four day festival in Washington D.C. Once again, the festival will combine game rooms with musical performances, guest speakers, and a party-like atmosphere. This year's event will feature numerous musical performers, including legendary game musician Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Ys), popular bands (e.g. The Megas, Armcannon, The OneUps), chiptune legends (Jake Kaufman, Inverse Phase, Danimal Cannon), and DJs (e.g. Benjamin Briggs, bLiNd, Dj Cutman). Other

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Dec 29, 2012, 0:09, Chris Greening

Ubiktune Announces Preschtale Variations

We recently announced that progressive chiptune album Preschtale from Russian artist Dmitry Zhemkov (aka C-jeff) won the 2012 AGMA for 'Best Album - Chiptune'. Ubiktune have confirmed that a follow up album is in the work, Preschtale Variations, featuring 16 performances and covers based on original material. The artists include Jay Tholen, Zackery Wilson, coda, Stemage, Shannon Mason, Fearofdark, SubPixel, PROTO·DOME, Monomer, surasshu, Aivi Tran, El Mobo, Yoann Turpin, Maxo, Shnabubula, Gabe Terracciano, and C-jeff, who is completing the album and handling the project direction. Over on...

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Dec 28, 2012, 3:46, Chris Greening

New Music Details for Soul Sacrifice

On March 7, Sony Computer Entertainment will release Keiji Inafune's action-adventure epic Soul Sacrifice for the PlayStation Vita. The score will feature orchestral music from both Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenosaga, Soma Bringer) and Wataru Hokoyama (Afrika, Resident Evil 5), recently recorded by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. A brief behind-the-scenes look at the recording sessions is available here. Team Entertainment have confirmed they are releasing the game's soundtrack on March 13. ...

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Dec 26, 2012, 4:31, Chris Greening

Pre-Order Tim Wright's Psygnosis Tribute Album Now

Tim Wright (aka CoLD SToRAGE) has released information and samples related to his Psygnosis tribute album Strix Memorial. Announced in 2010, the album feature remixes of tracks from Wright's Amiga scores from the 1990s, as decided by a public poll. The featured tracks will include Shadow of the Beast II & III, Awesome, Magician's Castle, Sensible Soccer, and Lemmings. Wright has uploaded a preview on SoundCloud featuring pre-production demos of his reworks dedicated to Aquaventura and Agony. A limited edition USB stick featuring the album in WAV format can be pre-ordered

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Dec 24, 2012, 10:10, Simon Elchlepp

C418 releases Minecraft documentary score

Game composer C418 has released the soundtrack for the feature-length documentary Minecraft: The Story of Mojang. The film chronicles how Minecraft turned from hobbyist project to worldwide phenomenon, as well the formation of Mojang, the studio built upon Minecraft's success. Called one, the soundtrack is the longest album C418 has created to date and has been released in two versions: a 31-track album via Bandcamp and a 35-track physical edition available via Fangamer, holding four exclusive remixes and clocking...

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Dec 22, 2012, 10:18, Simon Elchlepp

Light-Hearted Score for Jake Kaufman's Adventure Time Released

Game publisher D3 publisher has released the soundtrack for 2D action-adventure game Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! for streaming via Soundcloud. The music was written by prominent indie game composer Jake Kaufman, co-composer of 2012 AGMA winner for Best Score — Retro / Remixed Retro City Rampage. According to Kaufman's twitter account, the 35-track Soundcloud release also includes pieces that were cut from the game or reduced in length. ...

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Dec 22, 2012, 10:16, Simon Elchlepp

Bear McCreary Scores Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead) has been confirmed as the composer of upcoming indie movie Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. The film will be based on Angry Video Game Nerd creator James Rolfe's web series of eviscerating, humorous video game reviews. According to McCreary, who already scored the 2010 Christmas Special episode of Angry Video Game Nerd, the film is the perfect opportunity to combine his love of old-school games and orchestral storytelling. McCreary's game score credentials, which include larg...

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Dec 21, 2012, 10:30, Simon Elchlepp

Rafael Dyll Releases Ninja Sprint EP

Game composer Rafael Dyll, best known for Rainbow Moon Melodies and his work on the Söldner-X franchise, has released his score for indie platformer Ninja Sprint via his Bandcamp page. Described by Dyll as his "new, but rather different and fun" album, Ninja Sprint features "swirling arps, 8-Bit sounds, not-quite-so-serious eastern melodies and a thumping drum and bass fundament" across its six tracks and is available from 1 Euro. ...

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Jan 8, 2014, 9:02, Chris Greening

Shota Kageyama Leaves Game Freak and Goes Independent

Shota Kageyama has announced on his Twitter account that he has established the independent music studio Spica Musica. The 31-year-old composer began his career at Yasunori Mitsuda's Procyon Studio, where he worked on Luminous Arc and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He subsequently became a sound creator at Game Freak, contributing numerous pieces of music to Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Black & White, and Pokemon Black 2 & White 2. In his latest role, he served as the sound director and lead composer of the critically acclaimed Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. We wish Kageyama well on his independent ventures and will keep re...

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Jan 5, 2014, 9:30, Chris Greening

Original Composers Return to Remix Final Fantasy HD

On December 26, Square Enix released the Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In addition to enhanced graphics, Final Fantasy X HD featured a largely remixed soundtrack. Original composers Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano arranged the majority of the music, including both their own work and Nobuo Uematsu's, while Tsutomu Narita, Ryo Yamazaki, and Hirosato Noda had guest roles. The majority of the new interpretations adhere closely to the originals, except with minor elaborations and adjusted palettes, but a few (e.g. "Besaid Island") are fully-fledged remixes featuring instrumental performances. Square Enix have released the game's

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Jan 1, 2013, 4:50, Chris Greening

Kenji Ito to Hold Mana and SaGa Concert

Kenji Ito's music from the Mana and SaGa franchises will be celebrated on February 23 with a special concert at Nihonbashi Hall, Tokyo. Entitled One Night Re:Birth, the event will feature performances based on the Seiken Densetsu Arrange Album -Re:Birth- and Romancing SaGa Battle Arrange -Re:Birth II-. The performers include Kenji Ito on piano, Reiko Tsuchiya on violin, Masaru Teramae and Noriyuki Kamikura on guitars, Atsushi Enomoto on bass, and Yuu Yamauchi on drums. The event is being organised by Harmonics International with support from Square Enix and Ito's music studio Gentle Echo....

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Dec 29, 2012, 2:26, Chris Greening

Guests and Program Details for MAGFest XI

Between January 3 to 6, MAGFest X will celebrate gaming and music with a four day festival in Washington D.C. Once again, the festival will combine game rooms with musical performances, guest speakers, and a party-like atmosphere. This year's event will feature numerous musical performers, including legendary game musician Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Ys), popular bands (e.g. The Megas, Armcannon, The OneUps), chiptune legends (Jake Kaufman, Inverse Phase, Danimal Cannon), and DJs (e.g. Benjamin Briggs, bLiNd, Dj Cutman). Other

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Dec 28, 2012, 3:46, Chris Greening

New Music Details for Soul Sacrifice

On March 7, Sony Computer Entertainment will release Keiji Inafune's action-adventure epic Soul Sacrifice for the PlayStation Vita. The score will feature orchestral music from both Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenosaga, Soma Bringer) and Wataru Hokoyama (Afrika, Resident Evil 5), recently recorded by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. A brief behind-the-scenes look at the recording sessions is available here. Team Entertainment have confirmed they are releasing the game's soundtrack on March 13. ...

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Dec 23, 2012, 10:12, Chris Greening

Lightning Returns Trailer Single Released

Square Enix released the first trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII yesterday. The track created for the trailer, "Crimson Blitz", has been released as a separate download on iTunes.Composed by Masashi Hamauzu and arranged by Ryo Yamazaki, the track features vocalist Mina, violinist Hijiri Kuwano, and guitarist Yuya Ebisawa. It combines new composition with a reprise of a Final Fantasy XIII classic....

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Dec 12, 2012, 0:00, Chris Greening

FreQuency to Release Second Album

FreQuency have revealed they are releasing their second full album early next year. Entitled Sunrise, the 16 track album will include original compositions and the Armored Core V cinematic trailer music "Vanishing". Led by Kota Hoshino, FreQuency is the in-house band of From Software; they debuted last year with the arranged album Armored Core Reprises. Sunrise will be released by From Sound Records on February 22, 2013. ...

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Dec 8, 2012, 11:48, Chris Greening

Music Team Returns for Lightning Returns

Recently-released posters for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII confirm that the music team from Final Fantasy XIII-2 has returned. Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Mitsuto Suzuki will all create music for the soundtrack, having received widespread praise for their work on the last game. Lightning Returns is set to release sometime in 2013, with a soundtrack release likely to coincide. ...

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Dec 6, 2012, 11:50, Chris Greening

Key Releases Albums by MintJam and TAM

On December 29, the Key Sounds Label will release two new albums at the Comiket 83 music festival. One is a rock arranged album dedicated to their latest visual novels, Rewrite & Rewrite Harvest festa! Arrange Album -dye mixture-, arranged and performed by MintJam. The other is a classically-styled album dedicated to Key favourites, KeyClassic, from violinist TAM. MintJam and TAM are both doujin-turned-pro acts; while they have both released unofficial arranged albums dedicated to Key, they have since worked closely with the company on an official basis on several theme songs. ...

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Dec 4, 2012, 2:36, Chris Greening

Annual Game Music Awards 2012 :: Nominations Announced

We are proud to present the nominees of the Annual Game Music Awards 2012. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year.    A panel have determined the nominations of these awards. All panelists are experienced journalists and reviewers with an expert knowledge of the game music industry. The panelists have selected their choices by carefully considering the artistic, entertainment, and functional value of the game music created this year. All game music first released between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012 was eligible for consideration. Prod...

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Dec 29, 2012, 0:09, Chris Greening

Ubiktune Announces Preschtale Variations

We recently announced that progressive chiptune album Preschtale from Russian artist Dmitry Zhemkov (aka C-jeff) won the 2012 AGMA for 'Best Album - Chiptune'. Ubiktune have confirmed that a follow up album is in the work, Preschtale Variations, featuring 16 performances and covers based on original material. The artists include Jay Tholen, Zackery Wilson, coda, Stemage, Shannon Mason, Fearofdark, SubPixel, PROTO·DOME, Monomer, surasshu, Aivi Tran, El Mobo, Yoann Turpin, Maxo, Shnabubula, Gabe Terracciano, and C-jeff, who is completing the album and handling the project direction. Over on...

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Dec 27, 2012, 4:59, Chris Greening

Chiptune Funk Album Blueshift Released

UK jazz / chiptune artist PROTODOME has released his latest album through Ubiktune in time for Christmas. Entitled Blueshift, it features 13 tracks combining big band, 80’s synth funk, and saccharine chip-pop. It also includes a special bonus song and features guest vocal performances by Alissa and Marianne Thompsons. The album concludes the BLUE trilogy, following Bluenoise and

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Dec 22, 2012, 10:16, Simon Elchlepp

Bear McCreary Scores Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead) has been confirmed as the composer of upcoming indie movie Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. The film will be based on Angry Video Game Nerd creator James Rolfe's web series of eviscerating, humorous video game reviews. According to McCreary, who already scored the 2010 Christmas Special episode of Angry Video Game Nerd, the film is the perfect opportunity to combine his love of old-school games and orchestral storytelling. McCreary's game score credentials, which include larg...

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Dec 5, 2012, 12:00, Simon Elchlepp

OverClocked ReMix Releases Donkey Kong Country 3 Album

Game music remixing community OverClocked ReMix has released Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!, a five-disc album containing remixes of music from the classic SNES game. Spanning 77 songs and clocking in at nearly 5 and a half hours, Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! is OverClocked ReMix's longest album to date and features collaborations with one of the game's original composers, David Wise. Like all other OverClocked ReMix albums, Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! is available for free via download. ...

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