What is a Castrati? A Castrati is a male singer from 16th to 19th century who were popular Catholic Churches and Operas.
Modern society is fractured and divided in many ways, which is why it’s a nice feeling to have everybody playing the exact same game at the exact same time. If there was ever a good time to release a Zelda tribute album based around Breath of the Wild, it would be now, when everyone’s engrossed in the sequel. Arranger Ro Panuganti published a tribute album back in 2017, soon after BOTW’s release, and it’s appropriate to release a follow-up, Return To The Wild, in the shadow of Tears of the Kingdom.
Luxembourg is a legendary country in the Eurovision song contest that hasn’t participated for a long time. They only competed in the song contest from 1956 up to 1993. After they stopped sending entries to the song competition. Despite being a country that doesn’t compete anymore, It has a legendary status. It won the contest five times in its early days. The reason it stopped competing is the lack of funding.
It’s Mario Day! No, not March 10, we’re referring to the day The Super Mario Bros Movie is released in theaters nationwide. Legendary video game cover artist Mustin has strategically timed his latest release, Mario Mixtape, to coincide with the movie.
This fall Metroid Prime turns….I hate typing this….20 years old. As one of the best games the Gamecube ever had and a revolutionary title overall, it deserves a party…but Nintendo isn’t springing for a cake or balloon animals. There’s no official acknowledgement of the anniversary and Metroid Prime 4 is lost in space. As it typically the case, it’s up to the fans.
Video game music cover publisher Scarl—-I mean, Firaga Records (there’s more than one, folks) has recently started a new artist-centric series to highlight some of the most promising talent in video game music remixes today. Their most recent release came out over the weekend and spotlights UK-based music producer SARE.
In case you’re wondering, there is a real, actual explanation for why “Weird” Al Yankovic exists. The short of it is that he was a college DJ who fooled around and created his own parodies of the songs that were popular at the time. Offbeat syndicated radio personality Dr. Demento was sent demos of his recordings and liked them enough to play them on the air. This led to a record deal and it snowballed from there. You can find out the details by reading this article, assuming a paywall notice doesn’t pop up in your face.
Super Mario 64 has a great soundtrack — the Dire Dire Docks track is one of this reporter’s personal favorite video game melodies. Given how chill most of the tracks are, it would be no stretch to deliberately cover them in the LoFi genre. Music Label Curaga Records has done just that with their new Mario 64-based album, brought to us by artist 88bit and Save Point.
One of the weirder projects we’ve run across is a tribute to Attack On Titan from the Prescription For Sleep series. This series, created by music producers Scarlet Moon, has eleven installments so far, each one reinterpreting the soundtrack of a popular video game as smooth jazzy music to fall asleep to. The next album in the series, announced last month, pivoted to anime and picked a subject about as far from relaxing as you can get.
Nearly ten years ago, the Zelda symphonic arrangement project ZREO was founded: a team dedicated to producing the highest-quality orchestral covers possible for tunes from the Zelda series. It’s been a while, but they’re coming back…and to prove it, they’ve just released a sneak peek single from their upcoming second album.
In 2017, arrangers ROZEN+REVEN created NIeR: Glory to Mankind, an album of covers from Square’s first installment in the video game series. That game’s sequel NIeR Automata is far more popular than the original, so where was the cover album for that one? It took a while, but it’s finally here: ROZEN+REVEN’s followup to Glory to Mankind, titled NIeR: Become As Gods.
Rebecca Black was the most talked-about singer on Youtube during 2011 because of this song: