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:
Nerdcore rap artist Mega Ran is a big Mega Man fan — it’s in the name. Now he has announced a team-up with Noveliss, of the Detroit hip-hop group Clear Soul Forces, to produce the ultimate Mega Man X tribute album: Maverick Hunters.
When the Super Nintendo was first introduced in 1991, there were several elements that felt revolutionary at the time….and though the Mode 7 scaling effects got most of the attention, the Sony sound chip was equally impressive. The SNES was the first video game console that didn’t SOUND like a video game console. Gone were the bleeps and bloops and tinny electronic melodies…the music was sample-based, and it was finally possible to use any instrument in existence. You could even achieve orchestral music if you wanted (or at least get close)…..Enix’s Actraiser was the first to do this.
Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the Zelda fan in your life? Din rest ye merry Deku Scrubs, let nothing you dismay…Materia Collective has arrived in their sleigh of eight flying Eponas with A Merry Hyrule Christmas. This special album rearranges eight classic tracks from the Zelda series with a festive theme. You get the following:
Scarlet Moon Records specializes in video game cover albums, but once a year, they break from tradition a bit. For five Decembers now, they’ve put out a special Christmas album featuring their top artists. This time they’ve brought together Hunter Bridges (Audio Director at Evening Star), Osamu Kubota (arranger on Kingdom Hearts and Ragnarok Online), and mojera, a duo comprised of composer Mitsuto Suzuki and vocalist Non. Some of the festive tracks they’ve created are from video games, while others are traditional carols.