We’ve written about the compositions of Dale North before: he’s the man behind such video game soundtracks as RWBY: Arrowfell, Wizard of Legend, Wargroove 2, Dreamscaper, Sparklite, and he also wrote the theme song to Nintendo Minute back when that was a thing. The latest game to bear his music, Astral Ascent, steps out of Early Access to become a full product on Steam today, and there’s more: Dale’s soundtrack is being made available separately at the same time.
Scarlet Moon Records
Last year around this time, Scarlet Moon Records released a special Halloween-themed album featuring a mix of video game covers, and said they planned to make it an annual tradition. They kept to their word — Scarlet Moon Halloween Volume II has now been released on all storefronts.
The most successful line of video game cover albums that Scarlet Moon Records publishes are the Prescription for Sleep series. As of today, the thirteenth album has been released.
Scarlet Moon Records deals in video game cover albums, and we’ve reported on many of their releases here, but their most successful venture has been the Prescription for Sleep series. These albums are smooth jazz renditions of well-known melodies from popular video games. Whether they’re used to fall asleep to or not, they’re hot sellers, and the series has covered Secret of Mana, Undertale, Celeste, Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley and many more. Most recently, PFS broke the mold to cover its first anime, basing an album on the music of Attack On Titan.
Yesterday we mentioned the video game cover album company Scarlet Moon had a seasonally appropriate Zelda album out, composed by ROZEN. But it’s just one of several new albums they’re introducing this season, some of which we’ll be covering over the next few days.
Scarlet Moon, the music company that specializes in rearranged albums of familiar video game tunes, has a new one out timed for Halloween. Shadows of Hyrule is a celebration of the spookier side of the Legend of Zelda series.
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.
We’ve spotlighted the work of video game music artist Dale North here before. His latest work is the soundtrack for Marble Knights, a competitive brawler where all the fighters have giant round marbles for lower bodies and victory involves mastery of rolling physics and ricocheting off each other in just the right way. Marble Knights was developed by Wayforward, who always does good work, but unfortunately the game is currently exclusive to Apple Arcade.
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.
Two years ago, Wizard of Legend was released for consoles and PC. It’s a procedurally generated roguelike where you guide a wizard through ten-floor dungeons called the “Chaos Trials.” The game received good reviews and strong sales, and if you liked the soundtrack (composed by the great Dale North), good news: it’s been remixed as the latest installment of Scarlet Moon Records’ Prescription For Sleep series.
Indivisible was one of 2019’s most quality indie games, and one of its best features is the soundtrack by Hiroki Kikuta, the melodic genius behind Secret of Mana’s tracks. The soundtrack was released the day Indivisible itself came out, back in October…but that wasn’t the end.
Scarlet Moon Records is excited to announce the XYLITH Original Game Soundtrack for pre-order. Featuring chiptune artist and game composer coda (Ready Only Memories: Neurodiver, Omega Strike), XYLITH features an adaptive soundtrack composed in multiple layers that respond to the exploration and high-intensity action as players explore subterranean world of Eldriss and suppress an alien uprising. The key feature of the soundtrack is an 11-minute-long experience that takes listeners through all the soundtrack layers. Each soundtrack layer is also included separately for a more customizable listening experience along with music for the collectible music discs found throughout the game. The XYLITH Original Game Soundtrack is now available for pre-order on several storefronts with the full soundtrack release scheduled for March 6, 2020, one day ahead of the game’s release on Steam.