Nobuooo's Comic Market 81 flickr photo set
Over 200 photographs from the first two days of Comic Market 81 have been uploaded to our flickr photo album. They include photos with videogame musicians Daisuke Amaya, Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Kou Ogata, Julie Watai, Hiroshi Okubo, Hiroki Kikuta, Ayako Saso and Shinji Hosoe. Further images will be made available tomorrow from the final day of Comiket at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
Fami-Mode returns to Kichijouji on January 28, 2012
Tokyo's METEOR game culture shop is preparing its next annual all-night Fami-Mode Famicom party, which will take place at the Star Pine's Cafe in Kichijouji on January 28, 2012. This year performers will include Omodaka, Professor Sakamoto, Sexy-Synthesizer, Penny and Ashtray, and Kplecraft.
Austin Wintory to present at GDC on Journey and Monaco
Composer Austin Wintory will present at the 2012 Game Developers Conference on music for two independent games. Journey is being developed at ThatGameCompany and features sound design by Steve Johnson. Monaco by Andy Schatz won the top prize at the Independent Games Festival in 2010. The composer previously wrote the music score for ThatGameCompany's flOw.
Bandcamp page opens for I Am Robot and Proud
Toronto-based electronic artist Shaw-Han Liem of I Am Robot and Proud is collaborating with Everyday Shooter creator Jonathan Mak on the development of music game Sound Shapes for PlayStation Vita. Two of the artist's albums released in 2007, titled My Sky Your Sky and Travel Sounds, are now available to stream in full and purchase online through Bandcamp. Tour t-shirts are also available.
Darren Korb to present on Bastion sound design at GDC 2012
Supergiant Games audio director Darren Korb will be presenting at the 2012 Game Developers Conference. The lecture "Build That Wall: Creating the Audio for Bastion" will cover steps in the musician's creative process, from crafting the title's "eclectic acoustic frontier trip-hop soundtrack and haunting vocal melodies, to its innovative reactive narration and sound effects." GDC will take place March 5-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
Independent Games Festival reveals 2012 audio jury panel
The Independent Games Festival organizers have revealed the audio jury panel for the 2012 awards, taking place at GDC. They are: music director Emily Ridgway of Double Fine, David Lloyd and Larry Oji of OverClocked ReMix, composer Chris Schlarb of NightSky, audio director Darren Korb of Supergiant Games, Matthew Burns of Shadegrown Games, designer Dylan Fitterer of Audiosurf, audio lead Matt 'Chainsaw' Chaney of Twisted Pixel and lead designer James Barker of GL33K.
Canabalt ported to Commodore 64
Paul Koller's conversion of Adam Atomic's Canabalt runs on the 8-Bit, 1Mhz Commodore 64c. The SID chip rendition of Danny Baranowsky's 'RUN' is by Mikkel Hastrup, created for Retro Gamer CD's 16KB C64 dev competition in 2011. The demake can be downloaded from CSDB and run on an emulator, and will be available to purchase on a limited edition C64 cartridge in 2012.
Nobuooo November 2011 - Highest Voted Items
November was an eventful month for game-related music releases, witnessing the debuts of Nigoro Flash Games soundtracks vol. 1 - 3, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Terraria, To the Moon, Mega Ran 10, Infinity Blade and Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony. Take a look at some of the most popular news items posted to the Nobuooo website during November of 2011.
Machinarium bonus EP free on Bandcamp
Samorost series composer Tomas Dvorak (Floex) previously released a free batch of mp3s from Amanita Design's Machinarium, music not found on the adventure title's soundtrack album. Those five tracks can now be downloaded in lossless file formats for free from the artist's Bandcamp page. Independently financed, Machinarium has earned numerous accolades and found its way onto various gaming platforms, among them the PC, Mac, iPad and PlayStation 3.
OverClocked Remix releases Wild Arms remix album
OverClocked ReMix has released Armed and Dangerous, a free Wild Arms remix album, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation role-playing game. Arranging compositions by Michiko Naruke, the compilation is directed by Jennifer Aguirre and features arrangements by Mazedude, ilp0, k-wix, FFmusic DJ, Dj Mokram and Malcos, among other artists.
Pulse: It's a Prime Christmas album free to download
Cipher Prime has released a four-track album available through Bandcamp for free download in your file format of choice, containing holiday downloadable content added to Pulse: Volume One for iPad. Pulse: It's a Prime Christmas includes music by composers 6955 of Super T.I.M.E. Force!, Leemus Music of Dependant, Jim Guthrie of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, as well as chiptune artist Doomcloud.
Square Wail shares chiptune album A Merry Christmas
Seattle-based Game Boy group Square Wail (Matt and Rebecca Kenall) posted an 8-bit Christmas album for free download through Bandcamp. A Merry Christmas is twelve tracks of low-fi yuletide jingles, including "Carol Of The Bells," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night." The musicians' previous releases include Stenobot / Square Wail, which became available through Bandcamp back in September.
Sengoku IXA soundtrack samples online
Square Enix has posted samples of every track from the soundtrack to Sengoku IXA. The historical browser game, a partnership with Yahoo, features thirteen music tracks by Pax Japonica Groove, Hidenori Iwasaki, Naoshi Mizuta, Mitsuto Suzuki and various in-house composers at Square Enix.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack website updated with further samples
Square Enix's official website for the four-disc Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack has been updated with samples of additional music tracks. 31 samples in total are online, composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki, with vocals by Origa, Joelle, Michiyo Honda and Shootie HG.
Ari Pulkkinen releases Trine 2 soundtrack special edition
Trine series composer Ari Pulkkinen has released the special edition soundtrack to Trine 2 by Frozenbyte, out this week on Steam, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network. The album includes 21 music tracks found in the game, along with two additional orchestral renditions, and can be purchased as mp3s or flac files by credit card through the artist's aritunes.com website.
DJ Cutman and Spamtron release Zelda II remix album
Musicians DJ Cutman and Spamtron have released remix album Bagu and the Riverman, created in collaboration over the internet. The five track EP, available to stream in full on Banecamp, arranges Akito Nakatsuka's original compositions from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Alessandro Coronas releases Where Is My Heart soundtrack
Composer Alessandro Coronas has released the soundtrack to Where Is My Heart? The album for the independently developed puzzle game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable is developed by Die Gute Fabrik and designed by Bernie Schulenburg. The album features ten tracks and an acoustic arrangement and is available to stream online through Bandcamp.
Jonathan Baken shares PxTone 2006 - 2011 unreleased tracks
Jon Baken of the chiptune music group George and Jonathan has posted an album of unreleased tracks to Bandcamp, created using Daisuke Amaya's PxTone Collage software. The 18 tracks, developed between 2006 and 2011, can be downloaded in your file format of choice for "name your price."
Minibosses release brass 2: mouth album
Game cover band Minibosses have released album brass 2: mouth through Bandcamp. The 18-track collection includes arrangements of classic game themes from Excitebike, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Tecmo Bowl, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Goonies II. A special edition vinyl record is also in the works.
Minecraft composer shares album Seven Years of Server Data
C418, the composer of Mojang's popular sandbox game Minecraft, has released an 18-track collection through Bandcamp for "name your price." Titled "Seven Years of Server Data," the album is comprised of older compositions, along with some more recent remixes of music, arranging tracks by Big Giant Circles, Deadmau5 and Mattias Häggström Gerdt of Cobalt.
Phoenix Rise releases Melancholy Tribute to Final Fantasy VII
TPR of Phoenix Rise Music, a 24-year-old pianist from the South of England, has focused on the darker aspects of Nobuo Uematsu's first PlayStation RPG score with the release of classically inspired fan arrange album "A Melancholy Tribute to Final Fantasy VII." The thirteen track tribute album is currently available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby, elaborating on a number of the tense and dread-inducing compositions on the soundtrack. Cover art is by Yasmin Foster.
Bad Dudes release Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album
Game cover band Bad Dudes of "Chronotorious" have released Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album through Bandcamp. Both limited edition compact discs and digital downloads are available for purchase, including 14 arranged tracks from various Metroid game series titles.
Temp Sound Solutions releases tenth arrange album
Game cover band Temp Sound Solutions has released their tenth game arrange album, gloriously entitled "now youre playing with powar x: endgame." Created by shawn phase, housethegrate, kirby pufocia and spookmeister, the album's 12 tracks cover Gauntlet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mega Man 10 and other sprite-based game titles, with five of the songs available to stream in full on Bandcamp.
Inverse Phase releases soundtrack to Shuttle Scuttle
Chip musician Inverse Phase has released the soundtrack to space shooter Shuttle Scuttle, developed by Embraceware for iOS and Mac. The 17-track NES-influenced album is available to stream online in full and purchase through Bandcamp. The artist's previous releases include Super Smash Land and Retrocovered.
Super Meat Boy Choice Piano Cuts released
Ten piano arrangements by Brent Kennedy have been released as an album under the title Super Meat Boy Choice Piano Cuts. Tracks from the PC, Mac and XBLA platformer chosen for reinterpretation include Betus Blues, The Salt Factory, It Ends 1 & 2, Forest Medley and C.H.A.D.'s Lullaby. The collection can be found on composer Danny Baranowsky's Bandcamp page, featuring album art by scattle.
Mitsuto Suzuki's 40-minute Final Fantasy XIII-2 mix on YouTube
Earlier this week, Square Enix streamed a forty-minute mixtape of numerous music tracks from their latest role-playing game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 during a Ustream event. Today that program, "Final Fantasy XIII-2 Mitsuto Suzuki Balearic Mix," has been uploaded to Square Enix's YouTube channel, previewing music from the soundtrack by Suzuki, Naoshi Mizuta and Masashi Hamauzu.
IndieGames Podcast features music composers of Monaco, NightSky and Hawken
The latest installment of the IndieGames Podcast features interviews with composers of several independent game titles. Austin Wintory discusses his music for flOw and Journey by ThatGameCompany, along with Andy Schatz' Monaco. Chris Schlarb talks about working with Nifflas on NightSky and Erik Loyer on Strange Rain. Shadi Muklashy and Ali Bavarian of Paper Sound, writing music for mech combat simulator Hawken, talk old school game melodies.
That concludes this month's highest voted items on videogame music news from the Nobuooo news site. Join us next time for the January installment, featuring coverage of Fami-Mode 2012.