McVaffe Launches McVaffe.com

McVaffe posted on OverClocked ReMix:

I’m not that comfortable with shameless plugs, but I told people who
have asked me through the years that as soon as I was able to put
together a new site of my new and old work, that I would do so. And so
I have, so here it is:

http://www.mcvaffe.com

So far the site contains the vast majority of my work, much of it which
was created in the late ’90s and early 2000’s when I joined the site
and began submitting remixes. It’s no coincidence that my discovery of
Overclocked led to what was one of my greatest periods of regular
output.

The fact that I owed such a huge debt of gratitude to OCRemix and to
its community members through the years for supporting, inspiring, and
shaping the way I developed my sound led me to post about the site
here. I searched for all of the old original remix WAVs I could find,
and uploaded them in higher bitrates than I originally submitted here.
As well, there are some remixes there that either didn’t fit the
guidelines of OCR, or ones I never quite felt polished enough to
submit.

For any Youtube fans, I spent over a week creating original game
captures and editing videos to some of my remixes, which to me
increases the nostalgia factor tenfold. It was a ton of work but it was
a great experience playing the games again and seeing Sonic snowboard
down a mountain, or Mario chase a giant eel. It reminded me so much of
why I loved games and game music in the first place. Link is below:

http://www.youtube.com/mcvaffe

Finally, I wanted to share part of a new project I’m working on with a
close friend and artist. It may somewhat be considered an original
album, but the presentation will be revealed once we figure out how we
will put everything together. Short version: It’s a personal project of
original music based on the inspiration of the amazing composers who
originally got me into game music composing and remixing. It’s simple,
sweet, and hopefully will remind listeners of the good old days of
Super NES and PS1 RPGs from which I’ve drawn so much inspiration
through the years. The music can be found on the front of www.mcvaffe.com or from the youtube link.

And as for a new remix, Jimmy Hinson told me to work on Earthworm Jim. And I can’t not listen to Jimmy Hinson now…

Thanks for reading all my crap guys! For those who don’t know I lost my
job of over 11 years about 3 months ago, which was especially hard for
the farewells I had to say to people I’ve spent years working with day
in and day out. The silver lining to that event was the extra time I’m
having to refocus, and work on projects like this. I hope you enjoy the
site, find stuff you like, and that I may continue to create stuff that
you can enjoy in the future. Thanks for reading, and for lending your
ears.

I’ve taken this time to add McVaffe’s website, as well as Anosou’s, to the Artists tab on ThaSauce. I’ll be looking for more artist blogs and websites to add to the pages soon, and if you have any suggestions, be sure to let me know.

OA Interview and Exclusive FF4 Project Tracks on Radio Free Gamer!

    This week on Radio Free Gamer we will feature an interview with
Andrew Luers (OA), project director for Final Fantasy IV “Echoes of
Betrayal, Light of Redemption.”  Not only will we have an exclusive
interview, but we will also play two full-length preview tracks! 
The only place to get them (until the album releases) is on Radio Free
Gamer at 8bitx.com!  Listen live Wednesday at 7PM EST or download the
podcast
on Friday.
    This week on Radio Free Gamer we will feature an interview with
Andrew Luers (OA), project director for Final Fantasy IV “Echoes of
Betrayal, Light of Redemption.”  Not only will we have an exclusive
interview, but we will also play two full-length preview tracks! 
The only place to get them (until the album releases) is on Radio Free
Gamer at 8bitx.com!  Listen live Wednesday at 7PM EST or download the
podcast
on Friday.

Radio Free Gamer is a weekly internet radio show bringing you the latest free video game music!
Every week we spotlight a VGM artist with exclusive interviews, tracks,
and announcements! The show airs live Wednesdays at 7PM EST and is
available as a podcast (updated Fridays). Learn more at http://8bitx.com/.

Mega Ran Interview on Radio Free Gamer Weds. 24th!

Raheem Jarbo (AKA Random AKA Mega Ran) will be featured on this week’s episode of Radio Free Gamer.  Tune in on Wednesday June 24th at 7PM EST to hear our discussion about his albums, his upcoming tour dates, and his work on an excellent upcoming project for Capcom!  Listen live or subscribe to the podcast only at http://8bitx.com/.
Raheem Jarbo (AKA Random AKA Mega Ran) will be featured on this week’s
episode of Radio Free Gamer.  Tune in on Wednesday June 24th at 7PM EST
to hear our discussion about his albums, his upcoming tour dates, and
his work on an excellent upcoming project for Capcom!  Listen live or subscribe to the podcast only at http://8bitx.com/.

Radio Free Gamer is a weekly radio show and podcast on 8bitx.com.  The show is aimed at spolighting VGM artists through exclusive interviews and (when I can get them) exclusive tracks and announcements.  The show airs live Wednesdays at 7PM EST and is posted to the podcast on Fridays.  Listen live or subscribe to the podcast at http://8bitx.com/.  Please email [email protected] with any questions and follow @justinj212 on Twitter for updates.  Thanks!

Nitro Game Injection #119 Hot Seat: Another Soundscape

Mattias “Another Soundscape” Häggström Gerdt has finally come to Nitro Game Injection! OverClocked ReMix judge, contributor to Final Fantasy VII Voices of the Lifestream and Street Fighter II HD ReMix, and composer for XBox Live Arcade games Artoon, The Perfect Match, and the upcoming Kaleidoscope
joins NGI on this episode for an in-depth interview regarding his
works, game music composition, gaming experiences, and more great
stuff. Also includes TWO exclusive tracks from the man himself!
Full Story at http://kngi.org/

Anime Remix Returns!

www.animeremix.org
Do You Have Updog?

What’s updog? Not much, how about you?
We’re
back, finally! We’re with a different host and while the site is still
in the transitional phase, we’re pretty much up and running and have a
functional site. However, any problems should be reported to Xaleph. We
lost a remix during the move but that’s not so hard to put back up. The
forum posts [what posts there were, anyway] are probably lost for good, but hopefully nothing too substantial was lost in the messageboards. Time to start remixing again :3

PUNCHFEST 3 is scheduled for Saturday June 6th at 2pm EST!

SnappleMan posted on theshizz.org:

n00b – “HEy SnapPleMan, wuts PUCHFEST?”
snappleman – “PUNCHFEST is a
6 hour remix competition which takes place in an IRC chat room. You are
given a theme, and you must complete a song within the 6 hour time
limit. You will be given the theme early in the week, (PUNCHFESTs will
usually take place on a Saturday or Sunday) so that this way you can
pick a song and learn it before the day of the competition. You can’t
work on it before the compo officially starts. We’re using the honor
system here. Read the rules for more details.”

THIS WEEKS THEME IS:KONAMI ARCADE GAMES——————————————————————

I
figured I’d give you guys an extra day with this weeks theme because
you’ll need to listen intently to these songs. There is no method of
seperating the channels for these soundtracks (that I know of at
least).

THEME RESTRICTIONS – You can’t do TMNT, Gradius,
Lifeforce/Salamander games, and you can’t do any game released post
1998. Choose a game that meets these criteria from the list below, and
use BridgeM1 player to listen to the music from the rom.

List: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Konami_games
M1 player: http://www.inverteddungeon.com/triacesuper…an/BridgeM1.rar

This
music is more layered and harder to transcribe than the console stuff,
so you really should take the extra time to learn a song so you can
perform/record it on Saturday.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

To participate, install an IRC client (mIRC works well) and come into #punchfest on irc.esper.net!

IF WE’RE GONNA PLAY THIS GAME, WE NEED SOME
RULES

– Theme will be announced two nights before the contest. This way you can pick your song. DON’T START WORKING ON IT.

You will have 6 hours to complete your song once we start. Do whatever
you want once the thing starts, but when the 6 hour time limit is up
(8pm est) you must have submitted something.
– You can use anything
you want musically. Live instruments, just MIDI, trackers. Just make
sure you submit an MP3 file of whatever it is you did.
– No minimum song length requirement.
– Submission is not anonymous!

VOTING


Voting will take place immediately after the contest. Participants get
3 votes, listeners get 2. Pick your top three songs and to your first
place go 3 points, second place go 2 points, third place goes 1 point.
Listeners get to pick top two songs, with 2 points going to first
place, 1 point going to second.

Radio Free Gamer Live WEDNESDAY 7PM!

Radio Free Gamer, the new source for FREE VGM, will premiere Wednesday at 7PM only on 8bitx.com!  The show will feature a spotlight on the UMD Gamer Symphony Orchestra, with recordings from their recent concert and an exclusive interview!  Listen live or download later at 8bitx.com.
The first episode of Radio Free Gamer will air this Wednesday at 7PM only on 8bitx.com!  This show will be the new source for FREE VGM, and each week will feature a spotlight on a VGM artist with tracks and exclusive interviews!  The first episode will feature the UMD Gamer Symphony Orchestra (http://umd.gamersymphony.org/). 

Please tune in and spread the word!  If you can’t listen live, visit 8bitx.com and subscribe to the free podcast to get automatic downloads whenever a new episode is posted.  The show will continue to air Wednesdays at 7PM unless otherwise noted.  For regular updates via email, drop me a line at [email protected]  I’m also on Twitter @justinj212.

Thanks!
-Justin Johnston

Freshly Baked ReMixer Challenge 2009: Mixer Sign-up

It’s that time of year again, and we’re doing sign-ups for this years Freshly Baked ReMixer Challenge. Sign-ups will remain open until this 11:59PM EST this Saturday. After which the song request stage will open up.

For information involving the FBRC and how to sign up, check out the thread at OCReMix.

Fan Art Competition 4 Results. FAC25: Blizzard Games

RESULTS

and the winner is………..RAMANISCENCE!!! Congratulations!

Number 1 – Ramaniscence, Day of the Mario — 21
Number 2 – Davos-Moon, Guybrush Portrait — 14
Number 3 – Starla, Razor and the Scummettes — 7

HERE ARE THE ENTRIES!!!Number 1 – Day of the Mario
Number 2 – Guybrush Portrait
Number 3 – Razor and the Scummettes

And next month’s competition has been announced:

Welcome to the June 2009 edition of OCR’s “official” Fan Art Competition (FAC)!

This month’s theme is Blizzard Games!

“My first impulse thought would be Blizzard games, as I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been done before.

My only hope is that people think beyond StarCraft and WoW and can
dig up some Lost Viking, StarCraft: Ghost, WarCraft/Diablo I D:”

–Ramaniscence, winner of May’s FAC!

PM your entries to me by TUESDAY JUNE 23RD.