Community Chat Channels Migrate to New Server

After nearly a dedicate of being some of EnterTheGame’s biggest, most popular channels, #ocremix, #ocrwip, #thasauce, and many other related channels have migrated to EsperNet. This decision came after a long-time (something something) of EnterTheGames practices and policies.

These channels join a number of other channels already established on EspertNet including chat channels for community partners MAGFest, Dwelling of Duels, and VGMusic.

Below is a complete list of community channels now on EsperNet:

  • #ocremix – Official chat for OverClocked ReMix
  • #thasauce – Official chat for ThaSauce Network, video game remix resource and news portal
  • #dod – Official chat for Dwelling of Duels, video game remix competition
  • #magfest – Official chat for Music and Gaming Festivial (MAGFest)
  • #vgmusic – Official chat for VGMusic, video game music archive
  • others….

Nerd 42 releases White Materia Mega Ran Mashup Album

DJ Nerd42, who’s brought us some great video game music mashups in the past, is at it again. This time he’s mashing up songs from Mega Ran’s Black Materia with other popular rap and hip-hop tracks in what he is calling White Materia.

In 2011. Mega Ran dropped “Black Materia” with beats by Lost Perception and lyrics that told the epic story of Cloud Strife and his AVALANCHE allies battling the evil Shinra Inc. and Sephiroth from the classic 1997 role-playing game, “Final Fantasy VII.” In 2012, it was followed up with, “Black Materia: The Remixes” with even more original awesomeness featuring many guest appearances from all over the nerdcore hip hop scene. Now, in 2013, you get to hear the same crap that’s been recycled at this point about three times, cause we just can’t let it go!! Hooray! 😀

 White Materia joins Nerd 42’s catalog alongside other great mashup albums including Deltron 3742, a mashup album of the popular hip-hop album “Deltron 3030” with the Final Fantasy VII OST. You can download or stream all of White Materia on Bandcamp.

RoeTaka releases Chrono Ark Soundtrack

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The year is 2009, and Alex Roe (or RoeTaka as he’s known on OverClocked ReMix) is working with a small team on Chrono Ark, a fan-made sequal to Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. As the years move on, the team grew too busy to complete the project, but RoeTaka had already completed a substantial amount of the soundtrack. How much of the soundtrack was completed? 100 tracks worth. You read that right: he completed 100 tracks, over 4 hours of music, before calling it quits. Having now moved on, he’s released the full soundtrack on Bandcamp.

Chrono Ark was a fan game being made by a small team of people that was going to be a sequel to Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. Unfortunately the team including myself have discontinued working on it for various reasons, mostly because we are all too busy with our lives and new work prospects. Now that we have moved on I can release the soundtrack I was making for it. I finished most of the soundtrack in 2009 and was adding to it here and there as time went on. Although I wasn’t able to finish it, it is pretty much done and enough was completed for me to release it.

Chrono Ark had planned to follow a new cast of characters separated between time periods looking for a way to get back together. Many familiar characters where to show up along the way and the soundtrack offers familiar themes and motifs throughout. While the game will, unfortunately, never see the light of day, at least part of it will live on. RoeTaka is staying pretty positive about the whole thing:

I wish I could reveal more about what happened and what the game was about but it is not my decision to do so, The team wanted me to release my work which I’m really thankful for. To help understand more about the game each track has its use or general use in brackets and hopefully with the music you’ll get a feel of where things were going. Our concept artist has agreed to include some of his newer art pieces and I included some of his older ones so you could see what some of the other characters looked like as well. He is also working on an art book which I will surely link when it is ready. And the sprite artist has let me show a little of her work too.

The Chrono Ark soundtrack is available as a pay-what-you-want album on Bandcamp, with a direct link coming soon!

Announcing ThaSauce Presented by VGMix; Launches VGMix Archive

[The following is an April Fools’ Joke and is satirical in nature. None of it should be taken seriously EXCEPT the launch of VGMix Archive, which is an actual website that serves it’s advertised purpose.]

After an unfortunate turn of events we regret to announce that ThaSauce has ended our relationship with OverClocked ReMix indefinitely, active immediately. This is a really sad day for all of us, but after months of discussion and preparation, we have to call it off. Negotiations broke down soon after our announcement after we reached unresolved circumstances between ourselves and the OverClocked ReMix staff, particlarly Stevo “Level99” Bortz.

Things aren’t all bad, though. As we realized we were reaching an impasse we began exploring our other partnership options. With that said, we are now proud to announced new relationship between ThaSauce and Jake “vert” Kaufman and his VGMix team. Jake has been very understanding of the circumstances between us and OCReMix, and as a result we have decided to join forces to make the best online community that video game arrangements have ever seen!

As a celebration of our new, hopefully long-lasting, partnership we are proud to announce the launch of VGMix Archive. VGMix Archive is a large, searchable index of every VGMix 1, 2, and X song we could pull together. Preview and download your favorite tracks, or download the whole collection via BitTorrent! We hope to keep VGMix Archive a constantly updating archive, so anyone who has any tracks that we might be missing, feel free to let us know!

We apologize for all the preceding drama, but we are dedicated to moving forward and making the internet a better place one video game remix at a time, no matter how many beards try to stand in our way!

ThaSauce Presented by OverClocked ReMix

[The following is an April Fools’ Joke and is satirical in nature. None of it should be taken seriously.]

 

ThaSauce is proud to announce a new partnership with OverClocked ReMix. As an official subsidiarity of Overclocked Remix ThaSauce will now be covering exclusive OCReMix news as well as adopting OverClocked ReMix level-standards across all of ReMix:ThaSauce. Soon you’ll notice many R:TS songs being removed as part of our first lockdown efforts to meet the overall quality of our sister site. An estimated 275 songs are current up for review with more possible in the future.

To celebrate our new union we’re proud to present you with the FIRST Official OverClocked/ThaSauce Arrangement Project from one of the most popular games on the internet today: ReMixville! A Cityville/Farmville Arrangement Album.

OverClocked ReMix releases Super Dodgeball ReMix Album

Today OverClocked ReMix released their 28th arrangement album: Around the World. Around the World is a tribute to the 1987 Super Dodgeball soundtrack by Kazuo Sawa. Project directors Kyle Crouse (KyleJCrb) and Alan Bish (Murmeli Walan) help offer up one of OverClocked ReMix’s most diverse remix projects to date, it offers a melting pot of genres and styles from rock to rap; from ethnic to techno.

Check out Super Dodgeball: Around the World at http://atw.ocremix.org/.

Jimmy “BGC” Hinson & Jake “virt” Kaufman Double Album Release

Yesterday community Powerhouses Jake “virt” Kaufman & Jimmy “BGC” Hinson both released albums of epic proportions.

 

Imposter Nostalgia by Jimmy “BigGiantCircles” Hinson

Jimmy, a staple of OverClocked ReMix, but most recently known for his work on the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack,  has released his long awaited original album “Imposter Nostalgia” which, at the time of writing this, is the #1 album on Bandcamp. The music is retro, 8-bit, indie inspired and includes other video game music community artists like zircon (OverClocked ReMix, Return All Robots), Alexander Brandon (Deus Ex, Unreal Tournament), and C418 (Minecraft). The base price of the album is set at $3.99 and it’s well worth every penny of it.

 

Bloodrayne: Betrayal Original Soundtrack by Jake “virt” Kaufman



Next up is Jake “virt” Kaufman with the original soundtrack to Bloodrayne: Betrayal. If you like Castlevania style music with a lot of guitar shred, this album is for you. Additionally the album also includes an entire 8-bit version as well!

A proud, exhausted (per usual) sounding, Jake explains the story of how it came to be:

“During development, the programmers were using Nightwish tracks and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night tracks as temp music. So, I said to them, “I can do better than that.. just kidding, I can’t actually, but I’ll do my best!” and cried softly to myself. After 3 months of writing, shredding, recording and mixing, I had finished our soundtrack. The guys in New Jersey (the publishers) said “Whoa, this is the real music from the game?” and we said “Yeah.” and they said “YEAHHH!!” and did jump-kicks.

Then, I came up with the completely idiotic idea to include an unlockable NES soundtrack, to replace the regular one. The director, Sean Velasco, yelled “DO IT!!” before I was even finished pitching the idea. The programmers said “that would kick ass!” and promptly forgot about it until the end of the project, whereupon they said “Sorry, no time left!” (there actually was no time left, they were already living at the office 24/7 and surviving on a diet of Moon Pies).

So I begged and pleaded and used my Jewish guilt powers; eventually the lead programmer said “Oh, all right” like that time Dad finally let you get a Cowboys-and-Indians BB gun. They wrote the functionality to enable “8 Fingers, 8 Bits” mode, as I frantically tried to learn FamiTracker and cover each song note-for-note. I imagine most working composers would just have run MIDI files through a “chiptune-o-matic” converter like GXSCC, rather than creating machine-code-compatible, authentic VRC6 versions. But most working composers probably don’t have a death wish, and actually value their time.

This album is dedicated to Pablo Bert, a.k.a. DJ Mike Haggar — a truly amazing human being who, among other heroic feats, helped my wife avoid failing Calculus last semester. He was also in the Guinness Book of Records for his world-record Battletoads speedrun.

The NES portion (available in FTM source format for your amusement) is further dedicated tojsr, the creator of FamiTracker, who has worked very hard to make one the finest chiptune hobbyist tools in history.” — Jake Kaufman.

The Bloodrayne: Betrayal soundtrack, as well as it’s 8-bit counter part, have their base price set at an astonishing $0.

I thoroughly recommend that everyone go out and at least give the 2 albums a listen. If you’re not dropping at least $20 after listening to both of these, I suggest you make a doctor’s appointment to gear your ears checked immediately. This has truly been an early Christmas for any VGM enthusiast.

Imposter Nostalgia by Jimmy “BigGiantCircles” Hinson: http://biggiantcircles.bandcamp.com/album/impostor-nostalgia

Bloodrayne: Betrayal Original Soundtrack by Jake “virt” Kaufman: http://virt.bandcamp.com/album/bloodrayne-betrayal-official-soundtrack

Video game arranger OverCoat discusses his ‘Gardens EP’ release

by JH Sounds

I had the chance to chat with Scott Porter, who goes by the artist name OverCoat, about his recent release Gardens EP. He certainly has made a name for himself in the arrangement community since he started making music in 2001; his remixes of Cave Story and Seiken Densetsu 3 appear on OverClocked ReMix, and he contributed to the Tales of Symphonia tribute album Summoning of Spirits. His new EP consists mostly of original material he composed as early as 2008.

Conceptually the EP is considered an extension of OverCoat’s 2007 album Garden Art, and carries the same botany-themed naming system. Regarding the garden numbering, he said: “I imagine back then I felt like each track was like its own little garden, with its own personality and style.” The effect of isolated environments is evident in the first two tracks of the Gardens EP — the “Fifteenth” and “Sixteenth” gardens, respectively: track 1 offers a minimal groove and arpeggio while track 2 displays an ambient soundscape driven by percussion. OverCoat mentioned that a “big break” occurred between producing those two songs, and he picked up where he left off in March 2011. The rest of the EP was composed “on and off” within a 2-month span.

A number of tracks in the release originated as entries OverCoat made for composition competitions, or compos. He spoke about his background in the compo community. “I’ve been entering one hour compos since at least 2003, even hosting a lot of my own for #soundtempest and #mod_shrine on IRC. I must have at least several hundred compotunes by now.” He stated that he gained interest in compos through IRC, “since really that’s where the whole idea came about way back in the 90s. I was in #vgmix and virt used to host these compos called “kwakfests” which were all general MIDI. My first one was in 2003 sometime. After 2004 I started getting into trackers and doing compos in #mod_shrine using MODPlug, and samplepacks.”

OverCoat revealed that the Gardens EP was spurred by a particular compo theme. “My first JHCompo that I did I believe the theme was “The Secret Garden” so I was like, hey … let’s make a sixteenth [garden] … and then week after week the themes just kept matching up with that album’s style in my head, so I kept going until I had about 6 tracks.” Once the musical content for the EP was put together, OverCoat commissioned the cover art illustrated by Min ´Keiiii´ Kwon.

Aside from the original compositions, the EP includes a cover version of the Yellow Magic Orchestra song “Epilogue” under the name “The Twentieth Garden”. OverCoat expressed that “YMO is probably my favourite band ever, and I figured it was about time I paid homage to them. I was trying to learn to play some of their songs and “Epilogue” was fun to play. So I covered that. I also felt like I needed to release a song utilizing Vocaloid, and while it’s not the most creative use of the tech, I killed two birds with one stone there.” The synthesized vocal leads a conservative rendition that de-emphasizes the industrialized rhythm of the original “Epilogue”. The singing eventually overlaps and builds to a crescendo, signaling the end of the album.

Gardens EP is OverCoat’s first commercial release, and he hopes that people from the community will support his creative endeavors. “I know, it’s hard to pay for something when you’ve been getting it free for so long, but I gotta start somewhere.”

JH Sounds is an artist and lover of art. He is also an avid follower of the compo community and documents his experiences therein. Aside from being a contributing writer at ThaSauce, JH publishes his reviews of creative competitions each week at his blog, My Compo Life.

Raptr Interviews the Mustin

No, that’s not a typo. No, I’m not talking about the rapture. I’m talking about Raptr, the video game community of over 8+ million users (and incidentally home of the former head truck driver). They’ve recently started a weekly podcast and in their latest episode Mustin talked a bit about the OneUps and what’s in-store for them in the next coming months.

You can check out the full interview in the podcast on Raptr’s blog:

http://blog.raptr.com/2011/05/12/raptr-podcast-2-%E2%80%93-all-things-gaming-featuring-mustin-from-the-oneups/

OverClocked ReMix Releases Sonic ReMix Album: The Sound of Speed

Today, OverClocked ReMix released the Sound of Speed, a free tribute album to the music of Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s been nearly 20 years since Sega released the first Sonic the Hedgehog game, and the music of the series continues to resonate throughout video game music history. This marks the 3rd time that the OverClocked ReMix community has tackled the Sonic franchise, the first time with Hedgehog Heaven, the Sonic 2 ReMix album, and then again with the Sonic & Knuckles 3 remix album ‘Project Chaos’.

Director Drew Wheeler (aka video game remixer halc) had this to say about the project:

Sonic the Hedgehog. Possibly the first video game I ever played. To this day, I still enjoy speeding through the game once in a while, humming to the music all the while. Popular as it may be, its soundtrack is somewhat overlooked in the VGM arrangement world in comparison to the later Genesis installments. But no more!

Earlier this month ThaSauce community released a concept album in the style of music from the original Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Download both Sonic the Hedgehog: The Speed of Sound, and Fasto the Speedhog 2: Sonic Concept Album presented by ThaSauce today and treat yourself to an afternoon of nostalgic FM mayhem.