[EXPAND Click here for Humbled to Dust Tour dates & locations]
Feb 3 – Columbia, SC @ Conundrum 8pm door/ 9pm show / $6 over 21 / $8 under 21 (Mikal kHill, Tribe One, cecilnick, Shane Hall & MC Stealth)
Feb 4 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth 7pm door / 8pm show /$7 ALL AGES (Jesse Dangerously, MC Wreckshin, Rainbowdragoneyes, Mikal kHill, Shane Hall)
Feb 6 – Charlotte NC @ The Milestone 8pm door / 9pm show /$? over 21 / $?-2 under 21 (ThoughtCriminals, Jesse D, Shane Hall & MC Stealth)
Feb 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Bohemian Coffeehouse 7pm / 8pm show / FREE $0.00!!! ALL AGES (Collectible Humans, Jesse D & Shane Hall)
Feb 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Little Bar (Voss, Sketch Lightly, Mikey Mo, Jesse D & Shane Hall)
Feb 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ moon-ii [319 Rutledge St, Brooklyn] (Schaffer the Darklord, People With Teeth, Jesse D, Mikal kHill, Shane Hall, remind) Hosted by Shane with DJ Halo on the tables ALL NIIIIGHT LOOONG
Feb 11 – Worcester, MA @ 97 D Webster St. / $5-$10 suggested donation / ALL AGES (Jesse D, Mikal kHill, Shane Hall, Jon Von Wonderful, The Grand Arkanum, HW) with an opening set by DJ Snaxx[/EXPAND]
The Humbled to Dust Tour will conclude with a last stop in Massachusetts on February 12th, 2o12. You can also get more information about the tour with their Facebook page for day-to-day updates.
I’ve wanted to release an acoustic record for a long time, but I’ve never had the time, funding, or drive to make it happen. Now is the time. Playing drums comes naturally to me. I enjoy being the backbone of the band and its fitting of my personality that I get to hide behind my drums while the other guys do their thing in front of the crowd. While the spotlight generally isn’t my thing I still enjoy writing and creating my own songs. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done on drums, but I’d also like to release a piece of music that is undeniably a piece of who I am as a person and an artist. This album I’d like to record is the Michael Hell acoustic album which I’m planning on titling “A Tell Tale Heart” in a nod to my favorite author and fellow troubled soul Edgar Allen Poe.
While we know that this album is not directly correlated to VGM news, we’d like to help support Mike Levinson as a very talented artist who has boldly put himself out there. The incentives are also a bonus for you Megas fans out there: a $50+ pledge gets you a signed drumstick used by Mr. Levinson at a Megas show, aÂ copy of the extremely rare Megas Comic-Con sampler from 2007 with some early mixes pre-Get Equipped, and aÂ DLN01 “Demo Get” CD with demos from the band’s inception.
Party-goers, unite! Nintendo has teamed up with Los Angeles-based production company iam8bit and Giant Robot to promote Nintendo’s upcoming groovalicious gameÂ Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii). While the game itself looks rather interesting, we’re more intrigued with the fact that Nintendo will host a party at the iam8bit gallery in Los AngelesÂ nextÂ Friday, February 10th from 6-10 p.m. Multiple highlights of the party include hands-on time with the game before the scheduled February 13th release, refreshments and music throughout the evening, and the chanceÂ to film and submit clips to be included in a specialÂ Rhythm Heaven FeverÂ interactive video experience.
While the event is public, Nintendo has specifically announced that it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The iam8bit Gallery is located at 2147 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California. See you there!
Mike Pandel, officially recognized as Triforce Mike, was fatally injured by a vehicle while routinely traveling on his bicycle. Affectionately known as a persistent driving force in the nerd music community, Triforce Mike wasÂ a man of many talents: a wonderfulÂ co-host of Nerdy Show,Â all-around comics overlord at the Orlando’s beloved A Comic Shop, and an overall generous, rambunctiousÂ personalityÂ to all who knew him.
John “hex” Carter, founder of NerdapaloozaÂ and fellow co-host on Nerdy Show, has dolefully expressed how much Triforce Mike really affected the VGM community:
For those that donâ€™t know, Mike was one of the four pillars of Nerdy Show;Â he got his nickname at Nerdapalooza 2008; his antics as Chair, the polymorphed furniture turned into a Dwarf, was probably wonâ€™t made Dungeons & Doritos listenable; but more than that, he was one of my best friends. I had come to connect my time in Orlando with himâ€¦ and everything has changed now.
I was with during most of the evening, recording episodes of Nerdy Show. The topics were mainly on our favorite fandoms. It still doesnâ€™t feel real to me. The universe is a much darker place without his light shining bright.
There are so many little things that are killing me, but one of them is that we were working on a Dungeons & Doritos comic that he was writing, and our pal Tony is drawing. Last night Tony had finished drawing the last page and weâ€™ll probably have them in for MegaCon. Itâ€™ll be his first published comic and heâ€™ll never get to see it.
Iâ€™m sure there are a lot of things like this that will keep popping up, but this was one thing I needed to share. He left an impact in so many peopleâ€™s lives that will never be filled. You could meet the guy for two minutes and you would never forget him.Â Iâ€™m listening to the Protomen on repeat for a few days in memory of him. He was one of their biggest fans and because of who he was, Mike had a great friendship with them.
If you believe in a place after this one, then Iâ€™m sure Mike is up there partying hard with the greats. For others like me, take condolences in that no one else has wrung so much joy from life while giving it back in equal dosages than Michael Pandel. The best way to celebrate his memory is to try to be just as awesome as he was, and make sure that everyone is enjoying the party. <3
Our friends over at Original Sound Version have just released a list of nominees for the third annualÂ Original Sound Version Original Soundtrack of the Year Awards for 2011. We’re actually pretty surprised with some of the choices this year, but generally agree with the line-up. Check out the list of nominees below:
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Soundtrack of the Year
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Final Fantasy XIII-2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Composer of the Year
Best In-Game Soundtrack
* This category refers to the soundtrack in the context of the game and how it enhances the gameplay experience
Child of Eden
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dead Space 2
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Uncharted 3: Drakeâ€™s Deception
Best Handheld Soundtrack
DJMAX Portable 3
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Mighty Switch Force!
Valkyria Chronicles 3 -Unrecorded Chronicles-
Best Indie Game Soundtrack
Cthulhu Saves The World
Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion
Sword & Sworcery
Best Sound Design
Batman: Arkham City
Dead Space 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Official Arrange Album
Hideki Sakamoto Orchestral Works
NieR Tribute Album -echo-
Oboromuramasa Ongakushuu Hensou no Maku
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD
Best Western Fan Arrangement Album
brass 2: mouthÂ (the minibosses) Harmony of a HunterÂ (V.A.)
Intergalactic ReduxÂ (The OneUps) Made of MetalÂ (Erik Peabody) Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary AlbumÂ (The OneUps) No NES For The WickedÂ (Vomitron)
Best Eastern Fan Arrangement Album
CHRONO TRIGGER ~Saihate no Kanade~Â (earth Japan SOFT) FF VIOLIN II -FINAL FANTASTIC VIOLIN 2-Â (TAMUSIC) Kinoko Sanmai!!Â (Mackerel Sky) North WindÂ (Magical Trick Society) UMEMOTO ~He Lives Here~Â (WOODSOFT)
Back to the Future: Two Generations of Film and Video Game ComposersÂ (VGO) Gamers X-MasÂ (David Westerlund) JADE-IIÂ (Takeaki Kunimoto) LEGENDSÂ (Team Merregnon) The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary SymphonyÂ (JMP Productions) Symphonic OdysseysÂ (Team Merregnon)
Best â€œOtherâ€ Release
Now is the point at which I touch eternity
Play for Japan
Songs for the Cure â€™11: Remedy
Tree of Knowledge[/EXPAND]
While theÂ OSVOSTOTY AwardsÂ on Original Sound Version will commence within the coming weeks, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with a list of runner-ups as soon as possible. Be sure to check back to see the winners for 2011!
Jay Pavlina will be a very special guest on Nitro Game Injection this Sunday, January 29th! Jay is a filmmaker, musician, andÂ the developmental genius behind theÂ Flash game that makes gamer dreams come true,Â Super Mario Bros. Crossover.Â Heâ€™ll be joining the NGI crew to talk about theÂ mindblowing new game updateÂ coming soon, as well as sharing more details behind development of the game, as well as other projects that heâ€™s working on with his production companyÂ Exploding Rabbit. You donâ€™t want to miss this!
Covering extensive discussion on the game music scene, NGI began in early 2003 as a live webcast and has expanded into the ultimate VGM discussion podcast that covers original soundtracks, chiptunes, covers, and more. HostedÂ by Kyle â€œKyleJCrbâ€ Crouse, Larry â€œLiontamerâ€ Oji, and N. â€œSuraidaâ€ Carbo, Nitro Game InjectionÂ has exclusively partnered withÂ Arecibo RadioÂ to bring the show back to a live audience, so be sure to tune in every Sunday at 5 PM EST if you’re looking to get your weekly VGM fix.
Especially since we’ve called Black MateriaÂ one of the bestÂ Final Fantasy VII tributes out there, there should beÂ no wonder that we’re huge fans of Phoenix-based rapper Random. Yes, we’ve probably spoken about him multiple times to the point of rambling like a prepubescent girl would her favorite movie star, but can you blame us? Random’s wonderful work on Black MateriaÂ shows that he can still appeal to a universal audience outside of the video gameÂ community, which may be seen as a great feat when discussing the inclusivity of the general public in such a tight-knit community.
Speaking of Black Materia, you’re in for a delicious treat. AÂ full year after the original album’s release,Â Random’sÂ Black Materia: RemixesÂ featuringÂ additional guests, rearranged songs, and exclusive remastered content is scheduled to be made availableÂ next Tuesday, January 31st. All production has been once again handled by Lost Perception, in addition toÂ DJ DN3, and mixing and mastering by K-Murdock. There are at least three all-new tracks, with one featuring Adam Warrock.Â While you preview one of Random’s newest songs from the upcomingÂ Remixes album below, we suggest that you pre-orderÂ Black Materia: The RemixesÂ on Bandcamp, obtainableÂ for a mere five dollars.
Just finished a new tune. I called it “Phantom Bracelet” in honor of the 21 and over wristband I had to wear for the entirety of MAGFest X. It still feels like it’s there as I type this. You canÂ download the song here, or find it in the /single/ folder. MAGFest was awesome, as usual.
We don’t normally do a write-up for singles, but we have to say that “Phantom Bracelet”‘s synthpop wobbles get us going a little too much. Shown with the kind ofÂ quality that this song delivers, we definitely hope that this is a sign of good things to come from OverCoat. Be sure to tune in to his show Radio OverCoat on Arecibo Radio every Wednesday from 10 PM – 12 AM EST. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
As another year comes into place and the one we just finished slowly slinks into the past, so too comes the time when Mirby must stop being lazy and start writing articles again instead of letting the release dates of albums fade into the obscuring mists of time. With a new year comes new articles, and thereâ€™s no better article to bring it in than a retrospective of 2011. A lot of things happened this year, even moreÂ than in 2010, so Iâ€™ll keep it brief. And so, here begins the retrospective.
ReMix: ThaSauceÂ kicked things off on January 4 with three mixes; two from theÂ SonicÂ gamesÂ and one fromÂ Super Metroid. OverClocked ReMix posted their first mix of 2011 on the following day; this one wasÂ a mellow rock trackÂ fromÂ ilp0, remixing â€œGold Mineâ€ from the SNES game Wild Guns. With the mixpost came a call from djpretzel. â€œIf thereâ€™s one theme Iâ€™d like to personally endorse for 2011, itâ€™s ReMixing unmixed games.â€ Weâ€™ll see if his endorsement held up through the year. And then, on the tenth of January, the world gotâ€¦ The Answer.
On February 3, OCR posted their first Pico remix courtesy ofÂ zircon; it wasÂ a mellow mixÂ from Tails and the Music Maker. Just four days later,Â Heroes vs. VillainsÂ was released. PittingÂ the Bad DudesÂ against OCR regulars, it took hero themes and villain themes from various franchises; OCR took the heroes and Bad Dudes took the villains. The result was a delight; the pairs of tracks work well on their own, but combined creates a melodious melee, one where each track plays off its companion. Near the end of the month, another original soundtrack was released on OCR, this one forÂ Missile Master Episode 1: Invasion; it was composed byÂ Kunal, one of the Bad Dudes. Fitting for the other album release that month.
April started off withÂ another OCR prank, this time a â€œrevealâ€ of the full yearâ€™s album lineups, totaling thirty-eight new albums. Some gems included â€œHers – Female Character Themes by Female Artists,â€ â€œUp, Up, Down, Down Lower – Porn Grooves of Game Tunes,â€ and â€œBeyond the Beyond – Beyond the Beyond the Beyond,â€ among others. Alongside the revelation of all of OCR’s albums for 2011, ThaSauce released the soundtrack for Fasto the Speedhog 2. The long-awaited follow-up to the original Fasto the Speedhog, it blew away listeners, many preferring it to the soundtrack for Sonic 4: Episode 1.Â In more realistic news,Â Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of SpeedÂ was released on the twelfth, completing the trilogy of Sonic albums on OCR. Though it was a single disc, the entire album was full of gems. Or should I sayâ€¦ emeralds?
May was a relatively quiet month. Support OCR Month, which usually happened in April, got off to a late start and carried into May. Though the goal was set at $5,000, people went abobe and beyond to bring the total for 2011 to an amazing $7,514! Incredible rally from supporters to get that much to OCR in just a month. halc released hisÂ Pixel Perfect LPÂ on the 16th, which fit perfectly withÂ his EPÂ from the previous year. Together, the two create a complete album, and a good one too!
MalcosÂ releasing hisÂ It Started in 2012Â album in June. Equal parts orchestral and electronic, the album takes the listener on a quest as it details future events that will occur in a universe separate from our own. And while not strictly music-related, everyoneâ€™s favorite person to blame Liontamer AKA Black Dynamite and his long-time girlfriend Paige became engaged this month as well. WillRock also released his own EP on the 19th, entitledÂ Refractions of a Dream. Loosely inspired by Lewis Carrollâ€™s classic â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€ and possibly also â€œThrough the Looking Glass,â€ the album is comprised of some pretty trippy songs. Seriously, I blame this album for all my sleeping problems (not really). Also of note was the general publicâ€™s introduction to the OverClocked Plaid Muffins, through the mixpost ofÂ â€œSka Buffet (All You Can Eat: Clean Version)â€, a clean cut of their track on the upcoming Milky Way Wishes album.
July may not have kicked off with a â€œFour for the Fourthâ€ as in 2010, but it give usÂ NiGHTS: Lucid DreamingÂ on the fifth. Worked on with love for the game, Stevo Bortz, akaÂ Level 99Â or he of the awesome beard, the track featured two discs that took the listener on a journey through the game. Except guided by music instead of some flying jester. This was also the first album I reviewed without being familiar with the source material; doesnâ€™t really matter, as the album is fantastic either way. Also in July, YouTube favoriteÂ FamilyJules7xÂ began a hiatus from his weekly game music guitar covers; after a year of releasing a song weekly, he felt the need to relax. He ended Year 1 withÂ a cover of the Super Mario 64 Credits theme.
August happened to be Metroidâ€™s 25th anniversary, so a bunch of Metroid music was released. First it wasÂ Harmony of a HunterÂ on the 7th, and thenÂ Theophanyâ€™sÂ Crystal FlashÂ EP later that same day.ShnabubulaÂ and a friend also made a tribute song for the anniversary along withÂ a video, which was laterÂ featured on IGN. The song itself wasÂ posted on the 12th. On August 14, Mazedude revealed his self-proclaimed opusÂ American Pixels, the long awaited follow-up to 2006â€™sÂ American Album. It will remix a bunch of songs from American composers, including Jake Kaufman and Danny Baranowsky. August 15th brought the release of Amphibiousâ€™s debut EP,Â Oceans. A soothing aural trip into the ocean, through its deeps, and back out once more, it was an excellent effort. Nario released an EP on the 19th, entitledÂ More of Me. A chippy mix of a bunch of different songs, itâ€™s a rather nice listen on the whole.
Then in September,Â Danimal CannonÂ releasedÂ a video. It was a rather hilarious video (explicit too, I think), but it led to a bunch of people calling him out as racist and homophobic. The best part about all the hate? The video itself was making fun of rap, and thus was created specifically to mock those whoâ€™d complain. On the 7th, an album that often had questions about its status asked was finally released. No, it was not FFV: The Fabled Warriors – WATER. Instead, it wasÂ Mega Man 9: Back in Blue. The song arranged the majority of the soundtrack. Unfortunately, all the songs on a Mega Man soundtrack are rather integral, especially the stage themes. And this album completely neglected to have a Concrete Man remix. Sure, there were two Jewel Man mixes, but no Concrete Man.
October was nowhere near as busy as the previous month (though that was mostly due to Concrete Manâ€™s omission), but it was a good month nonetheless. The tenth heralded the release ofÂ Super Dodge Ball: Around the World, another of OCRâ€™s albums that had been in the works for several years. Itâ€™s never planned that way, but thereâ€™s a few where that has happened (such as 2010â€™sÂ Threshold of a DreamÂ or 2009â€™sSummoning of Spirits). A lot of great tracks were to be found here, including two mixes of the Versus Play theme (appropriate for the 2-player motif of versus play itself). And on Halloween, the oft-loved Castlevania mixÂ â€œJuese Belmontâ€Â finally made it to OCR. Albeit it was by Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire (who covered the song as part of the Kickstarter campaign for their album â€œUltimate Songs from the Pitâ€) and not the original Disk Mastah Smokabitch. Longtime OCR members may say otherwise though, and for good reason.
November kicked off withÂ â€œCover Your Light,â€Â a remix of the main theme of the Commodore 64 game Deflektor. OCR had been holding it for the German hard/glam rock band Zero Division since August of 2010, wishing it to be released after their latest album was released. However, since that took longer than expected, this mix sat around for 15 months. Itâ€™s fantastic, and sounds just like it was ripped from the â€™80s.Â The 6th heralded the release ofÂ Ultimate Songs from the Pit, the album of which the Kickstarter campaign that produced the â€œJuese Belmontâ€ mix mentioned above was for. I hope that made senseâ€¦
The first R:TS mix of the year saw release as an OCReMix on the 17th, giving JH Sounds his first mixpost and Cyril the Wolf another one; the mix is an emotional acoustic rendition of Final Zone from Sonic 1, entitledÂ â€œFinality (Radio Edit).â€Â Itâ€™s an edit from JH Soundsâ€™s albumÂ Hedgehog Hysteria, releaed in 2010. On the day of release for the latest Zelda game also came a surprise album:Â 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute. Released on the 22nd, the album took composers of various indie games and mixed them with songs from across the entire franchise and its 25 years of captivating minds of all ages.
Danimal Cannon started December off with the release ofÂ Roots, a collection of chiptune originals. He was even nice enough to include the project files so that others could experiment with them. OCR releasedÂ BadAss: Boss ThemesÂ on the 6th; this album was just boss themes from a bunch of different games, mostly rock and metal but with a great orchestral track and a couple others too. This is also only Volume 1; the Volume 2 threadâ€™s already up and running in the projects board. The Bad Dudes released another album on the 20th, theÂ Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album. Iâ€™m working on getting a copy of this to review with the other two for a Metroid Triple Review, donâ€™t worry. Also released on the 20th was the long-awaitedÂ Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous. This album took the the soundtrack of Wild Arms and arranged it in a multitude of styles, all of which worked wonderfully for them. And on Christmas, ProtoDome released his albumÂ BLUESCREEN, a follow-up to Juneâ€™sÂ BLUENOISE. This begs the questionâ€¦ is this the dangerous formula he saves Christmas with? Possibly, but itâ€™s awesome regardless of that. As for the theme DJP set at the yearâ€™s startâ€¦ I think that with all the albums released, it was more than met.
December also happened to beÂ Reviews MonthÂ at OCR. The premise this year? OA had attained the Power of the ReMix and was poised to destroy OCR. Thus, King djpretzel and his ReMix knights had to review mixes to deal damage. Each remix dealt 50 damage to him, but each remix OA wrote healed 50 HP. Rexy and Bahamut annihilated OA, with a lot of help from many other members. However, that was but OAâ€™s first form;Â the ground began to rumbleâ€¦ and then his true form awoke. AÂ tentacled beastÂ bearing the facial likenesses of other judges (including Jooj-cat) revealed itself and challenged the community to review 200 tracks to finish him off. Everyone kept doing their best, and I even got involved, doing 16 reviews a day on the 23rd and 24th, and then 16 more on the morning of Christmas. By Christmas night in my time zone, Final OA was down to needing a mere 20 reviews to finish him off. So I took the initiative and reviewed 20 more songs (bringing my total to 36 for that day alone; 78 total) to finish him. What were the spoils of battle, you ask? Well for every review written, a raffle ticket would be entered to win one of three $35 eStarland gift certificates or one of three custom avatars on the OCR forums. Rexy finished the month with a grand total of 200 reviews, and Bahamut with 118. It was a noble effort from all!
And now we find ourselves in 2012. The final tallies for the previous year are 206 mixposts and twelve albums on OCR, and thirty-nine mixposts for ReMix: ThaSauce. Thatâ€™s twenty-one more songs and four more albums than 2010 for OCR, and nineteen fewer for R:TS. Regardless of that, thereâ€™s plenty more to come, just as there is plenty Iâ€™ve missed (I know for a fact thereâ€™s stuff I havenâ€™t mentioned here). If you know of something else great from 2011 that wasnâ€™t mentioned here, just post it in a comment! It was a wondrous year for the community, and I know that 2012 will be even better! So until next time, game on!
The trailer for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection Indie Game: The Movie has us going on.Â Featuring compelling stories from a myriad of top indie game designers like Â Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy), Phil Fish (FEZ), and Jonathan Blow (Braid), the documentary itself captures the painstaking experiences of what being a independent artist truly means in a dying trade that sacrifices creativity for wealth within the twenty-first century. From passing glimpses of the film trailer, Indie Game: The Movie seems to pose and answer crucial questions about the video game industry, especially with regards to the hardships and implications of Â interactive art within independent video games.
Largely funded through variousÂ successful Kickstarter campaigns, the film has been chiefly supported by the online community and responses have been overwhelming. First-time filmmaking duoÂ James Swirsky andÂ Lisanne Pajot have worked on this project for over a year to gather stories from indie game developers around North America in a great attempt to encapsulate what it means to “express oneself through a game”. We seem to think this attempt is quite successful, as the cinematography and film score by Canadian composer Jim GunthrieÂ (preview his wonderful work here)Â we have previewed thus far proves to be incredibly breathtaking to both visual and aural senses.