On today’s doujin spotlight, I’d like to bring your attention to a
Japanese remixer by the name of Sabao, who has a Japanese site which is
for some Japanese reason entitled “Mackerel Sky” (click on the “MP3” link).
The reason I actually posted this was to talk about his newest release.
An arrangement of Castlevania 3’s “Demon Seed,” it combines
elements of both orchestral and jazz music to create one groovalicious
whole, with radio chatter samples inexplicably sprinkled
throughout the entire song. To top it all off, the Stage 1 theme and Vampire Killer also appear as
the solo section, making this remix an all-around irresistible package for any fan of CV.
Don’t forget to check out his other stuff, too. Slightly more obscure, but worth listening to all the same.
It is a shame that we didn’t pay enough attention to figure this out
when it occurred a month ago, but it turns out that the “new Chrono
Cross arrange” noted by Mitsuda in January is actually a reissue of the
Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack. Procyon-Studios notes that demand was
so high that Square Enix authorized new copies to be printed.
This all went down June 16th, and copies of Mitsuda’s Creid album are
also in print again. You can grab them from Amazon.com’s Japanese
equivalent; these are the URLs Mitsuda provides us:
Chrono Cross OST
Get them while they’re hot! Amazon should have facilities for US users who wish to buy Japanese goods there.
Correction: It turns out the cross arrange is still
planned. mitsuda has it on his calendar at
Consoles these days are capable of delivering extraordinary audio, but
it’s not an aspect every company pays attention to. When someone does,
as was the case with Katamari Damacy,
people pay attention. MTV is sort of honoring this ideal with their
‘Best Video Game Soundtrack’ award, part of their annual upcoming Video
Read more here and here.
The Japanese remix site Arrange Stream
recently resumed its normal operation with the triumphant words “job hunt ended.”
Babelfish warning, as usual.
Arrange Stream keeps track of video game arrangements and originals from dozens of websites, such as OCR and VGMix, and posts the newest songs as they are released. Even tracks from Starblast.org and Darkesword.com
have been known to show up once in a while. It’s a great way to stay up
to date with the Japanese remix scene, as well as get acquainted with
lots of great doujin music you otherwise would never have known about.
My second full length, original electronic album, “Impulse Prime”, is
now ready for purchase online. I’ve spent a great deal of time on it,
using everything I’ve learned up until now and plenty of feedback from
OCR/SoundTempest community members. I’m very happy with the result and
I think anyone who likes electronic music (particularly artists like
Crystal Method and Prodigy) will enjoy it.
You can listen to samples, read more about the CD, and purchase it for $11.99 (USD) here: