VGM Spotlight ñ Game rips worth your time


Quite a few games never got a soundtrack release but have been brought
to the mighty internet in form of game rips, either from the ROM or
direct audio recordings. Here I’m gonna mention a few that’s worth
looking into. From Software’s extremely overlooked Lost Kingdoms II (known as Rune II in Japan) has some quirky music.

From Software head composer Kota Hoshino is joined by From Software regular Yuji Kanda and Takeshi Yanagawa
of Culdcept fame for the soundtrack, never released in stores, and it
certainly has it’s moments. A strange blend of ethnic, electronica and
classic RPG music that makes up for the lack of sample quality with
unique compositions. Highlights include Battle, Gromtull Desert and Kendarie Fortress. A must if you’ve played the game.

Whoopee Camp’s PS1 cult hit Ore! Tomba also has
some fantastic music. Happy-go-lucky music based mainly around
mallet-type sounds and percussion with really strong melodies. This
soundtrack went great with the crazy art style of Ore! Tomba, the
pink-haired little boy battling against evil pigs, solving mysteries
and helping people. Highlights include Dwarf Forest, Village of all Beginnings and Phoenix Mountain. Harumi Fujita
(Pulstar, Blazing Star) and Nao Hatsutani really made a memorable
soundtrack and it’s a shame it goes unreleased. Since Ore! Tombe (or
Tomba! or Tombi! as it’s also known) is such a rare game many people
will miss out on this so hunt down that game rip NOW!

Future Tactics: the Uprising might have been a bad game, I don’t know, but goddamn the music is groovy. Tim Follin,
one of the best NES/SNES composers out there, finally got his hands on
some real samples and made some fantastic tunes. The soundtrack is a
groovy, funk-inspired blend of jazz flute infested jam sessions,
extremely atmospheric semi-ambient pieces, folkmusic and
balls-to-the-wall rock. The instruments sound authentic, the riffs are
strong and Follin really showed why he was one of the greats (he’s now
retired from game music). Find it, enjoy it and beg to a god of your
choice that Tim Follin gets back into game music.

Long story short, there’s a LOT of good VGM out there that never got
a soundtrack release. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost, game rips is
fan effort at it’s best and will give you hours of listening pleasure.
It’s probably not legal in SOME way but damnit, I fail to see anyhting
wrong with it if the game never got a soundtrack release. Anyway, if
you have any personal favorites be sure to let me know and I’ll check
them out.

New Armcannon album onsale now – previews available

ArmCannon: Return of the Attack of the Legend of PizzorFrom ArmCannon’s MySpace:

Cost = $12 plus shipping
go to or CLICK HERE to buy

This is it.  The sequel.  The duece.   This is Armcannon 2: The Return of the Attack of the Legend of Pizzor.  If you’re wondering who Pizzor is, you’d best be searching through some previous Armcannon media for a history lesson.

We’re probably going to be referring to this as “Two” or “Pizzor” for the sake of brevity.

In February of this year, we entered Watchmen Studios for a few weeks to churn out this slice of delicious terror and we’re quite pleased with the results.   Watchmen Studios recently put out the newest (and previous) Psyopus record, along with the new Brutal Truth.   With engineer Doug White at the helm we cranked out 11 new Armcannon glory anthems to celebrate our roots. 

Now, the 11 million dollar question.   What songs did we include?


Power Rangers
Mario World Castle
Super Mario 2
Megaman 2 Wily Stage
Hulk Hogan/Shawn Michaels themes
Kid Icarus
Megaman 2 Crashman
Castlevania 3

You’re probably wondering: “When can I listen to these?”.   The answer is SOON.   At a date not yet determined, we will be posting the album online for sale.   When we do this, I will put every track on myspace (I’m pretty sure myspace will let me do this) for 3 days so you can hear the album in its whole glory.    So anyways, stay tuned folks!

<3<3<3 - Armcrizzle

Weezer – The 8 bit Album compilation release

8-bit Weezer

From GM4A

For most folks growing up with the NES, SNES, gameboy, and other classic consoles of the current chiptune era, another staple in our lives was good old 90’s rock. One such band was the ever amazing and often nerdy Weezer. In this vein, Pterodactyl Squad has organized, and finally released Weezer – The 8 bit Album compilation

…which as the title states, is an album “created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radically in style, from minimal ‘one man and his Game Boy’ compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances.”. The album is 14 covers by no less than the finest in chiptune music today.

I along with many others have been really looking forward to this tribute album, and very excited to have it released. The album is great even if you aren’t familiar with every Weezer song on the album, or if you don’t recognize the chippy artists paying tribute to them! As with all Pterodactyl Squad releases the album is free to download, so head to right now and check it out!
Check out the full tracklist below!

1. Island In The Sun (Belmont’s Revisal) – videogame orchestra
2. Holiday – Anamanaguchi
3. El Scorcho – Tugboat
4. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here – Bit Shifter
5. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight – PDF Format
6. Hash Pipe – seal of quality
7. In The Garage – OxygenStar
8. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly – 🙁
9. We Are All On Drugs – Rabato
10. Jamie – Unicorn Dream Attack
11. Come To My Pod – Mahamajama
12. Why Bother? – I Fight Dragons
13. Buddy Holly – nordloef
14. I Do – arcadecoma.

I too have been waiting for this since it was first announced and I advise everyone, fans of both chiptunes AND fans of Weezer, to go get it out immediately!

The Ocarina of Rhyme

The Ocarina of Rhyme

This is apparently kind of old, but I hadn’t heard of it until today. I came across this today when one friend of mine posted it on another friend’s Facebook wall. The album, as you could probably guess, is an collection of mash-ups of rap artists like Aesop Rock, Busta Rhymes, and MF DOOM with the soundtrack from Ocarina of Time.

You can stream the whole album from here, and you can also download the whole thing. When you click to download, you’re prompted to make an optional donation (you can choose to donate $0) to download higher quality files (320kbps CBR MP3, FLAC, AAC, OGG, etc., etc.) or download a free version for 128kbps CBR.

Finally you can subscribe to Team Teamwork’s RSS feed to get updates on future releases.

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

Weezer – The 8-bit Album announced

genoboost posted on GM4A:

For fans of the band, or 8-bit music, or both, a tribute album to
Weezer has just been announced, featuring many of the leading musicians
of the 8-bit scene.
The compilation is set to be released on Pterodactyl Squad,
and will feature contributions from 14 different artists, including Bit
Shifter, Anamanaguchi, arcadecoma., I Fight Dragons, PDF Format, seal
of quality and Videogame Orchestra.Head on over to the official blog
to view the artwork for the compilation, drawn by David Mauro and
modelled on Weezer’s iconic ‘Blue Album’ cover. You can also preview
PDF Format’s cover of You Won’t Get With Me Tonight, which will be
featured on the compilation.Stayed tuned to the official blog
for more updates, and look out for the compilation to be released on
Pterodactyl Squad during the coming weeks.

Mutherpluckin’ B: 8-Bit Democracy

It took a while, though maybe not quite as long as it did for Axl Rose — my long overdue follow up to Nintendosploitation. Now it’s finally here!

This is the “Socialist Edition”, i.e. the free download version. If you want to preorder the $7 Capitalist Edition and receive the full version on CDR with two more songs and full color multi-page artwork, please contact me by mail. A proper order form will show up soon, along with flac files and more jpegs.

Note: As with Nintendosploitation, most tracks flow seamlessly into the next one, which explains a couple of abrupt intros and outros if heard separately.

Download entire album in ogg format + front cover (59 MB)
Download entire album in mp3 format + front cover: (81 MB)

1. Please Select Freedom (Super Mario Bros 2) ogg · mp3 
2. Deflektions of My Life (Deflektor) ogg · mp3 
3. Sky Diver, Inside Her (Mega Man 4) ogg · mp3 
4. Razzle Rides to Town (Battletoads / Gunsmoke) ogg · mp3 
5. Napalm on the Dancefloor (Mega Man 5 / Castlevania) 
6. All My Bubbles Burst (Mega Man 2) ogg · mp3 
7. Turtle Funk (Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles) ogg · mp3 
8. Unsanxioned Soloing (Sanxion) ogg · mp3 
9. Investigating Outer Heaven (Metal Gear / Super Mario Bros) ogg · mp3 
10. Air Guitar (Mega Man 2 & 3) ogg · mp3 
11. Don’t Feed the Warhawk (Warhawk) ogg · mp3 
12. Lead Jewelry (Mega Man 9) ogg · mp3 
13. Achilles, Mega Man and the Silver Surfer (Having a Rave Up with Dr Wily)
(Mega Man 1-3 / Silver Surfer) ogg · mp3 
14. Godzilla’s Head Soup (Godzilla) 


Source: Lie Mf B’s Homepage

3 new 8bitpeoples releases

From GM4A:

8bitpeoples keeps cranking
out the hits, whilst rapidly approaching catalogue number 100. Check
out these three free releases if your ears are thirsting for some 8-bit
Chip Hero by Cornbeast

delivers Chip Hero, five songs from the soundtrack of an imaginary
future video game where players perform along with the chip music hits
of tomorrow, using controllers resembling the gaming gear of yesterday.
Post-modern musical sensibilities collide with pre-information-age
hardware, not so much closing the loop as introducing something
unconventional, unexpected, and occasionally upbeat.

DaMaGe by glomag

Roland walked on through the desolation, he was acutely aware that he
had lost something intangible. His only clues came to him by way of the
DMG in his pocket. The lamprey was willing, for the moment, to help him
search the debris for the small cartridges that fit into the DMG, each
one supplying a new, crucial piece of information. The hidden truth
would be thus revealed to him slowly, in sequence.

Claps and Leads by Mr. Spastic

and Leads” marks Mr. Spastic’s triumphant return to the 8bitpeoples
catalogue; five deft exercises in virtuoso programming, balancing
intricate technical skill with a warmly organic sound, all delivered in
his signature bold-yet-delicate tech-soul style. Jazz, deep funk,
disco, R&B, and full-on techno inflections collide and merge into
an astonishing stylistic cocktail, all topped off with a shimmering
pro-grade production sensibility. Dazzling artwork by Ui completes the
package, sealing the deal on a certain future classic.

Wintermute Releases ”Audivore”

Recently, Wintermute participated in a contest called the “RPM Challenge”.  I’ve quoted his post over at the OC Remix Forums for you to read:

Good afternoon, OCReMix!
I recently participated in the RPM Challenge (
For those not familiar with it, the basic premise is that you create an
album’s worth of original music within the month of Februrary. Starting
on February 1st and ending (rushed!) the night of the 28th, I created
an album entitled “Audivore,” which I have since decided to make freely
available for download.
8 tracks
35 minutes, 42 seconds

I had a lot of fun trying to work in such a short time frame. The
production got a little rushed at the end, which was one of the major
factors in deciding that it should be released for free.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

#ThaSauce’s first ever Double Dash Compo = SUCCESS

So we had just finished our 22nd One Hour Compo when Shael popped in with a pretty fun idea: a Double Dash Compo. Essentially the idea involves teams of 2 people; One person actually composing the music, the other writing and performing the lyrics.

Last nights participants were:
Shael & starla as Team TACO PARTY
Suzu & SgtRama as Team DoTYoG
Nekofrog & superjoe as Team Dead Cat