Sound Bytes: “Timeless” by PrototypeRaptor

Timeless is the first track on PrototypeRaptor’s sophomore album, Nostalgiarithm.

The album spans multiple genres at around a 70 minute runtime, including 130 bpm electro house like this track, old school prog house, experimental dubstep, ambient works, and includes most of the track IDs I’ve been playing out/putting in sets here on SC.


If you enjoyed the track, you can buy Nostalgiarithm on Bandcamp, as well as check out his remixes on OCRemix.

Quick Look: “Skyrim Main Theme” by Tay Zonday

Tay Zonday, YouTube personality known for the “Chocolate Rain” video, covers the main theme from Skyrim, “Dragonborn”.

Adam Nyerere Bahner (born July 6, 1982), better known by the pseudonym Tay Zonday, is an American actor, singer, musician, announcer, voice artist, comedian and YouTube personality. He is well known by listeners for his baritone singing voice.

– From the Tay Zonday Wikipedia page.

Zonday became famous on YouTube in 2007, when his “Chocolate Rain” song became one of the first viral videos on the site. He has also done covers of many other songs on his YouTube channel (not all video game related, but still worth checking out!)

ThaSauce Wrap-Up: This Week in Review (May 21 – May 27)

 

At the end of the week, ThaSauce Wrap-Up feature posts bite-sized news recaps just in case you missed any juicy articles. Have any interesting video game music-related stories that you want us to look into? Are you an artist, composer, or remixer that wants keep in touch? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] If you’re looking for more ways to get your VGM fix, be sure to follow us on Tumblr or like us on Facebook as well.

  • Arecibo Radio Presents Shnabubula’s Starbound Release Party: Our friends over at Arecibo Radio have once again outdone themselves by holding yet another epic listening party in the name of one of our most admired artists, the piano prodigy known as Shnabubula on Tuesday, May 29th.The event will start at 10 PM Eastern (that’s 7 PM PST for you West Coasters).
  • Nubuwo & King Soukutu to Release Rokko Chan Soundtracks: If there was a female version of Mega Man, what would her name be trademarked as? Mega WoMan? Mega Girl? How about Rokko Chan? Nubuwo, one of the best video game music news sites on the ‘Net (besides us, of course), has just teamed up with independent developer King Soukutu to formally release the incredible Rokko Chan Soundtracks.
  • Indie Game: The Movie to be Released Worldwide on June 12: While we’ve praised Indie Game: The Movie when it was first available for preorder, we are more than happy to announce that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection will be available worldwide in just a few weeks.
  • Internet Promo Machine: Sponsor Adam WarRock’s Upcoming Fall Tour: Adam WarRock, one of our favorite hip hop emcees who brings back the ‘cool’ in all things nerd and pop culture, needs your help! We would like to extend his invitation to those who would be interested in sponsoring WarRock’s tour this coming Fall, scheduled to visit major cities on the East Coast including New York, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and more.
  • ThaSauce Giveaway Extravaganza!: Minibosses Bay Area Tour 2012: Are you a fan of the Minibosses? Do you happen to live in the San Francisco area (or have the means to travel there)? If you’ve answered a hearty ‘yes’ to both questions, we’d like to proudly announce the first official ThaSauce giveaway for the Minibosses 2012 Bay Area Tour.
  • Because We May Sale Offers Games (& Soundtracks!) Directly from Developers: ‘Tis the year for great deals on independent games that gamers may or may not have heard of and what better to celebrate May with even more discounts? Listen to amazing soundtracks while receiving great deals on several award-winning multi-platform games with the Because We May sale, on now through June 1st.
  • Noise Channel’s Rokko Chan Chiptune Album Listening Party: To promote Nubuwo & King Soukutu’s collaborative efforts to bring about Rokko Chan Soundtracks on July 4th, the Nubuwo staff have also teamed up with Noise Channel to host a listening party for the music of Rokko Chan on May 31st that promises to deliver different interpretations by “a stellar list of your favorite chiptune artists”. Be sure to tune in to this Thursday.
  • Quick Look: “Final Fantasy – Medley” by Super Guitar Bros.: Garnering over 3,000 subscribers and 359,800 video views in under a year with only six videos, the Super Guitar Bros. have been making headway with their amazing video game covers. This Quick Look video is definitely a great example of how the pair work to complement each other in an almost ethereal manner, carefully inducing an air of nostalgia that is surely not to be missed.

Sound Bytes: “Just Hold On – zircon (Flexstyle’s Chilloniq Mix)”


Just a quick Sound Bytes feature highlighting Flexstyle‘s mix of zircon‘s original track “Just Hold On”, featuring vocalist Jillian Aversa:

Anyone who’s used FL Studio in the past year or so should probably recognize this song. Made by producer, composer, and sound designer extraordinaire Andrew Aversa, alias zircon, and featuring the gorgeous vocals of his wife Jillian, “Just Hold On” is the demo song in FL Studio 10. I decided to take it warp it into more of a hip-hop/trancey number. This is what I came up with–enjoy!

If you like what you hear, you can also download “Just Hold On (Flexstyle’s Chilloniq Mix)” for free here.  Check out more of what we think are some great electronic tracks from Flexstyle on his Soundcloud.

Quick Look: “Final Fantasy – Medley” by Super Guitar Bros.


Garnering over 3,000 subscribers and 359,800 video views in under a year with only six videos , the Super Guitar Bros. have been making headway with their amazing video game covers. Little is known about their background in music except formal training in classical guitar, but all we really care about is that both Steven Poissant and Sam Griffin take their sessions seriously and really know how to put on a captivating show.

The “Final Fantasy – Medley” video  by Super Guitar Bros. is definitely a great example of how the pair work to complement each other in an almost ethereal manner, carefully arranging iconic songs such as “Chocobo Theme” and “The Prelude” to include a heavy air of nostalgia that is surely not to be missed. Armed with steel and nylon string guitars, these bros (and no, they’re not related) will make you think twice about all those bad YouTube covers you thought you listened through already.

ThaSauce Wrap-Up: This Week in Review (May 14 – May 20)


At the end of the week, ThaSauce Wrap-Up feature posts bite-sized news recaps just in case you missed any juicy articles. Have any interesting video game music-related stories that you want us to look into? Are you an artist, composer, or remixer that wants keep in touch? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] If you’re looking for more ways to get your VGM fix, be sure to follow us on Tumblr or like us on Facebook as well.

  • Nerdapalooza 2011 Recordings Released on Bandcamp: Can’t wait to get your Nerdapalooza fix? Team Nerdapalooza has just released the live CD recordings from last year’s event featuring over 30 performers, including such artists and bands like The OneUps, Metroid Metal, brentalfloss, HDninja, Armcannon, I Fight Dragons, The Bossfights, Jeux On, Random Encounter, and much more!
  • Disasterpeace, virt, & 6955 on Indie Royale’s All-Charity Pack: The indie game bundle website Indie Royale releases game bundles every two weeks to help get the word out over games that are worth playing and support developers that are typically passed over in mainstream media. Along with excellent game releases this time around, the All-Charity Lightning Pack features albums every chiptune fan should own, including Jake “virt” Kaufman’s acclaimed FX4, 6955′s IN1ep, and Disasterpeace’s Level.
  • Jordan Steven’s The Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST Available Now: As Jordan “bLiNd” Aguirre since the early ’00s, you may have have heard of Steven’s wonderful trance and house blends over on several OverClocked ReMix projects. However, Jordan Steven has proved that he can put down his mixing expertise momentarily and show how much he has mastered his own skills in composition with the Lost Angelic Chronicles of Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey OST.
  • Quick Look: Danimal Cannon on Chiptunes @ PAX East: We know PAX East 2012 seemed like forever ago. And yes, we’ve probably covered everything from live streams of PAX East to some pretty cool live shows. But we figured that we can give you a little nostalgic run for those who went and for those who haven’t… well, we wanted to give you a more personal glimpse of the event itself. This week’s <i>Quick Look</i> features the awesome Danimal Cannon sharing his seemingly infinite knowledge on chiptunes.
  • No Survivors Tour 2012 with Protomen, Powerglove, & Danimal Cannon: Things are about to get crazy on the East Coast! The Protomen, Powerglove, and Danimal Cannon have hit the road for the next two weeks, travelling to different venues throughout several states such as Massachusetts, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, and Colorado for the No Survivors Tour 2012.

Sound Bytes: Dj RoboRob’s “A Daughters Revenge (Chun Li’s Theme)”


Like them womp womps? We definitely do when not overdone. This week’s Sound Bytes features yet another unassuming hard-hitter from Dj Roborob with his tribute to one of the leggiest women in gaming history, Chun Li. Just a warning though… hit the brief drop and frenetic wobbles may send your headphones/speakers/ears into a fantastic rhythmic frenzy for awhile. Listen at your own discretion!

Originally experimenting with chip music and eventually progressing through various genres such as house and dubstep, Dj Roborob is no stranger to mixing scene. You can hear more of his fantastic mixes on both Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Quick Look: Danimal Cannon on Chiptunes @ PAX East

 

Yeah, yeah. We know PAX East 2012 seemed like forever ago. And yes, we’ve probably covered everything from live streams of PAX East to some pretty cool live shows. But we figured that we can give you a little nostalgic run for those who went and for those who haven’t… well, we wanted to give you a more personal glimpse of the event itself. This week’s Quick Look features the awesome Danimal Cannon sharing his seemingly infinite knowledge on chiptunes. Yeah, that’s right. An hour of one of the foremost artists within the chip music genre talking about chip music. Chippy, right? Although intended for a more general audience, we think that it’d be good for you to refresh or maybe even be (gasp) schooled on the subject. Check out the video above and let us know what you think.

Sound Bytes: Dj CUTMAN’s “Transformation (Little Nemo)”

Yeah, yeah. We’re huge Dj CUTMAN fans here at ThaSauce. But can you blame us? With his charismatic presence on-stage, rad live sets that mash up everything from dubstep to hip-hop to chiptunes, and extensive knowledge of the video game music (or even electonic music overall, to which we entertain ourselves with his frequent Facebook updates), Dj CUTMAN really has us going on. This time around, this captivating DJ takes his proficient skills in audio engineering up a notch to remix music from the NES platform Little Nemo: The Dream Master. “Transformation (Little Nemo)” is an intriguing yet nostalgic take on Junko Tamiya’s classic work, adding a more upbeat, house-y vibe that just begs for some rhythmical head-bobbing while listening.

Check out his Soundcloud page to get your quick fix of more Dj CUTMAN goodness. Not enough? For more catchy tunes, you can also explore more similar styles of music on his newly established game music and chiptune netlabel, Gamechops.

ThaSauce Wrap-Up: This Week in Review (Apr 16 – Apr 22)

 

At the end of the week, ThaSauce Wrap-Up feature posts bite-sized news recaps just in case you missed any juicy articles. Have any interesting video game music-related stories that you want us to look into? Are you an artist, composer, or remixer that wants keep in touch? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] If you’re looking for more ways to get your VGM fix, be sure to follow us on Tumblr or like us on Facebook as well.

  • Pre-order Disasterpeace’s Original Soundtrack Fez Now: Along with the exciting release of the multiple award-winning indie platformer FEZ just this week alone, Disasterpeace’s original soundtrack of the same name is also scheduled to be available this Friday, April 20th.
  • GDC Vault Adds Free GDC 2012 Videos Online: GDC Vault, a service that hosts a variety of audio, video, and PowerPoint presentations of previous Game Developers Conferences, has just added free video content from last March’s show, featuring talks from the legendary Civilization creator Sid Meier, iWin VP Laralyn McWilliams on the importance of metrics, and White House analyst Constance Steinkuehler Squire.
  • Blip Festival 2012 in New York City Presented by 8bitpeoples: Presented by VGM collective/record label 8bitpeoples, Blip Festival 2012 promises an explosive round-up of the world’s chipmusic talent, with top-notch performances by Burnkit2600, Danimal Cannon, CHiKA, Graffiti Monsters, Pulselooper, Wizwars, and many more.
  • Danimal Cannon’s Roots for $5 on Indie Royale’s Spring Bundle: Indie game bundle website Indie Royale releases game bundles every two weeks to help get the word out over games that are worth playing and support developers that are typically passed over in mainstream media. This time around, Indie Royale has recently released a Spring Bundle featuring some of the most brilliantly designed indie releases, along with Danimal Cannon’s critically-acclaimed chiptune album Roots.
  • Quick Look: aivi & surasshu’s “Mabe Village” Collaboration: The incredibly talented instrumental composer and Olga Brose Valente Memorial Prize winner Aivi Tran and sound designer surasshu have come together at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference for a pretty awesome collaboration, featuring “Mabe Village” from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.