Calling all Bay Area residents, the Minibosses are comin’ at you fast this June! With a broad range of instrumental covers of 8-bit NES songs, the Minibosses will rip into your soul with hard-hitting video game metal. Even still, the Minibosses tend to effectively reconstruct all your old favorites into something every gamer will recognize and enjoy which makes it easy to see why the reality of this band’s popularity is made quite apparent (check out their latest releaseÂ Brass 2: Mouth if you haven’t). And let’s not get into stage presence. Wait, we will. Being at a Minibosses show can easily be one of the best live performances of your life, simply because these dudes just get it. Claiming total ownership over the crowd with the ways they can easily excite fans by playing a specific CastlevaniaÂ theme throughout the night just to mess around, the Minibosses are sure to please anyone who has picked up a NES controller.
The Minibosses will embark on what they call a mini-tour, travelling through various locations in the San Francisco Bay Area with their instruments in tow. Peep the dates and locations below:
FRIDAY June 1st, 2012 – Subzero Fest in San Jose
FRIDAY June 1st, 2012 – Â Hemlock Tav in San Francisco
SATURDAY June 2nd, 2012 – Ocean Beach Studio in San Francisco
SATURDAY June 2nd, 2012 – Catalyst in San Jose
SUNDAY June 3rd, 2012 – Streetlight Records in San Jose
OverClocked ReMix has just released its thirty-fourth arrangement album in tribute to Nintendo’s game series Pilotwings and the original score produced by the various composers involved throughout the series such as Soyo Oka (Pilotwings),Â Dan Hess (Pilotwings 64), and Asuka Ito (Pilotwings Resort). The album itself features seven tracks from Indianapolis-based arrangerÂ Drew “halc” Wheeler, who humbly takes his time in Pilotwings: Take FlightÂ to combineÂ “nostalgic chiptune instrumentation with modern electronic sounds and production techniques”.
Insert Rupee, a collaboration between Benjamin Briggs and halc, also make an exciting appearance, arranging two pieces from the later installments in the Pilotwings series. It is also worth noting that the album’s concluding track, “Depth Perception,” is OC ReMix’s first arrangement representing the Nintendo 3DS console.
While you can download the album for free atÂ http://flight.ocremix.org, old-schoolers can also get and shareÂ Pilotwings: Take FlightbyÂ torrent as well. Comments and reviews for the release itself may be given and seen in the official OC ReMix forums here.
Featuring a cosmic hero in a silver battlesuit, theÂ Turricanseries of games brought nonstop action to all gaming systems of the 80â€™s and 90â€™s, including C64 and Amiga, Atari ST and PC, as well as Genesis and Super Nintendo. The beautiful synthesizer scores for these games were created by Chris HÃ¼elsbeck, arguably one of todayâ€™s most popular game music composers in the world. HÃ¼elsbeckâ€™s soundtracks certainly played a major role in shapingÂ Turrican into a digital legend over the years.
Almost 20 years have passed since the last game in the series was released, but Chris has big plans to bringÂ Turrican back from retirement â€“ at least musically â€“ with the production of theÂ Turrican Soundtrack Anthology: The idea behind this is an epic limited edition box set of at least three CDs, which will feature almost every melody from the saga in newly arranged and recorded versions (including titles like “Concerto for Laser and Enemies”, “Metal Stars”, “Hall of Heroes”, as well as full length versions of all main titles and end-credits!). While this box set is bound to please every synthesizer music fan out there, new bonus recordings with the WDR Radio Orchestra are also lined up for the project, to be realised in the context of a symphonic game music concert in November and supervised by the producers of the acclaimedÂ Symphonic Shades â€“ HÃ¼elsbeck in ConcertÂ event.
In order to realize these ambitious plans, a budget of at least 75,000 US-Dollars (about 58,000 Euro) has to be secured. To achieve this, Chris is now asking his fans to support him in a Kickstarter campaign to make theÂ Turrican Anthology become a reality. “My first Turrican album has sold 10.000 units over the years”, Huelsbeck says, “I know that the games still have a following, too. This project is a personal dream of mine and I hope that together we can make this happen!”
Aside from the finished CDs, supporters of the project can get their hands on numerous goodies like posters, t-shirts,Â Turrican ringtones for their mobiles, or even tickets for an orchestral game music concert that will take place in November in Cologne, Germany. Those who are willing to support the project with a larger sum may take an exclusive look behind the scenes and will be personally informed by Chris about the progress during the production. Detailed information on the campaign, running from April 16thÂ to June 3rd, can be found at:Â www.turricansoundtrack.com.
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 youâ€™re looking for more ways to get your VGM fix, be sure toÂ follow usÂ on Tumblr orÂ like usÂ on Facebook as well.
Pre-order Disasterpeace’s Original Soundtrack Fez Now:Â Along with the exciting release of the multiple award-winning indie platformerÂ FEZÂ just this week alone, Disasterpeaceâ€™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:Â 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 Marchâ€™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:Â Presented by VGM collective/record label 8bitpeoples, Blip Festival 2012 promises an explosive round-up of the worldâ€™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:Â 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 Cannonâ€™s critically-acclaimed chiptune albumÂ Roots.
Quick Look: aivi & surasshu’s “Mabe Village” Collaboration:Â The incredibly talented instrumental composer and Olga Brose Valente Memorial Prize winner Aivi Tran and sound designer surasshu have come together at this yearâ€™s Game Developerâ€™s Conference for a pretty awesome collaboration, featuring â€œMabe Villageâ€ fromÂ The Legend of Zelda: Linkâ€™s Awakening.
Sound Bytes: beek’s “Kip’s Isle”:Â With his own defined upbeat style, beek continues to impress us with the funky â€œKipâ€™s Isleâ€ in this weekâ€™sÂ Sound Bytes.
In Tha â€˜TubeÂ focuses onÂ ReMix: ThaSauceâ€˜s very own vast database of VGMÂ remixesas a tributeÂ to the appreciation & reinterpretation of video game music. Offering hundreds of free MP3 downloads, ReMix: ThaSauce features artists from popular sites such asÂ OverClocked ReMixÂ andÂ VGMix. This feature offers readers, as music enthusiasts, the opportunity to appreciate what ReMix: ThaSauce has to present in the latest VGM styles and genres. Join us as we upload select ReMix: ThaSauce songs every week on YouTube for your aural pleasure. Have any requests? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] For the latest exclusive uploads on ThaSauce, be sure toÂ like usÂ on Facebook orÂ followÂ usÂ on Tumblr.Â
ThaSauce is finally riding the waves of social media once more!Â In Tha â€˜TubeÂ aims to post weekly videos onto YouTube for easier access to ReMix:ThaSauce songs in a convenient preview format. This week, we serenade you with a featured selection of featured artists from our ownÂ Fasto the Speedhog 2 original releaseÂ in the style of classic Sonic the HedgehogÂ games.
We really can’t say much about the new ‘chippage’ that beek has released, except that we expect nothing less from this chiptune veteran. While we’ve praised his recent work before, beek stylishly hones his own retro influences and alters the chip genre to be something everyone can enjoy without discrimination. Â Peep his peppy, fun new tune above. “Kip’s Isle” is available to download for free right here.
The incredibly talented instrumental composer and Olga Brose Valente Memorial Prize winnerÂ Aivi TranÂ and sound designer surasshuÂ have come together at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference for a pretty awesome collaboration, featuring “Mabe Village” from The Legend of Zelda:Â Link’s Awakening. When prompted of how the project came about, Aivi writes:
Last month at GDC, I met Surasshu, a game composer/sound designer and friend who I knew of for chip music. I’d been curious about blending piano with chip sounds for awhile, so we decided to collaborate, starting with “Mabe Village” from Link’s Awakening. The whole process of this collab was way too fun – I cracked up every time we talked, and couldn’t keep a straight face in most of my video outtakes, either. Even in this video, I still end up with a big goofy smile!
Check out the product of their chip x piano collab above and be sure to check Aivi’s YouTube channel for great VGM piano covers and more cool aivi & surasshu projects coming at you soon.
Established by the creators of the leading independent video game editorial siteÂ IndieGames.comÂ and online download service Desura, 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,Â Indie Royale has recently released a Spring Bundle of some of the most brilliantly designed indie releases, such as Unstoppable Gorg, Tobe’s Vertical Adventure, Slydris, Inferno+, Ballistic, and Depths of Peril.Â Oh, and these games are even available on most platforms. Yeah, that’s right. Even you Mac users receive a chance to get on this amazing deal. Â In addition to all these awesome games that you get, Danimal Cannon‘s critically-acclaimed chiptune albumÂ Roots is also available for the taking.
Chun-Li’s killer thighs. Finally performing your first super combo. Quarter-circle forward, punch. Whether you’re a fan of Street Fighteror not, there’s no denying how influential this series has been in all of our lives. Â To kick off the commemoration of one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Capcom is opening up submissions to showcase fan music all year long:
One of the most timeless elements of the Street Fighter series has always been the music. Whether it was the first time you heard Akumaâ€™s theme in a Super Street Fighter II Turbo arcade, or when you realized that Guileâ€™s theme went with everything, the music has inspired people around the world. Now, you have an opportunity to be a part of that musical history! We want to hear music that youâ€™ve come up with. Whether youâ€™re a first time mixer, or have a full orchestra at your disposal, your music is welcome! Throughout the year, weâ€™ll be highlighting our favorite pieces, and some of them may even be utilized in our 25th Anniversary celebration activities. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to have your work become a part of history!
There are no limitations to the genre or style of music, as original songs inspired by the Street Fighter seriesÂ and remixes sampled from existing themes are currently being accepted. However, keep in mind that anything that you submit must be your own work and no hateful or obscene lyrics will be accepted. Also, be sureÂ upload your music to a location where it can easily be streamed, such as YouTube.Â The deadline to submit is Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST.
If you are interested in this unique opportunity to showcase your work with a broad audience, you can fill out submission details and submit your work to Capcom here. Any artists present? Check out the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Art TributeÂ as well.
With the event website now up, we’ve just received word about Blip Festival 2012, taking place in NYC on Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th:
Thrift-store electronics collide with dancefloor sensibilities as Blip Festival makes its long-awaited return to New York City. Produced by 8bitpeoples in association with The Tank and Live Nation, the Blip Festival 2012 finds Manhattan once again at the center of the chipmusic universe. From May 25-27, musicians and visualists from all corners of the globe assemble at the Gramercy Theatre to perform astonishing music & motion graphics, produced on and inspired by early-generation home computers and gaming consoles.
Presented by leading chiptune label 8bitpeoples, the sixth annual Blip FestivalÂ promises yet another explosive round-up of the world’s chipmusic talent, with top-notch performances by Burnkit2600,Â Danimal Cannon, CHiKA,Â Graffiti Monsters,Â Pulselooper,Â Wizwars, and waaaay too many more rad artists to list with more to be announced soon. Â Single-night and three-day passes are both available in limited quantities, so buying a ticket immediately is strongly encouraged. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let one of the most exciting nights for chip music pass you by and be sure to take billions of pictures and videos for us!