Thanks to a tip from the amazing Jeriaska
of the VGM-based community Nobuooo
, we’ve been on a huge Howard Drossin
kick lately. I mean, come on â€“ what is there not to like about this man’s talent? Known for his seemingly random (albeit kickass) collaborations with top honchos like jazz composer Terence Blanchard and hip-hop producer RZA, Drossin is especially known in the VGM scene for his continued participation in the Sonic
franchise over the years along with an impressive number of other notable scores as Sega’s former music director. If that doesn’t spark your fancy, the fact that Drossin’s work has been subjected asÂ one of the best OverClocked Remix albums of 2006
Anyway, enough fanboy talk. Even with his limited involvement within the video game industry lately, Drossin has done it again and released not one, but THREE amazing albums on Bandcamp. What really stands out for us, however, is Drossin’s open invitation for other independent game score composers to ‘butcher’ his music from the 2010 Splatterhouse remake. Appropriately titled Butchered by Various Artists, this remix album features several notable musicians like Chris Geehan, winner of Microsoft’s ‘Dream.Build.Play’ Challenge and Crashfaster, composer of the incredibly addictive Knifetank series. Independent Games Festival nominee Mattias HaÌˆggstroÌˆm Gerdt and â€œMake Something RADDâ€ winner Tony Dickinson also make an epic appearance on the release.Â In other words, brace yourself for free impressive remixing goodness. Yes, this album also happens to be obtainable forÂ free download. What are you waiting for?
Butchered by Various Artists as well as Drossin’s other phenomenal Splatterhouse albums (here and here) are available on Bandcamp now for download. Congratulations to everyone involved in the album, as well as Jeriaska for his own involvement in such an inspiring project.
Jeriaska of Nobuooo has been busy interviewing your favorite Video Game Music composers to create Videogame Music in Context: DVD Interview Series. Â In Japan artistsÂ includeÂ Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy),Â Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill),Â Hip Tanaka (Game Boy Camera) interview by Baiyon,Â Hideyuki Fukasawa (Super Street Fighter IV),Hideki Sakamoto (echochrome ii),Â Noriyuki Asakura (Tenchu 4),Â Takashi Tokita andÂ Naoshi Mizuta (Final Fantasy Legends), Independent artists include Baiyon (PixelJunk Lifelike),Â Dan Paladin (Castle Crashers),Â Daisuke Amaya(Cave Story), Shinji Hosoe & Ayako Saso ofÂ SuperSweep (Prismatic Solid),Nigoro (La-Mulana),Â Takashi Iura (PixelJunk Monsters) and other independent game creators to be announced soon.
Outside of the interviews, the project has entailed filming live chip music performances forÂ Nullsleep’s Collapsed Desires tour for a separate DVD. In addition, Spanish developerÂ Locomalito is working with our site to create for their gameÂ Hydorah a 2-disc CD soundtrack and remix album.
This project will be funded through Kickstarter. Â For as little as $10 you canÂ receiveÂ access to DVD content as soon as it is released online. Â For $30 you will receive a physical DVD. Â The more you choose to donate, the more you will receive.