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.
[The following is an April Fools’ Joke and is satirical in nature. None of it should be taken seriously EXCEPT the launch of VGMix Archive, which is an actual website that serves it’s advertised purpose.]
After an unfortunate turn of events we regret to announce that ThaSauce has ended our relationship with OverClocked ReMix indefinitely, active immediately. This is a really sad day for all of us, but after months of discussion andÂ preparation, we have to call it off. Negotiations broke down soon after our announcement after we reachedÂ unresolvedÂ circumstances between ourselves and the OverClocked ReMix staff, particlarly Stevo “Level99” Bortz.
Things aren’t all bad, though. As we realized we were reaching an impasse we began exploring our otherÂ partnershipÂ options. With that said, we are now proud to announced new relationship between ThaSauce and Jake “vert” Kaufman and his VGMix team. Jake has been very understanding of the circumstances between us and OCReMix, and as a result we have decided to join forces to make the best online community that video game arrangements have ever seen!
As a celebration of our new, hopefully long-lasting,Â partnershipÂ we are proud to announce the launch of VGMix Archive. VGMix Archive is a large, searchable index of every VGMix 1, 2, and X song we could pull together. Preview and download your favorite tracks, or download the whole collection via BitTorrent! We hope to keep VGMix Archive a constantly updating archive, so anyone who has any tracks that we might be missing, feel free to let us know!
We apologize for all the preceding drama, but we are dedicated to moving forward and making the internet a better place one video game remix at a time, no matter how many beards try to stand in our way!
[The following is an April Fools’ Joke and is satirical in nature. None of it should be taken seriously.]
ThaSauce is proud to announce a newÂ partnershipÂ with OverClocked ReMix. As an official subsidiarityÂ of Overclocked Remix ThaSauce will now be covering exclusive OCReMix news as well as adopting OverClocked ReMix level-standards across all of ReMix:ThaSauce. Soon you’ll notice many R:TS songs being removed as part of our first lockdown efforts to meet the overall quality of our sister site. An estimated 275 songs are current up for review with more possible in the future.
Earlier this week, the OverClocked ReMix community revealed that a Russian website identified as Legalsounds.com has been selling variousÂ albumsÂ from OCR artists, which has been shown to be a clear infringement of OverClocked ReMix’s Terms of Service.
Administrator David W. Lloyd, also known asÂ djpretzel, disclosed thatÂ this is the not the first time that LegalSounds has attempted to sell the same albums andÂ has urged a cease & desist:
Please proceed; clearly they didn’t get the message the first time. This pisses me off just as much, if not more, but what really aggravates me is that any time I spend dealing with it is time better served working on the site & releasing more music… which they’ll then turn around and try to profit from.
I think perhaps we should propose a three strikes rule to them – this is the second time our free content has surfaced on their site, for sale. If it happens again, or if they fail to remove it this time, some sort of petition may be in order. I don’t want to inadvertently publicize their “service,” though…
Further investigation marks Legalsounds.com’s involvement in selling these albums as an ambiguous legal status in its own country, adding to OverClocked ReMix’s dilemma.Â The ambiguous laws underlined by “License Ð›Ð¡-3Ðœ-05-09 of the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society” enable the Russian website to sell these albums, as Legalsounds.com pays license fees for all the materials subject to the Law of the Russian Federation “On Copyright and Related Rights”.
By creating a C&D e-mail template to Legalsounds.com, moderator Stevo “Level 99” Bortz has encouraged action for artists who have been unfairly taken advantage of through the illegal distribution of these albums. With a few simple clicks of your mouse, you can contact Legalsounds.com and let them know that they are infringing upon and violating the endless amount of time and effort that these artists have utilized to create the music we have all come to love.
Yesterday, OverClocked ReMix released their thirty-second official arrangement album in tribute toÂ the unsung heroes of role-playing games throughout the years, many of which have great merit but have received less musical attention than bigger names and franchises. Appropriately titled Unsung Heroes, the album features many overlooked titles such as The 7th Saga,Â Ghouls’n Ghosts,Â The Lord of the Rings: Volume 1, Suikoden, and Persona 3.Â Unsung Heroes also showcases the talents of prominent artists who have been consistently featured on both OCRemix and ThaSauce, from the likes ofÂ DragonAvenger, OA, Rexy, Brandon Strader, Avaris, Scaredsim,Â NutritiousÂ and much more.
DirectorÂ Andrew “OA” Luers had much to say on the underrepresented themes that permeated much of the titles touched upon in Unsung Heroes:
We both agreed that while it is great to work with many well-known and often mixed themes – which are so loved for good reason – there should be no reason not to extend our hands into those games that have been overlooked for so long, but have genuinely beautiful themes as well. I’m proud of the work that these gentlemen and ladies have presented in this album, and hope that others will be able to appreciate the beauty of these tracks as well.
While you can get a small preview of the album above,Â Unsung HeroesÂ is available for free download atÂ http://unsung.ocremix.org. Have something to say about the album? Leave your feedback here.
Even in the midst of exciting news such as website redesign and official project updates, OverClocked ReMix really knows how to go all out. Â Between Â these special highlights, stimulating workshops on the basics of making VGM remixes, and the crazy camaradie of the OverClocked After Dark show at MAGFest X, you would feel inclined to think that nothing could really top the usual excitement of OCRemix’s panels. However, we’d be doing OverClocked Remix a disservice if we didn’t talk about the OCR Live performances, which were absolutely off the hook this year. Just to give you a little taste of OCR Live, we’ve managed to include a brand new arrangement ofÂ Donkey Kong Country’s “Aquatic Ambiance” with live instrumentals Â by OA, Level 99, DragonAvenger, and diotrans at the OverClocked ReMix Panel.
As another year comes into place and the one we just finished slowly slinks into the past, so too comes the time when Mirby must stop being lazy and start writing articles again instead of letting the release dates of albums fade into the obscuring mists of time. With a new year comes new articles, and thereâ€™s no better article to bring it in than a retrospective of 2011. A lot of things happened this year, even moreÂ than in 2010, so Iâ€™ll keep it brief. And so, here begins the retrospective.
ReMix: ThaSauceÂ kicked things off on January 4 with three mixes; two from theÂ SonicÂ gamesÂ and one fromÂ Super Metroid. OverClocked ReMix posted their first mix of 2011 on the following day; this one wasÂ a mellow rock trackÂ fromÂ ilp0, remixing â€œGold Mineâ€ from the SNES game Wild Guns. With the mixpost came a call from djpretzel. â€œIf thereâ€™s one theme Iâ€™d like to personally endorse for 2011, itâ€™s ReMixing unmixed games.â€ Weâ€™ll see if his endorsement held up through the year. And then, on the tenth of January, the world gotâ€¦ The Answer.
THE ANSWER: An Armored Core Tribute Album by Mattias HÃ¤ggstrÃ¶m Gerdt
On February 3, OCR posted their first Pico remix courtesy ofÂ zircon; it wasÂ a mellow mixÂ from Tails and the Music Maker. Just four days later,Â Heroes vs. VillainsÂ was released. PittingÂ the Bad DudesÂ against OCR regulars, it took hero themes and villain themes from various franchises; OCR took the heroes and Bad Dudes took the villains. The result was a delight; the pairs of tracks work well on their own, but combined creates a melodious melee, one where each track plays off its companion. Near the end of the month, another original soundtrack was released on OCR, this one forÂ Missile Master Episode 1: Invasion; it was composed byÂ Kunal, one of the Bad Dudes. Fitting for the other album release that month.
April started off withÂ another OCR prank, this time a â€œrevealâ€ of the full yearâ€™s album lineups, totaling thirty-eight new albums. Some gems included â€œHers – Female Character Themes by Female Artists,â€ â€œUp, Up, Down, Down Lower – Porn Grooves of Game Tunes,â€ and â€œBeyond the Beyond – Beyond the Beyond the Beyond,â€ among others. Alongside the revelation of all of OCR’s albums for 2011, ThaSauce released the soundtrack for Fasto the Speedhog 2. The long-awaited follow-up to the original Fasto the Speedhog, it blew away listeners, many preferring it to the soundtrack for Sonic 4: Episode 1.Â In more realistic news,Â Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of SpeedÂ was released on the twelfth, completing the trilogy of Sonic albums on OCR. Though it was a single disc, the entire album was full of gems. Or should I sayâ€¦ emeralds?
May was a relatively quiet month. Support OCR Month, which usually happened in April, got off to a late start and carried into May. Though the goal was set at $5,000, people went abobe and beyond to bring the total for 2011 to an amazing $7,514! Incredible rally from supporters to get that much to OCR in just a month. halc released hisÂ Pixel Perfect LPÂ on the 16th, which fit perfectly withÂ his EPÂ from the previous year. Together, the two create a complete album, and a good one too!
MalcosÂ releasing hisÂ It Started in 2012Â album in June. Equal parts orchestral and electronic, the album takes the listener on a quest as it details future events that will occur in a universe separate from our own. And while not strictly music-related, everyoneâ€™s favorite person to blame Liontamer AKA Black Dynamite and his long-time girlfriend Paige became engaged this month as well. WillRock also released his own EP on the 19th, entitledÂ Refractions of a Dream. Loosely inspired by Lewis Carrollâ€™s classic â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€ and possibly also â€œThrough the Looking Glass,â€ the album is comprised of some pretty trippy songs. Seriously, I blame this album for all my sleeping problems (not really). Also of note was the general publicâ€™s introduction to the OverClocked Plaid Muffins, through the mixpost ofÂ â€œSka Buffet (All You Can Eat: Clean Version)â€, a clean cut of their track on the upcoming Milky Way Wishes album.
July may not have kicked off with a â€œFour for the Fourthâ€ as in 2010, but it give usÂ NiGHTS: Lucid DreamingÂ on the fifth. Worked on with love for the game, Stevo Bortz, akaÂ Level 99Â or he of the awesome beard, the track featured two discs that took the listener on a journey through the game. Except guided by music instead of some flying jester. This was also the first album I reviewed without being familiar with the source material; doesnâ€™t really matter, as the album is fantastic either way. Also in July, YouTube favoriteÂ FamilyJules7xÂ began a hiatus from his weekly game music guitar covers; after a year of releasing a song weekly, he felt the need to relax. He ended Year 1 withÂ a cover of the Super Mario 64 Credits theme.
August happened to be Metroidâ€™s 25th anniversary, so a bunch of Metroid music was released. First it wasÂ Harmony of a HunterÂ on the 7th, and thenÂ Theophanyâ€™sÂ Crystal FlashÂ EP later that same day.ShnabubulaÂ and a friend also made a tribute song for the anniversary along withÂ a video, which was laterÂ featured on IGN. The song itself wasÂ posted on the 12th. On August 14, Mazedude revealed his self-proclaimed opusÂ American Pixels, the long awaited follow-up to 2006â€™sÂ American Album. It will remix a bunch of songs from American composers, including Jake Kaufman and Danny Baranowsky. August 15th brought the release of Amphibiousâ€™s debut EP,Â Oceans. A soothing aural trip into the ocean, through its deeps, and back out once more, it was an excellent effort. Nario released an EP on the 19th, entitledÂ More of Me. A chippy mix of a bunch of different songs, itâ€™s a rather nice listen on the whole.
Then in September,Â Danimal CannonÂ releasedÂ a video. It was a rather hilarious video (explicit too, I think), but it led to a bunch of people calling him out as racist and homophobic. The best part about all the hate? The video itself was making fun of rap, and thus was created specifically to mock those whoâ€™d complain. On the 7th, an album that often had questions about its status asked was finally released. No, it was not FFV: The Fabled Warriors – WATER. Instead, it wasÂ Mega Man 9: Back in Blue. The song arranged the majority of the soundtrack. Unfortunately, all the songs on a Mega Man soundtrack are rather integral, especially the stage themes. And this album completely neglected to have a Concrete Man remix. Sure, there were two Jewel Man mixes, but no Concrete Man.
October was nowhere near as busy as the previous month (though that was mostly due to Concrete Manâ€™s omission), but it was a good month nonetheless. The tenth heralded the release ofÂ Super Dodge Ball: Around the World, another of OCRâ€™s albums that had been in the works for several years. Itâ€™s never planned that way, but thereâ€™s a few where that has happened (such as 2010â€™sÂ Threshold of a DreamÂ or 2009â€™sSummoning of Spirits). A lot of great tracks were to be found here, including two mixes of the Versus Play theme (appropriate for the 2-player motif of versus play itself). And on Halloween, the oft-loved Castlevania mixÂ â€œJuese Belmontâ€Â finally made it to OCR. Albeit it was by Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire (who covered the song as part of the Kickstarter campaign for their album â€œUltimate Songs from the Pitâ€) and not the original Disk Mastah Smokabitch. Longtime OCR members may say otherwise though, and for good reason.
November kicked off withÂ â€œCover Your Light,â€Â a remix of the main theme of the Commodore 64 game Deflektor. OCR had been holding it for the German hard/glam rock band Zero Division since August of 2010, wishing it to be released after their latest album was released. However, since that took longer than expected, this mix sat around for 15 months. Itâ€™s fantastic, and sounds just like it was ripped from the â€™80s.Â The 6th heralded the release ofÂ Ultimate Songs from the Pit, the album of which the Kickstarter campaign that produced the â€œJuese Belmontâ€ mix mentioned above was for. I hope that made senseâ€¦
The first R:TS mix of the year saw release as an OCReMix on the 17th, giving JH Sounds his first mixpost and Cyril the Wolf another one; the mix is an emotional acoustic rendition of Final Zone from Sonic 1, entitledÂ â€œFinality (Radio Edit).â€Â Itâ€™s an edit from JH Soundsâ€™s albumÂ Hedgehog Hysteria, releaed in 2010. On the day of release for the latest Zelda game also came a surprise album:Â 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute. Released on the 22nd, the album took composers of various indie games and mixed them with songs from across the entire franchise and its 25 years of captivating minds of all ages.
Roots by Danimal Cannon
Danimal Cannon started December off with the release ofÂ Roots, a collection of chiptune originals. He was even nice enough to include the project files so that others could experiment with them. OCR releasedÂ BadAss: Boss ThemesÂ on the 6th; this album was just boss themes from a bunch of different games, mostly rock and metal but with a great orchestral track and a couple others too. This is also only Volume 1; the Volume 2 threadâ€™s already up and running in the projects board. The Bad Dudes released another album on the 20th, theÂ Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album. Iâ€™m working on getting a copy of this to review with the other two for a Metroid Triple Review, donâ€™t worry. Also released on the 20th was the long-awaitedÂ Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous. This album took the the soundtrack of Wild Arms and arranged it in a multitude of styles, all of which worked wonderfully for them. And on Christmas, ProtoDome released his albumÂ BLUESCREEN, a follow-up to Juneâ€™sÂ BLUENOISE. This begs the questionâ€¦ is this the dangerous formula he saves Christmas with? Possibly, but itâ€™s awesome regardless of that. As for the theme DJP set at the yearâ€™s startâ€¦ I think that with all the albums released, it was more than met.
December also happened to beÂ Reviews MonthÂ at OCR. The premise this year? OA had attained the Power of the ReMix and was poised to destroy OCR. Thus, King djpretzel and his ReMix knights had to review mixes to deal damage. Each remix dealt 50 damage to him, but each remix OA wrote healed 50 HP. Rexy and Bahamut annihilated OA, with a lot of help from many other members. However, that was but OAâ€™s first form;Â the ground began to rumbleâ€¦ and then his true form awoke. AÂ tentacled beastÂ bearing the facial likenesses of other judges (including Jooj-cat) revealed itself and challenged the community to review 200 tracks to finish him off. Everyone kept doing their best, and I even got involved, doing 16 reviews a day on the 23rd and 24th, and then 16 more on the morning of Christmas. By Christmas night in my time zone, Final OA was down to needing a mere 20 reviews to finish him off. So I took the initiative and reviewed 20 more songs (bringing my total to 36 for that day alone; 78 total) to finish him. What were the spoils of battle, you ask? Well for every review written, a raffle ticket would be entered to win one of three $35 eStarland gift certificates or one of three custom avatars on the OCR forums. Rexy finished the month with a grand total of 200 reviews, and Bahamut with 118. It was a noble effort from all!
And now we find ourselves in 2012. The final tallies for the previous year are 206 mixposts and twelve albums on OCR, and thirty-nine mixposts for ReMix: ThaSauce. Thatâ€™s twenty-one more songs and four more albums than 2010 for OCR, and nineteen fewer for R:TS. Regardless of that, thereâ€™s plenty more to come, just as there is plenty Iâ€™ve missed (I know for a fact thereâ€™s stuff I havenâ€™t mentioned here). If you know of something else great from 2011 that wasnâ€™t mentioned here, just post it in a comment! It was a wondrous year for the community, and I know that 2012 will be even better! So until next time, game on!
From the creator of the hit chiptune album BLUENOISE, comes the exciting all-caps sequel, BLUESCREEN! This time around things get more varied with a touch less wah synth, a little more crazy hi-hat jamming and 100% more live sax on 1/10th of the tracks! Statistics! You know itâ€™s going to be good.
Following his wonderful debut album BLUENOISE, we’re pleased to announce thatÂ PROTOÂ·DOME’s latest head-bobbin’ tracks are as catchy as ever. Creatively dubbed as ‘chiptune jazz micro-music’,Â BLUESCREEN gracefully borders the line of classy overtures and bold, saxxy tunes.
BLUESCREEN is available now on Bandcamp and Ubiktune.Â We’ve taken the liberty to embed a few of our favorite songs below for your listening pleasure.
OverClocked ReMix overlord djpretzel has recently released a new policy to announce the source material and directors of private album projects in order to tackle problems with other potential projects of the same game:
We’ve recently decided (duh) that it’sÂ not fair to the community to have these private projects be COMPLETELY privateÂ – at the very least, we’re going to announce the names of games being worked on, so would-be directors can decide for themselves whether to start their own projects from the same games. Again, to be clear, these are private albums being run by directors who prefer to do things that way, which IS an option that we respect & allow, so we’re not going to release any additional information about these projects OTHER than the game name, and we ask that everyone respect the wishes of the director(s) who choose to run their projects this way. By the same token, though, we decided that keeping the actual names of the games private was problematic & not transparent.
Currently, the two private projects Â that have been approved by OverClocked ReMix are Final Fantasy VI and Banjo Kazooie. To keep up-to-date on the list of current OCR projects that will be released , you can view the thread here. If you happen to be interested in the starting an official project for OCR and/or project approval,Â Â guidelines are also available here.
Today OverClocked ReMix released their 28th arrangement album: Around the World. Around the World is a tribute to the 1987 Super Dodgeball soundtrack by Kazuo Sawa. Project directors Kyle Crouse (KyleJCrb) and Alan Bish (Murmeli Walan) help offer up one of OverClocked ReMix’s most diverse remix projects to date, it offers a melting pot of genres and styles from rock to rap; from ethnic to techno.