September 01, 2014
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Mutherpluckin' B Q&A: The Mushroom Variety Show

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-08-26 - comments
Musician Mutherpluckin' B (Henrik Lidbjörk) of Uppsala, Sweden released his fourth album of rock-inspired game covers in July. In this interview, the musician discusses the making of The Mushroom Variety Show, named for its inclusion of submissions from Dwelling of Duels, OverClocked Remix and other sources.
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Square Sounds Tokyo Q&A with Mister Spastic

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-08-18 - comments
The latest album release by Cambridge-based electronic music artist Mister Spastic (Nathan McCoy) is Granta Digital, distributed by Tokyo-based label Cheapbeats. In this interview, the chip musician discusses past and future stage performances, from Blip Festival in New York to the upcoming Square Sounds festival in Tokyo.
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The Ongaku's Attention Economy: August Edition

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-08-17 - comments
This month The Ongaku's Attention Economy feature highlights three indie game soundtracks and two indie games, a chiptune album and a nerdcore music compilation. All are currently on sale at 80% off through Steam, or available for download through Bandcamp for "name your price."
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Carlo Castellano on the sound of The Swapper

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-08-04 - comments
Carlo Castellano is the composer of The Swapper, the atmospheric cloning puzzler by Facepalm Games, based in Helsinki, Finland, making its console debut this week on the PlayStation Network. In this music interview, the composer details his approach to finding a unique sound for the independent game title.
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#OSThursday soundtrack giveaway series launches

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-31 - comments

#OSThursday is a new series of surprise giveaways run through our twitter feed, intended to promote independently funded music releases. Keep an eye out for posts every Thursday (and occasionally Tuesday) for a chance to win soundtrack albums from a diverse array of innovative game-inspired artists.

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The Ongaku's Attention Economy: July selections

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-25 - comments
The Ongaku's Attention Economy is a new feature highlighting low priced, artistically ambitious recent releases. The debut installment takes a look at three soundtracks, two game cover compilations, a chip music album and an indie game, all temporarily on sale or free to download this month. Total asking price: $1.00 minimum.
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IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album turns four

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-23 - comments
Today is the birthday of Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, composer of Natsume's Wild Guns, Pocky & Rocky, Ninja Warriors and Omega Five music scores. Game Music 4 All's free-to-download 40-track tribute album "IWADON" turns four today, including arrangements of the composer's music for various game consoles.
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Goto80 on the hidden secrets of Files in Space

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-15 - comments
Over the past decade the performances of chip musician Goto80 (Anders Carlsson) have spanned such memorable highlights as appearing on children's television in Sweden while covered in salad to singing a deranged cowboy song on stage at Blip Festival Tokyo. In this interview, the musician reveals the secrets hidden within his new album Files in Space, published through the label Data Airlines.
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Name your price for dozens of shared albums

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-07 - comments
The "shared" section of The Ongaku contains working links to hundreds of soundtracks and game-inspired albums that content owners have made available for “name your price” or free download. This news item highlights some popular favorites from over the past several years
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Chipocrite on the chip music score to EarthNight

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-22 - comments
Chipocrite (Paul Weinstein) is a chiptune artist from Philadelphia who makes music using original Nintendo Game Boys, sometimes accompanied by guitars and other synths. In this E3 interview, he discusses his EP previewing the music score to EarthNight, Cleaversoft's runner for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
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Los Ongaku debut interview with Francisco Cerda

Source submitted by Brian Cubría on 2014-06-12 - comments

Francisco Cerda, Chilean pianist and composer, writes music for independently developed game titles. In this debut Los Ongaku interview conducted by Brian Cubría, the musician discusses the Afro-Cuban jazz, electronica and orchestral compositional styles found in his contributions to Gunpoint, Jamestown and Save the Date.

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David Wise on composing music for Tengami

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-11 - comments

Having debuted on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Tengami by Nyamyam Games is now scheduled for release on Steam and Wii U. We had the chance to speak with composer David Wise to hear about the creation of the independent game's soundtrack, which incorporates the use of traditional Japanese instrumentation.

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Bienvenido a Los Ongaku, Spanish site launches

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-04 - comments
Launching prior to this year's E3 Expo, our site has rebranded as The Ongaku in English and The Ongaku Japan in Japanese. In addition, Los Ongaku is now providing videogame music news in Spanish, in conjunction with a Patreon campaign to fund original content developed in Latin America and translated news items.
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IDeeez illustrates Compilación Los Ongaku cover art

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-05-30 - comments
Tokyo-based illustrator IDeeez has designed the cover art for Compilación Los Ongaku, our curated collection of original and arranged music by game composers and game-inspired musicians. The album will be available in June through Patreon, featuring music by Brian Cubría, Jacob Lincke, El Huervo and other artists.
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Composer Jonathan Geer talks Heart Forth, Alicia

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-05-12 - comments
Action adventure game Heart Forth, Alicia is being developed by Mexico-based filmmaker Alonso Martin and musician Jonathan Geer of Austin, Texas. In this interview we hear from the composer on the game's successful Kickstarter campaign and the recently announced involvement of Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae.