July 24, 2014
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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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Op-ed: On Bit Summit sponsors and banning privileges

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-24 - comments
This opinion editorial on the Bit Summit 2014 press event has been updated following a banning notice I received from an event sponsor. I argue that the spectacle was indistinguishable from mainstream press events, employing a competitive, unwelcoming atmosphere in contrast to the previous year's gathering.
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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.
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#OSThursday soundtrack giveaway series launches

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-04-21 - 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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Antichamber: An Overnight Success added to GDC Vault

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-04-13 - comments
In "An Overnight Success, Seven Years in the Making," independent developer Alexander Bruce presents on the design of the psychological exploration game Antichamber. The lecture on the development of the first-person puzzler, featuring an original score by Siddhartha Barnhoorn, is now free to view on the GDC Vault site.
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Wave cloning accusations roil chiptune community

Source submitted by mrwasteland on 2014-04-01 - comments
Nubuwo.com is closely tracking an emerging controversy in the chiptune community after alert listeners have noticed startling similarities in the basic waveforms used by multiple artists. “It’s shocking,” one poster wrote. “It’s as if all of the music we've been enjoying for years just boils down to patterns of frequencies of waveforms.”
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Mega Ran Returns to Kichijoji, Tokyo on March 25

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-03-01 - comments
American nerdcore rapper Mega Ran will appear live at Pico Pico Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo on March 25 in an encore performance of the Mega Ran Japan Tour. Beginning at 2:00 pm, the show will include acts by Mega Ran, Asu Rock, Motohiro Kawashima, Kunio, Smallest and more. 1000 yen entrance fee includes multiple re-entry.
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It's Not Ero by Isaac Schankler single promotion

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2013-10-18 - comments
Those who backed our Kickstarter can join our promotion for game composer Isaac Schankler's digital single "It's Not Ero!" Name your favorite track from the Tokyo Gaming Showcase album bundle and why you like it on the Kickstarter comments for a chance to receive the instrumental single from the indie game Hate Plus.