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Vocalist Itoki Hana arranges Kirby vocal covers

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-16 - comments
Kyoto-based musician Itoki Hana has uploaded numerous vocal covers to SoundCoud of themes from the Kirby series of Nintendo action games. A guest arranger on the Mega Ran Japan Tour LP, her online chip remixes and vocal arrangements reinterpret compositions from EarthBound, Mega Man 3 and Final Fantasy III.
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Threes background music by Big Giant Circles

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-15 - comments
Background music to the elegant iOS puzzler Threes, composed by Jimmy "Big Giant Circles" Hinson, is streaming in full on Bandcamp. Including two unused alternative tracks written for the iPhone and iPad app, Threes The Soundtrack is available to download in your file format of choice for "name your price."
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Okinawa Game Takt concert festival slated for March

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-14 - comments
Okinawa, Japan will host the Game Takt concert festival on March 21 and 22. A host of musical performances featuring the Ryukyu Philharmonic Orchestra and influential game composers is scheduled to include the participation of Noisycroak founder Hideki Sakamoto, Yakuza series composer Hidenori Shoji, Kingdom Hearts' Yoko Shimomura, Romancing Saga's Kenji Ito and Xenogears' Yasunori Mitsuda.
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Austin Wintory 2014 DICE presentation on YouTube

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-14 - comments
Austin Wintory's twenty-minute DICE presentation "Music's Rising Tides" can now be viewed on YouTube, extolling the virtues of today's unprecedented low barriers to being heard for aspiring musicians. The composer's orchestral score for The Banner Saga was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and published through Bandcamp.
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The Last of Us Vol. 2 soundtrack on iTunes

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-14 - comments
Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla's soundtrack for The Last of Us has been extended to include a second volume, now available to purchase digitally through iTunes. The 25-track album includes music from the "Left Behind" downloadable content for Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 exclusive survival drama.
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Patricia Rudisill arranges Gravity Rush for strings

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-13 - comments
Violinist Patricia Rudisill has uploaded a set of Super Nintendo era game arrangements to SoundCloud, featuring music from Chrono Trigger, Super Mario World and Super Mario RPG. Other themes from more recent titles such as Gravity Rush can be viewed as quartet performances on YouTube.
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Composer Mike Morasky talks music in Valve titles

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-12 - comments
Portal 2 composer Mike Morasky talks music for Valve games in his one-hour Steam Dev Days presentation, uploaded earlier today to YouTube. The composer contends that the "hierarchy free" ethos of the studio, and the full integration of artists within the development process, facilitates freedom of exploration.
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Chipzel, Matsumae, Baiyon to perform at Bit Summit

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-11 - comments
The organizers of the 2014 Bit Summit indie game festival have announced the lineup of musicians performing at the event, March 7 through 9. Taking place in Kyoto, Japan at the Miyako Messe, participating artists include Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae, Game Boy musician Chipzel and PixelJunk Eden artist Baiyon.
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GameChops publishes Club Kong by halc

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-10 - comments
Game-inspired netlabel GameChops has published the game cover EP Club Kong, a club music cover album revisiting six themes by David Wise composed for Donkey Kong Country twenty years ago. Arranged by halc and streaming in full on Bandcamp, the album features vocals by brentalfloss and a remix by Dj Cutman.
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Aliceffekt scores Oquonie iOS puzzle game

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-09 - comments
Hiversaires designer Aliceffekt has composed an original score for Oquonie, an iOS puzzle game developed in collaboration with illustrator Rekka Bellum. Due out next week, the game depicts bizarre characters who speak an obscure language, allowing the player to explore an intertwined megastructure labyrinth.
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The Legend Artists compiles composers' early works

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-07 - comments
What did the music of Yoko Shimomura, Yuzo Koshiro and Hitoshi Sakimoto sound like, before those game composers became famous? "The Legend Artists" compilation album, published by KORG M01D developer Detune, will attempt to answer that question on April 27 by archiving early game tracks by well known musicians.
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Yoko Shimomura 25th Anniversary album Memória

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-06 - comments
Square Enix has announced their second Yoko Shimomura arrange album compilation, due for release on March 26. Following Drammatica, the 25th Anniversary commemorative compilation, entitled "Memória," will feature new recordings of the composer's themes from Kingdom Hearts, LIVE A LIVE and Legend of Mana.
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8 Bit Instrumental arrangements on SoundCloud

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-06 - comments
South American game cover band 8 Bit Instrumental uploaded several of their classic game arrangements to SoundCloud, yesterday. The acoustic renditions of themes from Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid can be heard alongside the band's score for Pulso da Rua, a cancelled indie PC game set in Brazil.
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Mon Petit Arigato chiptune party March 7 in Kyoto

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-05 - comments
On Friday, March 7 during the weekend of the Bit Summit II indie game festival, Cafe la Siesta will hold the Mon Petit Arigato chiptune party in Kyoto Gion, Japan at 9:00 pm. The event will feature live performances by chip musicians TORIENA and NNNNNNNNNN of Madmilky Records, as well as 3dNOW of Kusemono Records.
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Laura Shigihara announces Rakuen soundtrack

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-02-04 - comments
Plants vs Zombies composer Laura Shigihara has announced the soundtrack release for her adventure game Rakuen, scheduled to debut on Bandcamp on April 12. Nine themes from the music score are currently streaming online, including the song "Jump," featured on the Play For Japan: The Album Vol. 1 charity project.