TPR of Phoenix Rise Music, a 24-year-old pianist from the South of England, has focused on the darker aspects of Nobuo Uematsu's first PlayStation RPG score with the release of classically inspired fan arrange album "A Melancholy Tribute to Final Fantasy VII." The thirteen track tribute album is currently available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.
Celtic music aficionado Kou Ogata of k-waves LAB will release a Nora arrange album at Comic Market 81, reinterpreting Michiko Naruke's music compositions from the Nintendo DS role-playing game through the use of live instruments.
French news site Musica Ludi reports that Xenoblade co-composers CHiCO and Tomori Kudo, members of the ACE music studio in Japan, will be writing original music for Nintendo 3DS title Code of Princess.
Game arrange circle Diverse System will release Ridge Racer Respect Recreation at Comic Market 81, a compilation of Ridge Racer remixes from throughout the series. A cross-fade sample is available to stream and download from the album webpage, including tracks by ten different artists.
Game arrange circle HellionSounds is preparing their eighth Atlus tribute compilation "Last Floor" for release at Comic Market 81 late this month. The album is set to include twelve tracks arranged from the Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey series soundtracks, Persona 4, Devil Survivor 2 and more.
Game arrange circle Dangerous Mezashi Cat will release their Mega Drive tribute compilation album Omega Catastrophe at Comic Market 81 on December 31. The compact disc release will include renditions of music from Super Shinobi, Space Harrier, Virtual-On, Outrun, Thunder Force III and more.
Square Enix has launched the webpage for arrange album Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III, due out February 29, 2012 in Japan. A track list has been posted, revealing that the thirteen tracks performed by Hiroyuki Nakayama will include "Matoya's Theme" and "Mount Gulug" from Final Fantasy I.
Game arrange circle Salvation by Faith Records will release a Super Smash Bros. Brawl remix compilation titled "We Bros. X," at Comic Market 81, taking place on December 31. More than 20 artists are participating in the 2-disc album.
Ten piano arrangements by Brent Kennedy have been released as an album under the title Super Meat Boy Choice Piano Cuts. Tracks from the PC, Mac and XBLA platformer chosen for reinterpretation include Betus Blues, The Salt Factory, It Ends 1 & 2, Forest Medley and C.H.A.D.'s Lullaby.
The latest installment of the IndieGames Podcast features Austin Wintory discussing his music for flOw and Journey by ThatGameCompany, along with Andy Schatz' Monaco. Chris Schlarb talks about working with Nifflas on NightSky and Erik Loyer on Strange Rain. Shadi Muklashy and Ali Bavarian of Paper Sound, writing music for mech combat simulator Hawken, talk old school game melodies.
Retro City Rampage co-composer Leonard Paul of Lotus Audio will be presenting at the 2012 Game Developers Conference on Strange Loop Games' independently developed title Vessel. "Techniques of dynamic sound design will examine the methods of sequencing, layering, layered sequencing, spectral layering, effects parameter modulation, asymmetric loops and granulation."
The Square Enix Music Blog has posted an email interview in English and Japanese with Shootie HG (Shawn McPherson). The artist arranged the hard rock theme "Crazy Chocobo," composed by Nobuo Uematsu, found in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Previously he contributed vocals and lyrics for two songs featured in Devil May Cry 4, and served a similar role for a track found in Marvel vs Capcom 3.
The Independent Games Festival organizers have revealed the audio jury panel for the 2012 awards, taking place at GDC. They are: music director Emily Ridgway of Double Fine, David Lloyd and Larry Oji of OverClocked ReMix, composer Chris Schlarb of NightSky, audio director Darren Korb of Supergiant Games, Matthew Burns of Shadegrown Games, designer Dylan Fitterer of Audiosurf, audio lead Matt 'Chainsaw' Chaney of Twisted Pixel and lead designer James Barker of GL33K.
Game arrange circle Woodsoft will be debuting their Castlevania tribute compilation "Chronicles of the Past" at Comic Market 81 in Tokyo, Japan on December 31. A three-minute cross-fade sample can be heard on the group's website by activating the blue "mp3" hypertext or clicking the gray player bar on the lower right corner of the screen.
Game cover band Bad Dudes of "Chronotorious" have released Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album through Bandcamp. Both limited edition compact discs and digital downloads are available for purchase, including 14 arranged tracks from various Metroid game series titles.