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Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

Post by Octorok385 » October 7th, 2017, 11:32 pm

Loved the last episode of the pod, keep it up!

As an added bonus, Etrian Odyssey 5 is out in the West in a few short days... Can we get one of these killer battle tracks on the pod?


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Post by TheStuntLady » October 13th, 2017, 10:31 pm

Partly because it's almost Halloween, and partly because I haven't yet seen any submissions from this wonderful horror gem, I'm requesting a track called "The Janitor Awaits," from Little Nightmares. Although this is a relatively short and straightforward puzzle-solver, the scenarios you encounter as the frail, diminutive figure in its yellow raincoat are genuinely upsetting. Everything in this world is gigantic and grotesque, designed specifically to disturb on a deep, subconscious level. Naturally, the visuals are masterfully underscored by the game's sound design and music. This particular track marks a critical segment of the game where the player must escape from a horribly deformed creature known as The Janitor. The ambient noises and metallic clangs evoke the harsh, cold environment of a ship's boiler room as you continue your attempts to evade this monster. Then, just as you think you're safe, the track comes to a screeching crescendo that cranks ups the tension - and with your heart racing, you run that much closer to freedom, mere inches from the Janitor's unnaturally long reach.

If you're a fan of atmospheric horror, I highly recommend Little Nightmares. Its incredible visuals and unsettling score will stay with you long after the credits roll.


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Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

Post by Jobobonobo » October 23rd, 2017, 8:58 pm

Not sure if there is a Halloween special this year but I remember requesting this last year and hope ye find time for it to be on a show because I really think this is one of my favourite scary tunes.

The song I want to recommend is Misty Menace composed by David Wise for Donkey Kong Country. This is one of the most creepy tunes I have ever heard and I honestly find it to be one of Wise's greatest work. The level this plays in, Stop and Go Station, is a dingy cave with a thick fog and enemies called Rockkrocs which rapidly pace back and forth and only stay still when you hit a barrel with STOP written on it. Then they curl up into a ball and now you can run past them but you need to be quick before the barrel goes from STOP to GO and they will rush into you. Their glowing red eyes add to their malevolent appearance and only appear in this level. Accompanying this is some of the most genuinely unsettling music I have heard in a video game. It is oppressive, bleak, and beautiful in the atmosphere of hopelessness it engenders in you. This belongs in a Silent Hill title not a silly game about monkeys getting their bananas back from crocodile people. While some may not think the graphics of DKC are as impressive as they once were, many would agree that the music has aged wonderfully. This piece in particular is still as spine tingling as it was when I first played this over 15 years ago.

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Post by Flabyo » October 23rd, 2017, 9:05 pm

I do hope we are getting another visit from the ghost host with the most this year... although I don’t know if it’s possible to top the Josh song from last year...

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Post by Whippledip » October 24th, 2017, 1:43 am

So not necessarily making a SoP request (although I'm sure they won't say no), but I figure it's of general interest to the crew here. My brother (the trumpet player) released a jazz album of video game covers this year with a friend of his under the moniker Grand Noise Consortium, mostly of the general favourites that people know and love. I happen to like it, but I'm also kind of biased. I will say though, that it leans more to the jazz side of things where the base of those songs becomes a platform for some improvisation so if you're looking for 1:1 covers you probably won't find it as enjoyable, but if you ever wanted the Mario theme played in a smoky whisky bar then give it a shot.

The website is here, it has a few tracks to stream in full, with a place to buy the CD if you're so inclined: https://www.grandnoiseconsortium.com/

It's also available on Spotify and Amazon if that's your kind of thing.

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Post by Stanshall » October 24th, 2017, 11:13 am

I've heard some of their stuff before and it's great fun. I didn't realise they were on Spotify so that's worth adding. Cheers.

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Post by Whippledip » October 25th, 2017, 9:35 am

Stanshall wrote:
October 24th, 2017, 11:13 am
I've heard some of their stuff before and it's great fun. I didn't realise they were on Spotify so that's worth adding. Cheers.
Surprised to see someone else is already aware of it. That's pretty cool.

I believe they only got the streaming stuff organised a couple of months ago, it took a while to get there from the initial release.

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Post by Stanshall » October 25th, 2017, 9:46 am

I wondered where I'd heard of them and just assumed you'd shared a link previously. If not, it'll be from reddit.

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Post by nickturner13 » October 26th, 2017, 11:23 pm

As soon to be mentioned on an upcoming Sound Of Play, here's a great one - the Spectrum version of the MOTD theme, from Match Day.



From 29 seconds until 1:07 or so.
"I think I'm going to think myself to death" - Henry Rollins

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Post by Scrustle » October 27th, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'd like to submit Mists in the Mire, by Frida Johansson and Henrik Oja, from Unravel. Unravel is a game I let slip by when it first came out. While I had some interest, I lost that when the game seemed to get a somewhat lukewarm reception from critics. I became interested again actually through hearing the soundtrack on this podcast, and I'm extremely glad I finally gave it a go. I found it to be an amazing and powerful experience that really spoke to me, perhaps more than with many reviewers. That's in no small part thanks to the soundtrack, which is just stunning. There's a short documentary on Youtube where the creators of the game talk about the soundtrack, and how it's supposed to invoke a feeling of "vemod", which they describe as being a "beautiful melancholy", which I think they absolutely nailed.



P.S Here's the documentary I mentioned, for pronunciation purposes, if nothing else.

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Post by plqc » October 31st, 2017, 3:14 am

The track I'm submitting is Galaxy's greatest pirate from the game Flinthook. My girlfriend bought the game since she heard about the game from one of the developpers (Montreal's own Tribute Games!). She didn't play it for very long since she found it a bit difficult for her more casual tastes, so I'm the one who ended up playing it the most.

The game itself is very good, a fun rogue-like platformer with an interesting setting. But the real stand-out here is the music. This song is the first one you hear while booting up the game. It's very short, but it gets you pumped right away for what's to come, and good luck getting it out of your head!


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Post by nickturner13 » October 31st, 2017, 11:05 pm

Just occurred to me that this is one of the best video game songs ever, yet was not selected until now! (unless I missed it)

"Lets go for a joyride" from the original GTA.

Epitomized the gameplay for me, gangster-esque, yet somehow cartoony and comedic.

Must have listened to this track a hundred times whilst hanging out at a mate's house as a teenager, pretending to be gangsters and getting involved, in a small town countryside way, in all that implies...

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Post by Bloody Initiate » November 8th, 2017, 4:19 am

I was just about to suggest that Grand Theft Auto track! I am not the least bit upset to be beaten to it, pretty pleased in fact :P .

GTA3 was my first GTA, and that was one of those tracks I learned to switch to consistently.

Speaking of GTA, there's a lot of good music that comes out of that series which isn't licensed. There are some commissioned tracks which masquerade in the game as licensed tracks. In some cases songs were just made up by someone on the sound team for the game.

In GTA3, there were a few songs on the radio that I tried to track down later only to discover they didn't actually exist outside the game. Here is one:

"Stripe Summer" by Dil-Don't, but I'm pretty sure there's no such artist.
Spoiler: show
Here's a different version more clearly lifted from the game which will give an idea of how it was heard in the game
Fast forward to GTA5 there are a couple tracks on Flylo FM which appear to have been created entirely for the game. One leads into the other, and I would explain to people the best song in the game was followed by the second best song in the game.

When these songs came on the radio I would always put the pedal to the metal no matter what I was doing before they came on. It was vital that I accelerated as hard as possible whenever they were playing and just tried to survive whatever happened as a result.

Hudson Mohawke's song 100HM made it to my downloads long ago, but I remember being very frustrated that I couldn't find it in the online store or on the GTA5 soundtrack. Turns out the Hudson Mohawke had chosen to give it away. I don't know if the "HM" stands for "Horror Movies" but it sounds like it. What an incredible song to cause me to speed down the road in GTA5.



Next up is "The Kill" by Flying Lotus featuring Niki Randa. Flying Lotus also hosts the Flylo FM station.

This one is available on the soundtrack. I've always thought it sounded awesome, and in parts of GTA5 it's deadly appropriate. There is one issue which is that it spends its last minute and a half doing effectively nothing. Thankfully it does a lot before that.




Giving GTA a break, I started playing Diablo 3 which reminded me of other games with that perspective, specifically Hunter: The Reckoning. Composers: Chadd Portwine, Tim Stasica, Fred Love, and Coma.

The main menu theme for Hunter sets the mood nicely.
Hunter the Reckoning - Main Menu Theme

And really sexy fight music, which I believe plays when you start to get a high spree and also during a boss fight against a giant possessed Teddy Bear... the fight itself isn't sexy. I think the Teddy Bear vomits on you while you chainsaw him to death. The music though... you feel much cooler about being a Hunter when you think this is what plays while you vanquish evil.

Knuckle



I will now lighten the mood with some Shantae. I've barely played Half-Genie Hero,. My wife saw a friend playing it, was entranced, so I bought it for her, and she got frustrated with it and doesn't play it. What little I played made me think it was a perfectly good game.

This song plays on the level my wife got stuck on the longest, so it stuck in my head. Conveniently I like it. It starts out very generic which I'm pretty sure is just to let it loop easily, it gets much better.

Counterfeit Mermaids by Jake Kaufman

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Post by Whippledip » November 13th, 2017, 1:36 am

I have no connection the Metroid games but came across this elsewhere where the soundtrack is recreated with proper synths and basically turns it in to Metroid as directed by John Carpenter.


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