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Video Game Music

Postby Lostdreams » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:01 pm UTC

A while back I found a nice remix version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's Gerudo Valley theme and more recently I found a nice rock mix of Megaman 2 Dr. Wily stage one I think this is ok copyrightwise?. I am looking for more classic console era game music that has been remixed but leaves the original song unbroken. (No Hyrule Forest: The Dubstep Version or Super Mario Bros. Underwater World Trance)

General video game music talk and sharing is also welcome, though people should be copyright wary.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby philsov » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:56 pm UTC

For various values of "unbroken"...

My top picks (licensed, no less):

Chrono Trigger - Brink of Time-- Chrono Trigger soundtrack (which is one of the greatest of ALL TIME. ALL TIME.) redone with a twist of acid jazz as saxaphones go crazy and there's a small shuffle to the beat. Magus' Theme is the most oddball of the bunch, with hints of an old western thrown into the mix.

FF4 - Celtic Moon - Pretty much what the tin says

Actraiser - Symphonic Suite - Out of the midi tracks and into a full orchestra. It's amazing.

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Past that, there's a few rock/remix bands worth checking out, like The Advantage and Powerglove
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Dauric » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:07 pm UTC

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby VectorZero » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:16 am UTC

Well, I'll start by pointing towards OCRemix, since that's a huge repository of remixed and reimagined classic soundtracks. If you can't find something you like in there, you must be dead inside. Personally, I've listened to Voices of the Lifestream (FFVII) well over a hundred times and still love it. Personal favourites: Every Story Begins With A Name, Materia Junkie, Full Frontal Assault, Adrenalyne Kick, Lunatic Moon.

Next, I'm required as an Australian to point out Eminence Symphony Orchestra, who've done several concerts of (mostly Japanese) game and anime music. Links to more in the comments.

Um. I've been listening to Jimmy Hinson/BigGiantCircles a bit lately after hearing his stuff on OCRemix. He worked on the ME2 soundtrack and has a few albums out. Try Imposter Nostalgia for new music inspired by 8-bit soundtracks, or Max Effect or Legacy for his Mass Effect stuff.

Keep an eye out for indie music bundle if you like the music from modern indie games.

Jim Guthrie's Sword and Sworcery LP was a fantastic album independent of its status as a soundtrack.

Miracle of Sound (Gavin Dunne) makes songs based on current games. Also has video clips hosted at the escapist. Personal favourites: Sovngarde Song, Commander Shepard, Wasteland Soul ... actually there's not many I don't like :)
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Derek » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:51 am UTC

Lostdreams wrote:more recently I found a nice rock mix of Megaman 2 Dr. Wily stage one I think this is ok copyrightwise?.

(Mega Man dump incoming)

There are dozens of remixes of Mega Man songs, Wily's Theme being probably the most common (because its such a great song). But I'll post some more well known megaman music videos:
Okkusenman (Instrumental of that, which is my favorite version of Wily's Theme)
Airman ga Taosenai (I can't Defeat Airman)
Megaman 2 by Duane & BrandO

I'm also partial to anything from Mega Man 9, since its the only Mega Man game I've really played (I'll get around to the others someday...).


Okay, music from other games:
Baba Yetu from Civilization 4 (it even won a Grammy!)
Still Alive from Mirror's Edge (not that "Still Alive"!)
Frank Klepacki has some great stuff, mostly from the Command and Conquer games. (His website used to have a radio at the bottom, but it seems to be gone now)
Soviet March is from CNC: Red Alert 3, but is not by Klepacki.
VVVVVV also had a great soundtrack.
I've also always liked the orchestral version of One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy 7)

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby EvanED » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:57 am UTC

For various reasons I don't have anything to suggest from the classic console era, but:

Derek wrote:Okay, music from other games:
Baba Yetu from Civilization 4 (it even won a Grammy!)


I was going to suggest that as well.

Also on my list:
  • Some Halo music
  • Most Bioware games have great soundtracks (Jade Empire & Mass Effect 1&2 stand out; I haven't heard ME3 yet) though it sounds to me like it's either (admittedly very good) synthesized fake orchestra or actual orchestra postprocessed to the point at which it sounds kind of fake; it's really too bad, because I think it'd be well-served to do it "right", like...
  • Starcraft 2
  • Myst 3 has several good tracks (there's a common composer, Jack Wall, between it and some of Bioware's stuff)

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby SirBryghtside » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:09 pm UTC

All I know is that this is the best damn remix I have ever heard.

It was based off of the theme from the original games, and it inspired the one in SoulSilver.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Shivahn » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:28 pm UTC

Derek wrote:I've also always liked the orchestral version of One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy 7)


A lot of the Final Fantasy music has good arrangements. The piano tracks in particular have some excellent ones - I am particularly fond of "Tina" from FF6.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Dark567 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:10 pm UTC

Shivahn wrote:
Derek wrote:I've also always liked the orchestral version of One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy 7)


A lot of the Final Fantasy music has good arrangements. The piano tracks in particular have some excellent ones - I am particularly fond of "Tina" from FF6.

Elder Scrolls composer Jeremy Soule, remixing FFVI's "Terra"
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Endless Mike » Mon May 07, 2012 12:23 am UTC

The soundtrack for Sword and Sworcery is pretty fantastic.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon May 07, 2012 3:16 am UTC

Minibosses are pretty great. But I'm really not impressed with... any of the remixes posted here.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Menacing Spike » Mon May 07, 2012 4:01 am UTC

I really liked some of the Ar Tonelico music. Usually I don't like vocals, and even dislike JRPG vocals even more (are those singers tone deaf or something?), but in those games some of the tracks are well sung, well composed, poignant, and above all fitting to the game.

That's because the game is more or less about singing magic (or
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so a peculiar boss fight or important moment may proceed along a plot-relevant song.

Apparently lots of effort went into those songs, to the extent of creating a language.

My favorite song of the bunch was "EXEC_SPHILIA/." (not linked for copyright reasons).

(the games themselves are loaded with fanservice, cliches, and are far too easy)

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby The Utilitarian » Mon May 07, 2012 4:17 am UTC

Bastion soundtrack. This is all.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Frimble » Mon May 07, 2012 11:12 am UTC

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Jorpho » Tue May 08, 2012 2:35 am UTC

SuperBuckJazz is probably the best remix I know of on OC Remix. (It was released commercially on Estradasphere's Buck Fever album.)

Virt's Funky Pills Dr. Mario remix is, alas, no longer on OC Remix since the author had a falling-out with the site.

And there's a track or two from Project Majestic Mix that I rather like, particularly Battle For Smithy.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Izawwlgood » Tue May 08, 2012 3:12 pm UTC

The Utilitarian wrote:Bastion soundtrack. This is all.

At PAX I went up to the Bastion stand to chat, and told them I loved the game. "Hey, which one of you did the voice of Rucks?" and one of the guys, kind of slight and hipstery looking, raises his hand and grins. I go "Oh man, you were AMAZING, like smoke bubbled through whiskey and gravel!" and goes "Thanks man, I appreciate it, I had a lot of fun with that" but in a very normal mid range, conversational voice. I froze, and looked at him sidelong and was like "Hey, waitta minute..." to which he sighed, and dropped into Rucks-voice, told me to get on now and stop wastin' his time. I EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE'd and then got them to sign the poster.

The Bastion soundtrack is gorgeous.

Also, this is my fucking jam.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Frimble » Wed May 09, 2012 5:20 pm UTC

Lets not forget the elder scrolls soundtracks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPEEp5R_pOo

Or the portal song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthZgszykLs

or the mirrors edge soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERyxFfMqDk


Ed. and oh, why not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EMX1bYoEV0
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby ArgonV » Wed May 09, 2012 5:33 pm UTC

There's the Donkey Kong Country 2 music

And then, there's these remixes

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Frimble » Wed May 09, 2012 5:35 pm UTC

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Menacing Spike » Mon May 14, 2012 8:01 pm UTC

Aside from Ar Tonelico, my more mainstream taste in VG music is toward castlevania music, they kinda sound as if Bach was writing Jazz.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby An Enraged Platypus » Thu May 17, 2012 5:15 pm UTC

I love the remixes that are out there for Ikaruga's music. This is brilliant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg8kFusiYEw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnDJSVSsdCY (the second video has a pretty poor actualy Ikaruga play in it, but let that slide).

Golden Sun's music is still incredible to this day; there are some pieces I would kill to hear in high quality.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Lostdreams » Thu May 17, 2012 5:47 pm UTC

I'm very pleased this thread is still going.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby tms » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

Slaygon's Driller remix. I'm not sure if a direct URL is a good idea, but go to http://remix.kwed.org/ and search 'driller'.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Gelsamel » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:42 pm UTC

Tales of Phantasia (SNES) - Ex; 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 (Yes they got voices in there).
Seiken Densetsu 3 (SNES) - Ex; 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

These games completely dominated the SNES's sound system.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Zohar » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:26 pm UTC

Huh, I'm reviving this almost exactly one year since the last post.

I want to discuss video game music covers! There are so many awesome ones out there! My favorite from the past couple of days is this rendition of Radical Dreamers, from Chrono Cross. One of the singers (the "cutout" one) is Laura Shigihara, she's the composer of the PvZ soundtrack and has some other cool stuff on her channel. The people around her playing are called Meine Meinung, and they do really lovely music, and specifically awesome covers of Japanese videogames and anime. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but the Chrono Trigger battle theme medley is pretty awesome. You must listen to it.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Izawwlgood » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:36 pm UTC

The Radical Dreamers song is beautiful, I've always loved it.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Menacing Spike » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

I really like the music of God Eater on the PSP.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby ConMan » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:26 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Huh, I'm reviving this almost exactly one year since the last post.

I want to discuss video game music covers! There are so many awesome ones out there! My favorite from the past couple of days is this rendition of Radical Dreamers, from Chrono Cross. One of the singers (the "cutout" one) is Laura Shigihara, she's the composer of the PvZ soundtrack and has some other cool stuff on her channel. The people around her playing are called Meine Meinung, and they do really lovely music, and specifically awesome covers of Japanese videogames and anime. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but the Chrono Trigger battle theme medley is pretty awesome. You must listen to it.

I've never played Radical Dreamers, but I love the symphony of music from it on my Eminence album (which is actually a double album, one for anime music and one for video game music).
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Gelsamel » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:00 pm UTC

If we're talking about 'covers' or arrangements/remixes then there is something like 1,000,000 Touhou fan arrangements. In fact that guesstimate is probably way too low. I am pretty sure it's the most remixed set of songs of all time... and U.N. owen was her is probably the most remixed/rearranged song of all time.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Jorpho » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:54 pm UTC

ConMan wrote:
Zohar wrote:Huh, I'm reviving this almost exactly one year since the last post.

I want to discuss video game music covers! There are so many awesome ones out there! My favorite from the past couple of days is this rendition of Radical Dreamers, from Chrono Cross. One of the singers (the "cutout" one) is Laura Shigihara, she's the composer of the PvZ soundtrack and has some other cool stuff on her channel. The people around her playing are called Meine Meinung, and they do really lovely music, and specifically awesome covers of Japanese videogames and anime. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but the Chrono Trigger battle theme medley is pretty awesome. You must listen to it.

I've never played Radical Dreamers, but I love the symphony of music from it on my Eminence album (which is actually a double album, one for anime music and one for video game music).
I rather like the Dale North version. Too bad it's a little short.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3qEF60TuO8

Oh wait, that's an entirely different piece, isn't it? Oh well.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby poxic » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:07 am UTC

No love for the old Heroes of Might & Magic games?

Heroes 2: Warlock's Castle (opera version from the expansion)
Heroes 2: Snow lands

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Menacing Spike » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:11 am UTC

poxic wrote:No love for the old Heroes of Might & Magic games?


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My favorite HoMM theme is V's academy.

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby 3fj » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:44 am UTC

For newer recommendations, the new Rayman games (Origins and Legends) have just the best soundtracks. The stuff I'm about to post doesn't really do it justice, thanks to the way it syncs tracks in and out when you're in danger or something cool happens.

Rayman Origins OST
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Rayman Legends also has "Nightmarified" versions of some pretty popular songs, and turned the levels accompanying them into the one of the best rhythm games I've played in a while.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Zohar » Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

I was never super impressed by HoMM music. I mean, it's good, overall, but I don't play it that much on its own. Also, my favorite HoMM was definitely III.

Rayman has had great music ever since the first. I remember just placing the CD in the computer and using the music player to listen to the music. I definitely did that with HoMM a few times. I think the game I've done this most for is Little Big Adventure.

And if we're talking about more recent stuff, Journey has an amazing soundtrack.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby firesoul31 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:04 am UTC

The Utilitarian wrote:Bastion soundtrack. This is all.


This.

Also, DQ9 has some pretty nice music.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Thesh » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:08 am UTC

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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Zohar » Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:10 pm UTC

Reviving this thread (again?) to rave about the Undertale soundtrack, which I bought yesterday and am really really enjoying.

One thing I love about gaming soundtracks in particular, is how they have musical themes and have variations on them throughout the game. The same melodies get reused and revamped to convey all sorts of emotions and atmospheres. It gives them a lot more emotional impact. Once the staff credits roll by, and you listen to music that, if done well, represents and summarizes the entirety of the game, it creates its own sense of nostalgia.

Movie soundtracks don't always have that - they often also include pop songs and disconnected pieces. While most operas are longer than most video game soundtracks, you experience the music for less time - just three hours instead of the 20+ hours in a game, and the longer period of time lets you associate to the music more, I believe. TV series sometimes have the same thing, but TV series don't get produced as one single unit in advance, as opposed to a game which needs the entirety of its music to be written ahead of time (Battlestar Galactica is an exception to the rule that easily comes to mind).
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Dark567 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:One thing I love about gaming soundtracks in particular, is how they have musical themes and have variations on them throughout the game.

Its call Leitmotif and I generally adore it when its used well. MGS, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect and Star Wars games(of course) come to mind in particular.

Its interesting you mention BSG though, BSG when starting was particularly trying to avoid using Leitmotif because it had become so popular in Sci-Fi(probably due to to its heavy use in Star Wars, probably the best example of Leitmotif in media ever) and BSG was in so many ways a reaction to other Sci-Fi franchises. That said, by about season 2 or 3 BSG fell back into using Leitmotif and you notice it with things like Adamas theme(those bagpipes!).
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Zohar » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

Yeah, every character had their own themes (especially Adama and the Sixes, as you mention). I also think Bear McReary has a pretty identifiable musical style - I remember watching the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and thinking "That really sounds like the BSG guy!", and it was.
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Re: Video Game Music

Postby Izawwlgood » Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that this scene had me shouting at my tv.

It's been a while, but does anyone know if the bagpipes were used for other scenes?
... with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.


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