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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jan, 2018 At 11:53 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Materia Collective sent out the following

 

 Materia Collective is thrilled to release Johto Legends: Music from Pokémon Gold and Silver, a sweeping orchestral re-imagining of the classic handheld soundtracks by arranger Braxton Burks. Funded on Kickstarter with nearly 1,000 backers, Johto Legends fulfills its campaign promises and more, giving Pokémon fans over an hour of new music on CD, vinyl, and digital formats featuring breathtaking performances by some of the game industry’s greatest talent with credits that include Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses as well as games like DestinyDragon AgeTomb Raider, and Minecraft. Johto Legends will transport listeners back to the Johto region to experience the battles, the characters, and the adventure of Gold and Silver once again. Johto Legends: Music from Pokémon Gold and Silver is licensed and now available:
Johto Legends is a passion project I’ve wanted to fulfill since I was eleven years old,” comments arranger and project organizer Braxton Burks. “Almost every day after school, I’d get on the bus home and turn on my Game Boy Color, loaded with a copy of Pokémon Crystal Version. I spent countless hours headbutting trees in the Ilex Forest, exploring the remains of the Burned Tower, and tracking down the legendaries Entei, Raikou, and Suicune… but it was the game’s soundtrack that really pulled me in with its memorable 8-bit melodies, an eclectic mix of romantic harmonies and Japanese folk music – the perfect backdrop for the Johto region. Sometimes I’d even imagine what the music would sound like if it were orchestrated by one of my idols, John Williams. ‘I wish I could do that,’ I thought. Well, I ended up carrying that dream to adulthood, fueled by my ongoing love affair with the Pokémon games that persists even to this day. I hope listeners will be able to recall their own nostalgic Pokémon journey – the battles, the towns, the routes and caves… and all the adventures in between.”
Learn more about Johto Legends:
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/johto-legends
It is always awesome to see game music like this get a vinyl release. Will you be checking this out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Dec, 2017 At 10:47 AM | Categorized As Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today, Bethesda Softworks and iam8bit revealed that JUN/KUN limited edition Skyrim Vinyl Soundtracks and limited edition Skyrim Screenprints by Aled Lewis will release in Q2, 2018, with pre-order purchase open now via www.iam8bit.com.

Skyrim Vinyl Soundtrack | $40
The legacy of Skyrim is profound, with so much owed to the atmospheric accents of its music. This JUN/KUN limited edition features:

A 2-color black haze, 180-gram vinyl with the development team’s favorite tracks, separated into “Light” and “Dark” sides

An excruciatingly customized album art package from famed artist & Skyrim superfan Aled Lewis

A digital soundtrack

Skyrim Screenprint by Aled Lewis | $100
The world of Skyrim is vast, nearly impossible to contextualize in a single image. Yet acclaimed artist Aled Lewis achieves just that, illustrating a powerful and poignant faceoff between Dragonborn and Alduin, the World Eater atop the icy mountain vista. This limited edition includes:

An epic 6-color hand-pulled screenprint, standing at a strikingly large 24×36 inches, chock-full of hidden touches, some so microscopic that you’ll need to examine in-person to catch them all

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose. The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come, a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons.

This is excellent news. The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim had a truly amazing soundtrack, and a vinyl release with all these extras is truly amazing to see get announced.

Will you be checking this out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Dec, 2017 At 10:02 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Materia Collective sent out the following

 

Materia Collective is pleased to present Sins of Hyrule, an epic retelling of the eternal conflict between the Goddess Hylia and the Evil of evils, Demise, through 15 riveting arrangements. Sins of Hyrule delivers a sonic experience that embraces epic music with electronic flavors. Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess alongside original works by composer/arranger Rozen, Sins of Hyrule is licensed and available now in digital and limited physical CD formats:
Sins of Hyrule includes many fan-favorite tracks from across the series, such as “Gerudo Valley,” “Song of Time,” “Great Fairy’s Fountain,” and “Ballad of the Goddess.” The full track list for Sins of Hyrule is as follows:
01. The Ancient Battle (feat. Laura Intravia)
02. Ballad of the Goddess
03. A King is Born
04. Gerudo Legend (feat. Julie Elven)
05. Song of Hylia
06. Battle for the Sacred Realm
07. Monarchy in Shadows (feat. London Strings)
08. Thief Reborn
09. King of Light and Shadow (feat. ETHEReal String Orchestra)
10. Dark Lord Ganondorf
11. Breath of the Wild
12. Castle in Ruins
13. Calamity
14. Ganon’s Requiem
15. Sins of Hyrule
“More than a straightforward orchestral remix album, this album goes deeper into retelling the mythos of Hyrule, scoring the key moments where humanity is the audience to the colossal battles between light and shadow,” notes Rozen. “Through the use of live instruments, huge percussion, choir, hybrid elements, and dreamy vocals, experience the dark nature and the never-ending cycle of the curse trapped inside the divine-given Triforce.”

Fans will want to check out the limited physical edition CD featuring a six-panel digipak and artwork by Alderion-al and Diego Jimenez. Only 300 copies have been produced, and will make for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

Learn more about Sins of Hyrule: http://sinsofhyrule.com

 

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The music from the Legend of Zelda series is truly amazing, and a release like this is therefore very welcome. Will you be checking this out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Nov, 2017 At 09:16 PM | Categorized As News, Otaku Music, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Just in time for the holidays, iam8bit will be releasing a physical version of the critically acclaimed What Remains of Edith Finch, developed by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive – available exclusively for PlayStation 4 in early January. An essential addition to any PlayStation 4 physical library, What Remains of Edith Finch received rave reviews when it first launched in April, and now the beautiful yet haunting game is a contender for multiple Game of the Year awards, including best independent game at the 2017 The Game Awards.

 

In other exciting news, Annapurna Interactive and iam8bit will be releasing a vinyl soundtrack for What Remains of Edith Finch next year featuring the music of Jeff Russo, the Emmy Award winning composer behind hit TV shows Fargo, Legion and The Night Of. The music leaves players with a hummable, yet eerie melody that bonds with their very being.

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

  • Exclusive Physical Version

  • Premium Reversible Cover Insert

  • Region Free – Worldwide Compatibility

The musical cadence of What Remains of Edith Finch is deliberately slow, immensely methodical and eventually, cathartic. Once you reach its bittersweet and triumphant conclusion, the score, at first so somber, achieves something few soundtracks do – taking the listener on a robust emotional journey.

  • Single LP

  • Brown Smoke Vinyl

  • Composed by Jeff Russo (Fargo, Legion, The Night Of)

  • Album Art by Holly Rothrock (Giant Sparrow 2D Artist)

What Remains of Edith Finch is a truly unique game, and the reception it has received has been amazing. The upcoming physical version and vinyl soundtrack are excellent additions for this wonderful game.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Nov, 2017 At 11:33 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Materia Collective sent out the following

 

Materia Collective is excited to release Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing, a bumpin’ journey behind the wheel of the classic Nintendo 64 racer just in time for the 20th anniversary of the game’s release. Including EDM remixes of all world and boss themes across 20 tracks, Future Dance Land is licensed and available now:
The full track list for Future Dance Land is as follows:
01. Trap Kong
02. The Lap Before Time
03. Jungle TechnoFalls
04. Hoota Buta No Regrets 2017
05. Gonna Get Tricky
06. Going Down an Ever Happy Downward Trajectory Incline
07. Walrus Cove (Icetown Remix)
08. A Blue Walrus (Gotta Beat Bluey)
09. Pirate Lagoon
10. The Secret Trance
11. Seaside Ride (FACT.50 Remix)
12. Boulder Canyon
13. Psykong
14. Wizpig
15. Star City the Third
16. SpaceParty Alpha
17. Totally Radical Orbit
18. Wizpig
19. Timber’s Beach Party
20. Hot Top Volcano, But Sexy
Diddy Kong Racing contains some of my all-time favorite game music,” notes album producer and arranger Nicholas Arden Day (aka Nikolyst). “I felt it was only fitting to combine these catchy tunes with EDM. Once I discovered the 20th anniversary of Diddy Kong Racing was approaching, the idea for this album was born.”
Learn more about Future Dance Land:https://www.materiacollective.com/music/future-dance-land-an-electronic-tribute-to-diddy-kong-racing
This is awesome news. The Materia Collective is doing great work with video game music and this just continues the tradition.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Nov, 2017 At 02:34 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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OverClocked Records proudly welcomes Southern California’s 8-bit Jazz Heroes to its label with the duo’s debut album Press Start. Featuring ten laid-back jazz renditions of several classic Nintendo themes arranged for guitar and upright bass, Adam Bellotto and Robby Delosier arrive at OC Records with the goal of giving good vibes and helping listeners unwind. Tackling several treasured themes from the Mario and Zelda franchises alongside Metroid and Tetris, Press Start is a smoothly-crafted set of nostalgic Nintendo instrumentals transported to a west coast jazz club setting. Press Start is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold

01. Plumber’s Jump (Theme from Super Mario Bros.)
02. Catch That Penguin (Slider Theme from Super Mario 64)
03. Another Water Level (Dire, Dire Docks from Super Mario 64)
04. Doki Doki Swing (Theme from Super Mario Bros. 2)
05. Bounty Hunter Bounce (Metroid Medley)
06. Falling Blocks (Type A from Tetris)
07. Halcyon Hyrule (Title Theme from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
08. Windmill’s Waltz (Song of Storms from Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
09. Requiem in Forest Green (Lost Woods from Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
10. It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! (Theme from The Legend of Zelda)
“When you think of the legendary works of Koji Kondo and Hip Tanaka, they’re generally upbeat ditties, so it’s fun and unique to hear special themes like these slowed down and delivered with a more mellow, relaxed energy,” notes OC Records co-founder Larry Oji. “Upright bass in particular has a lovely sound that you don’t hear often enough in game music, so you’re going to enjoy everything the Heroes have brought to Press Start. We’re certainly looking forward to Adam and Robby’s future arrangements and can’t wait to hear what else they’ve got up their sleeves!”
Press Start’s ten pieces pull from fan-favorite Nintendo games including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, Metroid, and the Game Boy staple Tetris.

This is awesome, as more video game music done in Jazz style is great. This is something Nintendo fans should keep an eye ( and an ear) on!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Nov, 2017 At 10:30 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Materia Collective is thrilled to release Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP, a rocking tribute to The Legend of Zelda. Featuring arrangements from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword by arranger and guitarist Joel Kent, Octorock revisits some of the greatest moments from across the series, injecting guitar riffs and shredding throughout. Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP is fully licensed and available now on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

 

 

The track list for Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP is as follows:

01. The Lost Woods (Ocarina of Time)
02. Dragon Roost Island (Wind Waker)
03. Stone Tower (Majora’s Mask)
04. Ballad of the Sky Goddess (Skyward Sword)

“I’ve been a huge Zelda nerd for as long as I’ve been able to hold a controller,” reflects arranger Joel Kent, “And I still remember my first experience with the series: watching the full moon rise over Hyrule Field during the opening cinematic of Ocarina of Time. When I start up the game and hear those opening chords it still gives me chills and probably always will. Journeying through the various titles in the series to Koji Kondo’s melodies had as much an impression on me growing up as listening to my Dad’s classic rock albums.”

Learn more about Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP:
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/octorock-the-zelda-metal-ep
About Joel Kent
Joel grew up in Northern England and spent his teens studying classical guitar and playing in rock/metal bands. He relocated to Liverpool at age 19 to study and pursue being a full-time musician. Whilst studying classical music at Liverpool University and playing gigs on the weekend, Joel produced a variety of original music and remixes across all sorts genres. In 2016, Joel relocated to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.

Follow Joel Kent on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.

Learn more: https://www.materiacollective.com
Follow Materia Collective on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud

This is amazing. The Zelda series has always had spectacular music, so this Metal EP is truly welcome.

Will you be checking it out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Nov, 2017 At 09:43 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Materia Collective sent out the following

 

Materia Collective is thrilled to unveil the latest installment in their Piano Collections album series dedicated to the original Pokémon titles that started it all. Arranger and performer Trevor Alan Gomes returns to bring to life 38 tracks from Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow, and in the spirit of those classic Game Boy variants, is releasing Piano Collections Pokémon in four different album cover variants, each featuring a unique interpretation of fan-favorite Pokémon charmander, squirtle, bulbasaur, and pikachu. Piano Collections Pokémon is licensed and available today.

 

“There are piano albums like this for many games, but the vision that drove this one was unique: it’s comprehensive and narrative-driven, spanning the entire soundtrack of the game in chronological order to tell the entire story that millions have loved since 1996,” notes Trevor Alan Gomes. “Together with an amazing team, I’ve had the joy of taking the simple, charming 8-bit music of Pokémon Red and
Blue and turning it into lush, expansive piano arrangements.”

With 38 tracks covering almost all of the music from the game and spanning over 100 minutes of classic Pokémon music that is beautiful and lively, fans will relive all of their favorite moments from the original Pokémon games.
About Trevor Alan Gomes
Trevor Alan Gomes is an Los Angeles-based composer, pianist and performer. He has worked extensively as a pianist for The Walt Disney Company and has assisted with score preparation of such feature films as Finding Dory, Skyfall, and Passengers. He regularly performs a live show on Twitch based on improvisation, song writing and sight reading music under the alias 88bitmusic. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from University of Cincinnati.

Follow Trevor Alan Gomes on Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Twitch
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.

Learn more: https://www.materiacollective.com
Follow Materia Collective on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud

This is excellent news. Pokémon music done via piano is a real treat and thus this is a must have for fans of the games!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Nov, 2017 At 09:43 AM | Categorized As Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Brave Wave Productions is proud to announce a new partnership with SEGA that will see the releases of the iconic SONIC ADVENTURE and SONIC ADVENTURE 2 soundtracks on vinyl for the first time this winter. Both double-LP collections will feature music hand-picked by Sonic series composer Jun Senoue, be completely remastered for vinyl, come in special edition first-print color variants, and include an extensive booklet filled with artwork and interviews with Senoue and Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. Both SONIC ADVENTURE OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK – VINYL EDITION and SONIC ADVENTURE 2 OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK – VINYL EDITION will be available this winter via Brave Wave Productions, with pre-orders to be announced soon.

SONIC ADVENTURE was originally released in November 1998 as a launch title for the SEGA Dreamcast. It revolutionized the Sonic franchise and included the main theme, “Open Your Heart,” composed by Senoue and Fumie Kumatani and sung by Crush 40. SONIC ADVENTURE 2 followed in June 2001, introducing Shadow the Hedgehog as Sonic’s rival and featuring the classic song, “Escape From The City… for City Escape,” composed by Senoue with vocals sung by Ted Poley.

Learn more about SONIC ADVENTURE & SONIC ADVENTURE 2 OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK – VINYL EDITION on the official website:  http://www.bravewave.net/sonicadventure

 

This is awesome news. The music from the Sonic Adventure games was absolutely amazing, and to have them remastered on vinyl is a real treat for video game fans and music fans alike.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Nov, 2017 At 11:26 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Opinion, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Halloween has just passed, and among other things made for the holiday was Wayne Brady recording a 30’s style jazz cover of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

 

 

I had been listening to Jackson’s music and re-watching his music videos for a while now and watching this cover made me appreciate Jackson even more. It also made me realize just how there will never be someone to equal Jackson ever.

Michael Jackson wasn’t satisfied with just doing the same as others and did everything better. His music videos were unlike anything before or since. His video for “Thriller” was less a music video than a short musical film and it pushed peoples’ expectations for what could be done with music videos. His collaboration with John Landis helped elevate music videos to true art rather than just an accompanying video for a song.  The dance scene is often imitated still to this day, and has shown up in everything from South Park to the Japan exclusive Splatterhouse nes/famicom game. It is a  shame most people today like to only reference it as a meme, as it is a video that other musicians can only aspire to come close to.

Jackson’s dancing was on another level as well. His moves in “Smooth Criminal” and “Bad” ( another music video that pushed expectations), were the stuff of legends. Whereas musicians are a form of artists, Jackson was one of the few musicians to be a an artist capable of multiple forms. His music was excellent and engaging, his dancing unmatched and his input into music videos helped change what was expected. He invented new styles of dance and music and constantly reinvented himself., and like any true artist he was never satisfied.

 

 

A lot of people view his music as inoffensive, and he was called the King of Pop, but the truth is that there was a message in his work. He often touched on racial issues even if many ( mostly white people) didn’t realize it. “Black and White” was the most blatant with this but “Bad”, also touched on this, though most people don’t seem to have seen the full video, but rather the shortened one. The full version touched on more serious issues as well as issues that were considered to be uncomfortable by some because of the racial message. In truth Jackson was talking about society in all its ways and it was a message that needed to be heard.

 

Jackson had to deal with repercussions of fame as we all know, and he even turned some of the problems into his music. Billie Jean was a legendary song and only Michael could have done it the way it was done.

 

Whatever stories there were about him are not relevant to this discussion. I am speaking of Jackson as an artist and one who brought everything he did to new heights. Thet ruth is that Jackson was a global superstar on a level that had simply never been seen before. His talent was unequalled and though many have tried to bill themselves as his successor, none will ever succeed. Jackson was a once in a lifetime phenomenon, a living legend. You cannot recapture that talent ever, and it is a shame that young people will never know such a global star in their lifetime. That being said, Jackson’s music is still here for people to listen to, and his videos and recorded concerts can still be watched and viewed in awe of his talent. If you will excuse me now, I need to listen to some more of the King.