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Speaker: Friday Music Guest: @MysteryPirate on the music of games

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  • David Cormack,

    I am so pleased you included Hell March. When I read the title of the post I was already heading to YouTube to get the link to Hell March. And then you posted it! Ah happy times being reminded of my teenage nerdish years.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Su Yin Khoo,

    If you liked Bastion, you might want to explore the Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Basically anything by Nobuo Uematsu is pretty much spot on.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2011 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Jose Barbosa,

    Hell March is pretty much pure teenage testosterone and awesome for it. I dig Jessica Curry's score for Dear Esther. It's the perfect match of game (I say game, but it's more of a lyrical poem thingy) and music.

    http://dear-esther.com/?page_id=670

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    This is very cool and I'll be passing the link onto my 14 year old who's big into his gaming music. Mainly Final Fantasy type material as per Su Yin Khoo's post above.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    It fascinates me how often Leo will play one game to the soundtrack of another.

    Oh, and he’ll be along presently. Something new came out overnight and he’s busy defeating it.

    Edit: It's Torchlight 2

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    An old game called Ascendancy (released in 1995) which revolved around building spaceships, colonising planets and defeating other races, had the most beautiful soundtrack I'd heard in a game up until then.


    The Heroes of Might and Magic games also have beautiful soundtracks - HOMM2's (released in 1996) music played in an ordinary CD player if you put the game disk in the CD player, and HOMM3 (released in 1999) used mp3 compression for its music files way back in pre-Napster days.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 240 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth,

    The last time I played video games, these were at the top of my list (in all their 8-bit glory)

    Vanguard was pretty neat- especially with a base-heavy arcade game cabinet (and it had a voice synthesizer which was way-cool...)

    Rally X was good for a while but could sure as hell get on your nerves after 15 minutes or so. I recall a group releasing a funky jazzy version of the tune and calling it "Cheeseburger"

    Best of all was Gyruss (in part because I was actually quite good at it). It was the first (and probably last) time that Bach's Toccata and Fugue played such a major role in a game's soundtrack

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    It fascinates me how often Leo will play one game to the soundtrack of another.

    OK now that's weirding me out.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6227 posts Report Reply

  • Leo Rae-Brown, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Don't be hatin', now. The Xenoblade Chronicles soundtrack goes surprisingly well with Guild Wars 2.

    Edit: Heck, may as well give you guys a sample before I go blow stuff up in Borderlands 2.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Jarno van der Linden,

    Coincidentally, last night Module played the soundtrack of Shatter by Sidhe live in Wellington.

    Starts at about 56:30

    Nelson • Since Oct 2007 • 70 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    Amon's Tobin soundtrack for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has always been a fave (never actually played the game! Heard the soundtrack at work one day and loved it as a standalone product)...

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    'Tactical cello' says the first comment on YouTube. Nice.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    The Bastion tracks make me think of FireFly/Serenity

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3472 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    back in 2011

    Had to laugh, said with such a deep sense of that was sooooo long ago.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3472 posts Report Reply

  • Leo Rae-Brown, in reply to Jarno van der Linden,

    Speaking of which, both Shatter and the game's soundtrack are available in the new humble bundle, not to mention Torchlight and its soundtrack by Matt Uelmen.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    The webcomic 3-Chord Dorks has an enduring love of game soundtracks and the bands that cover them.
    Apparently there are webcomics dedicated to the websites dedicated to the bands that are dedicated to performing covers of game music.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 848 posts Report Reply

  • tim oliver,

    I love Build That Wall - one thing that makes it lovely is that you encounter it in game in a very quiet, peaceful context, when you meet a girl singing it to herself in a glade. You'll probably whistle it to yourself for a while, and associate it with a moment of quiet in a messy world.

    But, when you look at the lyrics, it's actually a song that is ALL THREAT. It's an angry song about revenge, and when you realise that it's amazingly jarring.

    Since May 2011 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    On music; by chance I heard a couple of songs performed by 660 on Nat Radio this afternoon. I am bewildered as to why they are so popular because they sounded so bloody humdrum and derivative. Am I missing something?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2345 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Am I missing something?

    Yes. But you are not alone.

    They are very popular indeed. And I do not like them at all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

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    As was this group in the Opotiki District in the late 1920s--but I reckon they probably had more talent.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2345 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    As was this group in the Opotiki District in the late 1920s

    What's their game, then?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    What’s their game, then?;- )

    Wasted them with the BFG 2000 in DOOM.
    HAR Har

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

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