Episode 93: A Chat with Norrin_Radd

 

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Today, Matt Creamer, AKA Norrin_Radd, joins Mike and Ed as guest host! The Retro City Rampage and Treasure Buster composer talks about his music writing process, the hardships of making NES music for indie games, and his immense respect for fellow composer Jake Kaufman. Matt also brings a selection of his favorite VGM to share with us, while the PTR boys spin some of their favorite Norrin_Radd jams. Fans of chiptunes will NOT want to miss this one!

Visit Matt’s site for his music and YouTube videos at MattCreamerAudio.com

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Contra (NES, 1988) – “Alien’s Lair” – Hidenori Maezawa, Kiyohiro Sada, Kazuki Muraoka

2 – Retro City Rampage (Multiplatform, 2012) – “Joy Ride” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

3 – Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, 2005) – “The Farthest Land” – Kow Otani

4 – Swap Heroes (iOS, 2014) – “Stage 4: Lost Sands” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

5 – Contra III (SNES, 1992) – “The Streets of Neo City” – Miki Higashino, Masanori Adachi, Tappi Iwase

6 – Venture Kid (iOS, Android, 2016) – “Level 4: Volcano” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

7 – Twisted Metal (PS1, 1995) – “Rooftop Battle” – Chuck E. Myers, Tom Hopkins, Lance Lenhart

8 – Slayin (iOS, 2013) – “In Game Theme” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

9 – Warsong (Genesis, 1991) – “Friendly Fight (Player Phase 1)” – Hiroshi Fujioka, Noriyuki Iwadare, Isao Mizoguchi

10 – Treasure Buster (iOS, 2016) – “Stage 1: SlamDancer” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

11 – LA Noire (PS3, X360, 2011) – “Main Theme” – Andrew Hale, Simon Hale

12 – Match Land (iOS, Android, 2017) – “In Game Music” – Matt Creamer/ Norrin_Radd

 

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Episode 92: Quintet with Todd

 

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Perhaps most well-known in North America for the ActRaiser and Soul Blazer series, the little development house known as Quintet went on to release some very unique titles in Japan long after we’d forgotten all about them.  In this episode, Todd (a huge fan of the Soul Blazer series himself) joins Ed and Mike to explore Quintet’s catalog and soundtracks.

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – ActRaiser (SNES, 1990) – “Theme from ActRaiser” – Yuzo Koshiro

2 – Soul Blazer (1992, SNES) – “Lostside Marshes” & “Basement of Dr. Leo” – Yukihide Takekawa, arr. by Kazuhiko Toyama

3 – ActRaiser 2 (1993, SNES) – “Banishing of Tanzra” – Yuzo Koshiro

4 – Illusion of Gaia (1994, SNES) “Descent into Darkness” & “Golden Road” – Yasuhiro Kawasaki

5 – Robotrek (1994, SNES) – “Research & Development” & “ Hometown in Autumn” – Ayako Yoda, Produced by Yuzo Koshiro

6 – Terranigma (1995, SFC) – “Crysta (Hometown)” – Miyoko Takaoka, Masanori Hikichi

7 – The Granstream Saga (1998, PS1) – “Last Boss Battle” – Masanori Hikichi, Miyoko Takaoka, Takako Ochiai

8 – Solo Crisis (1998, Saturn) – “BGM08” – Naoki Kaneda

9 – Code R (Saturn, 1998) – “BGM38” – Masanori Hikichi, Takako Ochiai, Akihiro Jūichiya, Naoki Kaneda

10 – Planet Laika (1999, PS1) – “BGM61” – Akihiro Jūichiya, Takako Ochiai

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Episode 91: Sega Saturn Around the World

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The Sega Saturn was a very unique machine. Practically ill-fated from the start at its surprise North American launch in 1995, gamers chose to flock instead to the more affordable and better-marketed Sony PlayStation. Unfortunately, those gamers missed out on a library of quirky and fun titles with terrific soundtracks. The Saturn gained a lot more traction in Japan, so there was a much wider variety of games on the import market. In today’s episode, Mike and Ed share the best (and weirdest) that the Saturn had to offer in both regions. Get ready for some funky jams, with soaring brass sections and crazy bass lines!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Ninku – Tsuyokina Yatsura no Daigekitotsu! (1995) – “Mekira’s Stage” – Hikoshi Hashimoto

2 – Burning Rangers (1998) – “We Are Burning Rangers”- Naofumi Hataya, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Marlon D. Saunders, Tomoko Sasaki

3 – Cube Battler: Anna Mirai-hen (1997) – “Hiroshi’s Theme” – Takashi Nitta, Naoyuki Horimukai , Kazuhiro Yamahara

4 – Mr. Bones (1996) – “The Last Word” – Ronnie Montrose

5 – Choro Q Park (1998) – “Final Area” – Zenya Kuzuoka

6 – Daytona USA (1995) – “Sky High” – Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura, Kazuhiko Kouchi

7 – Hebereke’s Popoitto (1995) – “Stage Theme 2” – Kenichi Hirata

8 – Shinobi X [European Release] (1995) – “Won (Stage 6 Boss)” – Richard Jacques

9 – Virtual Mahjong (1998) – “Battle 3” – Panama Co., Ltd.

10 – Astal (1995) – “Sea Of Clouds” – Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tatsuya Kozaki

11 – Vatlva (1996) – “Track 4” – Yuzo Koshiro, Motohiro Kawashima

12 – Willy Wombat (1997) – “Detriam City (Stage 2)” – Masayoshi Ishi

 

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Episode 90: Densetsu no Free Picks

 

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On today’s show, Ed and Mike go freestyle and pick some tracks they’ve been listening to lately, and the result is a collection of really energetic and danceable tunes. Join them for a selection of VGM from all eras of gaming, and from composers from all over the world!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Syd Mead’s Terraforming (PCE-CD, 1993) – “Sea of Clouds” (Stage 1) – Katsuhiro Hayashi

2 – Space Invaders ‘91 (Genesis, 1991) – “Rounds 2, 11 & 14” – Noriyuki Iwadare

3 – Perfect Billiard (Arcade, 1987) – “Gameplay” – Composer Unknown

4 – Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4, 2016) – “Face Off” – Motoi Sakuraba

5 – Daiku no Gen-san ~ Robot Teikoku no Yabou (GB, 1994) – “Ending Theme” – Ikuko Mimori

6 – Ontamarama (NDS, 2007) – “Guitar Fiend” Toshikazu Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura

7 – Lego City Undercover (PC, PS4, Wii U, 2013) – “Time Trial” – Simon Withenshaw, Suddi Raval

8- Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds Overdrive (PS4, XBLA, 2013) – “Stage 0: Akihabara” – Takeshi Abo

9 – Great Battle Cyber (NES, 1992) – “Stages 1, 7 & 10” – Junya Kozakai

10 – Gravity Rush (Vita, PS4,  2012) – “Assault Cnida” – Kohei Tanaka

11 – MegaRace (Sega CD, 1994) – “Maeva” – Stéphane Picq

12 – Cybernator (SNES, 1991) – “Asteroid Run” – Masanao Akahori

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Episode 89: Same Song Different System: Undercover Cops

 

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Today’s episode is a focus on Undercover Cops, an arcade beat ‘em up developed by Irem in 1992  that was later ported to the Super Famicom in 1995.  It featured a soundtrack that heavily relied on contemporary influences, namely New Jack Swing and R&B, complete with vocal samples and epic orchestra hits.  The man behind both versions of the music is Takushi Hiyamuta, well-known for his work on Super R-Type, Neo Turf Masters, and the Metal Slug series. Using their patented “Same Song, Different System” formula, Mike and Ed compare the Arcade and Super Famicom versions of the soundtrack to see which one really stands out as the best overall OST. The results may surprise you!

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The Tracklist:

Undercover Cops
Arcade Version: 1992, Developed and Published by Irem
Super Famicom Version: 1995, Developed by Varie and Published by Irem
Composed and Arranged by Takushi Hiyamuta

Intro – “Assessment Day”

1 – “Northern Barramundi” (Stage 1)

2 – “Nasty Loud Quack” (Boss

3 – “Sarah Sowertty” (Stage 2-1)

4 – “Chaca Chaca Move Ya” (Stage 2-2)

5 – “Redtailed Cat” (Stage 3)

6 – “Dandy N.D.” (Stage 4)

7 – “Than Hawk Anger” (Stage 5-1)

8 – “Indifferent Zero Other” (Stage 5-2, Black’s Theme)

9 – “An-Non To-Ki-Me-Ki Street”

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Episode 88: Fan Favorites 3 with VGMJB

 

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On this extra special (and extra long) episode of PTR, Ed and Mike share yet another round of fan submissions. Joining them are the two co-hosts that perfected the craft of listener-powered podcasting, Josh and Emily from the VGM Jukebox! Listen in as Emily professes her love for Ryu Hayabusa, Mike does his best (or worst) Jerry Seinfeld impression, Josh summons a special guest Street Fighter II combatant, and Ed contemplates Swedish skeleton Vikings. A certain Haunted Jukebox may even show up to say hi! Join them for some amazing music and witty commentary that fans of both podcasts will love.

Check out The VGM Jukebox at thevgmjukebox.blogspot.com, or on Facebook at their brand new group page!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Devilish (Genesis, 1991) – “Stage 7: Prairie” – Hitoshi Sakimoto

2 – Venture Kid (iOS, 2016) – “Stage 2: City” – Matt Creamer (Norrin Radd)

3 – Nekketsu Oyako (Saturn, Playstation, 1994) – “Mega City Tokyo 2064: Outer City Road” – Hyakutaro Tsukumo

4 – NiGHTS Into Dreams (Saturn, 1996) – “Message From Nightopia” – Naofumi Hataya, Tomoko Sasaki, Fumie Kumatani

5 – Paperboy 2 (SNES, 1991) – “Delivery Route” – Nick Eastridge

6 – Metroid AM2R (PC, 2016) – “Initial Descent” – DoctorM64, Ryoji Yoshitomi

7 – Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PS4, Switch, 2017) – “Tools of War (Clockwork Tower Remix)” – Jake Kaufman

8 – Killer Instinct Season 1 (XB1, PC, 2013) – “Warlord (Spinal’s Theme)” – Mick Gordon

9 – World of Goo (PC, 2008) – “Screamer” – Kyle Gabler

10 – Final Fantasy X (PS2, 2001) – “To Zanarkand” – Nobuo Uematsu

11 – Perfect Dark – (N64, 2000) – “Chicago Stealth” – Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate, David Clynick

12 – Low G Man – (NES, 1990) – “Chapter 4: The Tower” – Nobuyuki Shioda, Norio Nakagata, Ryota Musha

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Episode 87: Yoshi!

 

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Mario’s pal Yoshi has captured the hearts of Nintendo fans everywhere since his debut on the SNES back in 1991. The little green dino with the super long tongue and voracious appetite has become a mainstay in the Mushroom Kingdom, starring in many of his own games, driving Karts with his friends, and even taking turns in Mario Party. Today’s episode focuses on the music of Yoshi’s games and features some of Nintendo’s greatest composers throughout the years, like Koji Kondo, Junichi Masuda, and Yasunori Mitsuda. Get ready for some lighthearted, feel-good tunes!

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The Tracklist:

Format: Game Title (System, Year) – Track Title – Composer(s)

1 – Yoshi (NES, 1992) – “Music C: Starman” – Junichi Masuda

2 – Yoshi’s Safari (SNES, 1993) – “Hot Chocolate Cave” – Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki Uemura, Yasushi Tokunaga

3 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995) “Overworld Theme” – Koji Kondo

4 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES, 1995) “Underground Theme” – Koji Kondo

5 – Mario Party (N64, 1998) – “Yoshi’s Tropical Island Board” – Yasunori Mitsuda

6 – Yoshi’s Story (N64, 1998) – “Yo Yo Yoshi” – Kazumi Totaka

7 – Yoshi: Topsy-Turvy (GBA, 2004) – “Tale of the Spirit of Kindness” – Tatsuyuki Maeda, Masaru Setsumaru, Mariko Nanba

8 – Yoshi’s Island DS (DS, 2006) “Big Boss Theme” – Yutaka Minobe, Masayoshi Ishi

9 – Yoshi’s New Island (3DS, 2014) – “Bandit Valley” – Masayoshi Ishi

10 – Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, 2014) – “Yoshi Circuit” – Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, Ryo Nagamatsu, Yasuaki Iwata

11 – Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U, 2015) – “Sponge Cave Spelunking” – Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada

12 – Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U, 2015) – “Lava Scarves and Red Hot Blarggs” – Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada

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