Episode 84: TurboGrafx-16 & PC Engine

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It was back in 1989 that NEC and Hudson Soft’s TurboGrafx-16 game console took North America by storm… well, maybe not by “storm.” It was more like a passing shower. But overseas in Japan, the system’s counterpart, dubbed the PC Engine, was taking a large amount of market share away from Nintendo and Sega. On today’s show, Mike and Ed tackle “The Little (PC) Engine That Could,” with Mike sharing tracks from TG-16 games, and Ed rocking out with the best that the PC Engine exclusive titles had to offer. Listen in for some familiar composers and some that might be new to the podcast as the guys explain the hardware, the software, and the marketing behind this cool little console.

Thanks to Alex Messenger, Gene Roberts, and Rebecca Gruber for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Fighting Run (PCE, 1991) – “Dark Street” – Hiroshi Funaba

2 – Somer Assault (TG-16, 1992) – “Gemini (Round 3) and Cancer (Round 4)” – Hidehito Aoki, Katsuyuki Inose

3 – Hana Taka Daka?! (PCE, 1991) – “Shosuke ‘Kame’” – Kinuyo Yamashita

4 – Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu (TG-16, 1992) – “Stage 1-2” – Masakatsu Maekawa

5 – Makai Hakkenden Shada (PCE, 1989) – “BGM 3 (Overworld)” – Shōgo Sakai, Masaaki Iwasaki, Takafumi Miura, Seiichi Hamada, Yūji Suzuki, Yūsuke Takahama

6 – Air Zonk (TG-16, 1992) – “Stage 2 (Brains Town)” – Daisuke Morishima

7 – Jaseiken Necromancer (PCE, 1988) – “Field” – Jun Chikuma

8 – New Adventure Island (TG-16, 1992) – “High Mountain” – Keiji Sakata

9 – Bomberman ‘94 (PCE, 1993) – “Jammin’ Jungle” – Jun Chikuma

10 – Soldier Blade (TG-16, 1992) – “Operation 1” -Keita Hoshi, Makiko Tanifuji

11 – Hany on the Road (PCE, 1990) – “Hany on the Road” – Ako Matsudaira, Yasushi Kawasaki, Junya Kozakai

12 – Neutopia (TG-16, 1989) – “Water Sphere” – Tomotsune Maeno

 

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Episode 83: Cadillacs & Dinosaurs

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Imagine a world in which humans and dinosaurs coexist. Imagine that world is an amazing beat ‘em up arcade game from Capcom with rockin’ Q-Sound music. Now, imagine your favorite podcast hosts digging their claws into the game, ripping out the best music, and playing them while discussing the finer points of the tunes and gameplay! That’s the concept behind today’s episode, focusing on Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. Fire up your dino-poop-powered convertible Caddy and enjoy the show!

 Mike and Ed livestreamed a playthrough of this game! Watch the action on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkAITX3hcQw

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The Tracklist:

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Developed and Distributed by Capcom, 1993
“Capcom Play System Dash” Arcade Hardware
Composed by Isao Abe, Syun Nishigaki, and Ryo Mizutsuki

Intro 1 – Opening Demo

Intro 2 – Demo

1 – Cadillacs -The Four Heroes- (Stage 1-1, Ending 2)

2 – Trap of Silence (Stage 1-2, 2-3, 6-1)

3 – Pursuit (Stage 1-3, 7-1)

4 – In the Poachers’ Forest (Stage 2-1, 6-2)

5 – Ancient Earth (Stage 2-2, 6-3)

6 – Roaring Around (Stage 3-A)

7 – Like a Gale (Stage 3-B, 7-2)

8 – Stolen Fortress (Stage 4-1, 8-2)

9 – Wild Shooting, Wild Combat (Stage 4-2, 5-2)

10 – Ambush (Stage 4-3, 7-3)

11 – The Dinosaur Wasteland (Stage 5-1)

12 – The True Form of Evil (Stage 8-1)

13 – The Madness that Lurks Underground (Stage 8-3)

14 – Return (Ending 1)

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Episode 82: A Chat with Matt Furniss

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With soundtracks like Puggsy, Wiz ‘n Liz, and Alien 3 to his name, composer Matt Furniss has been recognized as one of the most unique and talented musicians to grace the Sega Genesis. On this very special episode of PixelTunes Radio, Mike and Ed sit down with Matt himself to talk about his career, his music, and the technology behind his compositions! The PTR guys have chosen a few tracks of his that you may not be too aware of, while Mr. Furniss brings down the house with a few ending themes from some of the games he’s worked on. As a bonus, he’s also brought along an exclusive track from Fear Effect Sedna, marking his first game composition in almost two decades!

Thanks to Came Werme, KeyGlyph, Daniel Tolin, Mega Drive Profile, and Nathan for submitting questions for Matt. Send YOUR questions for us to answer on future episodes at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

*All Songs Composed and Performed by Matt Furniss*

Intro – Puggsy (Genesis, 1993) – “Flour Power”

1 – Escape From the Planet of the Robot Monsters (Atari ST, 1990) – “Title Theme”

2 – Shadow Warriors (Ninja Gaiden) – (Amiga, 1990) – “Intro Music”

3 – Booger Man  – (Genesis, 1994) – “Ending Theme”

4 – Cytron (Amiga, 1992) – “Title Theme”

5 – Nanotek Warrior – (PS1, 1997) –  “CD Track 6”

6 – The Adventures of Mighty Max (Genesis, 1994) – “Ending Theme”

7 – Botics (Atari ST, 1990) – “Title Theme”

8 – Alien 3 (Genesis, 1992) – “Stage 2”

9 – Bills Tomato Game (Genesis, Unreleased) – “Ending Theme”

10 – Second Samurai (Mega Drive, 1994) – “Ending Theme”

11 – Fido Dido (Mega Drive, Unreleased) – “Ending Theme”

12 – Legend of Galahad – (Genesis, 1992) – “Ending Theme”

Outro – Fear Effect Sedna (2017, PS4,Steam) – “Title/ Menu Theme”

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Episode Mini 1: Free Picks

 

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Surprise! Mike and Ed were snowed in at their respective houses, so they decided to stave off the cabin fever with a PTR Mini; a short, 4-song podcast featuring some excellent free picks and all the trademark information and humor of the usual PTR episodes. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and listen to a few sweet tunes with us!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Sneaky Snakes (GB, 1991) “Stages 5, 8,9, 10”- David Wise (probably)

2 – Earth Joker: UN Defense Force (Arcade, 1993) – “Round 1” – Hidetoshi Fukumori, Space Creative

3 – Zero Team USA -(Arcade, 1993) “Stage 4-1, 5-1” – Reiichi Yamanaka

4 – Kensei: Sacred Fist (PSX, 1998) – “Spot” – Akira Yamaoka, Kyoran Suzuki, Norikazu Miura

 

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Episode 81: Free Picks Monogatari

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It’s Free Pick time again!  Mike and Ed have dug deep this time around, sharing some of the best music they’ve discovered over the past few months. There’s a little of everything in this show… from heavy metal, to doo wop, to dance!  Enjoy!

Thanks to Jessica Pinheiro, Jayson Lamp, and Stephen Lock for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Honoo no Doukyuuji: Dodge Danpei 2 – (FC, 1993) – “Tama Theme 1” – Manami Matsumae

2 – Earnest Evans (Genesis) – “Stage 1” – Motoi Sakuraba

3 – Winter Camp (Amiga, 1992) – “Patrol” – Reinier van Vliet

4 – Lord of Arcana (PSP, 2011) – “VS Master Guardian III” – Satoshi Henmi, Nobuo Uematsu, Kimio Itoyama, Kenichiro Fukui, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Tsutomo Narita

5 – else Heart.break () (Steam, 2016) – “Jens” – El Huervo

6 – Battle Squadron (Amiga, 1989) – “In Game 1” – Ron Klaren

7 – Tsuppari Oozumou: Rissin Syusse-hen (SFC, 1993) – “Big Sumo Blues” – Keiji Yamagishi (Keijin), Kaori Nakabai (Kaorin)

8 – Jimmy White’s Cue Ball (GBC) – “BGM 1” – Manfred Linzner

9 – Doki! Doki! Yuuenchi (FC, 1991) – “Amusement Park (Stages 1 & 3)” – Noboyuki Shioda

10 –  WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth (NES 1991) – “Act 3/Magma Falls” – Dota Ando

11 – Battleblock Theater (PC, XBOX360, 2014) – “Emphasis on Scat (Secret Level Theme)” – Will Stamper feat. Dan Paladin

12 – Knights of the Round (SNES, 1994) – “Expedition” – Isao Abe

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Episode 80: Fan Favorites 2

 

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It’s the PixelTunes Radio 3rd Anniversary Celebration! To kick off the next year of the show, Mike and Ed have taken VGM submissions from fans and friends and compiled one heck of a podcast! Keep an ear out for familiar names from PTR’s past, including hosts from other VGM shows and previous guest hosts!

Thanks to Mood Zak Wins, Dan Bisciglia, Daniel Greenberg, and Cam Werme for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Super Cyborg (Steam, 2015) – “Stage 1” – Darkman007
Submitted by Jeff Leppard

2 – Wild Arms 3 (PS2, 2002) – “Fate Breaker” – Michiko Naruke
Submitted by Matt Waller

3- Wiz ‘n Liz (Genesis, 1993) – “Snow Land” – Matt Furniss
Submitted by Cam Werme

4 – Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (Apple II, 1985) – “Towns (Title Theme)” – Kenneth W. Arnold
Submitted by Keyglyph

5 – Game & Watch Gallery II (GBC, 1998) – “Parachute” – Yoko Mizuta, Noriko Nishizaka, Saburo Sasaki
Submitted by Alex Messenger

6 – Jackal (NES, 1988) – “Stage 1” – Shinya Sakamoto, Atsushi Fujio
Submitted by Joe Murolo

7 – The Legend of Kyrandia 2: The Hand of Fate (DOS, 1993) – “Darkmoor Swamp Area Theme” – Frank Klepacki
Submitted by Daniel Greenberg

8 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2, XBOX, 2005) – “Cordova Town” – Michiru Yamane
Submitted by Dan Martinez

9 – Tribes II (Windows, Linux, 2001) – “Desert” – Timothy Steven Clarke
Submitted by Mike McDaniel

10 – Premier (Amiga, 1992) – “Outro Theme” – Martin Iveson
Submitted by Nikola Gutierrez

11 – Journey to Silius (NES, 1990) – “Stage 2” – Naoki Kodaka
Submitted by Cameron Mount

12 – Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II (FC, 1990) – “Last Battle” – Tsukasa Masuko
Submitted by Joel Berube

 

 

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Episode 79: Talkin’ TMNT with Cygnus Destroyer

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Let’s kick shell! Today’s theme revolves around the Heroes on the Half Shell — The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Joining Mike and Ed is fellow TMNT and video game fanatic Matt Ezero, from the YouTube channel Cygnus Destroyer 20XX. It’s an episode filled with fantastic TMNT tunes, nostalgic TMNT memories, and lots and lots of TMNT lore. Cowabunga!

Thanks to Pernell, Brendan  Wilson, and John Wedgeworth for submitting PixelChat questions. Send YOUR questions for us to answer at pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES, 1989) “Area 2-1: Underwater” – Jun Funahashi

2 – TMNT3 Radical Rescue (GB, 1993) – “Stage Warehouse” – Akihiro Juuichiya, Minako Matsuhira

3- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB, 1990) – “Epilogue” – Tomoko Nishikawa, Michiru Yamane

4 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game (NES, 1990) “Scene 2-1: Streets of New York” – Mutsuhiko Izumi, Miki Yanagisawa, arranged by Kōzō Nakamura

5 – TMNT: Hyperstone Heist (Genesis, 1992) “Boss Theme” – Mutsuhiko Izumi, arranged by Masahiro Ikariko, You Takamine, Kaori Kinouchi, Hideto Inoue

6 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade, 1991) – “Boss Battle” – Mutsuhiko Izumi, Miki Yanagisawa

7 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (SNES, 1992) – “Bury My Shell at Wounded Knee” – Mutsuhiko Izumi, arranged by Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Uekō

8 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003, GBA) “Kite Flight/Donatello Act 3” – Junichirō Kaneda, Yasuhiro Ichihashi

9 – Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op (C64, 1991) – “Medley” – Jeroen Tel

10 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 2012) – “Explore 7” – GL33K Studios, Tyler Piersall

11 – TMNT Danger of the Ooze (PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, 2014) – “TCRI Building” – Jake Kaufman

12 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project (NES, 1992) – “Scene 3: Brooklyn Bridge is Falling Down” – Kozo Nakamura, Tomoya Tomita, Yuichi Sakakura

 

 

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