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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Episode 86: Adventure Games w/ Brian

 

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Adventure games have been seeing quite the revival lately, with titles like Broken Age and Thimbleweed Park calling back to the golden age of the genre, where games like The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion ruled PC game shelves. Composers like Peter McConnel and Frank Klepacki made names for themselves on these early titles, creating atmospheric and sophisticated soundscapes in which one could easily get lost. Join Mike, Ed, and special guest host Brian (of the fledgling podcast Pixel Stories,) as they share music from some of their favorite Point ‘n Click Adventure titles both old and new!

 Check out Brian’s podcast at https://www.pixelstories.net/

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – The Legend of Kyrandia: Book 3: Malcolm’s Revenge (PC, Mac, 1994) – “Back in Kyrandia (Night)” –  Frank Klepacki

2 – Snatcher (Sega CD, 1994) – “The Entrance To Hell” – Kazuki Muraoka, Motoaki Furukawa, Akira Yamaoka, Hiroshi Tamawari, Kida Sun, Kazuhito Imai

3 – Thimbleweed Park (PC, 2017) – “No Quarter” – Steve Kirk

4 – Deja Vu (NES, 1990) – “Investigation Theme 1 (Indoors, Taxi)” – Hiroyuki Masuno

5 – Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright – Justice for All – (DS, 2002) “Announce the Truth” – Naoto Tanaka

6 – Dropsy (PC, 2015) – “Mothersbaugh on the Beach” – Chris Schlarb

7 – Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate (PC, 1993) – “Credits” – Frank Klepacki

8 – Policenauts – (PSX, 3DO, Saturn, 1995) – “Criminal Investigation Part 1” – Tappi Iwase, Masahiro Ikariko, Motoaki Furukawa, Kozo Nakamura

9 – Broken Age (PC, 2014) – “Shay’s Secret Mission” – Peter McConnel

10 – Sam & Max – Hit the Road (PC, 1993) – “Pleasantly Understated Credit Sequence” – Michael Z. Land, Peter McConnell, Aric Wilmunder

11 – Hotel Dusk (DS, 2007) – “Play It Again” – Satoshi Okubo

12 – Deponia (PC, 2012) – “A Life of Order and Happiness” – Finn Seliger, Thomas Höhl

 

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Episode 85: Wild West Hoedown!

 

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Saddle up for our Wild West Hoedown! Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Mike and Cowpoke Ed round up some of their favorite western-themed VGM tracks in today’s show. There’s a lot of variety here, from Sunset Riders to Trials Frontier, so you won’t wanna miss it!

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The Tracklist:

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

1 – Darkwatch (Xbox, PS2, 2005) – “GBU Theme” – Michael Reagan, Asdru Sierra, Ennio Morricone

2 – Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 2013) – “Title Theme” – Paweł Błaszczak, Rod Abernethy

3 – Sunset Riders (SNES, 1993) – “Stage 1” – Naohisa Morota, Motoaki Furukawa, Hidenori Maezawa

4 – Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (Arcade, 1992) – “ Stage 1” – Michiru Yamane

5 – Wet (XBox 360, 2009) – “Desert Slaying” – Brian Lebarton

6 – Trials Frontier (Android, iOS, 2014) – “Village Theme” – Vili Viitaniemi

7 – Wild Arms (PS1, 1996) – “Courage Dungeon” – Michiko Naruke

8 – Dead Man’s Hand (PC, Xbox, 2004) – “Title Theme” – Calexico, Rom Di Prisco, Michael Larson

9 – Wild Guns (SNES, 1995) – “Carson City” – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi

10 – Red Steel 2 (Wii, 2010) – “Vulture’s Prayer” – Tom Salta

11 – Tin Star (SNES, 1994) – “Out in the West – Stage 2” -Chris Jojo, Matthew Cannon, Suddi Raval

12 – Outlaws (PC, 1997) – “Sanchez the Outlaw” – Clint Bajakian, Hans Christian Reumschuessel

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Episode 78: Winter Special 3

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! PixelTunes Radio is back for their 3rd annual winter special, sharing some songs that remind Mike and Ed of of the frosty weather and holiday season.

Thanks to Cam Werme, Erik Purscell, and keyglyph 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 – Heavenly Guardian (Wii & PS2, 2008) – “Stage 1” – Masahiro Fukuzawa

2 – Tintin in Tibet (GB, 1995) – “Yeti’s Cave” – Alberto Jose Gonzalez

3 – Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis, 1996) – “Diamond Dust Zone, Act 1” – Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue

4 – Legend of Xanadu (PCE-CD, 1994) – “Arctic Wind” – Naoki Kaneda

5 – Snowboard Kids (N64, 1998) – “Big Snowman” – Tomohiko Satou, Isao Kasai

6 – Kuru Kuru Kururin (GBA, 2001) – “Ice Land” – Atsuhiro Motoyama

7 – The Grinch (GBC, 2000) – “Scene 2” – Rie Fukuda

8 – Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS, 2014) – “Silver Snow Story” – Hirokazu Ando

9 – Snow Bros (NES, 1990) – “Floors 1-9 & 31-39”- Mikoko Suzuki, Tatsuya Uemura, Osamu Ota

10 – Gradius Gaiden (PSX, 1997) – “Snowfield (Stage 1)” – Norikazu Miura

11 – Duck Tales (NES, 1989) – “Himalayas Theme” – Hiroshige Tonomura, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi

12 – Daze Before Christmas (Genesis, 1994) – “A Bad Character” – Kim Morten Jensen, Geir Tjelta

 

 

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Episode 77: Tough Tunes with Cameron Chiles

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What makes video game music sound tough? How tough is TOO tough? Why do the toughest sounding VGM tunes always feature both guitar and keyboard?  These are all very tough questions. So tough in fact, that Ed and Mike needed some help finding the answers! Enter Cameron Chiles, aficionado of all things tough, and drummer in the toughest VGM cover band around, The Mad Gear. Listen in as the trio spins some of the toughest (and coolest) vgm they can find as they try to figure out the reasons that make a tough song… sound tough!

Check out Cameron’s VGM band, The Mad Gear! Listen to some live performances and buy their first album, “The Mad Gear Must Pay,” at the following links:

Thanks to John Wedgeworth, John Steiner, and Utopianemo 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 – X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (SNES, 1994) – “Gambit’s Level” – Setsuo Yamamoto

2 – Power Move Pro Wrestling (PSX, 1996) – “Unused 2” – Jason Slater

3 – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES, 1995 ) – “Lost World Anthem” – David Wise

4 – Final Fight (SNES, 1991) – “Something Putrid by the Bay” – Manami Matsumae

5 – Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (PS2, 2006) – “Kick in da Game” – Masafumi Takada, Jun Fukuda

6 – Retro City Rampage DX (Multi-platform, 2012) – “Do or Die!” – Norrin Radd

7 – Skitchin’ (Genesis, 1993) – “Cheese Grater” – Jeff van Dyck

8 – Rude Breaker (PC-98, 1996) – “Stage 1” – Masanobu Tsukamoto

9 – Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2, GCN, Xbox, 2004) -”Attack At Sea” – Stuart Chatwood

10 – Battletoads in Battlemaniacs (SNES, 1993) – “Ragnarok Canyon” – David Wise

11 – Bushido Blade 2 (PSX, 200X) – “The Spirit of Samurai” – Ryuji Sasai

12 – The Combatribes (SNES, 1992) – “The Demon Clowns” – Kazunaka Yamane

 

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Episode 76: Software Serenade – Our Favorite Tunes with Vocals

 

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Video game music is predominantly instrumental. Sometimes though, a composer’s creative vision needs to be expressed through words, and that’s when vocalists are brought in to make some VGM magic. Join Mike and Ed as they explore some of their favorite tracks which include the human voice… used either as instruments or sung lyrics!

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The Tracklist:

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

Intro – Lunar Silver Star Story (PS1 & Saturn, 1996) – “Wings” – Noriyuki Iwadare, vocals by Jennifer Stigile  

1 – Lunar Silver Star Story (PS1 & Saturn, 1996) – “Wind Nocturne” – Noriyuki Iwadare, vocals by Jennifer Stigile

2 – Dynami Tracer (SNES, 1996) – “Title Theme” – Nobuo Uematsu

3 – Project X Zone 2 (3DS, 2016) – “Sekai wa Hitotsu no Butai / All the World’s a Stage” – Naofumi Tsuruyama, Kayoko Matsushima, Takuya Hanaoka

4 – Alan Wake (X360, 2010) – “The Poet and the Muse” – The Old Gods of Asgard (AKA Poets of the Fall)

5 – Katamari Damacy (PS2, 2004) “The Moon and the Prince” – Music – Akitaka Tohyama, Vocals: Kenji Ninuma & Fumina

6 – No More Heroes (Wii, PS3, 2007) – “The Virgin Child Makes a Wish Without Feeling Anything” – Suda51, Brad Holmes

7 – Space Channel 5 (DC/ PS2/ GBA, 1999) “Final Boss Music” –  Naofumi Hataya

8 – Skullmonkeys (PS1, 1998) – “Bonus Room” – Terry Scott Taylor

9 -Killer Instinct (XB1, 2013) – Touch Me and I’ll Break Your Face (B. Orchid’s Theme) – Mick Gordon, Vocals by Ali Edwards, Faye Newborough. Lyrics by Ali Edwards, Casey Edwards.

10 – Cannon Fodder (3DO, 1994) – “Cannon Fodder Theme” – Richard Joseph

11 – Sonic Adventure 2 (DC, GCN 2001) “Pumpkin Hill Zone” – Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Fumie Kumatani, Tomoya Ohtani, Marlon Saunders, Hunnid-P

12 – Portal (PC etc, 2007) – “Still Alive” – Jonathan Coulton, Vocals by Ellen Mclain

Outro – Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (DC/ PS2/ Arcade/ etc., 2000) – “Character Select Theme” – Tetsuya Shibata, Mitsuhiko Takano

 

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Episode 75: Bad Games, Good Friends ft. Rhythm and Pixels

 

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Rob and Pernell from VGM podcast Rhythm and Pixels join the PTR guys for a show about bad games with great music. Hilarity ensues!  Jam out with the fantastic foursome as they spin tracks from Barry Leitch, Alberto Jose Gonzalez, Masaharu Iwata, Matt Furniss, and more!

Thanks to Retro PowerUp, keyglyph, Jessie Moore, Anthony Pigg, and Chris Long 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 – Bebe’s Kids (SNES, 1994) – “Droppin’ the Bottle” – Paul Wilkinson

2 – The Rocketeer (NES, 1991) – “Stage Theme 2” – George Sanger, David Hayes, David Warhol

3 – The Adventures of Mighty Max (Genesis, 1995) – “Ending Theme” – Matt Furniss

4 – Darkman (NES, 1991) – “Stages 14-16” – Jonathan Dunn

5 – Robocop 3 (Genesis,1993) – “In Game 2 “ – Matt Furniss

6 – Snow White: Happily Ever After (SNES, 1994) – “Mud River” – Ian Howe

7 – Eek! The Cat (SNES, 1993) – “Zoo” – Barry Leitch, Dean Evans

8 – The Uncanny X-Men (NES, 1989) – “Level & Character Select” – Masaharu Iwata

9 – Star Trek DS9 Crossroads of Time – (Genesis, 1995) –  “Track 21” – Attila Dobos, Attila Héger, Gabor Kis-Juhasz, András Magyari, Steve Zuckermann

10 – The Simpsons – Bart vs. the Space Mutants (NES, 1991) – “Stage 2 & 4” – Mark Van Hecke, Alex De Meo

11 – Droopy’s Tennis Open (GBA, 2002) – “Grass Court” – Alberto Jose Gonzalez

12 – X-Men: Wolverine’s Rage (GBC, 2001) – “Stage 1” – Robert Baffy, Ed Cosico

 

 

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Episode 74: SpookyTunes 3

 

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Halloween is upon us, and that means it’s time for another episode of SpookyTunes! Join SpoOoOoOky Mike and the Edless Horseman as they shake the skeletons from their closets and drag out some of the ghastliest video game music around. With composers like Matt Furniss, Koji Kondo, Danny Baranowski, and Shinji Hosoe in the mix, you KNOW this is going to be an episode you’ll take to the grave!  Happy Halloween, everybody!

Thanks to @InfernalGrape, Jeff Leppard, Rob Nichols, and John Steiner 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 – Majyuuou (SFC, 1995) – “Ice Palace” – Tomohiro Endo, Hiroshi Iizuka

2 – Bill’s Tomato Game (Genesis, 1992 Unreleased) – “Theme 4” – Matt Furniss

3 – Night Slashers (Arcade, 1993) – “Stage 3/Under the Moonlight” – Tatsuya Kiuchi, Tomoyoshi Sato

4 – Left 4 Dead – (PC/Mac/Xbox360, 2008) – “Witch Enroacher” – Mike Morasky

5 – New Ghostbusters 2 (NES, 1992) – “Level 4: the River of Slime” – Jun Ishikawa, Hiroaki Suga 

6 – Super Mario World (SNES, 1991) – “Ghost House” – Koji Kondo

7 – 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors – (DS, 2010) – “Quietus” – Shinji Hosoe

8 – Death Road to Canada – (PC, 2016) – “Frankenstein Goes to Jamaica/ Theme of a Broken Car” – Joey Grady

9 – Sword of the Berserk: Gut’s Rage (Dreamcast, 2000) – “The Burning City” – Susumu Hirasawa, Masaya Imoto, Hiromi Murakami

10 – Blood – (DOS, 1997) – “Dark Carnival” – Daniel Bernstein, Guy Whitmore

11 – Addams Family (SNES, 1992) – “Wonderfully Gloomy Atmosphere” – Jonathan Dunn

12 – Super Meat Boy (PC etc, 2010) – “Betus Blues” – Danny Baranowski

 

 

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Episode 73: The Sounds of Silent Hill with @AvalancheJared

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PTR’s spoooooky October festivities continue with a focus on one of the most disturbing series of the last decade: Silent Hill. Jared Smith from the YouTube channel Avalanche Reviews joins Mike and Ed for an in-depth look at the music from the games, written by Konami and Grasshopper Manufacture composer Akira Yamaoka.

Learn about the mythos behind the eponymous town, find out what the games share in common with television series Stranger Things,  and listen to Mike rant about Resident Evil!  All this and more, on an extra-spooky edition of PixelTunes Radio!

Find Jared’s videos at Avalanche Reviews on YouTube and follow him @AvalancheJared on Twitter!

Thanks to Cam Mount, Cam Werme, Cam Chiles, KeyGlyph, and Anthony Pigg for sending in today’s PixelChat questions. Want to ask Mike and Ed a question of your own? Send an email to pixeltunesradio@gmail.com!

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The Tracklist:

All Music Composed by Akira Yamaoka

Introductory Track

“Theme of Laura” from Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill (PSX, 1999)

1 – “Silent Hill Theme”

2 – “Fear of the Dark”

Silent Hill 2 (PS2, XBOX, 2001)

3 – “The Reverse Will”

4 – “Forest”

Silent Hill 3 (PS2, Xbox,PC, 2003)

5 – “Please Love Me… Once More”

6 – “Dance With Night Wind”

Silent Hill: The Room (PS2, Xbox, PC, 2004)

7 – “Your Rain” feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

8 – “Nightmarish Waltz”

Silent Hill Origins (PSP, PS2, 2007)

9 – “Wrong is Right”

10 – “Shot down in Flames” feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii, PS2, PSP, 2009)

11 – “Different Persons”

Silent Hill: Homecoming (PS3, X360, PC)

12 – “Witchcraft”

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