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.

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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:

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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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