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:

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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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Episode 72: Castlevania 3: Same Song, Different Country

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Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, known as Akumajō Densetsu in Japan, was the final and most impressive Castlevania game to be released on the NES and Famicom. Most fans in North America and Europe enjoyed a fantastic soundtrack composed by Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Hidenori Maezawa. Japanese fans were treated to something entirely different; an enhanced version of the soundtrack made possible by Konami’s VRC6 memory chip, developed in part by Maezawa.

In today’s episode, Mike and Ed pit the NES and Famicom versions of specially selected tracks head-to-head and ask the question: which one is the best? The answers may not be what you’re expecting!

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The Tracklist:

Akumajo Densetsu (Famicom, 1989)
Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse (NES, 1990)
Developed and Published by Konami
Composed by Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto, and Hidenori Maezawa

New Determination: Prelude

Clockwork (Clock Tower Stage)

Mad Forest (Forest Stage)

Stream (Aqueduct Stage)

Escape from Underground: Aquarius (Sunken City Stage)

Deja Vu-Vampire Killer- (Dracula Castle Main Building)

Overture (Last Stage Boss)

Big Battle 1 (Very Last Boss BGM)

Evergreen (Ending Story)

Flashback (Cast)

 

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