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The Atelier series has some wonderful music, and provides many examples of Gust’s sound team producing some of the most distinctive, immediately recognisable soundtracks in the business.
As the Atelier MegaFeature progresses, we’ll stop off every so often to take in some of these classic tunes — and where better to start than with the game we’ve just finished looking at in depth?
Let’s admire some of the lovely themes from the first Atelier game to come West, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana!
Continue reading The Music of Atelier, Vol. 1: Atelier Iris – Eternal Mana
It’s been a while since we did a MoeGamer Music post, but having been presented with the ideal opportunity to put something interesting together, who was I to turn that down?
Nick Dwyer, curator of the Diggin’ in the Carts project that explores the (oft-underappreciated) history of classic video game music, reached out to me and informed me that he had been working with Parisian DJ Teki Latex and a number of other collaborators on an ambitious-sounding project called, simply Teki & Nicks’ Mixtape Quest Adventure.
What on Earth is a “mixtape as side-scrolling adventure”, as this project purports to be? Well, let’s listen and find out — and best of all, since the mix is completely free, you can enjoy it along with me. Hit the jump and let’s listen.
Continue reading Teki & Nick’s Mixtape Quest Adventure: A Journey Through Classic Music
Over the course of the last few decades, the definition of what constitutes “classical music” has gradually been changing.
When I was a child, “classical music” was pretty strictly defined as art music for its own sake — or perhaps as a companion piece to another medium that was also defined as fine art, such as ballet or opera. Soundtracks, of course, existed, but despite sharing a lot in common with “classical music” as defined by popular culture at the time, they were regarded as something… if not lesser as such, certainly different.
Whizz forward to today, however, and we have established classical musicians putting out albums that consist entirely of video game music. Who’d have thought it?
Continue reading Tina Guo – Game On!
What’s that? A new feature? Why yes, yes it is.
In MoeGamer Music, an occasional feature, I sit down with a blank post and sit down to listen to a whole album without interruptions. While doing so, I will pen some immediate thoughts about each track, as well as providing a bit of information about the album as a whole.
And yes, being a physical release sort of person, everything I will be covering in this column is available on CD, and I will be listening to it on CD rather than ripping it to my digital music library. Distraction-free listening for the win.
We begin today with Diggin in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music, published by Hyperdub. If you want to listen along, check out the Bandcamp page here.
Continue reading Diggin in the Carts – A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music