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Game Music: Gunbird (ガンバード)

April 15th, 2011 No comments

Everybody who knows Shoot’em’ups probably knows Gunbird!  This is a classic that doesn’t need much explanation and as so often with this game genre it’s soundtrack is outstanding and Gunbird’s music is a particularly brilliant aural feast so it shouldn’t be missed in any listing about game music. Let’s listen Gunbird – Trick Tramp Train …

 

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Game Music: RayForce (1994)

April 6th, 2011 No comments

Another tidbit of smup style music worth to be mentioned … Rayforce (aka Layer Section, aka Galactic Attack, aka …) from 1994. The Sega Saturn version followed the Arcade version in 1995 and the outstanding soundtrack was composed by no other than Tamayo Kawamoto of Zuntata fame (Taito’s in-house music crew). Let’s listen to the very eclectic RayForce – Cracking! (take an Electro tune, switch it down one or two gears in tempo, add melodic leads and bells and this is what you get) …

Game Music: Thunder Force IV

April 4th, 2011 No comments

The Mega Drive once again proves to be among the finest game consoles when taking it’s sound capabilities into account. Here’s one of countless tunes that gives you the full spectrum of beauty of Yamaha FM soundchip engineering craftmanship, Thunder Force IV’s “The Sky Line” …

 

Game Music: Einhänder (1997)

April 3rd, 2011 No comments

Back in the 90s during the heights of the PSX (or Playstation 1) we find Einhänder (アインハンダー), a horizontal shoot’Em’Up with an excellent Techno soundtrack by Kenichiro Fukui. The only downside to this track is that it’s too short. Let’s listen Einhänder – Dawn …

Videogame & Demoscene Music Radio Streams

April 5th, 2010 1 comment

Having digged around recently in search for videogame music radio stations and found a couple of decent ones.  Here’s a list of some of the old ones that probably everyone knows already but also a couple of streams that were completely new to me …

Kohinawww.kohina.com – Everybody knows them, very 8bit, very piko piko, a lot of C64 tunes mixed with a very good selection of Japanese Videogame and Arcade music. Sometimes also Spectrum music that sounds more like sizzling oil in the frying pan.

Nectarinewww.scenemusic.eu/demovibes – The Demoscene Radio, lots of the typical European Demoscene music and as that very good. Unfortunately they recently often also play some very strange vocal pop/rock-like homebrew stuff that sounds everything else but good.

No-Life Radionolife-radio.com – Surprisingly good station! Lots of varying game soundtrack, both Western and Japanese, 8-bit, 16-bit and modern soundtracks in abundance, spiked with Jingles by GlaDOS ;-)

Retro PC Game Music Streaming Radiogyusyabu.ddo.jp/MP3/MP3.html – A Japanese radio stream and the name is program here … plays nonstop pre-2K DOS/Adlib style Game music. Nice for a change when you’re grew tired of Kohina.

Radio SEGAwww.radiosega.net – Haven’t given this one much time to listen to yet but obviously plays a lot of music of SEGA titles.

CGM UKScene Radiowww.lmp.d2g.com – Somehow very similar in style to Nectarine. As of now only lo-fi stream available. It’s a good idea to listen to Nectarine and whenever they play those horrid vocal tracks, switch to this station!

… Know of any other related streams that are worth to mention? Let me know!

Turrican I Theme (Overdrive Mix)

November 8th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been busy with some audio work recently again and decided to remix the famous Turrican I Title Theme by Chris Huelsbeck. Here it is … I haven’t intentionally made too many changes to the arrangement because I wanted to stick close to the original on the first approach and concentrate on the instrumentation instead which has been completely changed. You can download it too (if you’re into synth music/game tune remixes that is).

(All work done in REAPER. Instruments used: Synth1, V-Station, minimonsta, Nexus, MOTU BPM for drums.)

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Using Kore 2 more efficiently with User Tags

July 16th, 2008 No comments

Kore 2 from Native Instruments is probably every sound organizer’s wet dream with sugar on top. Not only  can it control a multitude of Softsynths but it’s database makes it easy to organize sounds and find them quickly when needed. I’ve purchased this nice tool last December and what’s better than telling a few details on how I put it’s features to good use?!

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Facelift for Ableton Live

July 11th, 2008 1 comment

Download: dark & modern looking UI skin for Ableton Live 6/7.

A while back I’ve created a custom skin for Ableton Live with this handy freeware skin editor. The editor dates back to Live 6 but it seems that skins made with it work just fine in Live 7. Live’s approach to UI design is very minimalistic which I think is a step into the right direction but the default color palettes are not everyone’s taste. I’ve been using this skin since a couple of months and it works nicely so here is Dark2008, a dark – but readable – theme for Ableton Live 6 and 7.

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Review: iPod Shuffle

August 16th, 2005 1 comment

I’ve bought myself an iPod Shuffle finally after pondering about a couple of mobile players. This device is the second best thing after sliced bread.
I don’t wanna dig to deep in details here so I make it short, here are the pro’s of the iPod Shuffle …

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Kraftwerk – CCH, Hamburg (28.03.2004)

March 28th, 2004 3 comments

Part 1:

Four elderly men (black suits, red shirts, black ties / videos in background) perform “The Man-Machine”, “Expo 2000″, “Tour de France 2003″, “Vitamin”, “Tour de France”, “Autobahn”, “The Model”, “Neon Lights”,”Sellafield”, “Radioactivity” and “Trans Europe Express”

… Curtain …

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