Posts Tagged ‘N64’

New Track Up on YouTube! (Banjo-Kazooie)

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Yes – that’s right – we’ve uploaded a new track. We actually got together and fully recorded a song. It’s been a long time, and we’ve all been very busy with various things on a personal and professional level – but we’ve finally found the time to get back together and we’ll be finding much more time to do so going forward.

Over a full year on. Yeah. We know. What happened? Well, life happened. I’m very busy with my work – I’m a freelancer who writes about games – so is Lloyd, and Sam is studying for a degree in music technology (something you’ll see reflected, I think, in the quality of our work going forward) and we’re both also super busy with our lives in general. That said, we’re finding a little more time now. We’re doing more. We’ve got several exciting mixes lined up that we’ve all been toiling away on arranging during our hiatus. I hope you look forward to them.

As for the rest… We’re still planning to get a limited run of CDs printed, and we’ll still be releasing downloads of all tracks free via this site. A download of this is coming after I do a final, final mix of it. In the meantime, enjoy the YouTube version. Leave us a comment with your thoughts! We’re recording again next Friday…excitement! Be sure to subscribe on YouTube, as sometimes we put stuff up there a little earlier.

We’ve also now got a Twitter Account. Please drop us a follow – this is one way we’ll be able to chat to you guys and give you more regular updates!

Staff Roll (Super Mario 64)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

This is an old track. Well over a year old. So yes, we know that the recording quality isn’t anywhere near as good as our latest stuff and the same can be said of the piece in general… but we still love this song. When most people think Mario Music, they think of the iconic NES tunes, including most of TRW. Not me, though.

As I grew up as a Sega Kid, I was more accustomed with Sonic, and while I knew Mario and had of course played his games, I didn’t actually own one until I got an N64 with Super Mario 64. That game blew my mind, and the music was a big part of it. To this day the main theme of Mario 64 is one of my favorite pieces of game music – and this here, the “Staff Roll” – the credits theme – is the second best track in the game.

It’s an exact cover with some slight changes, and another homage to the genius of Koji Kondo, Nintendo’s Uematsu. We’ll be sure to revisit Mario in the future, especially for some more retro stuff… and maybe even new stuff. The Mario Galaxy soundtrack is amazing.

Did You Know?
Completing Super Mario 64 100% rewards players with a cannon outside the castle which allows them to reach the roof – where they’ll find Yoshi. You can’t ride him, and fan backlash over the lack of a ridable Yoshi led to his return in Super Mario Sunshine.

Gerudo Valley (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is arguably one of, if not the greatest game of all time. I admit it’s not my personal favourite, but the magazine scores and critic rating state one thing – it’s definitely one of the best overall. It’s near perfect.

Featuring a soundtrack by the legendary Koji Kondo, arguably one of the biggest names in videogame music, the game features pieces both old and new to the Zelda series, and truly showcases a new direction for the Zelda series overall, both musically and in gameplay, reimagining the SNES gameplay into a more action-packed 3D world. The music reflects this, of course.

One of our favourite pieces of music in the game is the theme tune to “Gerudo Valley”, the desert locale that is home to a society made up entirely of women but for the one man born every 100 years.. (how does that work, really?) It so happens the only man to come out of the place in 100 years is the rather evil Ganondorf, who leaves his home to serve the king of Hyrule with an eye at taking over. All in all, this track was a pleasure to arrange and record.. and there’s more Zelda coming soon.

-Alex

Did you know?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time may be considered the pinnacle of the series, but actually does not feature the main Zelda music theme. After fan dismay at this, the theme returned in the following game, Majora’s Mask.

Go K.K. Rider! (Animal Crossing)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

With the Smash Bros Dojo regularly updating every day with new information on the levels, characters and hidden goodies in the upcoming titles, I was very, very excited. I fucking love Smash Bros. When the site updated one day with a sample of some music from the game – a high quality remix of the tune “Go K.K. Rider!” from Animal Crossing, I knew we had to do it, as a tribute to both the original and the Smash Bros version.

In the game, K.K. is a singing dog who appears at the Animal Crossing town train station and busks for a bit of your money. He performs a number of songs. The dog is based on the composer of the game, Kazumi Totaka. This version is a very simple cover, with a minimal synth (a small backing melody) and mostly just rock instruments. It’s length shows what it was intended to be – fun, fast, and simple.

Animal Crossing has some fantastic music, and something remains a thought in my mind is a possibility of a mini-EP covering most or all of KK’s tunes from the game. All are incredibly well composed caricatures of the genres they’re meant to represent, and they’d be a pretty fun selection of tracks to cover. Maybe someday.

-Alex

Did you know?
K.K. is not only based on the game’s real composer, but actually named after him, too. In Japan, Totaka’s nickname was Totakeke – pronounced Tota-Kay-Kay, and this was the name of the busking dog. In the English release, this was translated to K.K.