Tag: video-game

It’s nice when two things I’m passionate about collide. Nice for me, that is: I have no idea how you feel about it. In this case, it’s music and video games with a cover version of a piece from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Yep, a text-based graphical adventure game about an attorney has music like this. Oddly enough, it works wonderfully well in the game: I can’t tell you how damn exciting it is when this theme kicks in.

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Pressing Pursuit ~ Cornered by Magical Trick Society on Grooveshark

Owing to the fact that I played BioShock Infinite for an ungodly amount of hours, I kind of, sort of missed yesterday’s post. Whoops! And, like a chump, I foolishly revealed that I missed yesterday’s post, making the back dating of this one fairly useless.

While I’m not quite ready to post some of the music from Infinite on either/or, I’m sure as heck ready to pilfer it from the first game in the pseudo-series. This is a marvellously creepy piece, and one that perfectly matches its surroundings of a decadent but decayed underwater city. Perhaps you should just watch this before listening to the embed.

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Welcome to Rapture by Garry Schyman on Grooveshark

I had forgotten all about this until someone linked me to the download, which means free download for all! For those not quite in the know, this cover was made for the 2012 action stealth game Dishonored (that is an intentional renaming of Sailor to Whaler by the way) and is a perfect fit for it. It’s a morbid and wonderfully creepy version of the old sea shanty that I really just can’t stop listening to!

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The Drunken Whaler by Dishonored OST on Grooveshark

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve featured the music of Joe Hisaishi, and since I’ve just started playing the excellent Ni No Kuni, what better excuse could there be? Were I somewhat more trained in the technical know how of music, I could probably tell you what makes Hisaishi’s scores so iconic and vivid, but I’m not so you’ll just have to enjoy the beauty of it without the lecture!

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Ni no Kuni Main Theme by ??? on Grooveshark

Ah, Nintendo. I’m not entirely sure what the deal is these days, but man, you folks had some rad games. Also, some rad music, as this remix aptly demonstrates! So many of my own memories are represented in this insanely catchy remix; the biggest grin came over my face when I first saw this, at the point where the SNES era is introduced (at :30), bringing with it Forest Interlude from Donkey Kong Country 2 (the music of which I’ve harped on many times before.)

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Well, we haven’t any video game music for AGES, so here we go! Rather than a straight up piece directly from a game, this is actually a rather superb cover. Anyone who knows anything about video game music will know that Donkey Kong Country 2 had some completely bitchin’ tracks (these guys even did a cover of Stickerbrush Symphony, which is equally awesome), which tend to sound even better when they’re done with real instruments as opposed to MIDI. Too techy? Well, sit tight and listen! (For comparisons sake, here’s the original.)

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I’ve been playing video games for a darn long time now, and while little of the more stupendously popular titles released these days does much for me, there are still a huge variety of unique, enthralling games that come out of left field to give real weight to the validity of gaming as a relevant narrative experience. While I haven’t had a chance to play Journey yet, how could you listen to this piece and not be captured by the world it paints?

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Apotheosis by Austin Wintory on Grooveshark

Everyone likes Zelda music, right? No? How about if its performed by a beautiful, appropriately-costumed violinist who combines it with interpretive dance? Still no? Ah, to heck with you then!

For the rest of us, allow me to introduce Lindsey Stirling. Ms. Stirling has apparently been on some US talent show, but she sprang to prominence as a result of her eclectic YouTube videos. She’s pretty dang talented, and I like how this is a unique arrangement of various Zelda pieces, rather than just a direct cover.

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I love music that manages to convey a mood, particularly when it does it without vocals. This is one of those tunes! Composed for the equally excellent game Beyond Good and Evil, it’s a sincere, heartfelt, and soothing piece that conveys a sense of serene beauty without being clichéd. If you ever play the game you’ll see that the place where it’s used is absolutely perfect: a Mediterranean-flavoured lighthouse surrounded by lush vegetation and ocean. Stunning, it is!

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You know what we haven’t had in a while? Video game music! This piece comes from Final Fantasy XII, a game I’ve not played (a fact true for all the Final Fantasy games). It’s a rather whimsical and high-spirited piece; since I know nothing about the game series, I assume there’s some fantasy involved???

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