Episode #49: Adlib Noraebang

A look at the Korean music scene of the 1990s. Drawing from an eclectic mix of influences ranging from arcade soundtracks to old K-pop and anime scores, it created an impressive catalog of music for the FM chips commonly found in PC sound cards of that era.

Download Episode #49: Adlib Noraebang (72 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “The Very Men…” – Demo (1997, MS-DOS) by Kim Tae Jin (sunby)
02 “Stage 6 & 7” – Iron Blood (1996, MS-DOS) by Seung-Hwan Ro, Myung-Jin Ahn
03 “Stage 5” – Dokkaebi-ga Ganda (1995, MS-DOS) by Senori Box
04 “Triumph” – Demo (1996, MS-DOS) by Park Jin Bae (Silhouetti)
05 “Stage 4” – Shakii the Wolf (1995, MS-DOS) by Seung-Hwan Ro, Myung-Jin Ahn
06 “Final Boss Theme” – Eol-ui Moheom (1995, MS-DOS) by Family Production
07 “Stage 7” – Illusion Blaze (1994, MS-DOS) by Seung-Hwan Ro, Myung-Jin Ahn
08 “Adventurer’s Anthem” – Ys II Special (1994, MS-DOS) by soundTeMP
09 “I don’t want to be arrested!” – Demo (1998, MS-DOS) by Ahn Jae-Hoon (Ahn1979)
10 “Unused Track” – Pee & Gity (1994, MS-DOS) by Seung-Hwan Ro, Myung-Jin Ahn
11 “Stage 3” – Ant Man (1995, MS-DOS) by Kwon Gu Hee, Park In Youb
12 “My Dear…” – Demo (MS-DOS) by Simpler
13 “Ending” – Olmang Jolmang Paradise (1995, MS-DOS) by Seung-Hwan Ro, Myung-Jin Ahn

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Episode #48: Micro Cabin

A podcast with music by developer and publisher Micro Cabin, best known for the Xak series and its various spin-offs. Many of their early releases originated on Japanese computers and featured an excellent line-up of composers like Tadahiro Nitta, Ryuji Sasai, Yasufumi Fukuda, and Yukiharu Urita who created some spectacular soundtracks, especially for the ‘lesser’ FM chips like OPLL and OPN.

Download Episode #48: Micro Cabin (72 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Opening 2” – The Tower of Gazzel (1991, PC-9801) by Tadahiro Nitta
02 “Confronted! The Shogun Gospel” – Xak II: Rising of the Redmoon (1992, X68000) by Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
03 “New Year’s Day Of The Girl…” – Dragon Half (1993, PC-9801) by Tadahiro Nitta
04 “Surfing Go! Go!” – Fray in Magical Adventure CD (1994, PC Engine CD) by Tadahiro Nitta
05 “Stillness of the Nights” – Xak III: The Eternal Recurrence (1993, PC-9801) by Yukiharu Urita
06 “Obstinacy Pair” – Elm Knight (1992, PC-9801) by Tadahiro Nitta, Yasufumi Fukuda
07 “Blue Sea” – Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (1990, X68000) by Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
08 “Spending Days With Your Daughter” – Princess Maker (1992, MSX2) by Yukiharu Urita
09 “Town of Normana” – Xak 1 + 2 (1992, PC Engine CD) by Minoru Yuasa, Hiroaki Kai, Go Takano
10 “Foreigner of the Starry Sky” – What’s Michael? (1988, PC-8801) by Ryuji Sasai
11 “Boss Music #1” – Noon (1998, Playstation) by Yasufumi Fukuda
12 “Dragon” – Elm Knight (1992, PC-9801) by Tadahiro Nitta, Yasufumi Fukuda
13 “Blue Player” – Daisenryaku II: Campaign Version (1992, MSX2) by Yasufumi Fukuda
14 “Indoor Combat” – Illusion City (1993, FM Towns) by Tadahiro Nitta, Yasufumi Fukuda, Koji Urita
15 “Kagami no Naka no Actress” – Kimagure Orange Road: Natsu no Mirage (1988, PC-8801) by Micro Cabin
16 “Smiling Town of the Trees” – Eiyuu Shigan: Gal.Act.Heroism (1994, PC-9801) by Yukiharu Urita
17 “Staff Roll” – Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (1989, MSX2) by Tadahiro Nitta, Ryuji Sasai

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Episode #47: Knick-Knack

An episode with fantastic music covering a wide area of topics such as other-worldly champions, cat secretaries, questionable learning methods, and whatever happens in Nancy’s room. Enjoy!

Download Episode #47: Knick-Knack (73 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Cosmic Hero” – Nex Machina (2017, Windows) by Ari Pulkkinen
02 “Knick-Knack” – Demo (1995, Amiga) by Piotr Bendyk (XTD)
03 “Lead The Van” – Dragon Knight 4 (1994, X68000) by Witch
04 “Shinin’ Queen” – Cleopatra Fortune (1996, Arcade) by Shuichiro Nakazawa
05 “Learn It the Hard Way” – Coococ #10 (1989, Commodore 64) by Edwin van Santen
06 “Nancy’s Room” – Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes (2011, Windows) by Kevin Manthei
07 “Staff Roll” – Mesuneko Hishoshitsu (1995, PC-9801) by Yuki Nakayama (PANDA)
08 “I Want You” – Burning Rubber (1993, Amiga) by Tim Haywood
09 “Scene 2” – Star Parodier (1992, PC Engine CD) by Hiroshi Saito
10 “Mission 5” – Lock On (1993, SNES) by Akihiko Mori
11 “Title Screen” – Jars’Revenge (2011, Commodore 64) by Sascha Zeidler (Linus)
12 “Crush” – Descent II (1996, MS-DOS) by Brian Luzietti
13 “MUSIC 2” – Sex (1995, PC-9801) by Arika Nishimura (VWN)
14 “Fountain of Sighs” – Demo (1995, Amiga) by Adam Skorupa (Scorpik)

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Episode #46: Thomas Detert

Thomas Detert was a founding member of the demo group X-Ample that became a fairly prolific C64 game developer during the early 1990s. Most of the games he worked on were published on disk magazines and therefore tended to fly under the radar. This didn’t prevent him from becoming a fairly respected composer of the late C64 years though, with a signature style that combines Galway-esque anthems and funky Maniacs of Noise grooves.

Download Episode #46: Thomas Detert (68 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Title Screen (Edit)” – Eon (1993, C64) by Thomas Detert
02 “BGM #2” – Quadrant (1993, C64) by Thomas Detert
03 “In-Game BGM (Edit)” – Dynamoid (1990, C64) by Thomas Detert
04 “Title Screen” – B-Bobs (1990, C64) by Thomas Detert
05 “Blue Eyes” – Demos (1988, C64) by Thomas Detert
06 “Title Screen” – Mega Starforce (1993, C64) by Thomas Detert
07 “In-Game BGM (Edit)” – Genloc (1994, C64) by Thomas Detert
08 “Roulette” – Magic Disk 64 (1990/05) (1990, C64) by Thomas Detert
09 “Title Screen (Edit)” – Hyper Aggressive (1992, C64) by Thomas Detert
10 “Menu Theme” – Hopp oder Top! (1992, C64) by Thomas Detert
11 “Name Entry” – Tales of Boon (1993, C64) by Thomas Detert

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Episode #45: Game Arts

Game Arts is a game developer and publisher that is mostly known in the West for the RPG series Lunar and Grandia. The company had their start on Japanese computer systems of the 1980s, where they produced some classics like Silpheed or Thexder. Much of the catalog from this early period was scored by the sound team Mecano Associates.

Download Episode #45: Game Arts (76 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “The Legend of Silpheed” – Demo (2003, NES) by Sekishun
02 “Stage 3” – Alisia Dragoon (1992, Mega Drive) by Mecano Associates
03 “Normal Battle” – Lunar: The Silver Star (1992, Mega CD) by Noriyuki Iwadare
04 “Mission 2” – Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact (1990, MS-DOS) by Rob Atesalp
05 “Asteroid Belt” – Silpheed (1993, Mega Drive) by Mecano Associates
06 “The Rescue” – Gungriffon II (1998, Saturn) by Yasutaka Hatade
07 “Unknown Track” – Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium ’89 (1989, PC-8801) by Mecano Associates
08 “Saigo no Ippo” – Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends (1994, Mega CD) by HIRO, Takao Konishi
09 “Thexder” – General MIDI demo track by an unknown arranger
10 “Battle Theme” – Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (1998, Saturn) by Noriyuki Iwadare
11 “To a New Adventure” – Zeliard (1990, MS-DOS) by Fumihitu Kasatani, Nobuyuki Aoshima
12 “Staff Roll” – Gungriffon (1996, Saturn) by Motoaki Takenouchi
13 “Crowded Street Corner” – Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (1998, Saturn) by Noriyuki Iwadare
14 “Ending” – Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2 (1992, Mega CD) by Mecano Associates

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Episode #44: Pan Flute Heroes

While often derided for its shallow trial-and-error gameplay, the release of Shadow of the Beast proved to be hugely influential in the Amiga gaming scene. It’s atmospheric score, featuring a mix of pan flute, synth pad, bass, and percussion, became a popular template for many games to come, eventually creating its own sub-genre of Amiga music.

Download Episode #44: Pan Flute Heroes (72 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Intro” – Leander (1991, Amiga) by Matthew Simmonds
02 “Options” – Full Contact (1991, Amiga) by Jimmy Fredriksson
03 “Welcome (To The Castle)” – Shadow of the Beast (1989, Amiga) by David Whittaker
04 “The Village” – Risky Woods (1992, Amiga) by José Martín
05 “Title Screen” – Cedric and the Lost Sceptre (1995, Amiga) by Andreas Oberdorfer
06 “Enchanted Forest (Edit)” – Nicky Boom (1992, Amiga) by Alain Lambin
07 “Tune A” – Loopz (1990, Amiga) by David Whittaker
08 “A Nice Present for the Monster” – Shadow of the Beast III (1992, Amiga) by Tim Wright
09 “The Forest” – Mysterious Worlds (1990, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
10 “Intro 1 (Edit)” – Australian Pioneers (1991, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
11 “Cloud Ship” – Nicky Boom II (1993, Amiga) by Alain Lambin
12 “Forest of Dreams” – FastTracker Demo (1996) by Adam Skorupa (Scorpik)

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Episode #43: Wolf Team

Wolf Team was a Japanese developer that was initially formed as subsidiary of Telenet, spent a few years as an independent studio, and was later reintegrated into Telenet again. During that time they created an incredible diverse catalog of games, featuring over 50 releases in many different genres. And while their games were often just shy of something great, they are highly regarded for their excellent music, composed by a talented sound team around Motoi Sakuraba.

Download Episode #43: Wolf Team (79 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Track announcements provided by Ed Wilson of PixelTunes Radio
Intro music by Paul van der Valk

Playlist:

01 “Silent Symphony” – Arcus 2: Silent Symphony (1990, X68000) by Masaaki Uno
02 “Stage 2: Park” – El Viento (1991, Mega Drive) by Motoi Sakuraba
03 “Affray” – Hioden: Mamono-tachi tono Chikai (1994, SNES) by Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Hiroya Hatsushiba
04 “SF 26” – The Grail Hunter (1994, PC-9801) by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Hiroya Hatsushiba
05 “BGM 2” – Ryu: Naki no Ryuu Yori (1991, X68000) by Masaaki Uno, Motoi Sakuraba, Yasunori Shiono
06 “Hobbit Kid” – Arcus 2: Silent Symphony (1990, X68000) by Motoi Sakuraba
07 “Starting Over” – Mid-Garts (1989, PC-8801) by Masaaki Uno
08 “Stage 6” – Devastator (1993, Mega CD) by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura
09 “Sound File MI05 (Edit)” – Span of Dream (1990, PC-9801) by Yoshinobu Hiraiwa, Motoi Sakuraba
10 “Battle Phase 1” – Zan: Yasha Enbukyoku (1990, PC-8801) by Motoi Sakuraba
11 “Sound File 132” – Gulf War Soukouden (1993, PC-9801) by Shinji Tamura
12 “Stage 3” – Earnest Evans (1992, Mega Drive) by Motoi Sakuraba
13 “I Feel Like I Am Happy” – Shinsengumi: Bakumatsu Genshikou (1991, PC-9801) by Ryota Furuya, Motoi Sakuraba
14 “Spring of my World” – Zan: Kagerou no Toki (1989, X68000) by Masaaki Uno
15 “Enemy’s Last Stand” – Sol-Feace (1990, X68000) by Motoi Sakuraba
16 “Love 1” – Tenshi No Uta (1994, SNES) by Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Ryota Furuya, Hiroya Hatsushiba
17 “Ending” – Arcus Odyssey (1991, X68000) by Motoi Sakuraba

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