Episode #51: Streets of Rage

During the late 80s new genres of electronic music like house and techno were hitting the mainstream. These styles were also adopted by game composers and demo artists and became an ingredient of many soundtracks of the following decade. This podcast features a selection of tracks inspired by club music of that era arranged for contemporary FM sound hardware.

Download Episode #51: Streets of Rage (75 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

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

Playlist:

01 “World 10 -Desert-” – Rhyme☆Star (1994, PC-9801) by Takeshi Abo
02 “Endless Fire 3 Monyons Mix” – Spanner-X: Endless Fire (1994, X68000) by MK-2, Monyons
03 “OX” – Power Slave (1995, PC-9801) by Naoto Ishikawa, Jirou Kida
04 “1995” – Duel Fighter (1996, X68000) by Kouite
05 “Quasar Radio Source” – Muzax Part III (1995, MSX2) by Maarten van Strien (Wolf)
06 “Yonatan House Three Ver.2” – Demo (1991, X68000) by Keishi Yonao (YONA)
07 “Here We Go Go!” – Alien Storm (1990, Arcade) by Keisuke Tsukahara
08 “Another Side of the Wave” – FMP Music Disk III (1996, PC-9801) by Daisuke Takahashi (KID)
09 “Crude Buster -The Lifeline of New York” – Two Crude Dudes (1991, Mega Drive) by Hitoshi Sakimoto
10 “Be Your Age! Arrange A” – Demo (X68000) by K.OGINO
11 “Battle on the Boat” – Dark Seraphim (1995, PC-9801) by Kure Software Koubou
12 “Human Sniper” – XX-Files R (1996, X68000) by Pyx
13 “BGM #34” – Lethal Crash Race (1993, Arcade) by Soshi Hosoi
14 “That’s Thrice” – Thrice (1991, X68000) by Yuzo Koshiro

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Episode #50: Moby

No, not that one. Frédéric Motte aka Moby is a French composer who had his start in the Amiga demo scene and also composed a number of game soundtracks for companies like Coktel Vision, Atreid Concept, and Kalisto. This playlist features a selection of tracks from the early part of his career that draw from from a wide range of influences – from rock to funk to blues and jazz.

Download Episode #50: Moby (76 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

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

Playlist:

01 “Knulla Kuk” – Substance (1991, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
02 “Lagoon (Classic)” – Fury of the Furries (1993, MS-DOS) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
03 “Intro” – Paragliding (1991, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
04 “Bounga” – Little Small Pretty Cool New Intro (1992, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
05 “Main Theme” – S.C.Out (1992, MS-DOS) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
06 “Elekfunk !” – Arte (1993, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
07 “Forest” – Fury of the Furries (1993, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
08 “Stage 3: Seerosentrauma” – Benjamin Blümchen (2001, Gameboy Color) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
09 “In-Game Theme 3” – Paragliding (1991, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
10 “Title Screen” – No Exit (1990, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
11 “Pelforth Blues” – Alcatraz Music Disk 1 (1991, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)
12 “End Tune (Unused)” – Fury of the Furries (1993, Amiga) by Frédéric Motte (Moby)

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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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