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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Episode #42: Plastic Fools

It’s been a while since we had a free play show, so sit back and enjoy this 100% topic-free episode of Audio Panic Room.

Download Episode #42: Plastic Fools (77 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” – The Return of Medusa (1991, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel (Mad Max)
02 “Opening” – Eol-ui Moheom (1995, MS-DOS) by Family Production
03 “Super Steel Fight -Live Version-” – Final Program (2010) by Takashi Gotou (Wiz.)
04 “The Mariner’s Tale” – Demo (1994, Commodore 64) by Anders Rodahl (Rage)
05 “Desert Battle Theme” – Metajo (1996, PC-9801) by Y.Takahashi, T.Nakai, M.Hada, T.Takagi
06 “Clouds” – Mr.Nutz (1994, SNES) by Raphael Gesqua
07 “Jesus Christ Motocross” – Demo (2009, Amiga) by David Enheden (Esau), Erik Lans (Lance), Zickbone
08 “Title Theme” – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001, Gameboy) by Allister Brimble, Will Davis
09 “Tea Break” – May Club (1995, PC-9801) by Youichi Iwasaki
10 “Left Right Excluded” – 10000000 (2011, Windows) by Matthew Klingensmith
11 “Odd Level Theme” – Moai Kun (1990, NES) by Harumi Ueko
12 “In-Game BGM” – Wildfire: The Revenge! (1991, Commodore 64) by Roel Bosch
13 “Level 5” – DEcapAttack (1991, Mega Drive) by Fumito Tamayama
14 “Plastic Fools” – Demo (1996, AHX) by Manfred Linzner (Pink)
15 “Ending” – Psycho Dream (1992, SNES) by Michiko Naruke

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Episode #41: Dr.Awesome

Bjørn Lynne aka Dr.Awesome is a Norwegian composer who started his career as a member of the demo group Crusaders and went on to compose the soundtracks for a number of games on Amiga and PC. His style draws influences from genres like electronic prog, synth rock, and ambient, creating soundscapes that were pretty unique for that era of video games.

Download Episode #41: Dr.Awesome (67 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 “Niagra” – Escape from Colditz (1990, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
02 “Blood” – Fantastic Voyage (1991, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
03 “BGM 2” – Loop Bomberman Online (2001, Browser Game) by Bjørn Lynne
04 “Alien Territory (Edit)” – Hotwired (Music Disk) (1990, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
05 “Moongazer” – Cubulus (1991, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
06 “Bud Peculiar (Edit)” – Bass-O-Matic (Music Disk) (1991, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
07 “Andante” – Morphello (1995, MS-DOS) by Bjørn Lynne
08 “Cyberlife 1” – AM/FM Special Disk #4 (1991, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne
09 “Evil Pumpkin-Head (Edit)” – Pig Detective (1998, Windows) by Bjørn Lynne
10 “Space Deliria” – Project-X (1992, Amiga) by Bjørn Lynne

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Episode #40: Funky Town

Welcome to Funky Town, the home of driving rhythms and groovy bass lines. This episode of Audio Panic Room features a selection of tracks that were all inspired by funk in its various guises.

Download Episode #40: Funky Town (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 “Miror B. Battle” – Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (2005, Gamecube) by Tsukasa Tawada
02 “Title Screen” – Harald Hardtooth (1992, MS-DOS) by Jens-Christian Huus (JCH)
03 “Funky Town” – Little Big Adventure (1994, MS-DOS) by Philippe Vachey
04 “Five Nine Seven Eight” – Soundshock: FM Funk Madness!! (2011) by Jake Kaufman (Virt)
05 “Spineless Funk” – Interstate ’76 (1997, Windows) by Arion Salazar, Jeehun Hwang
06 “Rocket Punch” – Love Escalator (1998, PC-9801) by Tadayuki Itou (Tee D)
07 “Bontempi Bonanza” – The Fantastic Four (1997, Playstation) by Stephen Root, Neil Palmer
08 “Ending” – FMP Music Disk III (1996, PC-9801) by Daisuke Takahashi (KID)
09 “Dancing Bomber” – Dangun Feveron (1998, Arcade) by Ryuichi Yabuki, Nanpei Misawa, Ryo Sakai
10 “Stage 2: Magical Town” – McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure (1993, Mega Drive) by K.Suzuki, S.Murata
11 “Miracle Man” – Demo (1993, S3M) by Jonne Valtonen (Purple Motion)
12 “Battle I (Winning Expectation)” – Chou Jigen Densetsu Rall 3: Kakuseihen (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
13 “Gutbucket” – Demo (2006, XM) by Jaakko Kaitaniemi (Reed)
14 “In-Game BGM (Edit)” – Eliminator (1989, Commodore 64) by Jeroen Tel

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Episode #39: Game Music History ~1990~

A double-length episode featuring game music from 1990. This was the year the SNES was released in Japan, the Amiga reached its peak in Europe, and the MT-32 became the go-to device for many PC soundtracks. The playlist is supposed to reflect the very diverse gaming market of that era and is ordered roughly by release date.

Download Episode #39: Game Music History ~1990~ (156 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “BGM #08” – Grandi Florum: Mischief of Iveris (1990, X68000) by Koji Niikura, Yasushi Tomita
02 “BGM 1” – Racing Hero (1990, Arcade) by Hikoshi Hashimoto
03 “Innertube Thrash” – Ski or Die (1990, MS-DOS) by Rob Hubbard
04 “Ma-Da-Ra” – Moryo Senki Madara (1990, NES) by Konami Kuheiha Club
05 “Island of Pirate” – Parodius Da! (1990, Arcade) by Kazuki Muraoka
06 “Title Music” – Slimyer (1990, X68000) by Toshimitsu Kawano
07 “Kasuga” – SD Snatcher (1990, MSX2) by Konami Kukeiha Club
08 “Intro” – Turrican (1990, Commodore 64) by Stefan Hartwig
09 “Final Take a Chance” – Thunder Force III (1990, Mega Drive) by Toshiharu Yamanishi
10 “Thunder Plains” – Turrican (1990, Amiga) by Chris Hülsbeck
11 “Into The Super Battle” – Super Star Soldier (1990, PC Engine) by Keita Hoshi, Nozomi Nakahashi
12 “Loading Screen” – Flimbo’s Quest (1990, Commodore 64) by Reyn Ouwehand
13 “Title Theme” – Journey to Silius (1990, NES) by Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya
14 “Battle with Ghosts” – Silent Möbius Case: Titanic (1990, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
15 “Battle Theme” – Last Armageddon (1990, PC Engine CD) by Hiroharu Hayama
16 “Title Screen” – Gordian Tomb (1990, Commodore 64) by Thomas Detert
17 “In-Game BGM” – Venom Wing (1990, Amiga) by Ramon Braumuller
18 “Confronted! The Shogun Gospel” – Xak II: Rising of the Redmoon (1990, PC-8801) by Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
19 “Final Round” – Space Invaders 90 (1990, Mega Drive) by Noriyuki Iwadare (?)
20 “Crystal World” – Wings of Death (1990, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
21 “The Battle of Valis Part 1” – Valis III (1990, PC Engine CD) by Hisao Inoue, Jun Hasabe, Shingo Murakami
22 “Stage 3: The Forest” – Prophecy I: The Viking Child (1990, Amiga) by Barry Leitch
23 “Deep in the Caribbean…” – The Secret of Monkey Island (1990, MS-DOS) by Michael Land
24 “Electric Revenge” – ShockWave (1990, Amiga) by Matthew Simmonds
25 “Main Theme” – Bubble Ghost (1990, Gameboy) by Hitoshi Sakimoto
26 “World Theme 1” – Silver Surfer (1990, NES) by Tim Follin, Geoff Follin
27 “Oasis” – King’s Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder (1990, MS-DOS) by Mark Seibert, Ken Allen
28 “Main Theme” – Oxyd (1990, Atari ST) by Jürgen Piscol
29 “Ending” – Super Mario World (1990, SNES) by Koji Kondo
30 “Asteroids” – Awesome (1990, Amiga) by Tim Wright
31 “Credits” – Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (1990, FM Towns) by Kohei Tanaka
32 “Information” – Cyber Block Metal Orange (1990, PC-8801) by Masaharu Iwata
33 “Bonus Stage” – Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (1990, Mega Drive) by Keisuke Tsukahara
34 “Sound File MI04” – Span of Dream (1990, PC-9801) by Yoshinobu Hiraiwa, Motoi Sakuraba
35 “Fungal Land” – Dragon Saber: After Story of Dragon Spirit (1990, Arcade) by Shinji Hosoe
36 “Peaceful World” – Actraiser (1990, SNES) by Yuzo Koshiro
37 “Fullmetal Fighter” – M.U.S.H.A. (1990, Mega Drive) by Toshiaki Sakoda

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Episode #38: On the Swing

Get ready to channel your inner Frank Sinatra with this fine selection of tunes! In today’s episode we take a trip back to the 1930s with a playlist full of Swing and Swing-inspired music. 

Download Episode #38: On the Swing (81 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 “Looking Around” – Remix.Kwed.Org (2013) by Rune-Bertil’s
02 “Douse Shinundakara” – Gravity Rush (2012, Vita) by Kohei Tanaka
03 “Windy” – Conker: Live & Reloaded (2005, Xbox) by Robin Beanland
04 “Human Resource Machine” – Human Resource Machine (2015, Windows) by Kyle Gabler
05 “Stage 1” – Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic (1995, Playstation) by Kaoru Ohori
06 “Medieval Tower” – The Apprentice (1994, CD-i) by Joost Egmond
07 “The Butler Did It!” – Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure (2009, NDS) by Gene Rozenberg
08 “Monty On The Rocks” – Remix.Kwed.Org (2010) by Rune-Bertil’s
09 “Bonanza Elegy” – Bonanza Bros. (1992, PC Engine CD) by T’s Music, S.S
10 “Chance Card” – Fortune Street (2011, Wii) by Takafumi Nishimura
11 “Andy’s Neighborhood” – Toy Story 2 (1999, Playstation) by Andy Blythe, Marten Joustra
12 “Pleasure Quarter” – Gravity Rush (2012, Vita) by Kohei Tanaka
13 “Time Trapped Isle” – Killing Time (1995, 3DO) by Larry Reed and the Toot Sweet Jazz Band

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