Episode #53: Namnam Special

For the last show of this year, we have a selection of great game and demo tracks that touch on a wide variety of themes such as disorderly legislation, dinosaurs, Finnish polka, and the first CPC track ever to be played on the podcast.

Download Episode #53: Namnam Special (70 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 “Intro” – No Second Prize (1992, Amiga) by Matthias Steinwachs
02 “Title Screen” – Alderan (1991, C64) by Stein Pedersen, Ole Marius Pettersen
03 “Super Fantasy” – Shrines of Enigma (1995, MSX2) by Jan van Valburg (Jinx)
04 “Chaotic Law” – Majin Tensei (1994, SNES) by Hidehito Aoki
05 “Adversity” – Imagical Musion Depot Vol.2 (1995, PC-8801) by Akito Monden
06 “Area 99 – Transport Bay” – Astrocounter of Crescents (1996, MS-DOS) by Kwak Dong-Il, Kwon Goo-Hee
07 “Yoshiki’s Theme from Doukyuusei 2” – FMP Music Disk 2 (1995, PC-9801) by TAN-Y
08 “Start from Mountain Village” – Metal Slug 3D (2006, PS2) by Toshikazu Tanaka
09 “Title Screen” – Wells And Fargo (1988, CPC) by César Astudillo
10 “Don-Hya-RaRa” – Demo (MDX) (X68000) by Tomsan & Magic Boon
11 “Dippy the Dinosaur” – Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck (1993, Mega Drive) by Matt Furniss
12 “Myönnytys Polska (Edit)” – Demo (MOD) (1993, Amiga) by Juha Kujanpää (Dizzy)
13 “Vast Valley” – Continue (199x, X68000) by Nin Nin
14 “Namnam Special” – DMC Demo III (1988, C64) by Johannes Bjerregaard
15 “Fated Pledge (Silent Version)” – Love Escalator (1998, PC-9801) by Naoto Ishikawa (Xacs)

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Episode #52: Vox Femina

The rumors are true, we are back with a new episode! This time, it’s all about tracks with female vocals – in seven different languages, no less. Enjoy!

Download Episode #52: Vox Femina (77 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 “Lullaby of Woe” – The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (2015, PC) by Laura Doddington, Marcin Przybyłowicz
02 “Ciao Carina” – The House in Fata Morgana (2010, PC) by Takaki Moriya
03 “Wake Up” – Child of Light (2014, PC) by Cœur de Pirate
04 “EXEC_CHRONICLE_KEY” – Ar tonelico (2002, PS2) by Akiko Shikata, Tomoko Shinoda, Akira Tsuchiya
05 “Deionarra Theme” – Planescape: Torment (1999, PC) by Mark Morgan, Richard Band
06 “Song Of Love” – SSB Brawl (2002, Wii) by S.Lisboa, D.Videira, J.Katz, D.Murakawa, SFlower, A.Goldstein
07 “I Close My Eyes And Think Of You” – Jack Orlando (1997, DOS) by Julia von Miller, H.Faltermeyer, D.Cooke
08 “The Wretched Automatons” – NieR (2010, PS3) by Emi Evans, Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi
09 “Under the Shadow of the Oak” – King’s Bounty: The Legend (2008, PC) by Lind Erebros
10 “The Spine” – Transistor (2014, PS4) by Ashley Barrett, Darren Korb
11 “Main Theme” – Do You Remember My Lullaby? (2008, PC) by Kan Gao
12 “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done” – Fantasy General (1996, DOS) by M.Lenhardt, D.Pelfrey, R.Rhodes

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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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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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Episode #37: Chemool

An episode featuring music by Takahiro Yonemura aka Chemool. He was a founding member of the doujin circle ‘Firecracker’, and one of the main contributors to their series of music discs released on PC88/98 throughout the 1990s. Very proficient with both FM and MIDI hardware, he also had a fairly lengthy career in the gaming industry, composing and arranging soundtracks for publishers like Tenshindo, Giga, or TGL.

Download Episode #37: Chemool (70 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 “Development” – Waver: The Seeker 2 (1996, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
02 “Fly High (86B)” – Steam-Heart’s (1994, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
03 “Iron Fung (86B)” – Nouten Chokugeki 3 (1991, X68000) by CHEMOOL
04 “Mighty Power” – Advanced V.G.2 (1998, PSX) by CHEMOOL
05 “A Walk With a Breeze” – LOVE-LI-POP (2002, Album) by CHEMOOL
06 “Climax! Orugaban” – Goice (1994, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
10 “Crisis” – Steam-Heart’s (1998, Saturn) by CHEMOOL
07 “Opening Song” – Yanyan no Gekitou Dousoukai (1995, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
09 “Born in Osaka (86B)” – V.G. 2: The Bout of Cabalistic Goddess (1994, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
08 “Final Stage (86B)” – Nouten Chokugeki 3 (1991, X68000) by CHEMOOL
12 “Step Fast!” – Quiz Fighter (1993, X68000) by CHEMOOL
11 “Sealed Ruins (86B)” – Briganty: The Roots of Darkness (1995, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
14 “The Brand-New Day (86B)” – Yanyan no Quiz Itchomae (1992, PC-9801) by CHEMOOL
13 “Indignation” – Rough and Ready (1999, Album) by CHEMOOL
15 “Ancient Westina (from Steam-Heart’s [PCE])” – Firecracker Music Coll.Vol.33 (1996, PC-8801) by CHEMOOL

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Episode #36: Carl Lewis Unplugged

Carl Lewis is a former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals and is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games. This is all awesome, but did he ever spend an entire afternoon listening to MDX files? Does he know who Chris Hülsbeck is, or how different revision 3 and 4 of the SID chip can sound like? Well, I don’t know to be honest, but what I do know is that I wouldn’t trade nine gold medals for this stuff.

Download Episode #36: Carl Lewis Unplugged (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” – The Carl Lewis Challenge (1992, Amiga) by Chris Hülsbeck
02 “Stage 1” – Olteus II (1991, X68000) by Yasunari Onishi, Tetsuya Okita
03 “In-Game BGM” – Paranoimia (1991, Commodore 64) by Michael Hendriks
04 “Dragon Shrine” – Imagical Musion Depot Vol.2 (1995, PC-8801) by yon
05 “Unplugged” – Inner Worlds (1996, MS-DOS) by Daniel Hansson
06 “Installer” – True Golf Classics: Pebble Beach Golf Links (1992, PC-9801) by Shigekazu Kamaki, Yumi Kinoshita
07 “Banana Split” – Demo (1993, MOD) by Juha Kujanpää (Dizzy)
08 “Intro” – Fluid-Kha (1993, Atari 8-bit) by Tomasz Liebich
09 “Cycling” – Demo (MDX) by R.Terada
10 “Extended Intro” – Timezone (1989, Commodore 64) by Markus Schneider, Jens Blidon
11 “BGM 1” – Racing Hero (1990, Arcade) by Hikoshi Hashimoto
12 “Space Gravitation” – Demo (MOD) by Gustaf Grefberg (Lizardking)
13 “Managing Menu” – Ace 2088 (1988, ZX Spectrum) by Sean Conran

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Episode #35: Codemasters

Codemasters were one of the UK’s biggest publishers of budget games, and one of the few companies to still develop original 8-bit computer titles when most publishers had already abandoned that market in the early 90s. While most of their games originated on the ZX Spectrum, it was usually the C64 and Amiga ports that featured the most impressive soundtracks, supplied by a stellar line-up of composers like Allister Brimble, David Whittaker, Steve Barret, or Matt Gray.

Download Episode #35: Codemasters (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 “Title Screen” – Tarzan Goes Ape! (1991, C64) by Steve Barrett
02 “Title Screen” – Pro Boxing Simulator (1991, Amiga) by Allister Brimble
03 “In-Game Music” – Treasure Island Dizzy (1989, C64) composed by David Whittaker, arranged by Matt Gray
04 “Title Screen” – Poltergeist (1987, C64) by David Whittaker
05 “Main Menu” – Pro Tennis Simulator (1990, Amiga) composed by Gavin Raeburn, arranged by Lyndon Sharp
06 “Title Screen” – Slightly Magic (1991, C64) by Allister Brimble
07 “Name Entry” – BMX Simulator (1993, NES) by Gavin Raeburn
08 “Title Screen” – DJ Puff’s Volcantic Capers (1992, C64) by Gerard Gourley
09 “In-Game Music” – CJ’s Elephant Antics (1991, Amiga) composed by Ashley Hogg, arranged by Allister Brimble
10 “Title Screen” – Motocross (1989, C64) by Matt Gray
11 “Level 1” – Mean Machine (1991, Amiga) by Allister Brimble
12 “Title Screen” – Super Robin Hood (1987, C64) by David Whittaker
13 “Title Screen” – Violator (1991, Amiga) by Matthew Simmonds
14 “In-Game Music” – Magic Land Dizzy (1990, C64) by Steve Barrett
15 “Title Screen” – Boomerang Kid (1993, NES) by Allister Brimble
16 “Code Entry” – Steg the Slug (1992, C64) by Ashley Hogg

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Episode #34: Manabu Saito

Manabu Saito was a Japanese musical prodigy, who started his career at System Sacom when he was just 18 years old. His music, often a blend of classical and jazz influences with a great sense of melody, were an important component of System Sacom’s genre-defining Novel Ware games. During his time with the company he also composed the first Japanese soundtrack with MT-32 support, 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu, and was an early adopter of CD audio on the FM Towns. Sadly, he passed away from kidney failure in 1992 at the age of 22.

Download Episode #34: Manabu Saito (71 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” – Chatty (1988, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
02 “Lyn’s Disappearance” – Yami no Ketsuzoku (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
03 “In the Aroma of Tea” – 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
04 “BGM 5” – Valna (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
05 “Ending Theme from Euphory” – Firecracker Music Collection Vol.28 (PC-8801) by Shio
06 “Stage 7” – Gemini Wing (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Mikio Saito
07 “Epilogue” – Yami no Ketsuzoku Special (1991, FM Towns) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
08 “Juanelia -East- Theme” – Providence (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
09 “Overtime” – Soft de Hard na Monogatari 2 (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
10 “Nice to Meet You” – Yami no Ketsuzoku (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
11 “Town Theme 1 from Valna” – Firecracker Music Collection Vol.28 (PC-8801) by M. S
12 “Unused Track” – Yami no Ketsuzoku: Kanketsu-hen (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya
13 “Juanelia Country – Spacecraft” – Providence (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
14 “In the Morning Light” – 38 Man Kilo no Kokuu (1989, X68000) by Manabu Saito
15 “End Title” – Soft de Hard na Monogatari (1988, X68000) by Manabu Saito
16 “Ending” – Yami no Ketsuzoku: Harukanaru Kioku (1993, PC Engine CD) by Manabu Saito, Haruo Hosoya

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Episode #33: Danish Delights

Like elsewhere in Europe, the late 1980s saw the rise of the Danish demo scene, a vibrant (lol) environment that created some of the most well-known computer musicians of that era. This podcast features a collection of tracks from games and demos ‘Made in Denmark’ on various 8 and 16 bit systems.

Download Episode #33: Danish Delights (71 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” – Georg Glaxo (1993, Amiga) by Jesper Olsen (JO)
02 “Space Boss” – The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1995, Mega Drive) by Jesper Kyd
03 “Main Theme” – Rocky Star (1988, Commodore 64) by Kim Christensen (Future Freak)
04 “Title Tune” – Lollypop (1994, MS-DOS) by Torben Hansen (Metal), Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
05 “The Alibi” – Demo (1989, Commodore 64) by Thomas Petersen (Laxity)
06 “Gorgeous (Soundblaster Version)” – Demo (1992, MS-DOS) by Jens-Christian Huus (JCH)
07 “Jane’s Theme” – CoverGirl Strip Poker (1991, Commodore 64) by Thomas Bendt (Scortia)
08 “Tomorrow” – Demo (1992, Amiga) by Martin Larsson (Liquid)
09 “Rain” – Krestology 100% (1996, Commodore 64) by Morten Kristensen (MSK)
10 “Ending” – Hermetic (1993, Commodore 64) by Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
11 “Human Target” – Human Target (1992, Amiga) by Anders Bukh (Static)
12 “In-Game Music” – Stormlord (1989, Commodore 64) by Johannes Bjerregaard

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Episode #32: Kunio-kun

Technos Japan’s Kunio-kun series started in 1986 with Renegade, an arcade game that was one of the precursors to the beat’em up genre. From there the franchise developed into multiple spiritual sequels and spin-offs featuring the same cast of characters, including an entire sub-series of sports games. The typical sound of the Kunio-kun games was defined by series mainstay Kazuo Sawa and is heavily influenced by Western popular music of the 50s and 60s.

Download Episode #32: Kunio-kun (74 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 “Running Around” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1990, X68000) by SPS
02 “Sabu Team Stage” – Super Dodge Ball (1996, Arcade) by Ida
03 “7th Match” – Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (1992, NES) by Kazuo Sawa, Michiya Hirasawa, Yoshihiro Kameoka
04 “England” – Kunio-kun no Dodge Ball da yo: Zenin Shugo (1993, SNES) by K.Sawa, C.Iizuka, R.Uehara, K.Kataoka
05 “Bad Ending” – River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special (2015, Playstation 3) by Kazuo Sawa
06 “The Parking Garage” – Target: Renegade (1990, NES) by Tim Follin
07 “Title Theme” – Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball-bu: MD Soccer-hen (1992, Mega Drive) by Kojiro Mikusa
08 “Shinji’s Hideout” – Kunio Tachi no Bannka (1994, SNES) by Hitoshi Yamane
09 “Versus Match” – Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club: Soccer (1990, X68000) by Sharp
10 “Double Dragon Theme” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1993, PC Engine) by KID Corp.
11 “Mode Selection” – Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes (1993, NES) by K.Sawa, M.Hirasawa, T.Urabe
12 “Maou Team Stage” – Super Dodge Ball (1996, Arcade) by Ida
13 “Title Screen” – Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu (1992, NES) by Kazuo Sawa, Michiya Hirasawa, Taku Urabe
14 “Aizen Team” – Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari (1993, SNES) by Cube, C.Iizuka, K.Kataoka, R.Uehara
15 “Small Boss” – Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (1990, X68000) by SPS
16 “Lover to Friend” – Kunio no Oden (1994, SNES) by LUNA

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Episode #31: Ultima

Ultima is not only one of the most influential series in gaming history, the basic structure of its soundtracks with overworld, town, dungeon, and battle themes has also been the template that many RPGs since have followed. This podcast includes a selection of tracks from the entire series: from Ken Arnold’s minimalist compositions for the Apple II, the more elaborate arrangements for MIDI synths, to the orchestral scores of the modern era.

Download Episode #31: Ultima (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 “Wanderer” – Ultima III: Exodus (1983, Apple II) by Kenneth W. Arnold
02 “Britain (Negative)” – Ultima IX: Ascension (1999, Windows) by George Oldziey
03 “I Hear You Crying” – Ultima VI: The False Prophet (1990, MS-DOS) by Herman Miller
04 “Daytime” – Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams (1991, MS-DOS) by George Sanger
05 “Stones” – Ultima IX: Ascension (1997, Windows) by George Oldziey
06 “Title Screen” – Ultima: Runes of Virtue II (1993, Gameboy) by M.Galway, M.Schaefgen, R.Benson, D.Glover
07 “Towns” – xu4 – Ultima IV Recreated (2001, Windows) by Ryan Wiener
08 “Dream Of Lady Nan” – Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (1990, X68000) by Kazuo Sawa
09 “Britain (Positive)” – Ultima IX: Ascension (1999, Windows) by George Oldziey
10 “Bard Song” – Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (1989, NES) by Seiji Toda
11 “Love Theme” – Ultima VII: The Black Gate and Serpent Isle (1992, MS-DOS) by Dana Glover
12 “Pagan Theme” – Pagan: Ultima VIII (1994, MS-DOS) by Nenad Vugrinec
13 “Turn Back the Clock” – Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams (1991, MS-DOS) by Dana Glover
14 “Minoc (Negative)” – Ultima IX: Ascension (1999, Windows) by George Oldziey
15 “Minoc” – Ultima Online (1997, Windows) by Joe Basquez, Kirk Winterrowd
16 “Ending” – Ultima Trilogy (1990, FM Towns) by Origin Systems
17 “Empath Abbey” – Ultima V: Lazarus (2006, Windows) by Jared Ellsworth

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Episode #30: Forever Minor

Just another bunch of random stuff which I have been listening to lately. And by lately, I mean for the last 30 years or so. Enjoy the show!

Download Episode #30: Forever Minor (80 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 “Ocean Trip” – Anno 1602 (1998, Windows) by Starlight Systems
02 “Minor-1′” – Nouten Densetsu (1993, X68000) by Takahiro Yonemura (CHEMOOL)
03 “Playing Tamaire” – Napple Tale: Arsia in Daydream (2000, Dreamcast) by Yoko Kanno
04 “Forever” – Demo (2005, Atari 8-Bit) by Bartek Wasiel (BeWu)
05 “View of Dynamism” – Rolling Thunder 2 (1991, Mega Drive) by Ayako Saso
06 “Main Menu” – Miami Chase (1990, Amiga) by Jimmy Fredriksson
07 “I Have an Enemy” – Dawn Merry-Go-Round (1993, PC-8801) by NT-3
08 “Jammin’ For Nothing” – Demo (1992, MOD) by Aleksi Eeben (Heatbeat)
09 “Lagoon” – Fury of the Furries (1993, MS-DOS) by Frédéric Motte
10 “Lord Krutor’s Dominion” – Jets’n’Guns (2004, Windows) by Machinae Supremacy
11 “Stage 1 BGM (Coryoon)” – Demo (MDX) by superjarikun
12 “World 1” – CarVup (1990, Atari ST) by Matt Furniss
13 “Little Angel -Duel Mix-” – Guardian Recall: Shugojuu Shoukan (1996, PC-9801) by Nanki Shirahama
14 “Name Entry” – Fly Harder (1993, Commodore 64) by Adam Bulka, Michael Hendriks
15 “All’s Well That Ends Well” – Legend of the Mystical Ninja (1991, SNES) by Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko

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Episode #29: Stéphane Picq

The style of French composer Stéphane Picq is one of the most unique within the world of video game music. Drawing from a wide range of influences, his soundtracks mix elements like ethnic rhythms, electronic and acoustic instruments, dysphonic vocals, industrial, techno, or trance, often even in the same track. The result is a strangely hypnotic sound that is hard to classify to any particular genre.

Download Episode #29: Stéphane Picq (80 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 “Ritual Vitality” – Riverworld (1998, Windows) by Stéphane Picq
02 “Terminal City” – MegaRace (1994, Mega-CD) by Stéphane Picq
03 “Spice Opera” – Dune (1992, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
04 “Moon Dance” – Commander Blood (1994, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq, Philippe Egret
05 “Kursk” – KGB (1992, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
06 “Transe Ersatz Express” – Riverworld (1998, Windows) by Stéphane Picq
07 “Magical Maeva” – MegaRace (1994, Mega-CD) by Stéphane Picq
08 “Uluru” – Lost Eden (1995, CD-i) by Stéphane Picq
09 “Title Screen” – Full Metal Planete (1990, Amiga) by Stéphane Picq
10 “Free Men” – Dune (1992, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
11 “New San” – MegaRace (1993, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
12 “The Magnificents” – Lost Eden (1995, CD-i) by Stéphane Picq

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Episode #28: IDES

IDES was the parent company of labels like Cocktail Soft, Fairytale, or Red Zone and one of the most prolific publishers of visual novels during the 1990s. With musicians like Akira Sato, Yuki Nakayama, Ryu Takami, or BAKI they also had a fairly impressive line-up of composers that created a huge library of awesome FM soundtracks on Japanese computers from that era.

Download Episode #028: IDES (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 “R_7” – Giza! XIX (1991, X68000) by Akira Sato, BAKI, Ryu Takami
02 “Innocent Soldier” – Demon City (1993, PC-9801) by Kiyotaka Sato, MUSE
03 “Premonition” – Kimi Dake ni Ai o… (1991, X68000) by Akira Sato, BAKI, Ryu Takami
04 “Opening 1” – X-na (1991, X68000) by Yuki Nakayama, Kiyotaka Satou
05 “Attack” – Marine Philt (1993, PC-9801) by Akira Sato, Naoki Kanamori, Kiyotaka Sato, MUSE
06 “Plasma of Love 100%” – Dengeki Nurse 2 (1994, PC-9801) by Naoki Kanamori, Akira Sato, MUSE
07 “Theme” – Mayumi (1992, X68000) by MUSE
08 “AG07” – Angel (1993, PC-9801) by Naoki Kanamori, MUSE
09 “Kyarun” – Can Can Bunny 5: Extra (1993, X68000) by MUSE
10 “Opening” – Himitsu no Hanazono (1992, X68000) by Kanta Watanabe
11 “Sorrow” – Chiemi (1993, PC-9801) by Akira Sato
12 “Don’t Call the Teacher” – Welcome to Pia Carrot (1996, PC-9801) by Tomohiro Takatsuka
13 “Cabaret” – Urotsuki Doji (1990, X68000) by Akira Sato, Yuki Nakayama
14 “Opening” – Kurutta Kajitsu (1992, X68000) by MUSE
15 “U_07” – Kounai Shasei (1992, X68000) by Funky Seta, Nobuhiro Makino, Mito Unit, Shinchan
16 “Final Battle” – Romance wa Tsurugi no Kagayaki (1995, PC-9801) by Akira Sato
17 “Live!” – Strawberry Daisenryaku (1990, X68000) by Masami Yitsuse, Kiyotaka Sato
18 “Credit Roll” – Illumina! (1990, PC-8801) by Akira Sato
19 “Ending” – Giza! XIX (1991, X68000) by Akira Sato, BAKI, Ryu Takami

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Episode #27: Chiptunes

The term ‘chiptune’ was originally coined for a sub-genre of Amiga music that incorporated instruments similar to those found in the music of 8-bit computers like the C64. Popular with the demo scene, this particular style was also frequently used in game soundtracks from that era. In this podcast we look back at almost 30 years of chiptune making, from the early beginnings with SIDMon and Protracker to more recent efforts by the tracking scene.

Download Episode #027: Chiptunes (87 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “A New Beginning” – Demo (1997, AHX) by Geir Tjelta
02 “My First Console” – Demo (2007, XM) by Jakub Szelag (AceMan)
03 “Dragonfly” – Demo (XM) by Ulf Liedberg (Loonie)
04 “Victory” – Centerbase (1992, Amiga) by Karsten Obarski
05 “Enigma-Gun” – Demo (1990, SIDMon) by Eike Steffen (Romeo Knight)
06 “Titan #02” – Demo (2006, XM) by Roelof Heerspink (Cerror)
07 “In-Game BGM#1” – Hybris (1988, Amiga) by Paul van der Valk
08 “Enchanted Friday Nights” – Demo (2001, AHX) by Piotr Pacyna (JazzCat)
09 “Sextyfour” – Demo (1992, MOD) by Stello Doussis (Archon)
10 “Overworld Theme 1” – Dragonflight (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel (Mad Max)
11 “My Valentine” – Demo (2001, XM) by Andreas Skaarung (Edzes), Dot
12 “Gatecrashing” – Demo (1995, MOD) by Kristoffer Schultz (Prophet)
13 “BGM #01” – Fuzzball (1991, Amiga) by John Carehag (Ziphoid), Tomas Dahlgren (Uncle Tom)
14 “Sleepy Sunflower” – Demo (2009, IT) by Hyochan Lee (Hyochan)
15 “In-Game” – Battle Squadron (1989, Amiga) by Ron Klaren
16 “Cool as a Cucumber” – Demo (IT) by Jake Kaufman (Virt)
17 “Minako?-g80” – Demo (2007, MOD) by Tommi Arrela (Chavez), Anders Erik Carlsson (Goto80)
18 “Stranglehold” – Demo (1995, XM) by Jeroen Tel (Wave)

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Episode #26: Hiroaki Sano

Hiroaki Sano spent much of his early career composing for visual novels of publishers like Discovery or Studio Twinkle. As a master of both FM synth and MIDI arrangements, his soundtracks are pretty good showcases for the stylistic diversity within the music of this genre. This podcast features a selection of tracks that he composed for the PC-9801.

Download Episode #026: Hiroaki Sano (79 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “At the End of a Fleeting Dream” – Hinadori no Saezuri (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
02 “Deep Sky Submarine ” – Valkyrie: The Power Beauties (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
03 “G413” – GaoGao! 4th Canaan: Yakusoku no Chi (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
04 “Lets Dance the GOGOGO” – Division Guardian: Twinkle-Star (1993, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
05 “Inside My Heart” – Hinadori no Saezuri (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
06 “Eagle Windeed” – Mime (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
07 “Cold Words Wet My Cheek” – Hinadori no Saezuri (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
08 “Sea Side Step!!” – Marine Rouge (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
09 “Departure Ceremony” – Armored Flaghip Atragon (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
10 “G410” – GaoGao! 4th Canaan: Yakusoku no Chi (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
11 “Night Safe 777” – Mime (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
12 “Distortion” – Marine Rouge (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
13 “Silicon Lover” – Valkyrie: The Power Beauties (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
14 “Mother…” – Mime (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
15 “Beyond Several Nights” – Miwaku no Chousho (1995, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
16 “Reverse by Death” – Mirage 2: Torry x Neat x Roan no Daibouken (1994, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
17 “Ending” – Possessioner (1994, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
18 “Shigamu Magic” – Mirage 2: Torry x Neat x Roan no Daibouken (1994, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
19 “G406” – GaoGao! 4th Canaan: Yakusoku no Chi (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano

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Episode #25: CP Verlag Chronicles

In the early 90s the C64 gaming market started to dry up as most developers had moved on to 16 bit computers and consoles. This gap was partially filled by a number of disk magazines, like those issued by German publisher CP Verlag. And while the games on these disks were usually nothing to write home about; their soundtracks, often created by people from the demo scene, were a last hurrah for game music on the C64.

Download Episode #025: CP Verlag Chronicles (52 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Menu Music” – Magic Disk 64 (10/89) (1989, Commodore 64) by Markus Schneider
02 “Title Screen” – Ballfever (1993, Commodore 64) by Thomas Mogensen (Drax)
03 “Intro” – Tube Madness (1991, Commodore 64) by Stefan Hartwig
04 “Title Screen” – Roll Over (1994, Commodore 64) by Matthias Hartung (The Syndrom)
05 “Ending” – Sysiphus in Ägypten (1992, Commodore 64) by Stefan Woltran
06 “Main Theme” – Puzzle Shuffle (1990, Commodore 64) by Reyn Ouwehand
07 “Title Screen” – Enforcer (1992, Commodore 64) by Markus Siebold
08 “Upscene Production Logo” – Mastermind (1994, Commodore 64) by Tom Hoffer (MAC2)
09 “Title Screen” – Gordian Tomb (1990, Commodore 64) by Thomas Detert
10 “Title Screen” – Paranoimia (1989, Commodore 64) by Michael Hendriks
11 “Choice” – Snake Mania (1991, Commodore 64) by Klaus Grøngaard (Link)
12 “Title Screen” – Twin-Down (1992, Commodore 64) by Carl Gustaf Liebe (Yaemon)
13 “Menu Music” – Game On (11/89) (1989, Commodore 64) by Markus Schneider
14 “In-Game BGM” – Adrenalin (1991, Commodore 64) by Marvin Severijns, Michel de Bree
15 “Title Screen” – Black It! (1995, Commodore 64) by Matthias Hartung (The Syndrom)
16 “Title Screen” – Wobbler (1990, Commodore 64) by Rudolf Stember
17 “In-Game BGM” – Underground (1989, Commodore 64) by Chris Ammermüller (Beat Machine)

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Episode #24: Human Insects

Another mixtape with no particular theme. This time we are hanging out with the titular human insects, swing down the highway of funk, and brave the data storm while harboring forbidden feelings for King Golli.

Download Episode #024: Human Insects (76 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Title Screen” – Datastorm (1989, Amiga) by Timm Engels
02 “No Regrets” – Kimi Dake ni Ai o… (1991, X68000) by Akira Sato, BAKI, Ryu Takami
03 “Easy Control” – Demo (1994, MOD) by Michaî Baczek (Timer)
04 “Main Theme” – Sidewize (1987, Commodore 64) by Keith Tinman
05 “Miyuki Theme” – Demo (1996, PC-9801) by OTU
06 “Our Heroes, Dadandarn” – Monster Maulers (1993, Arcade) by Yoshihiko Koezuka
07 “Emergency” – Metajo (1996, PC-9801) by Yoji Takahashi, Takehiro Nakai, Masaomi Hada, Toshihiro Takagi
08 “They Call Me Swinger” – Interstate ’76 (1997, MS-DOS) by Arion Salazar
09 “Rockabilly King Golli” – Demo (X68000) by Utabi Hirokawa (Utabi), Z.Takeuchi
10 “Sabaku BGM” – Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu (1987, NES) by Kouji Murata
11 “Ambient Zing” – Demo (1993, MOD) by Martin Larsson (Liquid)
12 “Highway” – Go Go Ackman 3 (1995, SNES) by Kojiro Mikusa
13 “When Grieving Ends, the Fight Begins” – Dinosaur (1991, FM Towns) by Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai
14 “The Docks” – Rolling Ronny (1991, Commodore 64) by Markus Schneider
15 “Main Menu” – One Must Fall 2097 (1994, MS-DOS) by Kenny Chou
16 “BGM #09” – Ningen Konchuu: Nozoki (1997, PC-9801) by Kyouko Anderson
17 “End Titles” – The Last Express (1997, MS-DOS) by Elia Cmiral

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Episode #23: FM Metal

Lock up your daughters, get out the air guitar, and crank the volume up to eleven! This is FM Metal, a collection of some of the finest metal tracks to ever grace FM sound chips.

Download Episode #023: FM Metal (81 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Badu’s Menace” – Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (1990, X68000) by Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
02 “Calling on the Dark Dragon King” – Elemental Master (1990, Mega Drive) by Toshiharu Yamanishi
03 “Main Theme (La Grange)” – The Getaway: High Speed II (1992, Pinball) by Dan Forden
04 “Critical Tune” – Knight Arms (1989, X68000) by Toshiya Yamanaka
05 “Maisoun” – Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan (1994, PC-9801) by Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
06 “The Black Body” – Genocide 2 Square (1993, FM Towns) by Zoom Sound Team
07 “Omake BGM#2” – Dragon’s Fury (1991, Mega Drive) by T.Sakoda, M.Tsukamoto, T.Yamanishi
08 “Resolve to Win” – Overtake (1992, X68000) by Hideyuki Shimono, Naoyuki Kimura
09 “Stage 1” – G-LOC Air Battle (1991, Mega Drive) by Matt Furniss
10 “Stages 2, 4, and 6” – Mad Motor (1989, Arcade) by Mitchell
11 “Autism” – Demo (1998, PC-9801) by Wiz.
12 “Creeping Thing” – Battle Mania Daiginjou (1993, Mega Drive) by Y.Hamada, S.Masuko, Y.Suzuki, F.Tamayama
13 “Run a Red Light” – Full Throttle (1988, X68000) by Kazunori Takahashi
14 “Offensive Overdrive” – Musha Aleste (1990, Mega Drive) by Toshiaki Sakoda
15 “Stage 1” – Dokkaebi-ga Ganda (1995, MS-DOS) by Senori Box
16 “War Like Requiem” – Thunder Force IV (1992, Mega Drive) by Takeshi Yoshida
17 “Battle Field” – Jinn: Eien no Yuushi (1994, PC-9801) by Takahiro Yonemura, Osamu Ishikawa
18 “Battlefield – Shiver” – Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (2008, Nintendo DS) by Yuzo Koshiro
19 “Final Boss” – Metal Head (1995, 32X) by Jun Senoue

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Episode #22: Game Music History ~1989~

We close out the 80’s with a look at the state of game music in 1989. As usual, the playlist is ordered by release date.

Download Episode #22: Game Music History ~1989~ (159 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Main Theme” – RoboCop (1989, Commodore 64) by Jonathan Dunn
02 “Mid-Garts” – Mid-Garts (1989, PC-8801) by Masaaki Uno
03 “Main Theme” – Lightning Vaccus: The Knight of Iron (1989, X68000) by Koji Hayama
04 “Title Screen” – DNA Warrior (1989, Commodore 64) by Thomas Petersen,Kim Christensen
05 “Ready to Go / Captain Lancer” – Hellfire (1989, Arcade) by Tatsuya Uemura
06 “Title Screen” – R-Type (1989, Amiga) by Chris Hülsbeck
07 “Town 1” – Valna (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
08 “Title Screen” – Stormlord (1989, Commodore 64) by Johannes Bjerregaard
09 “B-Type Music” – Tetris (1989, Gameboy) by Hirokazu Tanaka
10 “Running Up! (Solo I)” – Dirt Fox (1989, Arcade) by Shinji Hosoe
11 “Rubble [Area 9]” – Gunhed (1989, PC Engine) by M.Miyamoto,JTS,M.Tsukamoto,S.Inoue,Ozono,K.Takeuchi
12 “Polyanna (I Believe In You)” – Mother (1989, NES) by Keiichi Suzuki
13 “Loading Tune” – Dominator (1989, Commodore 64) by Matt Gray
14 “Ravine” – Area 88 (1989, Arcade) by Manami Matsumae
15 “Main Theme” – Kult (1989, Amiga) by Stéphane Picq
16 “The Moon” – Duck Tales (1989, NES) by Hiroshige Tonomura
17 “Title Theme” – The Colonel’s Bequest (1989, MS-DOS) by Ken Allen
18 “Flood of Power” – Midnight Resistance (1989, Arcade) by A.Hara,H.Yoshida,T.Kiuchi,H.Komatsu,Fuse
19 “In The Dark Passages” – Shadow of the Beast (1989, Amiga) by David Whittaker
20 “Mission 3” – Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact (1989, PC-8801) by Hiromi Ohba
21 “Space Quest Theme” – Leisure Suit Larry III (1989, MS-DOS) by Mike Dana
22 “Ending” – Emerald Dragon (1989, PC-8801) by Nobuhito Koise
23 “Opening” – Dual Targets: The 4th Unit Act.3 (1989, FM Towns) by Yasuhito Saito
24 “Title Screen” – Turbo Outrun (1989, Commodore 64) by Jeroen Tel
25 “Town of Normana” – Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (1989, MSX2) by Tadahiro Nitta,Ryuji Sasai
26 “Intro and Title” – Battle Squadron (1989, Amiga) by Ron Klaren
27 “Sunrise Blvd.” – The Revenge of Shinobi (1989, Mega Drive) by Yuzo Koshiro
28 “One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue” – Knight Arms: The Hyblid Framer (1989, X68000) by Toshiya Yamanaka
29 “Level Select” – Ilyad (1989, Amiga) by Frédéric Hahn
30 “Fire Scramble” – Gradius III (1989, Arcade) by J.Kaneda,S.Fukami,M.Higashino,K.Nakamura,M.Izumi
31 “Stage 5” – Abadox: The Deadly Inner War (1989, NES) by Kiyohiro Sada
32 “Go with the Stream” – Herzog Zwei (1989, Mega Drive) by Naosuke Arai,Tomomi Otani
33 “Ruins of Moondoria” – Ys Book I & II (1989, PC Engine CD) by Ryo Yonemitsu
34 “Beginning” – Castlevania III (1989, NES) by Hidenori Maezawa,Jun Funahashi,Yukie Morimoto
35 “Title” – Budokan: The Martial Spirit (1989, MS-DOS) by Rob Hubbard
36 “Laboratory of Madness” – Batman: The Video Game (1989, NES) by Naoki Kodaka
37 “Title Theme” – Ghouls’n Ghosts (1989, Amiga) by Tim Follin

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Episode #21: Kenichi Arakawa

Kenichi Arakawa is mostly known for his work on visual novels like Jewel Bem Hunter Lime or the Viper series. He got his start composing in the doujin scene, contributing music to a number of PC-88 disk mags under the alias Thomas Brown, before moving on to (mainly) work for Silence and its adult brands Sogna and C-Class. This podcast spotlights this early part of his career, featuring music composed for the FM sound chips of systems like the PC-98 and X68000.

Download Episode #21: Kenichi Arakawa (77 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Jewel Bem Hunter LIME” – Jewel Bem Hunter Lime 11 (1994, X68000) by Kenichi Arakawa
02 “Queen in the Dark Night” – Rusty (1993, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
03 “Step by Step” – Demo (1990, PC-8801) by Kenichi Arakawa
04 “Opening” – Animahjong V3 (1993, X68000) by Kenichi Arakawa
05 “Give Me A Feeling” – Jewel Bem Hunter Lime 11 (1994, X68000) by Kenichi Arakawa
06 “Blue Flight” – Viper-V12 (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
07 “Nami’s Theme” – Viper-V16 (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
08 “MA10” – Animahjong X (1994, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
09 “Shake Hip” – Viper-V12 (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
10 “MILK10” – Exciting Milk Dai 1 Wa (1996, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
11 “Midorix” – PMD98 (1993) by Kenichi Arakawa
12 “Shooting Star” – Rusty (1993, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
13 “High Time” – Mahjong Elegance (1994, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
14 “Arabesque Rock” – Viper-BTR (1996, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
15 “LA09” – Lemon Angel (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
16 “Much Difference” – Viper-V12 (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
17 “Dear Takako” – Viper-V16 (1995, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa
18 “Ending 2” – Totsugeki! Mix (1994, PC-9801) by Kenichi Arakawa

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Episode #20: Thalamus

Thalamus was a British publisher, mostly known for their small, but fine selection of C64 releases, which included some of the most impressive games on the system. Equally impressive were their soundtracks, composed by an assortment of SID legends, like Rob Hubbard, Jeroen Tel, Martin Walker, Matt Gray, or Steve Rowlands. This podcast features a selection of some of Thalamus’ best tracks on the C64 and Amiga.

Download Episode #20: Thalamus (78 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Thalamusic” – Demo (1991, MOD) by Matt Simmonds (4-Mat), comp. Rob Hubbard
02 “Intro” – Snare (1989, Commodore 64) by Martin Walker
03 “In-Game” – Venom Wing (1990, Amiga) by Ramon Braumuller
04 “Load Next Level” – Hawkeye (1988, Commodore 64) by Jeroen Tel
05 “Creatures Title Remix Dance” – Demo (2001, Remix.Kwed.Org) by CZ-Tunes, comp. Steve Rowlands
06 “Title Screen” – Delta (1987, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
07 “Level 5: The Metal Base” – Borobodur: The Planet of Doom (1992, Amiga) by Reinier van Vliet
08 “Ballonacy” – Creatures 2: Torture Trouble (1992, Commodore 64) by Steve Rowlands
09 “Ending” – Venom Wing (1990, Amiga) by Ramon Braumuller
10 “Ending” – Armalyte (1988, Commodore 64) by Martin Walker
11 “Skate School, River Patrol, Ski Patrol” – Winter Camp (1992, Amiga) by Reinier van Vliet
12 “Title Screen” – Creatures 2: Torture Trouble (1992, Commodore 64) by Steve Rowlands
13 “Quedex (Infected Leads)” – Demo (2009, Remix.Kwed.Org) by PowerTrace, comp. Matt Gray
14 “Aggressor Theme” – Walker’s Warbles (1988, Commodore 64) by Martin Walker
15 “Title Screen” – Hawkeye (1988, Commodore 64) by Jeroen Tel

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Episode #19: Mighty Luna

We’re back with another un-themed selection of great tunes. An assortment of orcs, bees, evil aliens, and other delightful things is waiting for you on this edition of Audio Panic Room.

Download Episode #19: Mighty Luna (79 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Rolling Man” – CONTINUE (199x, X68000) by NinNin
02 “Title Theme” – Top Gear 2 (1994, CD32) by Patrick Phelan, Neil Biggin
03 “Party Tune” – Demo (1989, Commodore 64) by Reyn Ouwehand
04 “Crisis” – EVE burst error (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Takami
05 “In the Sky Over Gotham City” – Batman (1990, Mega Drive) by Naoki Kodaka
06 “Time Trial Results” – Konami Krazy Racers (2001, Gameboy Advance) by Sotaru Tojima
07 “Inferno” – Inferno (1994, MS-DOS) by Alien Sex Fiend, Barry Leitch
08 “Name Entry” – Mission Impossibubble (1989, Commodore 64) by Neil Baldwin
09 “The Chase” – Ork (1991, Amiga) by Tim Bartlett
10 “Afternoon Breeze” – Demo (1995, PC-9801) by Daisuke Takahashi (KID)
11 “Sky Swimming” – TwinBee Yahho! (1995, Arcade) by Konami Kukeiha Club
12 “Title Screen” – SWiV (2000, Gameboy Color) by Will Davis
13 “Shiroma’s Theme” – Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 (1998, Playstation) by Yasuhiro Kawakami
14 “Fireworks” – Demo (1990, MOD) by Martin Wall (Mantronix)
15 “OP Idle Theme” – Bakuretsu Quiz Tatakae! Maitiruna (1994, PC-9801) by Suzunosuke Himekiri
16 “Ending Part 2” – Shadows of Cairn (1994, MS-DOS) by Brian McCulloch, Bob Gumbrecht

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Episode #18: Pinball Delusions

Welcome to the wonderful world of pinball music! This episode features a fairly eclectic mix of music from real pinball machines, demo scene-influenced Amiga and DOS soundtracks, awesome hard rock from 90s-era pinball games, and (almost) anything in between.

Download Episode #18: Pinball Delusions (82 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Main Theme” – Black Knight 2000 (1989, Pinball) by Dan Forden, Brian Schmidt, Steve Ritchie
02 “Menu Theme” – Pinball Illusions (1994, Amiga) by Olof Gustafsson
03 “Road King USA” – Tilt! (1995, MS-DOS) by Tommy Tallarico Studios, Mark Cooksey
04 “T-9101G_33” – Pinball Graffiti (1996, Saturn) by Pack-In-Video
05 “Main Table” – Dragon’s Fury (1991, Mega Drive) by T. Sakoda, M. Tsukamoto, T. Yamanishi
06 “Aquatic Adventure” – Obsession (1994, Atari STE) by Per Almered
07 “Multiball” – Whirlwind (1990, Pinball) by Chris Granner
08 “Whispy Stage” – Kirby’s Pinball Land (1993, Gameboy) by Tadashi Ikegami
09 “Movement (Muddy)” – The Pinball of the Dead (2002, Gameboy Advance) by Hitoshi Sakimoto
10 “Snooker Champ” – Silverball (1993, MS-DOS) by Robert Allen
11 “Quick Lock Theme 2” – Banzai Run (1993, Pinball) by Brian Schmidt
12 “Bonus Stage 3” – Devil’s Crush (1990, PC Engine) by Noriyuki Iwadare
13 “Intro” – Pinball Fantasies (1993, CD32) by Olof Gustafsson
14 “Title Screen” – Advanced Pinball Simulator (1989, Commodore 64) by David Dunn
15 “World Rally Fever 11” – Addiction Pinball (1998, Windows) by Bjørn A. Lynne
16 “Fun Fair” – Psycho Pinball (1995, MS-DOS) by Tim Bartlett
17 “Jackpot” – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, Pinball) by Chris Granner
18 “Cheep Cheep Pufferfish Battle” – Mario Pinball Land (2004, Gameboy Advance) by Kenichi Nishimaki
19 “The Present Timezone” – Pro Pinball: Timeshock! (1997, MS-DOS) by Jake Burns, Bruce Foxton
20 “The Castle” – 3-D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night (1996, Windows) by Timothy Steven Clarke

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Episode #17: Game Music History ~1988~

A look at the year 1988 in game music. The year that saw the first CD and MIDI soundtracks, arcade boards started the transition from FM to PCM, and some real classics were released on the NES. Meanwhile in Europe the C64 had reached its commercial peak in a market that was slowly being taken over by the new generation of 16-bit computers. As always, the playlist is in rough chronological order.

Download Episode #17: Game Music History ~1988~ (154 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Daddy Mulk” – Ninja Warriors (1988, Arcade) by Hisayoshi Ogura
02 “Main Theme” – Crystal Hammer (1988, Amiga) by Karsten Obarski
03 “Burning Heat” – Gradius II (1988, Arcade) by S.Tasaka,M.Furukawa,K.Matsubara,S.Fukami
04 “Main Theme” – Rimrunner (1988, Commodore 64) by Richard Joseph
05 “Overworld Theme” – Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (1988, FDS) by K.Murata,S.Fukami,Y.Kurahashi,K.Sada,A.Fujio
06 “F-3000 Final Race 2” – F-1 Dream (1988, Arcade) by Manami Matsumae,Takashi Tateishi
07 “Main Theme” – Cybernoid (1988, Commodore 64) by Jeroen Tel
08 “High Speed Level BGM” – Twin Eagle: Revenge Joe’s Brother (1988, Arcade) by Goblin Sound
09 “In-Game BGM” – Obliterator (1988, Amiga) by David Whittaker
10 “Great Battleship VOID” – Star Cruiser (1988, PC-8801) by Toshiya Yamanaka
11 “Carrier Command” – Carrier Command (1988, Atari ST) by Dave Lowe
12 “Night Line” – Chequered Flag (1988, Arcade) by Konami Kukeiha Club
13 “Area 1” – Blaster Master (1988, NES) by Naoki Kodaka
14 “Feel Blue” – Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished-The Final Chapter (1988, PC-8801) by Hideya Nagata
15 “Title Screen” – Odysseus: Trojan Warrior (1988, Commodore 64) by Steve Barrett
16 “Operation in Unsteady Space” – Star/Ship Rendezvous (1988, PC-8801) by Hitoshi Sakimoto,Masaharu Iwata
17 “A Flower Enchanted by the Devil” – Sorcerian Add. Scenario Vol.1 (1988, Sharp X1 TurboZ) by Mieko Ishikawa
18 “Name Entry” – Ball-Blasta (1988, Commodore 64) by Adam Gilmore
19 “Sympathy -Version II-” – Angelus: Akuma no Fukuin (1988, PC-8801) by Koichi Sugiyama,Yasuhiro Taguchi
20 “Introduction (Excerpt)” – King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988, MS-DOS) by William Goldstein
21 “Level 1” – The Legendary Axe (1988, PC Engine) by Jun Chikuma,Toshiaki Takimoto
22 “Title Screen” – Bodyslam (1988, Commodore 64) by Tim Follin
23 “Main Theme 1” – Top Landing (1988, Arcade) by Zuntata
24 “Still Running Around” – Super Mario Bros.3 (1988, NES) by Koji Kondo
25 “For Your Tighs Only” – Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (1988, MS-DOS) by Al Lowe
26 “Staff Roll” – Chatty (1988, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
27 “Central Park (In-Game)” – Last Ninja 2 (1988, Commodore 64) by Matt Gray
28 “Revolver” – Police Quest 2: The Vengeance (1988, MS-DOS) by Mark Seibert
29 “Take Off One’s Gloves” – Thunder Force II (1988, X68000) by Tomomi Ootani
30 “Title Theme” – Hybris (1988, Amiga) by Paul van der Valk
31 “Main Theme: Part 1” – Skateboard Joust (1988, Commodore 64) by Tonal Teapot
32 “Eagle’s Theme” – Fighting Street (1988, PC Engine CD) by Shofuku
33 “Unbreakable Determination” – Ninja Gaiden (1988, NES) by Keiji Yamagishi,Ryuichi Nitta
34 “Title Screen” – R-Type (1988, Commodore 64) by Chris Hülsbeck
35 “Twilight of Neo Kobe City” – Snatcher (1988, MSX2) by Konami Kukeiha Club
36 “Stage 2: The Village of Decay” – Ghouls’n Ghosts (1988, Arcade) by Tamayo Kawamoto
37 “Rebel Army Theme” – Final Fantasy II (1988, NES) by Nobuo Uematsu
38 “Flash Flash Flash” – Bosconian (1988, X68000) by Yuzo Koshiro
39 “Samba de Ram” – Crazy Climber 2 (1988, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida
40 “Main Theme” – Quiz Master (1988, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
41 “Dr. Wily’s Map” – Mega Man II (1988, NES) by Takashi Tateishi
42 “Mission 1” – Double Dragon II: The Revenge (1988, Arcade) by Kazunaka Yamane

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Episode #16: Ryu Umemoto

A tribute to the late Ryu Umemoto and his work on the PC-9801. In the West, he is mostly known for his contributions to various Cave arcade shooters, but in Japan his claim to fame comes from these expertly crafted FM-synth soundtracks he composed for various visual novels in the 90s.

Download Episode #16: Ryu Umemoto (78 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Hitomi’s Arrow” – Don’t Call Me Amy! (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto, Comp. Kazuhiro Kanae
02 “Reamer” – Xenon: Fantasy Body (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
03 “Hoax of Wyrm” – Dengeki Division (1993, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
04 “YU-NO (Version B)” – Yu-No: Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shojo (1996, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
05 “パジャマのままで” – Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto, Comp. Yoshiaki Furuta
06 “Reflector (from “PMD Ryokusui Disk”)” – Desire (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
07 “Pudding-Jelly-Bavarois” – EVE burst error (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
08 “Town 1” – Mahou Shoujo Fancy Coco (1996, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
09 “Climax” – EVE burst error (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
10 “Introduction” – Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami: Futari no Rondo (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
11 “Love 2” – Yu-No: Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo (1996, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
12 “Event 1” – Mahou Shoujo Fancy Coco (1996, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto, Comp. Takeaki Watanabe
13 “Sudden Change” – Yu-No: Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shojo (1996, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
14 “Mansion” – Don’t Call Me Amy! (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto, Comp. Kazuhiro Kanae
15 “Winning Expectation” – Chou Jigen Densetsu Rall 3: Kakuseihen (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
16 “Shop” – Meikyuu Gakuensai: Kyuukousha no Nazo (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
17 “Room (Marina)” – EVE burst error (1995, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto

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Episode #15: Draconian Outlaws

We are back with another episode featuring a diverse range of topics such as puzzle games, cowboys, haunted houses, and rampant passions.

Download Episode #15: Draconian Outlaws (77 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Outlaws” – Outlaws (1997, Windows) by Clint Bajakian
02 “Draconian” – Demo (1990, BP) by Sebastiaan Lentfert (Zzzax)
03 “Violence Energy” – Black Bird (1995, PC-9801) by Takeaki Watanabe
04 “Title Screen” – Puzzlenoid (1990, Commodore 64) by Richard Rinn
05 “M.P.O. in the Summer” – Cho-Jin (1992, X68000) by Fix
06 “Outline MC” – Demo (2004, IT) by Roelof Johan Calling Heerspink (Cerror)
07 “Erias” – Sword of Vermilion (1989, Mega Drive) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
08 “Radio Track 3” – Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (1990, Amiga) by Shaun Southern
09 “I Defend Stm” – Truxton II (1992, Arcade) by Masanori Yuge
10 “Welcome (To The Castle)” – Shadow of the Beast (1992, PC Engine) by Chris Howlett, Ian Henderson
11 “BGM #3” – Shanghai 2 (1990, NES) by Yuki Chan
12 “Cerebral Beres” – Demo (1990, MOD) by Martin Wall (Mantronix)
14 “BGM 1” – Dialide (1989, Sharp X1) by BAKI
15 “Haunted House” – Tetris Battle Gaiden (1993, SNES) by Tomoyuki Hamada
16 “Title Screen” – Amyloid (1987, Commodore 64) by Marcel Donné (Mad)
17 “Rocket Punch” – Demo (1997, PC-9801) by OTU

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Episode #14: Game Music History ~1987~

A look at the state of video game music in 1987. The video is missing a track from Dragon Spirit (Arcade) that was originally included as this would have blocked the podcast in certain countries. The games are roughly in chronological order according to their release dates.

Download Episode #14: Game Music History ~1987~ (150 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Temple BGM” – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987, Famicom Disk System) by Akito Nakatsuka
02 “Recounting the Journey” – Dragon Quest II (1987, NES) by Koichi Sugiyama
03 “Flame Fortress” – Contra (1987, Arcade) by Kazuki Muraoka
04 “After Metamorphosis BGM” – Wonder Momo (1987, Arcade) by Kimio Yudate
05 “Main Theme” – Jet Set Willy (1987, Atari 800) by Rob Hubbard
06 “Cosmic Air Way” – Darius (1987, Arcade) by Hisayoshi Ogura
07 “Daytime Travel” – The Faery Tale Adventure (1987, Amiga) by David Joiner
08 “Psycho Soldier Theme” – Psycho Soldier (1987, Arcade) by Kaori Shimizu, Eikichi Kawasaki
09 “High Score Theme” – Wizball (1987, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
10 “The Wastelands” – The Last Ninja (1987, Commodore 64) by Ben Daglish
11 “Sub-Mission” – Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (1987, PC-8801) by Yuzo Koshiro
12 “Title Screen” – Chronos: A Tapestry of Time (1987, ZX Spectrum 128) by Tim Follin
13 “Slash Fighter” – Life Force (1987, Arcade) by Miki Higashino
14 “For Your Thighs Only” – Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987, MS-DOS) by Al Lowe
15 “Overworld” – Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic (1987, Famicom Disk System) by Koji Kondo
16 “Title Screen (Edit)” – Cataball (1987, Commodore 64) by Mark Cooksey
17 “Opening Theme” – Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure (1987, PC-8801) by Toshiya Yamanaka
18 “Main BGM1” – Arumana no Kiseki (1987, Famicom Disk System) by Kinuyo Yamashita
19 “Main Theme” – Armageddon Man (1987, Commodore 64) by David Whittaker
20 “Bloody Tears” – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (1987, Famicom Disk System) by Kenichi Matsubara
21 “Main Theme” – Pi.R Squared (1987, Commodore 64) by Jason Brooke
22 “Enemy Headquarters” – Double Dragon (1987, Arcade) by Kazunaka Yamane
23 “Ending” – Euphory (1987, Sharp X1 turboZ) by Manabu Saito
24 “Title Screen” – Hyber Blob (1987, Commodore 64) by Steve Barrett
25 “The Evening Voyage” – Falsion (1987, Famicom Disk System) by S.Sakamoto, S.Takenouchi, A.Fujio
26 “In-Game BGM” – Hysteria (1987, Commodore 64) by Fred Gray
27 “Main Theme” – Amegas (1987, Amiga) by Karsten Obarski
28 “AFTER BURNER” – After Burner II (1987, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
29 “Title Screen” – Quedex (1987, Commodore 64) by Matt Gray
30 “Super Sonic Sarring” – Shinra Bansho (1987, PC-8801) by Nobuhito Koise, Shinobu Ogawa
31 “Field 1” – J.J. & Jeff (1987, PC Engine) by Takeaki Kunimoto
32 “Main Theme” – Sidewize (1987, Commodore 64) by Keith Tinman
33 “Name Entry” – Ginga Ninkyouden (1987, Arcade) by Yoshinori Kawamoto
34 “Cut Man” – Mega Man (1987, NES) by Manami Matsumae
35 “Opening Theme” – Final Fantasy (1987, NES) by Nobuo Uematsu
36 “Castle: Let’s Meet Here” – Sorcerian (1987, PC-8801) by Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
37 “Lassic” – Phantasy Star (1987, Sega Master System) by Tokuhiko Uwabo
38 “Intro” – The Great Giana Sisters (1987, Commodore 64) by Chris Hülsbeck
39  “Departure Again” – Salamander (1987, MSX) by Motoaki Furukawa, Masahiro Ikariko
40 “Epilogue” – Heavy Barrel (1987, Arcade) by Azusa Hara, Hiroaki Yoshida

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Episode #13: Undercover

A sack full of covers, some more silly than others. First person to laugh at this gets punched in the face.

Download Episode #12: Linear Arithmetic (82 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Megablast (Hip Hop on Precinct 13)” – Xenon 2: Megablast (1989, Amiga) by David Whittaker
02 “Chipski” – Demo (199x, MOD) by Christopher Bell (Technix)
03 “Cosmic surfin'” – Demo (1997, PC-9801) by liquid air
04 “Title Screen” – Turrican (1990, Commodore 64) by Ramiro Vaca
05 “Larry, Be Bad!” – Leisure Suit Larry 6 (1993, MS-DOS) by Dan Kehler
06 “Stage 1 Mid-Boss” – Ane-San (1995, PC Engine CD) by Koji Hayama
07 “Stages 2 and 9” – Katakis (1988, Commodore 64) by Chris Hülsbeck
08 “Please, Help Me!” – Sexy Parodius (1996, Arcade) by Mayuko Kageshita, Naomitsu Ariyama
09 “Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group” – Demo (1997, PC-9801) by OWTAM
10 “Egypt” – Bombo (1986, Commodore 64) by Ben Daglish
11 “Nirvana Remix” – Demo (1993, MOD) by Yannis Brown
12 “Team USSR (Stage 8)” – Super Dodge Ball (1988, NES) by Kazuo Sawa
13 “Title Screen” – Logan (1990, Commodore 64) by Stefan Hartwig
14 “Theme from Dorifudaibakusho” – Demo (1992, X68000) by HiMr
15 “Dallas” – Demo (1992, MOD) by Strobo
16 “流星機ガクセイバー” – Demo (1997, PC-9801) by Oka-p.
17 “Main Theme” – One Man And His Droid (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard

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Episode #12: Linear Arithmetic

A little excursion into the wonderful world of Roland’s LA synth modules.

Download Episode #12: Linear Arithmetic (90 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Introduction” – Monkey Island 2 (1991, MS-DOS) by Michael Land, Clint Bajakian, Peter McConnell
02 “Hot Wind” – Overtake (1992, X68000) by Hideyuki Shimono, Naoyuki Kimura
03 “ChiChi Bar Theme 2” – Code Name: Iceman (1989, MS-DOS) by Mark Seibert
04 “K-RAP Rock” – Leisure Suit Larry 5 (1991, MS-DOS) by Craig Safan, Chris Braymen
05 “Spice Opera” – Dune (1992, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
06 “Stage 1” – Gemini Wing (1990, X68000) by Manabu Saito, Mikio Saito
07 “Pulsating Pectorals” – Leisure Suit Larry III (1989, MS-DOS) by Mike Dana
08 “0EC_MI01” – Span of Dream (1990, PC-9801) by Yoshinobu Hiraiwa, Motoi Sakuraba
09 “Season Winner” – Team Suzuki (1991, MS-DOS) by Barry Leitch, Ian Howe
10 “Stage 5” – Phalanx (1991, X68000) by Kenichi Kamio
11 “At the Sign of the Drunken Druid” – Simon the Sorcerer (1993, MS-DOS) by Mark McLeod
12 “Opening Title” – Ski or Die (1990, MS-DOS) by Rob Hubbard
13 “Opening Demo” – Hioden II Dash (1994, PC-9801) by M.Sakuraba, S.Tamura, H.Hatsushiba, R.Furuya
14 “Orpheus Hanley (The Speeder)” – Police Quest 3 (1991, MS-DOS) by Jan Hammer
15 “Gift From the Wind” – Detana!! Twinbee (1991, X68000) by M.Yamame, H.Maezawa, M.Nakashima
16 “Necrotaur Battle” – Quest for Glory IV (1993, MS-DOS) by Aubrey Hodges
17 “054_MI12” – D: European Mirage (1990, PC-9801) by Masaaki Uno, Motoi Sakuraba, Yasunori Shiono
18 “Baz Speed” – Speedball 2 (1991, MS-DOS) by Bitmap Brothers
19 “Oasis” – King’s Quest V (1990, MS-DOS) by Mark Seibert, Ken Allen

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Episode #11: Charles Deenen

A podcast featuring a selection of tracks from Charles Deenen’s fairly diverse catalog of music. Enjoy!

Download Episode #11: Charles Deenen (69 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Part 1: Demonic” – Ala Gal (1988, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
02 “Ending” – Mysterious Worlds (1990, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
03 “Title Screen” – Mr. Heli (1989, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
04 “Title” – J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Volume One (1994, SNES) by Charles Deenen
05 “Stage 2: Target Shoot” – Back to the Future III (1991, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
06 “High Score” – Unreal (1990, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
07 “Level Music B” – M.C.Kids (1992, NES) by Charles Deenen
08 “Tune 2” – Castles II: Siege & Conquest (1993, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
09 “Main Theme” – Zamzara (1988, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
10 “Just Another Day” – The Lost Vikings (1992, SNES) by Charles Deenen
11 “Title Screen” – Rubicon (1992, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
12 “Title Screen” – B.A.T. (1991, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
13 “Intro” – Mysterious Worlds (1990, Amiga) by Charles Deenen
14 “Main Theme” – After the War (1989, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen
15 “The Shire” – J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Volume One (1994, SNES) by Charles Deenen
16 “High Score” – Zamzara (1988, Commodore 64) by Charles Deenen

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Episode #10: Tumbling Trixie

Another episode with no particular theme, bringing you a selection of great tracks from the vault of video game music.

Download Episode #10: Tumbling Trixie (77 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Loading Tune” – Dominator (1989, Commodore 64) by Matt Gray
02 “Ingame 1” – Efera & Jiliora: The Emblem From Darkness (1991, PC Engine CD) by Shoji Honda, Shintaro Ashizawa
03 “Tumbling Life” – Daraku no Kuni no Angie: Kyoukai no Mesu Dorei-tachi (1996, PC-9801) by Akira Sato
04 “Credits (Part 1)” – Super Gem’Z (1992, Amiga) by Chris Hülsbeck
05 “Stage 4~8” – Desperado (1995, X68000) by Kabosu
06 “Ihatovo City” – Ihatovo Monogatari (1993, SNES) by Tsukasa Tawada
07 “Extasy” – Demo (1996, Commodore 64) by Michal Relkowski (Daf)
08 “Stage 2” – Battletoads (1994, Arcade) by David Wise
09 “BGM #01” – Baby Felix: Halloween (2001, Gameboy) by Alberto Jose González
10 “Stage 1” – Z-Out (1990, Amiga) by Rudolf Stember
11 “Trixie’s Trailer” – Sam & Max Hit the Road (1993, MS-DOS) by Michael Land, Clint Bajakian, Peter McConnell
12 “Stage 2 Second Half BGM” – Gynoug (1991, Mega Drive) by Noriyuki Iwadare
13 “General Chaos Part 4” – Demo (2004, IT) by Agu & JacKo
14 “Name Entry” – Ball-Blasta (1988, Commodore 64) by Adam Gilmore
15 “Danbai” – Black Bird: Tori Tachi no Tooboe (1995, PC-9801) by Takeaki Watanabe
16 “Stage 2” – Super Spacefortress Macross (1992, Arcade) by Kazunori Hideya, Papa, Manabu Namiki
17 “Boesendorfer P.S.S.” – Demo (1992, MOD) by Eike Steffen (Romeo Knight)

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Episode #9: Game Music History ~1986~

A look at some of the best game music from 1986. As with the previous episode, I tried to put the tracks in roughly chronological order.

Download Episode #9: Game Music History ~1986~ (132 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Loading Screen” – Rambo: First Blood Part II (1986, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
02 “Ending” – Chimera (1986, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
03 “Title BGM” – The Legend of Zelda (1986, Famicom Disk System) by Koji Kondo
04 “Loading Tune” – Comic Bakery (1986, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
05 “Opa-Opa!” – Fantasy Zone (1986, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
06 “Title Screen” – Ark Pandora (1986, Commodore 64) by Ben Daglish, Anthony Crowther
07 “Title Theme” – Dragon Quest (1986, NES) by Kouichi Sugiyama
08 “In-Game BGM” – Ghosts’n Goblins (1986, Commodore 64) by Mark Cooksey
09 “Main Theme” – Alpha (1986, PC-8801) by Nobuo Uematsu
10 “Main Theme” – Formula 1 Simulator (1986, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
11 “Starfield” – Salamander (1986, Arcade) by Miki Higashino
12 “Title BGM” – Metroid (1986, Famicom Disk System) by Hirokazu Tanaka
13 “Start Demo ~ Main Theme” – Bubble Bobble (1986, Arcade) by Tadashi Kimijima
14 “Passing Breeze” – OutRun (1986, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
15 “Wicked Child” – Castlevania (1986, Famicom Disk System) by Kinuyo Yamashita
16 “Skyscraper” – Dangar – Ufo Robo (1986, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida
17 “The Cave” – Fist II: The Legend Continues (1986, Commodore 64) by Neil Brennan
18 “Opening Gate of Romancia” – Dragon Slayer Jr: Romancia (1986, PC-8801) by Yuzo Koshiro
19 “Main BGM 1” – Jackal (1986, Arcade) by Konami Kukeiha Club
20 “Main Theme” – Street Surfer (1986, Commodore 64) by David Whittaker
21 “Miho’s Theme” – Asteka 2: Templo del Sol (1986, PC-8801) by Takahito Abe
22 “Cruel Killers” – Victory Road (1986, Arcade) by Toshikazu Tanaka
23 “Beat and Beat” – Last Mission (1986, Arcade) by Yukihiko Kitahara, Michiya Hirasawa, Azusa Hara
24 “Main Theme” – Panther (1986, Commodore 64) by David Whittaker
25 “BGM 1” – Zanac (1986, Famicom Disk System) by Masatomo Miyamoto
26 “A Calm Tone of Voice” – Xanadu Scenario II (1986, Sharp X1 TurboZ) by Takahito Abe
27 “Title Screen” – Hypa-Ball (1986, Commodore 64) by Keith Tinman
28 “Zone Attack!” – Final Zone (1986, Sharp X1 TurboZ) by Nobuhito Koise
29 “The Legend of Silpheed” – Silpheed (1986, PC-8801) by Masakuni Mitsuhashi
30 “Starglider (Title Screen)” – Starglider (1986, Atari ST) by Dave Lowe
31 “Title Screen” – West Bank (1986, Commodore 64) by Fred Gray
32 “Underworld” – Kid Icarus (1986, Famicom Disk System) by Hirokazu Tanaka
33 “Main Theme” – The Pawn (1986, Amiga) by John Molloy
34 “Golden Games Intro” – Operation Hongkong (1986, Commodore 64) by Holger Gehrmann
35 “Miss BLUE” – Valis: The Fantasm Soldier (1986, PC-8801) by Shinobu Ogawa
36 “Title Screen (Part 2)” – Agent X in the Brain Drain Caper (1986, ZX Spectrum) by Tim Follin

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Episode #8: Masahiro Kajihara

A tribute to Masahiro Kajihara, one of the most prolific composers on FM-based sound hardware. He is probably best known for his work on the Princess Maker series, but he also played an integral part in the creation of the Japanese computer music scene of the ’90s as his PMD sound drivers were widely used for game soundtracks and demo music.

Download Episode #8: Masahiro Kajihara (72 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Title” – Virgin Dream (1994, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
02 “Martial-Arts Bout” – Princess Maker 2 (1994, FM Towns) by Masahiro Kajihara
03 “H Scene” – Innocent Tour (1996, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
04 “High School 2” – Rouge: Manatsu no Kuchibeni (1990, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
05 “P5” – Pias (1991, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
06 “Battle Scene B” – Possessioner (1994, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
07 “Sadness Creis (OPN Ver.)” – Grounseed (1996, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
08 “Dog Man & Rat Man” – Meikyuu Gakuensai: Kyuukousha no Nazo (1994, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
09 “Final Battle” – Rusty (1993, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
10 “Jogashima” – Rouge: Manatsu no Kuchibeni (1990, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
11 “Peace and Security” – Armored Flaghip Atragon (1995, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
12 “BGM 1 (OPNA Ver.)” – Hole Chaser (1990, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
13 “Tower Interior” – Possessioner (1994, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
14 “Working Girl” – Princess Maker (1991, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
15 “Serious Scene” – Meikyuu Gakuensai: Kyuukousha no Nazo (1994, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
16 “Sentimental Soldier” – Mugen Senshi Valis II (1989, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara
17 “WON17B” – Wonder Parallel Wars (1993, PC-9801) by Masahiro Kajihara, Jhojima Ikeru, Kagurasaka Noboru
18 “P6” – Pias (1991, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
19 “Confusion” – Silent Möbius (1991, X68000) by Masahiro Kajihara
20 “Credits” – Princess Maker 2 (1994, FM Towns) by Masahiro Kajihara

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Episode #7: Come and Dance!

No special theme this time, just a selection of (hopefully) good music.

Download Episode #7: Come and Dance! (80 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “64er-Disc Intro” – Demo (1990, Commodore 64) by Markus Schneider
02 “Ruins” – Bio-Ship Paladin (1990, Arcade) by Yoshio Nagashima
03 “The Traveler” – Crusader: No Remorse (1995, MS-DOS) by Andrew Sega
04 “Shop” – Langrisser II (1994, Mega Drive) by Isao Mizoguchi
05 “Menu” – F29 Retaliator (1990, MS-DOS) by Matthew Cannon, Jason Brooke
06 “Main BGM 1” – Ferill X1 (1989, Sharp X1) by NABE
07 “The Black Goddess Rises” – Black Viper (1996, Amiga) by Nicola Tomljanovich
08 “Purifimia Country – Underground Cave” – Providence (1989, PC-8801) by Manabu Saito
09 “Kom igen och dansa!” – Demo (2001, XM) by Petter Borling (Ghidorah)
10 “Fire Warning” – Space Manbow (1990, MSX) by Konami Kukeiha Club
11 “Intro” – Startrash (1989, Commodore 64) by Chris Hülsbeck
12 “Japtique” – Demo (1994, MOD) by Andre Karlsen (Heywood), Jan Terje Augestad (Braintumour)
13 “Ghostphobia” – Otto’s Ottifanten (1998, Gameboy) by Alberto Jose González
14 “Fairyland” – Fantastic Night Dreams Cotton (1993, PC Engine CD) by T’s Music, Bang Heads Prj., T. Satoh
15 “President (Headmaster Appears)” – Meikyuu Gakuensai: Kyuukousha no Nazo (1994, PC-9801) by Ryu Umemoto
16 “Enchanted Forest” – Pocky and Rocky (1992, SNES) by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
17 “Stage 7” – Cannon Sight (1992, X68000) by Nihon Computer Club Renmei
18 “World 2: Village” – Nicky Boom (1992, Amiga) by Alain Lambin

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Episode #6: Game Music History ~1985~

1985 was arguably one of the most important years for video game music. Most major arcade developers made the switch from PSG to FM, composers like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway began to unlock the full potential of the SID, and soundtracks in general became more complex and varied in style and structure.

The playlist is in roughly chronological order, although there is some guesswork involved as exact release dates are unknown for many of these games.

Download Episode #6: Game Music History ~1985~ (108 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Demo (CAPTAIN NEO)” – Metal Soldier Isaac II (1985, Arcade) by H.Ogura, T.Kimijima
02 “Fantastic Powers” – Twinbee (1985, Arcade) by Shigeru Fukutake, Yoshinori Sasaki
03 “Main Theme” – ShadowFire (1985, Commodore 64) by Fred Gray
04 “Thexder (DEMO Version)” – Thexder (1985, PC-8801) by Hibiki Godai
05 “Amazing Paperboy Rides” – Paperboy (1985, Arcade) by Hal Canon
06 “Challenger 1985 (1st Stage)” – Gradius (1985, Arcade) by Miki Higashino
07 “Main Theme” – Roland’s Ratrace (1985, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
08 “BGM 1” – Commando (1985, Arcade) by Tamayo Kawamoto
09 “Sunny” – American Truck (1985, PC-8801) by Telenet
10 “Demo Mode” – The Way of the Exploding Fist (1985, Commodore 64) by Neil Brennan
11 “First Half BGM” – The Fairy Land Story (1985, Arcade) by Y. Tsuchida, Tadashi Kimijima
12 “Main Theme” – Hang-On (1985, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
13 “Main Theme” – Monty on the Run (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
14 “Game A BGM” – Gyromite (1985, NES) by Hirokazu Tanaka
15 “Main Theme” – Fourth Protocol (1985, Commodore 64) by David Dunn
16 “Running About” – Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES) by Koji Kondo
17 “Towns” – Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (1985, Apple II) by Kenneth W. Arnold
18 “Ground BGM (1, 2 Stage)” – Ghosts’n Goblins (1985, Arcade) by Ayako Mori
19 “Main Theme: Empty Hallways” – Wizardry (1985, Commodore 64) by Mike Alsop
20 “La Valse pour Xanadu” – Xanadu(1985, PC-8801) by Toshiya Takahashi
21 “Main Theme” – Crazy Comets (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
22 “Theme” – Space Harrier (1985, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
23 “Ranking 2-10” – RF2: Red Fighter (1985, Arcade) by Konami Kukeiha Club
24 “Main Theme” – The Last V8 (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
25 “Title BGM” – Onna Sansirou: Typhoon Gal (1985, Arcade) by Taito
26 “Sunset” – ASO – Armored Scrum Object (1985, Arcade) by Yoko Osaka
27 “Hard Galivan” – Galivan – Cosmo Police (1985, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida
28 “Name Entry” – Section Z (1985, Arcade) by Tamayo Kawamoto
29 “Demo” – Time Gal (1985, Arcade) by Yukio Fukushima
30 “Stage 3-1” – Scooter Shooter (1985, Arcade) by Konami
31 “Ocean Loader #2” – Ocean Loader (1985, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
32 “Theme of Terra Cresta” – Terra Cresta (1985, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida

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Episode #5: Italians in Space

Italo disco, as well as its later offshoots Eurobeat and Spacesynth, had a big impact on the development of game and demo music. This podcast is a collection of tunes that can trace their influences back to these styles.

Download Episode #5: Italians in Space (80 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Hold Me Tonight” – Misty Blue (1990, PC-8801) by Yuzo Koshiro
02 “Credits” – Kaze Kiri: Ninja Action (1994, PC Engine CD) by Daisuke Morishima
03 “Phenomenon Choir” – Demo (2000) by J. Lundqvist (MyVoice)
04 “Soul Supermarket” – Dangun Feveron (1998, Arcade) by Ryuichi Yabuki, Nanpei Misawa, Ryo Sakai
05 “To Be On Top (English Electric)” – Demo (2013) by Volker Buckow (Dr Future)
06 “Disco Blue Moon” – Rouge: Manatsu no Kuchibeni (1990, PC-8801) by Masahiro Kajihara
07 “BGM #2” – Blood Fighter (1994, Atari 800) by Tomasz Liebich
08 “Stage 1” – Battlestorm (1992, CDTV) by Titus
09 “Visual 5” – Cyber Block Metal Orange EX (1993, X68000) by Y.Furukawa, H.Sakimoto, M.Iwata
10 “Alternate Title” – Deep Core (1993, Amiga) by Tomas Danko
11 “Maido Okini!!” – DR^2 Night Janki (1995, PC-9801) by Shinji Orito, N. Shimokawa, Doza
12 “Italy” – OutRun Europa (1991, C64) by Jeroen Tel
13 “Battle Theme” – Last Armageddon (1990, PC Engine CD) by Hiroharu Hayama
14 “Trading Town of Redmont” – Ys III (1991, Mega Drive) by Yoshiaki Kubotera, Noriyuki Iwadare
15 “King Lizard” – Demo (2004) by Roelof Johan Calling Heerspink (Cerror)

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Episode #4: Gods in Underpants

While you are wondering how you could possibly have fallen for the inane click-bait title, you get to listen to an assortment of not-so-bad-tunes from an age long past.

Download Episode #4: Gods in Underpants (79 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Main Menu” – Battlestorm (1992, CDTV) by Titus
02 “Stage 4” – Dokkaebi-ga Ganda (1995, MS-DOS) by Senori Box
03 “Onward (TG95 Music Compo)” – Demo (1995) by Jukka Kaartinen (Jugi)
04 “Visual Scene C” – Rhyme☆Star (1994, PC-9801) by Takeshi Abo
05 “Level 1 Theme” – Hoi (1992, Amiga) by Ramon Braumuller
06 “Ending Theme” – Dangerous Seed (1990, Mega Drive) by Yoshinori Nagumo
07 “Main Theme” – Bee 52 (1992, Commodore 64) by Gerard Gourley
08 “Mission 3” – Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact (1989, PC-8801) by Hiromi Ohba
09 “Main Theme” – Oxyd (1990, Atari ST) by Jürgen Piscol
10 “Title Screen, The End?” – Wolverine (1991, NES) by Geoff Follin
11 “The Missing Is” – Legend of Xanadu 2 (1995, PC Engine CD) by Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
12 “Vite and Plack” – Demos (1992) by Jochen Feldkötter (Virgill)
13 “Main Theme” – Sokoban (1991, ZX Spectrum) by Agent-X
14 “Indoor Combat” – Illusion City (1991, MSX turboR) by Tadahiro Nitta, Yasufumi Fukuda, Koji Urita
15 “Main Menu” – Fuzzy’s World of Miniature Space Golf (1995, MS-DOS) by Loudness
18 “Guitar Slinger (Part 1)” – Demo (1993) by Jogeir Liljedahl

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Episode #3: Mad Max

A whole episode of awesome music by Jochen Hippel aka Mad Max.

Download Episode #3: Mad Max (86 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Title Screen” – Leavin’ Teramis (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
02 “Sagyr’s Castle” – Wings of Death (1990, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
03 “Game Over” – Enchanted Land (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
04 “Virtual Escape: End Part” – Virtual Escape (1999, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
05 “Title Screen” – The Seven Gates of Jambala (1989, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
06 “Ending” – 5th Gear (1989, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
07 “Stage Theme 4” – A Prehistoric Tale (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
08 “Main Theme” – Quiz Master (1988, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
09 “Game Over” – The Seven Gates of Jambala (1989, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
10 “Level 1” – Ghost Battle (1991, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
11 “Stages 5 and 8” – Leavin’ Teramis (1990, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
12 “The Forest Village” – Enchanted Land (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
13 “Volcano Plateau” – Game On 06/93 (1993, C64) by Thomas Detert, comp. by Jochen Hippel
14 “Cold Lands of Doom and Despair” – Wings of Death (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel
15 “Buzzer” – Demo (1999, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel
16 “Dungeon Theme 6” – Dragonflight (1990, Amiga) by Jochen Hippel

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Episode #2: Sound Canvas

Roland’s Sound Canvas series was the reference hardware for many MIDI soundtracks of the 90s. In this episode of AudioPanicRoom we’ll have a look at some tracks that showcase the capabilities of these devices. From orchestral and piano pieces, to rock and cheesy pop songs – this podcast has it all.

Download Episode #2: Sound Canvas (97 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Faery Tales Come True (Orchestral Style) [SC-88]” – Princess Maker: Faery Tales Come True (1998, Windows) by Masahiro Kajihara
02 “The Return of the Champion [SC-88]” – Vantage Master (1997, Windows) by Falcom Sound Team jdk
03 “Finale [SC-88]” – Realms of Arkania: Star Trail (1994, MS-DOS) by Guido Henkel, Horst Weidle
04 “An Extended Fingertip [SC-88]” – Hinadori no Saezuri (1997, PC-9801) by Hiroaki Sano
05 “To the Other Side of the Sea [SC-88]” – MIDI Power Pro 2 ~Salamander 2, Twinbee Yahoo~ (1996, Audio CD) by Eisaku Nambu
06 “Bountiful Woods [SC-88]” – King’s Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (1994, MS-DOS) by Jay Usher, Neal Grandstaff, Dan Kehler, Mark Seibert
07 “Human Battle Theme 2 [SC-88]” – Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995, MS-DOS) by Glenn Stafford
08 “Menu Theme [SC-88]” – Trophy Bass 3D (1999, Windows) by Matt Treder
09 “Tamao Mitsurugi [SC-88]” – Variable Geo Max (1999, Windows) by Giga
10 “Intro [SC-55]” – The Settlers (1994, MS-DOS) by Haiko Ruttmann
11 “FULL BLAST [SC-55mkII]” – Overtake (1992, X68000) by Hideyuki Shimono, Naoyuki Kimura
12 “Credits [SC-88]” – Rock’n Shaolin: Legend of the Seven Paladins 3D (1994, MS-DOS) by Accend
13 “BGM #08 [SC-55]” – The Grail Hunter (1994, PC-9801) by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Hiroya Hatsushiba
14 “It Doesn’t Amount To Anything [SC-55]” – Sion II: The First Attack (1992, X68000) by Zenji Nishikawa
15 “The Railroad Ode [SC-88]” – Monopoly (1995, Windows) by Frank Klepacki
16 “Monarch (Normal) [SC-88]” – Mona² Monarch Monarch (1998, Windows) by Falcom Sound Team jdk
17 “Beauty and the Beast [SC-88]” – King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992, MS-DOS) by Chris Brayman, Dan Kehler, Mark Seibert
18 “Ending [SC-88]” – Extreme Assault (1997, MS-DOS) by Chris Hülsbeck, Fabian Del Priore

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Episode #1: Outbreak

Welcome to AudioPanicRoom, a show about the dangers of sustained exposure to old-ass computer and video game music. This first episode is a haphazardly thrown together list of personal favorites covering tunes from 13 different systems.

Download Episode #1: Outbreak (80 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Deadlock” – (1995, FastTracker) by Jussi-Matti Mikael Salmela (Elwood)
02 “Boss Theme” – Kyuukyoku Senki Gikadiver (1996, X68000) by CUR
03 “Main Theme” – Iceblaster (1992, Commodore 64) by Stefan Hartwig
04 “Tower” – Hyper Iria (1995, SNES) by Kiyotaka Sato, Shintarou Hirakawa, Nobuhiro Makino
05 “Geil Glacial Park” – Project S-11 (2000, Gameboy) by Aleksi Eeben (Heatbeat), Jonne Valtonen (Purple Motion)
06 “BGM #1” – The Plague (1990, Amiga) by Ron Klaren
07 “Tengurila” – Zombie Nation (1990, NES) by Takane Ohkubo, Norio Nakagata
08 “NewSan” – MegaRace (1993, MS-DOS) by Stéphane Picq
09 “Night Raider” – (199X, MDX) by Napo.sun
10 “Main Theme” – Red Max (1987, Atari 800) by David Whittaker
11 “Time Trial” – Socket (1993, Mega Drive) by Y. Hamada, S. Masuko, Y. Suzuki, F. Tamayama
12 “T_004” – Toumei Ningen Arawaru (1993, PC-9801) by Akira Sato
13 “Rockin’ [In-Game Theme 2]” – The Light Corridor (1991, ZX Spectrum) by Alberto Jose González
14 “Main Theme” – Mousin’ Around (1989, Pinball) by Dan Forden
15 “Stage 6: Crystal World” – Wings of Death (1990, Atari ST) by Jochen Hippel (Mad Max)
16 “Overcharge” – (1994, MOD) by Robert Szczepaniak (Roberts)

 

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