25 April 2012

Episode 78: Beyond 16-Bit 2

It seems like once a year, Brent and Rob take a brief departure from the 8-bit and 16-bit era to look at music from eras 32-bit and up.  Episode 78 marks that time of the year, and this time, they're joined by former Battletoads Guiness World Record holder and Tetris Attack master, Pablo Bert, and video game music cover artist, Stedman Wilson.  Brent and Rob share tracks from the Sega CD, Dreamcast, Wii, and Xbox 360, while Pablo and Stedman focus more on arcade music of the post 16-bit period.  This episode is almost two hours long, so in this case, it might be more appropriate to call it The Legacy Music Hours, and since it's less "legacy" and more contemporary, you might even call it simply, The Music Hours.  NOTE: With arcade music, the end of the 16-bit era happens earlier than and isn't as exact as how it was for the home consoles, because the development of arcade games progressed at a different rates, and because there is so much variation with each arcade machine, it's a little harder to tell if a game is 16-bit or beyond, so it kind of just depends on the hardware specs of each particular game and the way the music sounds.  In other words, one or two of the arcade tracks played on this episode might be considered 16-bit.  NOTE: Stedman and Pablo played the Dreamcast version of Cleopatra Fortune, because the arcade version they brought didn't sound right.  Full track listing below.



Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Batman Returns - Spencer Nilsen - Lair of Ice - Malibu/Sega - Sega CD - 1993

Eschatos - Yousuke Yasui - Silver Lining - Qute - Xbox 360 (Japan) - 2011

Battletoads - David Wise - Stage 1 - Rare - arcade - 1994

Virtua Tennis - unknown - Beginning A Destiny - Hitmaker/Sega - Dreamcast - 2000

Grid Seeker: Project Storm Hammer - Norihiro Furukawa - Stardust (Mission 5) - Taito - arcade (Japan) - 1992

Violent Storm - Kenichiro Fukui, Seiichi Fukami (Prophet Fuka), Youhei Kishimoto (Kishimaro) - Who'll Be The Hero (Stage 1) - Konami - arcade - 1993

Excitebike 64  - Matt Furniss, Chris Lamb - Kyoto Japan - Left Field Productions - N64 - 2000

Wario Land: Shake It! - Tomoya Tomita, Minako Hamano - Stonetooth Cave - Good-Feel/Nintendo - Wii - 2008

Mr. Driller 2 - Masaru Shiina - Mr. Driller's Theme (Ardenten Version) - Namco - arcade - 2000

The Terminator - Tommy Tallarico - Future Shock - Virgin Interactive - Sega CD - 1993

Kirby's Epic Yarn - Tomoya Tomita - Outer Rings - Good-Feel/HAL Laboratory/Nintendo - Wii - 2010

Mighty! Pang - Takafumi Wada - China - Mitchell/Capcom - arcade - 2000

Rainbow Cotton - Great Nakamura - Stage 1 - Success - Dreamcast (Japan) - 2000

A Boy and His Blob - Daniel Sadowski - Subterra - WayForward/Majesco Games - Wii - 2009

Mushihimesama Futari - Manabu Namiki - On the Verge of Madness (Stage 5) - Cave - arcade (Japan) - 2006

Cleopatra Fortune - Shuichiro Nakazawa - In-Game Music - Taito/Natsume/Altron - Dreamcast (Japan) - 2001

20 April 2012

Live Event: MAME THAT CHUNE on 5/11/12

The Legacy Music Hour presents MAME THAT CHUNE, a video game music game show with Brent Weinbach and Rob F.!  MAME THAT CHUNE is "Name That Tune" for video game music of the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  Before the show starts, audience members will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to compete.  Three audience members will be selected to compete along with three comedian contestants: Jordan Morris (Fuel TV), Keith Apicary (Talking Classics), and Tom Vrab.

Also included are two side contests, which audience members can enter as well: VGM Karaoke, where contestants sing along to a video game track of their choice with either prepared written lyrics, lyrics you make up on the spot, or humming along gibberish. Audience will vote by applause on the winner, based on overall performance and ability to sing along with the melody of the piece.  And finally, there's Legacy Dance: Battle Mode, which is a video game music dance battle.

The music showcased will ONLY be video game music from the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  No remixes, no covers, no adaptations of non-video game music -just pure music from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis!

Again, sign up at the beginning of the night to become a possible contestant for the contests.   Prizes courtesy of Destiny Games in Canton, MI.


The Legacy Music Hour's
MAME THAT CHUNE
May 11th, 2012
8:00pm
$10.00
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
5919 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

18 April 2012

Episode 77: Sunsoft

Excellent, excellent music on this episode's company focus: Sunsoft.  Sunsoft put out video games with awesome soundtracks, games like Blaster Master, Gimmick!, and Journey to Silius.  Plus, Bucky from retrogameaudio.tumblr.com joins Brent and Rob via Skype to share some helpful and insightful information regarding NES sound design and how Sunsoft's unique approach gave them their very specific and recognizable sound.  Listen and learn!  Full track listing below.



Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Gimmick! - Masashi Kageyama - Good Morning (Introduction) - Authentic Entertainment/Sunsoft - Famicom - 1992

Super Spy Hunter - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Staff Roll - Sunsoft - NES - 1992

Journey to Silius - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Stage 3 - Sunsoft - NES - 1990

Batman - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara - Stage 3 - Sunsoft - NES - 1989

Blaster Master - Naoki Kodaka - Area 6 - Sunsoft - NES - 1988

Tel-Tel Mahjong - unknown - BGM 4 - Chat Noir/Sunsoft - Mega Drive - 1990

Fester's Quest - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara - Outside - Sunsoft - NES - 1989

Super Fantasy Zone - Naoki Kodaka - Staff Roll - Sunsoft - Mega Drive - 1992

Pescatore - unknown - Unknown 1 - Tierheit/Sunsoft - Famicom - 1991 (unreleased)

Freedom Force - Naoki Kodaka - Stage 2: Terminal Walkway - Sunsoft - NES - 1988

Trip World - Tsutomu Ishida, Masayuki Iwata, Atsushi Mihiro, Phase Out - Credits - Sunsoft - Game Boy (Japan) - 1992

Benkei Gaiden - Masashi Kageyama - unknown - Sunsoft - PC Engine - 1989

Hebereke - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Hebe's Adventure - Sunsoft - Famicom - 1991

Tel-Tel Stadium - Shinichi Seya - Sound Test 0B - Sunsoft - Mega Drive - 1990

Batman: Return of the Joker - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Ending - Sunsoft - NES - 1991

11 April 2012

Episode 76: Sports 2

Get your cleats on for another Sports episode as Brent and Rob revisit the topic and pitch some awesome, raunchy, and "uplifting" tracks from the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  You're definitely gonna hit an ace with this one!  Also, if you missed it the first time, check out Episode 14 for more great sports video game tunes!  NOTE: Rob's shirt says "LIFE OF AGONY," in case anyone thinks his shirt is saying something else.  It was just a weird angle when the picture was taken.  Full track listing below.



Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

John Madden Football - Rob Hubbard - Unknown Track 2 - Electronic Arts - Genesis - 1990

Super Spike V'Ball - Kazunaka Yamane - Title Screen - Technos - NES - 1990

Toukon Club - Iku Mizutani - Iron Lips' Theme - Natsume/Jaleco - Famicom - 1992

Super Soccer - Hiroya Niwayama, Hironori Tanaka, Masamichi Yamazaki, Tetsuji Ohtani - Argentina - Human Entertainment - SNES - 1992

Tommy Lasorda Baseball - ROGE - BGM 3A - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Pebble Beach Golf Links - Yumi Kinoshita, Shigekazu Kamaki, Yusaburo Shimojyo - Hole Overview - T&E Soft/Sega - Genesis - 1993

From TV animation: Slam Dunk: Kyougou Makkou Taiketsu! - Yoko Wada - Ending - Sims/Bandai - Mega Drive - 1995

Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf - Tokuhiko Uwabo - Score - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Saturday Night Slam Masters - Masaki Izutani, Toshio Kajino, Syun Nishigaki, Nobuhiro Ohuchi, Kiyo - Theme of Grater - Capcom - Genesis - 1994

Konami Hyper Soccer - unknown - Ending - Konami - NES (Europe) - 1992

Konami Hyper Soccer - unknown - Final Score - Konami - NES (Europe) - 1992

Super Volleyball - Naoki Itamura (?) - Match BGM - Micronics/Video System - Genesis - 1991

Tecmo Bowl - Keiji Yamagishi (K.Y. Jet) - End Credits - Tecmo - NES - 1989

Rackets & Rivals - unknown - Next Opponent - Palcom - NES (Europe) - 1993

ATP Tour Championship Tennis - Hikoshi Hashimoto - Congratulations! - Sims/Sega - Genesis - 1994

04 April 2012

Episode 75: Food

Music from food-based games and food-themed levels is the focus of Episode 75.  Brent shares a couple stories about his time as a pizza delivery boy in Hollywood in the late 90's and Rob reveals a more sensitive, emotional, and healthy side to himself.  Brent also eats Rob's donut.  Pizza, donuts, candy, and more on this gastronomic edition of The Legacy Music Hour.  Bon appetit!  Full track listing below.



Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Panic Restaurant - Hirohiko Takayama, Kenji Eno - Stage 6 (Dessert) - EIM/Taito - NES - 1992

Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular! - Hiroyuki Masuno - Pile of Pizza - Kemco - NES - 1990

Bananan Ouji no Daibouken - Nobuyuki Shioda - Stage 1 (Big Banana) - KID/Takara - Famicom - 1991

Out to Lunch - Mark Knight - Greece 2 - Mindscape - SNES - 1993

Yume Penguin Monogatari - Katsuhiko Suzuki (Suzuki the Enigma), Atsushi Fujio (Sukenomiya Fujio) - Stage 2 - Konami - Famicom - 1991

Burger Time Deluxe - Seiichi Hamada (S. Hanada), Z. Yamanaka, Takafumi Miura - unknown - Data East - Game Boy - 1991

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon - Aki Hata - Stage 2-2 (Giant Dessert) - Angel Studios/Ma-Ba - Mega Drive - 1994

Panic Restaurant - Hirohiko Takayama, Kenji Eno - Stage 1 (Appetizer) - EIM/Taito - NES - 1992

Pizza Pop! - Junya Kozakai - Level 3 (Scooter) - Arc System Works/Jaleco - Famicom - 1992

Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension - Patrick Phelan - Candy Land - Gremlin Interactive/GameTek - SNES - 1994

Zool: Ninja of the 'Nth' Dimension - Patrick Phelan - Worlds 3 (Fruits and Vegetables), Staff Roll - Gremlin Interactive/GameTek - Genesis - 1993

World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck - Haruyo Ogura (Lotty), Tomoko Sasaki (Maguro) - Level 4-4 - Sega - Genesis - 1992

Cool World - Dean Evans, Keith Tinman - Candy Land - Painting by Numbers/Ocean - SNES - 1993

Pizza Pop! - Junya Kozakai - Level 6 (Water Scooter) - Arc System Works/Jaleco - Famicom - 1992

Yoshi's Cookie - Noriko Nishizaka - High-Speed Baking Action! - Nintendo/BPS - SNES - 1993