06 April 2016

Episode 175: Free Play 27

In this episode, Rob experiences some technical difficulties but tries to make it work anyway.  Other than that, the boys talk about appropriate video game music for high school graduations (user suggestions welcome) and play some jams as usual.  Full track listing below.



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

Super Mahjong Taikai - Fiori Wakakuwa - Theme of Nobunaga Oda - Koei - Super Famicom - 1992

RoboCop - Jonathan Dunn - Missions 1, 5, and 7 - Ocean - Game Boy - 1990

Cocoron - Yoshiji Yokoyama, Takashi Tateishi - Stage Theme II - K2/Takeru - Famicom - 1991

Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing - Patrick Phelan - Race Over - Gremlin Graphics/GameTek - Genesis - 1993

Life Force - Miki Higashino, Hidenori Maezawa (arr.), Shinya Sakamoto (arr.), Satoe Terashima (arr.), Atsushi Fujio (arr.) - Life Force (Stage 1) - Konami - NES - 1988

Super R.C. Pro-Am - David Wise - Unknown A - Rare - Game Boy - 1991

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 - Yuka Tsujiyoko - In-Chapter: Sara - Nintendo - Super Famicom - 1999

Top Gear - Barry Leitch, Hiroyuki Masuno (arr.) - Frankfurt - Gremlin Graphics/ Kemco - SNES - 1992

Legends of the Diamond: The Baseball Championship Game - unknown - gameplay - TOSE/Bandai - NES - 1992

Batman: Return of the Joker - Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara, Shinichi Seya - Stages 3 (Dangerous Ways) - Sunsoft - NES - 1991

Momotarou Dentetsu Jr.: Zenkoku Ramen Meguri no Maki - Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Kazuaki Miyaji - gameplay - Hudson Soft/Make - Game Boy (Japan) - 1998

21 comments:

  1. It felt like a long time between this episode and the last. Glad to have my boizz back. Gotta check out that Robocop for Game Boy game.

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  2. "Do I know who Mega Man 2 is?" That made me laugh way more than it should have.

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  3. You can't go wrong with some life force Brent. Also when Rob said Mega Dude I was laughing really hard out loud. Another great episode guys!

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  4. I don't remember hearing the school band rendition of Journey to Silius on a previous episode. So cool!

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  5. Wow, this episode was full of jams! I dropped everything and had an impromptu solo dance party when that Robocop track kicked it up.

    That Journey to Silius performance was AWESOME. We hadn't heard it before. As a former member of marching bands and pep bands, I can see how that tune would kill at basketball games.

    As far as Dig Dug's request goes, the first thing that came to mind was "Epilogue ~ Beautiful Hyrule" from A Link to the Past. Very beautiful and regal. The second was Gym Theme from the Pokémon Game Boy games, but specifically the Gold/Silver version because it has percussion. To me there is perhaps no track that is more confident, celebratory, and triumphant.

    Also, to The Switch: I hope I didn't come across as a sleuthing jerk! That tune is amazing and I'm personally glad two versions of it made it into the podcast.

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    1. Speaking of sleuthing jerks, Boyzz......

      Utopianemo here. I'm guessing you guys didn't pick up on the fact that the Robocop track starts out with the full theme from the movie. It goes beyond a full phrase. It's a shame, too, because the rest of the song is pretty Bonk.

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    2. We have another controversial track on our hands...

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  6. So nice to hear Robocop by Jon Dunn in the show :) One of my all time favorites. Cheers!

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  7. So about the Top Gear track.....There's a really good episode of the Pixelated Audio podcast(http://www.pixelatedaudio.com/horizon-chase-barry-leitch/) where they actually get to interview him. So based on that interview, I can add the following: His name is pronounced "leech", and I'm almost positive he was the sole composer. Kemco farmed out the game to Gremlin on account of their work on the Lotus games. Leitch had a ridiculously short time to compose the tracks, and Kemco didn't provide them with any sort of dev kit. When Gremlin approached Kemco about the lack of any music support(the music dev kits were something like $25,000 at the time), they gave Leitch a few samples from their library and that was it. I believe that's the only reason why Masuno's name is in the credits, although he could have done sound effect design; I don't know. Leitch ended up having to recycle some of his tracks from the Lotus series as a result of the short lead time, and that's why the Top Gear tracks use very few instruments. They really sound amazing, given that information.

    Incidentally, that same episode of Pixelated audio features a new game Leitch composed for called Horizon Chase. It's a retro-feeling racing game for mobile phones that was developed by a Brazilian dev house that grew up with a fanatical love for Top Gear. Apparently it's a popular game down there.

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  8. My suggestions for Dig Dug's request:

    March- How about Contra 3's "No Man's Land"? It's the last stage song which has a military style percussion that pumps you up to reach and defeat the final boss.

    As for the Ceremonial song- Yoko Shimomura's "Live for Live" from Live A Live's soundtrack? A beautiful and epic song.

    -Slick Vic

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  9. Seconding the Final Fantasy theme for Dig Dug's request Brent. First thing that came to mind for me.

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  10. regarding Dig Doug's request: Knight Rider's ending theme always makes me feel like I am graduating. I'm not sure if it's a march, but I can imagine marching drums in it.

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  11. One of my favorite VGM tracks popped into my head right away when you mentioned the graduation song was the theme from Air Fortress (NES). I always wanted to find an excuse to work it into one of my projects.

    Check it out at:

    https://youtu.be/1toRstforKo

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  12. And a bit further into the episode Gabe beat me to it!

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  13. I hereby submit my graduation music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7wkh1oHqqY

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    1. Btw, this is the staff roll for the original Starfox

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  14. GramTracker here, Keyglyph, you and I are on the same page. DigDug, Beautiful Hyrule has a lot to offer in a simple arrangement. I'd highly recommend you checking that out. There's ample opportunity for big brass and wistful woodwinds. It instills pride and triumph with pangs of melancholy, so fitting for a graduation.

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  15. Great episode! That RoboCop track is a jam!

    Regarding Dig Dug's question, I would suggest the main theme from the Dragon Warrior (aka Dragon Quest) series. I think it has the kind of regal march sound that would work quite nicely at a graduation. My wife and I strongly considered working it into our wedding ceremony music.

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  16. I might be too late but Hey, Cid! from Final Fantasy IV was the first to pop in my mind! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-GF10pJukw

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  17. The opening riff in the Top Gear song "Frankfurt" is the main guitar riff in Billy Joel's song "The Stranger" off the album of the same name. Like note for note. Just a heads up.

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    1. Looks like someone will be playing Time Lord soon.....

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