Celeste may be a super-challenging game, but the music is pleasing and serene. A new Celeste music album goes further still, transforming the tunes into lovely piano adaptations.The Celeste Piano Collections is part of Materia Collective's Piano Collections series, which sees performers adapt popular video game albums in piano fashion. For the Celeste album, Trevor Alan Gomes arranged and performed the new takes on Celeste's music, which was originally written by Lena Raine. GameSpot is excited to be able to announce the album today and premiere a track, "Scattered And Lost," which you can listen to in the video embed above."Lena has a way of brilliantly hyper-saturating the music with rhythmic ideas, counterpoint, and even multiple lead lines, so taking those full-to-the-brim tracks and transforming them into equally complete piano solos was my greatest challenge to date," Gomes said in a statement."My favorite track on the album, 'Confronting Myself,' was a puzzle to arrange for solo … [Read more...] about A Celeste Piano Album Is Coming, And It Sounds (And Looks) Great
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Jeremy Soule is a BAFTA winning composer with over 60 credits to his name. If you’re not familiar with his name, you’ll be familiar with his music. Jeremy’s scoring credits include The Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim, Guild Wars, the Harry Potter games, and many more. What you might not be familiar with is The Northerner Symphony, a Kickstarter project Jeremy launched in March 2013. Composing a symphony is no easy task, but Jeremy said the project would be completed in September 2013. Over 4,000 backers pledged over $121,227 to help fund the project – including five super backers who pledged $1,500 each. The problem is, the Northerner isn’t finished yet and many of the people I spoke to who backed it are worried it never will be. The Kickstarter has been a strange journey, documented by sporadic updates from Jeremy, his PR company The Max Steiner Agency, and, strangely, one official update posted on February 9, 2017, that wasn’t written by Jeremy … [Read more...] about Why is Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule’s $121,227 Kickstarter symphony still not finished five years later?
Last week, Eminem surprised fans the world over with a new album, Kamikaze, his tenth studio release. What came as an even bigger surprise to fans, particularly those who enjoy the hugely popular JRPG Kingdom Hearts, was that album producer Illadaproducer sampled Simple & Clean by Utada Hikaru for the track “Good Guy”, something he confirmed in a Rolling Stone interview: “That’s me doing my video game thing. Kingdom Hearts. It’s a Japanese video game, and that’s the theme song from it. It’s one of the dopest melodies I’ve ever heard. Shout out Japanese video games and Japanimation for inspiration. Filtered it, did some chops, did some processing to it. I basically made it unrecognizable, but I know they would have still found it. That’s why we had to deal with the clearance. But when I do anything I try to make it to where it’s not fully recognizable.” It might be easily missed, however, the sample is listed on the … [Read more...] about Kingdom Hearts gets sampled in Eminem’s new album
A good Vine compilation on YouTube is a thing of beauty, but it’s easy to miss how much work goes into the great ones. It was easy to snap myself out of a funk last night just by watching a well-edited Vine compilation and, more importantly, this particular compilation included one or two Vines that I had yet to see. This is the art of the Vine compilation: They’re not made by people who created the Vines themselves; they’re made by people who want to put those Vines into a new context for our benefit. (And also to rack up huge views on YouTube using content that isn’t theirs, but that’s a whole ’nother conversation.) This feels more like a new corner of remix culture than theft. The best compilations put each Vine into some new light, or flavors how we experience each six-second clip, through the added context of the Vine that came before and the Vine that came after. A good Vine compilation is like a good mixtape. If you put two Vines from the … [Read more...] about Vine compilations are the new mixtape
Jet Set Radio is one of those flawless series that we all wish we Game God would grant bestow upon us with a new entry. While the original game is available through Steam, getting modern versions of the other titles is nearly impossible. So instead we must remember it through the legacy it leaves behind. And with an unbearable amount of heart, 2 Mello has created an album that’s a tribute to the spirit of Jet Set Radio, which is available now. 2 Mello is an award-winning composer and sound designer for the games 2064: Read Only Memories, Cerebrawl and Ghosts of Miami. Also a remixer, Mello is well-known for mixing video game music with rappers’ vocals. The new album marks what he considers to be the result of ten years of work. In related news: it bangs. From the album description: Memories of Tokyo-To is a dedication to the music and style of the Jet Set Radio series of games. Produced chiefly but not entirely by composer Hideki Naganuma, the soundtrack’s vibrant, … [Read more...] about This Jet Set Radio tribute album will graffiti itself on your heart