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Bravely Default 1.0

Singing Mountain | September 5, 2019
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Released in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is the game that ultimately ended up leading to Bravely Default in 2012. And while Bravely Default improved upon the core mechanics in almost every way, there’s a certain charm to 4 Heroes of Light — […]

Sunset Drive

Singing Mountain | August 29, 2019
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What does a sunset sound like? This episode may well fail to answer that question, but what you might get anyway is the third installment in the (so far) trilogy of Singing Mountain episodes about driving music but drawn entirely from non-racing, non-driving games. This one follows the narrative from […]

Choo Choo! (Yeah, It’s a Train Music Episode)

Singing Mountain | August 22, 2019
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Hey, who likes trains? Because I do, and this episode is all about how different VGM composers interpret the sound of the train into actual music. Track listing: 0:25: Charge Man Theme / Mega Man 5 / Mari Yamaguchi 2:05: Train Ride / Animal Crossing (Gamecube) / Kazumi Totaka, Kenta […]

GARGOYLES with Daniele Gaither

Singing Mountain | August 19, 2019
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No longer mere architectural ornaments, gargoyles come to life in this enjoyably shclocky offering from 1973. Sam is joined in this episode by his first-ever repeat guest (!!!) Daniele Gaither, a comedian and actress with a thorough command command of pop culture. To its credit, GARGOYLES actually won an Emmy […]

Welcome to Our Town!

Singing Mountain | August 16, 2019
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Three hours of classic RPG town music. Enjoy. Track listing: 2:13: Town / Final Fantasy (PSP) / Nobuo Uematsu 3:59: Village / Dragon Quest III (Super NES) / Koichi Sugiyama 5:35: Birth of the People / ActRaiser / Yuzo Koshiro 7:45: One Day for Sure (Threed) / Earthbound / Keiichi […]

My Village Is Number One: RPG Town Themes

Singing Mountain | August 13, 2019
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This is not a definitive list of the best-ever RPG town themes. This is the first in what will be a regular feature on Singing Mountain in which I look at various town themes and talk about what I think the composers were trying to tell us about the fictional […]

Four Flavors of Forest

Singing Mountain | August 8, 2019
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Do video game composers speak a language that video game players understand? I’d like to think so, and maybe there’s some small proof in the way they score forest scenes. In this episodes, I talk about four different styles of forest VGM that might be particular to this genre of […]

Save Point: Sixteen Bits

Singing Mountain, a VGM Podcast | July 31, 2019
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An hour of relaxing video game music — a pixelated hideout from the world. For this go-around, all tracks are taken from the Super NES and Sega Genesis. The original Save Point episode: singingmountainpod.com/episodes/40-save-point More of the episodes where I shut up and just play music: singingmountainpod.com/episodes/playlist-chill-vgm Track listing: 0:19: Beginning / […]

David Lynch in Nintendo Land

Singing Mountain | July 24, 2019
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In a departure from the typical Singing Mountain episode, this one isn’t focused on video game music. There still is VGM, it’s just that the episode is more of a deep dive into a very niche subject: the popularity of Twin Peaks in Japan and its subsequent impact on two […]


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