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Lagoon in 30 Minutes or Less

Smart Mouth | May 24, 2019
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An early Super NES title, Lagoon is a Zelda-ish adventure that is today most remembered for its soundtrack. But here’s the thing: That music was initially composed for the game’s first incarnation on the Sharp X68000, which is both maybe the best version of its music and also a version […]

Winners Don’t Use Drugs

Singing Mountain | May 20, 2019
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Back before mainstream pop started sampling video game music willy-nilly, The Pixies went a step further and wholesale covered a VGM composition: the theme from NARC, a 1988 arcade game. This says as much about The Pixies as it does Brian Schmidt’s great soundtrack for this game, and in the […]

A Different Kind of Desert

Singing Mountain | May 16, 2019
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Not every desert sounds the same. The sitar and tabla are Indian instruments that, in video game music, are almost always used to signify the desert. Not every composer buys into this trend, however, and this episode focuses on desert themes that suggest a different kind of adventure. Track listing: […]

Arc the Lad Battle Music in 30 Minutes or Less

Singing Mountain | May 10, 2019
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A big hit in Japan during the PlayStation’s early days, the Arc the Lad series hasn’t endured quite as well as other JPRGs. However, the soundtrack to the first three games — masterminded by Masahiro Andoh — has a style all its own. In fact, these games’ battle themes sound […]

Sleepy Time With Squaresoft

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This is the sound of low-key, 16-bit JRPG, before Enix got all involved. This is for when it’s time to check into the village inn. Track listing: 0:12: Epitaph / Final Fantasy VI / Nobuo Uematsu 2:28: Select a Live / Live a Live / Yoko Shimomura 4:52: Melody of […]

Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Pixels

Singing Mountain | April 24, 2019
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Who likes pipe organs? This episode offers up some of the best pipe organ (or pipe organ-like) music in the history of video games. In almost every instance, this instrument is used to signify the sacred, the profane or some horrible combination of the two. Is it a cliche? Sure. […]

The Minus World (More Mario B-Sides)

Singing Mountain | April 11, 2019
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There’s the Mario music that gets remade time and time again with each new game, but there’s also a great deal of other tracks that don’t. They’re good too, however, and a lot more eclectic than you might expect from ol’ Super Mario and friends. This episode — a sequel […]

The Magic Effervescence of Athena Asamiya

Singing Mountain | April 1, 2019
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How many versions of Athena Asamiya’s theme can you listen to before you give up? Is Athena the business high school student this side of Laura Palmer? Is this whole episode an April Fool’s joke? You better run if you are bad! Track listing: 0:17: Psycho Soldier Team Theme (China) […]

Afternoon Drive

Singing Mountain | March 28, 2019
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You’re driving, but it doesn’t have to be a race. Track listing: 0:11: Grand Bridge / Yoshi’s Safari / Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki Uemura and Yasushi Tokunaga 1:29: Grass Land / Yoshi’s Safari / Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki Uemura and Yasushi Tokunaga 2:31: Pipe Island / Yoshi’s Safari / Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki […]


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