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The Retro Sounds of Super Mario Maker 2

Singing Mountain | July 18, 2019
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One of the not-so-obvious functions of the Mario Maker games is as history archive for the Super Mario series. The newly released Super Mario Maker 2 boasts a whole lot of music, much of which looks to the past for inspiration. This episode looks how the composers used music to […]

What Does America Sound Like?

Singing Mountain | July 11, 2019
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Video games allow American gamers to see depictions of America that don’t always line up with how they might see themselves. But how do VGM composers shorthand the U.S.A.? I listened to some of the more notable examples of themes for American characters in games around the Street Fighter II […]

Summer Vacation for People Who Play Video Games All Summer

Singing Mountain | June 26, 2019
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It’s the sound of summer…. specifically for people who’d rather not put on sunscreen or deal with beach traffic. Everything in this episode reads as summery to me, and I will try my best to justify my picks. Listen to last year’s summer episode: singingmountainpod.com/episodes/28-summer-vgm-mix Track listing:  0:09: Flashback / Akumajou […]

Monster World IV in 30 Minutes

Singing Mountain | June 21, 2019
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So there is the Wonder Boy series, the Adventure Island series and finally the Monster World series, which are all related but separate. But in 1994, Sega released Monster Hunter IV for the Mega Drive, and while it didn’t make it out of Japan for a very long time, it […]

Mario Artist in 30 Minutes

Singing Mountain | June 17, 2019
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Did you know that Japan got a spiritual sequel to Mario Paint in 1999? An entire suite of programs released under the name Mario Artist, it was released for the 64DD peripheral, which never made it to the U.S., and it features a lot of the calm, creativity-inspiring music heard […]

Your Favorite ’80s Action Movie

Singing Mountain | June 13, 2019
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Because console video games hit mainstream around the same time that America was watching a lot of B-grade action movies, there’s a more-than-occasional similarity between the way ’80s video games sound and the way those movies sound. It’s a good thing, and this episode is all about VGM that sounds […]

Ric Ocasek in Moonside (Reprise)

Singing Mountain | June 6, 2019
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It’s not a rerun; it’s a special edition. This is redo of the fourth episode I ever did on this podcast. I thought that original was good. but being relatively ignorant about podcast-making back in the day, there are a few things, content-wise and production-wise, that I always wanted to […]

My Boiling Blood Bubbles for Battle

Singing Mountain | May 30, 2019
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Samurai Shodown has a lot to offer… just not that one missing W. SNK’s fighter had samurai and non-samurai alike swinging weapons in one-on-one combat, and though it once appeared to be a moribund franchise, it’s actually being revived later this year with a brand-new entry later this year. This […]

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 […]


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