Episode 365: Yet Another Installment of Modern Chiptunes

This week, the guys check back in with the world of Modern Chiptunes! There is some incredible music being created in this passionate community, and this episode showcases some of the very best of it. WARNING: Extremely good music lies ahead...

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Jredd - Winter Chip XIV - Rebirth

nu11 - Here We Go

WillRock - Spacetunes = WIN - Intergalactic Space Mice

Shirobon - Distant Reality - Cyber Party ft Radix

Shnabubula - Game Genie - Moonlight Passage

MovieMovies1 - Winter Chip XIII - Crossroads

maak - illuminate

nelward - the mondo zone - fizzPOP

kulor - Soundchip Salad - The Recovery

Vince Kaichan - ChipWINter Wilderness - Carriage Ride

Umeboshi Chazuke - Fatality Saga

Sinc-X - Big Package - Inubuna

aivi & surasshu - The Black Box - Shapeshifter

Simon Stalenhag - Thirty-four Forty-two

Shirobon - Under The Moonlight

potato-tan - Tobu Tobu Girl - Where Are We Going?

Umeboshi Chazuke - Infinite Horizon

nu11 - Famicompo Pico 3 - Approaching Your Fate

ipi - 2A03 PURITANS - Garten

Episode 364: Masashi Hamauzu

In this exciting Patreon-suggested episode, Karl & Will explore the incredible video game music of Masashi Hamauzu! Known for his work on series such as Final Fantasy, SaGa and more, Hamauzu's music is well-crafted and uniquely beautiful. Enjoy!

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Musashiden II: Blademaster - Masashi Hamauzu - 2005
-Village of the Sacred Beast
Unlimited Saga - Masashi Hamauzu - 2002
-Enigmatic Scheme
Sigma Harmonics - Masashi Hamauzu - 2008
-Gentle Timbre, Dance of the Cornered Rat, The Screams of the Time Cycle
Final Fantasy XIII - Masashi Hamauzu - 2009
-The Gapra Whitewood, A Brief Respite, The Hanging Edge
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster - Masashi Hamauzu - 2013
-Besaid Island
The Legend of Legacy - Masashi Hamauzu - 2015
-Bi-Dimensional Battle, Goblet of the Stars
World of Final Fantasy - Masashi Hamauzu - 2016
-World of Beauty, Happy Melody
The Alliance Alive - Masashi Hamauzu - 2017
-Main Theme ~Understanding~, Ignition, Flight
Imeruat - Far Saa Far - 2017
-Flakes

Episode 363: Ys III

In this exciting follow-up to last week, Karl & Will focus on the rocking soundtrack to Ys III! The subsequent entry in the Ys series, this score by Mieko Ishikawa takes what has worked previously and kicks things up to the next level. Enjoy!

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Ys III: Wanderers From Ys - Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai - Falcom - Sharp X68000 - 1989

-Opening

-Trading Town of Redmont (Town)

-A Quiet Moment (Inn)

-Introduction

-Welcome (Shop)

-The Boy Who Had Wings (Stage Entrance)

-Be Careful (Tigray Quarry)

-Lovely Elena

-Illburns Ruins

-A Searing Struggle

-Steeling the Will to Fight (Eldam Mountain Range)

-Tearful Twilight

-Valestein Castle

-Radiant Key

-Seal of Time

-Beat of Destruction (Galbalan's Island)

-Tower of Destiny

-Chester's Theme

-The Strongest Foe (Final Boss)

-Wanderers from Ys (Ending)

Episode 362: Ys II

In this very exciting episode, Karl & Will spotlight on one of their favorite soundtracks: Ys II! The music to this beloved Falcom action RPG is rocking, emotional and downright entertaining. Enjoy this focus on an incredible soundtrack!

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Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter - Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Hideya Nagata - Falcom - PC-88 - 1988

-To Make the End of Battle

-Lilia

-Too Full With Love

-Ruins of Moondoria

-Feel Blue

-Ice Ridge of Noltia

-Noble District of Toal

-Apathetic Story

-Protecters

-Tender People

-Fair Wind (unused)

-Palace of Salmon

-Rest In Peace

-Termination

-Theme of Adol (unused)

-Subterranean Canal

-Over Drive (unused)

-A Still Time

-So Much for Today (Game Over)

-Stay With Me Forever

Episode 361: TwinBee

In this episode, Karl & Will explore the delightful music of the TwinBee series! A long-running "cute-em-up" series by Konami, the music of these games is incredibly fun and energetic. Enjoy!

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Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon-hakase o Sukue! - Kiyohiro Sada - Konami - FDS - 1986

-Final Power-Up

TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimao - Atsushi Fujio, Hidehiro Funauchi, Katsuhiko Suzuki - Konami - Famicom - 1989

-Stage 3

-Stage 5

TwinBee Da!! - Shigeru Fukutake - Konami - Game Boy - 1990

-BGM 2

-BGM 7

Detana!! TwinBee - Mikio Saitou, Seiya Murai - Konami - Arcade - 1991

-Stage 3 (Laputa Fortress in the Sky)

Pop'n TwinBee - Kazuhiko Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, Tomoya Tomita - Konami - SNES - 1993

-Village Sky

-Ocean

-Far East Sky

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures - Kenichi Matsubara, Yukie Morimoto, Saiko Miki - Konami - SNES - 1994

-Twinbee to the Rescue!

-Green Hills ~ Blue Skies

-Sunset Over the Hills

-Distorted Fantasy

TwinBee Yahho! - Akihiro Juichiya, Kazuhiro Senoo - Konami - Saturn/Arcade - 1995

-Stage 1

-Stage 2

-Stage 3

TwinBee RPG - Hiroshi Tamawari - Konami - PS1 - 1998

-Theme of TwinBee RPG

TwinBee Portable - Manabu Namiki - Konami - PSP - 2007

-BGM 03

-BGM 0E

Episode 360: Same But Different

In this episode, Karl & Will explore an interesting situation in video game music. This is where a game, for various reasons, had multiple soundtracks. Whether it was due to differing platforms, technology, or even copyright reasons, this is an interesting look at multiple composers scoring the same stage or setting. Enjoy!

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The Lost Vikings - Charles Deenen - SNES - Factory
The Lost Vikings - Allister Brimble - Amiga - Factory
1943 Kai - Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi - Arcade - Air Battle A
1943 Kai - Hisashi Matsushita, Daisuke Morishima - PC Engine - Original Mode 6
Sonic CD - Naofumi Hataya - Sega CD - Palmtree Panic Present (Japanese)
Sonic CD - Spencer Nilsen & David Young - Sega CD - Palmtree Panic Present (US)
Jurassic Park - Jonathan Dunn - SNES - Triceratops Trot
Jurassic Park - Sam Powell - Genesis - Jungle
Donkey Kong Country 3 - Eveline Fischer - SNES - Cascade Capers
Donkey Kong Country 3 - David Wise - GBA - Cascade Capers
Batman: Return of the Joker - Naoki Kodaka - NES - Stage 1: Gotham in Danger
Batman: Return of the Joker - Manami Matsumae - Game Boy - Stage 1: The Sewers
Aladdin - Donald Griffin - Genesis - Gloomy Tune
Aladdin - Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara - SNES - Cave of Wonders
Sonic 3D Blast - Jun Senoue - Genesis - Green Grove Zone Act 1
Sonic 3D Blast - Richard Jacques - Saturn - Green Grove Zone Act 1
Sonic 3 - SEGA Sound Team - Genesis - Launch Base Zone Act 1
Sonic 3 - Shigeaki Irie, Masaaki Nishizawa - PC - Launch Base Zone Act 1
Flashback - Jean Baudlot, Fabrice Visserot - Genesis - Ending
Flashback - Jean Baudlot, Fabrice Visserot - Sega CD - Ending

Episode 359: Contra

In this long-overdue and rocking episode, Karl & Will explore the awesome music of the Contra series! This music is active, progressive, and undeniably fun. From the NES all the way to the PS3, enjoy some classic Konami VGM!

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Contra - Hidenori Maezawa & Kiyohiro Sada - NES

-Stage 2 (Base 1)

-Stage 1 (Jungle)

-Stage 3 (Waterfall)

-Stage 6 (Energy Zone)

Super C - Hidenori Maezawa - NES

-Stage 1: Lightning and Grenades

-Stage 2: Military Fortress

-Stage 4: Mechanic Factory

-Game Over

Operation C - Hidehiro Funauchi - Game Boy

-Ending

Contra III: The Alien Wars - Miki Higashino, Masanori Adachi, Tappi Iwase - SNES

-Ground Zero

-Cease Fire

Contra: Hard Corps - Hiroshi Kobayashi, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka, Hirofumi Taniguchi, Aki Hata - Genesis

-The Hard Corps

-The Dawn

Neo Contra - Sota Fujimori - PS2

-Peaceful Chaos

Contra 4 - Jake Kaufman - DS

-Jungle 1

-Waterfall

Contra ReBirth - Manabu Namiki - WiiWare

-Return in Triumph (Ending)

Hard Corps: Uprising - Daisuke Ishiwatari - PS3

-Stage 4: Capital Highway

Contra ReBirth - Manabu Namiki - WiiWare

-Jungle Battle [Stage 1] (From "Contra")

Episode 358: Robots

This week, the guys (joined by Marty and Carlos) explore music from video games with robots! They also celebrate the release of ROBOGIRL 2 by playing a few tracks from it as well. Enjoy some groovy robot music!

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Mega Man 2 - Takashi Tateishi - Wood Man

Burning Force - Yoshinori Kawamoto - Grass Land (Daytime)

Shatterhand - Iku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi - Area A

Choujin Sentai Jetman - Hiroyuki Iwatsuki - Area E

ROBOGIRL 2 (Journey the Stars) - Marty Brueggemann - Power-Up!

Syvalion - Hayato Matsuo - Chapter 1

Mega Man V - Mari Yamaguchi - Napalm Man

JumpingFlash! - Takeo Miratsu - Distant Cosmos

Virtual-On - Kentaro Kobayashi - Earth Light

Zero Divide 2: The Secret Wish - Akihito Ohkawa - Fascination

Gundam the Battle Master 2 - Hiroyuki Iwatsuki - Ball

Super Robot Taisen: Original Generations - Salamander Factory - Burn! Compatible Kaiser

ROBOGIRL 2 (Journey the Stars) - Marty Brueggemann - Lady Andromeda

Super Robot Taisen W - Salamander Factory? - Soul Stranger

Transformers Devastation - Satoshi Igarashi, Tetsuya Shibata - Motormaster

Kirby: Planet Robobot - Hirokazu Ando - Flight of Azure

NieR:Automata - Keiichi Okabe - City Ruins (Shade)