Tag Archives: Music

The Story Behind the Synaesthesia with Rez Creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi

The season finale of documentary series toco toco focuses on the life and work of Tetsuya Mizuguchi, game designer and former head of both Q-Entertainment, developers of Lumines and Child of Eden, as well as Sega’s United Game Artists division, the team responsible … Continue reading

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Programmable Series – The Sounds Of Context

Audio in video games is an interesting beast to tackle. You’ve got background music to set the mood and enhance the environment. You’ve got sound effects for the actions players and characters perform within the game. You may even have voice … Continue reading

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Looking Back at the Best Bits of the Wii U You May Have Already Forgotten

At the time of writing, Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, has already begun to release worldwide. As a hybrid between a home and handheld system, it represents a bold new direction for Nintendo, particularly from a software creation standpoint. … Continue reading

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Nagi, a Surreal Auditory Experience Rooted in Video Games and Reconstruction

The concept of ‘gamification’, the application of game-playing elements to other activities, is a curious one. Whilst not strictly emerging conceptually from video games – rather, based primarily on the concept of a ‘game’ itself – it becomes easy for … Continue reading

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The Overlooked Star of the Switch Presentation was Ken Ishii’s Slick DJ Set

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate what could possibly be the most overlooked aspect of last week’s live Nintendo Switch presentation – the ridiculously cool build-up DJ set from Ken Ishii. The Sapporo techno pioneer has something of a gaming … Continue reading

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In Fitting with the Season, Here’s a Nintendo-Sanctioned Version of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ on the Super Famicom

Yes, you read that right. This unused 16-bit cover of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ was featured as a part of Do-Re-Mi De~Fa!, a digital music magazine distributed via the Super Famicom’s Satellaview service, which we’ve been talking about an awful lot this … Continue reading

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Takenobu Mitsuyoshi’s Rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ Gives Christmas a Rolling Start

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, the composer notable for his work on a number of SEGA’s most iconic soundtracks, including Virtua Fighter 2 and Daytona USA – for which he provided some truly breathtaking vocals – has performed ‘Jingle Bells’ for the arcade rhythm game maimai. I … Continue reading

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The Minus World 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Regardless of who you believe delivers your Christmas presents every year, it seems to be a universally accepted fact that they’re a pretty busy guy/gal. The likelihood is they’re not going to have it easy when it comes to accommodating … Continue reading

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More cart-based chiptune goodness with “8BIT MUSIC POWER NEXT”

Following on from the success of 8BIT MUSIC POWER, the unique chiptune album which released earlier this year in authentic Famicom cartridge format, homebrew developer and artist Riki Iwasaki has announced at the 2016 BitSummit indie developers conference that a sequel is in … Continue reading

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Splatoon x Tower Records – Apparel, Glassware and More

Music and fashion are a big part of what makes up the particularly fresh stylings of Nintendo’s Splatoon, so a collaboration with Tower Records (the former US music retail powerhouse who are still going strong in Japan) seems rather fitting. Teased … Continue reading

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