25 May 2011

Episode 30: Free Play 3

Brent and Rob celebrate their 30th episode with another free play and a VGM Karaoke.  Plus, they share some controversial clips from previous episodes that didn't make the final cut.  Video game music never caused so much drama!  Also, a bonus secret treat is revealed at the end of the episode.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Midnight Resistance - Azusa Hara, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Hitomi Komatsu, Hiroaki Yoshida, Hitoshi Sakimoto (arr.) - Flood of Power - Data East - Genesis - 1990

Space Harrier - Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Main Theme - Sega - Game Gear - 1991

Super Hydlide - Shigeru Tomita - Dragon!! - T&E Soft/Seismic Software - Genesis - 1990

Blaster Master - Naoki Kodaka - Area 3 - Sunsoft - NES - 1988

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom - Hiroshi Miyazaki (Miya), Kaori Nakabai, L. Shigeno - Epilogue - Tecmo - NES - 1991

Gunstar Heroes - Norio Hanzawa - Dice-Dance-Days - Sega/Treasure - Genesis - 1993

Ranger X - Yoshinobu Hiraiwa - Unknown Track (Sound Test 09) - Sega - Genesis - 1993

Super Spike V'Ball - Kazunaka Yamane - Daytona - Technos - NES - 1990

Tetris Attack - Masaya Kuzume - Blaze Stage (Critical) - Nintendo - SNES - 1996

Super Bomberman - Jun Chikuma - Level 3 - Hudson Soft - SNES - 1993

Gley Lancer - Masanori Hikichi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera, Isao Mizoguchi - Stage 1 (Astroid Field) - NCS - Mega Drive - 1992

RoboWarrior - Takeaki Kunimoto (Kinoko Kunimoto) - Overworld Theme 1 - Hudson Soft/Jaleco - NES - 1988

Alcahest - Jun Ishikawa - Sky - Square - Super Famicom - 1993


  1. Thanks for the plugs guys but the store does not have an online buying option yet we are working on that but if anyone is in the area stop by and enjoy

  2. Congratulations on reaching 30 episodes guys! I swear you guys make my daily commute to work a lot more tolerable (since it's Washington D.C. area traffic). In fact, a co-worker that carpools with me has added your show to his weekly rotation of podcasts after listening to episode 24.

    Guys, I was wondering if there's any chance of you guys featuring arcade (from the 80s and early 90s) and Neo Geo tunes in your play lists? What are your thoughts on it?

    Finally, have you guys thought of adding a PayPal donate button to your site? It would help out when buying games from ebay or new equipment for the podcast.

    Keep up the great work and I can't wait to hear that lost episode.

  3. Z_MET, thanks alot! It's really nice to know the podcast is serving a purpose!

    About arcade music, we're not opposed it, but it's just harder to locate those soundtracks. In one of the episodes, we did play the arcade version of 1943: The Battle of Midway, but it was straight from Youtube. For most of the stuff we play, it's from the actual sound files of the games, and unfortunately, we don't really have easy access to the sound files from arcade games -and Neo Geo games for that matter. Also, we don't have as much knowledge about Neo Geo and arcade stuff. But if there was a resource online somewhere where the Neo Geo stuff was available, we'd probably explore that more. Then again, there's so much from NES, SNES, Genesis, and so on, it would be hard to explore a system we weren't as familiar with. Maybe we'll do Neo Geo only show though at one point (if there was enough stuff available on Youtube).

    A PayPal donation button is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. You can try SMSpower.org, to find some old SEGA arcade music in emulated form.

  5. I can provide you with rips of my arcade soundtrack CDs. All of them are bought with my own money (straight from Japan), originals, and not pirated off of the internet. Let me know if it's okay and send you a list of what I have through email.

  6. I started listening to this podcast around episode 70, and have listened to current episodes as they were released. But, I also am catching up on the backlog when I have time. I noticed that Rob F was missing his Switch in those early episodes, so I was wondering when and why that was introduced, and I loved hearing about it in this episode!

  7. BTW, I think you guys are really missing out on some good Game Boy Color soundtracks. I've always thought that you underplay Game Boy, but hadn't realized that part of the reason is that you miss out on some great GBC tunes.

    For similar reasons I think you should play Commodore 64 tracks, but I understand that's a whole different story since it's not primarily a video game console. I think Rob would really like a lot of those tunes (can you say El Rob Hubbard?).

  8. As for the debate on the EWJ tango track, sorry Rob ol' buddy, but Brent is correct. I'm a musician myself, in a band that plays an occasional cover. Right now we have two covers: one that we play exactly as the original was (with only slight variations on an occasional minor detail) and one that we do a cross-genre version of by taking a soul song and turning it into a rock song. Just because we make a lot of variations to the song doesn't mean it's our original song; it's still a cover. If we were to include that cross-genre cover on an album, we'd have to pay for the legal right to use it, variations and all. It doesn't have to be the same exact song note for note, it's just another version of the same song. If an existing song is the basis of your song, that song is not an original work and trying to profit off of it without paying for the rights to use it would be illegal in the face of copyright laws. Tallarico got away with using classical music as the basis of some EWJ songs because those songs are public domain and covered by Fair Use. If he did the same thing with a more modern song that somebody owned the rights to, he would either have to pay them for the rights to use the song in the game, or he would get in legal trouble for plagiarism.

    tl;dr: Brent is right even when the matter is scrutinized under copyright law.

  9. Thank you for introducing me to my new favourite 16 bit track - Midnight Resistance - Flood of Power

  10. I love the Earth Worm Jim soundtracks from both games, and both systems (snes and genesis, or mega drive as it's called here). And I knew straight away that udderly abducted song was borrowed from something else, but not because I study or play music, I remembered it in the Addams Family movies, which I watched heaps as a kid. But about that track, while it does straight off rip off El Echoclo, the part at 1:09, which I think is original, is actually my favourite section of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4pm9AjBjqA

  11. Midnight Resistance.......Flood of Power.......goose bumps, 11 years later!