26 December 2012

Episode 113: New Age Music 2

New Age music to bring in the New Year.  This is Brent and Rob's second time focusing on the New Age genre within video game music of the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  Sometimes more melodic, sometimes more ambient, the music in this episode is relaxing and also contemplative.  The boys also talk about hats.  Full track listing below.

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

New Horizons - Yoko Kanno - Mast in the Mist - Koei - SNES - 1994

Harvest Moon - Tsuyoshi Tanaka (CHACKey) - Star Night Festival - Natsume/Amccus - SNES - 1997

Sandra no Daibouken: Valkyrie to no Deai - Norihiko Togashi, Nakanobu, Ebihara - Song for the Golden Bird - Namco - Super Famicom - 1992

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - Yasunori Shiono - Town - Neverland/Natsume - SNES - 1996

Stealth - unknown - Mission Briefing - Hect - Super Famicom - 1992

Othello World - Kimitaka Matsumae, Manami Matsumae - Freedom Zone and Ocean Opening - Dice/Tsukuda Original - Super Famicom - 1992

Secret of Evermore - Jeremy Soule - Fields of Gothica - Square - SNES - 1995

Arcus Odyssey - Motoi Sakuraba - Act 2-1: Prison - Wolf Team/Renovation - Genesis - 1991

Famicom Jump II: Saikyou no Shichinin - Satoshi Kadokura - Theme Of Victory - Chunsoft/Bandai - Famicom - 1991

Bram Stoker's Dracula - Matt Furniss - Vampyre Book - Sony Imagesoft - Genesis - 1993

Beyond Oasis - Yuzo Koshiro - Evil Territory - Ancient - Genesis - 1994

Elfaria II: The Quest of the Meld - Yukihide Takekawa - Boa Town - Red/Hudson - Super Famicom - 1995

Mario Paint - Kazumi Totaka, Ryoji Yoshitomi, Hirokazu Tanaka - Mysterious - Nintendo - SNES - 1992

Ranma 1/2: Akanekodan Teki Hihou - Toshio Okamoto - Cat Ghost King - Atelier Double/Toho - Super Famicom - 1993

Final Fantasy III - Nobuo Uematsu - The Phantom Forest - Square - SNES - 1994


  1. Brent sounded down or tired this episode. Or maybe it was just the New Age putting him to sleep.

    Also, I've noticed with the new recordings, you guys sound a bit softer than with your old system. Otherwise, keep up the good work!

  2. Glad to hear the next episode will be a focus on the Neo Geo. I look forward to hearing your opinions on the sound hardware of the system, especially when compared to the other 16 bit systems of that generation.

  3. Are youguys recording in the E! building where Nerdist records sometimes, or Meltdown comics?

    Stealth's "falling down the stairs" drum fills are very Always Something There to Remind me.

    Straight up NarcDog no Daibouken! There's a tshirt idea there somewhere.

    So, an interesting development recently happened. I downloaded an app for the iphone/ipad that plays nes, snes, genesis and gameboy tracks! Finally I have joined planet earth! So, I need help w genesis soundtracks. There are obvious ones that i already got, skitchin, road rash, alien soldier. But off the top of your heads (and without going through 112 back episodes), what are a few great soundtracks that I may not be thinking of? I'm covered on nes and super nes, but i definitely need genesis assistance.
    s ones that I already got

    1. Lightening Force
      Thunder Force III
      DJ Boy
      SOnic The HEdgehog
      Ys III

      That's what came to mind 1st.

    2. Lightening Force! How in the world did I forget that one?!

      I'm on it. Downloading these immediately.

      What's the one called...the mean bean machine one? I remember those tracks were good. I'll look it up. Comix Zone has a bunch of great tracks too, right?

    3. Gunstar Heroes
      Sonic 2
      Puyo Puyo Tsuu
      Out Run
      Ghouls 'n Ghosts
      Master of Monsters
      Pebble Beach Golf Links

      There are so many...

  4. One of these New Age episodes will have Schala's theme from Chrono Trigger... one day.

    1. Also, that Mario paint sounds totally like Hip Tanaka; coulda been ripped straight out of Metroid/Earthbound. Love the bending dissonant bass note in the background.

  5. I feel so bad when I hear Rob work so hard on the Japanese phonetics. Hopefully this helps:

    Akanekodan Teki Hihou

    Break apart by syllable -
    A ka ne ko da n Te Ki Hi Ho u
    あ か ね こ だ ん て き ひ ほ う
    sounds like:

    Ah Kah Nay Koh Dah Nn; Tay Kee; Hee Hoh oo

    The nicest thing about Japanese is that it's nearly 100% phonetic. If you can read it, you can pronounce it (as my teacher used to say).

    1. THank you sir. I do struggle with it but I'll get better.

    2. Actually, I'm pretty sure the ou at the end of Hihou is actually alternate spelling of ō which is just pronounced similarly to an "oh" sound. Right? Japanese is mostly phonetic, but there are a couple weird things like the uu and the ou...

    3. Nothin' but love guys! It could be, I'd have to see it spelled in Hiragana to be certain. My Kanji is non-existent, as I grew up in Southern California and not Kyoto... =/

      Have a good new year!

      -Ryan "SavingPrincess" Geiger (a.k.a. the guy who made your logo!)

  6. Nice on the shout-out to Hearts of Space! After the Mario paint track Brent sounded exactly like Stephen Hill. Music from Mario Paint...on this edition...of Hearts of Space..."
    This was a great episode. However, I'm wondering why it seems this episode and the one before were recorded in mono. Is it just my phone doing something funky? The next episode is definitely in stereo. I realize recording in mono takes up half the space as stereo but I'm hoping you guys aren't planning to do that.

    1. Right, the mono thing is a bummer. We didn't realize it was mono until recently, but we're gonna try to make sure they're all in stereo.

    2. (We're still working out the kinks with our new recording situation.)

  7. It's all good. Production issues happen. I'd listen to your show even if it was only available on AM radio.

  8. The organ and bass parts of Mario Paint-Mysterious remind me of soundscapes that David Lynch makes for his films. @ Ryan Agreed, the upper register portions sound like they could be from Metroid.

  9. Yuzo Koshiro moving from the 0s and 1s to the 1s and 2s.

  10. This episode is easily in my top 5! Good music, fun banter and all round great vibes. Love you guys, never stop doing what you do.