May 3, 2011

VGH #8: Blips and Bloops

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Toe tappin’ and neck snappin’! While the PlayStation Network is down, the hosts find time to indulge one of their second-favorite loves: video game music. Rather than just talk about their faves, you’ll hear excerpts from classic scores and modern tracks with color commentary from the VGH crew.

In The Hangover this week, Randy and D.J. are having fun with science in Portal 2 and Paul has been platforming with Trine.  Finally, in Video Game Community Theater, our reluctant thespians take on Dead Rising.

In the final moments of the show, listen closely for directions on how you can enter our newest contest and win a copy of the Video Games Live DVD.  It’s “nüawesome”!

We’d love to get your reviews on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace. We’d love it even more if those reviews were positive! If you’ve enjoyed the show please take a moment to follow the links and say something nice about us. Perhaps, in an upcoming episode, we’ll take a little time to say something nice about you in return?

Episode Timeline:
Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:15
Game Music, Part 1: 20:30
VGCT – Dead Rising: 49:30
Game Music, Part 2: 51:00

This week’s music:

Intro: “VGH #8 Radio” medley featuring Jonathan Coulton, John Keston, Hiroki Kikuta, Christopher Lennertz, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Keichi Suzuki, and Akira Yamaoka

“Magnetman Stage” – Yasuaki Fujita
“Battle with Magus” – Yasunori Mitsuda
“Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV” – Nobuo Uematsu
“The Hall of Souls” – Nine Inch Nails
“Terran One” – Glenn Stafford, Derek Duke and Jason Hayes
“Propane Nightmares” – Pendulum
“Alden Strikes” – Amon Tobin and Jim Dooley
“A Despair-Filled Farewell” – Kow Otani
“Aria di Mezzo Carattere” – Nobuo Uematsu
“Adventure” – Koichi Sugiyama
“The Tragic Prince” – Michiru Yamane
“Sleepyhead” – Passion Pit

Outro: Hitoshi Sakimoto medley

Referenced in this week’s show:

Moog Cookbook – “More Than a Feeling”
LittleBigPlanet 2 trailer featuring “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit
Play for Japan – A game music charity album for Japan relief efforts, organized by Akira Yamaoka and featuring Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Bear McCreary, and others.
Songs for the Cure – Series of albums by game music composers and remixers. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Jim Noir – “My Patch”

  • Nice show guys. VGH is fast becoming my favorite podcast. I would have to say my favorite video game music is from the GTA games, either Vice City or San Andreas. I did like the PC/Xbox version due to the fact you could use your own mp3s on the radio stations. I also really like Devil May Cry 4’s music. It pumps you up and gets you ready to hack down waves of demon-like creatures until your thumbs fall off.

    • Hey, thanks for the kind words Erik! Randy will be sending you your Video Games Live DVD shortly, congrats!

  • SBizzle

    Love video game music also. Still think it has a higher importance in video games than what most people realize.

    Best from my early days late 8bit/early 16bit are The Chaos Engine, and while the music in the intro blew me away at the time what amazed me more was that that level of excellence prevailed throughout the game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm-X8zmxpns

    Another mention goes out the Shadow of the Beast from Psygnosis (who would eventually become Studio Liverpool at SCE). Again the intro just made you sit up at the time and think wow this it like amazing, and once again the ingame music was just as huge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qipWqOwkceg

    Of course everything is trumped by the Wipeout games, but that’s kind of unfair a comparison :p

  • SBizzle

    Oh and yes, spanish dialect is different from mexican dialect.

    Kind of like english and american, amirite mate!

  • Courtney

    We learned the Spanish dialect in college which I thought was stupid since there is more Mexican dialect in our area!

    Anyways, so far this and the last episode were my favorites. Still slowly making headway.

    I had to share the song that did it for me, Final Fantasy IV, “You’re Not Alone”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKAoSY5bhSw

    For a game that is whimsical and cute, this song made me cry. The scene wasn’t overly cry worthy but the combination of this song and the plot (main character is a completely unique individual who can’t find his place in the world and feels he cannot relate to anyone, only to be shown by his group of friends one by one that he is not alone.)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the music episode Courtney! I think you mean FF IX not IV right? Stupid roman numerals.

      Btw, that song is fantastic. FF9 is one of the more underrated in the series if you ask me.

  • Courtney

    Also, here’s an awesome orchestral version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXlE8ZESSEI

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