Larry Oji was featured as special guest on My Take Radio, a live webcast hosted by Richard Butler. Listen to him discuss OCReMix and Street Fighter II HD Remix (essentially the same things that he talks about on NGI), as well as mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. Check it out here, and listen for Larry’s call-in at about 33:00.
Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category
To prove that NGI is NOT dead, KyleJCrb and Liontamer have returned with a jam-packed show! This time, the guys confirm the pronunciation of Live A Live while subsequently slaughtering the names of songs, remixers, and composers, as well as coining new terms, dropping the details on PAX ‘09, and laying down the hate on a number of games. Check out this exciting new episode over at Nitro Game Injection.
Kyle and Larry take you back to a time before the Reset Generation contest winners and the Metroid Metal Varia Suite were announced, before Arm Cannon’s new followup album was released, when Summoning of Spirits was in Nintendo Power, and when Dwelling of Duels had 3 entries. They also discuss the Otakon convention, Baconaisse, Game Unicon, and much more. Check it out over at Nitro Game Injection.
In an exclusive NGI interview, Andrew “OA” Luers sits down to discuss the upcoming OverClocked ReMix album ‘Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption‘, his initial feelings on being a part of the OverClocked ReMix judges panel, his experiences with SnappleMan’s mom, and tons more! Don’t miss FOUR exclusive tracks: Two from the upcoming Final Fantasy IV album, Andrew’s new cut from SaGa Frontier 2, and remake of a remix originally featured on the ‘Radical Dreamers: Thieves of Fate’ album. Check it over at NGI!
Happy Alien Invasion Day! To help tide you over between the food, booze, and explosives, we have a brand new episode.
KyleJCrb shows that he did not do the research on any discussion points, and unashamedly peddles for money via the NGI Amazon Store while Liontamer dreams of being famous and mounting 22-inch rims to his wall while swimming in dollar bills. They also discuss the many lyrical interpretations of Mega Man, hate on RPGs, pay tribute to the loss of game development’s whipping boy Duke Nukem Forever, and as always, much more! Check it out over at Nitro Game Injection.
(NOTE: For those not aware, Larry Oji is now co-hosting the Nitro Game Injection podcast. Updates will be cross-posted on the VG Frequency blog as new episodes are released.)
Mattias “Another Soundscape” Häggström Gerdt has finally come to Nitro Game Injection! OverClocked ReMix judge, contributor to Final Fantasy VII Voices of the Lifestream and Street Fighter II HD ReMix, and composer for XBox Live Arcade games Artoon, The Perfect Match, and the upcoming Kaleidoscope joins NGI on this episode for an in-depth interview regarding his works, game music composition, gaming experiences, and more great stuff. Also includes TWO exclusive tracks from the man himself! Check it out over at Nitro Game Injection!
I love Twitter, and video game music is my passion. Since an important sector of game development was absent from Sam’s list, I’m maintaining a list of video game music professionals and enthusiasts on Twitter. More links will be added, and I’m sure there are folks who are absent from this list or want their info amended. If you need either, follow me & direct message me on Twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not on Twitter, it’s a great platform with easy access to fellow enthusiasts, and it also encourages brief, effective communication. Get with the program and sign up.
Last updated: May 30th, 2009 - added chrisjhampton, esti_, gazms, gerdin, jgmusic, jasonchayes, masusu, masu_tom, neilvoss, ryuichisakamoto, whelchelphd, TracyWBush, virtjk, 8bitVGM, halc9bit, HaleaciousB, hatebunny, Nailhead, Nailhead_Gamer, nonsensicalexis, THE_Real_Chako, therks, Willrock07, danbrownpiano, dezolorfien, GenesisTribute, jason_vincion, shotanakama, SOU1, spamtron, thanatos_hn, Wizwars, xocnosaj, appiani, Axtuse, ffdistantworlds, SpiritofGamer, TheSIDStation
Since I put in the elbow grease to create this list, leading off is my bread and butter…
OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org):
LarryOji : Larry Oji, aka Liontamer, OC ReMix head submissions evaluator, assistant soundtrack director for Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Tim Follin: Dirge for the Follin album director, creator of VGM radio show & blog VG Frequency, VGMdb staff
anosou : Mattias Häggström Gerdt, aka Another Soundscape, OC ReMix submissions judge, co-composer for Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, composer for OK Games’ Artoon and Onion Factory’s The Perfect Match
zirconst : Andrew Aversa, aka zircon, OC ReMix submissions judge, Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream album director, composer for Fittest, co-composer for Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, creator of music industry/business blog SoundTempest, former host of OC ReMix podcast VGDJ, fiancé of vocalist & composer Jillian Goldin (pixietricks)
Professional video game musicians:
8bitweapon : Seth Sternberger, aka 8 Bit Weapon, chiptune musician, composer for Nokia’s Reset Generation
awintory : Austin Wintory, composer for thatgamecompany’s flOw
bobbaffy : Bob Baffey, audio director at Backbone Entertainment, former audio director at Digital Eclipse, sound designer, composer for multitude of Game Boy Color titles
cdeenen : Charles Deenen, composer for Virgin Games’ M.C. Kids, co-composer for Interplay’s The Lost Vikings, senior audio director at Electronic Arts
chibitech : Jason Nisperos, aka Chibi-Tech, chiptune musician, composer for Marvelous’s Zero no Tsukaima: Fantasy Force
chrisjhampton : Chris J. Hampton, aka ast0r, composer for Two Tribes’ Toki Tori
christilton : Chris Tilton, composer for EA’s Black and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
christophertin : Christopher Tin, co-composer for 2K Games’ Civilization IV
clswall : Cindy L. S. Wall, vocalist for Ubisoft’s Myst series, wife of Video Games Live co-creator & conductor Jack Wall
CoLDSToRAGE : Tim Wright, aka CoLD SToRAGE, former in-house composer at SCEE’s Psygnosis, co-composer for Psygnosis’s Shadow of the Beast series and Sony’s Wipeout series
ColinOMalley : Colin O’Malley, co-composer for Eidos’s Tomb Raider: Underworld
Dave_Clynick : David Clynick, in-house composer at Microsoft’s Rare, co-composer for Perfect Dark Zero
David_Wise : David Wise, career-long in-house composer at Microsoft’s Rare, composer for Wizards & Warriors series, Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country series, co-composer for Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise
Disasterpeace : Rich Vreeland, aka Disasterpeace, lead composer for 16×16’s Rescue: The Beagles
doistovich : Gene M. Rozenberg, aka Ampersand/Doistovich, composer for EA’s Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
EminenceOnline : Eminence Symphony Orchestra, founded by Hiroaki Yura, Echoes of War album creators, performers for Blizzard’s Diablo III, Vanillaware’s Odin Sphere, Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles and Namco Bandai’s Soulcalibur IV
esti_ : Jin-Bae Park, aka ESTi, composer for Nexon’s TalesWeaver and NTREEV Soft’s Pangya: Fantasy Golf
gazms : Robert Stjärnström, aka Gaz, vocalist and former guitarist for band Machinae Supremacy, co-composer for Rake in Grass’s Jets’n'Guns
gerdin : Andreas Gerdin, aka Gordon, rhythm guitarist for band Machinae Supremacy, co-composer for Rake in Grass’s Jets’n'Guns
GKMarino : Gerard K. Marino, co-composer for Sony’s God of War series
Godspeed_ViViX : Masahiro Aoki, aka Godspeed, co-composer for The Law of Contradiction
grantkirkhope : Grant Kirkhope, audio director at THQ’s Big Huge Games, former in-house composer at Microsoft’s Rare, co-composer for Rare’s GoldenEye 007, Donkey Kong 64, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie series & Viva Piñata series
harwood9 : Stephen Harwood, Jr., composer for Ubisoft’s Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
jgmusic : Jason Graves, composer for EA’s Dead Space
jasonchayes : Jason Hayes, co-composer for Blizzard’s StarCraft, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft
jonathancoulton : Jonathan Coulton, composer of “Still Alive” for Valve’s Portal, nerdcore singer-songwriter
madfiddler : Mark Knight, aka madfiddler, composer for EA’s Warhammer: Dark Omen, Bullfrog’s Populous: The Beginning and Dungeon Keeper 2, Lead Audio Designer at Codemasters Software, member of band Stuck in D’80s
mark_griskey : Mark Griskey, composer for LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
masusu : Masashi Yano, composer for Bullet Witch and Suiheisen Made Nan Mile?, co-composer for Cave’s Puzzle! Mushihimetama
masu_tom : Tomas Nilsén, drummer for band Machinae Supremacy, co-composer for Rake in Grass’s Jets’n'Guns
M_Minoshima : Masayoshi Minoshima, co-composer for Makura’s H2O: Footprints in the Sand, founder and owner of Alstroemeria Records
nakataka : Takayuki Nakamura, co-composer for Sega’s Virtua Fighter series and Q Entertainment’s Lumines series
neal_acree : Neal Acree, co-composer for Blizzard’s Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
neilvoss : Neil Voss, composer of H2O Entertainment’s Tetrisphere
nrvststpilot : Paul Taylor, aka nervous_testpilot, composer for Mode 7 Games’ Determinance, freelance music journalist
REDALiCE : Akai Hito, aka REDALiCE, composer for Dokodemo Sukishite Itsudemo Sukishite, veteran VGM arranger
Richard_Jacques : Richard Jacques, composer for Sega’s Sonic 3D Blast, co-composer for Sega’s Jet Set Radio series, BioWare’s Mass Effect and Sega’s Sonic and the Black Knight
RyanAComposer : Ryan Arndt, Lead Sound Designer/Composer/Studio Marketing & Development at Somatone Interactive Canada
ryuichisakamoto : Ryuichi Sakamoto, co-composer of Square Enix’s Dawn of Mana
SeanBeeson : Sean Beeson, composer for Silver Sphere Studios’ Eternity’s Child
ShaelRiley : Shael Riley, OC ReMixer, co-composer & soundtrack director for Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, member of nerdcore band The Grammar Club, cast member of ScrewAttack’s The New Adventures of Captain S, brother of Devon Riley
sklathill : Vincent Diamante, composer for USC Interactive Media’s Cloud and Konami Mobile’s Castlevania: Order of Shadows, Interactive Media Division adjunct professor at University of Southern California
TheRealBeano : Robin Beanland, audio director at Microsoft’s Rare, co-composer for Rare’s Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct series, Conker series and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
toksin : Sascha Dikiciyan, aka toksin, co-composer for Ubisoft’s TMNT, co-composer for Flagship Studios’ Hellgate: London, musical collaborator of Cris Velasco
TommyTallarico : Tommy Tallarico, Guinness world record holder of work on the most video games, co-creator & host of Video Games Live concert series, founder of Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.)
TomSalta : Tom Salta, composer for Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfigher 1 & 2
TracyWBush : Tracy W. Bush, co-composer for Blizzard’s Warcraft III and World of Warcraft
virtjk : Jake Kaufman, aka virt, composer for Capcom’s Shantae, Neon Studios’ Legend of Kay and Konami’s Contra 4, founder of band The Smash Brothers, husband of Kristi Kaufman
wall_snd : Jack Wall, co-creator and conductor of Video Games Live concert series, composer for Ubisoft’s Myst series, BioWare’s Jade Empire and BioWare’s Mass Effect, husband of vocalist Cindy L. S. Wall
More OC ReMixers (http://www.ocremix.org/remixers/):
CoolCoreAudio : Cool Core Audio, Swedish game audio by OC ReMixer Fredrik Häthén and Calle
ikadmium : Jesse Higginson, aka Kadmium
SketchHurricane : Paul Ford, aka metaphist
the_junk : Marc Junker
More video game musicians:
Atsushio : Atsushi Ohara, arranger
beefyness : Keith Moore, aka Beefy, member of nerdcore band The Grammar Club
binary1230 : Dominic Cerquetti, aka binary1230, Programmer at Firaxis Games, creator of JamSpace music performance area for MAGFest, member of band Rare Candy, road member of band Temp Sound Solutions
c64glen : Glen McNamee, aka c64glen, Commodore music arranger & enthusiast
cacomistle : Brian Vanek, aka cacomistle, chiptune musician
computeher : Michelle Mitchell, aka ComputeHer, chiptune musician, wife & musical collaborator of Seth Sternberger (8 Bit Weapon)
danbrownpiano : Dan Brown, aka Kareshi
DevonRiley : Devon Riley, cast member of ScrewAttack’s The New Adventures of Captain S, brother of Shael Riley
dezolorfien : Johan Hedlund, aka Dezo, bassist for band Machinae Supremacy
dj_skitz : Paul Hadrill, aka Dj Skitz, Commodore music arranger & enthusiast
doctoroctoroc : Levi Buffum, aka Doctor Octoroc, creator of 8-Bit Jesus VGM-inspired Christmas chiptune album
GenesisTribute : Brian Davis, arranger
GrantHenry : Grant Henry, aka Stemage, creator of Metroid Metal
Infamousuk : Christopher Bailey, aka Infamous, Commodore music arranger
jason_vincion : Jason Vincion, arranger
KirbyPufocia : Mike Molnar, aka Kirby Pufocia, road member of band Metroid Metal
lidbjork : Henrik Lidbjörk, aka Lie Mutherpluckin’ B, creator of Sex, Drugs N’ Nintendo & Nintendosploitation albums
megadriver_bass : Rubens Stulzer, bassist for band MegaDriver
MegaRan : Raheem Jarbo, aka Random/Mega Ran, underground rapper, creator of Mega Ran, American Gamer and Mega Ran 9 albums
q_pa : Jon Heiman, aka q-pa, VGM club DJ
raublekick : Andrew Rauble, aka Rauble, guitarist for band Armadillo Tank
RyoOhnuki : Ryo Ohnuki, arranger
shawnphase : Craig Jakubowski, aka Shawn Phase, creator of band Temp Sound Solutions, former drummer of band The Smash Brothers
shotanakama : Shota Nakama, director of Video Game Orchestra
skyriser : Lix/Skyriser, arranger
SOU1 : SOU1, arranger
spamtron : Guerin McMurray, aka Spamtron, chiptune musician and arranger
sumppi : Juha Kaunisto, aka sumppi, Commodore music arranger, web developer
thanatos_hn : Thanatos, arranger
Wizwars : Kevin Hagge, aka Wizwars
Yamajet : Yamajet, arranger
ZenAlbatross : Joshua Kopstein, aka ZenAlbatross, chiptune musician
Video game music events/news/PR/radio/education:
Aktrez : Becky Young, aka Aktrez, Events Director for Video Games Live concert series, host on VGM webstream Game Music Radio, creator of the Girls Entertainment Network
appiani : Thomas Boecker, executive producer of Merregnon Studios, producer of concert series Game Music Concert, Drammatica, Symphonic Shades
Axtuse : Brett Wooley, aka Axtuse, host of Meteor Radio at KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe, LA)
cocoebiz : CocoeBiz, VGM retailer founded by Kahori Ezaki (Coco)
CocoVader : Kahori Ezaki, aka Coco, founder of VGM retailer CocoeBiz
ffdistantworlds : Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds, international concert series featuring the music of Nobuo Uematsu conducted by Arnie Roth
genoboost : Anthony Ruybalid, aka Genoboost, creator of VGM and VG-inspired music news blog & netlabel Game Music 4 All
hexWarrior : John Carter, aka Hex, creator of nerdcore music news blog & concert series Nerdapalooza
hipsterplease : Z., man of mystery, contributor at Wired.com’s GeekDad, creator of nerdcore news blog Hipster, please!
Jeriaska : Jeriaska, creator of VGM news portal Nobuooo, freelance writer for Siliconera and GameSetWatch, microlender & futurist
justinj212 : Justin Johnston, former PR Director for the University of Maryland Gamer Symphony Orchestra, host of VGM radio show 8-Bit Radio at WMUC 88.1 FM (College Park, MD)
Music4Games : Music 4 Games, VGM news portal, created by Greg O’Connor-Read
Nerdapalooza : Nerdapalooza, nerdcore music news blog and concert series
Nobuooo : Nobuooo, VGM news portal created by Jeriaska
SpiritofGamer : Carl Larson, staff at VGMdb
TheSIDStation : The SID Station, Commodore 64 radio stream created by John “Dr. Bongo” Taylor
I actually forgot to mention this since KyleJCrb took a while to get the archive posted up, but a few weeks ago I guest hosted Nitro Game Injection #110 alongside Kyle and Mae. We had a great selection of holiday-themed video game music, but not in the traditional sense of picking Xmas material. Kyle and I worked around that by picking lots of material with holiday/winter-themed names.
We three also reviewed 8bitpeople’s The 8bits of Christmas and the legendary Konami arrange album Kukeiha Club pro-fusion ~Salamander~. If you want to hear how some great stuff from Street Fighter EX2 Plus and D2 actually fits in with the wintery show format, definitely check it out.
Video game music news portal ThaSauce has launched the first full episode of their podcast, SauceCast, hosted by Dyne and injury, the premiere edition focusing on the events of MAGFest 6 along with other community news at developments at ThaSauce.
Aside from (or dare I say “including”) the comical overuse of the word “phenomenal” (that’s starla’s version of me saying “aight”, “tite”, “hot”, “yo”, and “bro” in my radio days), I was enjoying every minute. There were a few slight dead spaces in the convo I would have edited to make things keep flowing, but I’m anal. Regardless, this was way slicker than anything I’d ever put out, with iTunes sections and everything. Very nice.
Dyne and injury were able to keep things short and to the point while I felt like I’d gotten the info I needed. Granted, I was there for MAGFest, so none of the info was new to me specifically.I’m interested to see how it goes when news I’m not familiar with is tackled, but the team at ThaSauce sound up for the task. Lots of fun akin to the other girl/guy podcast teamups of VGDJ-past. I definitely enjoyed SauceCast and am looking forward to more!
Kyle “KyleJCrb” Crouse knows friends in high places, in this case through his co-director of the Tales of Phantasia/Tales of Symphonia arrangement album Summoning of Sprits, Aleah “Kureejii Lea” Baker, also the wife of Archie Comics scribe Ian “Potto” Flynn. Flynn, who has handled writing duties for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic X, was interviewed on the most recent installment of Nitro Game Injection.
Besides discussing his career so far and future aspirations, Flynn selected three tracks for the podcast, two of which were from OC ReMix. After selecting Sonic R’s “Can You Feel the Sunshine?” (shamelessly close to “Super Sonic Racing”), Flynn also selected SnappleMan’s “Malicious Fingers” from the Sonic 3 & Knuckles arrangement album Project Chaos, as well as the five-way Sonic & Knuckles effort from zircon, Geoffrey Taucer, pixietricks, Shonen Samurai & D-Lux, “Lover Reef”.
Actually gaining his spot with Archie via unsolicited story submissions (typically discouraged in the creative industry), Flynn is currently living out his dream. If you’re a fan of video game-themed comics or are interested in hearing how Flynn views the games and music from the various titles in the Sonic franchise, you’ll pick up a great deal of info from the NGI interview.
Stockholm, Sweden native Mattias “Another Soundscape” Gerdt helped kick off the inaugural edition of FF-XIII.net’s FXN Final Fantasy XIII Podcast, lending his Final Fantasy VII “Fanfare” arrangement, “Too Much Fighting”, fresh off the Voices of the Lifestream album.
The Final Fantasy XIII fansite obtained permission directly from the artist to use “Too Much Fighting” as the podcast’s first song presentation. Swing by FF-XIII.net’s podcast section to check out Episode 1, and you can jump up to around the 128-minute mark to hear the Canadian crew discuss Voices of the Lifestream and Another Soundscape before closing the show out with his excellent ReMix. FF-XIII.net is hoping to feature additional OC ReMix artists for future podcasts, so keep an eye out for additional episodes as they’re released.
Thanks to siven7 for forwarding the news.
Like I’ve said before, Kenley Kristofferson’s got some good energy as a radio personality on Into the Score. He’s so nice to people, you just can’t hate the guy. I’d almost love to see him swear up and down in his Canadian accent, just to verify that he actually can.
Early this month, Kenley interviewed Andrew “zircon” Aversa for the podcast’s 13th episode (released this past Thursday), covering the OC ReMix album that the latter directed, Final Fantasy VII’s Voices of the Lifestream.
A whole host of topics were covered including the many originally planned contributors dropping out, how Voices compared to other OCR album projects, what zircon would have done differently with hindsight, standout pieces arranging obscure material, the creation process of the popular “Black Wing Metamorphosis”, the diversity of fan reactions, celebrity endorsements, and the highlighting of upcoming projects on OverClocked ReMix.
In addition, several selections from the album were interspersed throughout the interview. Clocking in at nearly 72 minutes, even if you’ve already heard all of the arrangements that are played, you’ll end up learning a lot about the album from the head honcho himself.
As Kenley would say, “Right on!”
Kyle “KyleJCrb” Crouse has been busy with being a loyal Shizzy as well as project director of the upcoming Tales of Phantasia/Tales of Symphonia OC ReMix album Summoning of Spirits, but the one thing missing from his plate was his old webradio show Nitro Game Injection.
As of last Sunday however, Kyle and NGI has returned with 3 hours of VGM goodness. And now with twice the whiteness, with Norwegian firebrand Audun “AkumuHau” Sørlie joining the show as co-host. Akumu, who’s engaged to Dwelling of Duels/OC ReMix guitar god(ess) LuIzA and runs the authoritative Nintendo soundtrack destination Akumu’s NSF Archive, adds to the mix through his extensive knowledge of the Japanese doujin VGM arrangement scene as well as his own friendships throughout the VGM arrangement scene and demoscene.
One of the key features of the show remains the monthly Dwelling of Duels feature at the end of each month, as anonymous entries from the recently concluded creation phase of that month’s DoD are spotlighted. Fans and competition regulars frequently come by to listen to the show and get their point spreads ready to help determine the upcoming winners.
You can check out Nitro Game Injection every Sunday evening from 6-9PM EST by streaming http://kngi.servegame.com in your media player, and chat with the hosts and other listeners live via IRC at #ngi on the irc.esper.net server. Keep an eye on the Nitro Game Injection MySpace page for archived editions of each show as it makes its way to the masses.
In my regular perusal of the various blog trackers, I came across one blog/podcast yesterday that was very unique, so I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of it before. Kenley “siven7″ Kristofferson’s Into the Score is dubbed “the only podcast devoted to the academic study of video game music,” which is a hell of a format and one worth checking out as soon as possible.
In the second part of Into the Score’s tenth episode (entitled “…to the Orchestra!”), Kenley gives a great overview of arranger Jeremy Robson and Robson’s Final Fantasy VII “Philharmonic Suite”, the first and fifth parts of which are hosted at OverClocked ReMix. Included are a rundown of Robson’s musical influences, a reading of djpretzel’s writeup for the first movement at OCR, and complete playthroughs of all five movements in the suite.
Kenley’s a little rough on the delivery but no more so than me during my time with college radio, plus he’s got great energy, an earnest respect for video game music, and genuine knowledge about the technicalities and structure of music. He also claims to play a mean euphonium, having studied at the University of Manitoba. And he sounds like a nice guy. If you’ve heard Mazedude’s voice before, this guy is just as good natured. (Ironically, he also looks like Makke.) He’s got a good voice, and, with more poise on his delivery, could quickly be mistaken for someone on NPR or XM Classics.
For those that aren’t into music theory discussions or referencing the roots of classical music, Into the Score’s subject matter may feel difficult to access, at least for a bum such as myself. But whatever subject matter goes over my head pales in comparison to the enjoyment of what does remain accessible to me, that being a sincere appreciation of the medium of video game music. New episodes of the show come out infrequently enough that one can’t set their watch to it, which impedes the building of a large audience. But don’t sleep on Into the Score and this podcast’s unique and enlightening format; you may just learn something. Give it that look.
But yes, the developers of the upcoming Half-Life 2 mod Black Mesa were on episode 5 of Cockbite Radio (there’s that name again) this past Wednesday to discuss all things Black Mesa and how they’re remaking the first Half-Life from the ground up. OC ReMixer Kevin “Lorenzo” Sisk, one of the voice actors of the game, intros the podcast. (Check for him also at the 11-minute and 53-minute marks as well.)
Kevin adds: “That screenshot [below], other than the surface tension dam, is a prime example of how the team is trying to bring the original game up to date with today’s graphic standards, while preserving the game’s spirit.” Definitely give it that look.
Also of note for this podcast, 30 seconds in has a hilarious rant from Casey about 12-year-old boys on Xbox Live. Creepy, immature boys on the internet? Never.
Two foundations of the Commodore arrangement scene received facelifts late last night as Remix.Kwed.Org creator Jan Lund “Kwed” Thomas and C64Audio.com creator Chris Abbott each revealed their respective sites’ new looks.
Following up AMIGAremix’s redesign earlier this year, Kwed collaborated with John Mirland to streamline R:K:O, featuring the addition of randomized SID downloads to encourage the remixing of broader material, as well as community links, donor thanks, and better integration of the C64 Take-away podcast.
C64Audio, noted vendor of professionally released Commodore community music from both C64 arrangers & composers, debuted its first major redesign in roughly 5 years, with emphasis placed on frontpage listings of its CD catalog. Soon-to-be-available releases there include Makke’s new album It’s Binary, Baby, as well as the Back in Time Live DVD/CD Set.