We’re putting the needle down on the run-in groove for 2021. It’s a little noisy so far, so we might need to damp clean the whole thing. For our first episode we’re joined by Justin O’Rear from Respawned Records to look at some our favorite recent game-music-on-vinyl releases that are just begging for a closer look. We begin with one of Paul’s runners-up for last year, Goldeneye 64 Orchestrated, from Respawned Records. This music takes us immediately back to rowdy group gaming sessions with friends, and punishing cheaters who looked on our quadrant of the TV! We explore the game’s weird development history and its eponymous tie-in (but we forget to mention last month’s collapse of the Areceibo Observatory!) and how the convergence of pop culture and circumstance made N64 Goldeneye a household name in the late 90s. We continue with a look at Untitled Goose Game from iam8bit, and discuss its similarly-unexpected captivation of pop culture. Claude Debussy’s “Preludes” get a bit of airtime and we talk about impressionist piano composition (take THAT Debussy!)
We run through the most important news… make sure not to skip this part! There’s a lot going on!
And finally we use the “fun old memories” of Goldeneye to springboard to the “fun new memories” of music and experiences like Untitled Goose Game, and we talk about whether game music on vinyl can be a catalyst for some latter-day nostalgia.
Outro: “Depot” – Goldeneye 64 Orchestrated, by Rich Douglas (composed by Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate)
Tree of Life (Manawave)
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game (Limited Run Games)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Laced Records)
Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Bigwax) (Brave Wave / Limited Run Games)
Panzer Paladin (Limited Run Games)
Little Big Adventure symphonic Suite (Wayo Records)
Super Meat Boy Forever (sold out) (Yetee Records)
Banjo-Skazooie (Respawned Records)
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World (Strictly Limited Games)
Mutant Mudds (Cartridge Thunder)
Red Dead Redemption 2 “House Building EP” (Lakeshore Records)
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (Kickstarter)