Oh you thought for SURE we were gone for good, but in fact we have RETURNED! In this episode of our ongoing love letter to video games, video game music, vinyl records, and video game music on vinyl records, Anthony and Jeremy hold down the fort to discuss a couple of new favorites!
First, Jeremy begins with the iam8bit vinyl release for Florence, a charming little mobile-only game published by Annapurna Interactive. We explore the simple and wordless thematic elements of the game about romantic relationship, and how the score by Kevin Penkin fills in the missing dialogue with intertwining instrumentals. Paul, absent from the show today, more fully explores the personal meaning of the game in his piece for Eurogamer. Next, Anthony brings in the classic (perhaps TOO classic) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which never received an official licensed release but actually saw two unofficial records circulate in the community in the past 12 months. Anthony picks a couple of favorite tracks by the master composer Koji Kondo. This segues into our third segment discussion of pressed versus lathed records, the different approaches to preparing the music for the format, and… a bit of that “Legend of Zelda fatigue” we might all be suffering from.
Then we remember to come back to the news, and of course we discuss new releases, crowdfunding, represses, and rumors! Poverty is a somber thing to end the show on, but we have to stop somewhere. Thanks, as always, for listening!
Outro: “Exploration” – Florence, by Kevin Penkin
Crazy Cat Lady (Stumpyfrog)
A Plague Tale (Black Screen Records)
Battle Garegga (Limited Run Games) (sold out)
Lumines (Limited Run Games)
Mother Fucking Earthbound! (Debug Records)
Kingdom Heartbeats (DJ Robo Rob Bandcamp)
Mario & Chil (GameChops Bandcamp)
Shinobi III (The Analog Music Project Bandcamp)
Zelda Cinematica (Sam Dillard Bandcamp)
Reformation Series (C64 remixes) (6581 Records)
Gaming in Symphony (Amazon.de)
Cross Symphonic (Kickstarter, funded)
Smooth McGroove Repress (The Yetee)
VA11 HALL-A Repress (Black Screen Records)