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Blog link: https://videogamegrooves.com/2022/10/15/episode-98-banjo-kazooie-re-jiggyed-returnal
The time has come to return to our value-added past, and we are joined by Justin from Respawned Records to take a wild wormhole to an alternate version of bird and bear with Banjo-Kazooie Re-Jiggyed. Composer Grant Kirkhope explodes our (very prepared) expectations with a new interpretation of the original goofy and bouncy score with a new interpretation that goes…everywhere. We discuss the benefits of artist-led works, and challenge some of our notions about “cohesive listening experiences.” We then decide to give everybody whiplash and we crash with abandon into Returnal, by Bobby Krlic. Jeremy evaluates his feelings about long droning game soundtracks, but will he find some value in the subtle inflections in this fast paced exercise in arcade action, dynamic repetition, and spooky sci-fi?
We hit the new releases and highlight a few things to be on the lookout for, and a few things that will be on their way to your turntable soon. Plus, we talk to Justin about the re-emerging convention scene, and what it’s like to have video game music on vinyl out there on the floor to find new friends and loyal fans!
Outro: “Rusty Bucket Bay” – Banjo-Kazooie, Re-Jiggyed
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