Sunday, June 11, 2017

25: Classic Konami Games


Konami may have given us Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Silent Hill. But what about Contra? Goemon? Gradius? Suikoden? Those sound familiar?

Konami gave us many memorable games, many memorable soundtracks, memorable uses of the Ninja Turtles franchise, and memorable uses of the orchestra hit sound.

This episode aims to focus on the musical accomplishments of Konami's lesser appreciated (in today's world) games, and for us to forget about what Konami has become over the years.






Also available on Stitcher

Playlist:

1. Escape from Bucky O'Hare

2. Stage 1 Jungle/Stage 7 Hangar from Contra

3. Captain Jack Grandale Mix from Dance Dance Revolution series

4. Impregnable Fortress Stage 7 from Gradius V

5. Theme of Mystical Ninja from Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

6. Old LA 2020 from Policenauts

7. One Night in Neo Kobe City from Snatcher

8. Boss Battle 2 from Sparkster

9. The Chase from Suikoden II

10. The Great Petal from Sunset Riders

11. Technodrome The Final Shellshock from TMNT IV: Turtles in Time

12. Kirai 1 from TMNT: Tournament Fighters

Bonus Information:

Policenauts English patch

VGMO interview with Tomoya Tomita

VGMO interview with Masanori Adachi & Hirofumi Taniguchi

Thursday, April 13, 2017

24: Super Shuffle - Manaka Kataoka

I hear Breath of the Wild is this amazing new launch title for this amazing new Nintendo console called the Switch. But do you know the primary source behind the incredible score for Breath of the Wild?

She is Manaka Kataoka.

From Wii Fit to Animal Crossing to Zelda, Manaka Kataoka has covered some of Nintendo's most exciting titles in unique ways. Her music can be ethereal, her music can be exciting, her music can be a miraculous combination of both. And that's what this episode aims to achieve. A short look into the kind of music Manaka Kataoka brought to Nintendo throughout her career.






Also available on Stitcher

Bonus Information:
Video Game Music Online article on Manaka Kataoka's involvement in Breath of the Wild

Shuffle Tracks:
(To be edited)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

23: Ys feat. Apricotsushi



Ys: The Ideal utopia.

That's how Falcom's famous role playing game began (at least the Book I & II PC-Engine remake). And since then, its reputation as being a game with memorable characters, settings, and extraordinary music have grown and grown.  Returning champion Apricotsushi of the Chic Pixel blog joins me in discussing how influential Ys, and its music has been on gaming as a whole.

Please note, the quality will sound off here and there, and I do apologize for these issues. But, I am confident that this will be the last time I make this apology.

Also! At the time this was recorded, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was not announced for release anywhere outside of Japan. Now, it has recently been announced that it will be localized by NIS America for release sometime in the fall season.






Also available on Stitcher

Bonus Information:
YS ORIGIN NOW AVAILABLE ON PS4 AND VITA
Hardcore Gaming 101: Ys
Ys Music Spreadsheet (Written in Japanese)
Information on the Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys English fandub

Shuffle Tracks:
From Apricotsushi

From Nitro

Saturday, February 4, 2017

22: Super Shuffle - Hiroki Kikuta



You may recognize him for his work on Secret of Mana. But have you heard of games like Soukaigi? Koudelka? No? Well have I got the episode for you! This Super Shuffle is the first of its kind. The first to focus solely on composers, starting with Hiroki Kikuta. One of the most famous VGM composers, despite only a few of the games he's worked on actually being released outside of Japan. That should immediately tell you the kind of impact his music has on audiences across the globe.

(And I apologize to Shining fans for my lack of knowledge in the series)






Also available on Stitcher

Bonus Information:
Hiroki Kikuta's newest progressive rock album
Hiroki Kikuta's 2014 Reddit 

Super Shuffle Tracks:

Monday, December 26, 2016

State of 2017

So 2016 is almost at an end. As I complete another year of M Disk, I've learned some new things, and have realized some things that I hope will help improve this podcast.

First, I'm going to reduce the number of guest-centric episodes. What I mean by that is, while guest-centric episodes are lots of fun, it's becoming harder to produce them. I also feel like I hold back on producing more episodes simply because I can't find guests to discuss certain topics with. Like Koji Kondo, for example. So expect more "super shuffle" episodes in 2017. And expect some of those super shuffle episodes to focus on game composers. Because there are a lot of game composers I would still like to produce episodes on, but haven't been able to just because I couldn't find anyone else to talk to about said composers. Not anymore. Come 2017, I'm going to make the kind of episodes I want, with or without guests.

BUT WAIT.

I do already have plans for one guest-centric episode. So don't think I'm putting a hiatus on guest-centric episodes right away. Apricotsushi will be coming back on M Disk to discuss the music of the Ys series!



A fantastic series with a fantastic series. Red Book audio in the 90s never sounded better than they did in the Ys games. Apricotsushi and I briefly covered Ys in the Yuzo Koshiro episode. But we were only limited to his personal contributions. With this episode, we're going all over the Ys series. Not just Koshiro's works, but arrangements of his works, and later contributions to the Ys series from the Falcom Sound Team.

That's all I'm prepared to announce right now :) Sorry guys!

Another plan I have for next year, which doesn't really have anything to do with the podcast itself, is I will be keeping a log of the games I beat next year. That may seem kind of boring, but I want to do this because....well...I have A LOT of unfinished games. Check out my backloggery account, you'll see. So, I decided that for each game I beat, I will add $1 to a video game savings fund. If I want to buy a $20 game, I have to beat 20 games. If I want to buy a $60 game, I have to beat 60 games. If I want to buy the Switch, I have to beat at least 200 games. I am super serious about doing this. And for each game I do beat, I would like to write a short article about that games soundtrack, if possible. Now, I did say that I would like to do this (the article idea). Doesn't mean I actually will. But I'm determined.

That's all for now! Have a good rest of the year!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

21: Super Shuffle - Chill Out Music


Music can be encouraging, motivating, depressing, and they can also be relaxing. And that is the primary focus of this super shuffle episode. Relaxing music doesn't always have to be light, and soothing. It can be dark, and ominous. You'll hear the different methods of chill out music to serve one purpose; to put you in a more relaxed state.






Also available on Stitcher

Bonus Information:
Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro on Crunchyroll (which inspired the title of this episode)
RPG Maker PSone Memories Pack
Austin Wintory interview with Classic FM

Super Shuffle Tracks:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

20 Final Fantasy Mega Shuffle feat. Newtypelady



It's a Mega Shuffle episode! It's an episode featuring a guest! It's both! And just in time for episode number 2 to the 0! For this episode, the wonderful Newtypelady shares her favorite scores from the Final Fantasy series, her immense love for Final Fantasy VIII. In addition to that, we also take a look at what is considered to be the most popular pieces from each of the main Final Fantasy games, my personal favorites, and we share excitement for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

The technical issues that have plagued previous episodes haven't gone away completely, unfortunately. There will be a few spots where it sounds like our conversation is sped up. I apologize for this. And it may sound like we are trying to talk over each other. I can promise you that we weren't. We had a good conversation, and we had lots of fun bonding over Final Fantasy.






Also available on Stitcher

The Popular Final Fantasy pieces:

Newtypelady's favorite Final Fantasy pieces:

My favorite Final Fantasy pieces:

(Note if a FF game isn't listed under either mine, or Newtypelady's list, then our favorites are shared with the popular list)

Extra pieces highlighted:

Bonus Information: