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Hi. This is a podcast about video game music, mostly (but not exclusively) from third- to fifth-generation consoles. Singing Mountain is hosted by Drew Mackie, who feels most at home in the music from 16-bit RPGs.

Singing Mountain, A VGM Podcast Drew Mackie & TableCakes Productions

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    • 5.0, 81 Ratings

Hi. This is a podcast about video game music, mostly (but not exclusively) from third- to fifth-generation consoles. Singing Mountain is hosted by Drew Mackie, who feels most at home in the music from 16-bit RPGs.

    The Sealed City

    The Sealed City

    A disclaimer: This episode won’t be for everyone. It’s been an odd few weeks, and for some reason I’ve been finding comfort in sad stuff rather than just trying to flood my brain with relentlessly happy things. As a result of this special mix of factors, the episode you’re getting from me is all about sad music — specifically sad music from 16-bit RPGs. While Singing Mountain is not yet back, when it returns it will be with a slightly different format that in this episode. I hope this is something we can both look forward to.

    Special thanks to Sampson, host of VGM101, who accepted my invitation to talk about sad non-RPG music, just for a little variety: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vgm101/id1473369972
    And while we’re at it, the most recent episode of his show actually has a little guest appearance by me: https://prolefeed101.com/vgm-101-episode-29-street-fighting-fighting-street/

    Track listing:
    0:15: At the Bottom of the Night / Chrono Trigger / Yasunori Mitsuda
    3:01: Voice of Awakening / Energy Breaker / Yukio Nakajima, Yasunori Shiono and Yuusei Yamamoto
    4:31: Sad Freedom / Treasure Hunter G / John Pee
    8:35: Jojo (Yoyo) / Bahamut Lagoon / Noriko Matsueda
    10:30: Reminiscence / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Hitoshi Sakimoto
    12:33: Legend / Seiken Densetsu 3 / Hiroki Kikuta
    16:18: Game Over / Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei / Tsukasa Masuko and Hitoshi Sakimoto
    18:29: Sigh and Tear / Sorcerian (Mega Drive) / Mieko Ishikawa
    21:00: Dying World / Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom / Izuho Numata
    21:53: Game Over / Dragon Slayer II: The Legend of Heroes / Mieko Ishikawa and Atsushi Shirakawa
    24:12: Last Moments / Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal / Motoaki Takenouchi
    27:22: Ruins / Surging Aura / Kamo
    28:50: Barlizer / Princess Minerva / Hiroaki Iwatani
    30:26: Makai / Shin Megami Tensei II / Tsukasa Masuko
    32:35: Parting / Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals / Yasunori Shiono
    34:39: Begging One’s Life / Brandish II: The Planet Buster / Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
    36:42: Silence / Chaos Seed / Yasunori Shiono, Katsuhiro Hayashi and Yukio Nakajima
    39:44: Emeraude’s Theme / Magic Knight Rayearth (Super NES) / Unknown Composer
    41:44: In the Darkness / Mystic Ark / Akihiko Mori
    44:44: Dark Night / Crusader of Centy / Motokazu Shinoda
    47:23: A Premonition =Styx= / Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Genesis)
    49:16: An Old Sad Dance / King Colossus / Kenichiro Isoda
    52:40: Reminicenses / Traysia / Minoru Yuasa
    53:50: Underground Ruined Town / Dragon Slayer II: The Legend of Heroes / Mieko Ishikawa and Atsushi Shirakawa
    55:58: Misty Lake / Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand / Naoki Kaneda
    58:54: Ruins / Blue Almanac / Noriyuki Iwadare and Masaru Suzuki
    61:07: Ebon Keep / Secret of Evermore / Jeremy Soule
    63:39: Offering to King Gort / Albert Odyssey / Naoki Kodaka
    66:08: Intro / Devilish / Hitoshi Sakimoto
    69:09: Aquatic Ambiance / Donkey Kong Country / David Wise
    72:27: Niena’s Melody / Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand / Naoki Kaneda
    74:09: Sad Song / Farland Story II / Masakata Kitaura, Atsuyoshi Isemura, Rikei Hirashima, Music Worx
    77:36: Field / Sansara Naga 2 / Kenji Kawai
    80:09: Farewell, My Friends / Bounty Sword / Kohei Tanaka and Akihiko Mori
    82:52: Wind that Whips the World / Energy Breaker / Yukio Nakajima, Yasunori Shiono and Yuusei Yamamoto
    86:42: Pathos / Elfaria / Shigeaki Saegusa
    88:27: Aroma of Stew / Energy Breaker / Yukio Nakajima, Yasunori Shiono and Yuusei Yamamoto
    91:15: Sacrifices / ActRaiser / Yuzo Koshiro
    92:31: Phantom and a Rose / Secret of Mana / Hiroki Kikuta
    94:52: Crime of the Heart / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai
    98:01: My Home, Sweet Home / Final Fantasy V / Nobuo Uematsu

    Support Singing Mountain on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singingmountain

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie

    • 1 hr 40 min
    All I Want for Christmas Is a Frost Dragon

    All I Want for Christmas Is a Frost Dragon

    Welcome to this year’s installment of my “Christmas Eve in an ice cavern” series. Do you think winter music could do with fewer jingle bells and more cool, clear chimes that call to mind a lonely, cold night? Then you’re in luck!

    Also listen to the other ice and snow VGM episodes!
    Diamond Dust: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/diamond-dust-ice-music
    Another Winter: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/53-another-winter
    Slip Off a Ledge and Die in a Hole: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/55-ice-stage-vgm-3
    A Harvest Moon Winter: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/54-harvest-moon-winter-music

    Track listing:
    0:07: The Wind Can Be Still (Winter) / Stardew Valley / Eric Barone (a.k.a. ConcernedApe)
    6:06: Ice Cave / Lagoon / Hideki Suzuki
    7:46: Wep’keer / Okami / Masami Ueda
    13:08: Snow Labyrinth / Brave Fencer Musashi / Koji Matsuoka and Tetsuya Nomura
    17:01: Ice Mine / Arcana / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
    19:47: Frozen Hillside / Kirby’s Air Ride / Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami and Jun Ishikawa
    23:15: Land of Frozen Forest / Albert Odyssey 2: Sign of the Devil / Naoki Kodaka
    26:22: Omen (Awakening Segment) / Final Fantasy VI / Nobuo Uematsu
    29:34: Iceberg (Exploration) / Popful Mail: Magical Fantasy Adventure / Atsushi Shirakawa and Mieko Ishikawa
    32:39: Ice Forest / Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts / Mari Yamaguchi
    35:51: Ice Ruins / A Link Between Worlds / Ryo Nagamatsu
    40:26: Christmas on Dobuita Street / Shenmue / Ryuji Iuchi
    43:53: Snow Island / Moryo Senki MADARA / Atsushi Fujio and Katsuhiro Suzuki
    46:06: Snow Island 3 / Croco: Legend of the Gobbos / Justin Scharvona, Karin Griffin and Martin Gwynn Jones
    48:43: Frosty Fruits ~ In a Snowbound Land / Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze / David Wise and Kenji Yamamoto
    53:44: White Land / Nintendo Land / Composed by Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida, arranged by Ryo Nagamatsu
    57:05: Song of Tundra / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
    60:23: Hiya-Hiya Island / Super Adventure Island 2 / Akihiro Akamatsu, Sachiko Oita and Shinji Nakaya
    64:59: Land of Immortality / Bravely Default: Flying Fairy / REVO
    69:31: Ice Cavern / Battletoads (Genesis) / David Wise
    71:33: Buried in Snow / Final Fantasy VII
    74:20: In a Snowbound Land / Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest / David Wise

    Support Singing Mountain on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singingmountain

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
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    On Facebook: https://facebook.com/singingmountainpod/
    On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singing-mountain/id1252832457
    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ISyNLUc1ALxzvjBqw4ru3
    On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ifofiaeephbs27wb6cqr24dlgl4
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/singingmountainpod
    On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9f9iAcO1ZMTYVH91c2Jsyw
    Official website: https://singingmountainpod.com
    TableCakes Productions: https://www.tablecakes.com
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    A Relatively Brief Special Announement

    A Relatively Brief Special Announement

    This is just a quick post to inform you that Singing Mounatin is going on hiatus for the rest of November — and beyond that too, despite some episodes in December. But no worries — I’ll be back.

    And if you miss my stupid voice in the meantime, listen to my other podcast, Gayest Episode Ever: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gayest-episode-ever/id1357463744
    Website: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/

    Track listing:
    0:13: Title Theme / Shin Onigashima / Koji Kondo
    3:54: First Chapter: Road Through the Mountain / Shin Onigashima / Koji Kondo
    5:49: Staff Roll / Shin Onigashima / Koji Kondo
    8:13: Title Theme / Yuyuki / Soyo Oka

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
    Singing Mountain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/singmopod
    Facebook page: https://facebook.com/singingmountainpod
    Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/singingmountain
    On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singing-mountain/id1252832457
    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ISyNLUc1ALxzvjBqw4ru3
    On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ifofiaeephbs27wb6cqr24dlgl4
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/singingmountainpod
    On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9f9iAcO1ZMTYVH91c2Jsyw
    Official website: https://singingmountainpod.com

    TableCakes Productions: https://www.tablecakes.com
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    • 9 min
    The Dark Side of Nintendo

    The Dark Side of Nintendo

    Nintendo may have a reputation as being family-friendly, but even its sunniest franchises have their dark moments. The second Halloween episode of 2019 looks at some of Nintendo’s more sinister musical moments.

    Listen to all of Singing Mountain’s Halloween episodes: https://singingmountainpod.com/minusworld/2018/10/18/halloween

    BTW, Singing Mountain now has a Patreon, and patrons can access to an hourlong bonus episode featuring even more spooky Nintendo music: https://www.patreon.com/singingmountain

    Ashley Halloween BGM for Nintendo 3DS posted by Supper Mario Broth: https://www.suppermariobroth.com/post/188372895610/background-music-for-the-ashleys-halloween

    The VGM Podcast Fans group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VGMPodcastFans

    Track listing:
    0:12: Planet Zebes ~ Arrival on Crateria / Super Metroid / Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano
    2:36: Suspicions / Hotel Dusk: Room 215 / Satoshi Okubo
    3:48: Shriek Mansion 1 / Super Princess Peach / Akira Fujiwara
    5:19: Dungeon Theme / Kid Icarus / Hirokazu Tanaka
    5:52: At the Seafloor Palace / Kid Icarus: Uprising / Motoi Sakuraba
    9:03: Submerged Castle / Pikmin 2 / Hajime Wakai
    11:47: Paranormal Accomodations / Paper Mario: Color Splash / Takeru Kanazaki, Shigemitsu Goto and Fumihiro Isobe
    15:57: Lair of the Smooch Spiders / Yoshi’s Wooly World / Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada and Kazumi Totaka
    19:31: Strange Forest / Shin Onigashima / Koji Kondo
    22:29: K.K. Dirge (Aircheck) / Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City / Kazumi Totaka, Kenta Nagata, Toru Minegishi and Shinobu Tanaka
    25:25: Abandoned Memories / Chibi-Robo! / Hirofumi Taniguchi
    27:35: Bonneton / Super Mario Odyssey / Shiho Fujii
    30:45: Snow Mountain / Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask / Koji Kondo
    32:24: Marsh Land / Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask / Koji Kondo
    34:03: Great Bay Beach / Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask / Koji Kondo
    36:19: Forest of Wandering / Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia / Takeru Kanazaki, Yasuhisa Baba, Takafumi Wada and Sho Murakami
    39:55: Creepy Castle / Donkey Kong 64 / Grant Kirkhope
    47:14: Fortress / Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters / Unknown Composer
    50:11: Old Chateau / Pokemon Diamond and Pearl / Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Sato and Morikazu Aoki
    56:19: Transylvania / Zoda’s Revenge: Startropics II / Yoshio Hirai and Takashi Kumegawa
    59:04: Gritty Maison de Whoops / Tomato Adventure / Yoko Sakai
    60:58: Evershade Valley / Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon / Chad York, Darren Radtke and Mike Peacock
    63:56: Halloween Fantasy (Ashley Halloween Theme) / Nintendo 3DS / Unknown Composer
    65:57: Ghost House (Super Mario Bros. 3) [EDIT] / Super Mario Maker / Koji Kondo, Naoto Kubo and Asuka Hayazaki
    68:05: Castle Bleck / Super Paper Mario / Naoko Mitome, Chika Sekigawa and Yasuhisa Baba

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
    Singing Mountain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/singmopod
    Facebook page: https://facebook.com/singingmountainpod
    Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/singingmountain
    On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singing-mountain/id1252832457
    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ISyNLUc1ALxzvjBqw4ru3
    On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ifofiaeephbs27wb6cqr24dlgl4
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    Official website: https://singingmountainpod.com

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    16 Bits From Beyond the Grave

    16 Bits From Beyond the Grave

    Because horror always begets sequels, I’m giving your a follow-up to last year’s creepy 16-bit music episode. It’s all Hallloween-appropriate VGM from the Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis and Mega Drive. Boo.

    Listen to all of Singing Mountain’s Halloween episodes: https://singingmountainpod.com/minusworld/2018/10/18/halloween

    BTW, Singing Mountain now has a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singingmountain

    Track listing:
    0:09: Omen / Final Fantasy VI / Nobuo Uematsu
    0:55: Maridia Rocky Underwater Area / Super Metroid / Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano
    2:52: October Fields / Pocky & Rocky 2 / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Kinuyo Yamashita, Haruo Ohashi and Asuka Yamao
    4:44: Strains of Insanity / Chrono Trigger / Yasunori Mitsuda
    6:19: Cursed Towers / Demon’s Crest / Toshihiko Horiyama
    9:08: Kerosene / Clock Tower / Kōji Niikura
    10:47: Medieval World / Ghoul Patrol / Eric Swanson and David Warhol
    12:48: Prairie / Devilish: The Next Possession / Hitoshi Sakimoto
    16:56: Level 5 / Decap Attack / Fumito Tamayama
    18:31: Glittering Night Sky / Do Re Mi Fantasy / Jun Chikuma
    19:56: Transylvania / QuackShot Starring Donald Duck / Shigenori Kamiya
    20:51: Creepy Forest / Plok / Tim Follin
    24:25: Ending Theme / Nosferatu / Masanao Akahori
    27:34: Where Am I? / The Immortal / Rob Hubbard
    30:01: Final Case: Deep Hole / Ghostbusters (Genesis) / Kazuhiko Nagai
    32:00: Creepy Creatures / Addams Family (Genesis) / Jonathan Dunn
    34:34: Ocean of Origin / E.V.O. — The Search for Eden / Koichi Sugiyama
    37:28: Terror of the Glacier / Elemental Master / Toshiharu Yamanishi
    39:18: Wispy / King Arthur’s World / Martin Simpson and Justin Scharvona
    41:53: The Demon’s From Adrian’s Pen / Doom / Robert Prince
    45:30: Reminiscence / Yuu Yuu Hakusho / Yoshinori Kawamoto and Kouji Nakagawa
    46:16: Jakyou 2 / Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei / Tsukasa Masuko and Hitoshi Sakimoto
    48:53: Itchy Dream Castle / Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body / Inuyo Yamashita and Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
    50:21: Night Gallery / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai
    51:58: LaPlace Castle / LaPlace No Ma / Akiko Kosaka
    54:56: Witch’s Theme / Shining Force II / Motoaki Takenouchi
    56:02: Base of the Baobab / Marvelous / Yuichi Ozaki
    57:58: Suspicion / Phantasy Star IV / Izuho Numata and Masaki Nakagaki
    59:33: Dancing Calcobrena / Final Fantasy IV / Nobuo Uematsu
    62:09: Chainsaw Hedge Maze Mayhem / Zombies Ate My Neighbors / Joe McDermott
    64:12: Icebox / The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt / Jonathan Dunn
    67:14: Stage Four / Alien 3 (Genesis) / Andrew Rodger
    70:26: Stage 1-1 / Splatterhouse 2 / Eiko Kaneda
    72:06: Cavern / Front Mission: Gun Hazard / Yasunori Mitsuda
    73:26: Misty Menace / Donkey Kong Country / David Wise
    75:14: Haunted Graveyard / Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts / Mari Yamaguchi
    76:33: Shade Man (Alternate) / Mega Man VII / Composed by Ayako Mori, arranged by Toshihiko Horiyama

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
    Singing Mountain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/singmopod
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    On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singing-mountain/id1252832457
    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ISyNLUc1ALxzvjBqw4ru3
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    Official website: https://singingmountainpod.com/
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    The 100th Episode

    The 100th Episode

    Against all odds, this podcast persisted and endured, and now we’re at the one-hundredth episode. The best idea I had to celebrate this milestone was sharing all the lesser-known VGM tracks I came to love since I began Singing Mountain — the VGM gems that I would have never unearthed if I hadn’t been doing research for this show. Enjoy.

    Please! Partake in the brand new Singing Mountain Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singingmountain

    Track listing:
    0:13: Baby Bird / Bravely Default / Revo
    3:00: Hole Overview / Pebble Beach Golf Links / Shigekazu Kamaki
    5:12: Ending Theme / Panorama Cotton / Kenichi Hirata
    7:20: Essential Vitamins (Blue Blue Moon) / Yuzo Koshiro / Super Adventure Island
    12:39: Like the Wind / Elemental Master / Toshiharu Yamanishi
    17:25: Field Theme / Mysterious Castle Murasame / Koji Kondo
    21:25: Sunset Town / Sonic the Fighters / Maki Morrow and Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
    26:03: Theme of Adol / Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished (PC88) / Yuzo Koshiro
    29:39: Cascade Capers / Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) / David Wise
    33:18: Blue Resort / Bomberman 64 / Akifumi Tada
    39:30: Night Shift / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai
    42:02: Levels 5 & 6 / Dance Aerobics / Unknown Composer
    44:50: Title Screen / Clown-o-Mania / Roman Werner
    49:41: Warth (Rune’s Theme) / Ippo Takeuchi and M. "Gaki-Chan" Nakagaki / Phantasy Star IV
    52:58: The Sun Also Sets / Waku Waku 7 / Masato Araikawa
    58:00: Title Theme / Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition / David Wise
    60:57: Beyond the Colosseum / Demon’s Crest / Toshihiko Horiyama
    65:07: Like Sisters / Twinkle Star Sprites / Takao Oshima
    68:59: Eagle's Theme / Fighting Street / Yoshihiro Sakaguchi
    72:50: Daddy Mulk / NInja Warriors / Hisayoshi Ogura
    77:41: Death by Glamour / Undertale / Toby Fox
    82:45: The Hunt / River City Girls / Megan McDuffee

    Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
    Singing Mountain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/singmopod
    On Facebook: https://facebook.com/singingmountainpod/
    On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singing-mountain/id1252832457
    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ISyNLUc1ALxzvjBqw4ru3
    On Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ifofiaeephbs27wb6cqr24dlgl4
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/singingmountainpod/
    On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9f9iAcO1ZMTYVH91c2Jsyw
    Official website: https://singingmountainpod.com/
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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

__Darry__ ,

Awesome Listen

Always a great podcast to listen while working. Miss the regular updates. All of Drews podcasts are great tho

iFoundMolly ,

pleasantly chill and relaxing

adding to the chorus of reviews—the insights are good, the balance of brief interludes and majority music blocks is excellent

JrokATO ,

Easily the best VGM podcast

The songs are expertly curated and Drew’s knowledge is always appreciated. This podcast, especially the episode about town music, has gotten me through some very long and very tough days at work.

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