65 episodes

The Nerd Music Meltdown features interviews with the top acts and personalities in video game music, nerdcore, chiptune, and geek rock. Host extraordinaire Kent Ward picks the minds of these fine guests and plays some great tunes to bring you into the magical world of nerd music.

Presented by Ongaku Overdrive.

Nerd Music Meltdown Kent Ward

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The Nerd Music Meltdown features interviews with the top acts and personalities in video game music, nerdcore, chiptune, and geek rock. Host extraordinaire Kent Ward picks the minds of these fine guests and plays some great tunes to bring you into the magical world of nerd music.

Presented by Ongaku Overdrive.

    NMM #64: Alyssa Kalugdan of Ongaku Overdrive and Royalty

    NMM #64: Alyssa Kalugdan of Ongaku Overdrive and Royalty

    Alyssa Kalugdan is a major part in the operation of Ongaku Overdrive events, whether they be live or virtual. She also performed in Orlando nerdy a capella group Geekapella and is now part of a brand-new group called Royalty!

    Kent and Alyssa talk about what Ongaku Overdrive's 2020 was supposed to be and what it ended up being, how the whole VGM/nerdcore community adapted to the situation, how the past Virtua Ongaku events have gone and who has stood out, the Pulse tribute show, Alyssa's time and Geekapella and why she left, and what to expect from Royalty.

    Speaking of virtual shows, Virtua Ongaku 6: MEGAMIX takes place on Saturday, November 21st on twitch.tv/ongakuoverdrive. Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    Music:
    "Simple and Clean" by Geekapella - https://youtu.be/Zjjc6Ip8tlw
    "The Baddest" by Royalty - https://youtu.be/lEizKQ-Z4w8

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 45 min
    NMM #63: ConSoul w/ Danny Flam

    NMM #63: ConSoul w/ Danny Flam

    It's Election Day, and we have Danny Flam - the founder of NYC-based video game big band ConSoul. We talk about how the band came to be, performing with Cuphead composer Kris Maddigan, playing in The Game Brass, getting Covid-19 way back in March, aspirations to perform in VR concerts, and more!

    ConSoul and Kris Maddigan will be releasing their live Cuphead album on November 13th. Find out more about ConSoul at smarturl.it/consoulnyc. And don't forget to vote!
    Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 48 min
    NMM #62: LadyJ and Cam3 of Wreck the System

    NMM #62: LadyJ and Cam3 of Wreck the System

    LadyJ and Cam3 of Wreck the System just released a new Kingdom Hearts-inspired album called Vessels of Light. We talk about the album, the obstacles they faced producing it during the pandemic, what Kingdom Hearts means to LadyJ and Cam3, what's new with Wreck the System,  running a studio, ideas for future concept albums, and more.
    Check out LadyJ at createladyj.com. and Cam3 at cam3mix.com. Wreck the System can be found at wreckthesystem.bandcamp.com. Virtua Ongaku 5 will be LIVE on twitch.tv/ongakuoverdrive on Saturday, October 24th. Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 50 min
    NMM #61: Talkin' GameGrooves with Allen B.

    NMM #61: Talkin' GameGrooves with Allen B.

    GameGrooves not only brings fans news, interviews, and editorials in the world of video game music, but they are also a VGM publishing label as well!
    We have GameGrooves founder and manager Allen B. to talk about what GameGrooves is, the Materia Collective vs Game Chops fallout, favorite VGM albums of the year so far, Fall Guys, YouTube VGM performers, the shift to covers of contemporary VGM, and the albums that GameGrooves has released so far.

    You can check out GameGrooves at game-grooves.com and at gamegrooves.bandcamp.com. Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    Music:
    Confronting Myself (from "Celeste") by Lacey Johnson from Her Music: A Tribute to Women in Gaming
    Break it Down (from "Persona 5") by Legendav from Steal Your Heart!

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 1 hr 7 min
    NMM #60: Ro Panuganti

    NMM #60: Ro Panuganti

    VGM metal man Ro Panuganti is on to discuss many topics, like the fifth anniversary of Undertale and his Fallen Hero album that was released to celebrate that. How does a 24-track metal album get produced in less than 9 months on top of weekly music video releases on YouTube? That's a wild story Ro tells.

    We also talk about a year without MAGFest, Ro's British and metal musical influences, Legend of Zelda, his relationship with Materia Collective, and what to expect from him this Saturday at Virtua Ongaku 4!

    Check out Ro Panuganti at ropanu.com. You can watch Virtua Ongaku 4 on twitch.tv/ongakuoverdrive. Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 1 hr 6 min
    NMM #59: 88bit

    NMM #59: 88bit

    Cleveland -based pianist and video game composer 88bit has been one of the more prominent acts in the era on virtual concerts.
    On this episode we talk classic games and their soundtracks, composers like David Wise, Tim Follin, and Nobuo Uematsu, piano technique and practice, the Cleveland gaming scene, the importance of virtual concerts for musicians, his part in the Forever Famicom remaster, what 88bit has coming up next including his upcoming game, and more.

    Get more 88bit at 88bitmusic.com. Want to get future episodes of the Nerd Music Meltdown before anyone else? Subscribe at patreon.com/ongakuoverdrive.

    "The Meltdown" theme by RoboRob

    • 46 min

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Fun show to keep in the loop of all things need music.

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