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LIVE: MAGWest with Chase Bethea – PA156
We're back to livestream for virtual MAGWest 2021, this time with composer and returning friend of the show, Chase Bethea! We talk with Chase about his music from games both released and upcoming, his process, as well as a short interactive audio demo, and some Q&A from the live chat.
Chase Bethea is a Composer & Technical Audio Designer that has received many accolades throughout his career. In 2016, Chase was nominated for Artists of the Year – Independent Composer by VGMO in the entire industry. In 2021, he won Best Original Soundtrack for the game AGROUND, from the NYX Game Awards. He has been a guest speaker at over 20 conferences/events such as PAX, GameSound Con, ADC, Berklee College of Music and Interactive Music Symposium. He has also appeared on other prominent game music podcasts like Level with Emily Reese and Sound of Play.
You can find more about Chase at his website chasebethea.com, purchase his music on Bandcamp, find him on Spotify or on social media @chasebethea
* 00:00 Evaluations - Stardander (Win, Linux)
* 04:23 Battle 3v3 - Questlike Pocket (Android)
* 09:33 Challenge Accepted - Reclaim Earth (Win, Mac, Linux)
* 19:56 King's Port - Potions Please [interactive demo] (Android)
* 27:08 Wild Encounter - Aground (PS4, XB1, SWI, WIN, Mac, Linux)
* 36:35 Tater Bop - Jagaimo (TBD)
* 42:18 Trouble & Mystery - Stardander (Win, Linux)
* 46:54 Techtonic Showdown - "Project Bushido" (TBD)
* 58:51 Nexus Stratagem - Space Marmalade (Win)
* How to build a mini foley stage - article by Chase
* Stardander (demo) - full release Fall 2022
* Questlike Pocket
* Reclaim Earth
* Potions Please
* Space Marmalade
* teoria.com - music theory web resource
* Elias software - middleware used for game audio
Advanced Fantasian – PA155
Today we're talking about an old school dungeon crawler RPG called Advanced Fantasian. The game was released by Xtalsoft in 1988 for the PC-88 and Sharp X1 in 1989. Xtalsoft was a small RPG-focused developer that eventually merged with T&E Soft, a topic we covered last episode. The composers Chihiro Fujioka and Yumi Satake (nee Kinoshita) did a great job with the soundtrack and more than that they're both interesting people with a long history in game development going to the present day.
Advanced Fantasian is a dungeon crawler RPG based heavily on Wizardry and by proxy, Dungeons & Dragons. You take a fixed class (but customizable) party of 5 characters through various dungeons, walking around in 1st person Wizardry style until combat commences in a top down grid where characters move independently. We spend most of our time listening to the OPNA version of the soundtrack from the PC-88 with a short sample from the X1 version. As always, we hope you enjoy the music as much as we do!
All tracks using the YM2608 (OPNA) chip unless otherwise stated
Composers: Chihiro Fujioka and Yumi Satake
* 0:00:00 Holy Legend (Opening Version)
* 0:05:40 Encounter
* 0:09:09 Quest
* 0:13:34 Chaser
* 0:16:22 Pebble Beach Golf Links (SNES) - by Yumi Satake
* 0:19:11 Chaser (excerpt from Sharp X1)
* 0:23:05 Dirty Cave
* 0:30:20 Omens
* 0:33:56 Black Knight
* 0:36:38 Ruin
* 0:42:38 Curst Valley
* 0:46:49 Bad Sigh
* 0:57:00 Finale
* 0:59:25 Ending
* 1:04:25 Wisdom
* Advanced Fantasian manual for the wonderful character art
Greatest Driver – PA154
We're back with an episode covering Greatest Driver, a 2D Formula 1 racer for the MSX2 released in 1988. The game was produced by T&E Soft, a developer and publisher primarily known for golf games in the 90s, Red Alarm for the Virtual Boy and the Hydlide series. Composers Kazunori Hasegawa and Shigeru Tomita bring us some fun jams, especially the intro and ending tunes. Most of the music is using the OPLL / YM2413 FM chip with a few brief detours into other areas. It's a short show and we hope you enjoy the music!
All tracks using the YM2413 chip unless otherwise stated
Composers: Kazunori Hasegawa and Shigeru Tomita
* 00:06 Opening Theme
* 05:27 Opening Theme (PSG)
* 11:03 Mode Select
* 13:07 Course Overview
* 13:50 Tuning Mode
* 19:30 Race Theme (PSG + OPLL) - from Greatest Driver 2D Special
* 21:25 Victory
* 24:39 Staff Roll
Special thanks to GTheGuardian for the rips of both the PSG and FM versions on VGMRips!
Pac-Man CE DX – PA153
Today's source of great music is the Pac-Man Championship Edition series. This is an audio companion to HG101's Top47k Games: Episode 420 where we were invited to review Pac-Man CE DX+ with Xerxes and Bobinator!
Bandai Namco's Pac-Man has been a mainstay for over 40 years and this is Pac-Man with a twist. You have your ghosts, your pellets and your maze, but now the maze is split in half and it's a frantic time attack with some excellent tunes to support up to 10 minutes of play at a time. The original Championship Edition launched in 2007, CE DX in 2010, the CE DX+ DLC in 2013, and the NES remake in 2020. We don't cover CE 2 from 2016 but check that one out for some great music as well. The tunes are long and dance-y and we hope you enjoy them!
Composer for M2 not confirmed, but credits for the sound team are: Tatsuhiko Kasuga, Sakuoki Kudo
* 00:04 Entrance (DX) - Taku Inoue
* 04:32 PAC RAINBOW (DX) - Akitaka Tohyama
* 13:08 PAC MAN CE BGM (CE) - Junko Ozawa
* 29:39 PAC AVENUE (DX) - Taku Inoue
* 41:08 PAC STEP (DX+) - Taku Inoue
* 51:34 Normal Mode (CE NES) - M2 Sound Team
* 58:36 Extra Mode (CE NES) - M2 Sound Team
* 1:03:26 Results Screen (CE NES) - M2 Sound Team
Sega System 16 Baseball – PA152
We're taking you out to the ball game in this short and fun episode covering music from 3 Sega System 16 baseball games: Major League, Super League and Excite League. It's late 80s baseball from Japanese arcades, so it's 2D sprites, digitized samples and YM2151 FM patches all the way down. No composers confirmed but Tohru Nakabayashi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi and Katsuhiro Hayashi are the prime suspects. We hope you enjoy the music!
Composers unknown but suspected to be: Tohru Nakabayashi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi and/or Katsuhiro Hayashi
* 00:00 Select Level (Excite League)
* 04:24 Offense (Major League)
* 07:45 Pennant Race (Super League)
* 10:31 Japan Series (Super League)
* 15:24 World Series (Super League)
* 19:38 Pennant Race (Excite League)
* 21:44 Select Level (comparing Super League & Excite League)
* 22:47 Japan Series (Excite League)
* 25:24 Dream Game (Excite League)
* 31:57 Game Over (Excite League)
Special thanks to Sonic of 8! and HarmoDevil for the rips of all three games on VGMRips
F-1 Super Battle – PA151
F-1 Super Battle is a racing game from 1994 for Jaleco's Mega System 32 arcade board. It's notable features are that it still features sprite graphics fairly late for an arcade game, and the upright arcade cabinet is a somewhat unusual egg shape. No composer information in this mini episode, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the music!
* Special thanks to GTheGuardian for the original rip on VGMRips
* Check out the weird egg shaped arcade cabinet at arcade-museum.com
* 00:05 Course Selection
* 00:28 Name Entry, Ranking (Background)
* 06:25 Attract Mode
* 14:07 Unknown BGM 1
* 17:59 Final Lap
* 20:51 Game Over
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If you want a deep dive into the world of VGM, look no further than Pixelated Audio. The scope is far-reaching in almost every way - genre, console, era - and the format of the show also features deep dives, interviews, surveys, and recordings of live seminars and Q&A sessions with composers and other podcasters. Well worth a listen for any VGM fan.
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Pixelated Audio quickly became my favorite VGM podcast after discovering it on vgmrips.net. I knew when I saw the sites banner with Kyo and Iori at the top that I was gonna love these guys and indeed I do. They go above and beyond in their research of the material, often going into technical detail about the various chip sets that produce the sounds we know and love. The fact that they frequently have legendary composers on the show (Takushi Hiyamuta, Toshiaki Sakoda, Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, to name a few) is just so friggin' cool. I mean these guys are my heroes. As a fan of VGM (why wouldn't you be?) you owe it to yourself to listen to these guys and discover some new music. James and Brian, keep it up guys! Your work is most definitely appreciated!
Favorite discovery from PA: Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade