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Hi. This is a podcast about video game music from the 16-bit era 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 • 86 Ratings

Hi. This is a podcast about video game music from the 16-bit era Singing Mountain is hosted by Drew Mackie, who feels most at home in the music from 16-bit RPGs.

    A Road Walked by Heroes

    A Road Walked by Heroes

    A sequel of sorts to the “Lonesome Journeys” episode I did way back when, this episode is all about “sad travel music” — the kind of stuff you might associate with an RPG overworld, where the world is big and open and mysterious and you have to venture forth anyway. It’s a little somber, it’s a little hopeful, and it seems perfect for a late autumn day. 
    And if you haven’t yet, also give a listen to my episode “The Overworld Mixtape,” which is nothing but RPG overworld themes — no talking!
    Track listing:
    0:09 Character Selection / Golden Axe II (Sega Genesis) / Naofumi Hataya
    1:52 Harvest November / Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Famicom) / Hiroki Kikuta
    6:49 The Journey / Arcana (Super Nintendo) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
    9:11 Sword of Vermillion / Last City (Sega Genesis) / Yasunori Shiono 
    11:46 Tower / Brandish (Super Nintendo) / Falcom Sound Team
    15:57 Bipartite Planet Sharil Daril / Blue Almanac (Sega Genesis) / Noriyuki Iwadare and Masaru Suzuki 
    17:32 Just Like the Mountain, He Will Not Move / Treasure Hunter G (Super Famicom) / John Pee
    20:36 Walking in Peace / Bounty Sword (Super Famicom) / Kohei Tanaka and Akihiko Mori
    21:41 Planet 1 / Cyber Knight (PC Engine) / Unknown Composer 
    23:17 Ending Theme / Cadash (Turbografx-16) / Toshiko Tasaki
    25:38  Field 1 / Double Dungeons (Turbografx-16) / Unknown Composer
    27:27 Map Theme / Benkei Gaiden (Turbografx-16) / Masashi Kageyama 
    30:15 King of Berserker / Bahamut Senki (Sega Genesis) / Keisuke Tsukahara
    32:39 Exotic Country Road / Pocky & Rocky 2 (Super NES) / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Kinuyo Yamashita, Haruo Ohashi and Asuka Yamao
    35:09 Field 1 / Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura 
    38:29 Early Operation / Dyna Brothers 2 (Mega Drive) / Masami Yitsuse
    40:33 Mountain Road / Hamelin no Violin Hiki (Super Famicom) / Yoshiyuki Mori
    42:50 Track 6 / Monster Maker III (Super Famicom) / Unknown Composer
    45:24 Opening Theme / 3x3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (Super Famicom) / Unknown Composer
    47:26 Overworld / Terranigma / Miyoko Takaoka and Masanori Hikichi
    48:54 Between Two Worlds / Treasure of the Rudras (Super Famicom) / Ryuji Sasai 
    51:40 Long Valley / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura and  Ryota Furuya 
    54:37 Breath of the Earth / Tactics Ogre (Super Famicom) / Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
    58:07 Final Battle / Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super NES) / Yasunori Shiono 
    60:37 Road Walked By Heroes / Albert Odyssey (Super Famicom) / Naoki Kodaka
    63:11 Underworld / Final Fantasy IV (Super NES) / Nobuo Uematsu
    64:45 Ruins / Golden Axe II (Sega Genesis) / Naofumi Hataya
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter Facebook Facebook Group Instagram
    Listen: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Play Google Podcasts 
    Support this podcast on Patreon!
    Yes, we do have a website!This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Attack of the Cutie Pie

    Attack of the Cutie Pie

    The episode I intended to put out this week isn’t done yet, but I decided to toss you guys an episode that was previously a Patreon-exclusive. Last year, around the time Singing Mountain hit one hundred episodes, I did a bonus that was just all the VGM tracks I’d encountered just through doing research for this podcast. You know, as opposed to hearing them while actually playing video games, like normal people. 
    Also, if you’re seeing this episode, that means Singing Mountain has successfully transferred over from SoundCloud, which sucks, to Libsyn, which does not. Yay! \
    Track listing:
    0:56: Gorgonzola Goblins / Pocky & Rocky / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
    3:12: Volcanic Zone (Exploration) / Popful Mail / Atsushi Shirakawa and Mieko Ishikawa
    6:33: Track 1 / Top Gear / Barry Leitch
    9:30: The Birds Fly in the Sky, the Fish Swim in the Rivers / Live a Live / Yoko Shimomura 
    11:25: Queen Serenity / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Takanori Arisawa
    15:18: Sentimental Soldier / Valis II (PC-88) / Masahiro Kajihara
    18:21: Midnight Dancer / Thunder Zone / Gamadelic
    20:35: Ice Caverns / David Wise / Battletoads
    20:42: Sherbet Land / Mario Hoops 3 on 3 / Masayoshi Soken
    25:57: Heart of Icegrave / Monster World IV / Jin Watanabe
    28:53: Devilotte’s Theme / Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo / Tatsuro Suzuki, Isao Ave, Yuko Kadota, Syun Nishigaki, Setsuo Yamamoto and Anarchy Takapon
    31:31: Master of Water / Lagoon / Hideki Suzuki
    34:28: Central Park / Last Ninja 2: Back With a Vengeance / Matt Gray
    40:04: Koopa Beach / Mario Sports Mix / Masayoshi Soken 
    43:01: Burning Heart / Battle Mania Daiginjou / Junichi Masuda 
    45:17: Amazon / Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix / Isao Abe, Yuki Iwai and Setsuo Yamamoto
    48:25: Ice Place / King of Fighters 2000 / SNK Sound Team
    52:57: Migratory Birds ~ Wandering Bird ~ Scoundrels / Wild Arms 3 / Michiko Naruke
    58:05: Theme of Poison / Hideyuki Fukasawa / Ultra Street Fighter IV
    61:57: Love Will Never Die / Twinkle Star Sprites / Takao Oshima
    67:09: Happy Birthday / Gimmick! / Masashi Kageyama
    69:21: Credits Theme / SonSon II / Manami Matsumae
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter Facebook Facebook Group Instagram
    Listen: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Play Google Podcasts 
    Support this podcast on Patreon!
    Yes, we do have a website!This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    My 16-Bit Horror Movie

    My 16-Bit Horror Movie

    This year, I tried to pick tracks that sound like they could be from a horror movie — and not just any horror movie, but a solid B horror flick, watched on VHS, with a synthy score that’s way better that it should be given the quality of the movie.

    There is also an "all music, no talk" version of this episode up on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43338773

    BTW, if you dig this, then check out VGM101’s 16-bit horror episode from this week: https://prolefeed101.com/vgm-101-episode-43-16-bit-hor

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Game Over / The Return of Peach

    Game Over / The Return of Peach

    It’s a Halloween miracle! As Singing Mountain preps to transfer over to a new hosting site, some of the Patreon-only bonuses from back in the pre-16 bit days are getting folded into the main feed mix. Since this was in the process anyway, I decided that listeners might enjoy this all-music, no-talk Halloween episode. It’s all creepy Nintendo music!

    Track listing:
    0:10: Joke’s End / Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions / Yoko Shimomura
    2:01: Haunted Enigmansion / Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Devil City

    Devil City

    The sun has gone down and the moon has come up, and it’s not a good time to be in the city. This is part three of a three-part series that began with a drive into the city and led to a fight through the city. Now you’re in a neon metropolis at night and you’re on your way to the big boss fight.

    Drive Into the City: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/16bit-driving-music
    Gritty City Sounds: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/gritty-city-sounds

    Also have a listen to the spotlight on Masahi K

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Gritty City Sounds

    Gritty City Sounds

    Back in the 16-bit era, urban streets were littered with no-good punks who would attack in wave after wave, leaving a group of musclebound heroes no choice but to keep on punching — and hope there is a whole roast chicken hidden in a garbage can somewhere. This episode is a celebration of those gritty city environments, the music heard in them and the music from other genres of game that nonetheless get at this same vibe.

    And if you want to check out my other podcast — my new music podcast, which is w

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Wtfrjk ,

Great Atmospheric Pod

I started taking long solo bike rides around NYC during the pandemic and Singing Mountain has kept me company. Drew and old video game music has been a great companion and really sets an interesting tone when doing mundane things. I love the mixes and get especially excited when something from Ace Attorney shows up. I do keep waiting to hear something from the intense catalogue of Spike Chunsoft games or, nostalgically, from Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, an NES Kingdom Hearts-y Prototype that basically just advertised the rides in Disney World but also had great music. Can't wait to hear more!

trevofour ,

Best in class VGM with a great host to boot

One of my favorite things about Singing Mountain is the way Drew is able to tell a story through tracks from the the most dissimilar games in existence. Coupled with a knack for finding some real deep cuts, you have one of the best VGM podcasts out there. Keep up the amazing work!

drfreako85 ,

The VGM radio show I wish I had growing up

I’ve been listening to Singing Mountain for a few years now, so this review is long overdue. The show has a new focus now, but the core is still there: Drew Mackie’s chipper-chill voice and contagious excitement for the marriage of music and video games. It’s the radio show I always wanted and thought I’d never have. Thanks Drew, and keep up the great work!

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