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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 • 93 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.

    Party With the Pixelated Prince of Darkness

    Party With the Pixelated Prince of Darkness

    And here, in the spirit of the season, is the second of the two “lost” Patreon episodes. Unfortunately, while I was able to find the file, I was not able to find the description or tracklist, so this one will have to be a bit of a mystery. I can tell you this much: It is definitely a Halloween episode. It is two and a half hours long. And I think it’s all scary, Halloween-appropriate music from 16-bit titles. It’s “all music, no talk,” and it may be a “best of” of all the Halloween episodes I ever did on this podcast. Of course, I really can’t be sure.
    What do you make of it?
    Track listing:
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    • 2 hr 32 min
    The Pixelated Pumpkin of Doom

    The Pixelated Pumpkin of Doom

    Way back in the distant past, there existed a Singing Mountain Patreon, where I managed to toss up four Patreon-exclusive tracks. Then, I closed the Patreon, thinking the content would still be accessible. It wasn’! Horror of horrors! However, as time passed, I realized that I’d actually downloaded these episodes onto my desktop computer, and could still share them on the Singing Mountain account. And I did that! Specifically for two of them. But the other two were Halloween-themed episodes, and it just didn’t make much sense to me to drop them in a month that wasn’t October.
    But guess what? It is October. And now you’re getting both. This first one is an “all music, no talk” version of Episode 110, which went live October 29, 2020, plus some extra tracks that didn’t make the cut.
    Hally Happoween!
    Track listing:
    0:09 Haunted Halls / Addams Family Values (Sega Genesis) / Keith Tinman
    6:01 Dungeons and Caves / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura and Ryota Furuya
    8:55 Subterranean Sphere / Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16) / Keita Hoshi
    11:31 Mysterious Green / Beyond Oasis (Sega Genesis) / Yuzu Koshiro
    14:44 Level 3 / Stormlord (Sega Genesis) / Jeroen Tel
    18:30 Dark Cave / Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura
    21:43 Caves / Go! Go! Ackman (Super Famicom) / Kajima Shitamachi
    24:04 Reasoning 2 / Famicom Tantei Club Part 2: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Super Famicom) / Kenji Yamamoto
    26:57 BGM 8 / Tsukikomori (Super Famicom) / Horiguchi Takashi
    29:40 Haunted Mansion / Mystic Ark (Super Famicom) / Akihiko Mori
    32:28 Evil Cross Battle / Splatterhouse (Turbografx-16) / Katsuro Tajima and Yoshinori Kawamoto
    35:24 Treasure in a Hollow Tree / Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen (Super Famicom) / Unknown Composer
    26:23 Ancient Ruins / Romancing Saga 2 (Super Famicom) / Kenji Ito
    38:38 Lava / Hamelin no Violin Hiki (Super Famicom) / Yoshiyuki Mori
    40:23 Deep Sea Ruins / Magic Knight Rayearth (Super Famicom) / Daisuke Tamura
    43:13 Unknown Song / Dracula (Super NES) / Matt Furniss
    46:23 Sadness / Last Bible III (Super Famicom) / Hiroyuki Yanada
    48:41 Thick Fog / Pocky & Rocky (Super NES) / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
    50:37 Troubled Town / Ranma 1/2: Akanekodan no Hihou (Super Famicom) / Toshio Okamoto
    53:34 Bad Omen 2 / Famicom Tantei Club Part 2: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Super Famicom) / Kenji Yamamoto
    55:35 Shrine for the Worship of Chaos / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
    57:19 Sleepless Night / Anubis of the Moon’s Surface (Super Famicom) / Hiroshi Iizuka
    59:46 Different Dimension / Laplace no Ma (Super Famicom) / Akiko Kosaka
    1:01:13 Theme of Satan / Puyo Puyo (Sega Genesis) / Masanobu Tsukamoto, Akiyoshi Nagao, Toshiaki Sakoda and Masaaki Harada
    1:03:09 Museum 3 / Aero the Acro-Bat (Sega Genesis) / Rick Fox
    1:05:07 Ruined CIty / King of Demons (Super Famicom) / Hiroshi Iizuka and Tomohiro Endo
    1:06:18 Never Ending Rain / Addams Family Values (Sega Genesis) / Keith Tinman

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Winter VGM: Grand Finale

    Winter VGM: Grand Finale

    I know I said in the previous episode that there would not be another Singing Mountain winter VGM episode. I lied. This episode — a two-hour, ”all music, no talk” collection of 16-bit winter VGM — originally went live December 21, 2020 on the Singing Mountain Patreon. It has not been available since I took down the Patreon page, but now it’s posted for the public to enjoy.
    Now *this* is the finale installment of the winter VGM series. 
    As a thank you for everyone who has continued to support Singing Mountain in 2020, despite its lengthy hiatus, here is a special holiday gift: a two-hour "all music, no talk" megamix of every 16-bit example of winter VGM that I've ever played on the show.
    Track listing:
    0:00 Vanilla Dome / Super Mario World (Super NES) / Koji Kondo
    0:29 Arctic Caverns / Battletoads (Sega Genesis) / David Wise
    2:26 Winters White / Earthbound (Super NES) / Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
    4:46 Ice Cap Zone / Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis) / It’s complicated
    8:03 North Wall / Actraiser (Super NES) / Yuzo Koshiro
    11:12 Ice Zone / Ecco the Dolphin (Sega Genesis) / Spencer Nilsen, Brian Coburn and András Magyari
    14:05 Freesia Castle / Crusader of Centy (Sega Genesis) / Motokazu Shinoda
    17:23 Ice Cave Chant / Donkey Kong Country (Super NES)
    20:42 Neverland Tundra / Hook (Super NES) / Matt Furniss
    22:36 Diamonds on Home Planet / Dyna Brothers 2 (Mega Drive) / Masami Yitsuse
    25:48 Freeze Man / Mega Man VII (Super NES) / Yuko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama and Makoto Tomozawa
    28:08 Ice Lake / Romancing Saga 3 (Super Famicom) / Kenji Ito
    29:50 Glacier / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Mega Drive) / Aki Hata
    32:07 Snow Valley / The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse (Super NES) / Mari Yamaguchi
    34:02 Snow and the Stars / Devil Hunter Yohko: The Seven Bells (Mega Drive) / Keiichi Yamamoto
    36:34 Heart of Icegrave / Monster World IV (Mega Drive) / Jin Watanabe
    39:30 Hero in Ice / Elfaria II (Super Famicom) / Yukihide Takekawa
    40:56 Ice Forest / Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts (Super NES) / Mari Yamaguchi
    43:40 Snow Sled / Silva Saga II: The Legend of Light and Darkness (Super Famicom) / Katsuhisa Ishida, Masanao Akahori and Jun Enoki
    45:40 Iceberg / Kirby’s Dreamland 3 (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa
    48:27 Tigne / Princess Minerva (Super Famicom) / Hiroaki Iwatani
    50:25 The Mines of Narshe / Final Fantasy VI (Super NES) / Nobuo Uematsu
    53:11 Snow and Icy Place / Eternal Filena (Super Famicom) / Hideaki Kumagai
    54:51 Manor of Frozen Monsters / Far East of Eden (Super Famicom) / Toshiyuki Sasagawa, Kohei Tanaka and Aya Tanaka
    57:36 Snowy Mountain / Traverse: Starlight and Prairie (Super Famicom) / Daisuke Tamura
    1:01:16 Podul / Romancing Saga 3 (Super Famicom) / Kenji Ito
    1:03:39 Ice Caverns / Demon’s Crest (Super NES) / Toshihiko Horiyama
    1:05:44 Freezekill Village / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba
    1:08:41 Ice Cave / Lagoon (Super Famicom) / Hideki Suzuki
    1:10:28 A Wish / Secret of Mana (Super NES) / Hiroki Kikuta
    1:13:06 Ice Mine / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
    1:16:01 Hiya-Hiya Island / Super Adventure Island 2 (Super NES) / Akihiro Akamatsu, Sachiko Oita and Shinji Nakaya
    1:19:44 Crystal Mountain / Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3 (Super Famicom) / Unknown Composer
    1:22:40 Indoors / 3x3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (Super Famicom) / Unknown Composer
    1:25:05 Frosty Frolics / Donkey Kong Country 3 (Super NES) / Eveline Fischer
    1:27:25 Snowt / Monstania (Super Famicom) / Noriyuki Iwadare
    1:29:22 Ice World / Jelly Boy (Super NES) / Steve Collett and Nick Stroud
    1:30:47 Song of Tundra / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Super NES) / Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
    1:33:44 Options / Batman Returns (Sega Genesis) / Paul Gadbois
    1:36:13 Another Winter / Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Famicom) / Hiroki Kikuta
    1:39:56 Freezing Ice Plains / DoReMi Fantasy (Super Famicom) / Jun Chikuma
    1:42:03 Frost Walrus / Mega Man X4 (Super NES) / Toshihiko

    • 2 hr 10 min
    My Save Point Is a Hot Shower

    My Save Point Is a Hot Shower

    Given that Christmas is upon us, you might be expecting a 2021 edition of Singing Mountain’s ice music episode. Unfortunately, it turns out I used all the tracks I collected in last year’s winter episode and so I decided to lean in a different direction. This is the third in a different series I’ve been calling Save Point — all atmospheric, calming music that to me makes me think of a safe place to be, in video games but also IRL, because this one is inspired by taking a shower on a cold winter day.
    Save Point, previously:
    The first one Save Point: Sixteen Bits Ice level music, previously:
    Christmas Eve in an Ice Cavern All I Want for Christmas in a Frost Dragon Diamond Dust Another Winter Slip Off a Ledge and Die in a Hole Track listing:
    3:03 Field Theme I / Last Bible III (Super Famicom) / Hiroyuki Yanada 
    5:36 The Farthest Reaches / The 7th Saga (Super NES) / Norihiko Yamanuki 
    Silver Age of Peace / Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom) / Takanori Arisawa 
    8:15 Staff Roll / Panel de Pon (Super Famicom) / Masaya Kuzume 
    13:20 Silver Peace (Tokyo) / Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom) Takanori Arisawa
    15:45 Salmon’s House / Princess Minerva (Super Famicom) / Hiroaki Iwatani 
    17:15 Magical Land of Shelldorado / Dai Kaiju Monogatari (Super Famicom) / Haruyoshi Rokudo 
    19:23 Morning of Departure / Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (Sega Genesis) / Noriyuki Iwadare 24:43 Nizetti / Valis III (Genesis) / Jun Hasebe, Hisao Inoue and Shingo Murakami 
    27:48 Land of Stillness / Albert Odyssey 2 (Super Famicom) / Naoki Kodaka 
    30:46 Shop / Waterworld (Super NES) / Dean Evans 
    32:18 Ohly / Blue Almanac (Sega Genesis) / Noriyuki Iwadare and Masaru Suzuki 
    34:45 Biting Cold / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    37:41 Higan's Sadness / Tengai Makyou Zero (Super Famicom) / Toshiyuki Sasagawa and Kōhei Tanaka
    39:17 Ruins / Brandish (Super NES) / Falcom Sound Team JDK 
    44:53 Star Night Festival / Harvest Moon / Tsuyoshi Tanaka 
    47:55 Lucina / Popful Mail (Super Famicom) / Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. 
    51:14 Map / Arcus Odyssey (Sega Genesis) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    53:37 Creatures of the Silent Sea / Treasures of the Rudra (Super Famicom) / Ryuji Sasi 
    55:44 The Abysmal Depths of the Ocean / Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super NES) / Yasunori Shiono
    57:41 An Offering to the Holy King Gort / Albert Odyssey (Super Famicom) / Naoki Kodaka 
    59:48 Sentimental Twilight / Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (Sega Genesis) / Noriyuki Iwadare 
    61:24 Ending / Phalanx (Super NES) / S. Yamaguchi 
    63:35 Staff Roll / Hyper Iria (Super Famicom) / Kiyotaka Sato, Shintaro Hirakawa and Nobuhiro Makino 
    66:57 Staff Roll / Biker Mice From Mars (Super NES) / Keroppi Inoue and Nobuyuki Akena  
    69:52 Voltage Algorism / Pulseman (Sega Genesis) / Junichi Masuda 
    73:27 BGM 3 / Mario Paint (Super NES) / Hirokazu Tanaka, Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kazumi Totaka
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook • Facebook Group •  Instagram
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    Yes, we do have a website!
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Final 16-Bit Halloween

    The Final 16-Bit Halloween

    Here it is: my last effort at celebrating the spooky season with VGM. I don’t have much to say other than that that this is a mix of new stuff and stuff I’ve played on previous episodes. I couldn’t think of a better way to say goodbye to Halloween episodes.
    Previous Halloween episodes:
    My 16-Bit Horror Movie The Dark Side of Nintendo 16 Bits From Beyond the Grave Street Fighter But With Vampires and Werewolves 16 Bits of Terror Cursed Spinach (a Game Boy Halloween) An 8-Bit Halloween, Part 2: The Sequel Legend of the Haunted Arcade A 8-Bit Halloween The Vengeful Ghost of Super Mario Track listing:
    2:15 BGM 1 / Tsukikomori (Super Famicom) / Horiguchi Takashi 
    3:24 Stage 5 / Alisia Dragoon (Sega Genesis) / Fumihito Kasatani, Nobuyuki Aoshima, Mamoru Ishimoda, Yoko Sonoda and Mariko Sato
    5:31 Chainsaw Hedge Maze Mayhem / Zombies Ate My Neighbors / Joe McDermott 
    8:34 Prologue / Super Castlevania IV / Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo 
    10:37 Underground / Addams Family Values (Sega Genesis) / Keith Tinman
    13:11 Crazy Woods / Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body / Inuyo Yamashita and Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
    15:29 Circus (Act 2) / Aero the AcroBat (Sega Genesis) / Rick Fox 
    17:16 Reasoning 2 / Famicom Tantei Club Part 2: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Super Famicom) / Kenji Yamamoto
    19:55 Level 2 / Decap Attack (Sega Genesis) / Fumito Tamayama
    22:15 Haunted House / Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose / Kazuhiko Uehara and Yukie Morimoto 
    23:55 Strains of Insanity / Chrono Trigger / Yasunori Mitsuda 
    25:31 Mysterious Happening / Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom) / Takanori Arisawa 
    27:39 Depths of the Forest / Marvelous / Yuichi Ozaki 
    29:21 Jakyou 2 / Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei / Tsukasa Masuko and Hitoshi Sakimoto 
    32:32 Old Mansion / Gokinjo Boukentai (Super Famicom) / Akihiko Mori 
    35:52 The Nightmare Is Finally Over / Clock Tower (Super Famicom) / Kōji Niikura 
    38:48 Prairie / Devilish: The Next Possession / Hitoshi Sakimoto 
    41:28 Nightmare Castle / Arcus Odyssey (Sega Genesis) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    44:45 Witch’s Theme / Shining Force II / Motoaki Takenouchi 
    46:22 Haunted House / Pocky & Rocky (Super NES) / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki 
    49:20 Underwater / Mighty Max (Sega Genesis) / Matt Furniss 
    54:48 Terror of the Glacier / Elemental Master / Toshiharu Yamanishi 
    56:40 Mountain Petrified / Addams Family Values (Super NES) / Keith Tinman 
    60:40 Restless Spirits / Laplace no Ma (Super Famicom) / Akiko Kosaka 
    62:02 In the Darkness / Mystic Ark (Super Famicom) / Akihiko Mori 
    65:10 The Enchanted Forest / Demon’s Crest / Toshihiko Horiyama 
    67:20 The Nightbreed / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai 
    70:28 Outside / Addams Family Values (Sega Genesis) / Keith Tinman
    72:46 Level 4 / Decap Attack (Sega Genesis) / Fumito Tamayama 
    75:47 Evil Cross Battle / Splatterhouse (Turbografx-16) / Katsuro Tajima and Yoshinori Kawamoto 
    78:43 Glittering Night Sky / Do Re Mi Fantasy / Jun Chikuma 
    80:11 LaPlace Castle / LaPlace No Ma / Akiko Kosaka 
    81:43 Shrine for the Worship of Chaos / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando 
    83:38 Threed, Zombie Central / Earthbound / Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka 
    85:51 Misty Menace / Donkey Kong Country / David Wise 
    88:14 Fog of Phantom / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Hitoshi and Sakimoto Masaharu 
    90:19 Night Gallery / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai 
    91:58 Strange Forest / Shin Onigashima Zenpen / Koji Kondo 
    94:02 Sunken Ship / Super Mario RPG / Yoko Shimomura 
    97:00 Fillmore / Actraiser / Yuzo Koshiro
    99:58 Dancing Calcobrena / Final Fantasy IV / Nobuo Uematsu 
    100:27 Haunted Graveyard / Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts / Mari Yamaguchi 
    103:00 The Demon King Odio / Live A Live / Yoko Shimomura 
    105:28 Ceremony / Secret of Mana / Hiroki Kikuta 
    108:42 Phantom Train / Final Fantasy VI / Nobuo Uematsu
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Cruise Into Sunset

    Cruise Into Sunset

    Some of you bemoaned the loss of the Singing Mountain Patreon because it also meant the loss of the ”all music, no talk” versions of episodes that I sometimes posted there. Never fear: the files have been recovered, and I will be posting them on the main feed.
    First up, the ”all music, no talk” version of episode 105, “The End... as a Beginning.”
    Track listing:
    0:00 Donkey Kong Rescued (Credits Roll) / Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong-Quest (Super NES) / David Wise
    2:57 Credit Roll / Space Harrier II (Genesis) / Tokuhiko Uwabo and Matt Furniss
    7:12 End Title / Tenshi no Uta: Shiroki Tsubasa no Inori (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura
    9:12 Ending Theme / Shadow Blasters (Genesis) / Kim Songdong
    11:17 Ending (Next Time) / Shockman (TurboGrafx-16) / K. Hayama
    16:51 Finale / Wild Guns (Super NES) / Hiroyuki Iwatsuki and Haruo Ohashi
    23:15 Staff Roll / Cyber Knight (PC Engine) / Unknown Composer
    26:03 Ending / Dino Land (Genesis) / Ichiro Hada
    31:43 After the War (Ending) / Final Zone (Genesis) / Motoi Sakuraba and Masaaki Uno
    37:07 BGM 3 / True Golf Classics: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Genesis) / Yumi Kinoshita
    43:10 Returned Soldier’s Rest / Super Star Soldier (TurboGrafx-16) / Dr. Nakahashi and Mr. Hoshi
    48:38 Ending / Mighty Max (Genesis) / Krisalis (a.k.a. Matt Furniss)
    52:02 Ending (Next Time) / Shockman (TurboGrafx-16) / K. Hayama
    53:47 Ending / Magical Chase (TurboGrafx-16) Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
    55:39 Sunset of Puyo Puyo / Puyo Puyo (Mega Drive) / Masanobu Tsukamoto, Akiyoshi Nagao, Toshiaki Sakoda and Masaaki Harada
    59:16 Setting Out (Staff Roll) / Elemental Master (Genesis) / Toshiharu Yamanishi
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook • Facebook Group •  Instagram
    Listen: Apple Podcasts • Spotify • Google Play • Google Podcasts 
    Yes, we do have a website!
    This is a TableCakes podcast.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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93 Ratings

93 Ratings

new_chungus ,

Love this show!!!

I was looking for stuff on mario maker 2 and came across this shows episode on the game. I liked it and decided to listen to a few more episodes. Goodness gracious am I glad I did. This is by far my favorite vgm podcast and maybe my favorite gaming related podcast overall. Atmospheric and just good for if you want a chill time with a little gaming mixed in. Really sad that it’s ending, but I hope other people can find this and just listen to some of the episodes, even if the show will probably stop releasing new episodes soon. Thank you drew for giving me this show. Really gonna miss it ❤️

midwestdem ,

Best VGM Podcast our there

For years I’ve thought about organizing my game music into categories that would be ideal to listen to for different circumstances or moods: driving, working, studying, relaxing, etc. With his Singing Mountain Podcast Drew Mackie has done just that. He puts together great playlists. Sometimes commenting about the songs with context about the games and composers. Other times he just sets up the scene and lets it run uninterrupted. I really enjoy all the episodes. The nostalgia is great, and I’m being introduced to some new surprises as well. Thanks for the great work! Mike

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!

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