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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 • 91 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.

    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 Hallowene episodes.
    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 • Facebook Group •  Instagram
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    Yes, we do have a website!
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    • 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
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Afternoon Drive 2: Revenge of the Afternoon

    Afternoon Drive 2: Revenge of the Afternoon

    You’re still driving. It still doesn’t have to be a race.
    Listed to KVGM, “The Last Wave,” a podcast full of low-key, chilled VGM that you’ll like if you like this episode. 
    Also listen to my previous driving music episodes: Afternoon Drive 1, Moonlight Drive, Sunset Drive, Drive Into the City 
    Track listing:
    0:07 On the Rainy Street / Dyna Brothers 2 (Mega Drive) / Masami Yitsuse
    7:05 Menu / Pebble Beach Golf Links (Super Nintendo) / Yumi Kinoshita
    10:30 Coast / First Queen (Super Famicom) / Masaki Sasaki and Hiroshi Ootake
    12:52 Shark Ship / Last Bible III (Super Famicom) / Hiroyuki Yanada
    15:28 BGM 5 / Power League 5 (Turbografx-16) / Unknown Composer
    17:55 Stage 4: Aquese / Zero Wing (Sega Genesis) / Masahiro Yuge, Tatsuya Uemura and Toshiaki Tomizawa
    21:29 Club Mediterrania / European League Soccer (Sega Genesis) / Matt Furniss
    24:07 Karudo / Darius Twin (Super Nintendo) / Kazuyuki Ōnui and Norihiro Furukawa
    26:20 Jigsaw Fields / Kirby Dream Course (Super Nintendo) / Hirokazu Ando
    29:12 BGM 17 / Super Black Bass 3 (Super NES) / Michiya Hirasawa, Tukushi Sasaki, Akihiko Mori
    32:23 Forest / Bomberman B-Daman (Super Famicom) / Kenyuu Nukita
    38:25 Overworld / Crusader of Centy (Sega Genesis) / Motokazu Shinoda and Noriyuki Iwadare
    40:38 Air Battle 3 / 1943 Kai (PC Engine) / Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi, Junko Tamiya, Hiroshige Tonomura, Tamayo Kawamoto and Harumi Fujita
    42:41 Password / Arcus Odyssey (Sega Genesis) / Motoi Sakuraba
    45:16 Wild Life / Pop’n Twin Bee (Super Famicom) / Kazuhiko Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, Hideto Inoue, Tomoya Tomita, Nobuyuki Akena, Masae Nakashima, Saiko Miki and Michiru Yamane 
    47:44 Credits / Magic Knight Rayearth (Super Famicom) / Daisuke Tamura
    54:04 Hilltop Zone / Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis) / Masato Nakamura
    55:52 Staff Roll / Drift King Shutokou Battle '94 (Super Famicom) / Tsuchiya Keiichi and Bandou Masaaki (KVGM)  
    58:37 Popful Mail World / Popful Mail (Super Famicom) / Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
    62:08 Ripple’s Theme / Magical Chase (PC Engine) / Hitoshi Sakimoto
    64:24 Running Pleasure / Outrun 2019 (Mega Drive) / Shigeki Sako
    70:45 Grand Bridge / Yoshi’s Safari (Super NES) / Yoshiki Nishimura, Miyuki Uemura and Yasushi Tokunaga
    72:51 Sound Test No. 10 / ATP Tour Championship Tennis (Sega Genesis) / Hikoshi Hashimoto
    74:58 Wall Tune / Cool Spot (Sega Genesis) / Tommy Tallarico
    77:49 Imbalanced Kiss / Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyou Touitsusen / Hiro Takahashi
    80:25 Tengu Man / Mega Man & Bass (Super Famicom) / Toshihiko Horiyama, Naoshi Mizuta and Akari Kaida
    85:58 Fire World (Flare’s Theme) / Panel de Pon / Masaya Kuzume
    90:00 Staff Roll / Super Final Match Tennis (Super Famicom) / Takamitsu Kajikawa
    92:57 Magical Sound Shower / Out Run (Sega Genesis) / Hiroshi Kawaguchi
    98:17 Far Far Away, Take Me / Dyna Brothers 2 (Mega Drive) / Masami Yitsuse
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook • Facebook Group •  Instagram
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    Yes, we do have a website!
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Sunset on a Mountain

    Sunset on a Mountain

    The good news: Singing Mountain is back. The bad news: It’s only coming back for a few more episodes before ending. Due to reasons I explain in the episode, I’ve decided to end this podcast. However, before I do that, I’ll be clearing out the odds and ends that are remaining in the shambles of the planning doc I’ve been making episodes from all this time. First up: a grab bag episode.
    Track listing:
    0:19 Caverns / Risky Woods (Amiga) / José Antonio Martin Tello
    6:06 Until the End of the Earth / Elemental Master (Sega Genesis) / Toshiharu Yamanishi 
    10:11 End of the Modern Century / Dyna Brothers 2 (Mega Drive) / Masami Yitsuse 
    13:58 Pints and Punks / Final Fight 3 (Super NES) / Katsunari Kitajima 
    15:52 My Dear D / Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Sega Genesis) / Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama and Masayuki Nagao 
    20:29 Brave of Puyo Puyo / Puyo Puyo (Mega Drive) / Masanobu Tsukamoto, Akiyoshi Nagao, Toshiaki Sakoda and Masaaki Harada 
    23:40 The Sky / Hyper Iria (Super Famicom) / Kiyotaka Sato, Shintaro Hirakawa and Nobuhiro Makino 
    25:03 Bar / El Viento (Sega Genesis) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    27:54 City / McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure  (Sega Genesis) / Katsuhiko Suzuki 
    32:37 Woods Area / Kid Chameleon (Sega Genesis) / Mark Miller
    34:30 Alcaino Ruins / Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Sega Genesis) / Noriyuki Iwadare
    36:25 Darwin, Treasure Hunter / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando
    37:51 House of Particular Interest / Akazukin Cha Cha (Super Famicom) / Kazuya Suyama
    44:13 Suspense & Illusion / Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom) Takanori Arisawa 
    46:17 King Drool III (The Size of Things to Come) / Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure (Turbografx-16) / Taro Hara and Kunio Komatsu 
    48:32 Barlizer / Princess Minerva (Super Famicom) / Hiroaki Iwatani
    50:33 Pascal’s Theme / Shin Megami Tensei (Super Famicom) / Tsukasa Masuko
    55:03 Mountains / Risky Woods (Amiga) / José Antonio Martin Tello
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook • Facebook Group •  Instagram
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    • 59 min
    The Forest of Remarkable Chill

    The Forest of Remarkable Chill

    This is an experiment. What you have here is ninety minutes of 16-bit forest music, drawn from all four forest episodes of Singing Mountain, only slowed down, pitched down, muted and muffled in various ways and played over the sound of some royalty-free rain noise I found on YouTube. I initially made this for Patreon, and a few people noted how much they liked it, so I thought I’d put it on the main feed in case any of you needed some extra tranquility in your life. This is a slightly different mix tham what went on Patreon initially. Do what you will with it.
     
    Track listing:
    0:11 Elven Town ~ Water Goddess Mitula / Shining Force II (Sega Genesis) / Motoaki Takenouchi
    7:19 Secret of the Forest / Chrono Trigger (Super NES) / Yasunori Mitsua
    12:24 The Phantom Forest / Final Fantasy VII (Super Nintendo) / Nobuo Uematsu
    15:52 Forest Interlude / Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Super NES) / David Wise
    19:05 Treant Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    22:22 Silent Forest of Doubt / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando Temple
    25:22 Forest of Spirits / Chou Mahou Tairiku Wozz (Magical Land of Wozz) (Super Famicom) / Tomoyuki Hamada, Takeshi Sato and Seiichi Tokunaga
    28:58 Forest of Mythrandir / Stone Protectors (Super NES) / Steve Duckworth 
    34:05 Great Forest of Moore / Final Fantasy V (Super Famicom) / Nobuo Uematsu
    37:18 The Maze-Like Forest / Traverse: Starlight and Prairie (Super Famicom) / Daisuke Tamura
    41:16 Quiet Forest Trail / King Arthur and the Knights of Justice (Super NES) / Robert Ridihalgh
    43:52 Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    47:02 Haunted Forest / Down the World: Mervil’s Ambition (Super Famicom) / Jeff Pfeifer and Rob Pfeifer
    49:34 Beautiful Forest / Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Super NES) / Ryuji Sasai 
    52:05 Underworld Forest / Last Bible III (Super Famicom) / Hiroyuki Yanada
    55:02 Temple Forest / Dark Law: Meaning of Death (Super Famicom) / Yusuke Takahama
    58:00 Phantom Forest / Kishin Korinden Oni (Super Famicom) / Yoko Watanabe
    61:55 Unicorn Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba
    65:10 Surrounded by Forest / Treasure Hunter G (Super Famicom) / John Pee 
    69:00 Powell, the Moonlight Forest / Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Famicom) / Hiroki Kikuta
    73:46 Misty Forest / Breath of Fire (Super NES) / Yasuaki Fujita, Mari Yamaguchi, Minae Fuji, Yoko Shimomura and Tatsuya Nishimura
    76:31: Lost in the Forest / Romancing Saga 3 (Super Famicom) / Kenji ito
    79:29 Fields of Gothica / Secret of Evermore (Super Nintendo) / Jeremy Soule 
    80:48 Ymir Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba
    84:05 Still of the Night / Secret of Mana (Super NES) / Hiroki Kikuta
    87:02 Windy Cliffs / Do-Re-Mi Fantasy (Super Famicom) / Jun Chikuma
    Follow: Singing Mountain on Twitter • Drew on Twitter • Facebook • Facebook Group •  Instagram
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    Support this podcast on Patreon!
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Pixelated Light Shining Through Pixelated Trees

    Pixelated Light Shining Through Pixelated Trees

    I’m going back to my roots, and no, that is not a pun about trees. I decided to revisit the “relaxing forest music” theme that I first did back in the fifth episode of this show. 
    If you’re into it, there’s also an ”all music, no talk’ version of this episode on Patreon, with some rain effects tossed in. You tell me if it works or not.
    Track listing:
    0:13 Great Forest of Moore / Final Fantasy V (Super Famicom) / Nobuo Uematsu
    3:05 Forest Stage / Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Super NES) / Jeroen Tel, Nick Stroud and Alan Menken
    5:45 The Maze-Like Forest / Traverse: Starlight and Prairie (Super Famicom) / Daisuke Tamura
    9:27 Forest / Hyper Iria (Super Famicom) / Kiyotaka Sato, Shintaro Hirakawa and Nobuhiro Makino
    12:06 Forest of Spirits / Chou Mahou Tairiku Wozz (Magical Land of Wozz) (Super Famicom) / Tomoyuki Hamada, Takeshi Sato and Seiichi Tokunaga
    15:22 Underworld Forest / Last Bible III (Super Famicom) / Hiroyuki Yanada
    18:00 Ruin in the Jungle / Hourai Gakuen no Bouken (Super Famicom) / Hitoshi Sakimoto
    19:38 Beautiful Forest / Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Super NES) / Ryuji Sasai 
    21:55 Quiet Forest Trail / King Arthur and the Knights of Justice (Super NES) / Robert Ridihalgh
    24:08 Fairy’s Forest / Dual Orb (Super Famicom) / Lucky-7
    25:40 Phantom Forest / Kishin Korinden Oni (Super Famicom) / Yoko Watanabe
    29:20 Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    32:20 Treant Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    35:18 Ymir Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba 
    38:14 Unicorn Forest / Tales of Phantasia (Super Famicom) / Motoi Sakuraba
    41:05 Rain Forest / Jelly Boy (Super NES) / Steve Collet and Nick Stroud 
    42:45 Silent Forest of Doubt / Arcana (Super NES) / Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando Temple
    45:31 Forest / Dark Law: Meaning of Death (Super Famicom) / Yusuke Takahama
    48:16 Lumberjack Forest / Ardy Lightfoot (Super NES) / Katsuhiro Hatano and Akiko Hashimoto
    49:54 Haunted Forest / Down the World: Mervil’s Ambition (Super Famicom) / Jeff Pfeifer and Rob Pfeifer
    52:11 Mutant Forest / Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D (Sega Genesis) / Chris Huelsbeck
    54:39 Forest of Mythrandir / Stone Protectors (Super NES) / Steve Duckworth 
    56:32 Elven Forest / Shining Force II (Sega Genesis) / Motoaki Takenouchi
    58:10 The Phantom Forest / Final Fantasy VII (Super Nintendo) / Nobuo Uematsu
    61:21 Forest Interlude / Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / David Wise
    64:18 Secret of the Forest / Chrono Trigger (Super NES) / Yasunori Mitsua 
    69:54 Still of the Night / Secret of Mana / Hiroki Kikuta
    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 14 min

Customer Reviews

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91 Ratings

91 Ratings

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!

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!

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