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Sound in Action #6 – Viva la Vocals

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Sound in Action #6 - Viva la Vocals

Some people would like to believe I record this podcast up in a tree fort with a cardboard sign on the door that reads, “No vocals allowed.” To them I present the sixth episode of the game music podcast, Sound in Action. 100% vocals. 100% awesome.

In this episode I take a look at vocal tracks from games as obscure as the cancelled version of Ragnarok Online 2 to as publicly appreciated as the indie darling, Bastion. There’s an unintentional consistency in style between many of the tracks, but music from Gravity Rush, Xenosaga II, and NieR come to the rescue with their wonderfully unusual sound.

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Sound in Action #5 – In-Game Remixes

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Sound in Action #5 – In-Game Remixes

Games remixing games? What’s next?

After an extended hiatus, Sound in Action finally returns with an episode about in-game remixes. These aren’t bonus tracks or arrange albums. These are remixes features right in the games themselves. Highlights include the always bizarre (and long titled) Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, the little game that almost could, Star Fox Assault, and the shockingly great Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles among others.

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Sound in Action #4 – In-House Bands

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What happens when video game composers get together to jam? Amazing albums happen. Episode 4 of the Sound in Action podcast is all about in-house bands. From The Black Mages to Alph Lyla, you’ll get your face rocked off before settling down with some smooth jams.

It’s a mix of old and new, both dissolved and current bands. Enjoy!

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Sound in Action #3 – Modern Retro

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Sound in Action #2 - Modern Retro

On episode three of Sound in Action, the theme is Modern Retro. But what does that mean? Honestly, it varies a bit from song to song. But essentially you’ll hear music that was made recently that, on some level, is inspired by the past.

What’s that? A Mega Man Battle & Chase remix? Talk about synergy! There’s plenty of interesting selections here from Eschatos to Mega Man 10. Get downloadin’!

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Sound in Action #2 – The Modern JRPG

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The Modern JRPG

On the second episode of Sound in Action, I take a moment to examine the modern JRPG. This includes games that have been recently released as well as a few that haven’t yet made it to North America (and some that might never make it). This episode features a mix of in-game music and official arrangements. You’ll also hear me gush a bit about the wonderful Xenoblade soundtrack among others.

You might notice I used better recording equipment this time around so the quality should be substantially better than the first episode. I want to thank everybody who’s given me feedback in comments, tweets, Facebook, and Skype. It means a lot. It was also one of the main motivators for making the show biweekly instead of monthly. That’s right! Your feedback has already come directly into play in the show’s fate. Please keep the feedback coming so I can keep striving to improve the show.

As always, you’ll find the full track list with purchase links at the bottom of the post.

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Sound in Action #1 – 2011 in Review

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Sound in Action

A new year, a new… podcast?!

Don’t worry, the “Barrel Roll!” podcast isn’t going away any time soon despite its absence this week. In the meantime, “Sound in Action” discusses the aspect of games that doesn’t get nearly enough attention: the music. As your host, I’ll take you through a selection of songs in each episode and talk about why I feel each song and soundtrack is notable. I don’t claim to have the ultimate musical knowledge, but I have been an avid listener of game soundtracks for over two decades and have been remixing game music for many years. Think of it less as a critique and more of a celebration of an often ignored subject.

That said, I need your feedback! Please have a listen and tell me what you liked and what you didn’t. This show is still in the idea phase and I want to make sure there is enough interest in it to continue producing it.

On this first episode, I take a look at six of my favorite soundtracks from last year. You can find links on where to purchase these soundtracks at the bottom of the post.

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