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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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This episode features:

1) Sanguine Nightmare from Bloodrayne Betrayal Download
2) Icarus – Main Theme from Deus Ex: Human Revolution Buy
3) Stalmaster Battle from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword No Official OST
4) Shall Defend from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Buy
5) The Mancer’s Dilemma from Bastion Buy
6) Music World – Classic from Rayman Origins Buy UK CE Game w/ Soundtrack

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4 Responses to “Sound in Action #1 – 2011 in Review”

  1. January 11th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Edgar Alan says:

    That was a very enjoyable listen, thank you. I must confess to not paying enough attention to video game soundtracks while I play them (which is odd considering how big a music fan I am), but this has encouraged me to try to start doing so.
    I particularly enjoyed the Bloodrayne track, it’s all kinds of awesome!

  2. January 11th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Chase M. says:

    Oh—OH MY GOD, I had that key-tar! Ha!

  3. January 17th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Barrel Roll #149 – “Re-launched” - WingDamage.com says:

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  4. January 17th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Stephen Kelly says:

    The vast majority of music I listen to comes from video games, so I’m delighted– positively delighted– to hear a podcast about that very subject.

    I think this is a strong, simple start to Sound in Action. I’d kind of like to hear episodes about specific themes in the future, such as a look at modern day chiptunes or perhaps the progression of orchestral music. That might be neat.

    Either way, I’ll keep listening if you keep recording! Geat job so far.

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