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OCRemix Doubles the Trouble With Over 5 Hours of Donkey Kong Country 3 Remixes

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble!The trilogy is finally complete.

Back in 2004, game remixing super-site, OverClocked ReMix showed their love to the music of Donkey Kong Country with Kong in Concert. Years later, the community banded together again along with composer, David Wise, himself to bring us an album of the sequel titled Serious Monkey Business. Now the eight year journey has come to an end.

OCR is back. David Wise is back. And Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! is finally here. Covering both the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance versions of Donkey Kong Country 3, the album is practically bursting at the seams. 5 discs, 77 tracks, over 5 hours of music, and a barrel full of awesome. And as always, it’s all free. Swing on over to the official site and grab it. (more…)

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OCRemix’s Annual Fundraiser Takes the Form of a Final Fantasy VI CD Release

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For almost a decade and a half, OverClocked ReMix has cultivated a community of musicians that have brought an incredible library of video game remixes to the masses. With your help, they can keep doing it for years to come.

It takes money to host the absurd amount of free content the site provides. Normally, an annual fundraiser is held to raise the money required to keep things going. This year, things are a little bit different.

It’s Kickstarter time again! But really, when isn’t it? By pledging your money, you’ll not only keep OverClocked ReMix’s behemoth of a site running, you’ll also fund their new arrange album, Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin.

“But I thought OCRemix albums were free!” you protest. They still are. When the album releases, it will be available for everyone to download for no charge. But by donating, you can get a variety of rewards including an extremely limited physical printing of the album, early access to the first disc of the digital version, and download codes for some of the heavy hitters’ solo albums.

Heading up the project is Andrew “zircon” Aversa (SoulCalibur V) alongside game remixing veteran Mike “McVaffe” Vafeas. They already have an all-star lineup of artists including Danny Baranowsky (Super Meat Boy), Jake “virt” Kaufman (Contra 4), and Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson (Mass Effect 2) to name a few.

With as much or as little as your willing to pledge, you can help an amazing site keep on living while simultaneously funding studio sessions, professional mastering, and CD printing of what promises to be a pretty incredible arrange album. But if want your very own physical copy of Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin, you better pledge fast. The limited stock is already drying up!

Source: Kickstarter

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Game Music Goes Co-Op with Stemage’s Marble Madness Album

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Stemage - Where Good Marbles Go To Die (Marble Madness)Grant Henry, known in the music scene as Stemage, really made a name for himself among game music enthusiasts when he created Metroid Metal. From there, the solo project turned into a full band production with the album Varia Suite.

With each release, Stemage showed an ever increasing mastery of metal performance and arrangement. After a few non-Metroid projects including a collection of Grandia II tracks and an original album focusing on rhythm guitar, Stemage returns with a slew of guest performers to bring us Where Good Marbles Go To Die.

The album features seven arrangements from the underappreciated gem, Marble Madness, each featuring a different guest artist.  This rotating roster of contributors gives the album a nice sense of variety while still grounding itself with Stemage’s consistent vision.

You can name your price for the digital album. But if you throw five or more dollars down, you can get a limited edition cassette tape. Don’t worry, you will still get instant access to the digital album in addition to the nostalgic novelty of an obsolete medium. You can find both versions of Where Good Marbles Go To Die right now by rolling on over to Bandcamp.

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Vampire Variations Album Pays Tribute to 25 Years of Castlevania

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Vampire Variations: A Musical Tribute to Castlevania2011 will be forever known as the year every game ever had its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the incredibly dense history of Castlevania (which I’m pretty sure consists of 1.2 hojillion games), a group of talented fans have put together a remix album to celebrate the occasion.

Vampire Variations reinvents the soundtrack of the NES classic while taking a few additional elements from throughout the series. Listen to only half the album and you’ll get the wrong ending! Divided into two distinct musical acts, the album covers everything from “Rock and Orchestral to Jazz and Electronic”.

But don’t worry. Unlike Dracula’s castle, you won’t have to do anything fancy to unlock the inverted second act of this album. Just grab a whip and adventure into the album’s official site. Of course, if you’re too scared to walk in blind (and who can blame you?), you can prepare yourself with the teaser trailer below.

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Super Dodge Ball Remix Album Mixes Styles From Around the World

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Super Dodge Ball: Around the WorldJust in time for the 25th anniversary of the Kunio-kun series, OverClocked ReMix has just released an arrange album of Super Dodge Ball (the first of many Kunio sports games). Of course, this timing is probably more coincidence as the album has been in the works (to varying degrees) for a whopping seven years.

The aim of Super Dodge Ball: Around the World was to take Kazuo Sawa’s original score and reinterpret in a variety of ethnic styles. With an interesting hybrid of world music combined with, rock, trance, and symphonic music, I think it’s safe to say they succeeded. They even got MegaRan to perform on the obligatory rap song.

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Mega Man 9: Back in Blue Available For Free Download

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Video game music is a staple around the WingDamage offices. Especially considering our very own Main Finger is known to remix it from time to time. We’re also pretty big Mega Man fans, as evidenced by the fact that two of our regulars also write for The Mega Man Network.

If you are like us in this regard, then good news! OverClocked ReMix just released a brand new Mega Man 9 themed album, Mega Man 9: Back in Blue. It contains 18 tracks of remixed goodness from the likes of Sixto Sounds, bLiNd, Joshua Morse and our very own Jesse “Main Finger” Gregory.

It was a long time in the making, and lot of blood, sweat and robo-tears went into its creation. So much so that a sequel game came out before this album was able to. So the only question left is, what are you waiting for? Go download it now!

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A New Remix Album is NieRly Out

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Not satisfied with only a single NieR arrange album, Square-Enix has put together another titled NieR Tribute Album -echo-. Who can blame them? Afterall, I gave NieR the number one spot in my 2010 soundtrack roundup.

The album will feature 12 tracks arranged by a variety of artists. While many of the names may seem unfamiliar, you might recognize Sexy-Synthesizer who just had 3 tracks confirmed for the upcoming SQ Chips album we reported on earlier.

NieR Tribute Album -echo- is set to release on September 14th for 2,100 yen (roughly $26.75)

Source: Square-Enix Buy the Album: Amazon, Play-Asia, Square-Enix eStore

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Get a Good NiGHTS Sleep with OCReMix’s Lucid Dreaming Album

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Nights: Lucid Dreaming - OverClocked ReMix Album2011 has been a crazy year for game anniversaries. It seems like every other day has been host to one, and today is no different. July 5th marks the 15th anniversary of SEGA’s cult classic, NiGHTS Into Dreams... To celebrate the occasion, OverClocked ReMix has released their latest album, NiGHTS: Lucid Dreaming.

The two disc arrange album features a variety of genres including ambient, orchestral, pop, disco, new jack swing, piano, jazz, world music, chiptune, opera, and rock styles by 32 different artists. Like all OCReMix albums, you can download it for free on the official site. But before that, check out the trailer below. (more…)

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PPPPPPowerup with the new VVVVVV Arrange Album

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ppppppowerup-vvvvvv-arrange-album-remixIf you’re anything like our Editor in Chief, you probably got at least a few of those VVVVVV tunes stuck in your head as you died over 700 times in your playthrough. Well now you can hear them as you’ve never heard them before, re-imagined by a wealth of other indie artists that composer SoulEye affectionately refers to as “true heroes.”

Among the artists are Danny B (Super Meat Boy), Mattias Haggstrom Gerdt (Cobalt), and Mutherpluckin B (8 Bit Democracy) to name just a few. The $10 price of admission will grant you a digital or even a physical copy of the 23-track album, PPPPPPowerup! (more…)

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Xenogears Soundtrack Gets an Orchestral Shot in the Arm

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Xenogears Soundtrack Gets an Orchestral Shot in the ArmThey say the number thirteen is unlucky, but the thirteenth anniversary of the PlayStation classic, Xenogears, begs to differ. The JRPG finally squirmed its way into the trickle of PSOne Classics this week, but that’s not the exciting part.

The music, written by famed composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross), is getting an orchestral facelift today. -MYTH- The Xenogears Orchestral Album features 14 tracks from the game, rearranged and performed by The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. You can hear samples of each song on the album’s official site. And for around $34, you can import a copy of your very own, which actually features some fairly elaborate packaging. (more…)

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