Final Fantasy VI: To Those Lost in the Catastrophe:
“Hello, my name is Alphadeus.
“Hello, my name is Alphadeus.
Hello everyone! For those of you who may have missed it, Kyo released an album over the Summer, but his physical copies ship in December and he’s making bonus tracks, so order just in time for the holidays. These are extremely elemental, energetic, and epic original songs. The Super Mario RPG song especially pegs it for atmosphere IMO. Here’s the tracklist: Original takes on FFVI, Super Metriod, Zelda 3, Earthbound, Secret of Mana, and even Secret of Evermore for good measure.
Kyo’s (Mark Reichwein) Album:
Great! Keep the music coming!
Hope the Summer is going well! Here’s a cute arrangement of the Gusty Garden Super Mario Galaxy theme by Harumi Makoto! It’s charming, well balanced, everything feels right, really exactly how it could be imagine it on the SNES.
There’s more from Harumi to come, so stay tuned, and keep cool!
We return to you with some beautiful, bountiful, and rich original music from the 3DS/Steam soundtrack, Grinsia! This fantasy RPG is composed by Shannon Mason (Pongball):
After writing JRPG inspired music for much of my life, it was a great pleasure to finally write a soundtrack for an actual JRPG.
Grinsia was originally released by Kemco back in 2011 for iOS and Android, and had entirely different soundtrack written by another composer. When the publisher NICALiS decided to re-release the game on the 3DS eShop, they wanted a soundtrack that was more reminiscent of the SNES era, since the game itself is clearly inspired by the RPGs of those days. Thanks to some very thoughtful acquaintances who recommended me, I was lucky enough to get the job of re-writing the soundtrack from scratch.
Since I was only asked to write 8 tracks at around 1 minute each—I assume they were trying to keep the filesize of the game small—one of the biggest challenges was keeping the soundtrack interesting, or at least preventing it from getting on people’s nerves. I also had to make sure that the same tracks fit many different locations and scenerios. For example, one track plays in caves, forests, and several other locations, while another plays inside a pyramid and most other dungeons and fortresses throughout the game. The main theme of the game plays at the title screen, but also in certain cutscenes, and while exploring a beautiful underwater shipwreck
The song above, titled “Overworld” is rhythmic, rich, and hearty. Shannon always has a knack for excellent melody and counter melody, and her percussion is top notch. Be sure to check out the other songs as well, which you can pay a tiny amount of $3. Good deal and really so lovely!
Harumi Makoto has made a delightful cover of the Buoy Base song from Super Mario Galaxy. Harumi has done a splendid job of capturing all the little details and ways that the instruments are handled in this. It just goes to show that if you had heard this first on the SNES, you would have gone crazy over it just like the orchestral original. Harumi also notes that it was made in Super Mario World using AddMusicK, which is amazing.
Jimmyoshi who previously submitted as Jimmy52905 with an excellent cover of the Super Mario 3D World theme is back with another cover. He uses the sounds from Dracula X and covers the Wily Stage 3 Theme from Mega Man 10 and with gusto might I add. The song fits seemlessly after the intro to Bloodlines. Jimmy notes:
"I always thought that the Bloodlines theme from Dracula X sounded very Mega Man-esque, so I thought it’d be an interesting idea to try covering a Mega Man song in that style."
And it indeed is a good idea!
Estudio Evergreen took a while to get this up on Youtube but I’m glad he did. Using our very own Terranigma soundset, he pays tribute to the game and says “The song is strongly influenced by Loiras theme (Europe) but just different” so if you’ve played the game I’m sure you’ll feel the nostalgia there. It’s a well made song and a pleasure to listen to, thanks Estudio!
Unfortunately there is no download for this version but feel free to check out Estudio’s Soundcloud page for more of his work.
Patricio Herrera is really passionate about SNES music, I mean check out his channel introduction video, that’s pretty cool. Patricio hasn’t submitted much but seriously, go check his channel, there is ALOT of SNES stuff there and bound to be something you’ll love.
Right, back to what he’s actually submitted us. We get something different for a change with sounds coming from MSH: War of the Gems/ Xmen: Mutant Apocalypse which are a lot of fun. Reminds me of games made by American studios at the time. Pat says it could probably be used for a “space stage or something like that”, yeah that would do it. Could be used for anything really! It starts off pretty simple but gets much more interesting later on.
This track has no name or link to download, sorry!
Were very much enjoying Alexander Rosetti’s covers of Super Mario 3D World and more of this is something the world does indeed need. This time he covers the track ‘Hands-on Hall’ using The Legend of the Mystical Ninja’s soundfont created by Blitz Lunar who is very awesome himself and you should check him out!
This track is particularly well done and captures the original’s instrumentation to a T. Check it out!
HellkiteDrake is a big fan of Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls and does a lot of videos about them on Youtube. Recently he did a cover of the Executioner’s Chariot theme from Dark Souls 2 using sounds from Final Fantasy VI and Secret of Mana and it sounds epic.
Check the links below as there are not one but two tracks
Alexander Rosetti slipped by our radar since I keep forgetting tumblr has an inbox and almost never check it. If you submit through our email at SNESology@gmail.com I will definitely see it sooner rather than later! But I will try to remember to check this inbox.
Anyway I’m glad I did because newcomer Alex does a bang up job of doing SNES covers. In this case they are Super Mario 3D World covers using our Super Mario World soundset. We recently had a cover of the main theme using Yoshi’s Islands sounds and these sound just as good.
Listen and Download here:
Thank you potato-tan for giving us a wintery piece! It was submitted just before Christmas Day so it counts as something Christmassy and I’m sorry it took this long to post it up. Tales of Phantasia was an awesome game with great music, I remember playing one of its pieces as my entry performance to get into a course at college. This doesn’t disappoint either, it is a lovely atmospheric song that feels very unique and very easy to listen to again and again.
potato also provided us with his own files and recommended a bunch of tools that he used to create his piece with. He explains it very well so I will hand it over to him:
"Merry Christmas, SNESology! I composed this track with the theme "RPG cold environment" in mind! The song uses instruments from Tales of Phantasia.
I made this song using a couple of tools I thought I’d share with the community.
I dumped the BRRs with a tool called split700 and compiled an SPC with an MML I typed up with AddMusicK (which can generate SPCs without the use of a rom, as mentioned in its readme). A good amount of my MML was converted from MIDI data via PetiteMM, and I managed to rip echo/ADSR/gain values via SPC700 Player.”
Jimmy 52905 has already done what needed to be done, a cover of Super Mario 3D World’s theme. Not only that but he’s done it pretty damn faithfully with Yoshi’s Island’s samples. It sounds awesome and as much as I’ve wanted to hear it done with Worlds’ samples, I think I like the thought of this more now. Jimmy pretty much came out of nowhere and I hope we can hear more of his covers or SNES adventures very soon!
There isn’t a download link unfortunately but you can also listen on Jimmy’s Soundcloud and perhaps if you bug him he might put one up.
Also Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had good holidays and a good year. Let’s make 2014 really great!
Patricio Herrera is a prolific and talented guy that’s been making SNES covers and remixes for a long time now. He submitted to us a remix of Metal Gear 2’s ‘Theme of Solid Snake’ which uses samples from Contra, Donkey Kong Country and Castlevania games ! It’s really fun to listen to. Patricio has done pleeeenty more so I really recommend checking out his channel for more and I hope he submits more of his highlight work soon!
Phonetic Hero provides something new and something I think is very fun and should happen more often. 'New High Score!!' is a SNES remix of the song 'Shoot'em Down' that is from an upcoming album by WillRock called Welcome To The Real World (Boy that was a mouthful). It uses the Mega Man X sounds to great effect and is a pretty fun and rocking tune, surely this should happen more often! Phonetic Hero did a great job so we hope he submits more in the future.
Welcome To The Real World will be released on the 19th of December and will be having a listening party on Arecibo Radio at 8pm EST. The album is also presented by Ubiktune who release some awesome chip and prog rock music. Will post a download link when it is available.