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bigabobo Mar 8, 2008 (edited Mar 8, 2008)

For oldskool shmup VGM fans, check out the soundtrack to this Xbox Live Arcade game:
http://www.sweeprecord.com/?p=118

The composer is Natsume's Hiroyuki Iwatsuki (Pocky & Rocky, Ninja Warriors Again, Wild Guns, Gundam Wing Endless Duel, Power Rangers). The album also features "retro mode" versions of all the songs (squarewaves a plenty) as well as the obligatory arrangements from Shinji Hosoe and the Super Sweep crew.

Has anyone here played the actual game itself yet?

CHz Mar 8, 2008

I've been excited about this one since I first heard about it, and it went straight on my purchase list after hearing the samples when they went up.

It's about time Iwatsuki got a full OST release for any of his soundtracks. (Well, there was Chaos World, but he only did two of the tracks for that.)

Zane Mar 8, 2008

bigabobo wrote:

Has anyone here played the actual game itself yet?

I haven't played the game, but I preordered the hell out of that OST. smile

Daniel K Mar 8, 2008

CHz wrote:

It's about time Iwatsuki got a full OST release for any of his soundtracks.

Definitely agree with that. But those samples really sound lame and half-baked compared to his earlier work, I'm giving this a download first to see if my fears are confirmed or not.

Herrkotowski Mar 21, 2008

I'm really digging this one. I still think that Glacial Fortress is my favorite (I have a thing for Stage 1 themes), but the rest of the album is quite enjoyable!

RinoaDestiny Mar 27, 2008

Ordered from Kahori (who I hope is enjoying her holiday). smile

Currently listening to it after grabbing it off a mirror site, and it's excellent electronica for my musical palatte. My favorites are definitely Violent Guardian , The Warrior Factory, The Escalated Invasion, and The Place of Rebirth. The retro mixes are cool, too. My favorite of the arrangements have to be Violent Guardian. That is simply a wicked piece.

Knurek Mar 28, 2008

The retro stuff would be much more enjoyable if it was done with a real chip. Can't recall any sound hardware that had 16+ channels of PSG and 4+ of PCM with a low sampling rate (I'd guess 16kHz) - Wonderswan is close but has much less channels on both parts (and has WSG as well).

brandonk Mar 28, 2008

THAT is some good stuff!

Not sure if I really care about FM/PCM chip versions (my take on that is, if that's the best it's been 'encoded' in, and I really like the tunes, I'll want them (case and point Dragon Saber/Slayer II Namco Arcade PCM, is a personal favorite)..

However the arrangements, and improved versions sound great.

Someone mentioned a mirror site these are available at?

Daniel K Mar 31, 2008

Daniel K wrote:

I'm giving this a download first to see if my fears are confirmed or not.

...And I'm glad I did, this is definitely not that high standard Iwatsuki maintained during the 90s. It sounds pretty mediocre and bland IMO, and I just don't get why people think this sounds like an old-school shmup soundtrack. This sounds like 2008 all the way to me, even those phony "retro"-versions.

brandonk Apr 1, 2008

Daniel K wrote:
Daniel K wrote:

I'm giving this a download first to see if my fears are confirmed or not.

...And I'm glad I did, this is definitely not that high standard Iwatsuki maintained during the 90s. It sounds pretty mediocre and bland IMO, and I just don't get why people think this sounds like an old-school shmup soundtrack. This sounds like 2008 all the way to me, even those phony "retro"-versions.

Where are you d/l this from?  Would love to know... hit me at  brandonpfn@yahoo.com

Kaleb.G Apr 11, 2008

I think this album is great. I've been enjoying it since it came out. I liked "The glacial fortress" back when I played the game too. The other tracks grew on me as I listened to the album more. Not Iwatsuki's best, but still really good, and I like that it has put Iwatsuki in the spotlight.

Datschge May 7, 2008

Itwasuki wrote:

I do listen to music I composed in the past, but nothing before the streamed music for the Playstation 2. I have those songs as data files, so I can simply upload them to my iPod to listen to them.  I had not made a habit of recording my songs during the 16-bit era, so except for those tracks that were specifically recorded upon requests, I do not have any of them handy.

Someone send this poor man a CD of his own works...

Daniel K May 7, 2008

Datschge wrote:

Someone send this poor man a CD of his own works...

Exactly my thoughts.

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