Don’t have negative thoughts; remember your mantra
VRC6 style cover of “Diving” from Waterworld for the SNES. By Youtube user 8BitDanooct1 for the Famicompo Mini Vol. 9 contest.
"Diggin in the Carts," a show about retro game music ⊟
Apparently there’s something called “Red Bull Music Academy,” and it’s making this rad series with interviews of both young musicians and legendary game composers, like Hip Tanaka, whaaaaat! Here’s the trailer for episode 2, which runs Thursday. You can watch the first here!SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!
I played this a lot as a kid. It was my stepfathers favorite game. Then, 15 years later, I was describing it to a friend who got overly excited and finally blurted out ‘Oh my god! I loved that game, but no one else ever heard of it, and I started to think I just imagined it!’
I can feel that. There were a few games I played as a kid that I only half remembered and was half convinced I’d just imagined.
Faxanadu was one of a handful of games my aunt and uncle had at their place when I was young. It was basically this, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Terminator 2 and a few other odds and ends. The game is genuinely interesting on it’s own, even if it is a bit clunky and weird.
"The Guru’s Complicated Mantra" by Jun Chikuma. From the NES game Faxanadu.
This is one of those video game songs that’s been pretty much permanently stuck in my head since childhood.
High tempo NES prog-funk from the chiptune grandmaster Tim Folin
Follin was a next-level composer, totally above and beyond basically everyone else that was making game music back then.
Klax - “Giganticus Breathalizer”
This song is so weird to me, like someone just making a pure noise track on NES hardware. None of the other songs in the game sound like this, though they’re plenty heavy sounding.
So for those who don’t know, chiptune artist Rushjet1 did a full remake of the soundtrack to Mega Man 3 mimicking the VRC6 sound chip (which was used in the Japanese version of Castlevania III among other games). It occasionally gets a little ridiculous with “use all the instruments, all of them!” but it still sounds pretty glorious.
On top of that Rushjet1 uploaded a full playthrough of Mega Man 3 with the in-game music silenced and replaced with his Remade soundtrack. Give it a listen if you like chiptunes, the album is pay what you want, so it’s worth a shot.