Train2Game News A Merry Hyrule Christmas

Materia Collective is pleased to present A Merry Hyrule Christmas, a festive collection of music paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda and several beloved Christmas carols.

Produced by Eric Buchholz (Hero of Time) with a merry band of arrangers, these clever arrangements will bring cheer to both Christmas music and The Legend of Zelda fans.

With grandiose orchestra and choir combined with epic rock stylings, A Merry Hyrule Christmas has something for everyone.

The full tracklist for A Merry Hyrule Christmas is as follows:

01. Kakariko Village

02. O Sacred Light

03. Clock Town Sleigh Ride

04. Silent Knight

05. Carol of the Goddess

06. Dragon Roost Hymn

07. Din Rest Ye Merry Deku Scrubs

08. The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres,” comments arranger and producer Eric Buchholz. “We have Zelda music with a Christmas twist, as well as Christmas music with a Zelda twist!. My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes. I love the idea of folks being able to ‘trick’ their parents, grandparents, and family into listening to videogame music—without them realizing it!”

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is now available on all storefronts and streaming platforms:
A Merry Hyrule Christmas on All Storefronts

Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

SQUARE ENIX® and Disney today announced the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, the first rhythm action game in the wildly popular video game series.

Starting today, players can battle to the beat of legendary composer Yoko Shimomura’s beloved tracks and timeless classics from Disney, including “Let It Go” and “Under the Sea,” on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. This celebration of music and adventure marks the KINGDOM HEARTS series’ debut on the Nintendo Switch.

  To watch the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Gameplay Compilation trailer, visit:
https://youtu.be/dWu66QEB27Y

  In KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar KINGDOM HEARTS characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

  Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating KINGDOM HEARTS soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire KINGDOM HEARTS saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch™ version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

  Celebrations of the game’s launch continue in the hit mobile game, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road, as fans can obtain the brand-new SN++ – MoM Kairi Medal for a limited time. Full details on how to obtain this new Medal can be found in-game.

In addition, for those eager for even more musical KINGDOM HEARTS content, the official KINGDOM HEARTS III soundtrack is now available worldwide digitally. The soundtrack features ten hours and over 160 songs from the critically acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS III and a curated selection of recent KINGDOM HEARTS-related titles composed by Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto and Tsuyoshi Sekito.

  Fans can also look forward to the release of KINGDOM HEARTS Ultimania: The Story Before KINGDOM HEARTS III, the long-awaited English translation of the fan-favorite reference guide. This gorgeous oversized hardcover containing a collection of KINGDOM HEARTS art and trivia will release on June 15, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other select retailers now.

  KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is now available for $59.99 on the SQUARE ENIX store, the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store and other select retailers. For a limited time, those who purchase for the PlayStation®4 system from the PlayStation®Store before December 31st, 2020 will also receive the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory theme. The KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory free demo is also available to download now on all three platforms. For more information, visit: www.kingdomhearts.com/mm

  KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store® and on Google Play Store™ and the Amazon Appstore.

Train2Game News Save Classical Video Game Music

A new registered charity has been created to help preserve 8-bit
computer game music for future generations.

“8-Bit Symphony” aims to
arrange, perform, promote and preserve Commodore 64 and other 8-bit game music via orchestral recordings, worldwide concerts or score performances, chipmusic awareness events, scorebooks, retro-museum showings, and other exciting projects.

The charity’s first recording project is being funded by a Kickstarter.

8-Bit Symphony Pro is a double CD album of classic 8-bit music, recorded by the Czech Studio orchestra in Prague .

This follows the recent successful
concert of C64/Spectrum/Amstrad music, 8-Bit Symphony – Hull 2019,
performed by Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall, a
performance made possible by the kind support of Hull College and its
CEO Michelle Swithenbank. Footage from that concert and interviews with the team will shortly be broadcast during a segment on BBC1’s “The One Show”.

The charity has been founded by Chris Abbott of C64Audio.com.

C64audio.com has been publishing music and representing game music composers since 1997.

Past successful Kickstarters run by C64Audio.com have included orchestral scores, live concerts, CD, DVD and Bluray, games, and even books.

“It’s a really exciting time!
After our recent success in Hull we want to be able to bring more music
to the fans and celebrate the talent of composers. The charity will help
ensure that Commodore 64 music (and more) can be performed and enjoyed, like Zelda, Tomb Raider and Mario already are, all over the world.

If we don’t preserve the music, it will be lost forever to history”

“Our biggest goal would be to eventually reach the Albert Hall.

Wouldn’t that be amazing?

That journey started decades ago… though we’d also settle for London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican too…!”

The Kickstarter starts on the 9th August and can be found at 8-bit-symphony.com

Train2Game News Suikoden II Orchestral CD Kickstarter goal reached

On Sep. 3, 2018, the re-launched Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new orchestral CD recording featuring music from “Suikoden II” had reached its funding goal.

The campaign, was hosted by VGM Classics (NM, USA), a classical record company specializing in video game music. The campaign now aims for stretch goals for more music by September 20, 2018.

Suikoden II
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/suikoden-ii-an-orchestral-cd-2cd-0

“Suikoden II” is a role-playing video published by Konami for the PlayStation system in 1998. The original music was based on orchestral and ethnic sounds that reflected the many cultures and feelings that permeated the story.

The funding goal of the campaign was US$15,000 in an all-or-nothing format, and the campaign sets two stretch goals at $27,500, and at $40,000 for more music by September 20, 2018.

VGM Classics has invited the award-wining composer/conductor Kentaro Sato to be its music director to oversee and direct the recording. Mr. Sato is the orchestral and choral mastermind behind such video game titles as the “DISSIDIA Final Fantasy” series. The prospective orchestra for the project is the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary).

VGM Classics expects that its projects not only will fulfill the wishes of game music lovers, but also will contribute to the advancement of musical art and culture at large.

For two other current Kickstarter projects by VGM Classics, please visit at:

Star Fox 64 (aka, Lylat Wars)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/star-fox-64-lylat-wars-an-orchestral-cd-64cd

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentina https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/fire-emblem-echoes-an-orchestral-cd-cd

Train2Game News Suikoden II Orchestral CD

On Aug. 29, 2018, the re-launched Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new orchestral CD recording featuring music from “Suikoden II” had reached 2/3 of its funding goal.

The campaign, which started on August 14, was hosted by VGM Classics (NM, USA), a classical record company specializing in video game music.

Suikoden II
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/suikoden-ii-an-orchestral-cd-2cd-0

“Suikoden II” is a role-playing video published by Konami for the PlayStation system in 1998. The original music was based on orchestral and ethnic sounds that reflected the many cultures and feelings that permeated the story.

The campaign aims ultimately to raise US$15,000 in an all-or-nothing format by September 20, 2018.

VGM Classics has invited the award-wining composer/conductor Kentaro Sato to be its music director to oversee and direct the recording. Mr. Sato is the orchestral and choral mastermind behind such video game titles as the “DISSIDIA Final Fantasy” series. The prospective orchestra for the project is the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary).

VGM Classics expects that its projects not only will fulfill the wishes of game music lovers, but also will contribute to the advancement of musical art and culture at large.

There are two additional crowd-funding campaigns.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/fire-emblem-echoes-an-orchestral-cd-cd

Suikoden II
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/suikoden-ii-an-orchestral-cd-2cd-0

Train2Game News Ocarina of Time goes Metal

Materia Collective is thrilled to release The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) by arranger Ro Panuganti.

Ro Panuganti is an avid fan of videogames, rock and metal, and computers. Alongside experience in IT Development, he’s worked on home-recording of various videogame, movie, and even original tracks from an array of rock and metal styles.

This creative metal album remixes each of the iconic temple themes from this beloved classic in explosive metal fashion, incorporating ambiance and sound design to tell the game’s story over the course of the album. The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) is available today:

The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) on Bandcamp
The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) on iTunes
The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) on Spotify

“The Temples is a culmination of learning new production skills, exploring wholly new areas of guitar playing, and above all, story-telling,” notes arranger Ro Panuganti. “Just like its inspired work, The Temples sets out to be a story of bravery over adversity, inviting new worlds and influences to the core music, and hopefully inspires any listener to pick up their instrument.”

The track list for The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) is as follows:

01. In Time
02. In Forest
03. In Fire
04. Ice Interlude
05. In Shadow
06. In Spirit
07. In Evil
08. In Courage

Learn more about the The Temples (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time):
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/the-temples-music-from-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

Train2Game News Final Fantasy IV Guitar Collection

Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to present Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV, the first in what is planned as a series of live classical guitar albums featuring performances from across the Final Fantasy series.

Guitarist William Carlos Reyes (of The OneUps) arranges and performs Nobuo Uematsu’s iconic themes from FINAL FANTASY IV to celebrate the game’s 27th anniversary. The album is licensed and now available for pre-order on Bandcamp ahead of the July 19, 2018 release date:

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV Preorders on Bandcamp

“I’ve always enjoyed Square Enix’s Piano Collections FINAL FANTASY series, but I have a personal preference for the sound of the guitar” explains Scarlet Moon Records producer Jayson Napolitano. “I wanted to produce a series of guitar albums starting with FINAL FANTASY IV, just as the Piano Collections series did. I also knew based on William Carlos Reyes’s past arrangements that he’d be perfect for this project with his ability to layer his performances in a very natural and pleasing way, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I want Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY to become a series, so we hope everyone’s as eager as we are to hear more!”

Key themes such as “Theme of Love,” “Welcome to Our Town!,” and the final dungeon theme, “Within the Giant,” are featured alongside an original composition by Reyes inspired by FINAL FANTASY IV titled “The Crystals.” The full track list is as follows:

01. Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV
02. Theme of Love
03. Welcome to Our Town!
04. Fight 2
05. Rydia
06. Melody of Lute
07. Golbeza Clad in the Dark
08. Troian Beauty
09. Illusionary World
10. Another Moon
11. Within the Giant
12. The Crystals (Original)

For more information about the Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY series, visit the official website: http://www.scarletmoonproductions.com/guitar/

Train2Game News Prescription for Sleep

Scarlet Moon Records is thrilled to make available Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Vol. 1 Remastered Version, a special re-issue of the award-winning 2014 album that features jazzy lullabies of game music classics.

The series features GENTLE LOVE, a jazz duo comprised of Metal Gear Solid/Bayonetta series composer Norihiko Hibino on sax and Etrian Odyssey/PersonaQ pianist AYAKI performing game music favorites in a jazzy lullaby style to sleep and relax to. The remastered version aligns the sound more closely to the rest of the series and adds two additional bonus tracks, including “Fisherman’s Horizon” from Final Fantasy VIII and an original composition by GENTLE LOVE titled “He Chose You.” Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies, Vol. I Remastered Version is fully licensed and available now:

The full track list is as follows:

01. Lifestream (Final Fantasy VII)
02. Dire, Dire Docks (Super Mario 64)
03. Song of the Ancients (NieR)
04. Lost Painting (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
05. Maiden in Black (Demon’s Souls)
06. Main Theme (Genso Suikoden)
07. Singing Emotion (Chrono Cross)
08. A Wish… (Secret of Mana)
09. Auriel’s Ascension (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
10. Aquatic Ambiance (Donkey Kong Country)
11. Fisherman’s Horizon (Final Fantasy VIII) [Bonus]
12. He Chose You (Original) [Bonus]

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to circle back around and give new life to the original album that started it all,” explains Scarlet Moon producer Jayson Napolitano. “We’ve already got the next volume recorded, and we’re currently mastering it and putting together artwork and other materials for a physical release, so please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and months!”

Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies has enjoyed six album releases including two compilation volumes, two more dedicated to Secret of Mana and UNDERTALE, respectively, a compilation of battle themes turned into lullabies, and a charity EP in honor of late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

For more information about the Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series, visit the official website: http://www.scarletmoonproductions.com/sleep/

Train2Game News SpecialEffect Represented in Fifa 18


Electronic Arts have chosen SpecialEffect to be the first ever games charity to have an exclusive in-game FIFA 18 kit.

The kit went live in game on Friday 10 November, as a reward for a weekly objective in EA Sports FIFA Ultimate Team. 

SpecialEffect are a UK-based charity that provide custom-designed control setups for people with physical disabilities who want to enjoy video games. FIFA is one of the most popular games requested by people they help.

One young man that the charity supported, Chad, has spinal muscular atrophy that severely limits his movement, but he’s now able to play FIFA again using a custom setup that includes a mouth-controlled joystick. “I thought my gaming days were over,” he said, “but thanks to SpecialEffect I can now play FIFA in a different but novel way.”

The kit was launched at Wembley Stadium on 10 November.

Dr Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect Founder and CEO, said “We’re immensely grateful to EA for this wonderful gesture. For many years they’ve been major supporters of our work in levelling the playing field for people with physical disabilities, and the increase in global awareness of our work that the kit will bring is very much appreciated.”

“When I started the charity ten years ago, I never dreamed that we’d be honoured with our own kit in one of the most popular game series ever.”

Train2Game News Skyrim Music Concert

Senbla, in association with Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, is pleased to announce that Skyrim™ in Concert, the first ever orchestral concert dedicated to the music of The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™, will premiere at the London Palladium on 16th November.
Based on the award winning score by Jeremy Soule, Skyrim in Concert takes concert goers on a nostalgic, musical journey through the landscape of one of The Elder Scrolls’ most popular instalments. Performed live by the Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, attendees will enjoy brand new arrangements of some of Skyrim’s most epic and moving themes, including Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun and the rousing main theme, Dragonborn, as well as more surprises on the night.

The concert celebrates the upcoming launch of Skyrim™ Special Edition. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios® and winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more.

Skyrim Special Edition releases on 28th October, 2016, on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC. For more information on The Elder Scrolls and Skyrim Special Edition, visit http://www.elderscrolls.com

Tickets for the concert go on sale 10am, 4th October, with ticket prices starting from £26.50.

For more details and general ticket sales, visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/