New Arrivals: Benjamin Briggs, Kunal Majmudar, and Redg!
Hello, everyone! We were able to get a hold of lots of great new music in the last week, and we’re excited to tell you about all of it! Keep reading to find out more – you’ll be happy you did.
Firstly, we were finally able to stock some material from cherished composer/OC ReMix veteran Benjamin Briggs! Ben has worked on numerous ReMixes (some of which he produced alongside OC Records artist halc as a duo called “Insert Rupee”), VGM projects (most recently, the Year of the Yoshi album), and even some remixed music from right here on OC Records! This week, Ben made three of his albums available through our label. The first, four.Songs, offers some very danceable 8-bit jams. Rhythm, melody, and samples as varied as the clip from Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech in “It Must Use Force” make this short collection some of the best “four.Songs” you could hear. Next, Briggs offered “Mystery Gift: An Original Pokémon Tribute“. The album is exactly what you might expect from both the title and Briggs’s musical style: it’s a soundtrack to a fictional Pokémon game that borrows musical elements from the work of Junichi Masuda and other Pokémon composers while adding his own dance-based stylings. Each track feels unique in just the way it should for a Pokémon game; the track names and melodies alone create fantastic environments even without visual accompaniments. Ben is no stranger to the music of the Pokémon series (here is some very solid evidence), and Mystery Gift only further proves both his love for the series and the significance he has had on its derivative musical works. Finally, we have Ben’s recently released Star Clash OST, his first video game soundtrack! In the mobile action game (which will be released for mobile devices sometime soon), players control six characters who explore a seemingly abandoned solar system. They eventually find that while nature reclaims the structures of ancient civilizations who once dwelled on each planet, the technology that was left behind becomes increasingly more active… and hostile. The soundtrack depicts background aspects for the various locations throughout the games – different planets, space travel, action sequences, etc. – all while maintaining mysterious space-age motifs. Ben also designed the sound effects for this game, all of which are included with purchase of the album. Be sure to check it out!
Our next recent site addition comes to us from Kunal Majmudar: it’s the Pixel Noir: Super Mysterious Detective EP! Majmudar, who runs Pixeltone Music and has done professional work on 20+ video games, films, tv shows, and radio shows, has crafted a musical gem with this soundtrack. Pixel Noir is a 16-bit JRPG interpretation of the classic film noir genre and the OST to the titular game. Players help the main character, a disgruntled former police detective, sort through hallucinations that might hold the key to interpreting what exactly happened on the night that cost him his job, his sanity, and his partner’s life. The soundtrack offers excellently-crafted chiptune noir tunes, covering everything from the theme for a seedy criminal hangout (“Stretch’s Bar”) to the musical equivalent of revenge (“Back-Stabbing Meeks”). Included with the purchase are five of Kunal’s unused tracks, all of which add a very welcome sense of depth to the album as a whole. Take a trip into the past with the Pixel Noir: Super Mysterious Detective EP and be on the lookout for Pixel Noir on iOS, which is coming soon!
Finally, we have Redg’s debut original EP, Student! Redg employs computer-based sound techniques in order to create immersive worlds within his sounds. This EP is a perfect testament to that philosophy: Student is an electronic/ambient mix that describes Redg’s journey as an aspiring electronic musician. It’s great music to keep on in the background, but lots of Student is rhythmically-based enough that you’ll end up listening to it actively either way (see “Techh”, “Exodus”, “New Synthesis”, etc.).
That’s it for today! Thanks for reading! We’ve got lots of great stuff in store for you here in OverClocked Records, including some great new site features that you’ll see very soon! But in the meantime, keep it right here for all the best video game OSTs and originals from game composers!
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