Materia Collective Releases Diddy Kong Racing Tribute and New Danse Macabre

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a few new (and some not so new) releases to share!

Let’s start with the most recent. On Friday (Nov. 24th), Materia collective released, Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing. Myself, along with others,  arranged the main themes, boss themes, and all five world themes in an electronic fashion to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. I did the Ancient Lake theme with Isaac Vail and Erik Peabody (Viking Guitar).

You can listen to it here on Bandcamp and Spotify:

Bandcamp

Spotify

Next, I’d like to share a few releases from my video game cover band, WARK! First, we did a cover (Tail of the Ratship) from Battletoads & Double Dragon for Dwelling of Duels Europe Month.  Second, we did two covers for the last two Danse Macabre albums produced by Viking Guitar and Sindravania. We did a cover of the Resident Evil 2 Save Room theme last year for Danse Macabre V, and this year we did a medley from the Commodore 64 game, Forbidden Forest for Danse Macabre VI.

These were both really fun, especially the Forbidden Forest medley. I’ve always wanted to cover more music from that generation. You can listen to these tracks here:

Dwelling of Duels: Europe Month

Danse Macabre V

Danse Macabre VI

Before I go, I’d like to share that I’m also going to be releasing a short album soon of original songs. They’re somewhat reminiscent of PS1 era RPG music. Inspired a lot by the Kings Field series. Should be out before the end of the year.

Thanks for listening!

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Materia Collective and Chronicles of Time

New music post time!

While 2015 may have been an awful year for me, I did manage to complete a few arrangements from some very beloved series. First, I’d like to talk about the new-ish Materia Collective album, “SUCCESSOR: Final Fantasy VIII Remixed”. I’m very proud to say that I was a part of such a wonderful and devoted group of musicians known as the Materia Collective. The entire team had three months to arrange and mix a song from Final Fantasy VIII and we ended up making an incredible album of around 93 tracks. However, I wasn’t alone on my contribution! Dan Taylor, who you may know from Yes, Mayhem or Metroid Metal, helped me out by contributing bass! It was really fun and challenging, so please check out the album in the links below! I promise there’s something for everyone 🙂

Available on iTunes!
Check it out here on Loudr!

There’s more! I was also on the Chrono Trigger album, Chronicles of Time. I contributed two tracks as, WARK! If you didn’t already know, WARK is an internet VGM band I’ve made up. The lineup is pretty scattered, but I think these are some of the best covers I’ve ever done. Not without help from some amazing friends of course 😉

Anyway, Chronicles of Time is massive. The entire team together covered EVERY SONG from the original game. Again, there’s definitely going to be something for everyone on this. Here’s some links. Please check it out and give it some love. All profits go towards, Doctors without Borders.

Available on iTunes!
Check it out here on Loudr!

Donkey Kong Country Album and More!

So, because I’m a big dum dum, I haven’t posted here in a very long time. Lots of things have been happening and I’ve just been very busy with work and other projects. Like a flat and warm coke(???) I’ve really just had a general lack of energy and enthusiasm for months on end as well. I wish I could say I’m past this but it is getting better.

ANYWAY.

This came out last winter.

It was again a pleasure to work with James Moats and Stemage on this. We did an arrangement of the classic tune Stickerbrush Symphony(something I’ve always wanted to cover). James Moats provided: acoustic guitar/ukulele/general badassery. Whereas Stemage serenaded us with his introspective “huhhhhhhs”.

Also, SPECTRUM OF MANA CAME OUT! HOLY FREAKING CRAP. I’M REALLY BAD AT POSTING YOU GUYS!

This album was so massive I’m still shocked we got through it. Me, along with a billion other people arranged the entire soundtrack of, Secret of Mana. We couldn’t have done it too if it weren’t for our fearless leader, Nate Horsfall. He came up with the idea to cover the whole soundtrack for the anniversary of the release date. THE GAME TURNED 20! How crazy is that!?

I did two tracks with a different group of people for each one.

FIRST was the Sad Theme(We ended up calling it, Echoes of the Exiled). Since the group was so large I had decided to give us the band name, WARK! I know, I know. Wrong game. Shhhhh. It started out as a electronic house track but after much trial and error on my part it became a kind of bluegrass rock track inspired by Bill Frisell and Pink Floyd.

WARK, includes:
ME-Organ/keys/arrangement
Dan Taylor-Bass
Kevin Lawrence-Drums
Amanda Lepre-Guitar
Jeff Ball-Violin

SECOND was the theme titled, A Conclusion. This started out as a collaboration between me and Ryan Davies but I got the idea to bring in James Moats and Stemage for some OOH’S and AHH’S during it’s production. It took a long time to finish this one but in the end it turned out great!

The personnel for this track includes:
Ryan Davies-Arrangement/Guitar/Drums/Keys
ME-Synthesizers
Stemage-VOX
James Moats-VOX

What’s coming up next is really exciting! Again, under our fearless leader, Nate Horsfall, we will be arranging the entire soundtrack of CHRONO TRIGGER!!! YAYYYY! I’ve claimed two tracks and they’re very near completion. The first one will be a sort of a tribute to Pink Floyd’s, Welcome to the Machine. The second will be a kind of all hands in swing track.

I’m looking forward to sharing these with you all soon because the music is so good and the artwork Nate and the others have been doing for it is just as amazing! There’s more coming soon besides this but I can’t talk about it yet, SO STAY TUNED!!!

Spectrum of Mana

Here’s a preview of a HUGE album project I’ve been working on for over a year with a large group of people. It’s nuts but it’s finally almost done and I can’t wait to show you all the songs I got to work on! 
50+ musicians and 5+ artists to celebrate 20 years of the Super Nintendo classic, Secret of Mana. 

None of this could not have happened without the planning and leadership of Nate Horsfall(FoxxDragon) – http://www.lightningarts.com/  This is gonna rock guys!

Here’s the video and also check out the FB page and website for the free download preview- 
https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumOfMana
http://www.spectrumofmana.com/