It’s not everyday you are joined by one of the best video game music composers in the indie scene (He’s rolling his eyes right now, stop it!) But the November live show is extra special because we were joined by none other than Matt Creamer a.k.a Norrin Radd! Justin, Mike and Matt picked some totally killer VGM tunes for this Patreon-exclusive live show, had fun chats about horny horns, slap bass, twarnmpy Genesis music, Sega’s Tower of Power, and more on this blazin’ hot funky live show…only on XVGM Radio!Read More
Tonight’s episode was a ton of fun and we were so fortunate to have on one of Mike’s longtime chiptuner and game composer friends, Michael “NEStrogen” Raisner! Michael was a ton of fun to talk to and we learned all about his soundtrack and composition style for Super Hyperactive Ninja, a game he did the music for. We ask him about his history with chiptune, Little Sound DJ, Famitracker, and what instruments he can play. Plus, sidebars about Kelly Kapowski, jokes about NESticles, corpse paint and Black Metal influences (Blast Beats in the soundtrack?!) and more! Plus, we even get a live performance out of him via guitar!
Thanks again to Michael Raisner (NEStrogen) for being on the show! You can buy Super Hyperactive Ninja on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft XBOX One, Sony Playstation 4 and STEAM right NOW!
NEStrogen’s Bandcamp is a great way to check him out, support his hard work and download or stream his music. Find it here: https://nestrogen.bandcamp.com/
Special thanks to Jordan Davis, Alex Messenger and Scott Mcelhone for joining us in the chat for the live show! Make sure to stay in touch on Patreon and Discord for our live show announcements!
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Intro – Maniac mansion (NES, 1988) “Jeff’s Theme” – David Warhol
1 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Main Boss Theme”
2 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Tower 2 (Hyperactive)”
3 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Tower 4 (Main)”
4 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Tower 5 (Hyperactive)”
5 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Tower 4 (Hyperactive)”
6 – Super Hyperactive Ninja (PS4, Switch, XBONE, Steam, 2018) “Final Boss Theme”
When Playtonic Games set out to develop a new 3D Action Platformer in the vein of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie, they went back to the original composers who made those games sound so fantastic: David Wise (DKC) and Grant Kirkhope (BK.) But how did those games influence the sound with this new franchise that’s been born out of a love and labor of the 64 bit era? Today on XVGM Radio, we’re lucky to have both David Wise AND Returning guest/Composer Grant Kirkhope on the show to talk about the musical evolution from Donkey Kong, to Banjo-Kazooie, and finally, how those two influenced Yooka Laylee and Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair. From Mike trying to make sense of musical genres (and trying not to fanboy too much), to David and Grant uncovering some information about Grant’s hiring process that they’d never known, to Justin sharing his fascination with Wild West VGM, get ready to collect DK Coins, Bananas, Jiggies, and Pagies on this star-studded interview from XVGM Radio!
HUGE thank you to Materia Collective and Jayson from Scarlet Moon Productions for helping with setup for the interviews. You can get the high quality soundtracks to both Yooka Laylee games on Materia Collective’s pages here:
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Intro -Yooka-Laylee “Main Theme” Grant Kirkhope
1- Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994) “Gang-Plank Galleon” David Wise, Eveline Novakovic (Fischer), Robin Beanland
2 – Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES, 1995) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise
3 – Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB, 1996) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise, Grant Kirkhope (arranged)
4 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U/Switch, 2014/2018) “Zip Line Shrine” David Wise, Kenji Yamamoto
5 – Diddy Kong Racing (N64, 1997) “The Secret Tune” – David Wise
6 – Banjo-Kazooie (N64, 1998) “Secret Fanfare 4 (Mad Monster Mansion)” – Grant Kirkhope
7 – Banjo-Tooie (N64, 2000) “Wild West Zone” – Grant Kirkhope
8 – Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360, 2008) “Out Around Nutty Acres” – Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, David Clynick
9 – Yooka Laylee -(2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Hivory Towers” Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Steven Burke
10 – Yooka Laylee (2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Uphill Battle” – Steven Burke, Grant Kirkhope, David Wise
11 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “Factory Fright” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
12 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Overworld – Beach” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
13 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Impossible Lair 2” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
What oozes neon, smells of decaying bugs and gives you a neck injury? Why, it’s Valfaris, of course! Released in 2019, Valfaris brought a 1980’s Heavy Metal Magazine aesthetic to the run-n-gun genre, and along with it came an equally brutal, tranquil, and exciting soundtrack by Ex-Celtic Frost member, Curt Victor Bryant. It’s not everyday you get certified rock stars on the podcast, so Mike and Justin talked up a storm with the composer! From his beginning days in Switzerland at the jukebox, to his time in Celtic Frost, Curt lays it all on the line in this tell all episode that is currently our longest to date! We talk Energy Babes, heavy metal references, his injection of world and new age music into this thrash/groove/extreme metal soundtrack that will get the blood pumping!Read More
Grit your teeth as you plow through innocent bystanders, hold up stores for insurance protection, and burn forests down with your flamethrower…it’s your world in Shakedown Hawaii. The successor to Retro City Rampage had a lot to live up to, and thankfully it doesn’t suffer from sequelitis, as it’s one of the best indie games this year. Take on the role of an aging 1980’s CEO, or his spoiled rotten to the core son, and even a hired mercenary to do the dirty work. All three are at your disposal here as you steal cars, burn down parking lots, and crush anything in your way: including pesky consumer rights! Take on the role of CEO as you figure out the best way to ruin customer’s lives and make cash doing it. Despite the slimy premise, the game is tons of fun and backed by an incredible 80s synthwave soundtrack by Norrin Radd aka Matt Creamer. Matt takes us through the ups and downs he faced getting the official soundtrack released, and answers all the hard-hitting questions all while providing fantastic insight into his compositions.Read More
Following the N64 smash hit, Goldeneye, RARE lost the Bond license. But this didn’t matter much to them, as their spiritual successor to Goldeneye pushed the Nintendo 64 to its limits. Hailed as one of the greatest First Person Shooters of all time, Perfect Dark introduced gamers to Joanna Dark, the Carrington Institute, the evil corporation Datadyne and the alien races of the Maians and the Skedar. But such a unique Cyberpunk-fused sci-fi stealth journey needed a perfect soundtrack to fit it’s perfect name. Enter Grant Kirkhope, taking over for Graeme Norgate, along with David Clynick; a trifecta of composers that crafted a sound that was as unique on the N64 as it was technically impressive. Today on XVGM Radio, we are extremely excited to bring you an in depth interview with Grant Kirkhope, the primary composer on this stellar shooter. Hear about Grant’s surprising hard rockin’ roots and how a fellow RARE employee helped change his life forever. Listen to Grant’s stories about the E3 where Perfect Dark was showcased, how he and the other composers created the tunes, and what Grant thinks could be Joanna’s favorite cocktail. Count how many times a very excited Mike says “Extravaganza,” and hear Justin be in awe of Grant’s composing style. We promise, this episode won’t leave you in the dark.Read More
Freedom Planet, the 2014 indie darling developed by Stephen Diduro (aka Strife) set the bar for games influenced by Sonic the Hedgehog and Rocket Knight Adventures. But a Sonic style game needed a Sonic styled composer…or did it? Enter Leila “Woofle” Wilson, who brought her love of JRPGs, Funk and New Jack Swing to compliment Strife’s more Mega Man focus, along with Shane Ellis aka Blue Warrior’s composition assistance, the three created the exciting soundtrack of Freedom Planet! Today, we’re honored to have Leila Wilson join us for a special interview where we find out the origin story of the game, hear Leila gush about her VGM influences, and learn all about Lilac, Carol and Milla’s fun and frantic journey!Read More
Plenty of games nowadays have tried to emulate and pay tribute to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. But few are able to pull it off utilizing the minute details, especially when it comes to the music of the Playstation era. Enter, Timespinner, 2018’s indie darling. A game that tells the story of a blue-haired Time Messenger named Lunais, in a side scrolling, action-platforming adventure that will even send yourself time travelling: with a huge contribution to this feeling from composer Jeff Ball. Experience a soundtrack that will send you back to the 32-bit era of gaming. From deep discussions about inclusion and diversity of the characters’, learning about Jeff’s tactics to make the game’s soundtrack echo the brilliance from the games of yesterday, to creepy Mario Paint music chat, this is Jeff Ball and the music of Timespinner.Read More
On today’s episode, XVGM Radio ventures into unknown indie territory when we interview video game music and chiptune composer stalwart artist, Coda. We’ve hand picked some truly amazing tunes from his blossoming career and hear about his progressive rock interests, how his appreciation and friendship with Jake Kaufman inspires him, and try to figure out how many deli meats can fit into a cockpit. Wait, what?! Strap yourselves in and get ready to appreciate some truly fantastic compositions from CODA.Read More