Category: Music

The Weekend Album: Ninja Gaiden (NES)

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When most people think about the NES version of Ninja Gaiden, they usually think about the brutal difficulty, or the wall-clinging abilities of Ryu Hayabusa, or the extremely well done cutscenes. But what about the soundtrack?

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The Weekend Album: Mind Elevation

Nightmares on Wax produces some of the best head-nodding, foot-tapping, chilled-out downtempo tunes you could ever hope to find. Mind Elevation, their fourth LP, will calm your nerves, relax your body, and chill out your very soul.

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The Weekend Album: Mystic Cigarettes

After an 18-month hiatus, our Weekend Album feature makes its triumphant return with a look at the album Mystic Cigarettes, from Saafi Brothers.

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Potential ambient alternatives to Skyrim’s soundtrack

One of my hobbies is matching up different albums and songs with different games. This mix and match effort has often been a resounding success, with certain combinations being granted  a very prominent place in my memory. Skyrim, like the previous Elder Scrolls games before it, is poised to have an incredible soundtrack that will make crypts seem darker, mountains seem taller, and the winds seem colder. Even though I plan on playing through the majority of the game while listening to the music included with Skyrim, I thought it would be fun to find some external music that works well with the game.

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25 random music tracks

Due to a complete lack of creativity, I decided to do the popular “use shuffle on your MP3 player and take note of the first 25 tracks that appear” thing. While I wrote up a short paragraph for each track when I did this before, I decided to just post the list this time, along with the appropriate genre listed at the end of each line. Here’s to hoping you discover some new tunes out of this little experiment:

1. “Healing”, from the album “Eat People 3″, by Alex Mauer. #Chiptunes
2. “Singularity”, from the Half-Life 2 soundtrack #Random Electronica
3. “The Isness”, from the album “The Isness”, by Amorphous Androgynous #Chill/Experimental
4. “Somewhat Damaged”, from the album “The Fragile (left)”, by Nine Inch Nails #Industrial Electronica
5. “Monkey”, from the album “Sixteen Stone”, by Bush #90′s Alternative
6. “Ancient Chozo Ruins”, from the Metroid Prime soundtrack #Ambient/Electronica
7. “Plum Island”, from the album “Cydonia”, by The Orb #Electronica
8. “Decency Defied”, from the album “The Wretched Spawn”, by Cannibal Corpse #Death Metal
9. “Wedding Nails”, from the album “In Absentia”, by Porcupine Tree #No Idea
10. “The Wards”, from the Mass Effect soundtrack #Electronica
11. “Beast of the Beast”, from the album “Portable Immortal”, by Immortal Technique #Rap
12. “Refractor [Version 3.2.1]“, from the album “Disengage”, by Circle of Dust #Industrial
13. “Forty Six & 2″, from the album “Aenima”, by Tool #Tool…they don’t really have a genre
14. “Der Uberlebende”, from the album “34.788%…Complete”, by My Dying Bride #Experimental Metal
15. “Creatures that Kissed in Cold Mirrors”, from the album “Midian”, by Cradle of Filth #Black Metal
16. “The Hills Have Eyes”, from the album “Dopethrone”, by Electric Wizard #Stoner/Doom Metal
17. “Intimate Slavery”, from the album “Prowler in the Yard”, by Pig Destroyer #Grindcore
18. “I.O.U.”, from the album “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?”, by Metric #Metric…they don’t really have a genre
19. “Sunrag”, from the album “Croqel”, by Phlogiston #Chiptunes
20. “Gods of My World”, from the album “Empiricism”, by Borknagar #Power/Black Metal
21. “humanOid”, from the album “pSy-fI”, by zerO One #Electronica
22. “Ground Zero”, from the Quake 2 soundtrack #Riff-driven
23. “Crimson Wave”, from the album “Am Universum”, by Amorphis #Experimental Metal
24. “Ride”, from the album “In Silico”, by Deepsky #Electronica
25. “Date With Destiny”, from the album “Mind Elevation”, by Nightmares on Wax #Chill

The Daily Musician: Darwin Chamber

This is the start of a new semi-daily feature here on Living With a Nerd, where we’ll very briefly outline one musician or group. 

Today’s Daily Musician is Darwin Chamber, aka Mark Greenfield.  His work in the progressive electronica scene is the stuff of legends, with his creativity and mastery of knob twiddling coming through in all his work.  Most of his music has a somber yet upbeat quality to it, and is conducive to getting desk-work done (like programming, writing, etc).  A lot of his tunes use older equipment, so it won’t be as complicated or grand in scale when compared to other artists in the scene, but his music is nevertheless exceptional and well-produced.  You can find his homepage right here.

A quick note about Radiant Historia’s music

I recently started playing through Radiant Historia, and it’s just as awesome as people said it would be. One thing I’d like to point out though, just in case you weren’t aware of it: the main composer of the music in Radiant Historia is none other than Yoko Shimomura, who’s work can be heard in classic titles like Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Street Fighter II, Breath of Fire, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the Mario & Luigi series…basically, some of my favorite games ever.  Aside from the awesome retro-yet-modern RPG system, the great visuals, the intriguing storyline, and the wide variety of characters, I’d like to take a moment and recognize just how fantastic the music in this game really is. Make sure you play through this one with some decent headphones, folks.  Look for our full review in the next week or so.

A visual guide to Ambient music

Interested in how an ambient track gets put together?  Here’s but a small glimpse at what’s involved in creating this intricate and beautiful music.

Note: You can listen to (and download!) my currently available tracks for free at Last.fm, and as a torrent.

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The Weekend Album: Ungod

In this entry of The Weekend Album, we cover “Ungod”, from Stabbing Westward.

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We’ve covered music from the Drone genre a few times here at Living With a Nerd, but we’ve never covered anything remotely like Kyle Bobby Dunn’s tunes.

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