Another year is coming to its end and you know what that means: time for this year’s Best of album.
As usual it features all songs of 2017 which aren’t already on another album (like the Sounds Alike songs). The songs have been re-rendered for maximum quality and are available on bandcamp in different formats.
Actually a lot of the songs have been slightly altered for the album version, I’ll try to remember what I changed:
The Snippet Mutants/Greenhorn Funk/Divine Rhythm: Changed mastering completely to the one used in the latest songs. I think it sounds cleaner that way.
Show Me Ya Moves/Ndoplasma/Formidable Battleground: Changed mastering completely to the one used in the latest songs. Also changed the song structures a bit since it was no longer necessary that these songs are loop-able.
Thousand Eyes Disciple: Added some chords to the Zero Two part so it sounds more powerful.
Sick Beats: Changed the transition after the Super Mario part. Should sound a little smoother now.
A Hunter’s Journey: Added some oomph to the Lower Norfair part. Does it sound better now? I hope so.
Super Mario Super Fun: Changed the song structure so the transitions would be a bit smoother. Also changed the mixing for Jump Up, Super Star and added some effects. That part specifically should sound much better now.
Night of the Spider: Slight changes in transitions and some sounds and the ending. Now it sounds pretty nice >:]
Thu’um Like Thunder: Removed some of the shouts.
Industrial Rhythm: Added even more oomph to it.
Silver Spell: Adjusted the Silver Mountain part a bit.
Quite a lot right? Sounds like downloading the album will be worth it! Here’s where you can get the album, it will be available for free for a limited amount of time (just type 0,00 when asked for the price):
And of course, here’s the video. I tried to showcase the changes specifically, if you go to 14:20 you’ll instantly notice that for example:
And that’s it for 2017. I wish you all a Happy New Year, let’s hope for a nice 2018! >:]
You’ve been really generous recently, throwing money at me even though you do not need to! So here’s a big
Thanks to your efforts, I received a bunch of free download credits on bandcamp, so I decided to make ALL ALBUMS available for FREE until we run out of download credits.
So if there’s something you wanted to get, but hesitated until now, head to the album projects page or directly to bandcamp and grab what you can get – as long as it’s hot! Just remember to type in 0 when you’re asked for the amount you want to give! Maybe check out some of the older stuff too – it may be worth a listen.
Everything went as planned, so today I’m able to present: Sounds Alike Vol. 1!
And this one’s really worth it. Aside from the best quality thing I keep pointing out (which does in fact make little difference to me personally), all of the song have been at least slightly altered, partially thanks to your comments. Let’s look at it in detail:
Cheetah’d – one part has been changed to feature a small bit of Reverse? from No Game No Life (which is a reference to the Cornered Theme anyway)
Lunatic Stage 2 ~ Invisible Zero Virus – the ending part has been adjusted to feature Reisen’s Theme once more
Bad Boss Plateau – changed the part after the pitch change to sound more interesting and added one more line from the DK Rap
Natural Beat Robot – adjusted the instrumentation of the Devil Summoner Boss Theme in the second half of the song
Meta Battle – replaced the Ridley bridges in the second half of the song (after Omega Ridley and the tempo change) with references to the Galacta Knight Battle Theme
Bad Boss Plateau [instrumental] – see Bad Boss Plateau minus the DK Rap
As always, there’s a limited number of free downloads for it. Hard to say how long those will last.
So I’ve been thinking what’s next. I’ve actually been playing around with Vocaloid (English Miku and Gumi, specifically) quite a bit, but I’m not quite there to release a song featuring those anytime soon, so – no need to be upset just yet~
Aside from that, I still have a lot of stuff on my to do list (which is getting longer instead of shorter, oddly enough). I’m kind of in a Metroid mood and wanted to remake my Metroid Medley Soulless Enemies anyway, so I’ll probably settle with that. Unless I come up with something else, you never know!
Ready for the finale? Prepare yourself for the 5th and final song of Sounds Alike Vol.1:
Metroid Gaiden – Meta Battle
Most impressive logo yet, right? Anyway, I’ve been waiting for this mix. Meta Knight meets Ridley – with a certain ninja joining in as well. To be exact, we have Ridley’s Theme, Meta Knight Battle Theme, Crash (Ninja Gaiden Sigma) and Omega Ridley (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption).
You’d expect an epic mix and that’s just what you get. After the Omega Ridley part at about halfway through the mix it picks up the pace and gets even faster. What an intense battle that must be…
And. That’s. It! Certainly a worthy finale for Vol.1 of this little series, right? In any case, I’m off to prepare the album now. If everything goes as planned, the album will release next Sunday. And then I’ll have to think about what comes next! See you then~
Are you ready for the fourth entry of Sounds Alike? No? Yes? It doesn’t matter, here we go:Shin Megami Tensei: Mega Man Moonwalker – Natural Beat Robot
That logo turned out to be such a mess. But there’s a good reason for that: we’ve got 4 different themes this time! Most of them have at least one very similar sounding part. We’ve got the Boss Theme from Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, Natural Killer Cyborg from Mother 3, Wily Stage 1 from Mega Man 2 and Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
Long-time fans probably remember Electrocuted, which already included 2 of those themes. This is certainly a step up though. I’m especially happy that I was able to include the Devil Summoner Boss Theme there. I like the tune, so I tried to start sequencing it to make a remix of it. Sadly, that didn’t really go so well…but that doesn’t matter now, since I was able to include my favorite part in a song after all!
If you’ve been following my stuff for a good while now, you must have seen this entry coming from at least 10 miles away. Here’s the third entry of Sounds Alike:
Blast Kongs – Bad Boss Plateau
Some years ago, I made a song called Blast Kong. It was the same combination of songs, but it sounds completely different from what you’re about to hear. The combination I’m talking about is Bad Boss Boogie from Donkey Kong Land and Jade Plateau (Skerries) from Blast Corps.
Now here’s the thing: this is kind of an exception for this series. Not only do they sound very similar, they were also composed by the same guy, so they’re…essentially the same song? Well – one being a boss theme and the other being a racing track with a mini game kind of feel – I’d say they are at least quite different versions of the same tune.
Another thing to note is that I couldn’t resist to add some robotic sounding DK Rap parts as well. It kind of fits if you think “Kongs” are the machines the corporation uses to destroy stuff. Or the ones piloting the machines. Whatever works! BUT don’t worry, there’s of course an instrumental version as well! So here we go:
And here’s the video, note that I didn’t bother to make a video for the instrumental version this time:
In the meantime I got another set of suggestions, I’d say we’re definitely set for a Sounds Alike Vol. 2. VG Arch Rivals isn’t done yet either and other ideas also already crossed my mind…then again, making more than one album per year is kinda tiring. Well, I’d say there’s still enough ideas in my mind for years to come!
Are you ready for the second entry in Sounds Alike? Some of you certainly have seen this coming, but here’s…
Touhou X5 – Lunatic Stage 2 ~ Invisible Zero Virus
I think I’ve done this 2 or 3 times before, but it just had to come back one more time for Sounds Alike. Zero Virus Stage 2 (Mega Man X5) meets Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon (Touhou 8: Imperishable Night).