Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1

Music has the power to bring back memories and evoke emotions. Video game music to me has the very same effect.

Despite the wintry weather I’ve been ready for spring for quite a while. So for this chilly snowy, rainy  April  I will tap into the trove of laid back summer inspired melodies to bring the feelings and memories of summers past. This list consists of mostly low tempo relaxing music not full on summer, like spring a slight sedge way  into the bright energy of summer.

The following tracks are not in any particular order (by game or year).

Let’s begin!

Sonic the hedgehog and summer VGM go hand and hand especially the older games think “retro Sonic” games Sonic through Sonic 3d blast. Sonic adventure and beyond took sonic music in a totally different (not necessarily bad) direction. With sonic mania Sonic returned to his retro styled tunes.

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Sonic Mania- Press Garden, Blossom Haze

This cool tinged smooth jazzy track is like a cool breeze on a hot day.

Sonic Mania -Stardust Speedway

This smooth remake of the original  stage from Sonic CD continues the laid back vibe perfect for driving.

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Grandia II was a bastion of beautiful music. I remember being surprised that the game came with a soundtrack cd (they must’ve knew the music was that good lol) 

Grandia 2- Inn town Ageel

This song was always a hit with non- VGM listeners. Sounds like summer!

F-Zero  – Sand Ocean

The classic! With its unusual melody and hypnotic quality this is one of my favorite stage themes of all time. I was highly disappointed that they did not provide a remix for the next F-zero..(but they did a remix of Big Blue).

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Knuckles Chaotix-Midnight Greenhouse

Remember That super awesome game  Knuckles Chaotix? Me either! Just kidding! 😀 This obscure game had some seriously decent summer infused music.

and to further prove my point…

Knuckles Chaotix- Evening Star

Knuckles Chaotix- Seascape

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This Dreamcast game had some great music especially the character themes.

Time Stalkers- Rails theme (field arrange)

 

Retro Sonic just represents VGM summer nostalgia. Sonic cd  Japanese version took the music up a notch with the chill factor.

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Sonic CD-  Tidal tempest Present (JP/EU)

How does this not sound like total summer chill music?

Sonic CD- Crystal Quadrant Good Future(JP/EU)

We have come to the end of Summer Chill VGM Zone act 1.

Stay tuned for the next act! What are you’re favorite summer chill VGMs? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch this! King- “The Greatest”Music Video

This post was a long time coming!…

I first discovered King a few years ago (2011 to be exact) while browsing iTunes. I really liked what I heard and then I never heard from them again….until now. King had emerged from the musical abyss and released their first full album entitled We are King in February of this year.

Before their album was release they gave us a preview of what to expect with “The Greatest” MV. Keeping to the little theme I have going with Video Game inspired music videos this one takes all the way with the music having a VGM tinge and the retro video game graphics (Streets of Rage comes to mind while watching) is a great addition.

Check it out below!

What do you think? Does the music video convey the  the video game theme well?

Watch this! Diggin’ in the Carts Documentary

I love all types of genres in music but here is one genre I particularly love and apparently many others do as well. you hear this type of music in the instrumentals of pop songs, R&B, EDM,  and even hip hop. Sometimes artists music videos take on the influence of this genre. so what genre is this? VGM better known as Video Game Music I can go deeper into this genre but that’s another post onto itself.  I remember hearing about this documentary interviewing the composers of the most iconic video games such as Sonic, Street Fighter and Streets of Rage and the list goes on. So I found it on youtube and its quite interesting to see the actual people who put his music together and what their inspirations were. So if you’re a fan of video games or VGM check it out!

I have this section because it highlights the music from two iconic games Sonic the hedgehog (which I love) and Streets of Rage, I am a huge fan of Yuzo Koshiro (the composer of Streets of Rage 1 and 2 and co composer of 3)

To watch the full documentary click here

Do you have a Favorite video game  composer? Or favorite video game? Tell me in the comments!