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Album cover

Album cover

Once again the folks at OverClocked ReMix proudly present to us another free and awesome remixed game music album. This time the album is a remix of Final Fantasy IV you can grab the album from the site here. The torrent comes in at a whopping 1.67GBs as it contains both Mp3 and Flac files so be sure to set your preferences if you only want one type of file. I’ve listened to a few tracks and I’m loving it. Always nice to know how the song goes through other people’s head and what kind of remix they can come up with.

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In the otaku-sphere, both western and eastern, once you delve far enough into the passion/hobby you start becoming acquainted with seiyuus (voice actors/actresses) and directors (Hideaki Anno, Hayao Miyazaki, Junichi Sato). Once acquainted with them and their works you start singing praise of work they have done both new and old. This can be best described in episode 1 of Genshiken where the guys are talking about various elements that they thought were good in the first episode of Kujibiki Unbalance. For the scene skip to 10:17.Now I think I know my otaku related stuff pretty damn well (not as well as the Japanese Otaku of course) and I rarely find myself in those kinds of conversations.

Satoru Kousaki-san you are the man!!

Satoru Kousaki-san you are the man!!


One of the unsung heroes of the industry which I will be embedding into my brain is Satoru Kousaki. This man is a GENIUS. If you take a look at his works you will notice a few things: 1. The theme songs he has composed and arranged are well known, 2. They are theme songs for some of the most popular anime (fan base wise), 3. They are all REALLY REALLY catchy, 4. I LOVE THEM.

These are songs that we have heard over and over again, seen many youtube parodies, seen many a grown men dressed in sailor outfits dancing to the songs, seen many a choreographed group at a con or tried to start a group, and heard remixes of. Some of us hate the songs but I can still listen to them and try to sing along with fond memories and a faint smile on my face. I usually find myself skipping through the OPs when I marathon shows but with Kannagi, Suzumiya Haruhi, and Lucky Star I found myself NOT skipping them and instead enjoying them. I think that is a great accomplishment as a composer where you can hook people in to your works and influence people to spawn mad offshoots of your work.

Example Kannagi OP:


Okay that was a really bad example and I think I scared some of you but it’s pretty decent.

Satoru Kousaki is the man behind these insanely crack addicting songs and I cannot wait for the next anime he composes a song for. In the future maybe we can see him spread out into a different genre of anime theme songs aside from catchy pop ones (but I’m ok if he keeps making them heh).

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Overlocked Remix

Overlocked Remix


OC ReMix has given us a great gift this boring morning. Before I start the post, if you haven’t been to OC ReMix go now!! It is an amazing site. Overclocked ReMix, also known as OC ReMix and OCR, is a website created by David W. Lloyd (also known as djpreztel) to preserve and tribute video game music with remixes of the original song/s using new technology and hardware/software. The remixed arrangements of the original, or master, songs are all done by fans and OC ReMix lives up to it’s intentions offering a wide variety of arrangements by its large user base. The songs come from a large list of games which OC ReMix currently has remixes of 553 games and 1,642 remixes right now! Yowzah.

Aside from just offering video game remix downloads OC ReMix also offers a large database video game information, composer information, games, game systems, and much more. The site distributes the music through direct downloads for individual songs and BitTorrent for albums and packages which one can also buy to support OC ReMix. You can also visit their forums to interact with the community and rate remixed songs and remixers.


One song that I have been listening to recently is an Ico ReMix called Save Me (OCR Edit) by SGX, a remix of the soundtracks “continue” and “heal” from the game.

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By all accounts I should be freaking sleeping right now, but by golly I can’t! You see I was reading VG Cats hoping for an update (I kid I kid) and lo behold I stumble upon the news section where Scott posts really funny stuff. Once again he has given me a gem which I immediately shared with all my friends. Well I haven’t forgotten about the faithful reads, the bloody few of ya haha.

Anyways what I’m rambling on about right now is Play Auditorium. Play Auditorium is as the website describes it:

“Auditorium is about the process of discovery and play. There are no right or wrong answers; there are many ways to solve every puzzle. To get started, fill up the first audio level. We hope you enjoy the demo of Auditorium.”

Basically if you took a Web Browser, REZ, Every Extra Extended, maybe Geometry Wars, and most musical games you know (excluding DDR and In The Groove) and mashed them together in a blender the end result would be Play Auditorium. In Play Auditorium the main force is “The Flow”,an array of audio and visual particles, and you must get them to travel inside these vertical boxes called “Volume Containers” with the aide of these “Controls” which range from simple directions to rabits and snails. You are given a box much like Geometry Wars and you must control “The Flow” to reach their destinations by moving around “The Controls’. Sounds like a bad overview but it’s really hard to explain the wonderfulness of Play Auditorium. One must play it to truely understand. It gets trickier as you progress through the levels adding many more “Controls” and obstacles. But the end result is very very very gratifying as you are rewarded with a luscious ambient soundtrack that makes you want to just sit there and listen but then the next level kicks in and you must fight onwards.

So far I have only gotten through 2.5 levels before my weariness kicked in. But, I will continue tomorrow!! While you are at the main website you can donate (minimum of $5), sign up as a beta tester, and much more. What have you got to lose? Well, nothing really. What have you got to gain? A fucking lot my friends!

Thank you Dain Saint and William Stallwood for creating this experience.

Up, Right, Rabit, and Repel

The Controls: Up, Right, Rabit, and Repel

The Flow flowing into an Audio Container

The Flow flowing into an Audio Container

The Flow being crazy!

The Flow being crazy!

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Acidman – I Stand Free

Ah one of my favourite and least know J-Rock bands: Acidman. A Trio cosisting of Oki Nobuo on Vocals and Guitar, Satou Masatoshi on Bass, and Urayama Ichigo on Drums. It should also be noted that Nobuo paints many (if not almost all)of the bands album covers.

Acidman has been described as an assortment of genres ranging from Punk to Alternative Rock and maybe even a little Virtuoso. From my experience Acidman in the beginning was more Punk than Alternative and have recently the past 2 or so years begun to take in Jazz and Jazz Fusion influences (as can be seen in their pure instrumental song Dawn Chorus and even earlier with Sai instrumental). They are a group of very talented guys and Masatoshi has to be one of my favorite bassist in the J-Music world. His style and rhythm are so distinct and full of umm what’s the word I’m looking for…OOMPH. It is very easy to listen to an Acidman song and be hypnotized by the funk and rhythm of the bass. Oh and Ichigo has one mean ass Asian beard.

Despite having released 6 albums since 2002 they are sitting between underground and major. Now 9 months after their single Shikijitsu and 6 months after their release of their full length album LIFE Acidman once again shows us how it is so easy for them to crank out works of art. Their new single “I Stand Free” contains 2 new songs: “I Stand Free” and ” O (オー) -second line-“.


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Gackt – Jesus

Hmm yes Nodonn (Kevin) makes a good point, it would be awesome if this could pay for my phone bill cause we all know how bastardized the cell phone corporations are in the US, if only they were like the EU. Anyways on to my first post.

Nono I am not saying that Gackt IS Jesus, although some might say otherwise, rather I am talking about Gackt’s new PV (Promotional Video) Jesus.

Gackt Camui, some of you know and revere him while others have not even heard of him. I am part of the former group. If you want to find more out about Gackt I suggest hitting up Wikipedia as there is a lot to cover. To me Gackt is a powerhouse in the J Music industry. The reason I say J Music and not J-Pop or J-Rock is that it is very hard to classify Gackt’s music because it draws it’s influences from so many genres, which is probably why his songs are good. Variety is the spice of life.
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