Opinion: Top 25 VGM Soundtracks Hub

With individual songs finally listed out, I think it’s time to discuss my favorite soundtracks from video games! I’ve had a tentative list up on my About Me page forever, but I’ve decided to pull it into its own hub post and reevaluate the entire project. As I’ve noted before, this is difficult to pin…

Music: The Top 10 of My Top 100 VGM

So now that I’ve wrapped up that Top 100 VGM list finally, I wanted to share the ten songs I adore the most in order! Home Sweet Home, Beyond Good & Evil, Christophe Heral, PS2/GC/Xbox/PC, UBI Soft, 2003 – Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100 Stage 1/5, Batman, Naoki Kodaka, NES,…

Music: The Last 5 Songs from my Top 100 VGM!

Finally! It’s time to put an end cap on this feature as I round out the last five songs from my Top 100 VGM! Of course, now I need to do my favorite soundtracks properly…my work is never done! lol Open the World (Part I), Culdcept, Kenji Ito, PS2, NEC/OmiyaSoft, 2002 This is a definite…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Soyo Oka

Soyo Oka Oka joined Nintendo in 1987 after earning her degree in composition from the Osaka College of Music. She was assigned to EAD to work under Shigeru Miyamoto and Koji Kondo, where she spent the next eight years producing music to several of Nintendo’s titles, including Ice Hockey, Wario’s Woods, Vs. Excitebike, Famicom Grand…

Music: Five of my Top 100 VGM from All Over the Map

All right, we’re down to the last 10 songs on my Top 100 VGM! I’m going to work to get this finished this weekend, so expect the last five tomorrow! Chicago: Stealth, Perfect Dark, Grant Kirkhope, N64, Rare, 2001 For me this is one of the best “stealth” songs I’ve ever come across. And it…

Music: Ben Harper’s “Oppression”

I need to listen to Ben Harper more; he’s REALLY good. And this song encapsulates a lot of what I feel is going on today, despite being from 1995’s Fight for Your Mind. Cutting lyrics and sneering delivery combine to create a masterful protest. Image from benharper.com

Music: The Temper Trap’s “Science of Fear”

While “Sweet Disposition” and “Fader” were bigger hits for Australian-based The Temper Trap from their first LP Conditions, I’ve always preferred this edgier single over the others. It has a very strong message I can really relate to and has been a song I recently rediscovered as one I kinda love. lol I didn’t get…

Music: Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100

I have 15 more tracks to go on my Top 100 before I can wrap it up, so let’s just continue marching forward with these posts! 🙂 Today I want to talk about some of my favorite tunes from relatively recent RPGs and Action/Adventure games! Home Sweet Home – Beyond Good & Evil (Christophe Heral,…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Lena Raine

Lena Raine Raine is a relatively new composer in the video game industry, getting her start with the Guild Wars series of video games beginning with its second entry, and contributing music to several expansions (credited as Lena Chappelle). Since then, she has been heavily involved in the indie scene, serving as lead composer for…

Music: Nine Inch Nails’ “The Hand that Feeds”

It is amazing how prescient a lot of the music made during the Bush years has become in the current presidency. Case in point: Nine Inch Nails’ “The Hand that Feeds” from With Teeth. The seething lyrics seem even more apropos for the modern age than they did in the early 2000s. Reznor is a…

Music: Five Nintendo Selections from my Top 100 VGM

Today’s top 100 VGM post is all about Nintendo. But to keep it interesting, it’s sort of a grab bag of Nintendo tunes from five different platforms from five different series of games! Super Mario 64 – Dire Dire Docks (N64, Koji Kondo, Nintendo, 1996) This is one of my favorite tunes in all of…