October’s Top 5 Upvoted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during October 2018.
Remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit so we can see even more new people next month for what will most likely be the top 5 Deltarune covers from November

  • 1st) Chris Allen Hess – 100 Video Game Song Medley Feat. Just About Everyone

 

  • 2nd) ViolinGamer – Delfino Plaza Violin Cover from Super Mario Sunshine

 

  • 3rd) The Gamba Geek – Primrose the Dancer Viola Da Gamba from Octopath Traveler

 

  • 4th) MaesterTed  – Strike the Earth! Celtic Punk Cover from Shovel Knight
    This song is also available on our Shovel Knight Tribute Album

 

  • 5th) Orchestral Fantasy – Coin Song from Final Fantasy VI 

 

See you next month for the best of November and best of luck everybody that submits songs!
Please make sure to upvote your favourite covers on the subreddit so that we can feature plenty of new artists each month!

 

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Shovel Knight – Dig It! [Tribute Album]

As we are getting closer to 2019, we are still working on bunch of projects that we hope to release before the end of the year. And we just finished one of those, so please welcome our new mini-album: Dig It! a tribute to Shovel Knight music!

You can download our album for free by clicking on this picture =>

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Or directly with this link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/xbdp4z14d8pzi47/Pixel+Mixers+-+Dig+It%21+%5BShovel+Knight%5D.zip

This album features 11 songs out of  the Shovel Knight franchise, all composed by Jake Kaufman.
We gathered more than 30 musicians and the total length of the album is more than 41 minutes!

This is maybe our most uplifting album with some really dynamic rock songs that will give you a nice adrenaline kick, Celtic/Irish rock songs that will make you want to dance all night long, Latino music that will make you travel to Brazil, fusion, electro and a bit of chill to take a deserved rest after so many emotions!

If you want a taste of our album before downloading, here is a trailer:

 

You can vote for your favourite tracks with this poll: https://www.strawpoll.me/16634730

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/Hashel
Artwork: Mind Waker https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
Album Mastering: Dacian Grada https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVDkhWI0arWWOzjKgVd3S2Q

Cool Links:

– Pixel Mixers FB https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G
VGcover Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/

Our 21 free VGM Tribute Albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

Hope you’ll enjoy Dig It!

Join our next projects: Donkey Kong Country, Indie Games Vol.2, Ecco the Dolphin, Zelda Wind Waker & Skyward Sword… And more by joining our Discord Server https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/

September’s Top 5 Up-Voted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during September 2018.
We’ve got a lot of newer artists in this month’s top 5 so be sure to check them out if you haven’t already.
Remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit so we can see even more new people next month 

  • 1st) subversiveasset – SimCity 2000 Music Suite

 

  • 2nd) Mohmega – Break the Targets from Super Smash Bros. Melee

 

  • 3rd) Earth Kid – Where We Used to Be – Main Theme Harp Cover from Xenoblade Chronicles 2

 

  • 4th) Justin Thornburgh – Wind Scene Rhodes Cover from Chrono Trigger

 

  • 5th) Kalu4ii Plays – Vampire Killer – Heart of Fire Metal Cover from Castlevania
    This song is also on Scarlet Night Pixel Mixers Castlevania Tribute Album 

 

See you next month for the best of October and best of luck everybody that submits songs!
Please make sure to upvote your favourite covers on the subreddit so that we can feature plenty of new artists each month!

 

Castlevania (1986 – 1996) – Scarlet Night [Tribute Album]

Time flies, and we are already celebrating our 20th VGM Tribute Album!
And for that we needed to cover one of the most famous and beloved franchise: Castlevania!
For this album we decided to “only” cover songs from the games released between 1986 and 1996 to give ourselves the opportunity of making a 2nd Castlevania album in the future with the other games.
But for now, here is our Castlevania Tribute album: Scarlet Night

You can download our album for free by clicking on this picture =>

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Or directly with this link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/7tut0kzyd268m7o/Pixel+Mixers+-+Scarlet+Night+%5BCastlevania+1986+-+1996%5D.zip

This album features 29 songs out of 11 games from the Castlevania franchise.
We gathered 41 musicians and the total length of the album is 88 minutes!

This might be our darkest and heaviest album so far, mostly due to the nature of the original product! But do not expect only metal, there are funk rock, electronic music, baroque and even some fusion-ish jazz tracks!

If you want a taste of our album before downloading, here is a trailer:

You can vote for your favourite tracks with this poll: https://www.strawpoll.me/16414541

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/Hashel
Artwork: OzoneOne & Mind Waker https://soundcloud.com/ozoneone & https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti https://www.youtube.com/user/Swiggles1987

Cool Links:

– Pixel Mixers FB https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G
VGcover Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/

Our 20 free VGM Tribute Albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

Hope you’ll enjoy Scarlet Night!

Join our next projects: Shovel Knight, Donkey Kong Country, Indie Games Vol.2, Ecco the Dolphin, Zelda Wind Waker & Skyward Sword… And more by joining our Discord Server

August’s Most Upvoted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during August 2018.
As always we want to push for new artists to appear on these lists so please try to remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit and to check out the artists that you usually wouldn’t

 

  • 1st) Furyxx – Dark World Violin/Guitar Cover from Zelda: A Link to the Past

 

  • 2nd) Ro Panuganti  – Temple of Time Metal Cover from Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    This song is also from The Temples Album. Ro’s new Prog-Metal tribute to Ocarina of Time. You can pick up the album to support him here. 

 

 

  • 4th) Danilo Ciaffi – I Was Born for This from Journey

 

  • 5th) VictorTheGuitarNerd – Kids Run Through the City from Final Fantasy VI
    This was another song that was also on our FF VI album World’s Requiem available here.

Thank you for voting this month and please remember to upvote newer covers on the subreddit so we can hopefully see you in the top 5 for September!

 

Pixel Mixers in 21 days of Video Game Music (Part 2)

Last week we interviewed some Pixel Mixers who took part to #21daysofVGM challenge launched by Video Game Music Academy, but not all of them! For those who don’t know, the challenge consists in writing a short piece of music every day for 21 days in a row, in order to make composition part of the daily routine of a musician.

Like the last time, I invite you to press the “play” button here below to enjoy a selection of the entries during your reading!

Lord Bif is a veteran among Pixel Mixers, delving in rock, folk, jazz and wherever his moustache senses the rhythm. “It’s been a while that I wanted to compose more, to work on my skills, try new things, get new challenges. This #21Daysofvgm was the perfect occasion to do it steadily, forcing myself not to postpone it for tomorrow and break my procrastination side! I was surprised how some creativity came out of this challenge pretty easily. It gave me motivation, and this motivation built creativity. It allowed me to create things I didn’t think I would be capable of. So this, as well as self-confidence, was some of the greatest benefits in participating!”

Finding time was hard somedays, but that was the point: no excuse! It didn’t need to be a polished 5-minute song everyday. That leads to the other hardest part: saying “it’s done, lets’ put it online”, even if it was far from perfect. But it’s a skill to have too, and I’m glad this challenge forced me to do that.”

He leaves us with a final word of encouragement: “Composing is awesome. If you’re a musician, even if it’s just for yourself, for fun, try to compose things sometimes, it will make you do progress in so many ways!

Listen to Lord Bif’s entries

If you say Dewey Newt, you say groove. Despite not being on time for the official subscription, Dewey decided to throw his retro sounds in the ring and have everyone bob their head to them regardless.

“Joining the challenge was a spur of the moment decision: everybody in the Pixel Mixers Discord started posting their tracks, and it looked fun, so I joined in as well! It seems like I got just a general boost in skills (laughs). I feel like I’m a little better at coming up with an idea, a little better at taking what I hear in my head and writing it down, a little faster at producing a track. etc.. Just some overall really good practice!”

“The hardest part for me it was finding the time. I had to travel for my job for two weeks during the challenge, and that really limited how much time I could spend making something. Even with 20-30 minutes, some kind of musical idea was possible! Great job to everybody who participated, I’m glad I could join in on the fun!”

Listen to Dewey’s entries

Last, but hopefully not least, today is Danilo Ciaffi, who is totally not interviewing himself for this article. “I took on this challenge because I wanted to test the part of music making that is more of a craft than just ‘having the inspiration’. I also seized the occasion to explore as many genres as I could, which one does not always do when composing in the little time he has, and this was surely my favourite part. On the other hand this was also the hardest part, because usually composing something in a genre you are familiar with is much faster than coming up with something you’ve never tackled, but again, this was part of the fun! I also had the chance to confront myself with many other talented musicians, give and receive feedback and learning from my peers, which surely gave me much as a composer”.

Listen to Danilo’s entries

To conclude, the moral of the story confirms to be the same: even though finding the time is hard, composing is definitely a rewarding activity for any musician.

If you enjoyed what you heard, I suggest you check out the artists featured or any other artists who took part in the challenge: the amount of talent will surely surprise you!

 

July’s Most Upvoted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during July 2018.

We’re still trying to push for new artists to appear on these lists so please try to remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit.

 

  • 1st) Danilo Ciaffi Feat. Pixel Mixer – Dancing Mad  from Final Fantasy VI
    This song was also on our FF VI album World’s Requiem available here.

 

  • 2nd) Toxodentrail  – Corridors of Time Animated Cover from Chrono Trigger
    Toxodentrail’s cover was also on At the End of Time and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross fan album by our friends at GameLark 

 

  • 3rd) Tremendouz Feat. Kiaran Jay, Bullicann, and ThePopStarDude – Aveh, The Ancient Dance from Xenogears
    This song is also available on our Xenogears album Shattered Memories.

 

  • 4th) Ro Panuganti and Mattattack – Gerudo Town from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

 

  • 5th) psycosulu Feat. subversiveasset – The Serpent Trench from Final Fantasy VI
    This is another song from our FF VI album World’s Requiem

Thank you for voting this month and please remember to upvote newer covers on the subreddit so we can hopefully see you in the top 5 for August!

 

Secret of Mana – Whispers from a Verdant Grove [Mini-Tribute Album]

It’s been a while since our last Mini-Album, but it’s time to release a new one!
And for that we decided to make a tribute to the iconic OST of Secret of Mana, that was remade (for the best and worst).
And so “Whispers from a Verdant Grove” was born!

You can download our album for free by clicking on this picture =>
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Or directly with this link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/u9279j7ujdtbdz4/Pixel+Mixers+-+Whispers+from+a+Verdant+Grove+%5BSecret+of+Mana%5D.zip

This Mini-Album features 14 songs from the soundtrack composed by Hiroki Hikuta for SquareSoft in 1993.
25 musicians worked on those rearrangements, the length of the album is a bit more than 49 minutes.

This is, I think, one of our most cohesive album since Huntress (our Metroid 2D Games Album), music style speaking, with a lot of acoustic instruments, like woodwinds or acoustic guitars, for the majority of the songs. And then a kind of old-school prog/fusion-ish feeling for the others.
Even if the few songs with a different style there is always a little something that feels like the songs go well together!

If you want a taste of our album before downloading, here is a trailer:

You can vote for your favourite tracks with this poll: https://www.strawpoll.me/16171790

And a huge THANK YOU to every one of you who downloaded this album 😀

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/Hashel
Artwork: Mind Waker https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
Album Mastering: Dacian Grada https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVDkhWI0arWWOzjKgVd3S2Q

Cool Links:

– Pixel Mixers FB https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G
Don’t hesitate to check our 18 previous free VGM Tribute Albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

I hope you’ll like “Whispers from a Verdant Grove

Stay tuned for our next projects:
Castlevania Series Album (pre 1995 era)
Shovel Knight Mini-Album

 

Pixel Mixers in 21 days of Video Game Music (Part 1)

July 1st to 21st took place the #21daysofVGM challenge launched by Video Game Music Academy. The challenge consists in writing a short piece of music every day for 21 days in a row, in order to make composition part of the daily routine of a musician.

Some brave Pixel Mixers embarked upon this exciting adventure, so we decided to interview them. But first, why not pushing the “play” button here below to listen to a selection of the entries while reading about our members’ experience.

We asked our members what motivated them to take on the challenge, what they feel were the major benefits and difficulties.

The first to answer these questions was Dacian Grada, the highly prolific synth-metal cover artist on YouTube. “I’m not really used to composing original music, so this was the perfect opportunity to hone my skills.” he said, “The real benefit for me was the sense of accomplishment from doing a new original composition every day, often really different from the previous one, making me realize I can in fact do some original stuff if I put my mind into it. Coming up with original melodies was (and still is) the biggest challenge, i still need to learn how to properly do one, but I feel I’ve definitely improved with this!”. 

Listen to Dacian’s entries.

Mind Waker was already featured on this website, and didn’t disappoint in this challenge delivering as usual tracks of great variety“I just made it for the challenge, but I’m happy to have some ideas to work on later – there were few tunes I definitely want to polish to full songs. The hardest part later  on was just to come up with something interestinghe continues, “sometimes you just need to go with the uninspiring idea and work on it until it sounds interesting. The important part is just to finish and work on something and not to wait for the inspiration”.

Listen to Mind Waker’s entries

Relatively new in the Pixel Mixers community, Moonbike surely didn’t waste his chance to prove himself a skilled and eclectic composer.“I love participating in game jams, and I love composing original video game songs. It’s hard to finish these pieces sometimes, especially under tight deadlines, so I thought this challenge would be a great way to practice completing songs in a timely manner and build the habit of composing every day. This challenge also pushed me to grow as a composer and expand my repertoire of techniques – which is invaluable – and introduced me to many other talented composers! […] The hardest part was finding the time to work on a new piece every day. It was a time sink, and often took hours out of my day when I had other things to do. Sharing my completed tracks with other participants definitely motivated me to keep going.”. 

Listen to Moonbike’s entries.

As the name suggests, Piano Game Knight is a pure pianist, mostly known for his Chrono Cross piano covers. He told us of his experience in the challenge too: “I mainly wanted to level up my piano improv skills by composing ideas from my head to the piano based on the prompts/challenges given to myself. Also to get out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to create something daily and sticking to that schedule to the end even if I’m busy with life and work. The biggest benefit for me, in the end, was having 21 ideas that we could build upon in the future for ourselves and maybe make an album! Also it was nice to see different people’s approaches to the challenge”.

Listen to Piano Game Knight’s entries.

Despite different motivations and obstacles, all these musicians agree on one thing: composing everyday is challenging, but a great learning experience, especially in a context like the #21daysofVGM, where plenty of people make this together and provide feedback and encouragement each other.

P.S. If you listened carefully to the playlist in the beginning, you have heard tracks from artists not in this list. Did we interview them? Stay tuned to find out!