Donkey Kong Country – Treetop Tunes [Tribute Album]

Hey friends, here is our very last album of 2018:
Treetop Tunes, a tribute to Donkey Kong Country music!
2018 has been an amazing year for us, we released some of our most ambitious projects ever! So thanks so much to everyone who participated in any way to the making of those albums. And thanks so much to everyone who took a bit of time to listen to our arrangements and even leave some kind words, those mean a lot to us =)
I wish to all of you, a really nice 2019!

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/2icf5sva3248b7x/Pixel+Mixers+-+Treetop+Tunes+%5BDonkey+Kong+Country%5D.zip

This album features 35 songs from the original DKC Trilogy, but also the GBA version of DKC 3, DKC Returns and DKC Tropical Freeze!
We gathered 44 musicians to make more than 2h of music!

We do not own any of the music, they were mostly composed by David Wise & Eveline Fischer.

And guess what? You can listen to the full thing here!

You can also vote for your favourite songs of album!
Part 1: https://www.strawpoll.me/17119155
Part 2: https://www.strawpoll.me/17118881

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcpgG0SRIUPuY-HSS_QWgBw
Artwork: FabianM https://twitter.com/wandmeister
Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti https://www.youtube.com/user/Swiggles1987

Cool Links:

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

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

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Elements Vol. 1 by Infinity Tone [EP]

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Karol Kosacki (aka. Infinity Tone), one of our member just released his new EP called “Elements Vol. 1” a powerful metal album entirely made with virtual instruments !

“I’m 33 years old and I live in the suburbs of the capital of Poland, Warsaw.
I work as an AI/Gameplay programmer for Flying Wild Hog (Shadow Warrior anyone?), while also fulfilling my passion as a part-time, freelance composer.

I’ve been creating music in one form or another for a very long time, mostly focusing on energetic metal, rock, and various electronic genres. I love doing covers of video game music, but I also create my own tracks. I believe that creatively arranging a song composed by a different musician can be a very valuable lesson and can grow you tremendously. Other than VGM, I find my inspirations in almost any genre, as I listen to everything from classical and film music to metalcore and dubstep.

My latest original EP, “Elements, Vol. 1” is a natural progression for me. It’s building upon the style of my previous albums, which I most often describe as alternative metal. As I’m using virtual instruments in my arrangements, I also like to refer to it as “artificial metal“.

The EP contains everything I love – energetic riffs, hard-hitting drums, dynamic patterns, and, as a bonus, tracks referencing my yet another passionscience. It’s the first part of a larger project and I hope you’ll find the music interesting enough to look forward to part two!

Cheers!”

~Karol Kosacki / Infinity Tone~

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You can listen to the EP on Spotify:

Or on Youtube:

You can also buy it on iTunes and almost anywhere else – Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, you name it. All the links are in the description of YouTube video above.

Social links:
https://www.youtube.com/c/infinitytone
http://infinitytone.com
https://twitter.com/infinitytone
https://www.facebook.com/InfinityToneMusic/

November’s Top 5 Up-Voted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover subreddit during November 2018.
Remember to upvote the covers that you’ve enjoyed on the subreddit so we can see even more new people next month!

  • 1st) Ro Panuganti – Field of Hopes and Dreams Bollywood Version

 

  • 2nd) TeraCMusic – Final Fantasy -Prelude Cover

 

  • 3rd) Eric L.  – JENOVA Jazz Cover from Final Fantasy VII 

 

  • 4th) StyrofoamShotgun  – The Final Battle from Lufia

 

  • 5th) Brendan Vavra – Pushing Onwards Accordion Cover from VVVVVV 

 

See you next month for the best of December 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!

 

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!

 

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!