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!

 

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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!

 

Gravity by Danilo Ciaffi [EP]

DaniloDanilo Ciaffi, a regular Pixel Mixers‘ member, known for the quality of his arrangements and mixes, but also for his composer skills, has released his 1st EPGravity“!

I am 25 years old and, after many years around Europe, I settled to live in my home-town, Rome.
I just graduated in pure mathematics while being a part-time freelance composer, and I’m now trying to make these two passions of mine coexist in the world of sound technologies.

I started making music at the age of 15, when I picked up a cheap guitar with the intent of writing down some songs ideas I had in mind.
Through the years I played and composed in pretty much any genre, until at the age of 20 I started getting into narrative music and soundtracks. I am currently scoring a video game and working on my own concept album.

Inspiration can come from literally anything: a picture, a sound I like, a story I want to tell or I just wake up with a motif in mind.
In any case I tend to start with very small seeds and grow them until they become a full piece (or more). The most part of the process comes in fact after the sparkle, at the time to expand on your little fragment of music, to choose the sound you want and to work on making your idea into a finished track.

Gravity” was born when some friends asked me to write the music for a side-scrolling game set in a space station.
The game got cancelled eventually, but I got really interested in the kind of sonority I was exploring and kept working on it. I took inspiration from the sound of 80’s synths, but I also wanted my tracks to feel modern and “digital”, which was a very instructive and fun challenge.

~Danilo Ciaffi~

Gravity

You can listen to Gravity on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/4ZZG2uJ6KrK12dVugKB9uN#_=_
Or buy it on Bandcamp:
https://danilociaffi.bandcamp.com/album/gravity

Danilo’s Social Medias:
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube

June’s Top 5 Up-Voted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /subreddit during June 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) Eldon Reeves – Trailer Theme from Fire Emblem Three Houses

 

  • 2nd) Gunderslam/Tremendouz – Ryoshima Coast from Okami

 

  • 3rd) Ro Panuganti – Main Theme from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

  • 4th) Danilo Ciaffi(feat. Pixel Mixers Members) – Ballad of the Windfish from Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening


Danilo’s cover is also from our Legend of Zelda Tribute Album: Hylian Downfall

  • 5th) PeyCa Ft. Kiaran, ChrisMan, and xMEIYIN- Schala’s Theme from Chrono Trigger

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

Top 10 most up-voted VGM Covers in 2017!

This article highlights the 10 most up-voted songs during the year 2017 on the  VGCOVER REDDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2nd) Theme of Love, an otomatone cover from Final Fanatsy IV OST interpreted by Mklachu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3rd) Ballad of the Wind Fish, an orchestral rock cover from TLoZ: Link’s Awakening, by Danilo Ciaffi and Pixel Mixers. This song is also a part of our classic 2d Zelda games tribute album “Hylian Downfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4th) The Prelude, a prog-ish cover from Final Fantasy OST by Hashel and Pixel Mixers. This song is also a part of our Final Fantasy I tribute album “The Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 7th) Valse di Fantastica, a sax cover from Final Fantasy XV OST by Subversiveasset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 8th) Brinstar Red Soil, a post rock cover form Super Metroid OST by Danilo Ciaffi

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 9th) Moo Moo Meadows, an acoustic cover from Mario Kart 8 OST by Genna Renee. This song is also a part of our Mario Kart tribute album “Rhythm Raceway

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you guys soon for more awesome VGM Covers to share 😀