Aliased Road by Alek Fleischer [EP]

aliased_road_coverbanner.jpgThose who follow Pixel Mixers are surely familiar with Alek Fleischer‘s glitchy, granulous, intricately textured synth sounds and ambiences. Well, he just released his EP “Aliased Road”, where he surely delivers the electronic goodness you’d expect from him.

I live in Washington and I’m 18 years old, but I was born in Oregon and have been making electronic music in some capacity since I was only nine. (It understandably didn’t sound that good at the time). I think a lot of Pixel Mixers started with covers right off the bat and are only recently branching out into originals, but I went through the opposite process. Generally I see original music as my main musical focus and VGM covers as a side gig (albeit a very rewarding one!), so I’m excited to share it here.

I’ve done a couple tiny game soundtracks (including for my own solo development). These include “Quality Television”, an absurd puzzle game I made about hypnotizing guards with a TV, and “OVERFOWL”, an action-focused jam game by a collaborator about overflowing your stats. Early on, I spent a lot of time making bizarre little demos. You can find some of these in an earlier album, “Vertical Slice”. It only covers a fraction of that; you’ll likely see more of it in future releases. But over time, I’ve become a lot more focused and consistently happy with my production. These abandoned tracks become less and less common the more recent in the project file list you look.

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That progression culminates in “Aliased Road”which is entirely comprised of tracks made this year for specifically this purpose. It’s a glitchy synthwave EP. Even though it’s a short album, I tried to take the listener on a journey. It opens with a banger, but that first track unexpectedly ends with breaking down into glitchy breakbeats. The album gets wilder as it goes, and was a lot of fun to experiment with! That first track’s followed by pseudo-ambient pieces with modular percussion, melodies made from glitch sounds, and intense tracks reminiscent of French EDM. But however weird it gets, it never loses sight of its synthwave roots. I hope you enjoy it!

~Alek Fleischer~

You can listen to “Aliased Road” on Spotify or purchase it on Bandcamp or iTunes.

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Pixel Mixers FAQ

Pixel Mixers in general:

– What gear or equipment do I need to make covers for Pixel Mixers?

All you need is something that allows you to record yourself with a decent sound quality, could be guitar interface, midi controller, mics… Or you can directly write midi into your DAW. Speaking of DAWs it’s what you need to “mix” your songs, the most used within PM community is Reaper for its free demo (or affordable full version) and user-friendly interface

– Does Pixel Mixers accept donations?

For now we haven’t set any donation system. The only costs for PM are the annual €99 for the wordpress premium account. For now the best you can do to help is to share our albums or website around you and make Pixel Mixers known.

– What makes this community different from others such as OCRemix, Materia Collective, etc..?

First of all, we make free albums, like OCR but unlike Materia Collective or GamelarkRemixes. Which also means we do not license our albums.
We are still new and we do not have the reputation of OCR or Materia Collective that benefits from a great number of active and “famous” members.
We also try to stay “beginner friendly” and help new members to learn to improve their mix and arrangements.
Finally we do organize monthly VGM contests where the people who might “not be ready for albums yet” can practice and improve and benefit from feedback from the other contestants.

Pixel Mixers Discord Server:

– What are the benefits of joining the Pixel Mixers Discord server?

The Discord server is the heart of PM’s community life. We use Discord to talk together, organize albums, discuss contests and covers, look for collab partners, and determine future projects with polls. So if you want to be at the core of what Pixel Mixers is, if you want your opinion to be heard, meet other people sharing the same passion and keep track of all the projects, that’s the place to be!

– What’s the best way to stay informed about Pixel Mixers albums and projects?

Join the Discord server and keep an eye to the #announcements room for all official news! We also have other places worth checking like this website, the Facebook, the Twitter, the Youtube Channel and the VGCover Subreddit.

– How do roles work, what are their purpose?

There are 2 kind of roles, the ones you can’t assign to yourself such as:

– Pixel Mixers: you’ll get this role after engaging a bit with the community (usually between 80 and 100 messages). This role will give you a custom colour based on your “instrument role” (see bellow) and access to post in the #shareyourcovers room on Discord.

Quality Control Team: This team checks the quality of songs destined to be on PM albums and provides feedback and tips for improvement.
Only mods and admins can give this role. QCT members are volunteers who greatly help the community, anyone can volunteers as long as you have experience in mixing.

Mods: they are the Pixel Mixers staff, they moderate the Discord and have some roles in the community life, like organizing contests, mastering the albums, making articles for the website, setting the Discord or the bot, finding ideas to improve the community life and PM in general, promote the albums, promote Pixel Mixers

The second kind of roles are self-assignable roles that will represent the instruments you play or your skills. To do that go in the #beep-boop” room on Discord and write .iam X. You can replace the “X” by those roles:
– Strings
– Brass
– Drums
– Vocals
– Keys
– Woodwinds
– Other
– Bass
– Guitar

The higher up the role is in the sidebar, the rarer it is within the community. For example, we have fewer strings players and more guitar players.
Your custom colour will be based on the rarest of your assigned roles.

There are 2 other self assignable roles:
Artist: If you draw, paint, or make visual art. Visual artists are essential for our album artwork!
Composers: if you compose original music, vgm inspired or not.

Pixel Mixers Albums organization:

– How can I be on a Pixel Mixers album?

For that you have to keep an eye on what’s happening in the PM community life, either on Discord, VGCover Reddit or our social media. There will be announcements of the next projects to come and other announcements when those projects start.
From then, just follow the guideline in the project announcement to join in.

– What is the difference between a mini-album and album?

Mini-Albums have a track limitation, the number of songs on those albums must be between 7 (minimum) and 15 (maximum). The goal of the mini-albums are to focus on lesser known games/series or shorter OSTs. You can only make one song for those.

Normal-Albums do not have any track limitation (except the actual number of songs in the OST, as we do not want duplicates) and you can make 1, 2 or even 3 songs for those.

There is a 3rd kind of album: the Full-OST-Albums. There are rare because we cover every song from the OST. These are more difficult to organize for our smaller community,

– Can I make games/themes suggestions for the next Pixel Mixers albums?

Yes! Usually when we start the making of an album, we will elect the theme of the project that will come after. First, we take a day or so to let people make themes/games/series suggestions, we collect them and put them into a large poll.
This poll will be shared inside and outside the community for the Normal-Albums, but only inside for the Mini-Albums. After few days, we’ll keep the top 5 of the huge poll and make a final poll that we’ll only share within the Discord. After few days, the suggestion with the most votes wins!

– How many songs can I submit for a Pixel Mixers album?

For the “Normal-Albums“, once the “V1” of the mix of your 1st song is sent to QCT you can claim an other song, as long as this song was not claimed by someone else. The maximum is 3 songs per main arranger. However you can be a “guest” on other people’s songs as much as you want!
For the “Mini-Albums” you can only do one song, but you still can be a “guest” on as many other songs as you want.

– Can I sell the covers I specifically did for a Pixel Mixers album?

Yes, you can sell that cover on a personal album or as a single track as long as, when you share it, you highlight the fact that the song was made for a PM Album and that it’s available for free + link to the PM album itself.
It must be clear and visible, so don’t hide it at the bottom of your video description!

– Can I use a song I made for a Pixel Mixers album in another community album?

No, this is strictly forbidden and can cause a temporary ban from any PM project for a significant amount of time.
However, using songs you did for PM in your own “compilation” album is totally fine, as long as it’s not labelled by another community.

 Pixel Mixers Albums hosting:

– Why not use Bandcamp for Pixel Mixers Albums?

As you know, Pixel Mixers does free VGM Tribute Albums, we do not sell. The problem with Bandcamp is that the number of free downloads is really limited, even more so with a free account. We would likely reach that limit in less than one day after the release of a new album. And so, people would be forced to pay to download our Albums and we do not want that.

– Why does Pixel Mixers use Mediafire for hosting its albums?

Because, so far, Mediafire is the only website that have those following qualities:
completely free to use, unlimited free downloads, viewable download stats, ability to edit a file while keeping the same link, no file size restriction and storage restriction of 51GB (which is more than enough for our needs).

– Aren’t Mediafire links dangerous for my computer?

No, as long as the file is safe there is no danger at all. And we can guarantee you that we take great care of our album files and that since we started in early 2016 there was not a single complaint about our albums being corrupted or having viruses.

XenoGears – Shattered Memories [Tribute Album]

My dear friends, it’s time to release our newest project: “Shattered Memories” a tribute album to XenoGears music!
We made this tribute album to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game, release in February 1998. We gathered more than 60 musicians and re-arranged 36 tracks from the OST!
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/ukgcaijuhbms49f/Pixel+Mixers+-+Shattered+Memories+%5BXenoGears%5D.zip

The soundtrack was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, the famous composer of Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross. If XenoGears still has some of his musical signature, the global mood is more serious and dark than CT&CC, due to the main themes of game, being really mature.
The Length of this album is almost 2 hours and 20 minutes, we covered most of the tracks from the OST (36) and tried to give a new “life” to those VGM gems!
Once again we tried to bring as much as variety as possible, with: prog rock, metal, classical, jazz, folk, Celtic rock, fusion, EDM and more!
If you want a taste of our album before downloading, here is a trailer:

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

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/Hashel
Artwork Main Design: Michael Walker https://twitter.com/Solgabane?s=09
Artwork: Mind Waker https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti https://www.youtube.com/user/Swiggles1987

If you want to follow our future projects (Secret of Mana, Castlevania, Shovel Knight, Donkey Kong Country, Indie Games Vol. 2…) or even join them as a musician here are some nice places for you:
– 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

Now some polls to elect your favourite songs per disk 😉
– Disc 1: Alpha => https://www.strawpoll.me/15999680
– Disc 2: Omega => https://www.strawpoll.me/15999705

Hope you guys will enjoy our XenoGears album 😀
Don’t hesitate to check all of our other albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

 

FINAL FANTASY VI – WORLD’S REQUIEM [TRIBUTE ALBUM]

Hey guys, I have the pleasure to present our brand new project:
Final Fantasy VI – World’s Requiem.
This is a Tribute Album to FFVI Music, featuring all the songs from the Original Soundtracks, rearranged and interpreted by 71 musicians from the Pixel Mixers Community!
58 songs, for 3h 25min of free 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/9t93furgsrtrkua/Pixel+Mixers+-+World%27s+Requiem+%5BFinal+Fantasy+VI%5D.zip

We do not own any of those songs, they were all composed by Nobuo Uematsu for Final Fantasy VI OST, published by SquareSoft in 1994 for the SNES.

This album features 3 “discs” called “Esper“, “Super Sanity” and “World’s Requiem“.
We decided to share the songs in a way to create some “narrative arcs” between the songs, so the order is different from the OST.

This is our best album in term of production, the making took us 9 months but i think the final result was worth the wait! I really hope you will also enjoy this album!
The is a huge variety of music styles, from Orchestral, to EDM, Metal, Jazz, Acoustic
Some arrangement are close to the original product, others took a lot of freedom and tried to bring the songs somewhere else, hope you’ll appreciate this kind of variety =)

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

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

Project Director: Hashel https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel
Artworks & Trailer: Mind Waker https://www.artstation.com/mind_waker
– Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti https://www.youtube.com/user/Swiggles1987

If you want to follow our future projects or even join them as a musician here are some nice places for you:
– Pixel Mixers Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/
– Pixel Mixers Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G

Now some polls to elect your favourite songs disc per disc 😉
– Disc 1: Esper https://www.strawpoll.me/15619323
– Disc 2: Super Sanity https://www.strawpoll.me/15619331
– Disc 3: World’s Requiem https://www.strawpoll.me/15619351

Hope you guys will enjoy our Final Fantasy VI album 😀
Don’t hesitate to check all of our other albums: https://pixel-mixers.com/2018/04/08/pixel-mixers-albums-list/

Pixel Mixers Album List

2016

12369109_161053324254283_1089205421205598303_n Final Fantasy VIII: “Seas of Time
Horror Games: “Songs from a Nightmare
04 Chrono Trigger & Cross: “Clockwork
the_great_tale_of_the_little_ones_by_toxodentrail-daffv9r Indie Games: “The Great Tale of the Little Ones
01 Pokémon Red & Blue: “Catch This!

2017

the-legacy Final Fantasy I: “The Legacy
Harmony Rayman: “Harmony
The Court Sessions Ace Attorney Series: “The Court Sessions
Hylian Downfall.png Zelda 2D Classics: “Hylian Downfall
The Roses of Rebellion Final Fantasy II: “The Roses of Rebellion
Album Art MS-DOS Games: “Backup
Huntress Metroid Series: “Huntress
The N. Sane Jam [Cointzz] Crash Bandicoot Trilogy: “The N.Sane Jam
Rhythm Raceway [Crust] Mario Kart Series: “Rhythm Raceway

2018

ThePopStarDude_boostpower_MW_edit F-Zero Series: “Boost Power!
GREEN_GREEN_ALBUM Kirby Series: “The Green (Greens) Album
World's Requiem [Mind Waker] Final Fantasy VI: “World’s Requiem
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Kirby – The Green (Greens) Album

Hey VGM friends, here is our 1st “big album” of 2018: The Green (Greens) album!
A tribute to Kirby music, including titles from the great classics Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, Kirby 64 and many more!

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/27q97mirhyt2z37/Pixel+Mixers+-+The+Green+%28Greens%29+Album+%5BKirby%5D.zip

We do not own any of the music.
They were all composed by their respective composers for the Nintendo Company:
– Hirokazu Ando
– Jun Ishikawa
– Shogo Sakai
– Tadashi Ikegami
– Tomoya Tomita

This album features 19 tracks, from 8 different Kirby games, arranged by 30 musicians for more than 1 hour of free music!
Music still goes from Heavy Metal to Jazz and with smooth blues or electro and fusion!

The very first Kirby game “Kirby’s Dream Land” was released on Game Boy in 1992, the series is still going on and features more than 20 games, the last one being “Kirby Star Allies” that’s going to be released this year for the Nintendo Switch.

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

– Project Director: Hashel
– Artwork: Pokérus VGM
– Mastering: Ro Panuganti
– Trailer: Mind Waker

If you want to follow our future projects or even join them as a musician here are some nice places for you:
– Pixel Mixers Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/
– Pixel Mixers Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G

Finally here is a poll to pick your favourite tracks form this Album 😀
https://www.strawpoll.me/15108393
Hope you’ll like our work on Kirby music!

F-Zero – Boost Power! [EP]

Hello guys, here is our very first release of 2018, our F-Zero mini-album “Boost Power!
This is a tribute to the music from the full series, including the original F-Zero, F-Zero X, F-Zero GX and F-Zero Maximum Velocity.
You can download our album for free by clicking on this picture =>

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Or directly with this link: http://bit.ly/2AVPUH7

We do not own any of the musics. They were all composed by their respective composers for the Nintendo Company:
Daiki Kasho (F-Zero GX)
Masaru Tajima (F-Zero Maximum Velocity)
Mitsuteru Furukawa (F-Zero Maximum Velocity)
Naoto Ishida (F-Zero, F-Zero Maximum Velocity)
Taro Bando (F-Zero X)
Yumiko Kanki (F-Zero)

This mini-album features 12 tracks, made by 12 musicians for 35 minutes of free music.
It is a mix of electro and metal, with a pinch of chill and jazzy music.

The 1st game of the series was released in 1990 in japan for the SNES and the last was F-Zero Climax in 2004 for the GBA.

If you want to know how it sounds before downloading, here is a trailer:

– Project Director: Hashel
– Artwork: ThePopStarDude
– Artwork: Mind Waker
– Album Mastering: Ro Panuganti

If you want to follow our future projects or even join them as a musician here are some nice places for you:
– Pixel Mixers Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/VGCovers/
– Pixel Mixers Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PixelMixers/
– Pixel Mixers Twitter https://twitter.com/Pixel_Mixers
– Pixel Mixers Discord https://discord.gg/2YmK66G

Finally here is a poll to pick your 3 favourite tracks form this EP 😀
http://www.strawpoll.me/14826831
Hope you’ll like our work on F-Zero music!

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 😀

December Top 5 Up-Voted Covers

Here are the top 5 most upvoted covers on our VGCover /Reddit during December 2017.

  • 1st) Shiveria Town (Snow Kingdom) from Super Mario Odyssey by Medllix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2nd) Main Theme from The Legend of Zelda (Series) by Toxodentrail & Pixel Mixers
    This track was also featured on our Zelda Album “Hylian Downfall” which you can download here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3rd) Dark World from A Link to the Past by VideoGamesG33k & Pixel Mixers
    This track was also featured on our Zelda Album “Hylian Downfall” which you can download here

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4th) Toad’s Turpike from Mario Kart 64 by Hashel
    This track was also featured on our Mario Kart Album “Rhythm Raceway” which you can download here

 

 

 

 

  • 5th) Beneath the Mask from Persona 5 by Psamathes & Dacian Grada

 

 

See you guys in 2018 for more amazing covers, happy new year to everyone =)