Videogame Music Arrangements

Over the past ten years, I’ve been writing arrangements or remixes of videogame music. It’s how I built up most of my chops, learned most of my production technique, and met most of my friends. From VGMix to the Dwelling of Duels competitions, you’ll find lots of my game arrangements here.

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The title was going to be “I Love Yoshi” but I thought it was more appropriate to pay homage to Perez Prado, the one and only King of the Mambo (and of Cha-cha-cha, as in the second half). This was sort of a midterm exam – I’m heavily studying harmony and orchestration for jazz ensembles [...]

My entry for Dwelling of Duels at Magfest 7. Three-way tie for 12th place — there were a lot of legendary entries that month. Theme was “Side scrollers”, and my intention was to make something that sounded like a 70s Kung Fu movie soundtrack, in the style of  Lalo Schifrin (one of my favorite composers). [...]

Splatterhouse is one of my favorite game soundtracks ever, and this is a big honking prog-metal medley of it, with tons of shredding and scary horror sounds. This is when I was at the peak of my guitar wanking ability, but I had not posted it here because the mixing really sucked. I had made [...]

A progmetal medley of Day of the Tentacle (Red Edison’s theme) and Monkey Island arrangements. Completely different from what I imagined the “stylistic intent” of the original songs to be; just a gratuitous metallification of completely non-metal themes. Nothing I can say will prepare you for the wank levels. Might even break your Widdly Meter.

I really don’t know why I did this, but I was playing Karnov the other day and I was like HEY imagine if they had a movie version of Karnov and they got Danny Elfman to do the score. I don’t know why I had that thought but this is the result. Took about an [...]

This is the first release on which I’m using EWQL Symphonic Orchestra samples, and the last on which I’ll be using BFD drums and my Ibanez RG220b. I’m retiring both in favor of Drumkit From Hell Superior (regular and custom/vintage) and a beautiful Schecter 007 (scroll down on that page for pics). I’m planning to [...]

This is a 22-minute medley of every song in the super metroid soundtrack (except wrecked ship), done for the Metroid-themed DoD compo. It was an important milestone, showing me how far I’ve come and how much I have yet to learn, but it’s very satisfying to have actually pulled it off instead of just sitting [...]

Whenever someone asks why something is malfunctioning or, in general, why something frustrating is happening, I like to reply with “SPACE PIRATES!” (formerly “TERRORISTS!”). How appropriate, then, as a title for a ..disco rendition of the metroid ending theme. Entered as a “joke tune” in DoD.

Guerrilla war is one of the most underrated NES soundtracks I’ve ever heard, and I knew that i had to arrange it for a DoD compo, despite its obscurity and unnecessary length guaranteeing defeat (I got 5th). You probably won’t like it if you’re not a Guerrilla war fan (it drags on a bit) but [...]

There was a “shred competition” involving castlevania 3′s “clockwork” track for a DoD competition, and despite lacking confidence in my shredding abilities, I entered and played the most complicated / acrobatic stuff I could. I underestimated the level of composition the other guys were putting into theirs, so mine is an oversimplified, less progressive arrangement.

This is the first stage and boss music from the semi-obscure turbografx/pc engine game, Aeroblasters. I have been wanting to arrange this for a hell of a long time, but I couldn’t play guitar or bass well enough to pull off the 70s rock style I envisioned until recently. I’m especially happy with the bass, [...]

I entered Dwelling of Duels, the monthly themed compo held on the Minibosses message board! This time the theme was Zelda, and I figured it was time to finally seriously attempt a Zelda medley. Here is my entry. I think I’m managing to improve my tone after so much help from Prozax and Ailsean, and [...]

This is one of the few times I’ve arranged a song from a system more powerful or recent than the NES. I felt this was just totally screaming for a heavy guitar-based treatment. Obviously, it’s one of my favorite games ever.

One of the best games ever ever ever! Yes, that is me singing!

(almost) the entire soundtrack from shadowgate arranged in a hard rock megamix. Yes, the ending is abrupt, but that’s how it is in the game when your torch runs out!

More a cappella madness! This time there is also a kazoo!

Michael was an undeniable badass in maniac mansion, and on the nes, his music completely ruled. This is a rap interpretation. Will the madness ever end!!!1

A 9-minute-long medley of half of the themes from the game – this is part 1 of a 2-part series.

Arrangement of the NES game, salsa style.

The best sega genesis soundtrack ever. Fuck streets of rage and phantasy star and sonic. There is no beating tj&e, ever.

Hip tanaka is god. God. This is what I believe he was trying to get at with his soundtrack.

The sequel to the bubble bobble thing. It’s slightly less frightening. ..actually no it’s still pretty frightening.

Don’t bother mailing just to say I am a sicko. I know.

Chill and fever. Remixed. Aw, yeah. I am messed up.

Level 1 from cv4 for Snes. Everyone’s like ‘it’s too short!’ deal with it, I’m lazy.

Castlevania ii remix. The initial town music, then the little box pops up and the night rolls in. Oh, yeah, it’s all chamber strings.:d

Arrangement of the final battle in final fantasy 3 (6 in japan)

The original mod version of the mp3.

Latinish remix of faxanadu’s music, starting with the first town theme.

Squarecore. All of the game’s music here, arranged!