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Podcast: NLFM Episode 4: The One With Datarock

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

There's a Norwegian, Dark Void Zero, de Blob, Mega rap and the aural debut of Sega's 16-bit beast — what more could you possibly want?

Welcome to another jolly good episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. We're joined in this bumper-length episode by special guest Fredrik Saroena, one half of the retro-soaked Norwegian band Datarock (courtesy of EA), to talk about remaking the immortal classic Rockstar Ate My Hamster, the band's love affair with the Commodore 64 and sounding retro without resorting to 8-bit. Oh yeah, and we've got a bunch of other cool music too.

NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the Virtual Console, also includes the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Master System, Turbografx-16, Neo Geo and Commodore 64. It's not all games either as we highlight chip musicians and albums we really like.

Here's what's cooking this episode:

1. Random - Splash Woman (Mega Ran 9)
2. Raymond Gramke - Cinematic Samurai (Eduardo the Samurai Toaster [official site])
3. John Guscott - Raydian Day (de Blob [iTunes])
4. Henry Homesweet - Pocket Monster (pocketmonster EP)
5. Steve - I Wish Vectorman Was Here (Steve)
6. Chris Huelsbeck - Level 1 (Mega Turrican)
7. Bear McCreary - Theme from Dark Void Zero (Dark Void Zero [iTunes])
8. Sabrepulse - Twilight Prince (Twilight Prince)
9. Datarock - Amarillion (Red [iTunes])
10. Koji Kondo - Ending (Super Mario Bros. 3)

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User Comments (9)



Machu said:

Alongside Leisure Suit Larry, Rockstar Ate My Hamster was one of the best games I played as a 13/14 yr old, so funny! I didn't know there was a remake in the works. I do now!

And wtf!!! Bear McCreary (of BSG) did the tunes for Dark Void & Zero? Awesome! Suddenly I need those games!

Thanks for the tunes!



vakama94 said:

oh, i guess this will be the only time i hear a dark void tune since none of the dark void soundtracks is avaible at the mexican itunes



Sean_Aaron said:

I'm halfway through the interview segment. Great show as usual, that Mega Ran track was amazing - more 8-bit Hip Hop please!

Ma, check it out they said my name on the internet radio!



James said:

Awesome stuff - Splashwoman was amazing and the De Blob track was too. Really good stuff Jon, there's nothing out there like this!



Sean_Aaron said:

It's worth checking out Random's website. That's only one track off an entire album worth of Megaman 9-related tracks which is available on iTunes. He's also got two albums available for free download of other material; I like his old-skool flava.

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