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Podcast: NLFM Episode 7: User-Generated Content

NLFM Episode 7: User-Generated Content

Listener contributions, confusing homophones and Team Fortress 2 secrets revealed!

Oh hi, didn't see you come in there. Stay a while, and listen! Turns out we've got some fine musicians in the audience as we take a look to some listener-created tunes. We've also got a few select choices from The Megas, The World Ends With You, and the song that Akira Yamaoka would like blaring as he leaves this..

Playlist: Grasshopper Manufacture's Akira Yamaoka

Grasshopper Manufacture's Akira Yamaoka

Our new feature series explores the musical tastes of notable video game creators and figures. Former Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka kicks things off by sharing some of his favorite songs, including a very special funeral request.

If you've ever played a Silent Hill game then you're familiar with Grasshopper Manufacture's Akira Yamaoka. As the former composer and sound designer for Konami's..

Guides: How to Get Your Musical Creations Off Your DS

How to Get Your Musical Creations Off Your DS

With a lack of Export feature for most music software on the handheld, we show you how to preserve and share your masterpieces

DS-owning music enthusiasts have quite a few tools at their disposal for composing their latest and greatest, laying down that melody that came out of nowhere for use later or just plain old messing around with bleeps and...

News: This Beatboxer Has Clearly Played A Lot of Mario Games

This Beatboxer Has Clearly Played A Lot of Mario Games

Japanese musician performs some impressive beat-coin-boxing

We've seen some interesting 8-bit musical adaptations before, but Japanese beatboxer Hikakin has done the reverse, emulating classic Mushroom Kingdom melodies with nothing more than his mouth / throat combination. It's Rahzel meets Miyamoto in this incredibly impressive display of vocal...

News: Music On: Retro Keyboard Takes You Back in Musical Time

Music On: Retro Keyboard Takes You Back in Musical Time

Get tuned into retro gaming sounds

European DSi owners have already had the chance to tinker with the first entry in Abylight's 'Music On' series, the straightforwardly-named Music On: Electronic Keyboard, but the Spanish developer-publisher is ready to unleash a second bout of musical noodling with the imminent arrival of Music On: Retro Keyboard. Boasting all the main features of Electronic..

News: Scott Pilgrim Movie Features Zelda Music, Gets Miyamoto's Thumbs-Up

Scott Pilgrim Movie Features Zelda Music, Gets Miyamoto's Thumbs-Up

Upcoming film to include iconic tune

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim comic book series is receiving the cinematic treatment and is due to launch in the next few months. Full of video game references – here's a complete list just for fun – it looks as though that gaming spirit will transfer over to the big screen adaptation, as an interview with director Edgar Wright shows. Speaking with..

News: Rhythm Core Alpha to Turn DS "Into a Musical Instrument"

Rhythm Core Alpha to Turn DS "Into a Musical Instrument"

Music synth coming to DSiWare

Rhythm Core Alpha is the latest announcement in the recent batch of musical creation tools, this time from SoftEgg Enterprises. It will feature "powerful editing features," including freedom to customise drum patterns, basslines and melodies, and gamers can even use the stylus to play solos along with the patterns they've crafted. SoftEgg is touting Rhythm..

News: Digital Leisure Gets on the WiiWare Decks with Mix Superstar

Digital Leisure Gets on the WiiWare Decks with Mix Superstar

New music production tools incoming

Everyone's after a slice of the music gaming pie these days, with the latest – and arguably one of the most impressive – titles being the pocket studio Rytmik. Now Digital Leisure is aiming to do for WiiWare what Cinemax did for DSiWare with the announcement of Mix Superstar. With over 1,000 royalty-free loops included across dance, hip hop and techno it..

News: Lords of Shadow to Feature Classic Nintendo Castlevania Music

Lords of Shadow to Feature Classic Nintendo Castlevania Music

Super Castlevania IV's brilliant soundtrack is coming back from the dead

Castlevania producer David Cox has tweeted that the upcoming PS3/360 title Lords of Shadow is to feature classic tunes from older instalments of the series - more specifically the fourth title, which appeared on the SNES in 1991. Here's the tweet: Today I heard the waterfall music from Super Castlevania 4 fully orchestrated..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 6: Epic

NLFM Episode 6: Epic

Space, monsters and boss battles, oh my

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're splitting chip tunes and swirling epics right down the middle, with equal parts fantastic on both sides. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the..

News: Mark Ronson Mixes Legend of Zelda with New Video

Mark Ronson Mixes Legend of Zelda with New Video

Spot the references in this one

Mark Ronson's made a bit of a name for himself remixing and revamping other artists' tracks, so it's no surprise to see the video for his new track Circuit Breaker take inspiration from other sources. Nobody expected it to borrow so heavily from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, though. With a distinctive-looking overworld, green-capped hero and what looks..

News: Kick Back and Relax with Some Super Mario Kart Jazz

Kick Back and Relax with Some Super Mario Kart Jazz

The OneUps take guitars, organs, flute to classic soundtrack

Since Super Mario Kart launched on the European Virtual Console just a few weeks ago we've had those catchy ditties stuck in our heads all over again. Imagine our joy, then, when we stumbled upon a fully re-recorded and rather lovely-sounding soundtrack from The OneUps. Taking ten classic tracks and giving them a pleasingly laidback,..

News: DJ Shadow Sheds a Little Light on DJ Hero 2

DJ Shadow Sheds a Little Light on DJ Hero 2

A preemptive strike

For a sequel that hasn't been officially announced yet, DJ Shadow sure has no issues talking about DJ Hero 2, effectively beating Activision to the punch. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, DJ Shadow talks about the appearance of his in-game avatar, and the work going into producing content for the game. Having produced tracks for the first game in the series and made an..

News: Turn Your DSi Into a Virtual Instrument With the 'Music On' Series

Turn Your DSi Into a Virtual Instrument With the 'Music On' Series

Music On: Electronic Keyboard is the first in a new series from Abylight

The catalogue of DSiWare releases ranges from straight-forward games to various media creation applications; Abylight is the latest contributor to the latter. The company that brought us Fish 'em All! and Stop Stress: A Day of Fury has announced its upcoming range of Music On titles is a collection of virtual instruments, and..

News: Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

Mic check, one two, one two

We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..

News: New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

Cinemax teases with a new trailer

It's been almost two years since AQ Interactive laid down the beats on the Nintendo DS in the form of Korg DS-10; a music sequencer based on Korg's MS-10 synthesiser. While the bar was set admirably high, the developers came back with Korg DS-10 Plus earlier this year, giving DSi users double the amount of tracks to play with. With AQ Interactive being the main..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

Shake your plumber bootie

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're going to listen in on what makes Mario groove, go East/West (who knows?!) with the Kusagari and see just how epic one man can make the NES. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds,..

News: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Gets The NES Treatment

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Gets The NES Treatment

Classic rock album is re-imagined on the vintage 8-bit

Pink Floyd may be a band that your dad was into when he was younger but that doesn't deny them the privilege of being one of rock music's all-time greatest acts, and their magnum opus The Dark Side of the Moon still sounds amazing even today. But you know what would make it sound even more amazing? If it were re-done using nothing but the NES..