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A Hotline Miami 3LP release can now be backed on Kickstarter

I don’t normally do news posts for Kickstarters as there’s some uncertainty related to whether or not they’ll happen – but this is a big one, so I’m making an exception!

Ever since the release of the game, the Hotline Miami soundtrack fans have requested that the soundtrack receives a vinyl release. And the demand and interest only increased after the game’s sequel received a vinyl release last year.

Now it can finally happen! In collaboration with Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital, the label Laced Records have launched a Kickstarter for an official 3LP release of the original Hotline Miami OST + 4 bonus tracks.

The records come on a color each – one black, one red, one yellow – and will come in a triple gatefold cover with brand new artwork by Niklas Akerblad and Protski.

Laced Records is aiming for a £40,000 goal on Kickstarter to make this happen. If it succeeds a first pressing of 5000 copies will be made. Early bird pledges is £30 and when those are out it will be £35. Additional tiers are available for extra Hotline Miami goodies as well.

You can back the Kickstarter here

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Iam8bit to release the soundtrack to No Man’s Sky on vinyl

Along with the release date announcement for No Man’s Sky earlier today (June 21 for those wondering) Iam8bit announced  that they will release a series of merchandise items for the game – including a vinyl release of 65daysofstatic’s soundtrack.

The album will be released on 2 180g colored records – it appears one is light blue while the other is dark red. The cover art is done by Simon Stålenhag while the gatefold art is by Kuldar Leement.

The album will be priced at $35 and as of announcing it there is no hints on when it will be released.

You can place a pre-order via iam8bit’s US store here and via their UK/EU store here.

UPDATE: iam8bit have stated that they’re aiming for a late-June release. Also – they are now offering media mail on orders from their US store.

You can listen to the track “Debutante” from the album on YouTube.

It appears “Debutante” isn’t on the final album. You can, however, stream the new track “Supermoon” from the OST via Soundcloud now.

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The Streets Of Rage 2 OST can be ordered from Data Discs on February 27

Data Discs have just announced that their next release will be Yuzo Koshiro’s soundtrack to Streets Of Rage 2. It was revealed already last year that Data Discs will be releasing the soundtracks to the entire Streets Of Rage trilogy on vinyl, but it isn’t until now that we’ve had news about the series second installment.

They are opening for pre-orders on Saturday (Feb 27) and orders are expected to ship early April. The release will be a 2LP (a first for Data Discs) in a gatefold sleeve. It will come with two lithographic prints with archival artwork and of course an OBI strip. The soundtrack has been fully remastered in collaboration with Koshiro himself and will include four bonus tracks in the shape of demos, alternate versions and unused music.

As per usual there are several variants – one limited, one regular colored and a black. The limited edition will be on clear vinyl with black smoke and red splatter, while the regular colored will be on clear vinyl with black smoke.

As stated earlier pre-orders won’t open until Saturday, but when that happens they can be ordered from here: http://data-discs.com/products/streetsofrage2

Also please note – subscribers to the Data Discs newsletter will receive a code for early access to the pre-order so if you’re not signed up now might be a good time to do so.

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NOTE: There are many more releases planned before SoR3. While it has been confirmed by Data Discs that they will release it, there is no indication on when that will happen and – as far as I know – it is not scheduled to be released anytime soon.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. brings back Taito and Konami goodies from Japan

As some may be aware, Ship To Shore PhonoCo. went to Japan a few weeks back and since they returned they’ve been dropping hints on what they’ve been up to.

To begin with they announced a partnership with Japanese game company Taito spanning several releases from Taito’s catalog of classics.

They haven’t officially announced any titles from these releases yet, but I’ve been in touch with them and have been allowed to let you guys know a bit more about these upcoming Taito releases.
First of all I can announce that they’re currently working on 3 releases and the plan is to continue the Taito partnership with more releases after those.
Secondly, I can say that they will do at least one compilation release and that you can expect music from Bubble Bobble, Night Striker, PuLiRuLa, and Gun Frontier. I know of one more title, but you’ll have to wait for an announcement from Ship To Shore themselves to learn more about that.
Finally, they have told me that all the music will be sourced from files that come directly from Taito’s archives. They let me listen to a few samples and I can safely say that you have every reason to be excited about these releases! It should also be noted that these first 3 releases will be arcade soundtracks and not arranged music.

But Ship To Shore have even more licensed Japanese titles lined up! Yesterday it turned out that they didn’t just meet up with Taito – they met with Konami as well and have shown images from two Konami releases that they will be giving the vinyl treatment along with the text “Coming soon”.

The first game they teased is the 1991 space RPG Lagrange Point, whose soundtrack was composed by Akio Dobashi, Noriyuki Takahashi, Katsuhiko Suzuki, and Atsushi Fujio. The game is the only one to ever release with Konami’s special VRC7 sound generator integrated circuit, which allowed for an impressive increase in sound and music quality. It was teased with an image of a lagrange point as well as these in-game screenshots:

Lagrange Point - Screenshots

The second game they teased is the 1988 cyberpunk adventure Snatcher (written and directed by the legendary Hideo Kojima) whose music was composed by the Konami Kukeiha Club. The game was teased with this game animation:

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For the Konami releases Ship To Shore have tweeted that they will not be vinyl reissues of existing CD releases, but rather new releases in their own right, so it will be interesting to see the tracklists when more details are revealed.

So far no release dates or estimates have been mentioned, but if Ship To Shore’s Twitter-activity is anything to go by, then I think we can expect more news very soon. Stay tuned for more updates!

blip blop has moved to a new domain!

I’ve been teasing this for a while (so if you’ve followed me on social media it’s probably not a big surprise) – and now it’s ready!

blip blop is now officially located at https://blipblop.net. The old site will stay live, but some content has been removed for SEO reasons and can only be found on the new site (news posts and Now Playing-posts).

Is everything on the new site perfect? Probably not. I’ve been looking around for bugs and issues for the past couple of weeks and I think I’ve get the most annoying ones fixed at this point. But of course there’s a chance that I’ve overlooked something. If you find a bug or you’re having issues with parts of the site please feel free to contact me.

I was originally planning to just do a clean move from the old site and have it ready by November last year, but ended up feeling that it needed some serious improvements. These are (mostly) done now and I’d like to present some of the new additions below:

The Releases
Every single release on blip blop now has it’s own individual release page. This means all different versions of a title will also be individually represented. This took a lot of work, but ultimately means that it’s much easier for you guys to use the search function to find specific releases.

A lot of parameters have been added to each individual release and when opening a release page you’ll now see links to the involved composers, performers and labels as well as the games and/or platforms represented on the release. Along this you’ll find a lot of practical info such as catalog number, release year, release country and more. And of course there’s still VGMDB and/or Discogs links for all releases that have one or both of these.

For a full breakdown I suggest reading the Understanding Release Pages-guide, which I wrote to explain all this new data in greater detail.

New Page Categories

I’ve added even more categories to the left sidebar, including one for DJ Breaks And SFX releases, a list of Pony Canyon’s G.S.M. releases and one for a brand new type of releases that wasn’t represented on the old site – releases with Vinyl Data.

More Resources

As noted earlier there’s a guide for understanding the data in release pages, but I’ve also added a guide on Getting A Proper Turntable Setup. This was done because I’ve noticed a lot of people getting introduced to vinyl records via these new video game music releases so I thought it’d be appropriate to do a simple guide on what equipment you’ll need, what the equipment does, where to find it, and so on.

As we are seeing more and more both brand new as well as more experienced labels getting into the video game music on vinyl business I’ve also added a list of Current VGM Labels with links to their stores, social media pages, etc. This list is a good way to get a quick introduction to each label and follow them on social media for the latest updates.

Automated Data

This is mostly enjoyable for myself as it makes it much easier to create, edit and update data on each release as I only have to do it in one place now (where I had to do it wherever a release was mentioned on the old site). This means that titles are now represented in several category pages and under several games (even if it’s a compilation release) when it’s related to a lot of titles.

This also brings me to a favorite feature of mine – the sidebar calendar. It gets the data from upcoming releases and will always display the five upcoming titles that are closest to their release date.

Secrets!

We’ll they’re not mind-bending or anything, but there are some funny things hidden here and there. I can’t really spoil those here now, can I? 😉

More stuff!

It’s still a work in progress – as I get more feedback on the new site and I learn to fix some of the known bugs (and those that will inevitably be found over the next couple of weeks) more stuff will be added and fixed on the site. I have more control over the content and functionality than ever before so I’m still open to suggestions!

Oh! And I fixed that damn left sidebar so that it will stay put when you scroll down on pages, which was probably the most requested feature of all!

Iam8bit will release the soundtrack to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 as a 2LP set

Iam8bit just listed a 2LP set featuring tracks from the soundtracks to XCOM: Enemy Unknown on disc 1 and XCOM 2 on disc 2. The soundtrack to these titles were made by Michael McCann, Roland Rizzo, and Tim Wynn.

The 2LP set will come on 180g blue and white marbled vinyl and the cover comes with original art by Filip Hodas (see mockups below). Both digital soundtracks will be included in the set. Pre-orders have opened now and the set is planned for a Q2, 2016 release.

Pre-order from the iam8bit US store here and the EU/UK store here

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The Banner Saga soundtrack to be released by iam8bit

Today iam8bit announced that they will be releasing Austin Wintory’s soundtrack to Stoic’s acclaimed Viking game, The Banner Saga.

The soundtrack will be released on a 2LP with one disc on blood red and the other on cream white 180g vinyl. The artwork was made specifically for the vinyl release by Arnie Jorgensen who worked as art director on The Banner Saga. This vinyl release also comes with a download for the full digital soundtrack.

Pre-orders will open January 21st and the record is expected to begin shipping in Q2 2016.

It can be pre-ordered through iam8bit’s US store here and their UK/EU store here.

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The Axiom Verge vinyl soundtrack will be released on January 18

We’ve known that Thomas Happ’s soundtrack for one of last years best-reviewed indie games, Axiom Verge, would be released on vinyl by Ship To Shore PhonoCo. for a while. However, it wasn’t until earlier today that we knew exactly when.

In addition to that we also received a handful of new information such as this release being limited to 1000 copies – 250 on “Axiom Disruptor” red/orange sunburst vinyl and 750 on purple marbled vinyl. The “Axiom Disruptor” variant will be exclusive to Ship To Shore PhonoCo.’s own webstore. Ship To Shore have stated that they will upload pictures of the different variants over the weekend and I’ll be sure to add them to the pictures of the artwork below (UPDATE: They’re up now – check below).

Not only was the game well received, but so was its soundtrack, which received praise from several vgm and electronic music outlets including a #1 spot on FACT Magazine’s list of “The Best 15 Videogame Soundtracks of 2015”. It will be released as a single LP, meaning that it won’t be the full soundtrack (which can be heard here on Bandcamp), but a selection of 11 tracks.

Something that wasn’t news (but still very good) was the fact that Ship To Shore not only will start taking orders on this release on Jan 18, but they’ll start shipping it the same week – no pre-orders!

The product page is already up so you can check out the tracklist, but you cannot place your order until Monday at noon EST.

 

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Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns soundtrack will be released on vinyl

A listing for the Guild Wars 2: Heart Of Thorns soundtrack have been put up on Iam8bit’s webstore.

The soundtrack is done by Maclaine Diemer, Lena Chappelle and Stan LePard and artwork for the vinyl version was done by Cory Schmitz. From the images provided (see below) it appears to be a 2LP on green splatter vinyl in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves. The score has been mastered specifcally for vinyl by Telegraph Mastering.

Additionally, ordering the soundtrack will give you a download link for the full digital soundtrack including bonus tracks.

The price is set at $40 and it is set to release in Q2 2016.

You can pre-order it from iam8bit here. EU customers might want to wait a bit as it is not yet up in iam8bit’s UK store.

UPDATE: It’s now listed on iam8bit’s UK store as well.

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Dustforce vinyl soundtrack to be released by iam8bit

Iam8bit have just announced that they will be releasing Lifeformed’s soundtrack to the game Dustforce on vinyl. From the mockup image (see below) it looks like it’ll be a single LP on clear translucent vinyl with swirl effect.

Release date is set to be Q1 2016 (hectic Q1 for iam8bit with FTL and Uncharted vinyl soundtracks also being released). The soundtrack has been specifically mastered for vinyl by Telegraph Mastering Studio and with brand new art by Drew Wise. The album will come with a Steam code for the game and the full digital soundtrack and will be limited to 1000 copies.

Pre-orders open tomorrow (Dec 3) through iam8bit’s store.

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