Virtualosos 14- Luis Hernandez of Jazzpunk!

What an interview! We talk to Jazzpunk‘s Luis Hernandez about early influences, his work as noise impresario Mandelbrut, and of course the music of Jazzpunk. Check out the wildest studio I’ve ever seen on this old blog post. And thrill to the music…

Jazzpunk – Cocktail Bar Code (under intro)

Mandelbrut – part of Mandible Grinder (2008)

Mandelbrut – Liquid Light (live)

Mandelbrut – Liquid Light (live) (more from same track)

Mandelbrut – Ancient Loud

Prodigy – Firestarter (under talk)

Atari Teenage Riot – Revolution Action (under talk)

Carl Crack – Black Ark 1 (under talk)

Masonna – Frequency LSD

Void One – Again Again

Jazzpunk – Cocktail bar code

Raymond Scott – Turkish Twilight (original and electronic) (under talk)

Jazzpunk – Overflow Dissonance

Jazzpunk – Sequence 74

Jazzpunk – Sequence 69

Jazzpunk – Sequence 34, Dub Loop 1

Virtualosos 012 – Romance!

Romance here on Virtualosos this week, spurred on by my wife’s absolute fascination with Dream Daddy. Tracks this week span the history of romance in video games, including…

KATAWA SHOUJO:

Romance in Andante // Everyday Fantasy // Generic Happy Music // Letting My Heart Speak // Romance in Andante II

BALDUR’S GATE:

Main Theme // Underdark // Romance 1 // Romance 2

STARDEW VALLEY:

Main Theme // Spring // Winter // Wedding Celebration

PERSONA 5:

Butterfly Kisses // A Woman // Keeper of Lust

 

Virtualosos 011: Stemage and RETROGRESSION Vol. 1

What do you get when you play classic video game themes backwards? Stemage shows us with RETROGRESSION Vol. 1, as we walk through the thought and theory of reversing some of the music we know like the back of our (unreversed) hands. A short episode, but a great one! Virtualosos is podcast under a SOCAN 22F tariff.

Virtualosos 010: SkewSound: Grim Dawn, Gigantic, Chariot and Knee Deep

A great episode, in which we talk to all of SkewSound (sort of) about the company, their working methods, and of course their music… for Grim Dawn, Knee Deep, Gigantic and Chariot. A full hour of a great conversation!

Tracks:

Grim Dawn – Devil’s Crossing

Grim Dawn – Dreaded

Grim Dawn – Ugdenbog Forest

Knee Deep – Burnt Offerings

Knee Deep – Dirt

Gigantic – A Familiar Path

Gigantic – Bombastic Monastic

Gigantic – Ghost of an Ocean

Chariot – Main Theme

Chariot – Arctic Choir

Gigantic – Pilgrim’s Conviction

 

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Virtualosos 009: Space Is The Place

We’re heading to space for the 9th episode of Virtualosos, as we prepare a great interview with Skew Studios (Gigantic! Grim Dawn!) for next week. Tracks this week include Ben Prunty’s Faster Than Light (FTL) — Deepspace // Rockmen // Debris // The Last Stand —– Andreas Waldetoft’s Stellaris; Infinite Being // Birth of a Star ——- ¬†65 Days of Static and No Man’s Sky; Hypersleep // End of World Sun. Virtualosos is podcast under a SOCAN 22F tariff.

Virtualosos 008: DJ 8Bit Mullet / Street Fighter RVA

Crazy fun episode! We get into the Street Fighter RVA project, a 12-track hip-hop compilation, made for charity, and featuring only artists from Richmond, VA rapping over remixed music from Street Fighter II. Interview with DJ 8Bit Mullet, who is a mixing powerhouse in his own right. Tracks in this episode: Player Select, featuring Dope Solo ///
Yoga Master, featuring Tru Nice & Santa Kilmagik ///
Dread Kicks, featuring RT & Dope Solo ///
One Fall, featuring Black Liquid & Lord Slugg ///
Player 8, featuring INf1N1T8 & Dogfuck ///
You’ve Got Gall, You’ve Got Guile, featuring PT Burnem & Ninja Ropes ///
Take Me Away, featuring LithiumGod ///
Psycho Crusher, fearuring BC Music1st & Ant the Symbol ///

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Virtualosos 007: Buying Time

A bit of a grab bag this week, as an interview fell through, but lots of great music to play and explore! Coming up on a more comprehensive look at the GTA series of soundtracks, some music from GTA 5, then springboarding from that Tangerine Dream material to the woozy, sunny sounds of Hotline Miami. From there to my current gaming favourite, The Flame and the Flood, with Chuck Ragan’s bluegrass-infused music, and over to Tyranny. I’ve just started sinking my teeth into that game. And — at last — a little Wayne Newton, to send us on our merry way, and hopefully send some nazi punks on theirs. Danke Shoen, listeners!

Virtualosos Episode 006: Catch-Up Week! Child of Light, Persona 5, NieR, Shadow of the Colossus

It’s a catch-up week on Virtualosos, as I run through some great game music both new and old. Music this episode: // Coeur de Pirate, Child of Light soundtrack — Hymn of Light (under the intro); Pilgrims on a Long Journey; Aurora’s Theme; Dark Creatures; Woods Darker than Night; Off to Sleep // Persona 5 soundtrack — Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There; Life Will Change; Beneath the Mask (Instrumental) // Keiichi Okabe, NieR Automata — A Beautiful Song; Grandma-Destruction; The Color of Depression // Kow Otani, Shadow of the Colussus — Resurrection; Opened Path; The Farthest Land.
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Cited:
Coeur de Pirate segment:
https://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/article/coeur-de-pirate-child-of-light-ubisoft-release-interview ::
http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-heart-evolves-interview-coeur-de-pirate/ ::

Persona 5:
https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/23/15387602/persona-5-soundtrack-music ::

NieR Automata:

NieR: Automata Interview: Producer and Composer Talk Platforms, Music and More, Tease Future Reveals

Episode 005: Ryan Henwood

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Virtualosos is produced for CFRC 101.9 FM, live streaming at cfrc.ca, in Kingston, Ontario, and podcasting from www.shep.ca. The show is licensed to play via a SOCAN 22.F broadcast tariff. My name is Matt Shepherd. If you have questions or comments about the show, drop me a line at virtualosos@shep.ca.

Episode 004: Ryan Roth

Starseed Pilgrim, Yawhg, and (upcoming) Cryptark composer Ryan Roth is this week’s guest! A great interview about past work, upcoming games, collaboration, soundscapes for puzzles, and more… enjoy!

Tracklist:
Starseed Pilgrim: Overworld
Starseed Pilgrim: Starseed Hidden
Bonus Look: ???
The Yawhg: (oceans)
The Yawhg: [Omega]
The Yawhg: Shadows
Sokobond: Hydrogen
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build: Butterfly
Cryptark: i1-4J Dziban F4-1M
The Beginner’s Guide: Turn Back
The Beginner’s Guide: Vault
Modbox: Quadrilateral
Ryan Roth: Unreleased Atmosphere (game in development)
The Beginner’s Guide: Machine