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chrono triggerI have been a huge fan of game music since I first heard it come out of my Apple II speakers back in the early 1980s. Today, game music is very impressive now that we’ve done away with the clicks and FM synth beeps of the past and moved into the age of pure digital audio. The first game that made me actually want to record its music to an audio CD was Chrono Trigger back in 1995. I was so in love with Chrono’s music that I recorded the audio output from the Super Nintendo and turned it into pure WAV data which I then burned onto an audio CD that I could listen to anytime. Several years later, Square made the Chrono Trigger OSV (Original Sound Version) available for purchase and I was in heaven. From that point forward, I began buying an insane amount of game music CDs.

It’s years later and a new, awesome trend has emerged: game music remixes! Let me tell you, if you thought the original versions of your favorite songs were great, you should hear what the hundreds of remixers have done over the past several years. The link to OCRemix on the left will take you to my favorite remix release site and don’t worry – everything is free! You can download literally thousands of game songs for absolutely nothing but your time and bandwidth! The filenames have been renamed to be easier to deal with (space characters suck for ftp) but all the ID3 information is correct and I’ve even included album art in the files for those of you with iTunes.

Okay, so many of you might be familiar with the popular game titles that have been released in the United States and Europe, but there are a lot of great games released only in Japan that have amazing soundtracks as well. I am posting some of my favorite songs from these obscure (to us) games – these are the original songs, not remixes. All remixes have the word “remix” below them. If you don’t find that word under the song, it’s an OSV. Have fun exploring the world of game music!

By the way, these song choices are my own favorites; they might not necessarily be your favorites.

Iris

Iris - Chika

Fire Tripper

Salamander Pro Fusion - Fire Tripper

To the Sealed Land"

Suikoden Celtic Coll. - To the Sealed Land

Shin Megami

Shin Megami Tensei - Big Map

Star Ocean 3

Star Ocean 3 - Till the End of Time

Kidou

Kidou - Kinda Nice Mood Music

Star Ocean 3

Star Ocean 3 - Fly By Contact

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Xenogears - Shevat, The Wind is Calling

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Unlimited SaGa - Journey Through Time and Space

Star Ocean 3

Star Ocean 3 - Lake and Marshes With Doubt

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Muv Luv - Rain Cloud

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Cherry Boy Niku Bittake - 23

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Arc the Lad - Truth

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Atelier Viorate - Trotting Through Darkness

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Guardian Angel Sound Collection - Melancholy

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Castlevania 1 - Wicked Orchestra remix by Scott Peebles

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Guardian Angel Sound Collection - Small Creatures

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Castlevania 2 - CV2K remix by McVaffe

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Chrono Trigger PSX - A Meeting with Destiny

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Chrono Trigger - Time Chill remix by mv

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Chrono Trigger PSX - One Sunny Day We Met

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Commander Keen - man sieht sich galaxie remix by analoq

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Dark Cloud - La Saia

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Die Hard Trilogy - I Love the Airport remix by texx sound

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DOOM - DOOMed E1M8 Boss remix by Rimco

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DOOM II - Monster Condo remix by Chuck Dodgers

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Ultima Online - Create1 remix by Ghetto Lee Lewis

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Ico - Save Me remix by SuperGreenX

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Lemmings - Lounge Lemmings by Mazedude

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Final Fantasy XI - Heavenly by mv

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Pilotwings 64 - Clear Skies remix by jcd

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Chrono Trigger - electric clouds by po!

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Salamander 2 - Sensation

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Secret of Mana - Secret of Spram remix by Mustin, Kassie!, JAXX

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Super Street Fighter 2 - Cammy by Night remix by mv

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Wild Arms - Adlehyde Castle Flow by po!

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Wolfenstein 3D - Nazi Requiem remix by Mazedude

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Chrono Trigger - Green Amnesia remix by SuperGreenX

Quinn Fox

Quinn Fox is one of my favorite remixers because his songs have a really smooth flow to them. There are two other remixers that share his style, po! and mv. You can check out all of their contributions on OCRemix and VGMix. Each site has different songs from these guys. Below you’ll find some of my favorite Quinn songs. You can find more of his stuff on his website.

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Phantasy Star 2 - Iceblink Alto

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Phantasy Star 3 - Nial and Neptune

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Phantasy Star 2 - Boss Uniform

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Sega Rally - Solace in Second

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NiGHTS - Somewhat Beautiful

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Phantasy Star 2 - Phillibuster

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Phantasy Star 2 - Mamabrain

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13 Responses to “Game Music”

  1. Ed Sterman says:

    Nice to know that some bloggers like you still spend the time and effort to produce quality content.

  2. Angel Munoz says:

    Thanks for sharing John. I see our tastes are very similar as I have a few of these on my favorite list too.

  3. EvilOne says:

    John, you should check out the Guilty Gear XX soundtrack. Metal gaming music. Is there anything better?
    http://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Gear-Original-Game-Soundtrack/dp/B00006961F/

    You should also check out this guy’s metal remakes of the Metroid soundtrack :
    http://www.metroidmetal.com/songs/

  4. Michael Main says:

    John Romero likes games like Xenogears? Man…I wish I could have been his friend.

  5. Peter Schaumann says:

    I believe it’s safe to say that there are not a single person on this planet who wouldn’t commit all sorts of criminal deeds for a friend like John, Michael.. Xenogears or not.

  6. Tye The Czar says:

    I really need to recommend music from the Touhou Project series of games. Though their tracks are heavily synth-based, the overall compositions are so good, independent music circles remix the songs with lyrics.
    In short, these games and their music deserve a LOT more attention. Here, have some links regarding Touhou Project:
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/touhou-project-%E6%9D%B1%E6%96%B9project
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Touhou

  7. Mikko says:

    Awesome music! I really enjoy listening these tunes while surfing the net. Thanks dude!

  8. Andrew says:

    Gosh, I haven’t visited Romero’s website since few years now. After I come back it surprises me as usual, how a man is still immersed in the joyful world of gaming… I am happy for you JR…

  9. Federico8086 says:

    This shot me into to the past.Thanks dude!

  10. Vinicius says:

    Doom musics? I should have guessed…

  11. Mikko says:

    I love this moody music. Really good site also. Brings back some great memories. Thanks JR.

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