Selected Sorcerian PC88VA Game Recordings

October 4th, 2013 niki

Hey guys ! Remember when I posted this in 2009 and kinda implied there’s be a follow up ? Well there it is !

In this pack, you’ll find the never released on disk soundtracks of the 5 Selected Sorcerian games.

As hardcoregaming101 puts it, “The Selected Sorcerian disks were created through a contest held by Comptiq magazine of Japan. Users submitted scenario ideas/designs, and the editor-in-chief of Comtiq and the president of Falcom presided as judges. Each scenario disk contained two new scenarios to embark upon.”

They were licensed by Takeru Soft and developed by Amorphous, and as such no “Sound Team JDK” member worked on the music. Hiroshi Nishizawa and Daisuke Takahashi handled it pretty well though and the Sorcerian feeling is there indeed. Some of the original compositions occasionally were re-used too.

These recordings of the PC88VA versions were found on Japanese P2P software Share years ago.

So yah, eventhough that’s not exactly Falcom work here, that’s still something new for most of you Falcom fans to feast your ears to ! Enjoy ! ^^

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New Ys 2 Special Recording

October 4th, 2013 niki

Hey guys, long time no see !

First of all, an exiting update concerning the Ys 2 Special Game Recording I posted a while ago.

zonx, from South Korea, posted a comment on the entry some months ago that unfortunately got lost in the spam filter. I thankfully went through the pending comments containing URLs tonight and noticed it through the pile of viagra advertisement in there.

Here’s his message:

“Hi. I’m zonx from South Korea.

I think that your recordings are based on files in here : http://pl.ssu.ac.kr/~delios/adlib (now it closed temporally.)
But, that is not an actually game recording.
It just play *.rol files with bank file and recored it. The uploader said that some instructions are missed. (There is the note of the uploader wrote in Korean.)

So I play the game, record it digital, and make public a “Perfect” Ys II Special Game Recording at my blog.
Here it is : http://zonx.egloos.com/5753483

[unused] is the bgm that not used in game. It cannot be play on game so I copied the recordings on http://pl.ssu.ac.kr/~delios/adlib
[secret area] is the bgm that you entered secret area.
[Game World…… ver.] is arrange tracks.”

So yeah, many thanks to zonx for his work and for posting about it here !!! VGM fans worldwide united !!! ^_^

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Might & Magic 6 Redbook Audio

August 10th, 2012 niki

Western RPG music ! It’s been a while eh ? I have already posted some older Might & Magic tunes in the past, and I thought I would add the CDDA rip I made from episode 6. The excellent Tim Tully isn’t there anymore, and have been replaced by the Baca/King/Romero trio that will compose most of the franchise soundtracks for a while. While the next Might & Magic and Heroes games will focus more on bombastic, choir driven soundtracks, this one still relies on simple, atmospheric melodies, which I personally prefer. The mood goes from eerie to dark, and many nostalgic chords feel the soul of the veteran RPG player with this is old craving for adventures in an unknown fantasy land.

Enjoy !

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Fantasm Soldier Valis PC88

July 18th, 2012 niki

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More than a year since an update. I hope you guys still have us in your RSS readers !

Anyways, here are recordings from the first 1986 Valis game. Both PC88 OPN and OPNA versions are contained in the archive. I converted them from an s98 archive long ago, and don’t know how faithful they are to the originals, but they stand, in my opinion, among the most impressive early chiptune works. Shinobu Ogawa was still the only composer for this fist episode, before Tenpei Sato joined him for the more popular episode 2 (which contains rocking tunes as well indeed).

What I like about what we have here, is how complex some of these tunes are, and yet how crystalline they sound. There’s a lot of metal influence, as been proven since then by the awesome Toshinori Hiramatsu, and the mood varies from epic, to dark and melancholic in 15 short songs.

Anyway, enjoy ~

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Romancia Pack

March 29th, 2011 niki

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In this archive:

. Romancia PC88 (1986)
. Romancia Famicom (1987)
. Romancia ~ Another Legend PC (1998)

Neither of those ever properly made it to CD, eventhough Romancia, without being mind blowing, contains a handful of nifty melodies by Yuzo Koshiro and Takahito Abe. The PC88 recording was encoded from a .s98 log and contains all the original compositions. The Famicom one was encoded and edited from a NSF rip, and contains the sometimes surprisingly arranged original compositions as well as the extra tracks by Compile who ported the game. Finally, Another Legend are recordings from the MIDIs extracted from the game .exe. Ported by Unbalance for Windows in 1998, you could play the game in both original and “arranged” mode. Some of the arrange versions are interesting, especially the Castle Romancia one, in my opinion.

Enjoy ~

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Xanadu PC88 Music Pack

March 27th, 2011 niki

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More unreleased Falcom goodness. Contained in this archive are PC88 recordings of Xanadu and Xanadu Scenario 2. Original 1985 Xanadu music doesnt do much more than introducing the famous “La Valse pour Xanadu” theme by Toshiya Takahashi. Xanadu Scenario 2, however, raises the bar with many beautiful and catchy melodies by Takahito Abe and Yuzo Koshiro.

Enjoy ~

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Brandish VT PC98 Game Recording

March 26th, 2011 niki

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Here is the original music to the, so far, last chapter in the Brandish series (Brandish 4 is actually the same game ported to Windows). The original PC98 music wasn’t ever released anywhere by Falcom, so I decided to record it from Hoot some years ago. While being atmospheric and pleasant, the music here is nothing special by Falcom’s standards. Oh well, it’s unreleased Falcom. ^^

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ps: Knurek mentioned to me some years ago that some percussion samples were missing from my Hoot archive when I recorded this. I think it’s hardly noticeable except for a couple songs, and thus never re-recorded the whole thing, but thought I’d mention it ~

Ys 2 Special Game Recording

March 23rd, 2011 niki

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I never thought I’d one day make something as awesome as adding “FalcomandSoundTeMP” tags to an entry here on saladedemaïs. This day has arrived though, and to explain how, I will quote Seldane/FM77, who’s responsible for bringing that gem to the light:

“In 1994, something fantastic was created. A Korean company known as MANTRA released a game called Ys II SPECIAL – under the slogan “Features For The Future.”

“Ys II SPECIAL is – just like Ys II ETERNAL – a remake of the original Ys II. However, Ys II SPECIAL is so much more than just a remake. It can be compared to what Taito did with Ys IV: Mask of the Sun. They gave the game a whole new layout – a whole new feel – and named it Ys IV: Mask of the Sun – A New Theory. This is what MANTRA did – they made “a new theory” of Ys II. (Although – unlike Taito – MANTRA succeeded in it.)”

Exited yet ? Wait for the rest …

“It contains all the music from Ys II, but since this game contains so much more than Ys II does, it needs more music. And it has. Lots of it. And it is good! It was composed by a group of Korean musicians known as soundTEmP.”

Bam. There you go. Suddenly you realize there’s Falcom music arranged for DOS Adlib by the composers of Ragnarok Online out there. Oh, and I don’t know about you but I’m also an Adlib fan by the way. So yeah, I just had to get my hands on this. A link to a Korean website containing all the recorded tracks was posted on Seldane’s Ancient Land of Ys, but turned out to be dead. Fortunately, I managed to get them from someone who carefully saved them (thanks again Groenegel <3), and could finally feast my ears on this improbable awesomeness. And here it is delivered to you, faithful *cough* readers. I tagged, renamed and reordered everything according to the usual Ys 2 tracklisting, incorporating SoundTeMP’s work here and there. I didn’t play the game though, so the order probably won’t make sense to those who did (approximately 7 people outside of Korea, that is).

As a bonus, I added arranged tracks from this album. ;)

Well, enjoy !!! :D

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edit 24/03/2011: tracks reordered and renamed after Groenegel’s recommendations ;)

Read Seldane’s full Ys II Special Article

edit 04/10/2013: new proper recording by zonx !

Sylvan Tale Game Gear Game Recording

March 22nd, 2011 niki

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Another Game Gear RPG soundtrack here. Developed by Sega itself, the music was composed by Saori Kobayashi of Panzer Dragoon fame. The main theme melody is very pleasant, and the whole thing has that typical Game Gear clear “bumpyness” that I personally like a lot. This archive was encoded from Johnnyz’s unreleased .vgm game log that he sent me a couple years ago. Props to him ~

Anyway, enjoy !

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Miraculum PCFX Game Rip

June 3rd, 2010 niki

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The PCFX is a quite obscure system, and so are the few games on it. I happen to own one though, and used to be quite fascinated with it. Developed by the now defunct RayForce, which gave us Startling Odyssey and Star Breaker on the PC Engine, Miraculum is a nice little RPG. It doesn’t shine by much aspects and I didn’t play far into the game, but the few nice tunes I heard while playing made me want to hear more. Sadly, the game has no redbook tracks.

I recently stumbled on a thread on one of the few PCFX dedicated forums on the web where Mednafen offered ogg recordings of the ADCPM rips he did of the game. I promptly grabbed them and was pleasantly surprised with what I heard. The rocking battle themes are especially enjoyable, with a very Iwadare feel. Watching the end credits on nico revealed that a certain Kenji Ikeda was responsible for them.

The sound isn’t perfect, as Mednafen himself said his ADCPM rips weren’t completely accurate. I mailed him about a way to enhance this, but he has yet to answer. So, this is as good as it gets ~

Many thanks to Mednafen again, and enjoy !

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Ys 3 PCE Game Recording & Redbook Audio

May 10th, 2010 niki

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Same concept as the Ys 1 & 2 one posted a while ago. This contains all music from the Ys 3 PC Engine game, including the Japanese redbook tracks, the PSGs, and the US dubbed redbook tracks. Maybe my favourite Falcom work ever ! =D

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Dualtrax Music Archive

February 8th, 2010 niki

folderIf you were pirating software back in early 2000’s, you’ve probably already heard Dualtrax’s music. This awesome chiptune artist composed many rocking keygen tunes for various release teams, including the infamous Orion. Dualtrax’s website has been down for a while, and it’s sad, so I decided to share the mp3s I did from the .xm files he used to have hosted there. You’ll find keygen music in there, as well as many other bouncy chiptunes. I left the filenames formatting and structures as close to the original archives as possible. Thought it was more in the spirit. :3

… where the stars come out at night …

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Revival Xanadu 2 Remix PC98 Game Recording

December 10th, 2009 niki

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Here is one of the few remaining never-released-on-disc Falcom pieces. While Revival Xanadu 1 music was published on the Falcom Special Box ’96, Revival Xanadu 2 just never appeared anywhere, eventhough a lot of it’s music are original pieces. What we have here are epically melancholic progressive chiptunes, often quite reminiscent of Brandish. Hope you like them !

Recorded from Hoot’s OPNA set.

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Sorcerian Additional Scenarios

December 10th, 2009 niki

88_s20_vanelubaIf you’re familiar with Falcom, you’re probably familiar with the Sorcerian series.  If you don’t, Sorcerian was one of Falcom’s early game, ranking 5 in the Dragon Slayer timeline.  The game was basically divided in several scenarios, and you got to play as one of your typical RPG class, recruiting new members in Pentawa, the main town of the game. Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa and a few others scored this game, and it was a great success.

So much that Falcom decided to release additional scenarios to the game. This time, Mieko Ishikawa did all the music by herself. You can find some arrange versions of her work on Sorcerian Super Arrange Vol.2 and Vol.3. Those are actually the only official releases you’ll find music from those titles on.

And there come those PC88VA game recordings I found on Share years ago. In this first archive, you’ll find music from Sorcerian Additional Scenario Vol.1, Vol.2 AKA Sengoku Sorcerian and Vol.3 AKA Pyramid Sorcerian. It’s full of pretty rawking Mieko Ishikawa chiptunes, so I hope you’ll enjoy them ~

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Nobuo Uematsu Early Works Vol.1

December 8th, 2009 niki

coverSomething that needed to be done for a while. Yes, there is a pre-Final Fantasy Uematsu, and here’s the first part of these unknown gems. This first volume focuses on the Japanese retro PC releases, while the second will be about the Famicom ones. Warpstar recorded Genesis, Alpha and Blassty some years ago, and I completed his work with recordings from King’s Knight Special PC88 version from Hoot, and a wave write of Aliens 2 KSS archive.

Enjoy these rare pieces of the most famous video game composer on earth ~ ^^

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Novastorm High Quality Game Rip

November 16th, 2009 niki

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Soooo I’m finally back with an internet and my first action will be to post Drick’s Novastorm high quality rip he posted in the comments of Bobske’s original release.

Many thanks to him for his hard work ! <3

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The Smurfs GB Game Recording

June 5th, 2009 niki

coverAnother game I used to play as a kid. I was very surprised to notice the music was that good when I launched it again a couple years ago. The music was composed by Alberto Jose Gonzalez, who’s starting to get some recognition in a number of chiptune niches. The style of Mr. Gonzalez is definitely typical of the European VGM scene, and I would even say some of the structures and melodies of his songs make me think of European medieval compositions (while remaining catchy as hell). I definitely need to rip more of his Game Boy works.

The best track (to me?) in this rip is obviously the insanely epic BGM 09 which was, I think, played on the sled stage. The Nes and Master System ports are neat as well, but the Game Boy version is definitely the most powerful. Maybe I’ll upload those as well later ~

Anyway, enjoy !

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Alberto Jose Gonzalez on Bucky’s Corner: 01 / 02

Golf Game Boy Game Recording

May 30th, 2009 niki

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A tiny, tiny rip this time ! Me and my brother used to play that game a lot, and as such it deserved a rip hehe. Probably won’t interest those who didn’t play it, but I think many people got this back in 1990 ~

Enjoy !

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Toki (aka Juju Densetsu) Arcade Rip

May 18th, 2009 Emperor Udan

When I was about 8 years old, my dad often give me a coin to play Arcade Machine on sunday. The nearest Arcade Machine near my home was Toki, also know as Juju Densetsu in Japan.
I loved this game even if it was very difficult to me.
Years later, I trie Toki on Megadrive/Genesis but this version is far away from the Arcade version (too far, crap I mean).
I now will take my revenge on this game, buying the Jamma version for my beautiful New Astro City! ^^
Musics are from Yukihiko Kitahara for the Jamma version, the Megadrive version was adapted by Pierre-Eric Loriaux from Ocean French team and he make a great job, but it’s not exactly the same taste to me.

Hope you enjoy this piece of my childhood memory .

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Novastorm PC Game Rip

May 18th, 2009 niki

cover3I never played Novastorm. I’ve been familiar with some of it’s music for years though, via the French magazine game music CD I posted a while back. Having re-listened to it recently, I decided to finally seek the complete soundtrack for it, convinced from the quality that I would find a CD-DA redbook easily. Mistake ! Turns out the game’s audio is embedded into some complex compression system and that there’s no way to easily rip or even record it ! Player One Magazine must have received master tracks from Psygnosis themselves when they made that CD in 1994.

Anyway, searching around on the web, you soon notice that this soundtrack left a strong impression on those who played it. Youtube gameplay videos are full of music requests and lamentations over the lack of an official soundtrack. Among these, I noticed a person called Bobske who was claiming he actually recorded the game audio and could send it to anyone wanting it. And he did ! This is his work I am sharing here.

Sadly, I soon noticed the recording contained many skips and clicks. When I asked him about it, here was his answer:

“Yeah, that’s the problem with running old games on new hardware. Had to use DOSBOX to run the game. It works, but it isn’t perfect. The game had some slight delays and little distortions. I edited out most of the audible distortions but unfortunately, I couldn’t fix them all.”

So that’s it ! This version is pretty much the best it can get, unless someone goes through the trouble of running the game on an old ’94 PC, or the master tracks are finally released by Psygnosis and Rik Ede, the composer.

Anyway, great music. Techno-ish sci-fi atmospheres, both epic and hypnotic, quite typical of the old European game music scene. Level 4 Stage 1 remains one of my favourites. Really too bad they didn’t choose CD-DA support !

Many thanks again to Bobske, and enjoy the music ~

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!!! edit: Dricks has since then completed a high quality game rip ! Get it >> here <<