Mega Rock Carnival is a Triumph Among Doujin Albums

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Mega Rock Carnival is one of the newest Mega Man doujin albums to hit the scene. Produced by EtlanZ, who has long been in the game music arrangement scene, it was first released this weekend at the Mega Rock Fan Festa. This two disc album contains 37 tracks by a variety of artists, and representing all seven series.

But what makes it so special is who those artists are. It includes work from a variety of people connected to Mega Man, such as Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), BUNBUN (Mega Man 3), Makoto Tomozawa (Mega Man 7, Mega Man Legends), Seiko Kobuchi (Mega Man X Command Mission), and SENSORS made up of Ippo Yamada and other Inti Creates sound staff. Other tracks are backed by people who have worked in various game and anime music, people who do live shows and other well known doujin artists. For a doujin album it's loaded with a myriad of star power!

You can sample the album with these two cross fade selections: [audio:http://www.etlanz.com/megarock/disc_demo1.mp3] - Disc 1 demo [audio:http://www.etlanz.com/megarock/disc_demo2.mp3] - Disc 2 demo

Furthermore, while I was intending to keep this under wraps, I will say now: I have two copies of this album that we will be giving away on TMMN in the near future. Stay tuned for that opportunity!

100,000 Strong to Represent at Mega Rock Fan Festa, Seeking Funding for Big Project

249158_462879903786256_115459473_n A few months ago, we brought you word of a new fan-run event to celebrate Mega Man in Tokyo, Japan, called "Mega Rock Fan Festa." Some new information has come up about the event, including the attendance of Hitoshi Ariga, Ippo Yamada, and Yoshihiro Iwamoto.

What's more, 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 will have representation there from the Japanese branch of the effort. And by the sound of things, they have some very big plans in store for the event, though they've declined to elaborate further at this time except to say that "it's liable to obtain unfathomable amounts of mainstream coverage." Very interesting.

Unfortunately, these plans require funding, and while they've obtained a significant amount from their Japanese supporters, they're still a little bit short. If you'd like to contribute to the cause-- even for curiosity's sake-- then you can PayPal whatever you're willing to chip in to milktea[at]milcoco.net until June 10th, which is the cutoff date for the project.

If curiosity or simply supporting the movement isn't enough for you, however, there are also rewards that will be in effect for those who donate, with everyone who chips in receiving a copy of this mysterious project after Mega Rock Fan Festa concludes. According to Skybane Zero, "As someone who actually knows what this project is, let me reassure you all that your money is not going to waste in the least. This is the kind of thing that I'm sure many of you would happily fund on Kickstarter just to have a chance to experience it for yourselves!"

To give an idea of the scope of the project, they go on to reveal that they have enlisted the help of illustrator Hideki Ishikawa (who worked on Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2, among numerous other Mega Man titles from the Super NES/PlayStation era) to draw all of the artwork for the event. For those who don't recognize the name, here is one well-known sample of his work:

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Additionally, a smaller-scale western project will be making the rounds at the event as well. They'll also be showing off footage from the rocket launch (which has run into some editing complications at the moment) to help make those on the Japanese side of things more aware of the passion for the movement worldwide.

"Honestly, there's no way for me to fully express just how much I think this event could benefit our movement," Skybane Zero says. "This is practically the chance of a lifetime. Numerous iconic people in the Mega Man universe will be present for this, hundreds of passionate fans from all over Japan will be gathered, and above all, this event is taking place in Japan, where our main target, Capcom of Japan, is located. Giving a demonstration of our support in CoJ's own country is almost equivalent to being on their front lawn. Needless to say, the closer we are to them, the more likely our chances are of having our voices heard."

"Now," he continues, "I'm not saying that I think CoJ will be inspired by this show of passion enough to reinstate Legends 3. I'm not saying that they'll be touched enough to give us a proper apology (or reason) for cancelling the game. What I am saying, though, is this: if ever there was a chance to make them realize our passion, if ever there was a chance to convince them of the overwhelming demand for Mega Man Legends, now would be that time. So, by all means, if you'd like to see these plans come to fruition as much as we would, we'd greatly appreciate your donations!"

Of course, beyond Mega Man Legends, this is also a great opportunity to show how much passion there is for Mega Man in general. We wish 100,000 Strong the best of luck in reaching their goal and getting the project underway-- we're dying to see what it is!

Ippo Yamada Starts a Band, Knocks Out a ZX Tune

Here's a little something to cool you down from this blue-hot Mega Man and Sonic crossover news. Ippo Yamada of Inti Creates has seemingly started his own band, SENSORS. Ippo himself is on bass and production. Ryo Kawakami, who has also played a major role in Inti's Mega Man soundtracks, handles keyboards. And I'm not certain who T.G is, but he's on drums.

In the video above, SENSORS performs "Trap Factory," the well known battle theme for Prometheus and Pandora from Mega Man ZX. They also have an original tune on their site. Perhaps this is a sign of more arranged Mega Man music to come? At the very least, we might get some live shows in Japan.

Enjoy Live Communicated Rockman without Being There

Since last year, Inti Creates' Ippo Yamada has been organizing live performances called Live Communitcated Rockman where he and other artists setup and perform Mega Man music from games developed by Inti Creates, especially Mega Man Zero. To catch the act, you'd either need to be in attendance or watch live over LCR's Stickam account. However, LCR has recently added a replay on Stickam from their event in Akihabara earlier this year. I haven't watched it all, but the show picks up after a few minutes of strange 2001-esque sound canvasing. There handful of songs I heard were Mega Man Zero related, including some work from the recently release Resonnant Vie album. Hitoshi Ariga apparently also participates at some point as "Tambourine Man," indicating the manga artist still has more musical talent than I do.

I'd toss in an embed, but Stickam's player has a habit of starting automatically which I'm certain will get irritating. So just head over to the account to have a listen.

Thanks to Rocky Miyabi for the tip!

Rockman Zero Soundtrack "resonnant vie" Officially Announced

After Ippo Yamada confirmed a Rockman Zero album in the works last week, it's been officially announced over at e-Capcom today. The full, official name is "Rockman Zero Collection Soundtrack Kyoumei -resonnant vie-" or resonant life (which both kyoumei and resonant vie mean). It will release on April 21st (the 30th on e-Capcom) for ¥2,000 (roughly $24.48 US). The concept of "resonant vie" is meant to be a paradox of using organic, non-electric music to represent the outlook of machine lifeforms like Reploids. The album will contain a total of 13 acoustic arrangements of Mega Man Zero songs. This time Ippo Yamada is acting as producer, with all tracks being arranged by Luna Umegaki. The album will also include a a jacket illustrated by Toru Nakayama, and a 12 page full color booklet featuring liner notes by Ippo and an interview with Luna.

All that's probably left to see now is the game's track list and perhaps some samples, which I imagine will surface once the album page is added to Inti Creates.

News Credit: Wizaman

Ippo Yamada Announces New Rockman Zero Album

There are no details yet, as this just comes from a tweet. But next week, Ippo Yamada plans to release details on a new Rockman Zero album. Wonder what it could be! All this Rockman Zero attention lately sure is a tad suspect. Update: While the major announcement is still forthcoming, Ippo Yamada did mention some details about the album on Spiceman live stream. The album is being made to coincide with the reduced-price re-release of Rockman Zero Collection, and will be released next month. The temporary name for the album is "Rezonaview" (this may be the French raisonnable or "reasonable"), but seems to not be part of the "Remastered Tracks" series. On the stream, Ippo did play a portion of Clover (Zero 2's ending) arranged in piano. Violin arrangement is expected too.

Info via CAP Kobun, COCOROG, Spiceman @ Stream

Watch Live Communicated Rockman Now

Not sure how long this has been going on, but here is the live stream of Live Communicated Rockman, the live Rockman music hobby event headed up by Ippo Yamada, Hally and Seiko Kobuchi. Hopefully after the show is over, there'll be a replay to catch all the action! Edit: Removed the embed since the show is over, and the stream just airs a promo. You can access the stream directly here. Again, hopefully they will upload a playback, as there was a nice assortment of remixes at the time (though the stream was very laggy, unfortunately).

Ippo Yamada Hints at New Album

It's another instance where digitally stalking members of the games industry pays off. In a recent tweet, Ippo Yamada made this comment:

Presenting a soundtrack project summary. I must get to writing it up.

Of course, there's no mention of this soundtrack having anything to do with Mega Man, but honestly, I can't think of a time when a soundtrack from Ippo HASN'T had to do with Mega Man. Plus, the fact that Ippo has to make an project outline for it (presumably to get approval) would indicate it's based on an existing property. Well, I suppose it could be a Gal Gun soundtrack... if that game even has music over the squealing girls. We'll just have to see.

Ippo Yamada Teases a New Game

Good ol' Ippo Yamada. Not only is he the lead sound producer at Inti Creates, and a well-versed musician of Mega Man games, he loves to nonchalantly and vaguely talk about his next projects. Over at the Spiceman Blog, Yamada had this little entry:

Today we launched game development. It's a short development time, but I think it'll turn out to be a pretty enjoyable game.

For now, thanks curry.*

Next one's already reaching a climax, yet...

Of course, per usual it's not mentioned if this game has anything to do with Mega Man. Though I will say, since I've been following Spiceman, all the projects Ippo has vaguely mentioned before have been about Mega Man. I hate to stir the speculation pot, but I can think of at least one thing this game could be!

*The "thanks curry" line is part of a running pun on the site, derived from the word "otsukare" meaning "thanks for your trouble." The Spiceman crew often talk about curry on the blog.

Ippo Yamada Announces "Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero - Mythos" plus Box Set (Updated)

We just posted a short while back about Ippo Yamada's involvement in various projects. It turns out that CD due in June is Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero - Mythos, an arranged album made in honor of the Rockman Zero Collection. Involvements are scarce so far, but he did announce it will be released concurrently with the Collection, on June 10th. He also mentions that Ryo Kawakami is currently in the midst of arranging, Tohru Itoga will be recording vocals the day after tomorrow, Tsutomu Kurihara will be providing guitar work and illustrator Tohru Nakayama will be designing the album jacket. With the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack just coming out now, it sounds like we have another delicious arrange album on the way! News Credit: Spiceman @ Blog

Update: A couple more details have surfaced from the product listing page on e-Capcom. The album will be a single disc, run for ¥2,000 ($21.31 US), and will contain a 12 page full color booklet. Contents of the booklet include liner notes by Ippo Yamada, a music companion by Ryo Kawakami, and comments from the chief developer of the Zero series entitled "Developer Comments 2010." Additionally, it sounds like the track Tohru Itoga is performing for is a vocalized version of "Everlasting Red," the staff roll theme for Zero 3.

Furthermore, Capcom is releasing a box set of all five Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero albums under the name Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero Limited Box. The box set will go for ¥9,800 ($104.42 US) which may seem staggering, but is cheaper than the ¥14,400 ($153.43) to by all five albums individually.

Ippo Yamada Has Been Keeping Busy

The week is still young but already it's brought a bit of a stir with some news. While we don't really know what it's all about so far, we do know one thing: Ippo Yamada has a lot on his table. A little while back at Spiceman @ Blog, Ippo Yamada lamented about his schedule.

For the time being, I must make final adjustments to game data and arrange music by the start of next week.

Soon after that is April 30th, the release day of the Image Soundtrack. This merchandise is arriving next week, so I also have to arrange the delivery. It's an album worth listening to you, and I hope you enjoy it.

Also running into the next game, and the next CD for June...

Of course the only thing here that's without a doubt connected to Mega Man is the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack. The rest is uncertain, but Ippo has more games and albums on the table it appears.

A Sneak Peek at the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack

Over at Spiceman @ Blog, Ippo Yamada has provided a little tease of a picture of the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack CD and booklet, from proof check of the product. It appears the booklet will have a small manga included, much like the Rockman 9 Arranged Soundtrack did, but this time by Koji Izuki. To recap, the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack contains 21 total tracks of arranged music from Mega Man 10, and will also have drama tracks. It will release on April 30th for ¥3,000 (roughly $31.98 US).

Guess Who's Who on MM10 Stage Themes, Tiny Sneak Peek at OST (Updated w/ Answers)

Over at the Spiceman blog, Inti Creates sound producer Ippo Yamada is holding a little quiz. This starts off with a small shot of the Rockman 10 OST, pictured to the right here, which is releasing in Japan next week! As for the quiz, Ippo gives this information. The eight main stage themes in Mega Man 10 were composed by a musician from an earlier Mega Man game (except for 9). These include:

1 - Blade Man 2 - Pump Man 3 - Commando Man 4 - Chill Man 5 - Sheep Man 6 - Strike Man 7 - Nitro Man 8 - Solar Man

The eight composers who worked on these songs are as follows:

A - Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, 2) B - Yasuaki Fujita (Mega Man 3, 4) C - Minae Fujii (Mega Man 4) D - Mari Yamaguchi (Mega Man 5) E - Yuko Takehara (Mega Man 6, 7) F - Makoto Tomozawa (Mega Man 7) G - Shusaku Uchiyama (Mega Man 8 ) H - Akari Kaida (Mega Man & Bass)

All you have to do is match the number of the song with the letter of the composer you think made the song. There's no prize or anything involved in this, just the fun of trying to get them all right. Go ahead and post your answers here, as I'll be asking Ippo to take a look here from time to time. The answers will be revealed on March 22nd. Good luck!

Incidentally, I've been in a betting pool with a few friends myself on who did what song, but we were all certain Solar Man was by Inti Creates' Ryo Kawakami, so I guess we'll have to go back and rethink...

Update: And the answers are finally out. Let's see how everyone did.

Blade Man's Stage is by Akari Kaida (1-H) Pump Man's Stage is by Yuko Takehara (2-E) Commando Man's Stage is by Minae Fujii (3-C) Chill Man's Stage is by Shusaku Uchiyama (4-G) Sheep Man's Stage is by Mari Yamaguchi (5-D) Strike Man's Stage is by Makoto Tomozawa (6-E) Nitro Man's Stage is by Manami Matsumae (7-A) Solar Man's Stage is by Yasuaki Fujita (8-B)

After moving Fujita out of Solar Man's spot, I got every single one wrong. I'm probably going to quit the site now.

Ippo Yamada Working on Zero Music... To What End?

Ippo Yamada, the primary musician for many Inti Creates titles, including the Zero series, ZX series and Mega Man 9, appears to be working on arrangements of music from the Zero series - but for what purpose we can't really say. On Ippo's Spiceman  blog, a collaboration between himself and manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto, Ippo opens a blog post from this Monday with the following statement: "Tonight I'm planning on an all-nighter working on Zero melody arrangements." This is the only mention he makes of it, and regrettably the remainder of the post concerns the passing of Japanese voice actor Daisuke Gouri, whom Ippo held in high regard. But the question remains, just why is Ippo working on Zero music, especially all night long? Perhaps for the Mega Man Zero Collection? Perhaps a new album in the works? Perhaps just for his own enjoyment? Hopefully the answer will come our way soon.

News Credit: Spiceman @ Blog

Inti Creates announces "Chip Tuned Rockman" 8-bit themed album

chiptunedThe album project that Ippo Yamada mentioned on the Spiceman blog a short while back has been revealed, and it's indeed Mega Man themed. Called "Chip Tuned Rockman," the album will feature 20 tracks from a wide selection of classic Mega Man/Rockman titles that have been arranged with a chip tune flavor (i.e. 8-bit style). Amazingly, each of the 20 tracks has been arranged by an entirely different artist, hailing from around the world. The album will come with a booklet that has interviews with 10 different artists who have worked on Mega Man music, and will have a special column about video game music and Mega Man music. It will also contain a color comic illustrated by Hitoshi Ariga.

Inti Creates plans to release the album on October 15th for ¥3,000 (roughly $33 US), but will sell copies in advance at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show next weekend. Be sure to check out the medley sample in the top bar of the page. (Or, check it out right here.)

Track list:

01 Kaze Yo Tsutaete (Buster Core Meltdown mix) from Rockman Battle & Chase / Chibi-Tech 02 Tornadoman Stage (Integer Spin mix) from Rockman 9/ Virt 03 Special Stage (Handy remax) from Rockman 9 / Goto80 04 Oilman Stage, Timeman Stage (200621978 mix) from Rockman Rockman /Ippo Yamada 05 Opening Stage (LSI-Babe mix) from Rockman & Forte / Akari Kaida 06 Groundman Stage (Unlimited Overdub mix) from Rockman & Forte / Hiroki Isogai 07 Tenguman Stage (Back to 2a03 mix) from Rockman 8 / Rushjet1 08 Slashman Stage (Dot Matrix Dinosaur mix) from Rockman 7 / K-> 09 Megawater_S Stage, WILY TOWER 4 (Area-2A03 Navy mix) from Rockman Megaworld / Manabu Namiki 10 Mercury Stage (Light Shuffle mix) from Rockman World 5 / Saitone 11 Blizzardman Stage (DPCM'n Bass mix) from Rockman 6/ hally 12 Gravityman Stage (Aftermath Sleaze Edit) from Rockman 5 / Zinger 13 Brightman Stage (Portable mix) from Rockman 4 / Saskrotch 14 Wily Stage 2 (Extended ChiProg mix) from Rockman 4 / Ryo Kawakami 15 Shadowman Stage (Big Boot mix) from Rockman 3 / Shioda Nobuyuki 16 Opening, Snakeman Stage (2A03+VRC7 mix) from Rockman 3 / kplecraft 17 Bubbleman Stage (Rockman's RPG mix) from Rockman 2 / Dong 18 Woodman Stage, Wily Stage 1 (Respect2dabeat Mix) from Rockman 2 / USK 19 Fireman Stage (FC DPCM-additional mix) from Rockman / naruto 20 Cutman Stage (Misty mix) from Rockman / Manami Matsumae

News Credit: CAP Kobun

Ippo Yamada potentially working on new Rockman soundtrack

ippoFamed Rockman composer Ippo Yamada, who has been involved with the music for the Zero series, ZX series, and Mega Man 9, among others, may be working on a new Rockman soundtrack. Thing is, all we know is he's working on his next CD, with no other particular details about said CD given. The catch? In producing the booklet for the CD, Ippo has so far been interviewing Manami Matsumae (AKA Manami Ietel) of Rockman 1 and 2 fame, and Yasuaki Fujita (aka BUNBUN) of Rockman 3 and 4 fame. Makes one wonder, no? News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner, Spiceman @ Blog