Exclusive Twitter Interview with Makoto Tomozawa

Exclusive Twitter Interview with Makoto Tomozawa

One of our readers, OKeijiDragon, conducted an interview with composer Makoto Tomozawa via Twitter last year.  The interview was posted on Dash Republic (now defunct), and later his Tumblr account. The interview wasn't getting much attention, so he was kind enough to send it to us. You can check out some highlights from the now re-edited and expanded interview after the cut.

 

Read More

Mega Rock Carnival is a Triumph Among Doujin Albums

メガロック カーニバル
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!

"We are ROCK-MEN! 2" Track List and Other Details

Alongside ROCKMAN HOLIC, We are ROCK-MEN! 2 releases in Japan this month on the 19th. And now thanks to Famitsu, we have the full track list plus some other details:

01. METAMORPHOSE (Original) 02. THEME OF ROCKMAN Xover (from Rockman Xover) 03. NAPALMMAN STAGE (from Rockman 5) 04. SKULLMAN STAGE (from Rockman 4) 05. Dr. WILY STAGE 2 (from Rockman 3) 06. EXPLOSE HORNECK STAGE (from Rockman X3) 07. DOPPLER STAGE 1 (from Rockman X3) 08. X vs ZERO (from Rockman X5) 09. Dr. WILY STAGE 1 -OMEGAMAN MIX- (from Rockman 2) 10. SNAKEMAN STAGE (from Rockman 3) 11. THEME OF ROCKMAN EXE (from Rockman EXE) 12. SKY WAVE (from Ryuusei no Rockman 2) 13. FLUTTER VS. GAZEL SHAFT (from Rockman DASH) 14. TIME AGAIN feat. DIMENSION (Original) 15. TIME AGAIN ROCK ver. (Original) 16. METAMORPHOSE feat. DIMENSION (Original)

First of all, yes, it appears we have some original tracks. This include METAMORPHOSE (perhaps the new ROCK-MEN theme song), and TIME AGAIN. TIME AGAIN is written by original Mega Man and Mega Man 2 composer Takashi Tateishi, aka Ogeretsu Kun. Meanwhile, the ad nauseum FLUTTER VS. GAZEL SHAFT [sic] track is performed by Makoto Tomozawa, who was behind the Mega Man Legends soundtrack, and also worked on Mega Man 7, Mega Man X and Mega Man 10.

Additionally, two of the albums tracks (including TIME AGAIN) are collaborations with Japanese fusion band DIMENSION. I'm not sure what connection DIMENSION has ever had with Mega Man, but it appears they are celebrating their 25th anniversary as well. Finally, as no real surprise, this album also comes with an exclusive Rockman Xover special card; this one being 8-bit Rockman.

Overall, some tracks I'm pretty excited about! It's disappointing that Flutter Vs. Gesellschaft seems to be the only Legends song in existence anymore, and I also wish the album had something from Zero and ZX. However, Napalm Man, Skull Man and MM3 Wily 2 are tracks that I'm really happy to get arrangements of. Hopefully samples will be coming along soon!

By way of PRC.