RushJet1 Embarks on Chiptune Arrangement for Mega Man

Late last year, musician RushJet1 released an incredible "cover playthrough" for Mega Man 3, rearranging the game's original soundtrack with added stereo and VR6C effects. Now he plans to do so with the original Mega Man. Every week RushJet1 will add a new level theme, which will hopefully culminate in an album release like before. So keep an eye on his channel!

For now, things start off with the title screen theme. Of course, the first Mega Man has no such theme. Thus the Game Boy game lent its tune.

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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!

Listen to Heaps of Mega Man Music Get Genesisized

Maybe Genesisized isn't really a word, but I hardly care. Since late last year, arranger Based Renegade has been undertaking the awesome task of remixing many if not all of the classic Mega Man soundtracks into Genesis style. And as a chiptune lover, I just can't get enough. It was hard enough to pick a single song for this news post.

You can check out Renegade's playlists for Mega Man 1 & 2, Mega Man 3 & 4, Mega Man 5 & 6, Meg Man 7, and Mega Man 8 (currently in progress), and I certainly recommend you do. If Archie's Mega Man and Sonic crossover Worlds Collide had a game soundtrack, it'd probably sound like this!

Another Fan-Made Tribute Album to Check Out

When it comes to Mega Man, top notch music is one thing many think of. And that music continues to be arranged by loving fans. In that tradition, here's another 25th anniversary celebratory album, "Rockman Forever," by doujin music label Prismatic Music.

The album consists of a handful of tunes from Mega Man, Mega Man X and Mega Man Battle Network. The overall style is electronica and trance, so it might not gel with you strongly if you're into more orthodox arrangements. But if you like something with a deep sound and strong beat, this is for you! And the best part is, it's totally free!

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Here's Another ROCKMAN HOLIC Sample to Jam to

Wow, SOUND HOLIC might want to slow down! We might get the whole album out on YouTube before December 19th!

Anyway, here is the latest sample for ROCKMAN HOLIC. This is "RELOADED", an entirely original track, so nothing to get nostalgic to. But if you're a fan of SOUND HOLIC and doujin themes in general it ought to suit you well. This track is performed by Nana Takahashi with rapping by 709sec.

Just to look back, the other ROCKMAN HOLIC previews include X-Buster, Together As One and Can't Beat Air Man (SOUND HOLIC Ver).

Thanks for the tip, DarkHackerEXE!

More Chiptune Grooves to Enjoy

Following the release of RushJet1's superb Mega Man 3 chiptune arrangement, here's another new album in a similar vein. Sugar Sugar Marathon 20XX is a 25th anniversary celebratory album with tracks from across the main ten Mega Man titles with a predominant chiptune sound. Artists include Cjeeey, Hpizzle, Capcomposer & Thretris, FantomenK, Nestrogen, kami68k, 2PLAYER, ThePlasmas, NESMETAL and eLectrodreams.

You can listen to the album above, and if you like it, downloading is as simple as a right click here. Keep it up, fans. This has been the most musical anniversary ever!

Thanks for the tip, Joey!

"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.

A Fantastic Mega Man 3 Arrangement for Chiptune Lovers

Now here's an arrangement I can really get behind! Chiptune artist RushJet1 (whose work has been featured on the album Chiptuned Rockman), brings us a chiptune arrangement of Mega Man 3's superb soundtrack nine months in the making. But wait, doesn't MM3 already have chip programmed music? That's the thing, this arrangement uses Konamis VRC6 chip, which added three additional sound channels to the typical NES's four. What you get is a soundtrack that has much more depth, but still wreaks of old school awesomeness.

The above video is a complete gameplay of Mega Man 3 using the new soundtrack, but you can listen to or purchase it from Bandcamp as well, and I'd say it's well worth it. Besides just overall great sound, the album has some nice surprises as well, including special arrangements for... well, I'll just let you see for yourself. If you love Mega Man or chiptune music, this album will have you grinning and rocking out!

Thanks to Destructoid's Tony for the tip!

Reika Morishita's Arrangements are Getting a CD Release

Reika Morishita's arranged versions of "Another Sun" and "Your Wind is Blowing" release digitally back in September. Now, much to her hopes, the Legends commemorative tunes will come out via an actual CD release as well. While Ms. Morishita had hoped for a release to tie in with Mega Man's 25th anniversary, issues of cost and manufacturing bring the expected release date to sometime in February.

It remains to be seen what other features an actual CD release might have, but Ms. Morishita will certainly keep us posted. Perhaps the fan art submission event will figure in somehow. Furthermore, with an actual CD release, the likelihood that the new arrangements will appear in karaoke systems also increases.

News Credit: CAP Kobun

Air Man Still Can't Be Beat in New ROCKMAN HOLIC Preview

Here's another song you can enjoy from the upcoming arranged album ROCKMAN HOLIC. This time it's an arrangement of Team.Nekocan's original track that rocketed to amazingly popularity (and can even be played at karaoke): Can't Beat Air Man. This arrangement features Hanatan behind the vocals, and a bit more of a smooth electronic rock arrangement.

Thanks for the tip, Michael and Stealth Woman!

Brand New "We are ROCK-MEN!" Album in the Works

It looks like Capcom is sneaking in one more Mega Man arranged album before the year ends. Amazon now has a listing for "We are ROCK-MEN! 2", set to come out in Japan on December 19th for ¥2100 (roughly $27 US). Just two days after the 25th anniversary. The previous We are ROCK-MEN! album featured a variety of tracks from classic Mega Man, Mega Man X, and Mega Man Legends, and was fronted by Capcom's own sound staff - Masahiro “Asian Guitar Emperor” Aoki on guitar, whose work includes Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, Yasumasa “Original Song Destroyer” Kitagawa on bass, whose work includes Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars, and Mitsuhiko “Bleep Bloop Maestro” Takano on drums, whose work includes Mega Man Xtreme.

Along with the ROCK-MEN crew, the album will also feature guest composers related to Mega Man's past. Besides that, no other details seem to be available right now, but we'll keep you posted. Perhaps this will contain the Kenny Omega arrangement of Mega Man 2's Wily stage music, which the ROCK-MEN made earlier this year.

Incidentally, the Rockman 25th Anniversary arrangement albums by Basiscape come out in a couple of weeks.

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What Would it Sound Like if Wily's Castle Were in Jamaica?

We've been getting a lot of interesting genre albums of classic Famicom music lately. First that was Zoku Fami Compi with its house style arrangements. Then sound got loud with the Japan release of Powerglove's Video Game Metal. But recently things have mellowed again, with the release of Tariki Echo's Fami Reggae.

As you would expect, this takes memorable songs from classic Famicom games and gives them a reggae flavor, though they still retain a bit of their chiptune sound as well, it seems. As you would also expect, the one Mega Man-themed track on this album is Rockman 2's Wily Stage theme 1. I think it's a law that any game album featuring Mega Man music requires that track. You can sample it in the above preview video at the 1:38 mark.

News Credit: CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog

An Update from Reika Morishita - Announcements Hopefully Soon

Fans of Mega Man Legends have been rallying behind singer Reika Morishita for her new arrangements of the original title's Japanese theme songs, but not much has really been heard of it all this time. According to the latest blog post by Morishita, however, that may be changing soon.

Alright, some news at long last. We've arrived at the climax of this whole thing, the mix work. Countless times I've received files to check and adjust, but I'm getting a good feeling it's nearing completion.

Way back when, we'd coop ourselves up in a studio to do mixing, but the times have changed. Now with PCs, there's no need to gather in a studio, but rather mail what you've done back and forth to check. As much as this removes restrictions for us and grants freedom, it also costs time. So there can't help but be additional lag. The engineer goes to the arranger for checks, then it comes to me for checks. And then I give my feedback. Then adjustments. More checks... Whew, honestly, if we all met together it'd be done in a day, but that's not how it works.

How much longer will the files keep coming to me? And how much more will I make requests? Of course, many of these demands are on such an incredibly miniscule level, and to the common person, they might think "What did you even change?" But we've got ears like bats, and will produce only the finest product. So you see, because we've been working with our best effort, it's taken some time. We hope you understand!

I have a mind to begin making announcements sometime this month. Bear with us!

Should Morishita have her wish, we ought to be getting word on the arrangements of "another sun" and "Because Your Wind Blows" pretty soon, perhaps listening as well. Hardly a better time, considering what month it is.

News via CAP Kobun

Rockman Tracks from Zoku Fami Compi

The curious licensed Famicom album Zoku Fami Compi is out today in Japan. As we reported before, it's the second CD in a series of arrangements from various Famicom (NES) games. Given the interests of viewers to this site, I thought it relevant to let you hear the album's tracks from Rockman and Rockman 2.

Rockman 2's track is a Flash Man arrangement. Pretty basic sort of sound; nice beat and instrument choice, but little variation or spice over the original song. I feel like I've heard this sort of arrangement plenty of times, and it doesn't help that the song loop gets repetitive.

Meanwhile, the Rockman track features Cut Man's theme. And... boy is it different. Admittedly, it does remind me of the sounds my NES would produce when I'd play Mega Man with a Game Genie. Effort for creativity I suppose, but it's still... yeah I don't think I need to say more.

All in all, I guess I'm disappointed? I had no real expectations, and I'm sure there are those who will dig this sound. But all the same, I'm still hoping that a true Mega Man album gets released this year.

"Zoku Fami Compi" to Trick Out Some Mega Man Tunes

Here's a nice little treat you weren't expecting. While not a new Mega Man album entirely, the game arrangement album "Zoku Fami Compi" (meaning Continued Famicom Compilation) is set to include some work from Mega Man and Mega Man 2. Go to games in the world of VG arrangements. As the name suggest, Zoku Fami Compi is a followup to the album Fami Compi, which rearranges classic 8bit tunes with drum 'n bass, dubstep and house music styles. Although no samples of Zoku are out now, you can listen to some of the original here.

Zoku Fami Compi will release in Japan on May 23rd for ¥1800, and contain a total of 20 tracks. Any guesses on what Mega Man tunes will make the cut?

News Credit: CAP Kobun

A Superb "Esperanto" (MMZ4) Remix For Your Listening Pleasure

A Superb Esperanto (MMZ4) Mix For Your Listening PleasureThe Mega Man X Series album from the Overclocked ReMix community is nearing completion (just look at all the finished tracks!). As if the gigantic track list wasn't enough, it will also feature a bonus remix of Esperanto from Mega Man Zero 4 (one of my personal favorite tracks from the series). While there isn't much new to report on the album itself, the bonus track is available in it's entirety right now. You can stream it on YouTube or grab the mp3.

The artist (who goes by "melody") had this to say about the track:

With this arrangement i sought to singularize the multi-faceted gem that is esperanto. the original seems to take on the narrative voice of zero; his response to the oppression and genocide that run rampant in rockman zero's dystopian reality. he awakens from century-long stasis to mere traces of the world he fought to protect in the past, and the song speaks of his noble decision to ultimately press onward in the face of insurmountable odds. an old war hero against the backdrop of a crumbling world, one gets the sense that he truly understands the futility of war and there are overtones of finality as he resolves to make the ultimate sacrifice to propagate his ideals.

Don't let the YouTube time display fool you, the remix clocks in at around five minutes with the other three and a half filled with Zero 4's ending.

Warning: The video below does contain spoilers so if you've never played the games, you might want to go with the mp3 version.

Announcing a TMMN music project: BN Remix!

exemusicWe've had this in the planning stages for a couple of months now, but we can finally let the cat out of the bag. In honor of Operate Shooting Star, some of us at TMMN are putting together a special arranged album of the original MegaMan Battle Network called BN Remix, and the project homepage is now online. We already have a few samples available! Right now we're aiming to have the album released in the summer of 2010 to coincide with the North American release of Operate Shooting Star. Aside from the arranged music itself, we will be creating a digital CD booklet, and possibly some other features. Nothing is entirely set it stone at this point. But we definitely want to make sure the album is representative of the Battle Network fans' voice.

So we hope you'll enjoy the project, and keep up with updates as they occur (they probably won't all be posted via TMMN). We do intend to open site affiliation sometime soon, so keep your eyes peeled for updates. Thanks!