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The Greatest Bits Video Game Music DJ
The Greatest Bits Video Game Music DJ

The Greatest Bits is a video game music dj. He produces 8-bit Nintendo music remixes and other bleepy stuff.

“Sounds like Super Mario meets Daft Punk”

 

“The Greatest Bits releases finely mixed, loud and proud video game arrangements that knock harder than Takashi Tateishi could have ever imagined!”

(DJ Cutman on www.videogamedj.com)

Mega Man X music

Please check my renditions out on iTunesSpotifyAmazon MP3 and Google Play Music.

The early Mega Man games were fun and slightly goofy adventures built around themed stages and strategic boss fights. Mega Man X, however, reinvented the formula for the 16-bit generation with bigger levels, better graphics, and a more serious storyline and cast. Though more “mature” reimaginings of beloved family-friendly classics more often than not end in disaster, Mega Man X was an example of this trope done right. The game struck a chord with the fanbase, and remains a fan-favorite despite its contrasting nature with its NES-based brothers.

Mega Man X musicMega Man X still has the insanely catchy and energetic music of the earlier games, but here, the fast-paced beats and reverberating bass line feel far more appropriate. Right from the get-go, players are treated to the track “Awake Road”, which features a nice futuristic beat to establish the setting. “Stage Start” should be familiar to any classic Mega Man fan, as those who listen closely will discover that is is actually a remix of the boss introduction theme from earlier games. Another notable track is “Spark Mandrill“, which perfectly suits the high-speed action found in the stage’s brightly lit corridors with it adrenaline-pumping baseline and classic chiptune percussion.

Mega Man X showed us that it was perfectly okay to be serious once in a while. It still has that timeless Mega Man charm, and the soundtrack, as always, delivers spectacularly.

You can listen to the Mega Man X album on iTunesSpotifyAmazon MP3 and Google Play Music.

Sonic the Hedgehog Music

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In recent years, Sega’s iconic Sonic the Hedgehog series has become something of a punchline in the gaming industry. Thought the company is slowly winning back fans with its return to the classic Sonic formula, the series was in a sort of critical limbo from the late 90s to the 2000s. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), for example, was almost legendary in its awfulness, and the deluge of annoying and unnecessary side characters found in later games was enough to turn fans off of the franchise forever.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Music

However, there was a reason why Sonic ever got popular in the first place. Released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive in 1991, the original Sonic the Hedgehog was a cheery and fast-paced answer to Nintendo’s wildly popular Mario series, and quickly caught the attention of gamers worldwide.

Part of the game’s appeal was its equally cheery and fast-paced soundtrack, composed by Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come True fame. Though the soundtrack was fairly small for the time period (the game featured 11 background tracks and 7 incidental tracks), it introduced some of gaming’s most iconic music.

Any child playing games in 1991 had the Green Hill Zone theme drilled into their head at some point. Bright and cheery, the track is often the first piece of music people think of when asked about the series. The drowning theme – a loud and harsh, yet strangely catchy piece which plays when Sonic touches water – terrorized countless players. Another notable track is Scrap Brain Zone, which utilizes the game’s distinctive bass-heavy style most effectively.

Though Sonic’s glory days are long gone, his games consistently deliver in the music department. This goes all the way back to the game that started it all. Catchy and fun, the music of Sonic the Hedgehog set the gold standard for games of the early 1990s, and is still being enjoyed over 20 years later.

The Sonic Soundtrack tribute is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and Google Play Music.

Mega Man 3

Since its original release in the fall of 1990, Mega Man 3 (also known as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily) has gone down in gaming history as one of the most celebrated Nintendo Entertainment System titles of all time. Featuring new levels, new music tracks and the introduction of Mega Man’s robot dog companion, Rush, it marked the end of the original Mega Man trilogy, bringing it to a graceful conclusion before the later games were conceptualized.

Mega_Man_3Though not quite as influential (nor quite as long) as that of its older brothers, the Mega Man 3 soundtrack is still worth remembering. Its use of energetic beats, smooth synthesizers and classic chiptunes made for a truly unique and memorable album.

From its slightly somber title theme to its triumphant end credits music, the Mega Man 3 soundtrack was an instant classic. The in-game songs themselves perfectly reflected the individual stages and Robot Masters they were composed to represent.
Consider Shadow Man’s theme: fast and upbeat — perfect for a ninja flying through the night. Meanwhile, Snake Man’s theme is one of the most eerily catchy tracks in the series, hypnotic and smooth, reminiscent of an old snake charmer’s song.

Though short, Mega Man 3’s soundtrack remains a fan favorite. Composer Yasuaki Fujita really outdid himself with this title. Even if Mega Man 3 is considered the least polished of the original series when it comes to gameplay, its soundtrack is among the best,

Check it out on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify.

Pokémon Red & Blue

It’s hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since the original release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. On February 27, 1996, history was made when the first of the smash hit collect-a-thon series hit Japanese storefronts, and its massive popularity has not declined since. Dozens of games and hundreds of ‘mons later, the first Pokemon games are still considered a classic by veterans and novices alike. This is thanks, in part, to its largely chipper and energetic soundtrack.

Pokemon Red & Blue MusicWho can forget the feeling of running through endless waves of tall grass as the epic overworld score blares through their old Game Boy speakers, challenging everyone in sight to a friendly battle with the accompaniment of the classic battle theme? When battles became too overwhelming, we all sighed in relief once we heard that soothing Pokemon Center music. For both us and our ‘mons, that theme meant absolute safety.

Of course, not everything was bright in the musical world of Pokemon Red and Blue. It seems no one can talk about these games without first mentioning the Lavender Town theme, remembered for its highly unsettling, and highly pitched, chip tunes. However, even Lavender Town seemed strangely peaceful, nestled in that barren valley with nothing to distinct it from other hamlets other than its haunting music and muted purple hue.
Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue are classics, no one can doubt that. But perhaps they wouldn’t be so fondly remembered if not for composer Junichi Masuda’s masterpiece. Though the sounds may seem antiquated to modern ears, but the soundtrack carries its own special charm, and we players wouldn’t have it any other way.

In my version of this superb soundtrack, I tried to blend the eclectic and soothing chipsounds with real instruments. To add some special vibe to the Game Boy originals.

The Pokémon Red & Blue Game Boy Classics album is available on iTunesAmazon MP3Spotify and many other digital music stores and streaming services. Have fun :)

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is a time traveler role-playing video game from the Japanese game developer Square (currently Square Enix). The game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1995. The game is known to have one of the best video game soundtracks ever made. The overall music of the game is largely composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. However, he was also assisted by the famous Final Fantasy music composer Nobuo Uematsu for some tracks.

The music from this game inspired me to make a blend of orchestral, chiptune and “rock band” instruments. I hope to make the tracks stand even more out in a “1995 meets 2014″ style of music production.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and many other digital music stores and streaming services. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

8-Bit NES Top 50

I’ve been working on this project for quite a while and it’s ready to see the daylight now…

It’s my personal music Top 50 from the Nintendo Entertainment System! I know there are a lot of debates on which song is the best NES song of all time, etc, but I wanted to make a Grand Tribute to the Golden NES era.

All compositions are originally from the late 80’s / early 90’s and are performed in a new way, with real drums and acoustic instruments, combined with the classic chiptune sounds we all love.

I hope this will be an album that you will enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it. Just something you can put on your speakers or headphones anytime you feel like it: on happy saturday evenings, lazy sunday afternoons, going to work on tuesdays etc. It’s a humble tribute to the fantastic originals.

You can listen to the tracks over here of download the album on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other digital music stores and streaming services.

Volume 2, 3 and 4 will be added when they’re ready of course.

The tracklist of 8-Bit NES Top 50 Volume 1 is:

1. Duck Tales – The Moon theme

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2. Double Dragon – Mission 1

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3. Journey to Silius – Stage 1

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4. Super Mario Bros 3 theme

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5. Snake’s Revenge – Jungle Infiltration

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6. Silver Surfer – Section 1

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7. Metroid – Brinstar

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8. Castlevania – Wicked Child

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9. The Legend of Zelda

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10. Blaster Master – Area 1

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11. Contra – Jungle / Hangar theme

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12. Kick Master – The Bottomless Crevasse

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13. Mega Man 3 – Snake Man

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Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina Of Time musicThe soundtrack of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time contains many great tunes. Most of them have a classic, orchestral vibe.

On this tribute album I tried to capture the epic atmosphere of the game in a more “band style” version. So with a real drumkit instead of orchestral percussion, with an amplified bass guitar instead of a cello section, and lots of keyboard instruments.

The most classic songs are all there: the title theme, Kokiri Forest, Song of Storms, Lost Woods, Gerudo Valley and so on.

I hope you’ll enjoy the music!

 

Street Fighter 2

Ready for a “Sonic Boom”?

The music from the Street Fighter characters has accompanied them for about 25 years now. Every (retro)gamer knows which tune will start if you fight Ryu in Japan or get flying kicks from Chun-Li in China.

Street Fighter 2 music
Street Fighter 2 music

One of the best YouTube virals still is the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” collection. So true! You should watch me eat my cereals in the morning with a grumpy sleepy face. Guile’s theme makes even this look like the start of another epic journey.

But to be honest, I still prefer the theme during a Guile vs Guile fight :)

Hearing the Street Fighter 2 theme and the player select music still make me feel as excited as they did in the early nineties.

I tried to make every song stand out in it’s own way. A rocking version of the opening tune, an EDM version of Guile’s theme, a jamming band version of Balrog’s theme and a kind-of deadmau5 style progressive house version of E. Honda’s theme. I hope it makes the album sound as diverse as the game characters are.

Please enjoy the Street Fighter 2 OST tribute, and I’m always happy to receive your feedback.

Mega Man 2

Even 22 years after its release, the Mega Man 2 game is still the all-time bestseller of the Mega Man series. The NES game is critically acclaimed to have one of the best video game music soundtracks ever composed.

American magazine Game Informer listed the title theme of Mega Man 2 as “one of the five best video game openings of all time”. Gametrailers.com listed the Dr. Wily Stage 1 – 2 music as the “2nd best video game theme ever” (only second to the world famous Legend of Zelda theme). And Brandon Sheffield, Game Developer Magazine’s editor-in-chief,  states that the Mega Man 2 music should be an example to today’s game music developers because of its strong and recognizable melodies.

Mega Man 2On this album The Greatest Bits honours the Japanese composers by crafting full Mega Man remixes out of the (originally shorter) game loops. The Greatest Bits combines top class sound production with the unique sound and feel of the original “chipsounds” from the 80’s and early 90’s. The result is a retrogame crossover album that’s extremely suitable for today’s headphones and speakersets.

“The Greatest Bits releases finely mixed, loud and proud video game arrangements that knock harder than Takashi Tateishi could have ever imagined!” (DJ Cutman on videogamedj.com)

Check the Mega Man 2 music album out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

“In the late 80’s, I was Michael Jackson. I stepped into a darkend night club, flipped a coin into the jukebox, and suddenly a chiptune version of Smooth Criminal started playing…” 

After releasing the albums Thriller and Bad, Michael Jackson was not only the reigning King of Pop, but also a Prince of Videogames (with Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog as the untouchable supreme rulers).

In the SEGA Michael Jackson gameMoonwalker you could be MJ himself on a mission to save kidnapped kids from the evil “Mister Big”. The game was accompanied by chiptune versions of Michael Jackson’s most memorable hits.

After releasing the critically acclaimed albums Mega Man 2, Donkey Kong Country and Tetris, video game dj The Greatest Bits now releases a tribute album to Michael Jackson as a video game star. This Moonwalker music album contains the songs Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Another Part of Me, Billie Jean, Bad and Thriller. All restyled in retrogame sounds.

Check the 8-bit Michael Jackson music out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.