Last Revised: July 3, 2009
Video Game "ReMixes" and Arrangements:
- OverClocked ReMix - The original game music arrangement site.
- VGMix - The "other" big game music arrangement site.
- Remix: TheSauce - An arrangement site with a new approach.
- Overlooked Remix - A humourous spinoff of OverClocked ReMix, featuring the "misunderstood remixes of the world."
- Metroid Metal - Metroid music metallized.
- Dwelling of Duels - A game music cover competition, featuring live instruments, with a new theme each month.
- Project Majestic Mix - A planned series of albums featuring musical arrangements comprising numerous musicians.
Video Game MIDIs
- Quest Studios Sierra Soundracks - An official archive of music straight from the classic Sierra games.
- vanBasco - If you can't find it on our site, try vanBasco's MIDI search engine, and you just might find what you're looking for.
Game Music Cover Bands and Live Performers:
- Armcannon - Progressive metal styled video game cover band from Western New York.
- Crow's Claw - Japanese hard rock band that makes original music in addition to remixes of music from Final Fantasy games.
- Chromelodeon - AKA Sprite Slowdown. Philadelphia based progressive rock band covering a series of platform games, including most of Ninja Gaiden 2.
- David Hasselhoff Big Band - A Finnish demoscene band covering various video game songs.
- Megadriver - Brazilian Heavy Metal band performing mainly Mega Drive/Genesis music.
- Minibosses - NES progressive/rock cover band based in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Neskimos - A hard rock band that remixes video game music.
- Press Play On Tape - A Danish band covering Commodore 64 game songs.
- Select Start - A Florida-based cover band with classical instrumentation.
- The Smash Brothers - A video game cover band led by composer Jake Kaufman (aka. virt.)
- The Advantage - California-based NES cover band.
- The OneUps - A band that does remixes to all sorts of video game music. Remixes include hard rock, jazz, piano, Christmas tunes, easy-listening, and everything in between.
- The Video Game Pianist - Classical piano treatment of several classics.
- Temp Sound Solutions - One man band from Baltimore, Maryland that has made 5 cover CDs.
- VGPiano - A group of individuals who perform video game music on the piano.
- Year 200X - Heavy Metal NES cover band from Lansing, MI.
Game Music Concerts and Events:
- Music and Gaming Festival - An annual 3-day-long video and computer gaming festival/convention run by fans, for fans.
- Video Games Live - An immersive multimedia show featuring music from a wide variety of games -- currently touring the US and Canada.
- Play! A Video Game Symphony - An ongoing symphonic tour that plays music from a wide variety of games -- currently touring in North America and Europe.
- Dear Friends - Live symphonic music from Final Fantasy games.
- Symphonic Game Music Concert - An annual concert held in Leipzig, Germany.
- Blip Festival - An annual 4-day 8-bit music festival, held in New York City.
Game Music on Internet Radio:
- Music and Gaming Radio - A new online video game music radio station, with an ever-expanding playlist. It is also integrated with VGMdb, from which you can request tracks from selected albums.
- VGDJ - The offical OverClocked ReMix Podcast.
- VGAmp - Over 6000 songs in full 128kb Stereo MP3!
- Kohina - Over 53 hours of handpicked oldschool game and demo music.
- Zone Radio Network - Hosts many small game music related stations, including VGMusic Radio.
- Gaming FM - Features different streams from modern consoles, classic consoles, and PC games.
- OCRemix at Ormgas.com - Streaming music from OCReMix.
- SLAY Radio - Streaming remixes of Commodore 64 music.
Game Music Quizzes
Game Music Resources and Soundtrack Reviews:
- VGMdb - The most comprehensive online resource for video game soundtrack releases.
- Chudah's Corner - A large collection of track listings, linear notes, lyrics, reviews, and other info about video game soundtracks.
- Final Fantasy Music Online - Everything you'll ever need to know about Final Fantasy music.
- Game Music Revolution - A game music CD information database covering mostly Japanese game music releases
- Game Trax - Track listing and art from many game music soundtracks.
- Music 4 Games - Find out what's happening in the world of video game music.
- Soundtrack Central - Video game and anime soundtrack reviews and info.
- SquareSound - A comprehensive Square-Enix music resource.
- Square Enix Music Online - Comprehensive composer biographies and information (not limited to Square-enix composers), plus reviews, downloads, etc.
- Game Audio Network Guild - A union of video game composers, musicians, sound designers, voice talent, etc. Open to both professionals who have already made it big, and amateurs hoping to find their place in the industry!
- Animenation - Tons of video game and anime soundtracks available to order.
- CD Japan - A great site to import CDs from Japan.
- Game Music Online - Video game and anime soundtracks, as well sheet music books and other goodies.
- CocoeBiz - Our sister site.
- VGMWorld - Another popular video game OST retail site.
Composer Fan Sites:
Gaming Resources and Fan Sites:
- Gamasutra - The art and business of making games.
- GameFAQs - The largest collection of information about nearly every game ever released.
- MobyGames - Another great site for video game information, such as game credits, images, etc.
- RPGFan - Extensive coverage of import and domestic RPGs for all platforms.
- RPGamer - More RPG coverage. Check out the "Sound Test" section!
- Zelda Universe - Huge Zelda site with lots of info and downloads.
- The Metroid Database - Tons of info about every Metroid game ever released.
- The Mushroom Kingdom - The most complete source for information about Mario games.
- The Mega Man Home Page - Tons of info about the Mega Man series.
- The Castlevania Dungeon - Tons of info about the Castlevania series.
- Sakari - Infinity - Original game music written by aspiring composers.
MIDI Sequencing Software:
- Gashisoft GXSCC Player - MIDI player that emulates various sound chips / soundsets (primarily Konami's SSC chip used in the MSX computer, but also OPLL and other sound sets.)
- HTSFMS - a series of MIDI players that utilise FM synthesis and samples.
- MIDIJam - see your MIDI sequences come to life, as rendered musical instruments play your MIDI data in this great MIDI visualiser program!
- YAMAHA MidRadio Player - the FREE solution for playing XG MIDI sequences. Unfortunately the player is discontinued, so it may be hard to find. It is also only XG-Lite, so it does not support the full range of insertion effects and sysex compatibility that XG Level 1 devices would offer. Great nonetheless. Available for Windows XP and Vista.
- Synthesia - a game which can help you learn to play piano/keyboard. Uses MIDI sequences.
- Music Animation Machine - another great, sleek MIDI visualiser that's very popular among Japanese youtube users. There are multiple viewing modes, so you can watch your MIDIs play in a variety of different ways.
- WinGroove - a shareware MIDI player, which is installable as a MIDI device. It can also dump WAVE files.
- LilyPond - create PDFs of music notation
- SF2MIDI - Large soundfont archive, allowing users to easily submit their own creations.
- SoundZone - Large collection of soundfonts.
- SoundFounts.it - Large collection of soundfonts and VST instruments.
- SynthFont - Software that allows people without SoundBlaster soundcards to use and create soundfonts.
- TiMidity++ - Another popular application for playing and rendering midis using soundfonts.
- KVR Audio - Plugin Resources, news and information about open standard audio plugins.
- VST Central - Searchable list with all the free VST and DirectX plugins for PC and Mac
- Tweakbench - A small collection of neat little VSTs, some designed to emulate the sound of the NES.
- YAMAHA S-YXG50 VSTi - The VST equivalent to the well-known S-YXG50 MIDI device, it has a larger WAVE ROM/better sound quality, and can be used as a playback device in players with VSTi support (such as foobar2000.) This allows for XG Level 1 playback on Windows Vista. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued.
- MIDIPhile - Formerly "OMIDIA - The Original MIDI Archive", now undergoing reconstruction. Many of the composers from or forums post their original work on this site. Great music!
- RP Haven Community - This is where all the role-players went after we closed down the Role Player and Fiction Board at our forums.
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