Saturday, May 19, 2012

Video Game Music Remixes

Isn't video game music just awesome? Here are some cool remixes my brother and I found (he probably found most) and enjoyed listening to. Hope you enjoy too!

I've never actually played any Legend of Zelda games, but I must say, Zelda + violin = beautiful. The visuals of this video are gorgeous too!

An a cappella version of the Bowser stage music from Super Mario 64. It's so true to the original song, and interpreted using only voices! Very cool.

Just feel yourself relax. This combines a jazz/soul version of "The Fragrance of Dark Coffee" (from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations) with the sound of rain and a crackling fireplace. I'm listening to each song as I add it to this post, and I do not want to stop this one.

What if every time Mario died and returned with another "life," he had to come back as a baby and relive his life up to the place he died before? From the webcomic Brawl in the Family (an awesome Nintendo webcomic - check it out!) comes this idea, accompanied by a medley of Mario music from multiple games.

Now to take the reflective mood and utterly destroy it, here is the Bob-Omb Battlefield music from Super Mario 64 combined with the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It fits. And yes, two songs related to Super Mario 64 in this post. Sue me. It's one of the best games ever. Arguably.

I usually shy away from remixes, but there are some really great ones out there! Do you have any favorite video game remixes, songs, or soundtracks?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The 11 Tag - part 2

A while ago I did a post on the 11 tag (click here for part one!), and promised answers to the others who tagged me. Well, the questions added up quickly (44!), so I picked five questions from each person that tagged me for this post. If there was a question I skipped that you'd like an answer to, let me know and I'll gladly add it!
Voronda's questions:

1. What you dream to be when you get older?
Well, putting aside all worries about majors and careers, I guess one dream I have is to be a better writer and artist, even if they're not things I would pursue as a career.

2. What was yesterday like?
Let's see, yesterday was Saturday (hopefully I'll get this posted before midnight so it will still be yesterday). I practiced some music, went out with my mom and brother (got a Qui-Gon action figure at Target!), came home and did practiced some more music and dancing to relax (for a musical - I don't really know how to dance otherwise!), and eventually went out again with dad for secret mission part one. Dad kept some flowers for Mom at a friend's house as a surprise for Mother's Day and he and I went to plant them in window boxes. I drove around a bit so we'd have a cover story (I got my permit a week or so ago), then came home. We went to church for a while to pray, came home again and eventually Mom went to bed. Dad took my brother and I back to the friend's house to pick up the window boxes for secret mission part two. When we came home we were about to put them in Mom's window, but her light was on! We met her, but she went back to bed soon and after waiting a while, we got the flowers in the window. And she was surprised this morning, which was great. So to make a long story short (too late) yesterday was a little tiring but good.

3. Dream House?
An older house, something kind of small and cozy with a front porch and window seats. And maybe yellow walls in the kitchen with lace curtains.

4. A place where you wished you lived it could be any where?
It used to be the Shire, but I'm not sure now. Maybe Minas Tirith or Naboo. Nope, no real places for me!

5. Would you rather give up music or reading/Writing for a year?
Ask me a couple months ago and it would easily be reading/writing, but now it's harder... Music is a big stress reliever for me (and can be lots of fun) and I've gone long periods of time without reading and writing, so I guess I'd give up reading/writing. Thankfully, though, I don't think I'll ever have to make this choice for real!

Alyianna's (from her main blog):

1. What songs are the most played on your iPod...or whatever you use to play music?
Mostly video game related songs and musicals (and video game musicals!).

2. What was the last movie you watched?
The Phantom Menace in 3D! It was a lot of fun. Oh, that was in March...I don't watch movies too much. I'd really like to re-watch Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva soon, as well as see Captain America and a few others.

3. What was the last blog you were on (besides your own and this one)?
What do you know, Alyianna's other blog - Password to Middle Earth!

4. What was the last thing you laughed at?
Not sure, but it might have been a video my brother showed me and our parents - an interview with Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi. He kept imitating Mario throughout the video and he seems like a cool guy.

5. Do you like writing stories? If so, what is the story you last worked on/you're working on right now?
I do! My last project was Script Frenzy, a challenge to write 100 pages of a script during the month of April. My script followed a minor character from Ace Attorney, and it was a lot of fun! I've been wanting to write more, but I don't have too many ideas right now.

Alyianna's (from her review blog):

1. Who are your three favourite music artists?
John Williams, The Tolkien Ensemble, and Disney, if they count (they're all listed under "artist" on iTunes, but I've always thought of that term only applying to an individual or band). This does not count a few awesome people on the internet that I've been listening to a lot lately.

2. How many blogs do you follow in total?
70 (oh my, I didn't know it was so many! I may have to clean it out soon), but one is a webcomic, not all of them update, and I don't read all the posts on my dashboard.

3. What type of videos do you watch the most on YouTube?
Mostly video game related ones. Videos where a different audio track is put to pictures or video from a game are a lot of fun. I've been watching some homemade movies lately too.

4. (I'm going to steal Bree's question as well. XD) What is true love to you?
Answer 1: Wanting the absolute best for another person, helping them to be their best, and willing to give yourself to achieve those things. Answer 2: Accepting and loving someone for who they are. Answer 3: From the gospel we read in church today, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."

5. Who is your favourite actor/actress?
Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor! They seem like really nice people from their facebook pages and what I've heard about them.

And finally Nessima's:

1) You have a choice of being given any super-power; what is it?
Maybe telekinesis - it seems like a rather harmless power and it would be like using the Force! Flying would be cool as well, or maybe healing, but I don't think I actually want a super power.

2) What's your favorite musical instrument? What image comes to mind when you think of this instrument?
I love the piano and violin. I don't have a particular image for a piano, but the violin makes me think of Rohan.

3) Would you rather be divinely beautiful, angelically good, or dazzingly clever?
I might say dazzlingly clever. I don't want to be seen as "perfect," and as long as I look all right, I don't have a strong desire to be divinely beautiful. Maybe if I was dazzlingly clever, I could solve the super hard puzzles from the Professor Layton games (there's a few I haven't solved without help yet)!

4) If you could've been born in any time period (other than your own), what would it be?
The first thing that comes to mind is the 1940s. That's one of my favorite fashion eras, and I've always enjoyed reading about that time.

5) You hear about a new historical or fantasy movie that is coming out soon. You are:
a) Ecstatic: you're favorite dream-boat of an actor is in it!
b) Super-stoked: the book that it's based on is amazing!
c) Excited to see the costumes, of course!
d) Your favorite composer is doing the soundtrack. Need I say more?
e) Going just to see the horses which will undoubtedly be gorgeous.
f) Not going at all; there's a new sci-fi thriller out that begs to watched!
Mostly B, or I'll see a cool movie trailer and then read the book first. C and D would be smaller factors but still there, and F only applies if said sci-fi thriller has something to do with Star Wars.

There you go! Now you know a bit more about me. Thanks for tagging me, girls!

Sorry for once again abandoning this blog! Most of the things that have made me busy for the last few months are done now, so maybe I'll post a bit more often. If anyone is interested, I added a note to the first of Gollum's April Fool's Day posts so you can see what the blog looked like that day. Check it out here.

Have a great day everyone, and may the Lord be with you!