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Chiptunes = WIN Volume 3 Listening Party

We are honored to be the home of Sam Mulligan’s Nerd Rock Radio, every Monday night holding down the chiptune scene here on 8bitx.

On Monday September 1st Nerd Rock Radio is having a special event. Chiptunes = Win Compilation Volume 3 is being released, and Nerd Rock Radio has the listening party starting at 7PM Eastern! 

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Soundcloud Preview of the first 25 tracks!!


Behind the Scenes – Game Music Lullabies

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Project Director Jayson Napolitano joined us for a one of a kind behind the scenes look into the creation of this music SERIES. Jayson reveals most of the lineup in what we found out would be the next installment possibly dedicated to Secret of Mana…..

We journey through Jayson’s personal vision of putting this project together, over decade in the works, and how he ended up signing Norihiko Hibino and AYAKI to perform.  We also discuss how they actually created each song, what went into the track order, and how Mustin had a say in the process.

The future of physical media was discussed as Jayson & Will explained to the audience what cassette tape is!

Do A Barrel Roll World Debut Track & Interview Download!

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Members of the 8 piece Video Game Music Band “Do A Barrel Roll” joined us last night for a great fun time. This band was great fun to talk to as we covered all topics such as music production, favorite experiences from the road, gaming lineage, and so much more! We discovered that 7 string Violinist Ayalisse dropped her Sega Genesis controllers behind a wall and that was the end of her gaming days for a number of years!!

World Debut Track – Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk

Do A Barrel Roll pulled no punches when it comes to their musical talent, stating that the way they do their albums is exactly the experience you will hear live.  They talked the talk, shots were fired, but this band backed up every word they said when we played their new song, “Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk” from the upcoming album, BOSS RUSH.

This seven minute song is a jaw dropping medley seamlessly transitioning between scores with note perfect instrumentation and one of the highest quality production values I’ve heard in a VGM album.

Long story short, Do A Barrel Roll is my pick for the band to watch in 2014.


8bitX is proud to be the host of the BOSS RUSH Release Party! Hear the entire album right before the album goes on sale, and then buy it at midnight!!


Background Music:

  • StarFox – Original SNES
  • Mario Kart – Original SNES

Song Breaks:

Do A Barrel Roll – Thunderous Crash Entire album:

  • Rumble Beneath NYC
  • Four Crystals, Four Hearts
  • Maxim Tomatoes and Falcon Punch
  • Heroes of Lylat
  • Intergalactic Victory Lap

World Premiere – Can’t Let You Groove That, Star Funk – BOSS RUSH – Coming Soon!!


Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Available Now

Soothing arrangements of gaming’s greatest melodies performed live by GENTLE LOVE, featuring Norihiko Hibino of the Metal Gear Solid series
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Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Launch Trailer  

San Diego, California – May 20, 2014 – Scarlet Moon Records is thrilled to announce the availability of its highly-anticipated Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies arrangement album, presenting many of gaming’s greatest melodies arranged to sooth and relax, performed live by saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (known for his contributions to the Metal Gear Solid series, including the iconic “Snake Eater” theme) and pianist AYAKI. The album is fully licensed and is now available via LOUDR and other digital retailers:

Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies on LOUDR

The themes featured on Prescription for SleepGame Music Lullabies were carefully selected to include titles with renowned soundtracks that both gamers and game music enthusiasts will appreciate. Fan favorites such as Donkey Kong Country and Secret of Mana  are featured alongside critically acclaimed scores like NieR and Demon’s Souls. The full track list is as follows: Continue reading

The Megas History Repeating Red Interview Download!

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The Megas joined us for a hour and a half interview and we played a few tracks from the album! Started off with the boys enjoying some Crust Gourmet Pizza, only available in California, and we dove into the tracks in the album.

Topics covered:  What the Megas have on their band booking demand list, Orlando Nerd Fest, MAGFest, why The Megas won’t be at Bitgen Gamerfest 9, Water Slides, Xbox Kinect, Water Slides, The future of the Megas, Greg’s past in Agent 51, Punk Rock’s connection to the VGM scene, Renting a cabana to cut the line in water slides, and favorite types of tricks off the diving board.

Songs Played:

  • Fly on a Dog
  • Harder Than Steel
  • GeminEye
  • The Haystack Principle
  • Afraid of the Dark
  • The Red Song

The Megas Interview & History Repeating Red tonight on 8bitX – 10PM EST

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Tonight @10PM EST we’re having the Megas on 8bitX. To me personally, this is a landmark moment. As we will sit down and discuss games, lyrics, fan questions, and the future of The Megas. I’m listening to the Promise of Redemption (Acoustic) as I write this. The power of music is something quite amazing.
Personally growing up I never had many friends, and those who were close really were friends in name only. When the chips were down I couldn’t count on them to have my back. As a loner music was a great escape for me. I dove into the Punk Rock culture, my feelings of angst and torment found an outlet in the short angry songs with energy for years. During research I discovered today that Greg from the Megas played for [more] Agent 51, a punk band that formed around 1995. It’s amazing to see how music has influenced people.
Music for me was an escape. Punk Rock kid was handed a tape from The Roots. Laying down at night listening to my Roots cassette tape over and over as the lyrics flowed effortlessly into moving poetry with anti-establishment sentiment behind them. A culture of empowerment behind every word flowing with the fury of repression and systemic oppression. It was this caliber of talent and skill that introduced me to conscious Hip Hop. I was unlike anything I had ever heard before.
As the evolution of life takes hold, years later discovering bands like The Minibosses, The Advantage, and the NESkimos. There were at most a handful of bands as I started checking into this growing scene that I needed to show the world how talented these guys are. Then it happened. I heard The Megas.
The paradigm shift that is caused by The Megas in the video game music scene is like nothing our culture has seen. They bring in new fans, their songs transcend the genre. Anyone can listen to their songs and really get into it not even knowing it’s about video games. This moment happens when you listen to their songs and realize that The Megas will be one of those bands that can be considered “bigger than the scene”. I had this realization when I first heard the first few iconic chords of “The Quick and The Blue” off the acoustic album.
Tonight we interview The Megas to discuss History Repeating Red. I hope you can come out and enjoy the show.