Posted 2010-03-24, evaluated by djpretzel
GM4A released an album today called IWADON, featuring a ton of great, free fan arrangements paying tribute to Japanese game composer Hiroyuki Iwatsuki. It's got tracks from Stemage, 8 Bit Instrumental, and a bunch of other folk, including this electronica mix from AnSo off the Omega Five soundtrack. At the moment, tracks are streamable, but downloads should be added after/during the related presentation at PAX East this weekend, where we'll also be presenting. Definitely looking forward to the show! In the meantime you should check out the variety and quality the album offers - it's certainly an excellent, diverse homage. Mattias writes:
"The first time I came in contact with Iwatsuki's music was in Omega Five for Xbox Live Arcade. The music worked perfectly together with the beautiful shooting game. Iwatsuki's intricate melodies, sense of rhythm and harmony made me appreciate the game so much more. It's a wonderful combination of jazz fusion and electronic music, just as good on it's own as in the game. In just a few listens I was convinced this was some of the best video game music ever made.
I played the game religiously, imported the soundtrack and tried to track down other music by Iwatsuki, impressed by his amazing catalogue. I even tried my hand at arranging a piece from Omega Five. However, it wasn't until Jeriaska approached me about a tribute album I could focus my ideas to make something I felt would honor Hiroyuki Iwatsuki. My track is a personal "thank you" to a master of his craft, a truly creative man who created the soundtracks to many, many moments of joy."
Heavy downbeat, funky slap bass, filtered backing textures, and silky gliding leads with doubled harmonies meld in a mostly electronica jam that has some funk/fusion sensibilities. The synths and production are all shiny & sparkling, but it's the funky, hesitating groove of the slap bass that lifts the whole piece up and gives it some attitude. This track and the overall album are an excellent homage to a composer that's been making fantastic music for a very long time, and definitely deserves the recognition & respect. Read genoboost's announcement for more info about the project, be on the lookout for the full downloadable release, and in the meantime, enjoy's AnSo's awesome contribution!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Omega Five (Hudson Soft, 2008, XB360)
Music by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
- "Stage 1: The glacial fortress"
- Electronic, Synth
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- Size: 5,181,821 bytes
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