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Train Station at 8: A Video Game Music Podcast
5 minutes | Nov 9, 2015
Starting a New Show
The Train Station at 8 is shutting down. We're turning off the lights and Monkey Porter is hanging up his little monkey hat, at long last able to retire. Why would such a thing ever happen? Well, listen to this special announcement episode to find out! But the short version:We're starting a new video game music show called the OverClocked PodCast for, yes, that's right, OverClocked ReMix! Letting go of TSa8 is sad business, don't get us wrong, but we have high hopes for this new venture and we'd love for you to come along with us.Learn all about the OverClocked PodCast! http://www.whalesarewhales.com/overclocked-podcast/Learn all about OverClocked ReMix! http://ocremix.org/info/About_UsMusic used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan Kelly
63 minutes | Jul 25, 2015
60: Remembering Memories with Laura Intravia
Laura Intravia does a lot of musical things. She composes, performs, teaches, tours with Video Games Live-- you know, the usual. She also guests on podcasts, apparently, because here she is for a fun-filled episode of Train Station at 8! We talk about Banjo-Kazooie, Shadow of the Colossus, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda... all the good stuff. So don't be a square; be a square wave and tune in! (I promise that isn't our new catchphrase.)Where can you find Laura on the internet? Try her website and/or Facebook, and don't forget to read her blog. You'll learn stuff, you will!This week's Open Question: "What are some of your best video game musical memories?"How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Music used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyHigh School Love - Laura Intravia, Nicole Intravia, Joe Popson, Omar NajmiThe Spirit Tree (feat. Aeralie Brighton) - Gareth Coker feat. Aeralie BrightonNow or Never (Final Stage) - Super Marcato Bros.Seirines - "Sirens" (feat. Anonymous 4) - Christopher TinYoshi's Woolly World (Remix) - Taku InoueSeven Songs for Seventh Saga: II. Water - Sebastian FreijSuper Mario Galaxy 2 (Trailer Arrangement) - Mahito Yokota You've Got to Eat Your Vegetables - Bobby PrinceCastle/Fortress (Super Mario World) - Koji KondoA Violent Encounter - Kow OtaniRevived Power - Kow OtaniNerevar Rising - Jeremy SouleClick Clock Wood (Spring) - Grant KirkhopeSong of the Ancients (NieR) - Jillian Aversa, Doug PerryItem Catch (The Legend of Zelda) - Koji KondoItem Catch (A Link Between Worlds) - Ryo NagamatsuItem Catch (Link's Awakening) - Yoshiaki KoizumiItem Catch (Ocarina of Time) - Koji KondoItem Catch (The Adventure of Link) - Takashi TezekuItem Catch (Wind Waker) - Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, Koji KondoItem Catch (Twilight Princess) - Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta
68 minutes | Jul 19, 2015
59: Doing What Nintendon't with Bev Wooff (Rexy)
Bev Wooff (AKA Rexy) is known for her work at RadioSEGA among other musical accolades, but Stephen leaped at the chance to theme the entire episode after Sega because of course he did. Everyone brings a list of their top five Sega soundtracks and the quiz focuses on, surprising nobody, Sega!You can find Bev on Twitter and over at Overclocked Remix. So do it! Now! Go!This week's Open Question: "What are your top five Sega soundtracks?"How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Music used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyFast Lane - Rushden & DiamondsRough and Lady - Nazo SuzukiJet Squid Radio - DJ CutmanSonic Youth - Crush 40Let the Speed Mend It - Kenichi Tokoi, RunblebeeFly Away - Tomoya OhtaniLet Mom Sleep - Hideki NaganumaCasino Night: Act 2 (Sonic Generations) - Jun Senoue, Atushi KosugiHis World (Instrumental) - Tomoya OhtaniCrisis City - Tomoya OhtaniMessage from Nightopia - Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi HatayaRiders of the Light - Hiroshi YamaguchiAzure Blue World - Jun SenoueThat’s the Way I Like It - Jun SenouePioneer 2 - Hideaki KobayashiStage 1 (Streets of Rage) - Yuzo KoshiroStart Your Engines - Takenobu MitsuyoshiThe Concept of Love - Hideki NaganumaVyse’s Theme - Yutaka MinobeCharacter Select (Sonic Advance 3) - Hideaki Kobayashi, Kenichi TokoiBoss Battle Tori - Yuri Fukuda, Takashi Nagasaka, Hideki NaganumaAlien Breakdown - John Baker
43 minutes | Jul 11, 2015
58: Building Character with Dustin Branscum (DusK)
You're most likely to recognize Dustin Branscum (AKA DusK) from his shredding video game remixes, but he also has some cool side projects that stray into totally different territory. Either way, he is clearly a man of integrity-- we know this because his Splatoon tactics are sound and he knows a lot of Genesis music. To hear about this and more, it is recommended that you listen to this episode of Train Station at 8!
69 minutes | Jul 4, 2015
57: Catching 'em All with Steven and Makoto
Steven Reich, ruler of the Pokemon Internet Radio Network, is back again to decipher the insane language of licensed music, particularly where Pocket Monsters are concerned. Makoto of the Pikipi Podcast is here, too, lending her expert knowledge of Pokemon anime to the show. Stand by for a blast(oise) of fun facts in rapid(ash) succession, giving you plenty of knowledge to (pika)chew on for quite some time! Steven is on Twitter, sure, but don't forget about Pokepress the Pokemon Internet Radio Network. As for Makoto, you can find her on Twitter or the Pikapi Podcast. Click on every link! This week's Open Question: "When does licensed music work for a game and when doesn't it?" How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some! Music used in this episode: Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan Kelly Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Main Title - James Horner Twister - Takeharu Ishimoto Sunlight Filtering Through the Trees - Revo Spring Emotions - Tomoya Ohtani Stay Fresh! - Ben Briggs Dash Cancel - Nutritious Team Rocket Hideout - Junichi Masuda Pokemon Report - Ikuko Mimori Wild Pokemon (Pokemon Ranger) - ??? Battle! Team Galactic - Junichi Masuda Pokemon Trading Card Game Title - ??? Cele-B-R-A-T-E - Russell Velazquez
47 minutes | Jun 20, 2015
56: Changing Things Up with Michael Birch (Flexstyle)
Music man Michael "Flexstyle" Birch is here with us tonight-- you might know him from OverClocked ReMix. He has a healthy respect for Rayman and Ace Combat music, so he's all right in our book, but he still must overcome the oceanic quiz segment we cooked up for him. So water you waiting for? Dive in! (Our deepest apologies for that.)
72 minutes | Jun 14, 2015
55: Expanding Our Minds with Shariq Ansari (Darkesword)
Shariq Ansari, also known as Darkesword, is one of the top minds at OverClocked ReMix and, as it turns out, a professor of Sonic the Hedgehog music trivia. He tells of tales of ReMix tournaments and last minute music production crunches before pondering how we've all changed as humans beings-- at least so far as music is concerned. To hear what he (and we) have to say, all one must do is tune in!Want to learn more about Shariq and his endeavors? Follow him on Twitter and check out OverClocked ReMix!This week's Open Question: "How have your music tastes changed over the years-- or have they?"How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Music used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyA Kingdom Fallen (Main Theme) - Sixto Sounds??? (DS) - Yuzo Koshiro??? (Retro) - Yuzo KoshiroTown Theme - Jake KaufmanSuper Sonic Racing (Sonic Pinball Party) - Tatsuyuki Maeda, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Yutaka MinobeCasino Paradise Zone Act 1 - Tatsuyuki Maeda, Yutaka MinobeKnuckles' Theme - Howard DrossinSonic 3D Blast Title (Genesis) - Jun SenoueAquatic Ruin Zone - We don't even know anymoreAquatic Base Zone Level 1 - Mariko NanbaAt Dawn - Jun SenoueNews sources:Final Fantasy II: RebellionAdventures of Pip OST
69 minutes | Jun 6, 2015
54: Setting the Mood with Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace)
This week we have a very nice chat with Rich Vreeland, known to some as Disasterpeace, to others as the man behind the Fez soundtrack, and to Bryan as "that Cat Astro Phi guy." We cover all of the important things such as Splatoon's way funky tunes and also website domains for some reason (www.whalesarewhal.es coming soon). To top it off, Rich tallies up an impressive Train Your Brain score-- we think. The math was sort of confusing.Learn about all things Disasterpeace at his website (www.disaster.pizza, of course). You can also track him down on Twitter.This week's Open Question: "Do you play certain songs, albums, and artists to fit different moods?"How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Music used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyGrant Kirkhope plays Ukulele for Yooka-Laylee!! - Grant KirkhopeDwarven Stone Upon Dwarven Stone - Adam Skorupa, Krzysztof WierzynkiewiczSkies of Deception - Arika YamasakiAvengers - Alan SilvestriSuper Smash Bros. Melee Menu - Hirokazu AndoThe Dark World - Koji KondoL.A. Noir Theme - Andrew HaleTERNAL - Zan-zan-zawa-veiaWestopolis - June SenoueSarasaraland Online - codaSingle Player Theme / Gusher Gauntlet - Toru Minegishi, Shiho FujiiVampire's Ball (NES) - Jake KaufmanStairway to Revelation - flashgoodnessWars World News - Advance WarsOn the Beach of Dreams - Yasunori Mitsuda Rick the Hamster - Hirokazu Ando, IkegamiNews sources:Mario Sound Test compliation soundtrack a tribute to Nintendo from The Ongaku
41 minutes | May 30, 2015
53: "Entering the VGM Community" with Timaeus
place in the video game music community. His ReMix skills are nothing to sneeze at, ladies and gentlemen, and he spares a few minutes to chat about how he (and we) found ourselves knee deep in the coolness that surrounds us.
64 minutes | May 23, 2015
52: "The Trouble of Discussing Music" with Emily Reese
We've upended the tea table again to bring you a fresh new format that ditches our old song-of-the-week deal for a variety pack of sorts. The show still kicks off with What Have You Been Listening To? but is now followed by the Open Question, News from the City, and Train Your Brain. What are these mysterious segments? Find out alongside your usual duo of hosts and Emily Reese of the Top Score podcast, our distinguished guest!
69 minutes | May 16, 2015
51: "Saga of the Norn" with Syl
Train Station at 8 returns with one last hurrah for the single song episode format! You heard right: times will be changing next week, but for now we take a look at Guild Wars 2 and its Saga of the Norn. Syl from fellow video game music podcast Battle Bards is by our side to brave the brass of Jeremy Soule-- who knows else we'll find along the way?
64 minutes | Apr 26, 2015
50: "Super Mario 64 Theme" with Christophe Blondel
The 50th episode of Train Station at 8 is crowned with a video game deserving of the notably round number: Super Mario 64. Christophe Blondel, also known as CarboHydroM, is a dude with a deep appreciation for the art of music-making and star-collecting, so we've got him on board again. The three of us happily jump back into the magical painting of the past to compare Koji Kondo variations, make observations on how soundtracks changed with polygons, and simply remember good times.
88 minutes | Apr 18, 2015
49: "Jump On In! (Overworld)" with the Super Marcato Bros.
The talented Super Marcato Bros. have recently shared their double album tribute to Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island, Hello World, with... well, the world! We've got all three of them here to tell us the tale of how they stepped into Koji Kondo's venerable shoes and created two SNES soundtracks from the ground up. Karl, Marty, and Will always have interesting stuff to say and this is no exception, so pull up a seat and enjoy this most brotherly of episodes.You can find Karl and Will at the Super Marcato Bros. website and Marty on Twitter!Buy "Jump On In! (Overworld)" here!How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Music used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyHello World: Adventures in Mushroomland - Super Marcato Bros.Hello World: Journey to Dino Island - Super Marcato Bros.Super Mario World - Koji KondoSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Koji Kondo
58 minutes | Apr 4, 2015
48: "Yell Dead Cell" with Jared Ettinger
Metal Gear Solid 2 is a trippy ride, thanks in no small part to the oddball assortment of antagonists in rogue government unit Dead Cell. Jared Ettinger has gone toe-to-toe with these bosses and knows their theme song like the back of his hand, so together we revisit old friends on the unpredictable (musically and otherwise) Big Shell.
86 minutes | Mar 22, 2015
47: A Case Study of Sonic Adventure 2
The epic conclusion to our trilogy of experimental episodes is here: A Case Study of Sonic Adventure 2. It's time to give this insane, wonderful, terrible, nostalgic soundtrack the detailed investigation in deserves, so buckle up for an episode that leaves no tune unturned. How did this Dreamcast swan song come to be? Who composed the music? How many different genres does it cover again? If you're looking for a comprehensive guided tour of Sonic Adventure 2's audiological escapades, this is the place to be.
65 minutes | Mar 14, 2015
46: Freestyle #1
It's time for another experiment! Last week was Rhapsody Roulette #1, next week it'll be a Super Fun Secret, and this week it's our first attempt at a Freestyle episode. We show format the doormat so we can hang out free of stress to chat about whatever's musically on our minds. You can expect to hear about Club Nintendo's promotional Super Smash Bros. album, the profound work of Jeremy Soule, the pop music stigma, and Stephen's heartfelt appreciation for Home Made Kazoku (among many other subjects). So come in, relax! That's what we're doing.
53 minutes | Mar 7, 2015
45: Rhapsody Roulette #1
The birds aren't singing. There's an odd tingling in the air. The proverbial castle has been flipped upside-down. You know what this means, right? Train Station at 8 is introducing something new: Rhapsody Roulette. Instead of discussing a single song with somewhat prepared pre-show research, Stephen and Bryan are shuffling randomly through their iTunes libraries to chat about five songs in daring, off-the-cuff manner. It's messy, sure, but trying new things is the bomb.
59 minutes | Feb 28, 2015
44: "Image of Hero" with Joe Walker and Alyssa Menes
It's high time Phantasy Star Online got its due, and we've got old pals Joe Walker and Alyssa Menes in our party to remind everyone what a musical masterwork that Dreamcast game is. Image of Hero (the character creation theme) is our subject this week, so prepare yourself for the smooth electronic groove of everyone's favorite (or at least top three) sci-fi/fantasy hybrid. You can find Joe and Alyssa on Twitter, which is where this whole episode idea began!Buy "Image of Hero" here!How did you like this episode? If the answer is "lots" then consider following Train Station at 8 on Twitter, subscribing on iTunes, or maybe sending an email to TrainStationAt8@gmail.com. Hearing from you would make our day and then some!Stuff we talked about:[NUREN] The New Renaissance SpaceKappaA.C Menes MusicMusic used in this episode:Chilling with the Monkey Porter (Train Station at 8 Season 2 Theme) - Bryan KellyBeautiful Days - Masafumi TakadaDesert Highway - Satoshi OkuboPower Off, Power On! - ???COE-OPERATION - Jake KaufmanMango Tango - Jake Kaufman, Jessie SeelyImage of Hero - Fumie KumataniMario 64 File Select - Koji KondoPioneer 2 - Hideaki Kobayashi
77 minutes | Feb 21, 2015
43: "Majora's Mask Opening" with Cameron Nutter
It's time to celebrate the launch of Majora's Mask 3D, and our old Whales are Whales pal Cameron is back again to join in on the unsettled whispers and dismayed discoveries we all witness along the way. Understated with a tingly (not that Tingle) sense of mystery, the opening to this infamous Zelda title is the subject of this week's discussion. We stay up late and almost hallucinate to get this episode out on time, so pardon the mild madness-- it's only partially brought on by our own mortality reflected in that horrific moon's ember-orange eyes.
60 minutes | Feb 14, 2015
42: "Animal Crossing Title"
We're chilling out in our familiar, laid-back home of Animal Crossing this week to chat about its memory-filled title theme. There's not a guest in sight on this duo-based dive into the mellow, but we talk about lots of other cool video game music podcasts to make up for it. Also, we have some good news! Train Station at 8 is heading back to a weekly schedule as we strongly disliked the fourteen-day gap between episodes. Hey, we gave it a shot!
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