Music For Sonic 3’s Ice Cap Zone Has 80s Origin

The great debate over whether or not Michael Jackson worked on the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack still rages to this day, however it seems that more and more evidence is surfacing at an ever-increasing rate, in favour of the king or pop’s involvement! Continue reading Music For Sonic 3’s Ice Cap Zone Has 80s Origin

Sonic Lost World OST Title and Art Revealed

lostworldostwithoutboundariesAs we reported last month, the official soundtrack to Sonic Lost World is set to be released in Japan on 27th November. Well today, thanks to some information from 4Gamer.net we can reveal both the title – “Without Boundaries” – and the cover art of the OST… which as you can see above, is absolutely covered in artwork of the Deadly Six. I guess the designers took the ‘without boundaries’ concept quite literally with regards to their copy and paste tools!

Without Boundaries will contain 93 songs from Sonic Lost World across 3 CD discs, performed by over 70 musicians and produced by Otani Tomoya who previously worked on the soundtracks to Sonic The Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Unleashed, and Sonic Colours. Tracks you can expect to find on the album include the main theme “Wonder World”, the full version of “Windy Hill Zone 1”, and “The Deadly Six Theme”. The OST will feature a range of musical genres, from tango to synth pop to big band jazz.

Are you planning to get Without Boundaries? And even if not, what do you make of the Sonic Lost World soundtrack so far? Let us know in the comments!

Sonic Lost World OST to be released in November

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A listing on the videogames music website VGMdb has revealed that the soundtrack to the upcoming Sonic Lost World is set to be released on 27th November in Japan. The OST will have a physical release spanning 3 CD discs, similar to that of Planetary Pieces (Sonic Unleashed) and Vivid Colors x Hybrid Sounds (Sonic Colours) before it. The soundtrack will be published by Wave Master Entertainment and will cost 4200 Japanese yen, and can be pre-ordered right now through HMV JP.

As the time of writing, the soundtrack currently has no official title beyond “Sonic Lost World Original Soundtrack” and no track listing has yet been unveiled, though you can of course expect to find all of the game’s level music as well as the main orchestral theme on there.

Credit goes to SSMB member Blue Wisp for the find.

What do you think of the music in Sonic Lost World so far? Do you have a favourite track from the few we’ve heard? Let us know in the comments!

Source: VGMdb

Sound Test Saturday: 21st Anniversary Edition!

My readers, this day is what all true Sonic fans strive for!

Yes, today is June 23rd, and you all know what that means! The Blue Blur himself, Sonic the Hedgehog, is celebrating his 21st birthday today!

So, let’s have a bit of an extravaganza ourselves! 21 is the magic number, so why not go for that many tracks, just for today? A great number of these tracks have been tipped by you guys, and I thank you all for your contributions!

Due to the sheer amount of music to be featured beyond the jump, I’ll refrain myself from commenting on each track. Instead, I will leave you all with this. If everything goes according to plan here, Sound Test Saturday will be moved to SEGASonic: Radio next week. Yes folks, SS:R will return sooner than you think! And with the big move, we will introduce a new feature on our weekly music column: interviews! First ones up are Freen in Green, followed by xTrickyWolfy and Ring Energy should all go well!

If there is any particular artist you would want featured on a future Sound Test Saturday, if there are any remixes, covers, or originals you want to share, if you have work of your own you would like to see up on the site, then do not hesitate to notify me at vizardjeffhog@sonicstadium.org!

That being said, Happy 21st Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog! Still unstoppable after 21 years!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlfoErrGMSo

Title: Green Hill Zone
Author: TheSymphonicGames
Tip: Faseehudeen

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Sonic Generations Sound Team Questions and Answers!

Three months ago, the community team down at SEGA gathered questions for the musical talents behind the 20th Anniversary title Sonic Generations. As many as 300 questions were submitted by eager fans, spanning from the composers and arrangers’ personal favourite tracks as well as what other songs from Sonic’s history they would’ve liked to tackle.

Today, these questions have been answered by a majority of the Generations sound team. To see what questions Jun Senoue, Tomoya Ohtani, Kenichi Tokoi, and Alex Makhlouf have answered, their replies are available in full at the SEGA Blog, as well as Original Sound Version.

Sound Test Saturday: A Funky Premiere of Green Symphonies!

Hello, readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week through April’s first seven days. If not, then hopefully this is the sort of that is sure to boost your spirits! Ladies and gentlehogs, you are now reading the premiere article of an all new weekly column: Sound Test Saturday! Just like Mash-Up Mondays feature music mash-ups between Sonic and any other party, Sound Test Saturdays will highlight music – original compositions, covers, or remixes – made by the Sonic community. That’s right! Sound Test Saturdays will concentrate on music created by you! Continue reading Sound Test Saturday: A Funky Premiere of Green Symphonies!

My Little Mash-Up Monday: Music is Magic

Sorry readers, but with me around and this particular subject’s ever-growing popularity on the internet, this was bound to happen at some point! Whether you hate it, love it, or tolerate it, things have just gotten 20% cooler around here, because it is PONY TIME today on The Sonic Stadium!

This week’s Mash-Up Monday brings you a grand total of four mash-ups, all of which combining music under both Sonic the Hedgehog and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchises.

The first two mash-up the actual music from the show. Planet WinterWisp sees a lovely combination of Planet Wisp and Winter Wrap Up, while Escape from the Cutie sports the memorable City Escape theme alongside the delectable lyrics from Cupcakes.

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Crush 40 Teases Sonic Youth, One of Those Days, and Rise Again

After announcing development on three new tracks back in January, Crush 40 released a two-and-a-half-minute preview of Sonic YouthOne of Those Days, and Rise Again on their YouTube channel this morning, granting fans and listeners a quick sample of what to look forward to once these tracks are available in full.

On the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages, Jun Senoue teases that they will perform all three tracks in Tokyo for the first time this week, and advises fans to stay tuned an iTunes release in the near future.

Check out the sample after the jump!

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Mash-Up Monday: Blast Away!

For this week’s Mash-Up Monday, scrape those knuckles and catch some tails for an intense double dose of mashed-up Sonic music, and Sonic music alone!

In both mash-ups, how many songs can you keep track of? Will you manage to count them all? Or will you succumb to the real superpower of music?

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Check out Sonic Blast 2 after the jump!

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Production of the ESP Sonic the Hedgehog Guitar

Last year saw some very high-end pieces of merchandise produced to celebrate Sonic’s 20th Anniversary (including statues, crystal cubes…even pocket watches!), but by far one of the most desirable objects offered were reproductions of Jun Senoue’s signature Sonic the Hedgehog ESP guitar. The guitars are now in full production, and Senoue-san has been to the ESP factory to oversee production!

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Crush 40 Currently Working on New Songs

Last year saw Crush 40 release a one-off single Song of Hope dedicated to the Japanese Tsunami disaster victims, which was the first new non-Sonic themed track since those that featured on  Super Sonic Songs back in 2009. Many fans have been keen to see Jun Senoue and Johnny Gioeli team up once more in order to produce a full-blown Crush 40 album, the likes of which have not been seen since their self-titled album back in 2003 (which was a re-working of their album Thrill of the Feel from way back in 2000 when they went by the name ‘Sons of Angels’).

However, it looks increasingly like a new Crush 40 album may be in the works, with Senoue posting a teasing image on facebook and twitter with the statement:

“Just want to let you know the name of the songs we are currently working on. Yes, new Crush 40 songs! “

The new tracks look set to be titled Rise Again, One of Those Days, and Sonic Youth – the latter appears to give a nod to the Sonic Adventure title tracks, with the opening verses of “I’ve opened my heart, I’ve lived and learned”.

Hopefully we will have more information on any potential future releases very soon!

Sonic Generations OST Releases in Japan

Earlier today, Sega music label Wave Master released the Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack: Blue Blur in Japan.

The soundtrack features music from both versions of the game and spans three discs. Like most soundtracks in Japan, however, it doesn’t come cheap, with an RRP of ¥4200 (about £35).

It’s available for import from CDJapan, Play-Asia and YesAsia. Tracklist after the jump.

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Full Tracklist Revealed for History of Sonic Music 20th Anniversary Edition

The full tracklist has been revealed for the now renamed History of Sonic Music 20th Anniversary Edition album (previously titled Sonic 20th Anniversary Best), as well as its cover art. The CD includes 43 tracks spanning Sonic’s 20 year history, from Sonic the Hedgehog‘s Green Hill Zone to Sonic Colours‘ Planet Wisp. Also included with the CD are a couple of stickers and a code to obtain a Hero Chao statue in the Statue Room in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations. You can view the full tracklist, art and bonuses below.

[Product Information]
Item Name: HISTORY OF SONIC MUSIC 20th Anniversary Edition
Cana Product Name: A History of Sonic Music 20th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: December 07, 2011 sale
price: 3,500 yen (tax included)
Publisher: Wave Master
Sold by Avex Marketing

[Disc 1]
Sonic 20th Sound Logo
Green Hill
Emerald Hill
Sonic… You Can Do Anything
Toxic Caves
Angel Island
Flying Battery
Midnight Greenhouse
Green Grove
Super Sonic Racing
Open Your Heart
It Doesn’t Matter
Run Through The Speed Highway
Live & Learn
Escape From The City
That’s The Way I Like It
Neo Green Hill
Leaf Forest
Sonic Stage
Sonic Heroes
We Can
Seaside Hill
Route 99
Right There, Ride On

[Disc 2]
I Am… All Of Me
Sonic Speed Riders
Quick Trip To Paradise
His World
Kingdom Valley
My Destiny
Seven Rings In Hand
A New Venture
Race To Win
Un-gravitify
Endless Possibility
The World Adventure
Rooftop Run – Day
Knight Of The Wind
Splash Hill
Free
Reach For The Stars
Starlight Carnival
Planet Wisp

The History of Sonic Music 20th Anniversary Edition album will be released in Japan December 7th 2011 for ¥3,500. You can pre-order it now at the below retailers.
HMV Japan: ¥3,500
Amazon Japan: ¥3,500
Yes Asia: US$43.49/£28.27
CD Japan: ¥3,500

Source: Famitsu (via SEGA-Mag.com)

Vocals Dropped for Sonic CD Port’s Soundtrack

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Sonic Retro forum member RGamer2009 has revealed that SEGA’s digital download Sonic CD port does not feature the vocals in its soundtrack that were present in its original Mega CD release. RGamer2009 recorded the above footage from the GameStop Android tablet version, and at the 40 seconds mark you can see the game’s animated intro with just an instrumental version of Sonic – You Can Do Anything.

Christian Whitehead aka “The Taxman” followed the discovery up with the below message at the Sonic Retro forums suspecting legal rights issues.

I know it’s a bit of a bummer that the vocals had to be left out. It’s definitely not something due to laziness or something silly. I couldn’t tell you the circumstances, but at least from my understanding there are some rights associated with the lyrics themselves.

My guess is that since Casey Rankin is no longer alive, there might be problems negotiating the use of the lyrics outside of Japan. Please, don’t take this as gospel though since I don’t work in legal

Sources: RGamer2009 and The Taxman at Sonic Retro

Thanks to Sean at the SSMB for the heads up!

What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic CD 20th Anniversary OST Track List Revealed

Famitsu has today revealed the full track list for the Sonic CD Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition album. Music for all of the stages and their time variants are there as you’d expect, along with new collaborations of Sonic Boom and Stardust Speedway between Cash Cash, Jun Senoue and Crush 40.

You can view the full list below.

1. Sonic – You Can Do Anything
2. Title
3. Little Planet
4. Palmtree Panic
5. Palmtree Panic “G” mix
6. Palmtree Panic “P” mix
7. Palmtree Panic “B” mix
8. Collision Chaos
9. Collision Chaos “G” mix
10. Collision Chaos “P” mix
11. Collision Chaos “B” mix
12. Tidal Tempest
13. Tidal Tempest “G” mix
14. Tidal Tempest “P” mix
15. Tidal Tempest “B” mix
16. Quartz Quadrant
17. Quartz Quadrant “G” mix
18. Quartz Quadrant “P” mix
19. Quartz Quadrant “B” mix
20. Wacky Work Bench
21. Wacky Workbench “G” mix
22. Wacky Workbench “P” mix
23. Wacky Workbench “B” mix
24. Stardust Speedway
25. Stardust Speedway “G” mix
26. Stardust Speedway “P” mix
27. Stardust Speedway “B” mix
28. Metallic Madness
29. Metallic Madness “G” mix
30. Metallic Madness “P” mix
31. Metallic Madness “B” mix
32. Boss!!
33. Final Fever
34. Zone Clear
35. Speed Up!!
36. Invincible!!
37. Game Over
38. Special Stage
39. Cosmic Eternity – Believe in Yourself
40. Sonic Boom
41. Stardust Speedway (Cash Cash vs. Jun Senoue)
42. Sonic Boom (Crush 40 vs. Cash Cash)

The album will be released November 23rd 2011. You can pre-order it at Play-Asia now for about £18, and CDJapan and HMV Japan for ¥2,400 (about £20).

Source: Famitsu

Sonic 1&2 Soundtrack Releases in Japan

Masato Nakamura’s Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack was released in Japan on Wednesday.

As part of Sega’s 20th Anniversary celebration-cum-cash-in, this new soundtrack is three discs big. While the first contains the same old tracks we’ve heard a jillion times, the second disc has the never-before-released original demo tapes of all the games’ tracks. The Dreams Come True bassist reportedly sent these tapes via snail mail to Sega to be sequenced into the games.

The third disc is a mini-album containing Sweet Sweet Sweet from Dreams Come True’s hugely successful The Swinging Star album, better known as the ending theme in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as well as its English version, Sweet Dreams. They’re accompanied by the equivalent themes produced by Akon for the Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack in 2006.

The Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack is available to import from Play-Asia and CDJapan. There’s no news yet whether it’ll see a release in the West, however.

‘Sonic The Hedgehog 20th Anniversary Best’ Album Revealed

A listing for yet another new Sonic the Hedgehog CD celebrating the hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary year has hit the net. This latest album is titled ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary Best‘, spans 2 discs and will be released in Japan December 7th of this year (of course).

The track listing is currently unknown, but the product description (roughly translated using Google Translate) below says it will cover a variety of tracks from Sonic’s 20 year history.

Commemorate the 20th anniversary, Sonic 2-Disc Complete collection of the best theme songs and over 30 representatives of major titles?

As soon as you appeared in 1991, Sega’s blue hedgehog character was cool and the whole world talking about their speed, Sonic the Hedgehog. Not only the game world, also known deployment of a variety of goods such as television and animation. 2011 became a special anniversary year celebrates the 20th anniversary of his birth.

In the first two work, or engaged in the production of music for Mr. MasatoNakamura of Dreams Come True, in recent work, the project was derived from the music of Sonic, but He has other songs Crush 40, and bowling Zebrahead soup, and to undertake in collaboration with famous bands such as cash and cash, through its musicality series, consistently rich in topics, also have a reputation.

Do our admiring the colorful world of sonic sound, decorate the epilogue of the 20th anniversary commemoration project with Sonic Wave Master and Sega debut “Sonic the Hedgehog” from “Sonic Colors” until 30 2-Disc Complete collection of the best theme songs and leading representatives of more than atitle! The long-awaited appearance.

You can pre-order the album now at HMV Japan for ¥3,500.

We’ll have more details as they’re revealed.

Source: HMV Japan

Thanks to Keys in our comments for the heads up!

Got a news tip? Send it in to thesonicstadium@googlemail.com, shadzter@sonicstadium.org or via Twitter at @Shadzter and we’ll credit you for the find.

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Will NOT Feature 3D Support, But Will Contain All-New Music

You may have seen a report late last month from Japanese website Inside Games that many other sources roughly translated to suggest that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 might include support for 3D TV’s. Well, SEGA’s Sonic 4 Brand Manager has informed the community via the SEGA Forums that Episode 2 will NOT feature support for 3D displays.

Let me clear this up; Episode II is not in 3-D. SEGA has made many 3-D games, THOR, Captain America, Generations, all can be viewed in 3-D if you own a 3-D TV. Episode II however, will not be offered in this format.

Cheers everyone,
Ken

Balough also revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will contain all-new music and won’t feature any covers of tracks from past games like Sonic CD’s Sonic Boom.

Hahahah, no – that was just used for SOnic Boom – Episode II will have brand new music 🙂

Source: SEGA Forums Link 1, Link 2

Thanks to SpookyMulder at the SSMB for the heads up!

Got a news tip? Send it in to thesonicstadium@googlemail.com, shadzter@sonicstadium.org or via Twitter at @Shadzter and we’ll credit you for the find.

Sonic 2 Game Gear Gets the Epic Music Treatment

When you think about great Sonic music, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Game Gear (and Master System, don’cha know?) isn’t usually the game that comes to mind. That’s nothing to do with how good the music is, though – the little S2 has some real forgotten classics.

French jammer SongeReReveur hasn’t forgotten, though. We featured him last year for his mellow rendition of Sky High Zone – that and a somewhat… different Marble Zone – and he recently returned to Sonic with another Sonic 2 gem.

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This time it’s Green Hills Zone, which was famously re-jigged for the European and Asian versions of Sonic CD (as well as the worldwide re-releases later this year). SongeLeReveur has a habit of taking his themes in a different direction than most, and this dreamy track is no exception.

Jun Senoue Confirms Tokyo Game Show 2011 Performance

Jun Senoue has today officially confirmed via the Crush 40 Twitter feed that he will be performing on SEGA’s stage at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. SEGA’s TGS website says the performance kicks off at 16:20 and ends 30 minutes later at 16:50 Japan Standard Time (08:20 GMT/03:20 EDT) on September 18th and will be broadcast via Ustream. Johnny Gioeli will not be there due to a busy schedule. Instead, Cash Cash’s Alex Makhlouf will perform alongside Senoue-san.

Sources: Sonic Paradise and Crush 40 Twitter

[EDIT: Unfortunately Alex is unable to attend, and instead JP from Cash Cash will be filling in the role! = T]

Sonic Generations Mushroom Hill 3DS Gameplay Footage from Gamescom 2011

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A full stage-and-a-bit’s worth of gameplay footage from Mushroom Hill Zone on Sonic Generations with both modern and classic Sonic! Fans will no doubt be pleased to see the return of losts of features from the original stage along with a host of the most recognisable badniks.

By the sound of it, Modern Sonic’s music for Mushroom hill is identical to the original version from Sonic & Knuckles; however the track for this stage may not have been finalised and this is a placeholder track. Classic Sonic’s Mushroom Hill stage does appear to have a musical makeover however, and is sounding pretty nifty…but you will need to wait for the end of the video for that!

Thanks to Phantomime for the news tip!

Sonic ’06 TGS ’05 Trailer Theme Music Found

Via Mefiresu from the Russian Sonic community, fellow fansite Sonic Scene has received an MP3 file of what is believed to be the theme music played in the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) TGS 2005 trailer.

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When compared to the faint music heard in the highest quality version (it was never made available outside of camera recordings) of the trailer on YouTube recorded by Kikizo (above), it does sound identical.

You can grab the full 4 minutes and 58 seconds long track over at Sonic Scene.

Thanks to Woun for the heads up!

OC Remix: ‘The Sound of Speed’ Now Available For Download

djpretzel is reporting over at OC ReMix that their latest fan remix album ‘The Sound of Speed’ is now complete and available for download now. The album was remixed by OA and Scaredsim and is the sites’ 25th arrangement album.

Here’s what dj pretzel had to say about the album:

Right then – on to the ReMix!! This namesake collab between OA and Scaredsim rocks ‘Green Hill Zone’ out with upbeat rock/pop arrangement featuring crunchy guitars, polished production, some really cool, syncopated drum work, and a generally positive & anthemic vibe. Simon’s lead guitar meshes perfectly with Andrew’s arrangement & …pretty much everything else. The melody stays pretty conservative, but the accompaniment has some really smart, interesting components & details. Starting at 1’16”, the backing drum track really gets cheeky, in a good way, and in general this is an arrangement you can mindlessly toe tap and rock out to, but which ALSO warrants concentration & focus to appreciate the craftsmanship.

Director halc says:

“Ah, the infamous Green Hill Zone. OA was the first person I invited to the project back in July of 2009. I was quite into his wonderful Animal Crossing remix ‘Letting Go’ at the time, and figured Green Hill would be a perfect match for his style. Incidentally (and to my delight), he had some interest in said song. Scaredsim jumped in to lay down the guitars, which meshed wonderfully with OA’s arrangement. This is the “definitive” Green Hill remix, IMO, and I’m very proud to share my beloved album title with it. :P”

You can download the album or a preview of it over at OC ReMix or from the album’s website now.

Thanks to Velotix Lexovetikan at the SSMB for the heads up!

Sonic Colors Soundtrack…Available In North America & Europe!

Earlier this week we reported on the Sonic Colors Soundtrack VIVID SOUNDS X HYBRID COLORS getting a digital release in Japan with no sign of release in the west…well…be disappointed no more!

As of today, VIVID SOUNDS X HYBRID COLORS is available to download from iTunes in North America and Europe! Not only this, the price of the soundtrack has scaled with the market!

The Soundtrack is again released in 3 volumes, each disc costing £7.99/$9.99 to download. “A great price!”, you say, but are you only after specific tracks? Then don’t worry! You can buy individual tracks from the iTunes store for the bargain price of 0.99p / $0.99! Yes! That means you can have your fill of Cash Cash for the price of a hamburger!

So whether you fancy just reaching for the stars for a quid, or downloading the whole experience for £24/$30, iTunes will let you do so, at a much reduced price to importing the physical soundtrack.

To check out the tracks available follow this link.

So, will you be purchasing any of these tracks from iTunes? Let us know in the comments!

Japanese Sonic Channel Interview with Sonic Colors Sound Team

As yesterday marked the release of the Sonic Colors official soundtrack CD Vivid Sound X Hybrid Colors, the SEGA of Japan Sonic the Hedgehog site Sonic Channel interviewed composer Kenichi Tokoi (who previously composed for Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games and Sonic and the Secret Rings) and producer Tomoya Ohtani (Who composed for soundtracks such as Sonic World Adventure and Sonic Rush Adventure) with regards to their involvement with the soundtrack.

Although the interview was conducted in Japanese, we’ve picked out some interesting topics discussed! Tokoi and Ohtani first discuss how the title of the album came about; vivid was deemed a lively term and reflected the nature of the game well, with the word hybrid uniting the liveliness of the game with the music. Because of the mix of synthesised music, autotuned vocals and orchestral music, the term hybrid was also thought to also reinforce the nature of the diversity of music on the soundtrack.

Tokoi and Ohtani also comment on differences to composing the soundtrack compared to Sonic World adventure (or Sonic Unleashed), whereby the music in the game did not change for the stage, where as now every act on the Wii version of the game has a different tune. Thetr is also discussion of the similarities and differences between the title track “Reach for the Stars” and that for Sonic World Adventure “Endless Possibilities”, and how they feel variation of lead singers for the title tracks is beneficial.

The pair go on to talk at great extent about the inspirations and vibes considered when composing for varying levels; for example the twangy guitar was thought to capture the subtle hilarity of Sweet Mountain being an armoury masquerading as a confectionary factory. Heavy guitars were employed for the fast pace of the Asteroid Coaster, and the darker themes were used to convey the feel for the Terminal Velocity stages. Both composers also enjoyed creating the 8-bit versions of the tracks used during the virtual stages!

They interestingly also discuss how they feel they have not deviated much from the framework of most sonic Sonic soundtracks, but hope fans appreciate the more pop-themed opening tunes rather than feeling betrayed by the decision to have Cash Cash perform.

You can check out the full interview with pictures on the Sonic Channel Page.

If you haven’t ordered your copy of Vivid Sounds X Hybrid Colors, you can purchase this now from CD-Japan for ¥4200 (about $47 USD or £32 GBP).

Crush 40 Fan Club Interview Vocalist Ted Poley

Angie at Crush40-fanclub.de had a chance to catch up with Sonic music legend and Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley to interview him on his work past and present, as well as his collaboration work with Jun Senoue on tracks such as “Escape from the City” from Sonic Adventure 2 and “We Can” from Sonic Heroes.

Watch the whole interview over on the Crush 40 Fan Club Website. Oh, and do check out Ted Poley’s site too!

Sonic the Hedgehog Soundtrack CDs: Spotting the Bootlegs

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It’s become a real pain in the old Butnik over the past few years with the Sonic the Hedgehog music market becoming flooded with bootleg CDs, and it’s really sad to see so many fans blowing their hard-earned dosh on CDs that aren’t the genuine article. Anyway, I’ve put together a brief youtube video pointing out some handy hints and tips that you can follow to identify the official CD releases and avoid picking up a bootleg!

If you guys have any questions, feel free to throw them out in the comments – we’ll do our best to answer them!

SEGA Performs Sonic 4, Free Riders & Colours Music at TGS

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SEGA Japan held a musical performance for Sonic fans at the Tokyo Game Show, including music from SEGA’s three upcoming Sonic titles, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colours. Among the performers is fan favourite Jun Senoue, who plays some of his tracks from Sonic 4, aswell as joining a band for performances of Sonic Free Riders theme music, Sonic Colours’ ‘Reach for the Stars’ and an all new song for the game too. You’ll also see plenty of new gameplay footage of Sonic 4’s new build, with Sonic’s new running animation and his faster time of achieving ‘blurry feet’. Also on show is new CGI cutscene footage from Sonic Colours.

Source: SEGA’s TGS USTREAM.

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the find, heads-up and YouTube conversions!

More Sonic Colours’ Planet Wisp Footage, With Music

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UPDATE: Updated with HD video. Thanks to Woun for sharing this at the SSMB! /UPDATE END

IGN got their hands on the Wii version of Sonic Colours at Gamescom and recorded a short video of their time with the game. What makes this different to other videos we’ve seen is that this time, we get to hear the stage’s music. The track sounds like it’s straight out of a game in SEGA’s NiGHTS series and is a good fit for the alien planet theme of the level. We also get to hear grunts of Roger Craig Smith’s Sonic voice.

What do you think of Planet Wisp’s music? Discuss in the comments.

Source: IGN

Thanks to Torcano at the SSMB for the heads up!

Sonic 4 Soundtrack Leaked [Updated – Files Removed]

Some dude at Sonic Retro named “infinity” has managed to get a hold of the Sonic 4: Episode 1 soundtrack and has posted it at SoundCloud.  These are not fake and not an April Fools.  We will not be posting the actual files here, but if SEGA wants us to take the link down, then we will comply as always.

UPDATE 1: The “ending theme” has been added to the page.

UPDATE 2: The soundtrack has been pulled from the link below.  Again, we will not be hosting the files here, but I’m sure somebody you know downloaded the whole thing.  Ask around if you still want to listen.  I recommend not hosting them though, because SEGA is making their rounds.  I’m all for discussing leaked material, but not distributing it.

Check out the tunage over at SoundCloud.

Sonic 4 Website Updates With New Screens and Music

SEGA have updated the official Sonic 4 website with 8 new screenshots and some music from the Splash Hill zone, the first level of the game. The music gives off a very retro feel that the game is aiming for. The screenshots give us a better look at Sonic’s ‘wheel’ running animation seen very briefly in the leaked footage, another homage to the classic Mega Drive/Genesis titles. Also shown is more of the homing attack and and the return of some retro items in the form of the star post checkpoints, the vine swings and the item boxes/tv’s that we’ve seen before. Eggman and his profile have also been unveiled next to Sonic in the Featured section.

You can check out all this new media at the Sonic 4 website.

One Man Band Plays Sonic Music, Wears Spongebob On Head

YouTube user SongeLeReveur is a veritable prodigy if I ever saw one. Not content with learning to play bass guitar, acoustic guitar, bongos and a freaking ocarina (among others), he proceeded to don a doll of Spongebob Squarepants and splice footage of all four five into an awesome mediterranean take on Marble Zone‘s theme from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umdvy2l0FAs[/youtube]

His latest variation on a Sonic theme is a jazzy rendition of a forgotten classic, Sky High Zone from the Master System and Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDLolaystog[/youtube]

SongeLeReveur’s done a number of other Sonic tracks, along with other series such as Final Fantasy, and film/TV classics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Back to the Future. But you’ll just have to go find them yourself, wun’cha sunshine?

Someone sign this guy.

Bentley Jones Wants You to Star in His Video, Win Prizes

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkw84uMNuuM[/youtube]

Bentley Jones has kicked off his “So Much More” video competition today, asking fans to perform his latest song, which is the theme of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing.  Fans who are selected as winners will not only win a fabulous prize pack, but their video will be featured in the official “So Much More video.”

HOW DO I ENTER?
All you need to do is film yourself performing to Bentley’s song “So Much More…” in any way you want. You can sing/lip-sync, dance, play/mime/air an instrument, produce an animation – there’s no limit to what you can do!! Upload your clip to a video sharing website (like YouTube) and e-mail the link (attachments will not be accepted) to smmvideocompetition@bentleyjones.com* by February 26th 2010. It’s as simple as that!
WHAT CAN I WIN?
1st PRIZE x 5
“Sonic & SEGA All-stars Racing” signed by the game’s creators SUMO Digital
Signed concept art from “Sonic & SEGA All-stars Racing”
“So Much More…” Limited Edition CD**
“So Much More…” glossy artwork photo signed by Bentley Jones
“SEGA Superstars Tennis” signed by the game’s creators SUMO Digital
YOUR performance featured in the official “So Much More…” video

2nd PRIZE x 5
“Sonic & SEGA All-stars Racing” signed by the game’s creators SUMO Digital
“So Much More…” Limited Edition CD**
“So Much More…” glossy artwork photo signed by Bentley Jones
YOUR performance featured in the official “So Much More…” video

RUNNERS UP
Large glossy artwork photo signed by Bentley Jones
YOUR performance featured in the official “So Much More…” video

RULES
Video soundtrack (in some form) must contain “So Much More…”

Shoot in the highest quality possible – this will help us when we come to edit your video and help your legions of adoring fans see your talent!!

Videos must a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes.

Upload your videos to a video sharing website (i.e. YouTube) then e-mail us the link to your video to smmvideocompetition@bentleyjones.com*. We will ask winning entries to send us the raw file(s) once the competition has closed. Do not attach videos to e-mails as your e-mail will not be delivered.

Videos must contain the tag www.bentleyjones.com either as an annotation (preferable) or in the video description.

Extra bonus points will be awarded for placing the “So Much More…” CD** somewhere in the video.

One video entry will only be eligible to win one prize bundle, regardless of how many people may feature in (or have contributed to) the video entry.

Competition closing date: February 26th 2010. Any entries received after this date will not be eligible.

Entries to feature in the official “So Much More…” music video will be contacted upon the competition’s closing and asked to send us the raw video files either digitally or by post. This should be done as quickly as possible within 7 days so we can announce the winners on schedule. Failure to do so may result in your video being disqualified.

Once all selected video entries have been received, prize winners will be announced with the release of the “So Much More…” music video on 19th March 2010 (TBC).

Videos must not contain any profanity, explicit, discriminatory or otherwise offensive material including third party advertising.

*By submitting your video entry to the e-mail address you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. **If you have already ordered / purchased the “So Much More…” CD, winners may be eligible to a refund if they so choose.

Good luck!

Visit BentleyJones.com for more information.

Easily the Best Sonic Music Mash-Up, the Sequel

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3l1B3NT8aA[/youtube]

He did it once, now he’s gone and done it again.  Sonic Retro member n00neimp0rtant assembles 10-minutes of music from just about every Sonic game.  Is it as awesome as the first one?  Uh… yes.

Listen to it, knuckleheads.

Green Hill + Green Hill = Euphoric

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL2aB–sYt8[/youtube]

Just a quicky for you guys here on a chill Sunday.  I stumbled upon this Green Hill mash-up earlier and I thought that it sounded like the greatest thing ever.  YouTube user, Akuago220, combines the original Green Hill orchestration on the Genesis and lays it over the updated version found in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.

It’s ear sex, man.