Wednesday, December 2, 2020

"Noise from the Hearts of Nerds" - “C1E55a: 'The Best of 2019 pt. 1 – Listener Picks'"

 You can hear this episode here: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-msedw-f23be3


Today’s broadcast is C1E55a for Wayback Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020. Today’s episode will be "Best of 2019 pt.1 - Listener Picks" - a 50 track collection culled from 79 total, and 61 unique submissions between nine distinct contributors, all from episodes featured in our calendar 2019 "Season 3".  

 

Track# – Track – Game – System – Composer(s) - Original Episode – Selected for this collection by* – Originally Selected in original episode by – Timestamp 

 

01) Intro – 00:00:00 

 

02) Main Theme – Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – WiiU / Switch – Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and/or Hajime Watai – Ep 49 – Jeshua Lack / Chris Murray – Mario Mendez – 00:02:19 

 

03) The Scars of Time (Opening) – Chrono Cross – PS1 – Yasunori Mitsuda – Ep 49 – Jeshua Lack / Chris Murray / Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 00:04:09 

 

04) My Intellivision – Intellivision Lives – Multiplatform – Michael Schwartz and/or Tom Kahelin – Ep 41 – Electric Boogaloo – St. John – 00:06:30 

 

05) Studiopolis Zone Act 2 – Sonic Mania – Multiplatform – Tee Lopes – Ep 41 – Chris Murray / Mario Mendez – St. John – 00:11:03 

 

06) This is True Love Makin' – Capcom vs. SNK 2 – Multiplatform – Satoshi Ise – Ep 49 – Trey Johnson – Mario Mendez – 00:13:29 

 

07) The Poets 1 – Streets of Rage 3 – Genesis – Yuzo Koshiro and/or Motohiro Kawashima – Ep 44 – Chris Murray / Pernell Vaughn – St. John – 00:16:40 

 

08) Shout in the Dark – Moto Roader – TG16 – Koji Hayama – Ep 47b – Pernell Vaughn – St. John – 00:19:53 

 

09) Stages 2 & 6 – Bio-Hazard Battle – Genesis – Shigehasu Isoda – Ep 41 – Electric Boogaloo – St. John – 00:22:05 

 

10) First Step Towards War – Ys 1 & 2 – TG16 – c: Yuzo Koshiro a: Mieko Ishikawa – Ep 47a – Chris Murray / Trey Johnson – Bryce Dumond – 00:24:30 

 

11) Gravity Beetbood Stage – Mega Man X3 – PS1 – Kinuyo Yamashita – Ep 49 – Jeshua Lack / Chris Murray / Pernell Vaughn – Mario Mendez – 00:26:31 

 

12) Grand Metropolis – Sonic Heroes – Multiplatform – Jun Senoue – Ep 49 – Pernell Vaughn – Mario Mendez – 00:28:24 

 

13) Ancient Ruins of Hyvoris – Dungeon Explorer 2 – TG16 – Masaaki Inoue and/or Akihiro Honma – Ep 47b – Pernell Vaughn – St. John – 00:30:50 

 

14) Palace of Destruction – Ys 1 & 2 – TG16 – c: Yuzo Koshiro a: Mieko Ishikawa – Ep 47a – Chris Murray – Bryce Dumond – 00:32:51 

 

15) Heaven's Rain – We Love Katamari – PS2 - Yuu Miyake, Hiroshi Okubo, Hideki TobetaAkitaka Tohyama, Yuri Misumi, Katsuro Tajima, Yoshihito Yano, and/or Masashi Sugiyama – Ep 41 – Hugues Johnson – St. John – 00:34:54 

 

16) Stickerbush Symphony – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest – SNES – David Wise – Ep 49 – Trey Johnson / Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 00:42:01 

 

17) Map – Waterworld – SNES – Dean Evans – Ep 41 – The Diad – St. John – 00:44:15 

 

18) Quartz Quadrant Zone: Good Future – Sonic CD (JP/EU) – Mega CD – Naofumi Hataya and/or Masafumi Ogata – Ep 49 – Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 00:46:07 – *****SPECIAL NOTE*****: this track is dedicated to a certain anonymous who has been going through some serious stuff of late, but is way more awesome a person than they realize! 

 

19) Cheap Shop – Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Multiplatform – James DeVito – Ep 49 – Chris Murray / Trey Johnson / Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 00:47:20 

 

20) In-Game 3 – Kaizu Chounin Shubibinman – PC Engine – Koji Hayama – Ep 47a – Pernell Vaughn – St. John – 00:48:54 

 

21) Hot Head Bop – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest – SNES – David Wise – Ep 49 – Chris Murray / Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 00:51:37 

 

22) Inner Darkside – Shinobi 3 – Genesis – Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki and/or Morihiko Akiyama – Ep 42 – Electric Boogaloo – St. John – 00:53:37 

 

23) International Karate – International Karate – C64 – Rob Hubbard – Ep 43 – Chris Murray – Henrik Andersson – 00:56:10 

 

24) Chun-Li – Street Fighter II: Champion Edition – PC Engine – Yoko Shimomura – Ep 47c – Hugues Johnson – St. John – 01:06:47 

 

25) Level Theme 1 – Shinobi – PC Engine – c: Yashiro Kawakami a: Unknown – Ep 47b – Chris Murray / Nathan Cooper – St. John – 01:08:39 

 

26) Auzal Stage – Lords of Thunder – TG16 – Satoshi Miyshita - Ep 47a – Pernell Vaughn – Bryce Dumond – 01:10:20 

 

27) Vampire Killer – Akumajou Dracula: Chi no Rondo (aka Castlevania: Rondo of Blood) – PC Engine – Mikio Saitou, Akiropito, Kinuyo Yamashita and/or Satoe Terashima – Ep 47b – Chris Murray / Trey Johnson – Bryce Dumond – 01:14:44 

 

28) Whirlwind – Shinobi 3 – Genesis – Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki and/or Morihiko Akiyama – Ep 42 – Mario Mendez – St. John – 01:16:27 

 

29) To Make the End of Battle – Ys 1 & 2 – TG16 – c: Yuzo Koshiro a: Mieko Ishikawa – Ep 47b – Chris Murray / Pernell Vaughn – Bryce Dumond  - 01:18:26 

 

30) Metro City Subway – Final Fight – Arcade – Junko Tamiya – Ep 46 – Chris Murray – Electric Boogaloo – 01:20:20 

 

31) Metro City Subway – Final Fight – SNES – c: Junko Tamiya a: Toshio Kajino – Ep 46 – Pernell Vaughn – Electric Boogaloo – 01:22:15 

 

32) Idaten – Shinobi 3 – Genesis – Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki and/or Morihiko Akiyama – Ep 42 – Mario Mendez – St. John – 01:24:19 

 

33) Final Stage – Magical Chase – TG16 – Htoshi Sakimoto and/or Masaharu Iwata – Ep 47c – Chris Murray – St. John – 01:26:43 

 

34) Marble Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog – Genesis – Masato Nakamura – Ep 49 – Jeshua Lack – Mario Mendez – 01:30:16 

 

35) Mission 4 – Shadow Squadron – 32X – Teruhiko Nakagawa and/or Masaru Setsumaru – Ep 44 – Electric Boogaloo / Nathan Cooper – St. John – 01:32:19 

 

36) Area 1 – Blaster Master Zero – 3DS / Switch – c: Naoki Kodaka a: Haruhisa "Hally" Tanaka and/or Ryo Kawakami – Ep 46 – Chris Murray – Electric Boogaloo – 01:35:36 

 

37) Stage 1 – Dragon Spirit – TG16 – Shinji Hosoe – Ep 47c – Nathan Cooper – St. John – 01:37:30 

 

38) Fountain of Love – Ys 1 & 2 – TG16 – c: Yuzo Koshiro a: Mieko Ishikawa – Ep 47b – Chris Murray – Bryce Dumond – 01:40:02 

 

39) Elena Stage – Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – Multiplatform – Hideki Okugawa – Ep 49 – Electric Boogaloo / Chris Murray – Mario Mendez – 01:41:42 

 

40) Rush and Beat – Shinobi 3 – Genesis – Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki and/or Morihiko Akiyama – Ep 42 – Pernell Vaughn – St. John – 01:44:54 

 

41) Moon – Streets of Rage 3 – Genesis – Yuzo Koshiro and/or Motohiro Kawashima – Ep 44 – Chris Murray – St. John – 01:47:24 

 

42) Solitary – Shinobi 3 – Genesis – Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki and/or Morihiko Akiyama – Ep 42 – Nathan Cooper – St. John – 01:49:26 

 

43) Stage 6 – Legendary Axe 2 – TG16 – Tsukasa Masuko – Ep 47c – Nathan Cooper – St. John – 01:51:11 

 

44) Boss – Bonk's Adventure – TG16 – Tsukasa Masuko and/or Hirohiko Takayama – Ep 47a – Nathan Cooper – Bryce Dumond – 01:53:07 

 

45) Hateno Village (Night) - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – WiiU / Switch – Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and/or Hajime Watai – Ep 49 – Jeshua Lack – Mario Mendez – 01:54:47 

 

46) Home Aruni Village – Chrono Cross – PS1 – Yasunori Mitsuda – Ep 49 – Hugues Johnson / Pernell Vaughn – Mario Mendez – 01:59:14 

 

47) The Burning Sands – Final Fantasy X – PS2 – Masashi Hamauzu – Ep 44 – Chris Murray – St. John – 02:02:24 

 

48) Ice Cave – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – N64 / 3DS – Koji Kondo – Ep 41 – Mario Mendez – St. John – 02:06:00 

 

49) Ice Land – Bonk's Revenge – TG16 – Hirohiko Takayama – Ep 47b – Hugues Johnson – St. John – 02:07:39 

 

50) Relax and Reflect – Final Fantasy XV – Multiplatform – Yoko Shimomura – Ep 44 – Hugues Johnson – St. John – 02:09:26 

 

51) Your Sunset – Tekken Tag Tournament – Multiplatform – Taku Inoue – Ep 49 – Mario Mendez – Mario Mendez – 02:12:31 

 

52) Outro – 02:17:29 

 

 

Music Block Runtime: 02:15:18 Total Episode Runtime: 02:39:39 

 

Note: Listeners get first dibs on all tracks that both they and St. John wanted for their episodes. So, any such "overlap" tracks appear in this episode and will not appear in St. John's follow-up. However, the overlap tracks ARE indicated in the track list like so: BOLD / ITALIC / UNDERLINE tracks were on St. John's main track list, where BOLD, but non-italic or underline were on St. John's backup track list. There are fifteen of the former and nine of the latter in this list. 

 

Our Intro and Outro Music is Funky Radio, from Jet Grind Radio on the Sega Dreamcast, composed by BB Rights. 

 

Produced using Ardour 6 / Audacity in Ubuntu Studio 20.04 

 

A number of our contributing listeners have projects of their own that I would wish to share with you here: 

 

Hugues Johnson: In addition to being my principle co-host on the all-new "Nerd Noise Radio – Channel 2", Hugues, along with one "Rob, from Detroit" host the video game talk podcast "Retro Game Club", which covers retro and current video game news, particularly as it brushes up against the retro gaming world, and with a programers and developers bent (but at a lay user accessibility level). Retro Game Club can be found here: 

 

 

The Diad: Ben, "The Diad" Dishman produces a now and then podcast called "The Diad Presents: A VGM Podcast", which goes deeper into history, composer info, and various factoids and trivia than any other program I know of. You can find it here: 

 

 

Pernell Vaughn: Pernell is one half of the Yin / Yang dynamic duo that is "Rhythm and Pixels". Pernell is the yang to Rob Nichol's yin, the fire, and energy and bombast to Rob's super laid-back ultra-chill, and the combination of the two energies is simply fantastic – unlike anything else you will find in the VGM podosphere. You can find R&P's "R&P" here: 

 

 

Also look up Indie Gaiden on YouTube to find "Blown Cartridges", also featuring Pernell: 

 

 

 

Trey Johnson: Trey, along with Jereme Makowski, and Jon Knitter are the hosts of the Nintendomain Podcast, a VGM talk pod, which covers the full spectrum of video game news, dabbles in news and current events outside of video games, and features frequent, and robust interviews with people from all over the video game spaces (including, once in a while, yours truly). In addition to Nintendomain, Trey also produces a now and then VGM mixtape pod called W.A.R.T. radio, DJ's VGM in Chicagoland, and does a now and then program with his wife, Jess Kenyon called "The Honey Darling Show", which covers movies and pop culture. All three pod programs can be found on the Nintendomain podcast feed here: 

 

 

Mario Mendez: Mario's program, "Grown-Up Pixels" features a mix of programs focusing on video game music, videogame talk, and most commonly (as well as most powerfully), video game memories and reflections. The heart and soul to "Grown Up Pixels", and the enthusiasm with which it's presented is unparalleled. You can find Grown-Up Pixels here: 

 

 

You can also find Facebook and Twitter pages / groups for all of these, and in some cases, dedicated websites or blogs. Get subscribed, and get listening to / reading these great individuals' other works! 

 

*= In cases where tracks were selected by multiple listeners, they were listed in the order in which they submitted tracks: Jeshua was first, then Hugues, EB, The Diad, Chris, Nathan, Pernell, Trey, and finally, Mario. I had mentioned that this 50 tracks came from a total of 79 submissions, containing 61 unique tracks. Since 50 was the hard limit, that left 11 tracks that we had to cut. I won't list the cut tracks here. But I will include a OneDrive link to the worksheet .docx that I used to sort all the selections, who made them, what tracks did and did not make the cut, as well as notes to the contributors, since this was a document I shared with all of them early on: 

 

 

I'll also share a link to the original list of eligible tracks from 2019 that I gave them to make their selections from, as it now contains new sheets revealing all sorts of additional info and "peeks behind the curtain"….including, for the astute...more than a few pt. 2 spoilers! 😉  

 

 

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Thanks for listening! Join us again this time next week for C1E55b: "The Best of 2019 pt 2. - St. John's Picks" a 3.5hr, 75 track BEHEMOTH! Delicious VGM on Noise from the Hearts of Nerds....and wherever you are....Fly the N!!! 

 

 

Cheers!