Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Noise from the Hearts of Nerds" - “C1E47b: The Little Engine that Could”

Today’s broadcast is  C1E47b for Theme Thursday, September 19th, 2019. Today is part 2 of 3 in our first ever mini-series. The theme of our miniseries is music from the Turbografx16 / PC Engine - co-created with Bryce Dumond of the TG16 Game by Game podcast, "Turbotastic". Today's installment is called "The Little Engine that Could."

The Episode can be heard here:

[Edit: Please forgive the formatting weirdness on this post. I am trying to get to the bottom of it. I have modified it so that it is at least readable in the meanwhile.]

BLOGSPOT-SPECIFIC NOTES: Some of the things I'd like to share will have to wait for the blog post for part 3, as it contains "spoilers". But what I can say now is that with this series being three episodes, made between two guys, all pulling from just one game system, it was important to me to strive to make the three sound as LITTLE ALIKE as possible. I feel like we were successful in this regard. 

Part one, majority picked by Bryce, and only minority picked by me, and featuring a mix of HuC6280 system "chip" music and CD Audio, biases more towards "greatest hits" / "big title" tracks, and features a lot of rock and otherwise high energy tracks. Of the three, it is the "party animal" for sure. So, if what you're after is a bunch of fun, familiar, high-medium octane tracks, then I am confident that part one will be your favorite of the three. It's 40 tracks and roughly 1hr, 44min of music.

Part two, majority picked by me, and only minority picked by Bryce, and also featuring a mix of HuC6280 system "chip" music and CD Audio, biases much more towards "deep cuts". And while it certainly does contain its share of rockin' and high energy tracks, it covers a much broader emotional / energy-level spectrum than part one, and trends more towards the contemplative, often (but not always) with deep atmospheric transcendent waves. If part one is the "party animal", part two is the "thinking man's episode" episode of the three. So, if you're more excited by the idea of exploring new sonic territory, and getting to spend time in "the chill zone", but with just enough energy to keep from getting too dull, then I think this one will be your favorite. It's also 40 tracks, but just a little bit shorter, clocking in at about 1hr, 41 minutes. Although, I believe that the longest individual track in the series is in this episode.

Part three is all picked by me, and is HuC6280 system "chip" music. As such, you'd think it'd be the odd man out. However, I feel like parts one and two constitute the "opposite extremes" of the series, and that this one meets their energies and spirits somewhere in the middle. Admittedly, it probably lands a little closer to part two, considering it also biases a bit "deep cut", and also spends a little time in the chill zone, making part one, arguably, the REAL outlier of the series. But it doesn't go nearly as deep into the chill spaces, or spend as much time there. And while it doesn't do a lot of outright "rocking out", it does at least contain a much higher percentage of tracks than part two that keep the energy level up, and the feet a'tappin. 

So, for those listeners who thought [to borrow a Goldilocks metaphor] that part one was "too hot", and part two was "too cold", should find part three to be "just right". Also, if you're a true diehard retro-gamer, and prize chip music above CD audio, this is the "pure one" for you. This one is 50 tracks, so ten more than each of the other two. But amazingly, it is NOT the longest music block of the trio. Since the CD audio tracks tend to run longer than the chip tracks, this one lands in the middle of the pack lengthwise at give or take 1hr and 43min.

But regardless of which one you like best / least, I hope you enjoy them all, and I hope you will agree with me that not only were Bryce and I successful in given them all distinct voices and souls, but that the contrasting nature of them are like the tide that raises all ships....that is, that the fact that they're each so different from each other that it makes them all better and more rewarding to listen to than if they were standalone episodes, and that the total is greater than the sum of its parts. It's an adventure, and I hope you enjoy embarking on the journey as much as Bryce and I enjoyed making it!

Here's part two. Enjoy!!!!


(BC) = Bryce's Picks – CD Audio 
(BH) = Bryce's Picks – HuC6280 
(JC) = John's Picks – CD Audio 
(JH) = John's Picks – HuC6280 

01 - Intro - 00:00:00 
02 - (BH) Salamander – Power of Anger - Miki Higashino, Yoshiaki Hatano, and/or Kazuki Muraoka - 00:03:05 
03 - (JH) Energy – Opening - Koji Hayama - 00:04:33 
04 - (JH) Moto Roader – Shout in the Dark - Koji Hayama - 00:07:29 
05 - (JH) Blood Gear – Ruined Base - Shinichi Sakamoto, and/or Jin W. - 00:09:46 
06 - (JC) Ai Chou Aniki – Stage 3-3 - Iwasaki Taku - 00:12:21 
07 - (JC) Strider Hiryuu – Third Moon Depths  - c: Junko Tamiya / a: KM Brothers - 00:15:40 
08 - (JC) Dungeon Explorer 2 – Ancient Ruins of Hyvoris - Masaaki Inoue, Akihiro Honma - 00:18:07 
09 - (BH) Ys 1 & 2 – Fountain of Love - c: Yuzo Koshiro / a: Mieko Ishikawa - 00:20:09 
10 - (JH) Cyber Dodge – Garden - Einosuke Nagao - 00:21:30 
11 - (JH) Cratermaze – Evil Dante - Jun Chikuma, Keita Hoshi, Toshiaki Takimoto, Masaru Takahashi, and/or Takayuki Iwabuchi - 00:24:05 
12 - (JH) JJ & Jeff – Field 3 - Takeaki Kunimoto - 00:26:19 
13 - (JH) City Hunter – Gone with the Beauty - Tatsumi Yano - 00:28:59 
14 - (JH) Cross Wiber – Chapter 2 - Hiroto Saito - 00:31:52 
15 - (BH) Afterburner II – Maximum Power - Hiroshi Kawaguchi, and/or Shigeharu Isoda - 00:34:42 
16 - (BC) Ys 1 & 2 – To Make the End of Battle - c: Yuzo Koshiro / a: Mieko Ishikawa - 00:35:31 
17 - (BC) Lords of Thunder – Boss 2 - Satoshi Miyashita - 00:37:24 
18 - (BC) Ys 1 & 2 – Final Battle - c: Yuzo Koshiro / a: Mieko Ishikawa - 00:40:19 
19 - (JC) Cotton – Boss 3 - Kenichi Hirata - 00:41:52 
20 - (BH) Legendary Axe – Level 5 - Atsumi Chikuma and/or Toshiaki Takimoto - 00:44:53 
21 - (JH) Military Madness – Player's Victory - Jun Chikuma and/or Toshiaki Takimoto - 00:47:34 
22 - (JC) Ai Chou Aniki – Stage 2-1 - Iwasaki Taku - 00:50:08 
23 - (JH) 1552 Tenka Dairan – Fine Day - Masao Asakawa - 00:52:30 
24 - (JH) Doukyusuei – Miho Suzuki's Theme - Manabu KuniedaNoriuki Iwadare, and/or Isao Mizoguchi - 00:55:24 
25 - (JH) Kuusou Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy – Marseille City - Kouhei Tanaka, and/or Kazuhio Sawada - 00:57:32 
26 - (JH) Bomberman 93 – Map - Jun Chikuma and/or Keita Hoshi - 01:00:54 
27 - (JH) Neutopia II – Cave 3 - Toshiaki Takamoto - 01:02:26 
28 - (BH) Legendary Axe - Level 2 - Atsumi Chikuma and/or Toshiaki Takimoto - 01:04:48 
29 - (JC) Shadow of the Beast – In Dark Passages  - c: David Whittaker / a: Unknown - 01:06:50 
30 - (BC) Castlevania: Rondo of Blood - Vampire Killer - Mikio Saitou, Akiropito, Kinuyo Yamashita, and/or Satoe Terashima - 01:13:18 
31 - (BC) Castlevania: Rondo of Blood – Beginning - Mikio Saitou, Akiropito, Kinuyo Yamashita, and/or Satoe Terashima -  01:14:59 
32 - (JC) Legend of Xanadu – The Successor - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa, Naoki Kaneda, Takahiro Tsunashima, Masaru Nakajima, and/or Hirofumi Matsuoka - 01:17:22 
33 - (JC) Ai Chou Aniki – Stage 2-2 - Iwasaki Taku - 01:19:45 
34 - (JC) Dungeon Explorer 2 – Outside Ref, the Pyramid of Ice - Masaaki Inoue, Akihiro Honma - 01:22:32 
35 - (JH) Tengai MakyouFuun Kabuki Den – Parting Theme - Kohei Tanaka, Keiti Hoshi - 01:24:36 
36 - (JH) Yawara! – Title - Mori Hideaki - 01:27:17 
37 - (JH) Sekigahara – Music 3 - Koji Hayama - 01:29:47 
38 - (JH) Bonk's Revenge – Ice Land - Hirohiko Takayama - 01:34:39 
39 - (BH) Bonk's Adventure – Title - Tsukasa Masuko and/or Hirohiko Takayama - 01:36:33 
40 - (JH) Shinobi – Level Theme 1 - c: Yasuhiro Kawakami / a: Unknown - 01:38:22 
41 - (JC) Gain Ground SX – Europe in the Midde Ages - c: You Takada and/or Katsuhiro Hayashi / a: Unknown - 01:40:04 
42 - Outro - 01:44:17 

Music Block Runtime: 01:41:20, Total Episode Runtime: 01:56:45 

Our Intro and Outro Music is Funky Radio, from Jet Grind Radio on the Sega Dreamcast, composed by BB Rights. Composer and track info vetted by "Pidge".  

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