PAX East ’13 may have come and gone, but there are a few nuggets of the videogame music drumming variety within the confines of my trusty camcorder that I’ve dug up.
On Day Two of the convention I had the pleasure of jamming out to a variety of tunes at the MAGfest-run Jamspace, where videogame music cover bands, chiptune artists and more take up the stage and express their love for game music. Like last year, I decided I’d hop up on stage and drum to some of my favorite tracks from games like Breath of Fire II, Mega Man X, F-Zero X and Final Fantasy Legend II.
I will tell you right now that my performance is plagued by timing issues and accidental rim-hitting; not having a monitor when playing to backing tracks can be quite a challenge, not to mention I didn’t have much of a warm-up or rehearsal. But I hope you’ll enjoy them nonetheless.
Despite the cringing I endure whenever I witness my slip-ups on video, my fellow staff members encouraged me to put the videos up on our PixelitisBlog Youtube page, and so it was done. Fellow musicians and audiophiles: please be gentle.
Breath of Fire II – “Cross Counter”/”I’ll Do It”/”Clean Hit.” Composed by Yuko Takehara
Final Fantasy Legend II/SaGa 2 - “Lethal Strike.” Composed by Kenji Ito
F-Zero X - “The Long Distance of Murder.” Composed by Taro Bando
Mega Man X - “Armored Armadillo.” Composed by Setsuo Yamamoto
Battletoads & Double Dragon - “Abobo” Composed by David Wise
And as a bonus: last year’s performance.