Production Years: 2011, 2014, 2018
Genre: Electronic, Video Game Music
Album Length: 40 Minutes
Availability: Free .zip folder Download
Software Used: Pro Tools 7 | REASON | Air Hybrid | RfNexus | Waves Plugins | Windows XP
Hardware Used: M-Audio Delta 44 | Gibson SG | Schector C-7 Hellraiser | Schecter Raiden Special-5 | Boss ME-50
Summary: Game Covers is a collection of songs based on songs that were originally featured in video games. Wow that first sentence was amazing. If you are a big into video games this might tickle your fancy. If you have no interest in video games this will do nothing for your fancy. These are not original songs created by myself they are re-creations of other people's songs (just to clarify what a cover song is). None of the audio from the original songs were used, instead I used my brilliance to mimic the original elements and compositions of the songs. Some of the tracks are true covers meaning I did not alter from the original beyond the sound of the instruments. Other tracks I took the liberty of doing more of a remix by changing up arrangements or adding other motifs that were featured in the game. Song selection was based on old games from my past that I felt were really good but production and sound was not nominal. More modern games have much better quality and production value in there music department so there is no point in recreating something that is already top notch.
Production: This project began in 2011 out of boredom. I did not plan to do an entire album of cover songs but once I had around five of these covers created I figured they needed an official home within my music library. I ended up creating ten tracks for this project and then called it finished by the end of 2011. By the time 2014 rolled around my production skills had improved and I had more tools at my disposal to create far superior versions of these songs so I did some George Lucasing and recreated my recreations. Even though I had called the project done I was not happy with the mixing quality of the songs and the album did run a little short with only 10 tracks. I spent a good solid month at the beginning of 2018 to improve the songs and also added three new songs to the collection. The newest additions to the project are Age of Empires II, Top Gear Rally, and Super Mario 64.
Final Thoughts: This was a fun project but had a similar long and dreadful production process as my Social Phobia album. Both albums were started when I really had no idea what I was doing. Instead of leaving it as is and moving on I had to keep revisiting it in an attempt to turn it into something I am proud of.
Metal Gear Solid - This is a mix of 3 songs from Metal Gear Solid merged together: Introduction, Mantis' Hymn, and Warhead Storage. I didn't want to stray to far away from the original sound as much as other tracks in this collection.
Dire Dire Docks - We got Super Mario 64 up in here! Same Song, No drums.
Mountain - One of the More Obscure and older songs on the album. Originally featured in Jurassic Park on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Peril (guitar cover) - From Halo 2, the most current out of this collection. This cover song was an experiment. Instead of trying to improve on the original which was already perfect I decided to replicate it exactly but using only guitars (and a bass guitar and a very faint string synth). Mission Accomplished!
Goldeneye 007 - N64 Goldeneye 007, what a classic. This is a combination of different songs from the game. Original songs being covered are Surface, Cradle, Facility, Main Theme, and some other stuff.
Iron Piston - Oldschool PC gamers might recognize this from Mechwarrior 2. Song originally composed by Jeehun Hwang. I love the low tempo hip-hop feel of the drums in this one.
Simple Rating - I have never played the game that went with this song (Street Fighter Alpha 3). It was a request by a fan of my guile theme. So I decided to give it a try and try I did. I might have jumped too far away from the original sound, seeing as how I have no personal attachment to this song or the game it was in.
Scouting - Another Command & Conquer related track, this one is from Tiberian Sun my personal favorite in the C&C series. With this one I did some major changes from the original as far as instrumentation within the song.
Menu Theme - Top Gear Rally might not have been a very popular game, or even a good one, but I sure did like the music in it. The NTSC-J version of this game had a didfferent Menu theme. This cover is from the NTSC-U version.
Grabbage - I feel I should have done a normal cover of this instead of a piano melody. Original version of this song is the main theme for Duke Nukem 3D. I decided to cover this using only pianos and it may have become too distant from what duke nukem is. On the other hand it's something different and that is always lovely.
Shamburger - This song has nothing to do with hamburgers. Its the iconic first track in Age of Empires II. This is a simple copy of the original but with different instruments in use.