[21/6/12] Crush 40: The Three New Songs
As I type this now, I am listening to the three song preview that Crush
40 have on their Youtube channel. To listen for yourself, visit the
video here. The three songs, Sonic Youth, One of Those Days, and Rise Again, are something of a minefield of speculation.
songs themselves sound great. Crush 40, as usual, have created three
perfectly good songs, and I can't wait to hear them fully. The way I
listed them above is how much I like them, Sonic Youth first. But
talking of Sonic Youth, and thinking of Crush 40's relationship with
SEGA, it seems we might be in for a treat. The song mentions other songs
that Crush 40 have made, and all of them appear in Sonic games. This
could be purely coincidental, but then Rise Again has the familiar feel
of the Shadow the Hedgehog songs Crush 40 did.
Back to the songs, they will be performing them at Summer of Sonic,
live. I would guess an album would soon follow, with these three songs,
plus others that haven't been released on any albums yet.
of Those Days sounds to be the cheery one of the group, much like Fuel
Me. It also sounds like it will be like Fuel Me with the repeating
chorus and just two verses, even though three other singers have a song
of the same title.
As I said before, Rise Again sounds
like it fits in with the Shadow the Hedgehog theme, when compared with
Never Turn Back and All Hail Shadow. It might not sound it to begin
with, but listen to the chorus of each one. Sounds similar.
of course, Sonic Youth. The most weirdest of the lot, referencing their
own songs, and even their own name. "Crushing 40 all the time," sounds a
bit weird but it still fits with the backtracking of other songs.
so, one last time, the songs themselves sound great, from what is in
the preview, and I can't wait to hear the full versions.
[1/3/13] The Music of Video Games
We all know how it goes. Music is a part of video games throughout
everything, from those artists who exclusively focus on video game
music, to those who just want better promotion, the songs and music of
video games is what makes them work.
Imagine blasting through
Sonic the Hedgehog's Green Hill Zone without the iconic theme. Same goes
for the original Super Mario Bros. We may not think about it when
actually playing the game, especially during intense moments of play,
but when we have time in the game to just sit back and enjoy the music,
you can understand why it's there.
It could be for many
reasons. To create atmosphere in the level, to link the characters with
the stage, or just for the plain reason of having something there and
not just sound effects. There are many games that do this, most common
of which are racing games. In fact, with racing games, it has got to the
point where it's not just music in the background, but to a certain
extent, you can control the music that plays. Forza Horizon - change
radio station by using the D-Pad. Need For Speed Most Wanted  or
Burnout Paradise - access the menu and select which songs you want from
the selection. Or there's the way Gran Turismo 5 does it. Use your own
playlists on the console itself. Arcade racers like Mario Kart obviously wouldn't do this, as the music gives their tracks personality.
then, with the likes of Youtube, we can access the songs away from the
game. As I type this, I am listening to a custom playlist of Sonic songs
varying between the Adventure series, Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic
Heroes. You can also get CD's full of songs from games in Limited
Edition collections, or as standalones, in certain countries.
If there wasn't music in video games, I expect we wouldn't have such an iconic fanbase for the games of some series.