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#1406456 VGM Band Origin Stories - how did you meet?

Posted by universal_justin on 19 September 2019 - 03:41 PM

its not like it once was where if you wanted to be in a band and record that you had to go to a studio, home recording is at an all time level of ease to get ideas together and see if you can mesh with other people's styles.


If you can find some band members who can telecommunicate, that's awesome.  There are probably a lot more musicians out there who can these days too.  It's a whole new set of logistical problems, but even if the real life meetups don't workout for whatever reason, you still at least have some tangible groundwork ready for when it can workout.


It's probably a little less exciting, not having that in person/in studio magic, and not being able to gig or practice without a lot of organization, but probably a hell of a lot more productive and focused.  Maybe a little less instant gratification, but a lot more long term satisfaction.  And imagine how cool it would feel to finally get together after such a long time.


Online banding is something I've always wanted to do.  Maybe we should just start one with everyone in this thread?  It would make a great origin story later.

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#1406452 VGM Band Origin Stories - how did you meet?

Posted by universal_justin on 19 September 2019 - 03:12 PM

Basically Tetsuoooo and I were huge VGM and Minibosses fans back in 2002.  Mostly we were just close friends from high school who were in the right place at the right time.


We had a group of mutual friends who were just starting to get into playing instruments, and were experimenting with various originals, mostly covers, in each others garages.  We lived in a tiny mountain community, and all of us were still in high school.  We threw a lot of shit at the wall to see what would stick, had a few different bands, members, and styles.  Tetsuoo and I had enough VGM influence in us to start learning some VGM covers, and it seemed to stick.  We eventually learned enough VGM tracks and gave the project a name, Quarter Circle Jab.  We all dabbled in our free time until we had enough practice to start small time gigging at parties, and eventually recording (7 years later).  


It was off and on for QCJ throughout the years, lots of moving parts, lots of logistical problems, all your typical band problems.  I'd say the biggest issue with sticking together was just location of the members.  Everybody wanted to do it if they were around, it just wasn't paying the bills, and there was opportunity to be had elsewhere.  Typical band problems.


I'd suggest if you were thinking about getting a VGM cover band going, the #1 thing working in your favor would be to live in a big city with a big talent pool with lots of musicians with similar tastes.

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#1406032 VGM Butt Rock/Butthole Rock/Hair Metal/Post Grunge

Posted by universal_justin on 13 September 2019 - 04:04 PM

I vaguely remember using the term butt rock, back in 06 or 07 maybe, to describe these kind of tracks.  N64 sports games rocks the butt pretty good.




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#1404635 Castlevania Thread

Posted by universal_justin on 20 August 2019 - 02:41 PM

Just finished The Lecarde Chronicles 2, anybody else tried this fan-made game yet?


It's everything I want from a Castlevania, I'd say it's somewhere between SotN and CV2.  Pretty difficult platforming, but the physics are tight and I never feel cheated.  Everything about it is legit, definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet.



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#1403370 KDB Tour 2019

Posted by universal_justin on 24 July 2019 - 07:58 PM


DUDE!!! WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY HI!!! Redding was my favorite show so far. Super fucking packed and the sound was great and we shredded major riff. Where did all these people come from?!





Probably would have run into you all if I had stuck around, but I was lucky to be able to get there at all.  Got a 2 month old at home, and I live an hour away from Redding, so time was tight.  Next time!

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#1403329 KDB Tour 2019

Posted by universal_justin on 24 July 2019 - 01:15 AM

The Redding show was awesome, wish I could have stuck around longer after the show.   Had been a while since I've been to a VGM show, probably about 5 years, so this was invigorating.  Makes me want to get another VGM band going again. 


There were some unexpected delights like Runaway Four's Ancient Dragon's Fort from Chrono Cross, and Bahamut Lagoon.  Very cool.  Power Drift was awesome too.


Both sets were great, glad you guys came through Redding.  Thanks all

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#1401201 List some GOOD Rom Hacks!

Posted by universal_justin on 13 June 2019 - 02:52 PM

Really enjoyed FF4 Free Enterprise, basically an FF4 randomizer where you start with the airship.  Turns the game non-linear.



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#1400839 The Top SNES Tracks project is now live!

Posted by universal_justin on 07 June 2019 - 04:48 PM

It's all shizz powered right now judging by the user base, but I'm cool with that.  Things taking a while will add the variable of time to the data, which is cool.  We can see things like how tracks did for certain months or years and such. 


I hope it never ends.

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#1399788 Shizz Daddy Club

Posted by universal_justin on 18 May 2019 - 11:28 AM

The shizz will be happy to know we named our new son William Guile. Thanks to Street fighter 2 for the inspiration, it goes phonetically perfect with our last name of Goodrich.
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#1398386 Daemon9623 was murdered last night

Posted by universal_justin on 28 April 2019 - 08:39 PM

Condolences all around, this is just awful. A true shizzer, he stood out to me on here. Wish I could have met him in person.

I hope for the best in regards to his son's future. Perhaps he will see this board someday, and have a window into how cool his dad was.
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#1383768 The Top SNES Tracks project is now live!

Posted by universal_justin on 08 June 2018 - 10:31 PM

This contest is over, Shin Momotarou Densetsu - Mashira's Theme is a winner.

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#1382919 Songs with Orchestra Hits

Posted by universal_justin on 21 May 2018 - 09:59 PM

Hits at 1:10.  He used an Ensoniq ASR-10, which is a sampler, so who knows where the samples came from.  Sounds pretty layered.  Pretty sure this guy ripped some samples off the old DOS Doom games to use on their first album, so he gets extra points for that.




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Posted by universal_justin on 13 February 2018 - 07:53 PM




when and where is that?

If i remember correctly this was at some Comic store in AZ. (edit) Yes, It was live at Meltdown Comics around 2007, or even earlier. The live videos from this are some of my favorites of the Minibosses.


Meltdown is in SF



I filmed these back in 2003, if anyone has the whole day's worth of videos, please drop me a link, cause I dont have any copies and I sent the bosses the original mini dv tapes. 


I remember edging in front of the super pro TechTV guys shots and feeling cool about it.  I had my friend Chance hold up the other camera in the back, I thought it turned out pretty good for just using the microphones on the camera.  We drove all the way from the Yosemite area for that show.  It's a really cool memory for us.


They played another set that night nearby at a place called Top Gear? Top Fuel? Something like that.  Would love to see that again too.  I had to use a Sony Handicam with nightshot cause it was pitch black.  They played an awesome Rygar medley I had never heard until then.  I remember I had just turned 18, it was a bar, I don't know how I got in.  I'm pretty sure I acted like I was loading equipment or something.  I remember I couldnt hang out after the show cause I was underage, which bummed me out.  I had them autograph a nintendo shirt for me and went home.  I would later get Symphony X to sign the same shirt years later for some reason.  It still has the original blood and sweat stains on it too.

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#1366748 Replacing the Star Wars: A New Hope OST, with VGM

Posted by universal_justin on 04 September 2017 - 04:07 PM

Ive read before that Nobuo Uematsu has been called the "John Williams" of video games.  The parallels between the star wars and final fantasy soundtracks are definitely there.  Started playing a few FF4 and FF6 tracks over A New Hope, and got some chills over how well some of them fit.  I would certainly enjoy watching a VGM version of A New Hope, which I thought might exist already, but I didnt find anything.


The fanfares and prologue "rolling text" themes replace each other perfectly.  All the action scenes go great with all the boss battle tracks.  The mischievous sounding stuff like porom and paloms theme from ff4, or the "??" track from ff6 go perfect with any C3-PO and R2-D2 comic relief scenes.  Golbez theme for vader, Gesthals theme for the emperor... everything seems to have an equivalent.


Although the original score for Star Wars is probably the best movie soundtrack of all time, I was thinking of overdubbing most of the original score with VGM, just for fun.  Sans a few spots like the binary sunset scene.  Can't touch that part.


I figured this would be fun for the shizz machine.  Anybody have some Star Wars: A New Hope OST/VGM equivalent ideas they would like to share?  It doesn't necessarily have to be SNES FF's.  Would be cool to find a version of A New Hope that had sound FX and voices, but no music.  Probably exists somewhere in one form or another.


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#1365909 70's Prog Rock (italian And The Like)

Posted by universal_justin on 27 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

Damn, what a trifecta. That Yezda Urfa is like a busy peak Yes. 


Indeed, it reminds me of Tormato era Yes.




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