GameSpot Asia Beat Ep. 19: Melodies of Life

After a short break, Asia's best video game podcast returns. We talk about video game music with Distant Worlds Kuala Lumpur guitar soloist Az Samad.


Greetings and salutations once again, fellow podcast listeners. After taking a break for a few weeks due to discussing the new direction for the show, we are back in full force.

Today's podcast is all about video game music, with some smattering of God of War: Ascension and Soul Sacrifice talk. We brought in musician Az Samad who was the featured guitar soloist for the Distant Worlds concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as SGCafe's Sim Cheng Kai. Together, we dissect what makes the old pieces great while also bringing you a live audio performance or two. Check it out below, or download it from this link.

Do you think video game music of today can compare with the melodies of back then? Tell us your thoughts and share with us your favorite pieces of video game music on the comments box below. Also, if you like video game music, may we recommend our monthly podcast Sound Byte Radio?

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Video game music used for the podcast:

"Legend of Zelda - Overworld Theme" by Koji Kondo
"Final Fantasy I - Prelude" by Nobuo Uematsu
"Final Fantasy Tactics - Trisection" by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaru Iwata
"Kirby's Adventure - Butter Building" by Hirozaku Ando
"Actraiser - Filmoa" by Yuzo Koshiro
"Halo - Halo by Martin O' Donnell and Michael Salvatori"
"Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix" by Martin O' Donnell, Michael Salvatori and Steve Vai
"Halo 3 ODST - Rain" by Martin O' Donnell and Michael Salvatori
"Halo Reach - Overture" by Martin O' Donnell and Michael Salvatori
"Xenogears - Emotions" by Yasunori Mitsuda
"Xenogears - Yggdrasil Flight Theme" by Yasunori Mitsuda
"Chrono Cross - Time's Scar" by Yasunori Mitsuda

Covers done by Az Samad

"Chrono Trigger - Peaceful Days" by Yasunori Mitsuda
"Final Fantasy II - Town" by Nobuo Uematsu

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