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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: OLRmageddon LX - May 2012 Reply with quote

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With the Caped Crusader getting a triple whammy with no entries, no new villians, and a reminder that this month has Mother's Day, Tarrasque steps up to bring us another chapter of our ill-fated contest!

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STEVE ZUCKERMANN AND OTHER PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW


actually this is Gary Gygax but he and Mr. Zuckermann look very similar

I met Mr. Zuckermann at jury duty back in February 2012, and part of the interview
process is explaining your occupation. When he said he was a longtime composer
of musical scores for everything from video games to advertisements to cinema,
I totally came unglued. I thought I recognized the name Steve "Zuckerman" from
the end credits of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Crossroads of Time for the
Sega Genesis, and so at my first opportunity, I asked him, "Mr. Zuckermann, did
you ever compose video game soundtracks for a Sega Genesis title?"

We had a snugly brief conversation about the music industry and the long tour
of duty he served in it. I've tried several times to write a piece about the
ad-hoc interview, but nothing does it justice - a transcript is too professional,
but a cursory synopsis is too empty. We spoke candidly about Midway Games and
how the sensationalized violence in Mortal Kombat did not make it a good
game despite its relative commercial success and the place it took in gaming
history. He worked on Myst III, and I recognized the title for its
prestige as a classic masterpiece of early computer gaming. Every new mention
of a project he'd worked on was like another page in a sentimental photo album,
and toward the end of our chat, I apologized, hoping I hadn't stirred up any
old ghosts. "Not old ghosts," he said," just old employers."

The first thing I did when I arrived home that evening was google him. I hoped
that his contributions to the field of creativity that we celebrate here at OLR
were forever immortalized as footnotes in the annals of the Internet. They weren't.
The man I met, that seasoned veteran of the psychic war that is singing for your
supper, was not a celebrity despite having earned it many times over. So many
of the things listed in his mile-long credits file on his personal site
are television programs that I liked (Futurama), or video games that
I hold dear (that DS9 game I mentioned)... did you know Steve Zuckermann
wrote the Creepy Crawlers jingle? Why is he not fed in the Prytaneum?
Any one of us losers who was raised in the 90s has heard that tune a hundred times.
Oh, also, he composed the Tron theatrical trailer. TRON! Why isn't
there a Steve Zuckermann action figure?

We owe it to these guys, the people who worked hard for recognition that ultimately
went to other people who got lucky and wrote a score that just happened to become
a hit, to have the closest OLR can come to a moment of silence: Eligible titles
are ones whose credited composer is not famous.


Who is humanity's final arbiter of fame? Me! I viewed every
article listed in Wikipedia's Category for Video Game Composers,
and picked the ones that were about someone famous, instead of someone who thinks
having a Wikipedia article will make them famous. Persons who contributed a
great deal to the culture or evolution of music or video game history were only
included to this congratulatory ban list if they are recognized for it; for
example, Spencer Nilsen is not famous because, after Sega exploded, he chose
to teach, as opposed to the famous Richard Jacques who went on to compose for
big budget films.

The following composers are famous, and thus ineligible for this month's theme (pthbbbbbbt):

Yoshino Aoki (voice of Roll)
Robin "The Bean" Beanland (won BAFTA for Conker's Bad Fur Day, which sounds impossible until you remember The Great Mighty Poo)
Russell Brower (Batman: The Animated Series and WoW titles)
Fujita "Bun Bun" Yasuaki (every good Capcom game ever)
Stewart Copeland (he's the drummer for The Police, that's like being the Pope of Drums)
Antony "Ratt" Crowther (the Bobby Fischer of C64 homebrew)
Ben Daglish (friend of Ratt)
Fabian del Priore (Chris Hülsbeck's protege)
Thomas Dolby (look i ain't thomas dolby / science doesn't blind me / think you're smart? form a line behind me)
Howard Drossin (WHAT'S THE MATTER, SKETCH? GETTIN' CHICKEN?)
Elements Garden (a band that apparently played the music for every single JP-exclusive game ever released)
Danny Elfman (The Simpsons theme, and other stuff)
Masanobu Endo ("today i will sit down and build Xevious from scratch." - 遠藤雅伸 ★)
Tim Follin (basically, he's The Juggernaut)
František Fuka (de-facto American cultural ambassador to the Czech Republic)
Matt Furniss (everything he can get his hands on. fond of hackers.)
Martin Galway (Comic Bakery)
Michael Giacchino (this is an example of someone who is famous for things not involving video games)
Gustaf Grefberg (Father of Doskpop)
Hamauzu Masashi (filling Uematsu's shoes since 2004)
Haneda "Haneken" Kentaro (totally famous, but dead, so he deserves tributes)
Kurt Harland (Information Society, an American band that America has never heard of)
Hata Aki (Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star, quick somebody get me a dentist)
Hibino Norihiko (Japanese saxophonist, makes the funniest faces)
Chris Hülsbeck
Ishiwatari Daisuke (Guilty Gear and every other flagship Arc System Works title)
Steve Jablonsky (scores for Michael Bay films)
Lee Jackson (wrote Duke Nukem 3D's main theme "Grabbag," which immediately guarantees him a spot on this list)
Richard Jacques (every good Sonic game that wasn't scored by Spencer Nilsen instead)
Kaijura Yuki (.hack//SIGN, Tsubasa Chronicle, Xenosaga II and III, other weeaboo stuff)
Kanno Yoko (Lodoss War, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, other weeaboo stuff)
Kawai Kenji (more Ghost in the Shell stuff, apparently they only hire people with K names)
Grant Kirkhope (a Scotsman who writes OSTs for Rare and plays a guitar given to him by Eddie Van Halen)
Mark "madfiddler" Knight (mainstay of the chiptune scene)
Kondo Koji (first composer hired by nintendo, job description was "make us famous with music;" delivering since 1984)
Koshiro Yuzo
Al Lowe (the schmuck behind Leisure Suit Larry. hid countless filthy easter eggs in old PC games, which makes him awesome)
Maeda Jun (Air, Clannad, Angel Beats!)
Masuda Junichi (Pokemon, but more importantly, Mendel Palace)
Matsuura Masaya (icon of 80s J-Pop, and later, PaRappa the Rapper)
Michael McCann (he scored Deus Ex: Human Revolution and people wouldn't stop interviewing him over it)
Robyn Charles Miller (shotgunned adventure games in the 1990s until Myst made him famous... so he kept doing Myst)
Mitsuda Yasunori (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears; a deeply impatient gentleman)
Mike Morasky (is it a flagship Valve title? Mike did it)
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (Devo)
Naganuma Hideki (Jet Set Radio)
Martin O'Donnell (Bungie's audio director, bears a remarkable resemblance to Gabe Newell)
Winifred Philips (her credits are just a list of every awful film tie-in game, until you get to Borderlands)
Tamás Zoltán "Pierrot" Marosi (huge in Hungary, probably the best middle name ever)
Matthew "Pixelh8" Applegate (i'm sure he's very proud of himself)
Robert Prince (platoon leader in Vietnam, lawyer since 1980, classic id Software titles, all-around manly man)
Ari Pulkkinen (Angry Birds. that's it. that's all it takes.)
Trent Reznor (some guy that you quote when you're being a teenage dick)
George Alistair "The Fat Man" Sanger
Brian L. Schmidt (originally a starving pinball SFX designer, now a big wig at Microsoft)
Senoue Jun
Shimomura Yoko ("the most famous female video game music composer in the world" - her own employer)
Sugiyama Koichi (absolute dickface)
Tommy Tallarico
Totaka Kazumi (Totakeke! also, hides Totaka's Song in every video game ever, go try to find it)
Uematsu Nobuo
Umemoto Ryu (FM-synth chiptune legend, died in August of 2011, praise his glory)
Jonne "Purple Motion" Valtonen (scored every keygen you've ever used)
Christopher "Vertexguy" Kline (getting a nod from Tallarico is better than any formal award ceremony)
Jack Wall
David Whittaker (Lazy Jones, the man is like the Zeus of the early PC game composer pantheon)
David Wise (really now)
Tim "CoLD SToRAGE" Wright (Puggsy, foremost, but also he looks like the Heavy Weapons Guy)
Yamamoto Kenji, 1958 (hired by Toei to score DBZ: Kai, plagiarized Avatar and Terminator Salvation, ridiculed, fired)
Yamane Michiru (Twinbee, Castlevania, being adorable)
Hans Zimmer (famous for movie stuff)
Inon Zur (he's won awards and stuff, and that's neat, but look at his name! he was born a Superman villain)

BONUS: iunno ask xenon


So basically, it's basically 'Indie and Obscure Games Month,' so if you've been waiting to do a Super Meat Boy mix or something from Duck Tales since no one knows who the hell did the music for that, then it's your time to shine!

And in contrast of what you can't do, the bonus is...



That's right, the Wilhelm Scream! Basically, use this in your mix, and you get a fresh +2. The only stipulation: you actually have to do a remix dammit.

Exclamation XO's Challenge Exclamation

Oh, did you forget? Now's your chance to earn some prizes!! So the challenge this month is, remixing your selected source in the style of a Nico Nico Douga video, using only the Wilhelm Scream as a sound. A good example of this can be found here and elsewhere on Nico Nico Douga. If you win the challenge, you'll get +4 bonus points on your mix, extra voting points (amount to be determined on number of entries, and a custom forum title! Want to be the 'Lord of Leaping Lizards?' Or 'Aperture Science Trainee?' Or something self-deprecating like 'eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast?' The world is your Cloyster, but only if you WIN THE CHALLENGE!

Arrow Mixing begins when you read this.
Exclamation Mixing ends on May 27th at 11:59 PM EST (8:59 PM for the PST-ers).
Arrow Voting begins as soon as the songs are uploaded to the site.
Exclamation Voting ends on May 31st at 11:59 PM EST.
dump truck Rinse & repeat.

yeah plz make entry? Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about ZUN?
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

despite what i explicitly said, i haven't compiled a list of every famous musician ever. i filtered through that wikipedia category as a demonstrative exercise; it is meant to give you an idea as to the criteria that must be met for a person to qualify as famous.

ZUN is famous
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also added Dave Wise to the list because how could you forget Dave Wise
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is how i forgot david wise: i only clicked the links which were light blue (unvisited), and skipped over the ones that were dark blue (visited). in that way, i forgot to add him to the ban list after i skipped over his name.

i always read my stuff several times after i've written it, and i noticed the addition of David Wise because i didn't remember writing his blurb. i was meaning to ask you about it and subsequently apologize for my failure, but i was distracted by cats or tea or something.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarrasque wrote:
i was distracted by cats or tea or something.


perfectly acceptable

i didn't go for the pun because I could not bring myself to do so
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: OLRmageddon LX - May 2012 Reply with quote

Xenon Odyssey wrote:

using only the Wilhelm Scream as a sound

You don't mean that the whole song must be made by using just the scream right?
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: OLRmageddon LX - May 2012 Reply with quote

OneUp wrote:
Xenon Odyssey wrote:

using only the Wilhelm Scream as a sound

You don't mean that the whole song must be made by using just the scream right?


Actually, that's exactly what I mean!

Pitch-shift to make different instruments, stutter for percussive elements, blend together for a magical harmonious event!

sorry to burst any bubbles Sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use only the Wilhelm scream?
Only non-famous composers?
A list of banned names that doesn't seem to include my childhood days of Shareware PC games?

CHALLENGE FRICKIN ACCEPTED! Audacity and FL 10 are just waiting for me to download the Wilhelm scream sound byte.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really want to do it. I have found a victim.

I just don't think I'll have time to get the sound ready. That's pretty ironic.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YAY PARTICIPATORS
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i sabotaged myself.

twice now, consecutively, i have sat down and made it about halfway through a mix (also i made a wilhelm scream soundfont beforehand), and i'll remember that i wrote the theme for this month and that i did not even think to ensure that my mix was applicable

"well hang on, let me check project2612.org and see who has the composer credits for Cool Spot"

"wh... impossible. IMPOSSIBLE."

"I REFUSE"

"NO IT CAN'T BE TOMMY TALLARICO, ARE YOU JOKING?"

"AAARGH THAT EXPLAINS WHY THE SOUNDTRACK WAS SO GOOD DESPITE USING DEFAULT SAMPLES"

so then i closed FLStudio and Viena and Minecraft and ate a handful of Marvel Heroes Gummi Vitamins and ragequit life for six hours until the sun came up.

4:38pm monday:

Plok! "hey frank what do you think about this? it's not exactly a midirip of ballblazer so xenon might actually turn a blind eye to the repetitive nature of the piece."

Tux "steve, ballblazer was an early lucasarts t... steve this music is awful, what samples did you use, is this another retarded joke? oh it's the bonus for this month? okay... anyway, ballblazer was an early lucasarts title. there are people on your fame roster with better credentials and less swag to show for it."

Plok! "frank he's not on the list, he isn't-"

Tux "steve STEVE, LISTEN, he wrote Oracle. you know, the Internet Oracle?"

Plok! "... what"

Tux "read wikipedia dude."

Plok! "oh god damn it. dude that means he's totally famous for that. seriously? this is the second time i've had to scrap a mix for this month."

Tux "you have got to stop writing elaborately unique contest themes, steve. just stick to sniping free weeks, and only write themes that subtly exclude everything but sonic games."
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarrasque wrote:
i'm, too sexy for my shirt


that's why you can't remix Super Caesar Palace either; guess who did the music for that??

(hint: same as Cool Spot)
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH MAN

I just like made an awesome remix, even uploaded it to tindeck already, when I googled and found out the composer was Ed Bogas. I've never heard of him, but apparently he scored 120 hours of music for Garfield and some movies. Anyone help, you think it's still eligible, or too famous? Cause damn, I thought "No way anyone knows who did the music for that game"...
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wikipedia wrote:
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i would describe Ed Bogas as being more famous than Steve Zuckerman. both are prolific, involved in a multi-page list of professional projects throughout their careers - and whereas the majority of Ed's projects were never met with exceptional critical acclaim or overwhelmingly positive reception by the public, his involvement as a permanent fixture in the classic Charlie Brown television series definitely puts him in league with Peter Langston, for example.

Ari Pulkkinen made the list because he was involved in a single project that took off and, by chance, made the rounds like rocket-propelled chlamydia. i'm not aware that Angry Birds owes its popularity to Pulkkinen's contributions, but that is irrelevant: the product got famous, and some people got lucky.

i should stop coming up with these stupid abstract rules.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Results!

1st Place - Pinkos Anon - Olr Orz For *Happy Campers* - 0+2=2 points


Oh yeah, you know someone did enter! Crazy.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

quickly, Pinkos Anon! tell Xenon you want your custom forum title to be "Judge"
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarrasque wrote:
quickly, Pinkos Anon! tell Xenon you want your custom forum title to be "Judge"


well, even though he received the bonus, he didn't win the challenge, as he used other instruments besides the Wilhelm scream.

sorry but them's the rules! he still needs to tell me about next month though >:[
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The competition didn't stand a chance, really. I literally spent tens of minutes perfecting that masterpiece.

As for next months theme, I felt that last months wasn't limiting enough. How about games or music with racist/stereotypical elements?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pinkos_anon wrote:
How about games or music with racist/stereotypical elements?


Depends; it's pretty subjective when it comes to that stuff, and honestly, nothing came to mind when I thought about it. Although there is one song from Sonic Unleashed that is supposed to represent Saudi Arabia/middle eastern culture that I remember my friend laughing at because of the racial factor.

But, we'd need at least a couple (2-3) games eligible to use that theme, since it's already bad enough we have no participation to begin with, and attempting to be limiting is simply shooting our foot right after we got home from the hospital from a previous foot injury. Any suggestions are welcome!
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