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XCOM’s Double Vinyl Soundtrack Now Available For Preorder

Iam8bit opened up pre-orders for vinyl versions of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2's soundtracks today. Let’s be honest, horrible things have happened to us in XCOM 2. Hopefully this vinyl collection doesn’t conjure up too many traumatic memories.

This double vinyl set is a collaboration between iam8bit, 2K, and Firaxis, and carries an impressive list of bullet points that would make any audiophile drool. The work of composers Michael McCann, Roland Rizzo, and Tim Wynn has been mastered specifically for the tractor-beam blue vinyl.

The wrapping that packages the two 180-gram heavyweight vinyl records is designed by Filip Hodas, and features both Sectoid and human skulls. The sturdy physical collectible is also topped off with the inclusion of digital versions of the soundtracks.

The vinyl set costs $ 35.00 and pre-orders will ship Spring of 2016. For a more extensive list of what tracks are included on each record, check out iam8bit’s store. For more of our coverage on XCOM’s alien invasion, click here.

[Source: iam8bit]

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Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody Provides The Soundtrack For Suicide Squad’s First Full Trailer

Suicide Squad's first full trailer offers up extended looks at Jared Leto's Joker, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and the rest of the squad.

You can check out the trailer below which offers a good taste of the tone the film is going for, which is surprisingly colorful, maybe even silly.

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Suicide Squad arrives in theatres this August.

[Source: Warner Bros. on YouTube]

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Stream The Force Awakens Soundtrack For Free, Includes 13 Minutes Of Unreleased Music

John Williams' brilliant score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be streamed for free on Disney's Awards Website. If you already own the soundtrack, you'll still want to listen, as this cut of it features 13 minutes of unreleased music not found on the CD or digital versions of it.

John Williams Fan Network also found a way to download all of the tracks as MP3 files, which you can see here. The website has also compiled a handy list of track names, although the new tracks do not include official names. Click here to start listening to Williams' wonderful music.

Lucky members of the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Science are reportedly receiving physical versions of this extended soundtrack.

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Composing an 8-bit soundtrack in Famitracker

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far with composing my first fully individual soundtrack in Famitracker, it’s that you’ll never stop learning. I discover new things and techniques every day.” …


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Composing an 8-bit soundtrack in Famitracker

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far with composing my first fully individual soundtrack in Famitracker, it’s that you’ll never stop learning. I discover new things and techniques every day.” …


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Don’t Miss: Composing the soundtrack for a Fallout wasteland

In this classic 2010 feature, Obsidian audio director Scott Lawlor talks about composing the soundtrack of Fallout: New Vegas by merging elements of the previous games’ scores with a new aesthetic. …


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Prepare For Fallout 4 By Purchasing The Official Soundtrack

The sound of Fallout 4 is filled with more than Death Claw roars and nuclear detonations. A sophisticated score hides in there as well, and you can purchase the official soundtrack days before the title’s launch.

The 65-track soundtrack is scored by award-winning composer Inon Zur, whose previous game credits include Fallout 3, as well as the EverQuest and Dragon Age series. Individual songs can be purchased on iTunes for $ 0.99 and the full album goes for $ 15.99. 

Fallout 4 releases November 10 for current gen consoles and PC. For more on the game, check out our feature detailing the game's development history

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See The Recording Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes’ Excellent Soundtrack

Tri Force Heroes' soundtrack has as much in common with a Professor Layton soundtrack as it does previous Zelda games, and Nintendo has released a video of its recording process in promotion of the game's release.

There is more accordion and recorder in the soundtrack than previous Zelda games, and there's a good reason for that, as the video below will attest. Zelda: Tri Froce Heroes has some issues in its overall gameplay, but its music is a definite highlight, which is why this clip from the recording is interesting to see.

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For our review of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, a game we scored a 7.25, head here.

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Harmonix Provides Update On Rock Band 3 Soundtrack Export For Rock Band 4

Perhaps the biggest selling point of Rock Band 4 is that it allows you to carry forward the vast majority of your music library from previous entries through backward compatible DLC. Sadly, none of the on-disc soundtracks from previous games were exportable to Rock Band 4 at launch. Harmonix has continually said that it is working on the exports for all games prior to Rock Band 3, and that it was looking into the possibility of exporting Rock Band 3's soundtrack to Rock Band 4. Today, Harmonix provided a big update for fans of the series.

According to a blog post by Rock Band 4 product manager Daniel Sussman, Harmonix is shooting to have Rock Band 3's soundtrack exportable to Rock Band 4 on December 8 alongside the feature update scheduled for that time. Unfortunately, Sussman says that Harmonix's ability to sell Rock Band 3 is coming to an end soon, so in order to qualify for the export, you'll need to buy Rock Band 3 digitally before it's removed on October 30, or physically from a retailer before their stock runs out for good. Though Harmonix's ability to sell Rock Band 3 is coming to an end, Sussman says the Rock Band 3 export offer will be available for the "foreseeable future" and that Harmonix will let players know well in advance of its expiration.

The Rock Band 3 export will cost you $ 14.99. The export offer will only be extended to those who are verified purchasers of Rock Band 3, meaning that Harmonix will need to verify your purchase electronically using data from your online profile. In the post, Harmonix says that the export offer will only work for those who "bought a new copy and played Rock Band 3." As with all DLC, the exports will only work within the same console family, meaning PlayStation 3 exports will only work for PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 exports will only work for Xbox One.

Harmonix was unable to provide an update on the exports of other games, but they did provide a chart to show what offers have expired (meaning that you'll only be able to export them to Rock Band 4 if you had previously exported them into Rock Band 3), and which ones are still valid. It sounds as though in order to get those legacy soundtracks to work with Rock Band 4, you'll need to first export them into Rock Band 3 and will not be able to export them directly into Rock Band 4. You can check out the full compatibility chart (as well as some FAQs) below.

Rock Band 4 released on October 6 to positive reviews. If you'd like to see what our very own Matt Miller thought, you can head to his review. If you're more interested in the soundtrack on Rock Band 4's disc, you can check that out here.

[Source: Harmonix]

 

Our Take
The sooner Harmonix can get these exports to players, the better. It's a shame that they weren't ready for launch, but with such a robust library of both new and back catalog tracks, I haven't missed the songs from previous games all that much. Still, with many of the best songs in the series appearing on the discs through the years, it's necessary if Harmonix is marketing Rock Band 4 as having your complete music library. Also, as Harmonix points out in the blog post, "Free Bird" with Rock Band 4's Freestyle Guitar Solos turned on sounds amazing.

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Materia Collective Releases ‘Final Fantasy VII Remixed’ Soundtrack

Materia Collective has released its debut album in celebration of this past summer's announcement that Final Fantasy VII is getting the HD remake treatment. The album features the soundtrack of the beloved RPG from the original PlayStation remixed and re-imagined by the newly-formed group of industry musicians.

Materia: Final Fantasy VII Remixed gathers more than 200 musicians from the game industry to pay tribute to Nobuo Uematsu's classic soundtrack. The album is a five-disc project that features collaborations from remixers, performers, YouTube personalities, and composers who work in the video game industry. 

If you'd like to get a taste of what's found on this album, you can listen to some snippets in the launch trailer below.

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Materia Collective is a group that was started at E3 2015 following the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII remake, making its debut album an appropriate starting point for the group. Materia: Final Fantasy VII Remixed is available to purchase now on Loudr and iTunes, and can be listened to on Spotify.

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