7/02/2018

Episode 12 - remastered version




In Broken Chair Scores episode 12 we dive into contemporary classical music with Michael Nymans Score to the film "A Zed and Two Noughts" by Peter Greenaway which reminds me of my favourite guy from this genre (Philip Glass) and thus already makes this a very special episode for me. Then we do something even more cool in that we compare two versions of the same soundtrack. We dissect "Akumajou Densetsu" for the Famicom and "Castlevania 3" for the NES respectively (composed by Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto and Yoshinori Sasaki) with the Famicom version using the outstanding VRC6 chip (embedded into the cartridge as an addon to the systems' internal sound hardware!) instead of the NES' rather standard MMC5 chip. We listen to the (not so) subtle differences in the arrangements and have a lot of fun while doing so. And I hope you will have fun listening to it as well!

New in 2018: This episode got the remastering treatment which means that some very light editing has happened for the dialogue but some heavy editing has happened for the Castlevania tracks. The original version had the "room sound" that we produced on the fly. The remastered version was edited so that the tracks have higher quality. Unfortunately this goes only for the Castlevania tracks. The "Zed and Two Noughts" tracks couldn't be retrieved and thus still have their classic sound. (Not too bad though). This remastering really shines a light on the difference between the NES and the Famicom version which makes it a must listen episode for all followers even if you already listened to the original episode edit.
Fun fact: somewhere in the episode I mention that this is an unedited, almost life experience. Well this is no longer the case obviously but I think the new edit brings home the difference between the two versions nicely and thus I did it.

Also: I mention the "bad dudes" several times. This is also wrong. The composers of the Castlevania soundtrack are NOT the people who created the soundtrack to the game Bad Dudes which themselves were referred to as the "bad dudes" by Brent Weinbach and Rob F. Switch on their legendary vgm podcast The Legacy Music Hour. I have so much to learn.






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3/17/2018

Episode 13 - Clean Version (Fixed)




The legendary and formerly broken Broken Chair Scores Episode 13. This was the one that 2 years ago when it was initially released had the stupid cellphone interference ziggiziggiziggi-sounds that kept stabbing your eardrums. Good news though! I completely remastered it and removed most of the more heavy ziggiziggiziggis. (Some minor distortions had to remain since we say important things like track titles or make stupid jokes simultaneously.) This process also took about half an hour of length from the recording which actually seems to not harm the overall experience too much. Maybe I'll do that more often in the future.
Anyway, we've got one film soundtrack and one game soundtrack for you. This time it's the soundtrack to the Bethesda game "Wolfenstein - The New Order " written by Michael John Gordon as well as the soundtrack to the original video animation anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team" composed by Kohei Tanaka.


Enjoy!



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2/21/2018

Episode 17




This is probably the best edited episode so far. I tried to reduce the clicks and other sounds to a minimum. At least the ones that are not a part of the music ;-) Tracks have been edited seperately to sound crisp and clear. We also have a third microphone now so that all three of us get roughly the same air time.
In this episode we present the soundtrack to the 2013 Steven Knight film "Locke" by Dickon Hinchliffe as well as the soundtrack to the Cavia video game "Nier" from 2010 composed by Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, and Takafumi Nishimura. The two scores are quite different in style which should make for an entertaining and diversified listening experience.



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12/27/2017

Episode 16




We're back and from now on we will be doing the show as a trio. The pattern is kind of complicated but we explain it in annoying detail right at the beginning of the recording. Other than that you will hear our selections from one game and one film score as always.

The game boy (Krazy Kaptain Khalid this time) will present selections from Axelay for the SNES from 1992 which were composed by Taro Kudo and AKI whereas the film buff (Melee Markus) is hitting you with some of the awesome material for the 1988 animation classic Akira composed and performed by the musical collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

Enjoy this classic episode of the Broken Chair Scores!

(PS. We are using archive.org for hosting now. Let's see how that goes.)



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9/08/2017

Episode 15 - Special: One Hit Wonders

This is a very special episode. It took us more than a year to prepare it. Well at least that's how long we needed in order to come back together again after a very long hiatus due to the extreme busyness of some of the Broken Chair Scores show hosts.
The topic is One Hit Wonders and what we actually meant by that in the context of this show is this: tracks that are superb on otherwise rubbish or at least boring albums AND that are at least loosely connected to films and games.

I'm happy to announce that one of us took those rules very seriously whereas the other one took one of the rules seriously. Still it was a bunch of fun and I'm not going to spoil any of it by providing you with a tracklist. Instead I'm going to tease you with the fact that we are not alone in the studio this time and that something very special is going to happen at the end of the episode.

Enjoy this unique episode of the Broken Chair Scores!

(PS. We are using soundcloud for hosting now. Let's see how that goes.)



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9/11/2016

Episode 14 - Don't take Troy's bucket!




Welcome to the NEXT GENERATION of Broken Chair Scores. We improved our audio setup and drastically altered our style of presentation. Also, we bring important lifestyle advice in the form of "The tale of Troy's bucket". As usual we present one film soundtrack and one game soundtrack. This time it's the soundtrack to the Microsoft game "Age of Mythology" written by Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan as well as the soundtrack to the "Ocean's #" trilogy composed/selected by David Holmes.



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3/02/2016

Episode 11




Broken Chair Scores Episode 11 is the first episode recorded in 2016. There was kind of a longish break in between the quiz episode and this one. Thus we take a long time to catch up and talk about all kinds of things. Sorry for the longer duration of the show. But then, if you listen to the show you probably like / can at least stand the discussions and off-topic speculations so you might even enjoy the longer running time. In this episode we talk about the soundtrack to the 2007 IO Interactive game "Hitman Blood Money" written by Jesper Kyd as well as the soundtrack to the 2001 Stephen Sommers film "The Mummy Returns" written by Alan Silvestri.



currently awaiting resubmission, please bare with us

2/06/2016

Episode 10 - The Quiz Part 2




Broken Chair Scores Episode 10 is THE QUIZ! We had to split it in two parts because SOMEONE needed to go to the toilet and thus there was a cut in the flow of the show anyway. This is part 2 and again I am not going to mention any of the tracks that are going to be played in the show since this would ruin the quiz-along experience for you! Instead you get the rules of the game that we basically stuck to. The pictures above show our super sophisticated audio setup (notice the 2 laptops and 2 sets of speakers to make sure that there is no cheating) as well as our bulletproof and comprehensible census system.

1. each host can choose from the 18 soundtracks presented so far
2. tracks that can be played are either ones which have already been played as well as others from the same album which sound similar to the stuff presented
3. the other person has to guess at least the album, bonus points can be earned by guessing track title and composer
4. we can chose from the stuff we played as well as from the material the other person played on the show
5. 5 tracks or 20 mins per person as usual BUT keep 2-3 backup tracks in the backpocket in case we choose the same stuff by accident
6. no access to any documents during the show besides THIS list and your tracklist
7. the tracklist may only contain the name of the track and the name of the album but NOT the name of the composer otherwise the bonus points for guessing the composer don’t make any sense


currently awaiting resubmission, please bare with us

2/05/2016

Episode 10 - The Quiz Part 1




Broken Chair Scores Episode 10 is THE QUIZ! We had to split it in two parts because SOMEONE needed to go to the toilet and thus there was a cut in the flow of the show anyway. So this is part 1 and obviously I am not going to mention any of the tracks that are going to be played in the show since this would ruin the quiz-along experience for you! Instead you get the rules of the game that we basically stuck to. The pictures above show our super sophisticated audio setup (notice the 2 laptops and 2 sets of speakers to make sure that there is no cheating) as well as our bulletproof and comprehensible census system.

1. each host can choose from the 18 soundtracks presented so far
2. tracks that can be played are either ones which have already been played as well as others from the same album which sound similar to the stuff presented
3. the other person has to guess at least the album, bonus points can be earned by guessing track title and composer
4. we can chose from the stuff we played as well as from the material the other person played on the show
5. 5 tracks or 20 mins per person as usual BUT keep 2-3 backup tracks in the backpocket in case we choose the same stuff by accident
6. no access to any documents during the show besides THIS list and your tracklist
7. the tracklist may only contain the name of the track and the name of the album but NOT the name of the composer otherwise the bonus points for guessing the composer don’t make any sense


currently awaiting resubmission, please bare with us

1/24/2016

Episode 9




Broken Chair Scores Episode 9 can be called a classic episode. We got all the main ingredients in there: Cleaning up the mess that we left unanswered in Episode 8. Talking way too long about the upcoming anniversary Episode 10. One film soundtrack. One game soundtrack. This time it's the soundtrack to the "Commandos" games written by Mateo Pascual as well as the soundtrack to the Tykwer/Wachowsky Film "Cloud Atlas" written by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.


currently awaiting resubmission, please bare with us