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News: SEGA Classics to Receive Vinyl Soundtracks

SEGA Classics to Receive Vinyl Soundtracks

What year is it?

SEGA smashes Shenmue and Streets of Rage are set to receive special edition vinyl soundtracks this September – and just so you don't panic, you're definitely still reading this in 2015. London-based record label Data Discs will be handling the uber-limited LPs. We imagine that the firm's based in Shoreditch and only hires...

Interview: The Man Behind the Music - Jason Graves

The Man Behind the Music - Jason Graves

We talk extensively to one of PlayStation's most prolific composers

It's not often that we flag down video game composers for interviews, but we were recently presented with the opportunity at North Carolina's East Coast Game Conference to speak with Jason Graves, who's behind the soundtracks for the Dead Space franchise, Tomb Raider, Evolve, The...

News: Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

Marilyn Manson's New Album Was Put on PlayStation Discs to Represent Change

This is the new s***

Here's something unusual: Marilyn Manson – yes, the controversial rocker who rose to popularity in the late '90s – released his new album on old PlayStation discs. It was more of an artistic decision than anything, as the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar's latest record, fittingly named The Pale Emperor, is supposed...

News: You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

No, not that Journey

You're not a true hipster until you have a sizeable vinyl collection – preferably spanning indie hits such as thatgamecompany's outstanding Journey. It's a good thing for your coffee shop street cred, then, that iam8bit has teamed up with Sony to create this stunning double LP set for Austin Wintory's soaring score. The...

Guide: How to Stream Spotify Music While You're Playing PS4 Games

How to Stream Spotify Music While You're Playing PS4 Games

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After a particularly painful wait, the Spotify application has put in a surprise appearance on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today. One of its niftiest features on Sony's next-gen hardware, however, is its ability to enable audio playback – while you're playing games. Most games manually adjust to this feature – with the...

News: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Songstress Origa Passes Away

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Songstress Origa Passes Away

Lost to the Historia Crux

Renowned for unique and mystifying vocals, Russian born singer Origa passed away from cancer during the weekend at the age of 44. She spent most of her life working in Japan and contributed to the games industry by providing vocals to Final Fantasy XIII-2. Anyone who has played it will have undoubtedly heard her, as she not...

News: Rock Band Reboots with Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys DLC This Week

Rock Band Reboots with Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys DLC This Week

R U Sure?

Dust off those putrid plastic instruments: Rock Band is back. We're not referring to a sequel, of course – not yet, anyway – but brand new DLC for the series, which brings an end to an incredible 21 month hiatus. Harmonix famously stopped supporting Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz almost two years ago, but, like a rockstar that's run...

Feature: 2014's Most Memorable PlayStation Music

2014's Most Memorable PlayStation Music

Sounds good

The music that we hear in games plays an integral part in our enjoyment of the experience. While this is by no means exclusive to the medium, the interactive nature of games means that the memories linked with certain musical cues can carry more potency than in other types of media. Last year was a hell of a year for game soundtracks,...

Weirdness: Listen to This Gorgeous Acapella Cover of The Last of Us' Main Theme

Listen to This Gorgeous Acapella Cover of The Last of Us' Main Theme

Clicker along

While much praise is lavished over the gameplay and story of Naughty Dog's survival horror opus The Last of Us, comparatively little is said about its soundtrack. Indeed, the harrowing melodies composer Gustavo Santaolalla created for the game go a long way to making it the memorable and emotional experience that it is. Thankfully,...

News: You'll Be Cruising Around Los Santos to These New Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Songs

You'll Be Cruising Around Los Santos to These New Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Songs

Leave the radio playin'

Yesterday, we brought you a partial list of all of the new songs included in Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 – but you didn’t think that we’d pass on the opportunity to publish the full soundtrack, did you? As part of our ongoing re-release milking session – hey, you keep clicking on these stories –...

News: What New Songs Are in Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4?

What New Songs Are in Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4?

Not a word from your lips

You can’t have a Grand Theft Auto game without a licensed soundtrack. While it’s the part of the package that often gets overlooked, it’s usually the icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned – after all, we daresay that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City got a few of the younger among you into eighties music in the...

News: This Grand Theft Auto V Record Set Will Make You the Envy of Your Friends

This Grand Theft Auto V Record Set Will Make You the Envy of Your Friends

Round like a record

Rockstar Games will celebrate the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 this month with a set of limited edition CD and vinyl soundtracks. With a limited run of just 5,000 apiece, this 55-track soundtrack will be a must for fans of the Los Santos escapade. The collection – due out on 9th December – will include...

Guide: How to Use the PS4's USB Music Player

How to Use the PS4's USB Music Player

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When the PlayStation 4 launched a little less than a year ago, it was missing some key multimedia functions. One such absentee was the ability to play custom audio during games. While background music was available via the platform holder’s streaming service Music Unlimited, it’s taken until the addition of

News: Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

I am the Warlock

Destiny’s theme song has been written and composed by Paul McCartney, because, well, who else would have the star power required to represent Bungie’s next big thing in audio form? The track – which was recorded at the famous Abbey Road studio with a 120-piece ensemble, of course – has that soaring kind of sound that you’d...

Book Review: A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

Calm and composed

Winifred Phillips is one of the best regarded composers in video games today, having contributed to an eclectic roster of titles, including PlayStation favourites such as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series. With such vast experience in the medium, the musician has put together a book...

Interview: Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Sounding off

Sometimes great opportunities just fall into your lap, and that’s exactly what happened to us on this occasion. We recently had the chance to chat to game composer and author Winifred Phillips – whose notable works include Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series – about her new book, A...

News: Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Shots fired

Earlier this week, on the day of the big E3 press conferences, critically acclaimed (and personal favourite of ours) game composer Austin Wintory released a video detailing some of the troubles that he may be facing from his own union. You may have heard his name thanks to his work on the superb Journey, or flOw, or any number of his...

Feature: 2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

Don't look back in anger

More often than not, too much effort is spent pondering the visuals of a game. Or its gameplay. Or its set pieces. However, there’s one pivotal area that tends to get overlooked time and time again: the soundtrack. If you’re on the fence about a particular piece of software, an emotional piece of music can set you on...