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forever sound version is a video game music podcast that explores vgm classics – as well as some hidden gems – from systems such as the mega drive / genesis, snes, c64, amiga, game boy, and ps1.

forever sound version is a video game music podcast that explores vgm classics – as well as some hidden gems – from systems such as the mega drive / genesis, snes, c64, amiga, game boy, and ps1.
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forever sound version is a video game music podcast that explores vgm classics – as well as some hidden gems – from systems such as the mega drive / genesis, snes, c64, amiga, game boy, and ps1.






Episode 36 – Fighting Fire with Water

Fire is dangerous and should be treated with respect! In this episode I cover tracks composed for firefighting games – a very interesting niche theme in the world of video games that has inspired a lot of imagination and creativity. Feel the heat… of the fire…!

Duration: 00:32:20

Episode 35 – SNES Spectacular

The early to mid-nineties was what I consider to be the golden age of console gaming, with Nintendo’s sleek grey wonder, the SNES, leading the way creatively and commercially in tandem with the Sega Mega Drive. Lock in and enjoy some great sample-based VGM picks – the system’s sound really is as good as you remember! Many thanks to the Diad from The Diad Presents: A VGM Podcast for contributing a pick and some commentary to this show.

Duration: 00:46:52

Episode 34 – Spooky Scary Special

This week, ‘Scary’ Michael is joined by ‘Spooky’ Rob to bring you a very special Halloween-themed episode! In true Forever Sound Version fashion we’ll be enjoying tracks from classic games including Resident Evil and Super Mario World as well as some sounds from rarer titles like Countdown Vampires. Happy Halloween!

Duration: 01:03:41

Episode 33 – RPG Deep Cuts

The RPG genre is an incredibly fertile source of VGM, with sprawling and varied soundtracks to match the lengthy and oftentimes cinematic nature of the games, so it’s about time I made an episode dedicated to it! RPG connoisseur and Forever Sound Version veteran John Baldasera swings by to enjoy some tracks from games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, and Nier Automata.

Duration: 00:59:07

Episode 32 – Rocking the Roland MT-32

The Roland MT-32 was a powerful pre-General MIDI sound module for PC that offered game composers a ton of different voices to make music with. Lock in and enjoy some of my picks from DOS game soundtracks played on the MT-32, and humour my musings on Black Sabbath’s unsung hero, management simulation games, and BBC Ceefax!

Duration: 00:35:58

Episode 31 – Classic Action Movies

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle…! The golden age of action movies gave us a ton of licensed games with a wide variety of styles represented in their soundtracks. Join me as I put on a bullet belt and a pair of sunglasses to check out tracks from titles like Rambo on the NES, Die Hard Trilogy on the Playstation, and Predator 2 on the Amiga!

Duration: 00:33:09

Episode 30 – Metal Slug on the Neo Geo

Metal Slug is one of my all-time favourite arcade franchises for its frenetic and gleefully over the top run and gun action. As a kid, I was always powerless to resist the allure of the ‘Big Red’ Neo Geo cabinets when they housed a title as timeless as Metal Slug - Super Vehicle-001! Aside from the moreish gameplay and excellent graphics, a lot of Metal Slug’s overall quality is to do with its music, so in this episode, I delve into the soundtracks of the series to enjoy the fine musical...

Duration: 00:33:47

Episode 29 – FSV’s First Birthday

Forever Sound Version is one year old! To reflect on a solid twelve months of VGM discovery, here’s a retrospective episode featuring some of my favourite tracks from the first 28 episodes, as well as some special guest picks from listeners Zinn and Mister Krüsli Pants. Thank you for supporting the show, and rest assured that there are many, many more episodes to come!

Duration: 00:44:11

Episode 28 – Back to the Old School with Rhythm and Pixels

There’s no school like the old school, and for this episode, I’m joined in the classroom of game music by Rob and Pernell from the excellent Rhythm and Pixels VGM podcast! Join us as we jam on some great picks from games as diverse as Pac-Mania, Hammerfist, and Lemmings!

Duration: 01:34:02

Episode 27 – VGM Battle! 2

It’s back!! The Forever Sound Version Battle Series returns, and this time, there’s an actual real trophy to be won! I’m joined by John, Michael T, and super special last-minute guest Ross to slug it out to see who will be the supreme champion. Warning: extra long episode!!

Duration: 02:26:56

Episode 26 – PS1 Playlist

Stuart is back in the Forever Sound Version guest seat to help me honour one of our favourite consoles of all time – the original Sony Playstation! Fast tracks, slow tracks, tracks from RPGs, tracks from sports games… we have it all!

Duration: 01:09:29

Episode 25 – NBA Jams

It’s time for Forever Sound Version’s first ever sports games focus – and it’s on the NBA! There are no airballs on this episode as we charge through some great tracks from franchises such as Midway’s frenetic arcade-oriented NBA Jam and the EA basketball sims of the ‘Live’ series. Boomshakalaka!

Duration: 00:34:16

Episode 24 – An Atari 8-bit Family Affair

Turn your POKEY up to 11! It’s time to rock out with some top drawer rippers from the Atari 8-bit family of computers. They may not have been able to set the world alight like the Commodore 64 and NES did in the 1980s, but these machines definitely have a curious place in gaming history, and one that is worth exploring!

Duration: 00:38:23

Episode 23 – Sonic the Hedgehog in the 1990s

I’m joined by Chris Machell to cover some top drawer jammers from the Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s! With the enduring popularity of the original 2D Sonic titles in the world of retro gaming, it’s easy to take their soundtracks for granted, so we’ve picked out some superlative individual tracks – including classics and deeper cuts – to demonstrate the scope of what is among Sega’s most important contributions to the world of VGM!

Duration: 01:52:09

Episode 22 – Rob Hubbard on the Commodore 64

This episode marks the first time that Forever Sound Version focuses on a single composer, and who better to start with than the legendary Rob Hubbard? This British musician has worked across a number of platforms, but his best-loved work arguably lies in his output for the Commodore 64 – lock in and enjoy these searingly brilliant SID chip burners of yesteryear!

Duration: 00:43:04

Episode 21 – Game Boy Showcase

It helped raise a generation of gamers, and cemented Nintendo’s status as a force to be reckoned with on the world stage – it’s the Game Boy! Join me as I dig out my blocky old white Game Boy (which I’ve had since 1991!) to deliver a bunch of top drawer jammers from some of my favourite games on this iconic handheld system.

Duration: 00:32:37

Episode 20 – Hotline Miami

I’m joined by my good friend Gareth to address what has to be one of the very finest pairs of video game soundtracks of recent years – Hotline Miami and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number! Expect plenty of effervescent electro bangers as we endeavour to articulate our shared love of these gloriously violent indie thrillers…

Duration: 01:52:53

Episode 19 – Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style

The Wu is coming through, the outcome is critical… Video game podcast swordsman / certified chatterbox John Baldasera swings by the Shaolin Temple (my house) to join me in celebrating the chunky beats of Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style. This PS1 title is a licensed game with a difference – a Wu-Tang Clan fighting game! What’s not to love? While the game itself might not be in the same league as some of the PS1’s other fighting titles, it possesses a truly unique character that is well worth...

Duration: 01:01:12

Episode 18 – Tempest 2000 In the Mix!

Jungle massive… lock in and prepare to rave away to a special Forever Sound Version DJ mix put together by yours truly, journeying through the amazing soundtrack of Tempest 2000! This reimagining of the Atari arcade classic Tempest came out in 1994 on the Jaguar – Atari’s attempt at a fifth generation console that never really took off, but at least we get these great, absolutely buzzing tracks. Send it!

Duration: 00:40:16

Episode 17 – Master System Showcase

For this episode I’m joined by a new addition to the Forever Sound Version guest roster – Rob Hunter! Rob’s first console was the Sega Master System and he knows one heck of a lot about its games, so getting him on board for a show exploring SMS soundtracks was a no-brainer. We’ve got cheerful ditties, spooky sketches, and moody masterpieces, all pumping out of the Texas Instruments SN76489: the little sound chip that could!

Duration: 01:29:45

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