Metroid Legacy: The Samus Aran Chronicles

by Shiryu

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about

"What would 'Metroid' sound like if performed by Vangelis?" was the simple question that went of in my mind early 2016, a question that came about when I was wondering how to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nintendo's fantastic science fiction adventures. The original "Metroid" was released in Japan back on August 6, 1986 for the Famicom Disk System. It had a strangely compelling, ear-worm friendly soundtrack by legendary composer Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka. At the time I had a ZX Spectrum and was oblivious to what was going on in Japan, so my first game of the series was actually years later, the Game Boy outing "Metroid II: Return of Samus" (the very same game being rebooted and released on the 3DS today!). I have been a huge fan of the series ever since, with some of my fondest memories playing the incredible "Super Metroid" on the Super Nintendo, one of my all time, all system favourite video games I ever played. Truly, I had to make something special to honour such distinguished series, one where the music is a huge part of the experience.

What I was not expecting was to release this album over an year after I began working on it. Some health issues last year caught me by surprise, and then I began working for fun on "Castlevania: Chiptunes of the Night" (which was released earlier this year). Plus I wanted to keep it simple, so I was only meant to rearrange the music from the very first game using Vangelis iconic sounds. The end results was very much what I had envisioned and so I wanted to keep trying more. A second disc soon followed with the soundtrack of "Metroid II: Return of Samus", with equally satisfying results. At this point, I could not stop here because disc three would soon follow, with the superb soundtrack of "Super Metroid" by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano getting the same treatment. When that was done, I had chills running down my spine while listening to some of those tracks. I could have called it quits here and release the album as it was... but my perfectionist and curiosity bug just didn't let me... and thus, disc four and five followed with the same "Vangelisation" applied to the soundtracks of "Metroid Fusion" and "Metroid Zero Mission".

The end result is standing in front of you: 70 tracks, nearly three hours of rearranged "Metroid" soundtracks and a very, very late 30th anniversary celebration album of one of my favourite Nintendo franchises ever (along with "F-Zero" and "Star Fox" in case you're wondering). I hope you enjoy the final results and if you are one of the people who bought this from my Bandcamp page, I am forever grateful for your help paying the bills and to continue this obsessive hobby of mine.

I would like to dedicate this album to Nintendo and all the composers of these "Metroid" soundtracks: Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka, Ryoji Yoshitomi, Kenji Yamamoto, Minako Hamano and Akira Fujiwara. To my family and friends who after decades of this still don't understand why I spend so much time in front of the computer fiddling with music notes and virtual synthesizers. Speaking of those virtual synthesizers, to Krakli Plugs for their incredible inspiring work on the Arminator VSTi. Last but not least to each and everyone out there transcribing retro game music to cue sheets and midi files, namely the folks who run and contribute to www.vgmusic.com ... and to you for reading this far. Thanks!

Now, the long wait for "Metroid Prime 4" on Switch continues...

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released September 15, 2017

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Raised playing video games and listening to electronic music, it's no wonder this turned out to be my favourite hobby.

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