Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Musician Interview: Jordan Moore

I recently had an opportunity to interview Jordan Moore, a musician who's produced a number of covers of both classical and video game music. We discussed his musical training, starting his YouTube channel, and his more recent and future work:

Monday, June 29, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 37-Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Movie Discussion

As promised, this episode contains our discussion of the non-musical aspects of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Anne from Pikapi Podcast joins once again to go over the art style, script, and other facets of the remake. We also talk about whether the movie got released the way we wanted, and what kind of CGI Pokemon movies we'd like to see in the future:



Links:
Pikapi Podcast

Monday, June 15, 2020

Why it Works: The B-52's and "The Chosen One"

The B-52's eclectic body of work made them a great choice to record a song for the Pokemon 2000 soundtrack. Find out why here:


Transcript:

You wouldn't hire just any band to do a song based on the legend from Pokémon 2000, as not many acts would have the talent to give it just the right balance of seriousness and humor. Thankfully, the B-52's were willing and able to provide their services for the soundtrack. Sure, "The Chosen One" might not be as off-the-wall as "Rock Lobster", but it does capture the sense of fun the band is known for, and with its surf rock influence, it fits in nicely with the movie's tropical island setting. If you want to draw parallels to the characters of the movie, well, Fred's voice does remind me of the island elder, and Kate and Cindy could represent Melody, but it's more likely you would simply attribute it to a musical group performing during the festival-I suppose that's an idea if this movie ever gets a remake. In any case, do you think they made the right decision tapping this group for this song? Be sure to let us know. Thanks.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 36-The music of "Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution" (Part 2)

In this episode, we continue our discussion of the music of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me analyze the absence of "Brother My Brother", the score of the remake, and the opening sequence. After that, we review some social media comments and messages from the chat. If you want to know what we thought of the movie itself, we'll have that discussion in an upcoming episode.



Links:
Pikapi Podcast
Neil Jason Interview

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 35-The music of "Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution" (Part 1)

This episode features the first part of a discussion of the music of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me analyze both "Keep Evolving" and a new rendition of "Together With The Wind". After that, we begin talking about music that's not in this remake by going over "We’re A Miracle". If you want to hear even more about that song, be sure to listen after the outro:



Links:
Pikapi Podcast
PCN Event Info
First Movie Music Discussion

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"The Journey Starts Today" single releases June 12th

iTunes recently posted a listing for "The Journey Starts Today", the opening theme for the latest season of the Pokemon anime dub. Performed by Canadian band Walk off the Earth, the single is set to be released on June 12th, the same day the season debuts on Netflix in the US.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 34-Discussing the Music of Pokemon TCG for Game Boy

In this episode, Anne from Pikapi Podcast drops in to talk about the music of Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy. Released years before the online version, this oddity mimics some of the structure of the regular games, but the tunes are original. Between the area themes, battle music, and a song for a real-world character, it produced a very interesting discussion. As usual, listen after the outro to find out what we thought of the game itself:



Links:
Pikapi Podcast
PCN Event Info
Pokemon TCG for Game Boy Walkthrough

Monday, April 13, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 33-Discussing the music of Pokemon Stadium

In this episode, Anne from Pikapi Podcast joins me to talk about the music of Pokémon Stadium for the N64. While most of the songs are pulled from the original gen one Game Boy games, it still manages to do a number of interesting things with them. We also discuss the announcer, and explain what's up with the shouting guy in the sushi minigame. To find out what we thought of the game itself, be sure to listen after the outro.


 Links:
Pikapi Podcast

Monday, March 09, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 32-Pokemon Snap Music/Anime Milwaukee 2020

In the first segment (0:29-37:28), Anne from Pikapi Podcast drops in to talk about the music of Pokémon Snap for the N64. Despite being somewhat different from most other Pokémon games, we were able to make some interesting observations about its soundtrack and voice acting. As for the game itself, listen after the outro for that conversation.

Our second segment (38:46-43:03) is an interview with Erica Lindbeck from Anime Milwaukee 2020*-you might remember her from episode 7. Since then, she’s done some additional work for Pokémon, this time for the Pokémon Masters mobile game. You’ll find out about that, as well as other projects she’s been involved in.

*A press pass was provided for this event.



Links:
Pikapi Podcast
First Movie music discussion
Anime Milwaukee

Monday, January 13, 2020

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 31-Pokemon Pinball/Adam Elk

In the first segment (1:10-40:50), Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me discuss the music of Pokemon Pinball for the Game Boy Color. The soundtrack for this one has a variety of sources, so we had some interesting things to talk about. To find out what we thought of the game, keep listening after the outro.

The second segment (42:05-47:50) is an archival interview with Adam Elk, who performed “We Will Carry On” back in 2010. We talk about his work on that song, as well as doing music for commercials, Yu-gi-oh, and a few other things.



Links:
Pikapi Podcast
Poke Casters Network