Monday, September 15, 2014

New music for the week of 9/15/2014

This week we have the first music from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS:

-Menu
-Menu (Melee) : Ver.2
-Super Mario Bros. 3 Medley

In case you're not familiar with station policy, music from non-Pokemon games is allowed on the station as long as the game has a substantial Pokemon component (there are a handful of cases that are exceptions to this). That's why there's music from Smash Bros., but not something like Nintendoland.

P.S. Thanks to the folks at Smashboards for providing a translated trackslist.

Monday, September 08, 2014

New music for the week of 9/8/2014

Three new tracks from the latest edition of Pokemon Reorchestrated:

-Verdanturf Town
-Desert Sandstorm (Route 111)
-The Road to Fallarbor Town (Route 113)

PokePress-Now on SoundCloud!

Want to listen to PokePress interviews without digging through the YouTube channel or waiting on the station? Now there's a SoundCloud page! Listen to the interviews any time you want, and you can even download them!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Super Smash Bros. Brawl interview debuts following tomorrow's Top 25

Last weekend at Geek.Kon 2014, I conducted an interview with the winner of a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament. That interview will debut following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The interview doesn't focus on any specific Pokemon aspects of the game, but should still be of interest. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to tune in.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions-Concertmistress Interview

Karen Lowry-Tucker
I recently talked to Karen Lowry-Tucker, concertmistress (first chair first violin) of the Washington D.C. performances of “Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions” about her history as a musician and her experience playing the music of the Pokémon games.

Where are you from originally, and how did you get into playing music for a living?
I am from Louisville, KY and I started playing the piano at age 5. I was introduced to the violin in elementary school, so I pursued both instruments.

How familiar were you with the Pokémon franchise before you started practicing for this concert?
I remember when Pokémon first debuted, but had not followed it.

What did you think of the music for this concert overall?
The music was phenomenal. There were some passages that were difficult but fun, and there were some very beautiful lyrical passages. It was well written and well-arranged and felt at times to me like a Hollywood action movie score.

As concertmistress, did you have any specific responsibilities in regards to the music? 
I spent a lot of time marking the bowings for my section so they would be uniform. This is one  of the duties of the concertmaster, or concertmistress in my case. We had two days to learn the music and I spent the better part of both of those days learning the notes and marking my part. The concertmaster’s markings are usually copied into the other parts in advance by a music librarian. Since a librarian is not usually hired for this type of job, it was my responsibility to arrive early to the first rehearsal and lend my part to my fellow violinists so they could copy my markings.

How many times did you get to rehearse with the rest of the orchestra?
We had two rehearsals before the performance and this great freelance orchestra nailed it in my opinion.

What was it like actually performing the music in front of an audience? What did you think of the way the crowd reacted to the music?
Since I am a member (not the concertmistress, however) of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, I love opportunities to be out of the pit or “above ground” as I call it, and actually see the audience. The crowd was “electric”. It was a force that reminded me of a rock concert. To these fans it must have been phenomenal to hear the digital tunes they all knew played by a live orchestra. I definitely felt the energy in the concert.

Is there a particular piece from the concert that was your favorite? 
My favorite piece was “Songs of the Tower”. I loved the writing and I loved putting my spin on the solos.

What else have you had the opportunity to play during your orchestral career? 
I am a classically trained musician and symphonic and opera music are a part of my soul. However I have enjoyed different genres as well. I have had the chance to perform excerpts from Hollywood movie scores such as “Wall-E”, “Star Wars”, etc.

I have played with R&B stars and rock stars, symphonic “Pops” concerts and musicals like “The Producers”, “Phantom of the Opera”, etc. My fondest memory was playing in a backup orchestra on “Saturday Night Live” for Vanessa Williams!

My latest passion is chamber music and I especially enjoy playing in a string trio. We like to take time to go in the schools and give children’s concerts. It’s personally my way of “giving back”. We have fun programs that introduce young audiences to classi¬¬cal music and hopefully inspire them to pursue the arts. That’s how I began. A woman came to my school and did a string demonstration and I was hooked!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Preview: Geek.Kon 2014

I recently got a chance to interview Adam Pulver, public relations representative for Madison-area convention Geek.Kon, to get some info on this year's event:

How did Geek.Kon get started?
Once upon a time, a bunch of students at the University of Wisconsin got together and said, "Conventions are fun. We should start one." They had no idea what they were doing, but they figured it out and ran two very successful free conventions on campus. After that, we moved to a hotel and we've been growing and getting bigger and better ever since.

Who are some of this year's guests?
We have some great guests this year. One of the most anticipated is Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged fame. This year's voice actor roster includes Chris Cason, Tia Ballard and Marianne Miller. We also have a very funny geek-oriented comedian Joseph Scrimshaw, game designer and artist John Kovalic, and comic artists Christopher Jones and Mark Stegbauer.

There's a Pokemon video game tournament at this year's event. When will that be?
The XY tournament is noon on Sunday.

There are also tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl, and Mario Kart 8. When are those?
Melee is 7:00 pm on Friday, Brawl is 7:00 pm on Saturday. Mario Kart 8 is 3:00 pm on Saturday.

Where can people find more information about the convention?
Our website is geekkon.net. We're also on Facebook and Twitter @Geekkon. Our online schedule at geekkon2014.sched.org/ is a great tool for getting information on events up to and at the con.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pokemon World Championships 2014-Opening Ceremony

What's the latest on Mega Slowbro? Find out in the 2014 Pokemon World Championships opening ceremony:


Pokemon World Championships 2014-Site Tour

Here's a tour of the Pokemon World Championships 2014 event site:


In the tour, we visit:

-Registration
-Information desk
-Pokemon TCG Online
-Creative Corner
-Main stage

And more!