Battle Bards Episode 30: Listener Request 1

As Battle Bards hits its 30th podcast, the crew turns the show over to… you, the listener!  With this episode, we kick off the first of two shows where each pick is made by fans.  What will they pick and what do both they and we have to say about thse tracks?  Find out!

Episode 30 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Karakorum” from Auto Assault)
  • “Saga of the Norn” from Guild Wars 2 (suggested by Dibstaru)
  • “Guardian/Sanctum Theme” from RIFT (suggested by Scott)
  • “Booty Bay” from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (suggested by Shay)
  • “Mithlond” from Lord of the Rings Online (suggested by Michael)
  • “Land of the Golden Sun” from Guild Wars: Nightfall (suggested by Kevin)
  • “Desert Travel” from PlanetSide (suggested by Reese)
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (featuring “Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)

Listen to episode 30 now!

Battle Bards Episode 29: Vocals

When you think of MMO music, it’s rare to put a voice to the tunes.  But more often than you’d think, these tracks have amazing vocals that lend an important layer to the proceedings.  In this episode, the bards focus on their favorite MMO songs — and even break out in a ditty or two themselves!

Episode 29 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Forest Calling” from Lineage II and “NPC Song” from Guild Wars 2)
  • “Invincible” from World of Warcraft
  • “Briarheart” from Free Realms
  • “Cataclistic” from Runes of Magic
  • “Forgotten Sorrow” from Aion
  • “Sunrise” from Wurm Online
  • “Three Hearts as One” from Elder Scrolls Online
  • “Fear Not This Night” from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Jeni
  • Outro (“Kobold Still Hates You” from Dungeons and Dragons Online)

Listen to episode 29 now!

Battle Bards Episode 28: Runes of Magic

romThe intriguing and diverse Runes of Magic soundtrack is next on the warpath for the conquering Battle Bards!  Opinions are all across the board as the insults and disagreements fly fast and furious, but in the end all is forgiven, hugs are meted out, and the crew agrees on at least a couple of excellent tracks worthy of your time.

Episode 28 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme,” “Blazing Battle,” and “Absurdia”)
  • “Main Theme Chapter 4″
  • “Adventure”
  • “Silverspring Day 2″
  • “The Radiant Arcanum”
  • “Tower of Wailing Wind”
  • “Varanas City”
  • “Traveling Tale”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail From Zoward
  • Mail from Shintar
  • Reminder about listener episode submissions
  • Outro (featuring “The Radiant Arcanum”)

Listen to episode 28 now!

Battle Bards Episode 27: Kid MMOs

Regressing to childhood is no difficult task for the playful bards!  In this episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp examine choice selections from kid MMOs to see if the music is just as good to adult ears as it is to the wee ‘uns.  Warning: If you’re allergic to bright, happy, and cheerful tunes, this show will probably make you die.

Episode 26 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Wysteria Pigswick Academy” from Wizard101 and “Cave of Life” from MapleStory)
  • Dragonica – “You Beat the Boss!”
  • Free Realms - “Sanctuary”
  • MapleStory - “Aqua Road East Sea”
  • Star Stable - Selections
  • Hello Kitty Online - “Dream Carnival”
  • Pirate101 – “Cool Ranch Theme”
  • Super Hero Squad Online - “Boss: Magneto”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Outro (featuring “Hope” from Hello Kitty Online)

Listen to episode 27 now!

Battle Bards Episode 26: Granado Espada (Sword of the New World)

It’s time for one of the most eclectic MMO soundtracks of all time: Granado Espada!  The Battle Bards wade through a wide variety of genres and deal with frayed nerves by getting all sorts of snippy with each other.  Will the music drive them apart?  Find out in this week’s show!

Episode 26 show notes

  • Intro (including “Forzar” and “Old Speckled Reel”)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “Death Book”
  • “Beyond Hope”
  • “Cite de Reboldeux”
  • “Helios”
  • “Endless Battle”
  • “Amanecer”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from EverQuest 2′s Margaret “Luperza” Krohn
  • Outro (“Purple Snow”)

Listen to episode 26 now!

Sorting through musical history

I began collecting MP3s back in… 1999, it was?  I remember converting my old CDs and downloading new tunes on Napster via a dial-up connection (one song in 10 minutes… what futuristic technology is this?).  Since then my collection has certainly grown, although mostly I’ve specialized in soundtracks (movies and video games).

It’s also become a huge, bloated mess.  I have a decade-and-a-half of files sitting in various folder categories, and while some are quite organized, others haven’t been touched since I originally attained them.

So one of my recent projects is to listen through and sort out my “pop/rock” folder which contains some 2,000 tracks.  Going through the folder has horrified me how slapdash my previous approach was, since most of these songs haven’t been formatted according to my current (post-2007) scheme.  Some have song titles first, then band names.  Some don’t have band names at all.  Some are all in lower-case.  And so many of them I didn’t bother to rate, which is a quick visual indicator how good I think a song is (one + for good, two ++ for favorite, nothing for adequate).  I don’t even remember ever downloading quite a few of these songs or what I was thinking for keeping them for so long.

I’ve been deleting, renaming, and re-rating a lot of them, which should feel really good once it’s all said and done.  Next up after that with my music projects?  Finishing listening through the Elder Scrolls Online soundtrack and then going through 250 new video game music tracks from the latest Game Music Bundle.  Hey, $10 for 250 tracks is too good to pass up!

Battle Bards Episode 25: Holiday Themes

It’s always a holiday somewhere, especially in MMOs, so don’t blink twice if you happen to hear the Battle Bards talking about Christmas, Halloween, and Arbor Day on this week’s episode!  After all, special occasions necessitate special music, and holiday themes can be quite memorable indeed.

Episode 25 show notes

  • Intro (including “Wintersday Bell Choir” from Guild Wars 2 and “Lifeday Celebration” from Star Wars Galaxies)
  • “Winter Event” from Star Trek Online
  • “Winter Home” from Lord of the Rings Online
  • “Halloween Wonderland” from Rappelz
  • “Happy Holidays” from Project Copernicus
  • “Brewfest” from World of Warcraft
  • “Starlight Celebration” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “Missing Presumed Death” from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Winter Event” from Star Trek Online)

Listen to episode 25 now!

Your one-stop shopping nexus for MMO soundtracks just got better

esosoundI’ve been doing some work to update the MMO Music page here on Bio Break, and I’m happy to say that it’s ready to help connect you with soundtracks more than ever before.

I’ve taken out some outdated links and added new ones pointing to free soundtracks, SoundCloud tracks, and digital store albums.  This includes today’s release of the Elder Scrolls Online OST.

Enjoy!