From Uematsu To Lucasarts: A Kotaku Melodic Mix-Tape Roundup

From Uematsu To Lucasarts: A Kotaku Melodic Mix-Tape Roundup

Ever since we started Kotaku Melodic, our own video master Chris Person has been creating lovely Mixtapes featuring various themes, composers, genres and games.

I’ve loved every one of them, and I thought this week would be a good time to share his first seven mixtapes in one place. Here now, the first seven volumes of The Kotaku Mixtape series.

Vol. 1: The Neverhood Series

Featuring Terry S. Taylor’s unforgettable music from the Neverhood games.

Vol. 2: Yuzo Koshiro

Celebrating composer Yuzo Koshiro, the man who wrote the music to classics like Streets of Rage and The Revenge of Shinobi.

Vol. 3: Jazz in Games

One that’s near to my heart. Chris rounded up some of the best examples of jazz in games. Dig that Godot sax, man. Yeah. Cats. Jazz. Groovy.

Vol. 4: Nobuo Uematsu

Here’s one of the ones we figured everyone would be waiting for: Final Fantasy maestro Nobuo Uematsu, the man who’s responsible for a larger percentage of that series’ emotional soul than any one other person. The guy who writes the hottest boss anthems around. An inspiration to us all. Nobuo!

Vol. 5: Cheesy Video Game Jams

All of the tacky, ridiculous cheese-pop tunes ever, from Symphony of the NIght. And of course, “Slingshot” from Daytona USA, which is the least sexy car-sex song I’ve ever heard in my life. Haaaaaaa.


Vol. 6: SimCity and Beyond

A tribute to the ever-changing (but always strange) music of the Sim games.

Vol. 7: The Golden Age of Lucasarts

There were so many tracks and games that Chris will probably do a part 2 of this one, but for how, it’s a good start. Aah, dig that Pleasantly Understated Credit Sequence from Sam & Max Hit The Road.

Hope you enjoy. And if you’ve got any mix-tape suggestions, feel free to leave ’em in the comments or email them in!


  • This is friggin awesome. Thanks for putting this together. Video game compositions are so under-appreciated. That or my nostalgia lenses don’t allow me to see them objectively 🙂

  • Seriously… Those were the the best you could do for uematsu? No one winged angel? Or liberali fatale (sic?)… Or any of the stuff he did for ffx? Pff. Disgruntled.

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