The only thing better than Metroid music is even more Metroid music. Luckily for us, Luminist, an electronic artist based in the UK, has produced synthesized recreations from Super Metroid.
We’ve actually managed to get in touch with Luminist and he’s provided us with some interesting facts concerning the conception of the album, as well as some background information that you can find below.
After the positive reaction I received from my original Metroid: Resynthesized project last year, I decided to continue making immersive synthesizer recreations of retro videogame music. Naturally, the next choice was Super Metroid. (Sorry M2… I don’t think I could do justice to your amazing Game Boy bleep-bloops – and I started this project long before any of us knew about Samus Returns!)
I have recreated a selection of music from Super Metroid using hardware synthesizers (for the synth nerds, I used a Korg MS20 Mini like last time, but a Roland JU-06 features on “Arrival In Crateria”). This time I’ve gone a bit more high fidelity, imagining what Super Metroid would sound like with modern atmospheric sound effects. I will be posting gameplay videos with each track so you’ll be able to immerse more fully into the feel of the game with the new sound.
So, I’ll bet you’re just itching to have a listen to the music, right? Well, Luminist ran into some trouble.
To those looking looking for a download link, here’s a surprise. When I made this album I went through the proper avenues to license it for sale legitimately, but at the last minute it was blocked by Nintendo. Unfortunate for me with the hundreds of hours that went into the project – but they own the rights to the music so they can do what they like with it, that’s fair. The plus side is that you all get it for free now!
There is one snag, and that’s time. I originally planned to recreate the WHOLE soundtrack (notice that it says Vol I in the title) but at the moment it looks like I won’t be able to continue on the project for a while. Unfortunately time = money, and while this is a really fun rewarding project, I need to be able to afford to eat and stuff. Of course if everyone loves this album I’ll keep doing them – it might just take a long time
This basically means that we get to listen to the music for free, but it may make things more difficult for Luminist to continue working on the project. However, if you would like to toss him some support, there is a way to do so!
At this point I have to shamelessly plug (sorry everyone!) – this licensing issue weirdly doesn’t effect my first release of the original Metroid: Resynthesized album (I have no idea either, go figure). So if you like this one and want to support me, please buy the previous one on iTunes or Google Play!
So, if you’d like to contribute, feel free to buy the original album on iTunes or Google Play. Luminist also has a bandcamp page you can visit, if you’re interested.
That being said, you can download the full album in all its glory by clicking on the image of the album cover below! Happy listening!