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video-game-soundtracksMost people overlook the power of video game soundtracks. Although movie scores are often well celebrated, a lot of the video game soundtracks are underrated.

However, once you take a good look around, it’s hard to go back. There are majestical pieces for every genre, whether you’re a fan of rap, rock, or symphonical orchestras. There’s a lot of musical talent in the gaming industry, and a big part of it is lost on the audiences.

Today, we’ll have a look at the most prominent sites of the video game soundtrack scene, sites where music gets created, appreciated and remembranced.

Here they are, in no particular order.

OverClocked ReMix – Creativity

OverClocked ReMix is not just an archive of video game soundtracks, it’s a scene of musical arrangements. The people at OCRM look to video game music as an art form, and put themselves towards preserving, interpretating and – most of all – participating.

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The members of their scene recompose famous – and obscure – video game scores, and release them on the internet. Copyright still belongs to ‘the rightful owners’, but the art is theirs.

In their passion, they’ve rearranged complete soundtracks of video games, including Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption Final Fantasy IV : Free ReMix Music Album Final Fantasy IV : Free ReMix Music Album Read More , which we reviewed some time ago. Over 1700 remixes can be found on the site these days, and more get added everyday.

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If you enjoy Overclocked ReMix, you should also check out its bastard nephew, OverLooked ReMix. Where OCRM is dedicated to professional arrangements, with symphonical precission, OLRM’s is humouristic – ridiculous interpretations of video game music, that’s what it’s all about.

Music 4 Games – News

If OverClocked ReMix is the creative scene, Music 4 Games is the professional scene. This is where you’ll find the articles, interviews and reviews.

Music 4 Games goes along with the time, and focuses on current-day gaming music. On the site, you’ll find extensive reviews of the respective sounds of new Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 games. Although you can play a track or two of most games’ soundtracks, it’s a site you go to for intellectual, rather than listening purposes.

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VGMusic – Authenticity

Although the former sites both take a unique and highly appreciable position on video gaming music, VGMusic is the most authentic scene without doubt, simply offering the original soundtracks. Over 28,000 of them.

The site went along with the procedings of time, save some aspects. They’ve adopted current-gen consoles like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but the site’s lay-out is still in the 90’s trend and they’ve remained faitfull to the MIDI format. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is up to you to decide, but it’s certainly got its nostalgic charms.

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With these three we close the list. There are plenty of others, like VGMix X, VGMdb and SquareSound, but the diversive three cover a pretty big part of the scene together.

Do you know any other sites to download free video game soundtracks? What do you think about the above ones? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Joseph
    November 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    On your recommendation, I visited all three sites and have to tell you, you are way off base. None provide the original music. The second one, I couldn't get past the home page. The first one, I couldn't get past articles. ...and the third one only had remixes; you said they had the original soundtracks. I'll never visit MUD agian, can't trust.

  2. josh
    December 13, 2009 at 8:51 am
  3. quintin3265
    September 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    You forgot about remixsite.org. People can submit songs free of charge and can improve upon them with new versions. The site also supports lossless formats.

  4. _RosE_ from Black Tower of Time
    August 9, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I think I need to recommend a few more of the really classic game music scene pages :-) There as well some with relation to the Demo Scene as well as those grow out of the Game Musics
    For first there is remix.kwed.org
    There is too a related internet radio station called slayradio.org and SceneSat.com that play also some game-remixes too.
    A very incredible good concert of game music was done last year by the classical radio symphonic orchestra Colone called Symphonic Shades.
    This Year they will do again one at 11th and 12th September 2009 called Symphonic Fantasies it will be streamed on WDR4 live on the internet if the information(german language) on the WDR Radio website is correct ).

  5. Christian Velasquez
    August 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Oh, my friend would love this site, he is a huge fan of video game music, so I am, sort of

    Thanks for this. :]

  6. Jinx
    August 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    yeah, i also use bluelaguna and other great site is galbadiahotel for the original recordings too:
    http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks.php?r=336

    • Salmon
      August 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      Oh my, thanks! I didn't know about that one, haha!

  7. HamalSharatan
    August 8, 2009 at 12:25 am

    These are great, thanks.

  8. Salmon
    August 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Hey, you guys missed Blue Laguna! bluelaguna.net

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