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NNR Reruns: “Backtracks - The OTHER 50!” (orig rel 04/28/2020)

April 18, 2021

Editor's Note: There's a very special reason why chose today's episode for this month's rerun. And it's not just because it originally released one year ago today....

 

....it's that because of a technical glitch on the podcast feed....you never got to hear it in its entirety.

 

Here's the story: originally a Channel F "F-isode", and originally released 04/28/2020, it was meant to supplement C1E52: "Backtracks", a focus on VGM that we played in reverse, ostensibly as last year's April Fool's gag. Only, as the intro to today's rerun reveals, it wasn't a gag after all, but instead, we were simply using the occasion of the gag as a cover for a subject too weird for many - if presented as the serious study that it was.

 

It also had the distinction of being the very first episode I had ever produced in Linux. Other than for the recordings of my voice in the end of 2019 "looking back" pair that we collectively referred to as "The Golden Episode", and most of the voices of my family in C1E51, "the birthday episode", which were all done in the Audio Evolution studio [Android] app in ChromeOS on a cheap old Chromebook, everything I had done up to this point had been done in GarageBand on macOS. I had been wanting to make the jump for some time, and with "The Other 50", I finally took the plunge, using a mix of Audacity, and at that time, Ardour 5 in Ubuntu Studio 19.10 (I've since upgraded to Ardour 6 and Ubuntu Studio 20.04).

 

I am convinced that Ardour and Audacity allow for better production, by way of cleaner, louder, fuller productions. And I'm much happier working under them than I was using the old methods. But if there's one thing they lack, it's the user-friendliness of GarageBand. And so, little things like start and end timers don't automatically move as you add files sometimes, and I have to remember to manually move them, lest some of the beginning or the end get cut off of the final production.

 

And that's exactly what happened here. The original draft of the file was missing the final, well, approx 30 minutes of the show. The trouble is, I didn't realize it until AFTER I had already uploaded it to podbean. SO, I went back in, deleted the bad file, and replaced it with the good one. But since the file names were the same, it doesn't appear to have made the swap up on the server, and if you go back to the original episode today, it still cuts off early. At least it does on the iTunes website. 

 

So, the most significant reason for today's rerun is to finally allow you to hear the entire production. If the backwards music drove you nuts, fear not: after today, I don't plan to rerun them again until we get close to April Fool's 2026, which will be a Backtracks sequel. However, if this is the first you're hearing of the Backtracks series, and you like it, definitely scroll back on the feed through the back catalog of episodes, find C1E52 "Backtracks", and give it a listen. On balance, after a year to reflect on it, I really do think the original was better than this supplement. And besides, that outro! Oh my goodness, that Outro!!!

Tracklist with timestamps below. Also, here's a link to the an Blogspot post which links to several of the Backtracks series Archive.org-exclusive SUPER BONUSES with additional content:

 

http://nerdnoiseradio.blogspot.com/2020/04/track-lists-for-backtracks-and-other-50.html?m=1

 

I hope you will enjoy today's rerun, at long last, presented in its entirety!

 

Cheers!

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Track# – Track Name – Game – System – Composer – From Collection – Original Episode – Timestamp 

 

01) Intro – 00:00:00 

02) Options – Daffy Duck in Hollywood – Genesis – Matt Furniss – Best of 2017 – Ep 12 – 00:12:13 

03) September 2015 – N/A (eShop) - 3DS / WiiU – Kazumi Totaka – Golden Personal – Ep 6 – 00:16:33 

04) The Mall – Skate or Die 2 – NES – Rob Hubbard – Best of 2018 – Ep 22 – 00:19:44 

05) Evil Dante – Cratermaze – TG16 - Jun Chikuma, Keita Hoshi, Toshiaki Takimoto, Masaru Takahashi, and/or Takayuki Iwabuchi – Miscellaneous – Ep 47b – 00:21:21 

06) Character Select – Cosmic Carnage – 32X – Hikoshi Hashimoto – Best of 2017 – Ep 13 – 00:23:01 

07) Ethnic Cave and Flame – X-Men – Arcade – Konami Kukeiha Club – Best of 2017 – Ep 10 – 00:25:06 

08) Jazz 3 – Sim Copter – PC – Jerry Martin – Best of 2018 – Ep 35 – 00:27:36 

09) Reckless Running – Sega Rally Championship – Saturn – Naofumi Hataya – Best of 2018 – Ep 24 – 00:32:38 

10) Collision Chaos Zone (Present) – Sonic CD (US) – Sega CD – Spencer Nilsen w/ David Young and Mark Crew – Best of 2017 – Ep 15 – 00:36:45 

11) Main Menu – Sonic Mania – Multiplatform – Tee Lopes – Best of 2018 – Ep 36 – 00:40:02 

12) Opening 1 – Hisou Kihei X-Serd – PC Engine – Koji Hayama – Golden Popular – Ep 11 – 00:41:10 

13) Brinstar (Red Soil) – Super Metroid – SNES – Kenji Yamamoto and/or Minako Hamano – Miscellaneous – Ep 18 – 00:42:56 

14) Stage 3-3 – Ai Chou Aniki – PC Engine – Iwasaki Taku – Miscellaneous – Ep 47b – 00:46:40 

15) Options – Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Genesis – Matt Furniss – Best of 2017 – Ep 2 – 00:50:00 

16) The Vile Peaks – Final Fantasy XIII – PS3 – Masashi Hamauzu – Best of 2017 – Ep 10 – 00:51:26 

17) Twilight Palace (Outside) – L.o.Z.: Twilight Princess – GameCube / Wii – Toru Minegishi and/or Asuka Ota – Best of 2017 – Ep 4 – 00:54:49 

18) Outside Ref, The Pyramid of Ice – Dungeon Explorer 2 – PC Engine – Masaaki Inoue and/or Akihiro Honma – Golden Personal – Ep 47b – 00:58:00 

19) After the Battle – L.o.Z.: Twilight Princess – GameCube / Wii – Golden Personal – Ep 4 –01:00:05 

20) The Vertical – Ghost in the Shell – PS1 – Joey Beltram – Best of 2017 – Ep 16 – 01:02:23 

21) Spin on the Bridge – Streets of Rage 2 – Genesis – Yuzo Koshiro and/or Motohiro Kawashima – Best of 2018 – Ep 31 – 01:08:44 

22) Cycle 1 – Streets of Rage 3 – Genesis – Motohiro Kawashima and/or Yuzo Koshiro – Best of 2017 – Ep 2 – 01:13:03 

23) Track 11 – Illusion Blaze – PC (AdLib) - D.A.C. – Golden Personal – Ep 2 – 01:16:12 

24) Naruto (Light Armor) - Cosmic Carnage – 32X – Hikoshi Hashimoto – Golden Popular – Ep 13 –  01:18:45 

25) Bases 1 & 2 – Contra NES – c: Kazuki Muaoka / a: Hidenori Maezawa and/or Kiyohiro Sada – Best of 2018 – Ep 34 – 01:20:31 

26) Imperial Death March – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – NES – c: John Williams / a: Paul Webb – Golden Popular – Ep 9 – 01:22:05 

27) Fly Like a Butterfly – Jet Set Radio Future – XBox – Hideki Naganuma – Golden Personal – Ep 20 – 01:22:43 

28) At Doom’s Gate – DOOM – PC (Midi) - Bobby Prince – Golden Popular – Ep 35 – 01:25:59 

29) Alone in Love – Jewelmaster – Genesis – Motoaki Takenouchi – Golden Popular – Ep 24 – 01:29:13 

30) Naja – Cosmic Carnage – 32X – Hikoshi Hashimoto – Best of 2017 – Ep 13 – 01:31:26

31) Swamp – Samurai Ghost – TG16 – Gappy, Miyoshi Okuyama, and/or Hiroyon – Best of 2017 – Ep 20 – 01:33:36 

32) Segadore Genesid 64 – N/A (Non-VGM) – N/A (Genesis) – MrSonic699 – Best of 2018 – Ep 28 – 01:34:43 

33) Stage Theme 4 – Shinobi – Arcade – Yasuhiro Kawakami – Golden Popular – Ep 2 – 01:36:48 

34) Title Theme – Double Dragon – NES – Kazunaka Yamane – Golden Popular – Ep 1 – 01:38:24 

35) Field 3 – J.J. and Jeff – TG16 – Takeaki Kunimoto – Miscellaneous – Ep 47b – 01:40:05 

36) Zena Lan (Light Armor) – Cosmic Carnage – 32X – Hikoshi Hashimoto – Golden Personal – Ep 13 – 01:42:07 

37) Bearhattan Transfur – Fist of Awesome – Multiplatform – Brendan Ratliff – Best of 2018 – Ep 30 – 01:44:22 

38) Map – Wolfchild – Genesis – Matt Furniss – Best of 2017 – Ep 12 – 01:47:47 

39) Tyr (Heavily Armored) – Cosmic Carnage – 32X – Hikoshi Hashimoto – Golden Personal – Ep 13 – 01:49:03 

40) Level 1 – Chip Chan Kick – PCFX – Yoshio Furakawa, Masahara Iwata, and Hitoshi Sakamoto Best of 2017 – Ep 4 – 01:50:46 

41) Stage Theme 1 – Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six – NES – David Whittaker – Golden Popular – Ep 18 – 01:55:13 

42) S.O.R. Super Mix (Stage vers.) - Streets of Rage 2 – Genesis – Yuzo Koshiro and/or Motohiko Kawashima – Golden Popular – Ep 31 – 01:58:37 

43) Stickerbush Symphony – DKC2: Diddy Kong’s Quest – SNES – David Wise – Golden Popular – Ep 49 (originally selected by Mario Mendez) – 02:04:06 

44) Level 3 – Tetris – CD-i – Jim Andron – Best of 2018 – Ep 36 – 02:06:22 

45) Unknown City – Doxa (Unreleased) – PS4 – Daniel Capo – Best of 2018 – Ep 22 – 02:08:51 

46) Microsoft Interactive Sampler – N/A (Non-VGM) – PC – Unknown – Best of 2018 – Ep 28 – 02:10:06 

47) Althena’s Shrine – Lunar: The Silver Star – Sega CD - Noriyuki Iwadare, Hiroshi Fujioka, and/or Isao Mizoguchi – Best of 2017 – Ep 15 – 02:11:09 

48) Zora’s Domain (Day) L.o.Z.: Breath of the Wild – WiiU / SWITCH – c: Koji Kondo / a: Yasuaki Iwata – Best of 2017 – Ep 18 – 02:12:12 

49) Martinis for Two – The Sims – PC – Jerry Martin – Best of 2017 – Ep 4 – 02:15:24 

50) Ending – Super Castlevania IV – SNES – Masanori Adachi and/or Taro Kudo – Best of 2018 – Ep 37 – 02:21:46 

51) Ending – N/A (Non-VGM) – N/A – c: Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka / a:  Luminist – Golden Popular – Ep 29 – 02:25:58 

 

Total Episode Runtime: 02:28:13 

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