Rob and Pernell celebrate their first holiday as podcast co-hosts. Rob reveals his secret love of Ristar, and Pernell double-dips into the Sonic games! Classic! Continue reading Mixtape 1-6 16-bit Christmas
High adventure and HEAVY METAL! We listen to great Zelda game music from all across the generations. Joining us this week is the Zelda-inspired heavy metal group Master Sword! We talk hook-shots, operatic metal, and winding stair-cases. It’s dangerous to go alone, listen to this podcast! Continue reading Episode 12-3 Zelda with Master Sword
Dark, moody, and rhythmic. We love the music of Shin Megami Tensei, and this mixtape was an absolute pleasure to put together. Enjoy the Meta-Ten sounds of Tsukasa Masuko and Shoji Meguro! Continue reading Mixtape 1-4 Shin Megami Tensei
We are seeing so many great new games recently with a retro-aesthetic, and we love it! Whether it’s pixelized 16-bit style artwork, or classic gameplay mechanics, it’s something that we’re drawn to immediately. The music is no different, borrowing from the sounds of past hardware and putting an original spin on it. Continue reading Episode 12-2 Retro Tributes
Who knew that a little bass instrument sample would change Rob’s life? Enjoy these FINE selections of Sunsoft’s greatest hits on the Nintendo Entertainment System Continue reading Mixtape 1-3 Sunsoft NES
When I think of shmups, I think of grazing bullets, exploding pop-corn, 1CC’s, and the STG bible: The Full Extend of the Jam. But let’s get into the music! We’re joined by VGM rock-MASTER Chris Baines to share our favorite 2D shooter music! He shares his love of all things Gradius, and we get into how there’s so many awesome jazz-licks in these games. Wait are you waiting for? ENEMY APPROACHING! Continue reading Episode 12-1 Shmups with Chris Baines Music
The short-lived Sega Dreamcast had an excellent library which included some great vertical and horizontal shmups! Enjoy this mixtape from one of our earliest episodes with great classic Sega composers! Continue reading Mixtape 1-2 Dreamcast Shmups
Let’s listen to music that can get you powered up! Music that makes you feel like you can save the world even though your just a high school kid with magical powers! We explore the world of Shonen Jump video games and video game cross-overs! Continue reading Episode 11-10 Shonen Games
New every Friday! We are releasing classic-VGM-only mixtapes of our old shows! Enjoy Contra-jams from classic to the present! Continue reading Mixtape 1-1 Contra
For those who are about to Rockman, we salute you! This is the podcast’s second dive into video game rock music, and this time it’s personal. Pernell gives blood just before recording, so you’re in for an extra special treat. Rob sings his favorite fighting game moves, and Pernell reminisces about childhood games played in his neighborhood. (it’s amazing we survived our childhood) Continue reading Episode 11-9 Rock Music 2
It’s the most MagFest’iest time of the year! That means Pernell is travelling and partying with hundreds of music and game enthusiasts, and Rob is all alone! ALL ALONE! So enjoy this super DJ mix of synthwave style remixes and original game tunes! Continue reading Bonus Beats Vol. 2
Grab your keyboards let’s celebrate all the great things Yamaha did for classic game consoles and computer systems! We focus strictly on FM synth music composed for games, particularly anything with big chunky bass and funked up keyboard leads! Continue reading Episode 11-8 FM Synth Madness with Ed
This very special episode was recorded in front of a live Facebook studio audience! We listen to great snowy and icy tunes! We talk about Gameboys of Christmas’s past! And we goof off with everyone on Facebook during the live stream! So let’s have some fun! Continue reading Episode 11-7 Holiday Special!
This week we listen to game music used typically in desert stages, often to create the atmosphere of Arabic architecture and landscapes. Stereotypes aside, there are some fantastic melodies and rhythms to be found in these games. So take off your shoes and dive in with us! Continue reading Episode 11-6 Arabesque Music
Happy characters, beautiful scenery, and extra catchy melodies. This is what we mean by “Blue Sky” games. Get ready for a shower of positive energy and good times with some good friends! Continue reading Episode 11-5 Blue Sky Games
It’s been (ITS BEEN) TWO YEARS of the podcast, so it’s time for another celebration! But didn’t you just celebrate 100 episodes? We did! Who cares!
Rob and Pernell pick their top 5 songs of the past year, pop bottles, laugh uncontrollably at Pernell’s fake curse-words, and discover that Andore is the Sorting-Hat of the Mad Gear gang. Thanks to a gift from a special listener, things go a little off the rails. Continue reading Episode 11-4 Podcastiversary 2!
Grab your baguettes and arm yourself with scones! It’s time for a food fight! We tackle music around food-related stages and characters, and it gets messy! We talk about what makes a great salad, the problems with 3D Sonic The Hedgehog games, and why there are so many chefs who become great martial artists. And also… Gonzalo Varela, the composer of Fight’N Rage! This week we … Continue reading Episode 11-3 Food Fight featuring Gonzalo Varela from Fight’N Rage!
Brawlers. Beat’em ups. Punchy-kicky men. These are all terms for a popular style of arcade game that brings kids together, and tears families apart. Okay so I’m making some of this stuff up. This is our second look at the popular beat-em-up genre, but this time with no system restrictions. Continue reading Episode 11-2 Beat’em Ups 2 with Masikus!
Rob and Pernell leave the safety and protection of their studio so they can present awesome video game music to a crowd of unsuspecting cosplayers! This week is a live a recording from the weekend-long anime/video games/cosplay festival known as Thy Geekdom Con! Pernell brings the crowd-pleasers, but Rob just wants to fight with good-old battle music! Continue reading Episode 11-1: Live at Thy Geekdom Con!
In the words of Kool & The Gang: Celebrate Podcasts! Okay I know that’s not what they said, but it’s what they meant. This episode marks 100 episodes of Rhtyhm and Pixels! That’s 100 MP3 files of great music, remixes, and friendship.
We celebrate by revisiting our favorite topics from each “podcast world”, and choosing new tracks! Why did we do this funky episode numbering in the first place? Don’t worry about it! Continue reading Episode 10-10 100th Episode Celebration!