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January 16th, 2013 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos

Matthew sent me this recently:

Amazing cover by an amazing group. Sounds like the original 16 bit song if it had been done by a full group

I love this! If I didn’t know this was from a game, I might think it’s just a really cool, funky song from an actual band. These guys did a great job 😀

Also, if you want it in handy MP3 format, here you are:


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21 Comments to EarthBound Battle Music Cover

snesdude7 said on Jan. 16, 2013


Max said on Jan. 16, 2013

I have to say: pretty incredible cover.

break said on Jan. 16, 2013

my god…this is just incredible !!

* excellent youtube find *

Anonymous said on Jan. 16, 2013

That was amazing!

Dave said on Jan. 16, 2013

Based on these comments, I wonder if I’m the only person thinking this, but it really sounds to me like a bunch of the notes are off (in the keyboard parts, specifically). Some of the notes are just different enough from what my mind is expecting to hear that I find it jarring to listen to — not a sensation I’m really looking for in covers. It doesn’t come across to me as a deliberate reinterpretation either, so much as just playing by ear or using slightly-off, fan-made sheet music. They are clearly talented musicians, though, and if I wasn’t so familiar with the source material I don’t think I’d have any complaints.

Rhyselinn said on Jan. 16, 2013

Holy canoli, these guys are good. That bass player is pretty fantastic- not exactly an easy bass line there! Maybe some of the notes are off, I’m not sure- this never was my favorite song from Earthbound, and I haven’t listened to it very much. But gosh darn it if I don’t love this arrangement <3

Apple Kid said on Jan. 16, 2013

I think they’re good. Will you guys orchestrate my game’s music?

Apple Kid said on Jan. 16, 2013

@Rhyselinn some of the notes are off but not as bad as Dave makes it to be.

Ryan said on Jan. 16, 2013

@Dave I’m certain it’s intentional. It looks like he was veering into some atonality in his cover. I’m not suggesting that you have to like the liberties that he has taken, but but rather that they are most definitely intentional. that’s all.

Kyle said on Jan. 16, 2013

Any time I get the chance, even though this has been mentioned before, I have to recommend UbseyLIVE’s Coffee Break jam:


Max said on Jan. 16, 2013

As a musician, I agree with Apple Kid’s assessment. Some minor differences, but the spirit and atmosphere of the original is captured surprisingly well.

Ghastly Gil said on Jan. 16, 2013

I don’t think Dave has ever listened to real Jazz music. Coltrane plays everything “wrong” and that’s why he’s the best.

Ness1985 said on Jan. 17, 2013

For the people who are complaining about it not being perfect to a tee. Be quiet and enjoy the awesome music xD

Apple Kid said on Jan. 17, 2013

@Ryan I initially thought that too, but dropped the idea. @Max I’m glad you like my take on things. @Everyone who commented on Dave’s comment, maybe we should cut him some slack, some people have crazy high expectations while others are a bit more understanding of things like a few different notes in a song.

BusterTheFox said on Jan. 17, 2013

…I don’t think Dave has “crazy high expectations”… He didn’t even say anything really bad about the song. I agree with him about it being “jarring”, as he put it. It just kinda put me off to it. I still enjoyed it, mind you, but the notes were “off” in JUST such a way that it didn’t sound very nice to me compared to what I was expecting.

Haters gonna hate, right Dave? xp

Anonymous said on Jan. 17, 2013

Frankly I feel Dave’s comment was rather lenient, if anything. There are a number of valid, objective criticisms one could make about this performance, and while I’ll personally refrain from making this the primary basis of my comment, I’d like to point out that just because someone expresses a differing opinion doesn’t mean they chose to do so as a personal affront to those who disagree.

This might not be my favorite performance, but I do rather like it in spite of its flaws. Hence, were I to lay my opinion out on the table, it would be more in the hopes that perhaps the performers would acknowledge it and utilize that feedback to create even more enjoyable music in the future, or perhaps for the performers or even any other musically inclined parties to engage in discussion that would create a more thorough mutual understanding of the song and the choices behind it. In summation, I’m sure the point of the comment was to either earnestly provide helpful feedback or to generate discussion, not to stifle it. Certainly the point is not to defecate on anyone who disagrees, and I’m sure the viewpoint that anyone who likes this song should be shot is not a viewpoint that Dave holds. He’s not demanding that any of you “be quiet,” so should he not be afforded the same respect? My sympathies if engaging in higher level thinking diminishes your ability to enjoy a two and a half minute music performance.

There was a guy on here a few months ago who regularly complained about this community’s tendency to snub anyone who had criticisms about pretty much anything. He wasn’t the most eloquent fellow, but I’m starting to see his point. All I can say is, don’t take it personally, guys. We wouldn’t be here with you if we didn’t share common interests.

@Ghastly Gil: give me a break, this is hardly modal jazz, if it’s even jazz at all. There’s also a difference between a lack of structure and a lack of pitch.

@Dave: that was my chief issue with the song as well, although I’m not certain it’s intentionally atonal as much as it is that the sound is muddled. I’ve never made music digitally so I’m not certain on the terminology here but it seems to me finding a better VST plugin would lend the keyboard parts some much-needed clarity and improve the song by a wide margin. As it stands, it sounds like a cheap imitation of the instrument used in Bob James’s Nautilus.

JeffShotFirst said on Jan. 17, 2013

This is going into my EB music collection. Worthy of rock candy album status for sure.

Inverse said on Jan. 18, 2013

@Anonymous: You are vastly over-thinking and over-analyzing this song to an impossibly absurd and insane degree. That’s the point that people are disagreeing with when it comes to Dave’s harping more than anything. Just that he and you are blowing it absurdly out of proportion, and this video really does not necessitate that kind of obsessive-compulsive analysis, and it just comes off as really annoying to see.

It’s like the irritation factor of a relentless grammar nazi critiquing a casual conversation, or an old woman that follows you around, chastising you for your posture and wacking your back with a ruler every five steps, when you’re just walking across a hallway minding your own business. It’s extremely annoying.

It’s just a song, they tried their best, and it’s pretty well done and nice to listen to. Frankly that’s why I think Dave’s comments and your comments are going to get treated this way. It might be your opinion, and you have your right to it, but it’s also rather obnoxious in both tone and pretentiousness.

Anonymous said on Jan. 18, 2013

Allow me to quote myself for emphasis: “He’s not demanding that any of you “be quiet,” so should he not be afforded the same respect? My sympathies if engaging in higher level thinking diminishes your ability to enjoy a two and a half minute music performance.”

My apologies if you think I’m being pretentious but I was hardly even talking about the song, let alone analyzing it. What’s irritating and relentless to me is how people can get away with treating others poorly without taking responsibility for their behaviour just because other people share a marginally related opinion. Your analogy is flawed because this is the internet; the situation is more akin to Dave holding a different conversation on the same topic in the same hallway as other people and being attacked because someone who disagreed with him overheard his conversation. You have it the other way around, I’m afraid, and your insinuation that Dave and I deserve to come under fire for simply daring to type more than a twitter-length comment and your perpetuation of this attitude is baffling, to say the least.

My point was that the personal attacks (“never listened to real jazz,” “be quiet and enjoy the song” to paraphrase) are unnecessary, ridiculous and disproportionate to Dave’s comment, so yeah, I’m gonna step up to defend him when he was hardly “harping”. That’s all.

also I think everyone is forgetting this part of Dave’s comment: “They are clearly talented musicians”

Anonymous said on Jan. 18, 2013

are^ baffling, my mistake

Douche Mcallister said on Jul. 1, 2013

As a musician my self, I find this very impressive. The bass is to die for, and the key board is spot on. Good effect choice. And the beat was sexy as hell.


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