Episode 34: Making Arrangements with DiscoCactus

Ed sits down with Doug Perry, Sam Bobinski, and Laura Intravia from the VGM jam band DiscoCactus, plays some inspirational VGM, and gets a behind-the-scenes look at some of the band’s epic arrangements and performances.

DiscoCactus isn’t your typical VGM cover band. It’s an ever-changing and evolving consortium of talented, classically-trained musicians who not only love to play video game music, but have the chops to arrange pieces on the fly and let the music inspire their improv-heavy live performances. Its members include graduates from the Yale School of Music, Video Games Live soloists, and more. On this amusing and informative episode, Ed sits down with Doug Perry, Sam Bobinski, and Laura Intravia and chats about everything from being inspired by David Lynch to hanging out with David Wise! Join us as we play some inspirational VGM and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the band’s epic arrangements and performances.

Listen to more of Disco Cactus’ music at https://soundcloud.com/discocactusvgm
Watch their musical and game-playing livestreams on Doug’s channel: https://www.twitch.tv/drumultima

DiscoCactus on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disco_cactus
Doug Perry’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/drumultima
Sam Bobinski’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/slamb0b
Laura Intravia’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraIntravia

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The Tracklist:

1 – “Crono’s Theme” from Chrono Trigger (SNES, 1995) Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

2 – “Last Day (AKA Final Hours)” from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64, 2000) Composed by Koji Kondo

3 – “Aquatic Ambiance” from Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1995) Composed by David Wise

4 – “Undertale” from Undertale (PC, PS4, Switch, 2015) Composed by Toby Fox feat. Stephanie MacIntire

5 – “A Chorus of Tongues” from Hyper Light Drifter (PC, Switch, PS4, XB1, iOS, 2016) Composed by Richard Vreeland (Disasterpeace)

6 – “You Were There” from Ico (PS2, 2001) Composed by Michiru Ōshima

7 – “A Road You Can Go (2017 Remix)” from the Mario Kart series – Arranged by Ben Wallace, Performed by DiscoCactus

8 – “And Stanley Pushed a Button” inspired by  The Stanley Parable – Arranged by Ben Wallace, Performed by DiscoCactus

9 – “Hotland Express” from Undertale – Arranged by Doug Perry, Performed by DiscoCactus

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