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Illustration for article titled A Cursed Legacy - An Orchestral Tribute to Classic Castlevania

Hi Tay! What a horrible night to have a curse, eh?

I'm back once again with another entry in my series of independent orchestral covers of classic gaming franchises (Retro Gaming Retrospective). This time I am sharing my third release, a tribute to one of my all time favorite and long standing franchises; Castlevania. This one was originally released in 2010

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Part 1)

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Part 2)

For this release I featured tracks ranging from every 2D game in the series from the original Akumajo Dracula, through to the legendary PS1 classic Symphony of the Night.

Like all of my tributes, I tried to represent the music faithfully to the original arrangements, and utilized modern elements very sparingly. This is 36 tracks of Baroque Nightmare inducing classic gaming music. I'm pretty happy with most of the tracks, but a few felt unfinished in hindsight. And in general this was done using my old studio, so I'm not totally happy with the quality of some instruments (The drums sound so flat). But then again, I'm horribly critical of my own work. I wouldn't mind revisiting like the best of each of my comps for an updated re-release actually.

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania 1, Akumajo Dracula, Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, and Super Castlevania

Castlevania 1 on NES, was one of my very first game experiences, and when I was very young I had a friend who wrote lyrics to go with "Wicked Child". They went something like "Everybody's moving, everybody's grooving... to a new beat, a new beat. Yeah Yeah Yeah! Everybody's hoppin', everybody's boppin' to another beat... Yeah Yeah!". I literally can not hear that song now, without thinking of those lyrics.

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

I remember Simon's Quest mostly because I never had a clue what to do to progress in that game. It wasn't until years later when I was a teenager that I finally beat that thing. Still it had an amazing soundtrack.

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

Castlevania III on the other hand, I owned proudly, and beat multiple times using various progression paths. I think Sypha was my favorite partner spirit in that one. Though climbing ceiling's with Grant was always a blast. Damn that game really pushed the NES hardware to its limits. It still impresses almost 25 years late!


I never really played Super Castlevania, or the early SNES/GenesisPSX games (Bloodlines, Dracula X, Rondo of Blood, etc) until I was well past college age. I think I ended up emulating those actually. I played Rondo after having played SotN though, which was interesting as Rondo was basically the prequel to that game.

A Medley of tracks from Castlevania: Bloodlines

Speaking of SotN, good lord... what a fantastic game. Everything about that game was perfection. But the music, holy wow.... Michiru Yamane really outdid herself on that one. Actually it was the SotN soundtrack that inspired this collection. I always LOVED the music, but hated that it was in such a mediocre sound quality due to the limitations on the PSX.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy this collection, and hey maybe try listening to it while you are playing the new Lords of Shadow 2?


DOWNLOAD HERE: Vernian Process - A Cursed Legacy (Retro Gaming Retrospective #3)

These tracks were originally written and composed by Michiru Yamane (amongst dozens of others), and were all arranged from various midi compositions found online. I take no credit for their compositions, only for the treatment of the instruments and arrangements.

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