I usually do not work with any music – it distracts me – but recently, when I needed some music in the background, I became obsessed with lo-fi remixes of video games on YouTube.
I have already recorded that I sometimes listen to video game music while working because a) I am a big nerd, and b) a lot of video game music is already designed to make pleasant background noise that can run endlessly without being annoying. It would not be so much fun to spend hours upon hours in the worlds of Pokémon if the music was always in your face and distracting after all. (I will give Pokémon Ruby and Sapphirehilarious prominent horns’ horns a pass here.)
So it makes sense that the infinitely listenable quality of video game music, many of which after my days in virtual worlds was cut to my brain, combines really well with the soft electronic sounds of lo-fi chillhop slae, what I can also listen for hours on end. Now, I’m addicted.
Here are some remixes I recommend.
If you are a fan of Final Fantasy VII‘s amazing soundtrack, I think you will dig this set of remixes of Rifti Beats. I think I’m going back to this video more than any other. (And there is a part two!)
‘Zelda & Chill 2GameChops makes a fantastic turn to some classics Zelda tunes. (The “Midna’s Lament” remix is so, so good.) If you like what you hear, you may want to listen to the original “Zelda & Chill. ”
I recently knocked Kidney: Automata, and I could not get the game’s incredible music out of my head. I recently turned to this remix of two of the game’s best songs – the theme of city ruins and the amusement park – by Alex Moukala (a name you might recognize as the origin of the Wii’s Mii Channel’s funky remixes).
If you are familiar with the Person series’s very good music, you might want to give this set of remixes from Courtar a listen.
And if you do not want to sort the many mixes available on YouTube, just turn it on GameChops’s Video Game Study Lounge live stream. (In a ghostly coincidence, I opened it to grab the link, and it plays the “Midna’s Lament” remix I mentioned earlier. The song is just as good!)
Happy listening. And tweet me with any recommendations you have!