Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 Music Album Announced

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Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 cover art

Scarlet Moon Records has announced Shadow Spirits Vol. 1, an original chiptune album featuring music inspired by the soundtracks of classic 8- and 16-bit RPGs. The music is all composed by Cody Carpenter and Mark Day, primarily using the Commodore SID sound chip.

There will be a wide range of music on the album, with tunes inspired by the general styles seen in RPGs, such as town music, battle themes, event music, and more. There are currently three tunes available to listen on the album’s Bandcamp page, titled Scarlet Warrior, Echoes, and Small Town. The album can also be pre-ordered there for $10 USD, and releases on April 24.

You can find full information on Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 in Scarlet Moon Records’ press release below:

Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 on Bandcamp

SAN DIEGO – April 17, 2018 – Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to present Shadow Spirits Vol. 1, an explosive electronic/chiptune soundtrack experience by electronic artists Cody Carpenter and Mark Day. Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 features all original music that is heavily inspired by classic 8- and 16-bit RPGs, weaving its own musical tale through pumping battle tracks, jovial town themes, and heart-rending emotional cues that follow a young samurai’s journey. Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order and will be available wherever digital music is sold starting on April 24, 2018:

Shadow Spirits Vol. 1 Pre-Order on Bandcamp

“Initially we were going to do a 4 track EP,” explains Mark Day. “But the tracks came out so well we decided a full album would be better. I suggested a classic RPG concept as I love the music of Nobuo Uematsu and Hiroki Kikuta and had recently played Final Fantasy VII. I arranged Cody’s pieces along with the pieces I had written using the Commodore SID chip for most sounds and a little Juno 106 here and there for warmth.”

“I wrote the original versions of these tracks exclusively with the NES chipset,” adds Cody Carpenter. “I then passed it over to Mark to arrange into the finished product. We were both inspired by classic game music, with myself also taking a lot of inspiration from the work of Vince DiCola.”

About Cody Carpenter

Cody Carpenter is a third generation musician. His father, John Carpenter, is a director and composer and his mother, Adrienne Barbeau, is a star of film, television and the Broadway stage. His grandfather, Howard Carpenter, was a founding member of the Nashville Strings.

Cody was introduced to his first musical instrument around the age of three and has been playing and composing original music since. In addition to contributing music for two of his father’s films, Vampires (1998) and Ghosts of Mars (2001), Carpenter composed and performed the full-length score for “Cigarette Burns” and “Pro-Life” in Showtime’s Masters of Horror (2005) movie series.

Cody co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the acclaimed Lost Themes (2015) and Lost Themes II (2016) with his father and Daniel Davies. In 2016 and 2017 Cody toured North America and Europe with his father and a 6-piece band, performing material from both Lost Themes albums and his father’s films.

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Follow Cody Carpenter on Twitter and Facebook

About Mark Day

Mark Day is a musician that has composed soundtracks for popular videogame releases like Diner Dash and Championship Manager as well as for indie games like Aqua Kitty. The latter’s soundtrack was listed among TwoDashStash’s “Top Ten Best Indie Game Soundtracks of All Time.”

Beyond videogame soundtracks, Mark has also developed tracks used in some of television’s most watched shows, like BBC’s Top GearThe Apprentice and Sky Sports’ Sky Sports Football.

Learn more:

Follow Mark Day on Twitter and SoundCloud

About Scarlet Moon Records

Scarlet Moon Records has been releasing original game soundtracks and unique arrangement albums since 2013. Working with composer and musicians around the globe to publish soundtracks that publishers have no interest in releasing and also working with that same global talent to produce refreshing arrangement albums with our their unique spin. They’re best known for their flagship album series, Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies.

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About Chris Melchin

Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. He's a fighting game player, with a focus on BlazBlue and Under Night In-Birth games. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Persona 5, and Little Busters. He started watching anime in high school, and his favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also writes Vocaloid music for his personal YouTube channel, and has a (slight) obsession with Megurine Luka.