Game music of the day: The OneUps

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

April 5, 2010

Games: Metroid and Final Fantasy VI

Songs: Title screen and Terra's Theme

Composers: The OneUps

This week I wanted to stray slightly from game-specific audio and instead highlight a handful of videogame-minded bands that consistently impress the hell out of me. Chief among them is today's spotlight, The OneUps, who I saw play in a tiny Missouri video store in 2005 and have since gone on to be featured performers at PAX Prime.

As with any live performance, the video cannot do the band justice. The group is extremely versatile, talented and easily the most proficient and professional-looking game band I've seen in person. Headed by a man who calls himself Mustin, the group has sold more than 10,000 CDs and brought a sense of class to game bands - most others are hard-rockin' electric guitar, so it's nice to have an option with some strings... and maybe a little sax.

Could you ever fathom a day and age where a crowd cheers to a sax-heavy rendition of NES DuckTales music? It makes my heart melt. If you only attend one game show or convention a year, you MUST make it to a PAX concert. As a lifelong fan of game music, I can safely say there's nothing else like it. Other bands have concerts, sure, but that many people crammed in one room united by a love of VGM is something that's only possible during a nerdvana like PAX.

Check out the OneUps either on their own site or by downloading their songs off iTunes or Amazon.


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"Time's Scar" by Yasunori Mitsuda


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"Planet Earth" by an unknown artist


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"Control Station" by Norgate, Kirkhope, Beanland


  • markshell - April 8, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    They are going to release a full Super Mario Kart album soon and from what I've heard so far it's going to be awesome. They are amazing musicians
  • philipshaw - April 6, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    They seem like a great band. I will check out their stuff on iTunes
  • alexcook - April 6, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    Awesome! My best friend is the sax player in this band. I've been to a few of their small events, and they're awesome live. Shameless plug I guess, but the 13 minute and change grand finale at one event of Dancing Mad from the Final Fantasy games still gives me shivers.
  • 510BrotherPanda - April 5, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    These articles give me a musical mind boner every time, great jorb Brett.
  • elpurplemonkey - April 5, 2010 10 p.m.

    Pretty cool band. After reading this article I checked out a bunch of their work on youtube and yes, they seem incredibly classy. Good work Brelston, keep it up.
  • k1ng94 - April 5, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    I really like the direction the site has been going since the update. These "Game music of the day" articles are great.
  • ventanger - April 5, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    This is a Scooby snack for the auditory senses, a regular musical ear biscuit.

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