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Rob Kovacs Rediscovers Buried Treasure In Long-Lost Game Music


For every classic NES video game that we all remember, like Castlevania, Zelda and Super Mario, there are literally hundreds that have fallen into obscurity. Pianist, composer and arranger Rob Kovacs is on a mission to bring these long-lost treasures to a new audience with his note-for-note piano transcriptions of themes from obscure games like The Adventures of Lolo, Arkista's Ring and Marble Madness. As he told me, he's become a sort of musical archeologist, and it's been exciting to rediscover music from the very early days of Nintendo's history. 

Rob's not completely stuck in the past, though. He's currently working on the soundtrack for the VR space flight game Straylight. He says his music is built around his classic Prophet 5 analog synthesizer from the late 1970s with its iconic sounds. 


Videos of Rob's performances of classic NES themes are on YouTube, with even more available on his https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As9UT6uEO8o">Patreon. And he has plans to release his Straylight soundtrack this summer.

Episode tracklist

All arrangements by Rob Kovacs

Hideki Kanazashi: Adventures of Lolo: Ending Theme

Kenichi Matsubara: Castlevania: Bloody Tears

Shizura Okamura: Arkista's Ring: Boss Theme

Brad Fuller: Marble Madness: Practice Race; Intermediate Race

Rob Kovacs: Straylight: Straylight 4; Straylight Theme

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Thanks to Dick Roberts for production assistance

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kate Remington joined WSHU in December of 2000, and she's been WSHU's Music Director since 2002.
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