And we're back.
It's been a busy week for Audio File Friday, but after today it can rest for a while. Now that we're back on our regular schedule, another week at least.
A while back I did a piece on Hideo, the one of a kind theatrical concert showcasing music from Japanese anime and video games weaved together with an original storyline.
I'm even in it. At the time the Hideo crew had just released its first album, Songs From the Shiny Mug, featuring three of of the show's songs plus a bonus track.
The next big Hideo performance is less than a month away, this time Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on November 5th. Team Hideo is hard at work preparing for the revamped program, which features new music, an expanded storyline, and more.
As the clock ticks until the big show finally goes up one Team Hideo member, going by the name Pushing Reality, decided to give the show's fans something special.
Pushing Reality, also known as Stephen Escobedo, is the sound designer and digital instrumentalist for the show. A fellow Cal Poly grad, he teamed up with Hideo creator Blair Baker to help fully realize the world of the show.
Earlier this week he surprised the entire Hideo gang with a Pushing Reality remix of one of the show's most popular numbers: Canta Per Me (from anime series Noir.)
From the official Hideo blog:
Ever since we hit the studio to cut our debut EP, I've had an idea that's stewed quite some time in my head. After waiting around to get the original session tracks from the studio, the idea turned into a secret project that certain Hideo members weren't even aware of until a few weeks ago. Today, I'd like to share this little secret with you all.
If you've been following along, I've mentioned before that I've recorded and produced material under the name Pushing Reality. Pushing Reality was born out of a remix competition a long time ago, and I've had a fondness ever since for reinterpreting material in addition to creating my own original tracks. After the studio sessions, I caught Gary trying to learn the cello part of Canta Per Me on the piano at a rehearsal. Yasean was helping out but was using his electric guitar, rather than his acoustic, to play the rhythm guitar part. Enter me joining in by dialing in a backing beat on my iPad and the inspiration for this idea was born. Throw in a retro Nintendo throwback sound and... well, just listen for yourself!
It's an impressive remix, taking the already phenomenal Canta Per Me and taking it two totally different yet complimentary directions. First the song goes digital with Gameboy-beats and then some truly impressive electric guitar solos get weaved in somewhere in the middle. Two things that probably shouldn't go together are brought together here seamlessly. And that's really in the spirit of Hideo: creating something new by bringing together a bunch of things that one wouldn't expect.
And the best part is, it's a completely free download! That's right; completely free!
But that's not all Pushing Reality has to offer. As Stephen mentioned he's been producing music under this name for quite some time.
Here's a personal favorite of mine, titled Help Me I Am In Hell:
And another, titled Beside You In Time.
You can check out all of Pushing Reality's work at his official Soundcloud.
And you can now check out Team Hideo's shiny new Bandcamp, where you can download the Canta Per Me remix as well as the original Songs From the Shiny Mug album.
Be absolutely sure to grab your Hideo Concert tickets if you're in the San Luis Obispo area or just want to make the trek to see the show. I promise you it'll be worth it.
And not just because I'm in it. Save the date: November 5th! It's a spectacular show and this year's production will be even bigger than the last, which was already pretty hefty.
Enjoy this sweet Canta Per Me remix, grab your Hideo tickets, and I'll catch you guys back here
tomorrow next week.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.