Some longtime readers will see this name and find it somewhat familiar. The deja vu is not unwarranted; I have actually written an ode to this person before. As a result, this might be somewhat redundant, so I’ll do what I can to supply new information concerning his streams primarily.
As the October train of follows continued, one particular channel stood out among the rest. Unlike other channels on Twitch, this one did not have anything to prove before I hit that “Follow” button, and I did so the moment it came to mind. “Of course I should follow him, I’ve been doing so on YouTube for years!”
Introducing GameAndSound. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)
As a brief reminder, Game & Sound/GameAndSound is a musician who covers notable video game tracks. While generally Nintendo-based, he’s covered a wide variety of franchises throughout gaming history, such as Mortal Kombat, Mega Man, The Secret of Monkey Island, Street Fighter, and more. His track list has been slowly expanding for several years now, with the 16th marking the seven-year anniversary of his first YouTube upload.
Today is not the day to talk about his YouTube uploads, however. For this post, we’re diving into the world of Twitch and what he provides with it. Generally speaking, it’s a whole lot of technical music stuff that is, frankly, pretty foreign to me. Lots of mixing and settings and onscreen combobulation that seems very advanced. He’s been doing it for several years, so I trust he knows what he’s doing. Or if he doesn’t, he bluffs pretty well.
Musically speaking, I’m not what you would call an “expert” on the subject. GameAndSound is only one of two primarily music streamers on the platform I follow, with the other more keen on covering mainstream music. You could call it a Yin and Yang situation, where one satisfies the needs of the populace while the other covers the cravings of the niche. GameAndSound is two things rolled into one: great musical capability mixed with nostalgic, captivating game tracks.
If one were to tune in to one of his streams, it’s highly likely that he’d be arranging a remaster of one of his prior tracks. When you make music for so long, you’re bound to gain a lot of perspective for the creative process. Per his own words, he goes back to remaster his old tracks so as to make them more tolerable on the ears. Something about them being so loud that it muddies the quality. And after listening to a few streams then going back to listen to the old upload, it’s easy to hear the difference!
On occasion, he will also stream games on his channel, though this is fairly rare. Offhand, I believe he’s streamed Resident Evil 8(?), Sekiro, and Monster Hunter World, so if you fancy yourself some gritty action games, he’s into them, too. Otherwise, 98% music.
Plus, if it were to ever occur that you check out his snazzy YouTube channel and instantly fall in love with his content (as you should), his streams are a good place to get some early access on new music. I was present during the making of his recent tracks on Animal Crossing, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong Country, and a couple medleys done for the recent VGM CONline. While they didn’t quite reflect the final product in full, it was really cool to be able to see the process done live.
The man behind the game… and sound… is also a very pleasant person. Perhaps a tad guarded at the absolute worst, he’s always seemed appreciative of the attention he receives and the viewers that stick around. More than that, the passion he shows for the craft is certainly something to gawk at. All that technical jargon and a keen sense of hearing allows him to really perfect the quality of his sound. Being able to see him pick apart his own stuff on the fly is sufficiently entertaining.
I’ve written at length about the effectiveness of his covers before, and that still goes without saying. It’s just icing on the proverbial cake that he’s also a solid stream host. Following him despite the lack of streams I frequented never ended up being a mistake, and he’s still one of the longest follows I have on the platform.
If any of this has made you interested, I would highly encourage checking out GameAndSound on Twitch. You can also check out his songs—remastered and original—on Spotify.
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