MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes

Menu and start music themes set the tone for the beginnings of most games. They are not unlike appetizers or amuse bouches: a taste for what’s to come. For many people, these opening themes, along with their respective title cards, trigger a greater sense of nostalgia, in much the same way that smells activate older memories. All of these themes are composed and designed with a sense of beginning, acting as gateways towards something bigger. This album would be a celebration of, not only the memories these games hold, but also their function from a design perspective.

Specifically, we want to encapsulate the feeling when you first played a game, be it playing a video game for the very first time or picking up any game for the first time ever, and falling in love with it. Every video game fan had to start their appreciation somewhere, and that feeling is what binds our community together. By drawing from Materia Collective’s community of musical members during this album’s production, we hope to show not only how video games connect and inspire us all, but also pay homage to video games as a medium. We’re proud to present this album as a compilation of a remarkable set of remixes and unique covers of opening theme music from video games.

Track List & Credits

MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes was made possible by the following individuals:

: Album Producer
: Performing Artist
: Album Producer
: Album Producer
: Mentor, Special Thanks
: Special Thanks
: Marketing
: Mastering Engineer (SELECT disc)
: Mentor
: Executive Producer
: Mastering Engineer (START disc)
: Mentor
Disc 1
1Katamari on the Symphony (from "Katamari Damacy")4:59
: Track Producer, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, Mixing Engineer, Lyric Adaption
: Tuba
: Vocals (Tenor), Cello
: Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Backup)
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Tenor Saxophone
: Bass, Vocals (Boy Band)
: Trombone, Bass
: Vocals (Boy Band), Bass
: Piccolo
: Vocals (Solo)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Drum Set
: Vocals (Tenor), Vocals (Boy Band), Trumpet
: Horns
: Vocals (Alto)
: Clarinet
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Alto)
: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Acoustic Guitar
Michael Gebhart: Bassoon
: Bass Guitar
: Vocals (Boy Band)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Alto)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Electric Guitar
: Bass Trombone
: Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, Percussion (Bongos)
: Flute
2Super Deluxe Grand Prix 64 (from "Mario Kart 64")4:40
: Track Producer, Arranger, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone
: Tuba
: Percussion
: Guitar
3Wily's Mysterious Freaking Intro (from "Mega Man 2")1:56
: Guitars, Bass, Percussion (Programmed), Vocals
: Percussion (Programmed), Synth, Track Producer, Mixing Engineer
4Break Out (from "Ape Escape")2:19
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
5Dragón de samba y l'espada de luz (from "Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon")4:53
: Track Producer, Arranger, Piano, Percussion (Programmed Drums), Percussion (Auxiliary)
: Trombone
: Percussion (Auxiliary)
: Trumpet
: Bass
: Alto Saxophone
: Trumpet (Solo)
: Trumpet
: Tenor saxophone
: Tenor saxophone
: Alto Saxophone
: Mixing Engineer
: Guitar
: Baritone Saxophone
6Stardew Valley Overture3:57
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Strings (Samples)
: Harp
7Made of Happiness (from "The Sims 3")2:04
: Track Producer, Arranger, Tuba
: Track Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Kazoo
: Recorder, Percussion (Glockenspiel)
: Whistle, Percussion (Triangle), Percussion (Bongos), Percussion (Cowbell)
: Trombone
: Octavina, Laud, Bandurria
: Mixing Engineer
: Kazoo, Slide Whistle
: Otamatone, Vocals
: Recorder
: Guitalele
: Kazoo, Vocals
: Vocals, Violin (II)
: Percussion (Shakers), Kazoo
: Harmonica
: Ukulele
: Violin (I)
: Percussion (Xylophone), Recorder
: Boom Sticks
: Sharker, Kazoo, Percussion (Sleigh-Bell), Percussion (Blocks)
8Until the Very End (from "Mass Effect: Andromeda")4:39
Lazerwolph: Track Producer
Lazerwolph: Guitar, Bass, Percussion (Drums), Percussion (Synth Programming), Mixing Engineer
9Chaosium Sword (from "Ninja Gaiden II")2:28
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
10Reel 'Em In, Boys! (from "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag")3:13
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
11Until Dawn (from "Final Fantasy XIII")4:05
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Lyrics
: Clarinet, Flute
: Vocals, Lyrics
: French Horn
: Violin
12Chronometric Dimension Shifter (from "Chrono Trigger")3:18
: Track Producer, Mixing Engineer, Violin
13Doki Doki Literature Club! (from "Doki Doki Literature Club")3:55
: Track Producer, Arranger, Bandurria, Laud, Octavina, Bass Guitar, Piano, Melodica, Percussion (Programmed Drums)
: Tuba
: Theremin, Trombone
: Harp
: Tenor Sax
: Mixing Engineer
: Melodica, Viola
Keandrin Dick: Cello
: Acoustic Guitar
: Otamatone, Violin
: Soprano Sax, Clarinet
: Glitch Sound Design
: Electric Guitar
Tia Rose Maxfield: Voice
Xale CA Slusser: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Bassoon
14Choose Your Player! (from "Super Smash Bros. Melee")3:42
: Track Producer, Arranger, Orchestration
: Tuba
: Violin (I), Violin (II), Viola
Damien Nguyen: English Horn
: French Horn
: Bass Trombone
: Percussion (Timpani), Percussion (Cymbals), Percussion (Triangle), Percussion (Tubular Bells), Percussion (Celesta)
: Piccolo, Flute
: Harp
: Trumpet, Mixing Engineer
: French Horn
: French Horn
: Clarinet
: Double Bass
: Trombone
Xale CA Slusser: Oboe, Bassoon, Percussion (Snare Drum)
15Motherless (from "Horizon Zero Dawn")3:05
: Track Producer, Arranger, VST Programming
16Title (from "Mega Man 3")2:54
: Track Producer, Arranger, Guitar
17Main Title (from "Deus Ex")2:36
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
18L'ouverture Tactice (from "Final Fantasy Tactics")3:31
: Track Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synth, VST Programming, Lyrics
: Tuba
: Vocals (Solo)
19Kirby Dreaming (from "Kirby's Dream Land")1:54
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Guitar, Bass
20The Adventures of Cuphead and Mugman (from "Cuphead")4:43
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Trombone (I), Trombone (II), Vocals (Baritone)
: Tuba
: Vocals (Bass)
: Percussion (Vibraphone)
: Narration
: Trumpet (I), Trumpet (II), Vocals (Tenor)
: String Bass
: Alto Saxophone (I), Alto Saxophone (II)
: Vocals (Lead)
21Geralt of Rivia (from "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt")3:33
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Cello, Vocals, Flute
22The Axiom (from "Axiom Verge")4:06
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Percussion (Vibraphone)
23Dragonborn (from "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim")4:05
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Trumpet, Horn
: Tuba
: Horn, Trombone
: Horn
: Euphonium
: Trumpet
: Bass Trombone
24Title Theme (from "Diddy Kong Racing")1:20
: Track Producer, Arranger
25Belmont Overture (from "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse")3:41
: Track Producer, Arranger, Flute
: Tuba
: Piano
: Clarinet
Hat: Trumpet
: Viola
: Clarinet
: French Horn
Joshua Kaplan (OpenHeartSound): Bass Guitar
: Percussion
: Trumpet
: Violin
: Electric Guitar
: Flute
26When You're With Me (A Sunny Day) (from "Nekojishi")4:56
: Track Producer, Mixing Engineer, Lyrics, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Percussion (Drumset), Electronics
Disc 2
1Opening Movie (from "Vagrant Story")1:36
: Track Producer, Mixing Engineer, Arranger
: Tuba
: Vocals (Soprano)
: Violin, Viola, Double Bass
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Bass), Vocals (Tenor)
: Percussion (Bongo Drum), Percussion (Conga), Percussion (Djembe)
: Bandurria, Electric Bass, Kulintang, Laud, Octavina
: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute
: Harp
: Bodhrán
: Vocals (Tenor), Horn, Trumpet
: Horn
: Vocals (Alto), Flute, Vocals (Soprano)
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano)
: Percussion (Bamboo Drum), Percussion (Coconuts), Percussion (Shaker), Percussion (Timba), Vocals (Tenor)
: Bass, Wailing
: Clarinet
: Vocals (Alto), Vocals (Soprano), Vocals (Wailing)
: Violin
: Piano
Xale CA Slusser: Percussion (Windchimes), Percussion (Bass Drum), Basson, Percussion (Cymbals), Percussion (Glockenspiel), Oboe, Percussion (Tambourine), Percussion (Timpani), Percussion (Triangle)
: Flute
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Vocals (Tenor)
2File Select (from "Super Mario 64")3:57
: Track Producer, Arranger, Piano
: Guitar, Bass
3Tale of the Star Rod (from "Paper Mario")4:05
: Track Producer, Arranger
: Vocals (Bass)
Chris Doughtry: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Tenor)
: Mixing Engineer, Track Producer
: Vocals (Lead)
4Wishes To Relax & Study To (from "Final Fantasy XIII-2")4:26
: Track Producer, Arranger
5WAKE UP (from "Minecraft")4:54
: Track Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Lyricist, Recording, Mixing Engineer, Talkboxer
6A Place to Call Home (from "Final Fantasy IX")3:04
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
Mai Yishan: Flute
Xale CA Slusser: Bassoon, Harpsichord
7Florence's Lullaby (from "Florence")1:47
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
: Violin, Viola
: Double Bass
Xale CA Slusser (XKN Studios): Engraving
8Recall the Heroes: An Overwatch Fanfare (from "Overwatch")2:28
: Tuba
: Track Producer, Arranger, Tuba
: Horn
: Flugelhorn
: Bass Trombone
9Reign of the Septims (from "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion")1:53
: Arranger, Viola
: Track Producer, Guitar
10Crimson Lunar Dream (from "Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight")3:36
: Track Producer, Arranger
: Tuba
: Percussion
: Mixing Engineer
: Electric Violin
11Dragon Wings (from "Dragon Age: Inquisition")4:59
: Track Producer, Arranger, Flute, Alto Flute
: Bass Flute
: Flute, Mixing Engineer
12Aurora's Theme (from "Child of Light") (Growing Up Sucks Remix)4:30
: Track Producer, Arranger
13Fever Dream (from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D")4:58
: Track Producer, Arranger
14Postcard from Celeste Mountain (from "Celeste")3:14
: Track Producer, Arranger
15Myst Theme1:45
: Track Producer, Arranger, Synth, Mixing Engineer
: Synth (Additional)
16Concert Paraphrase on "Select Theme" (from "Star Fox 64")5:25
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer
17Space Cruise (from "FTL: Faster Than Light")4:45
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Piano, Keyboards
: Guitar
18The Red Strings Club (from "The Red Strings Club")4:45
: Track Producer, Arranger, Electric Bass
Carlos Eine: Tenor saxophone
: Drum Set
: Alto flute
: Trumpet
: Piano, Guitar, Mixing Engineer
19Out Into The Frontier (from "SaGa Frontier")4:47
: Track Producer, Arranger
20Limbo4:05
: Track Producer, Arranger, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals, Mixing Engineer
: Tuba
: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
: Vocals
: Flugelhorn, Vocals
: Horn
: Violin
: Vocals
: Bass Trombone
21Twenty Years (from "Shardlight")5:00
: Track Producer, Arranger
22Lost Verse - Shadowlord (from "NieR")4:52
: Track Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Vocals
: Violin (II), Viola
: Vocals
: Vocals
: Vocals
: Vocals
Ruby Toung (credited as purpleschala): Piano
Xale CA Slusser: Vocals
23Somnus (from "Final Fantasy XV")2:41
: Track Producer, Arranger, Vocals
: Tuba
: Trombone
: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
: Brass Quintet
24Waterside (from "Blue Dragon")4:49
: Track Producer, Arranger
: Vocals (Soprano II), Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass)
: Vocals (Baritone), Vocals (Bass)
: Sheet Music Engraver
: Mixing Engineer
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II), Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II), Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II)
: Vocals (Soprano II), Vocals (Soprano I)
: Vocals (Baritone)
: Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
25Bob, Let the Plant Go (from "Yoshi's Story")3:31
: Track Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Accordion
26The Dawn of Twilight (from "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess")3:38
: Track Producer, Arranger
: Track Producer, Vocals (Tenor II), Arranger, Vocals (Bass I)
: Vocals (Tenor I)
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II)
: Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II), Vocals (Bass I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Bass I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Bass I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Alto II), Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II)
: Vocals (Tenor I), Vocals (Tenor II), Vocals (Bass I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Tenor I)
Jonathan Balcewitz: Vocals (Tenor I)
: Vocals (Tenor II)
: Vocals (Alto I)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II), Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Bass I)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II)
: Vocals (Tenor II), Vocals (Bass I)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II)
: Vocals (Tenor II), Vocals (Bass I)
: Vocals (Soprano I), Vocals (Soprano II), Vocals (Alto I), Vocals (Alto II)
: Vocals (Bass I), Vocals (Bass II)
: Vocals (Alto II), Vocals (Soprano I)
: Lyrics, Vocals (Tenor I)

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