A music label dedicated to exploring the interplay between video games, music, and nostalgia
Brave Wave produces, publishes and releases music albums and soundtracks for video games and about video games, as well as music by famous video game composers exploring new genres and solo ventures.
Brave Wave's composers hail from the most renowned and beloved video game franchises and companies, blending a multitude of styles under one roof. The label produces music that fits any desired niche in the entire spectrum of musical styles, and is known for skillfully managing projects to completion, be it solo albums, compilations, or soundtracks.
Notable artists (full list available here):
Street Fighter II, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy
Metal Gear Solid 4, Bayonetta, Yakuza 2, Ace Combat
Mega Man, Shovel Knight, Mighty No. 9
Ninja Gaiden, Captain Tsubasa, Dynasy Warriors
Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox Adventures, Yooka Laylee
Panzer Dragoon Saga, NiGHTS into Dreams, Crimson Dragon
KOEI TECMO GAMES
YACHT CLUB GAMES
I've been working at Brave Wave since 2013 as both an Associate Director and Sound/Mixing Engineer. As Associate Director I've been responsible for the following:
Release planning, production and scheduling
A&R (Artists and Repertoire)
Admin & events
Development & supervision of Generation Series brand
Various design duties (Branding and Identity, Naming)
As a Sound Engineer I worked on almost all of Brave Wave's projects. I mixed and/or co-produced many of their albums and sometimes contributed original songs or remixes to their compilation albums under the alias Monomirror.
For their Generation Series (a brand of releases that strives for complete, definitive collections of remastered cult video game soundtracks, in collaboration with the original composers, developers and publishers) I developed unique methods for the recording, restoration and remastering of classic soundtracks from arcade boards and vintage storage media. The releases in question have led to widespread critical acclaim for the label as well as an appearance on the American Billboard charts.
For more details about my work on various notable Brave Wave projects, please refer to the respective items in my portfolio.
Game Music's New Canon: The How and Why of Brave Wave (US Gamer)
Label Profile: Brave Wave (Bandcamp)
Annual Game Music Awards 2017: Outstanding Achievement — Record Label (VGM Online)