Monday, March 24, 2014


An update from LMH fan activities:

Somebody opted for “Would even pay more to support the LMH.” on the current survey and it wasn’t me. That’s great. Unfortunately though, further activities by users have sort of dropped below Rob’s waistline and can be found alongside the monster in his pocket. (Fair enough, this one was far-fetched.) Only 5 people participated in the survey which sort of makes me feel a little insecure about bulk producing LMH shirts.

On the other hand I got an (unsigned) email from the LMH mail account which says that if "an RPG kinda guy" was made into a shirt, it should definitely have Rob's face on it. This is obviously what we would have done anyway what with Rob always going on and on about his Secret of Mana playthrough experiences and how he loves talking to a bunch of villagers for hours.

On the pro side a user with the nick JHA approached me with a cool idea. He suggested making a fan-podcast. I’m not exactly sure about the format of such a show but in his opinion some fans could get together (via Skype perhaps?) and do some sort of LMH-tribute show. Maybe present some VGM tunes? He even offered to take care of the technical stuff and editing!

I think that’s a great idea and I want to thank JHA for this contribution.

So whoever is interested in such a thing, speak up. Perhaps we can get something up and running here. I listen to other podcasts and some of them regularly include guest speakers via Skype. It’s not brilliant but it works well enough.

JHA, I am willing to contribute as much as I can from where I am. Joining the cast might be somewhat tricky due to the time difference. But perhaps I can support with setup and organizational issues, setting up a blog or site, you name it. And if recording the podcast is going to take place during your wee hours I might even join in. What do YOU think about a tribute podcast? Let us know in the comment section or via mail.

Best, Markus

Monday, March 17, 2014

LEVEL 9 ("Golf Games and women's underwear" aka. "Elevator Music")

I just re-listened to episode 54 “Elevator Music 2” which begins with the guys telling us that user Gabe Castro (?) had sent over a copy of Earthbound (“hardcore nice move”) and which is obviously brilliant since it deals with one of Brent’s favorite topics. While listening, I had two ideas:

First, totally add Gabe’s podcast to this page’s blogroll and ask Gabe if he wants to join us in the quest for bringing back / worshipping the LMH.

Second, discuss how use of the term “elevatory” indicates the podcasts ingenuity.

The first task is already done so here is what I have to say about the use of the term elevatory: The LMH hosts are unbiased and do not succumb to mainstream attitudes towards muzak – which unfortunately is generally associated with having “simple melodies” (see the Wikipedia article on ‘elevator music’) or being “simplistic, crude, and lacking in artistic merit” (see ‘muzak’ in urban dictionary). Though I perfectly know that the sources quoted above are not reputable according to academic standards, they both demonstrate some sort of popular belief. And that is that ‘elevator music is bad music’ (whatever ‘bad’ is supposed to mean). Still Rob and Brent explore this genre to the max by admitting affection for the specific musical quality of the tracks in question. They open the listener's ear to material which otherwise would have not been heard due to prejudices and quick judgments. Brent even uses the term ‘elevatory’ as a label for cues which are particularly noteworthy and of distinguished quality. Being elevatory makes a song special and definitely makes it good. More than once Brent mentions that music being elevatory is a good thing. Several of the show’s episodes deal with this specific topic and the label is used in many of the other episodes to depict music which according to the hosts is particularly good.

So the show dos not just praise music which is generated by 8- and 16-bit synthesizer chips without the use of any “real instruments” or “live performances” (attributes which for most self-appointed music experts are imperative to make ‘good’ music), it even worships a musical genre which is widely regarded as being bad, boring or at least simplistic. Still the hosts manage to discuss the tracks at length, give musically sound explanations of their compositional structures and (at least in my case) make the listener appreciate their specific musical quality.

I cannot think of any popular radio station which even tries to analyze the latest Beyonce or Eminem product as thoroughly and still manages to be entertaining while doing it. The LMH-podcast and especially the episodes dealing with “Elevator Music” make an effort to properly explore with impressive theoretical insight the roots of great music by thoroughly examining how it is made.

So besides the fact that “elevatory” is a must have in a list of great LMH one-liners (and possibly worth a shirt design) it can also be used to ask you, fellow users, for your opinion about the elevator genre. Do you like it? Did being introduced to the notion that muzak can be a good thing change the way you ride elevators, wait for phone operators or stroll along shopping mall alleys? State your opinion in the comments section and honor Brent’s favorite musical genre by upping the Google hits for the term “elevatory” in a musical context.

Thanks, Markus

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


User activity was kinda slow which I hope was not due to my “heartbreaking“/whiny story in “Level 7”.

Anyways, we received a nice comment from user keyglyph (Level 1) who not just made a few good suggestions on how to improve the investment/jam ratio per (hypothetic) future episode but who also officially volunteered to be head of the LMH-merchandising department by suggesting cool one-liners from the show to go on the front of potential shirts/mugs/storefronts.

So keyglyph, here is your chance! Step up, do some designing and put it here for users to vote for. If your design wins, LMH-fans all over the world will have the chance to wear your idea as a shirt. How cool is that?

To keyglyph’s collection of timeless one-liners from the show:

- "the street fighter influence"
- "an RPG kinda guy"
- "pound for pound"
- "a situational situation"

I’d like to add:

- “it’s jam”
- “so you think you can street fighter”
- “I beat this game”


- “like a breeding machine” (this one came from Rob in one of the New Age episodes and it was related to some relaxing but also disturbing track from Mario Paint as far as I can remember)

Hey! Why don’t we collect the coolest one-liners from the show here on the blog? Just punch them in the comments section and I’ll collect them for a future post.

That’s it for today, CU, Markus

Sunday, March 9, 2014


This one is about how I missed my once in a lifetime chance to be live on the show.

In Mai 2012, I got married to my lovely wife Sara. On the 22nd of September of the same year we took a flight to Los Angeles. It was our honeymoon. On Sunday, the 23rd, the 100th episode of the Legacy Music Hour was recorded live at the Nerdmelt Theater and Brent and Rob had kindly invited fans to show up and hang around while they record the show. (Not a party, just a recording. Probably pretty boring, if you’re not a fan of the show or interested in video game music.)

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I had a change to be at a live recording of my favorite podcast.


We live in Germany and have never been to the USA before. Probably won’t be there for a long time since both time and money are limited and the world is a huge place. The recording took place on day 1 of our trip. We had just travelled for a little more than 25 hours. What complicated the matter further was the fact that the wife is not interested at all in video game music or the Legacy Music Hour podcast. And that’s totally OK since diversity keeps a relationship going and I wouldn’t want her to be into exactly the same stuff as myself. Would be (again) rather boring, wouldn’t it?
Well in this case I wouldn’t have minded a little boredom if it meant hanging with my VGM heroes and having the love of my live enjoy it with me. The thing is though: When you are so far away from the action as, say, Germany, the opportunity to be in the audience of the Legacy Music hour podcast is as likely as being an extra in the next Star Wars Movie or having a BBQ with Barack Obama. It’s just damn unlikely. I mean what are the odds that they are having their one singular public recording event during my three week stay on another continent which I booked half a year in advance?

Instead, we went to a place called Santa Monica Pier that day and an unknown road called Mulholland Drive and it was great and we both loved it. To be honest I didn’t even ask her to go to the recording. It was just such a fantastic experience to be in this great country which played such an important role for me during my whole life that I didn’t really want to sit in a recording studio for a couple of hours even though this was the LMH and everything. The sun was shining and I wanted to spend the day with my wife. Off-VGM. Off-LMH. Just on reality.

But deep down when I listen to episode 100 and I hear members of the audience being allowed to join the conversation I get this weird feeling…

Thanks, Markus

PS: Check out the new survey!

Friday, March 7, 2014


Here’s the summary of what happened in the last couple of days. Preview: I received an email from Brent!

But first of all I eventually switched the setting for the blog to English. Sorry for the German stuff. I thought it would do the (Rob F.) Switching automatically if you access from the US. Kinda thought it would be like 2014 or something. Whatever.

Facts and figures: 16 people voted for the 1 Dollar thingy so far! 486 visitors to the blog in general.

Then: Famous user Family Jules (mentioned in several episodes by Brent and/or Rob) wrote a comment promoting his Retro Relapse Podcast ( which I had not yet had time to listen to but which seems to be VGM oriented and thus worth a try. Check it out. Perhaps it can appease the urge for the real thing.

I just listened to episode 147 “Golf Games” again and was reminded that (besides the fact that LMH is jam) the guys sometimes mention a user Nick who apparently helped Brent to find information about the tracks. Who is this Nick? Does he know about this rescue mission? Can he help us? Whoever has the inside scoop, please speak up.

What about the other users who made it into the LMH hall of fame? Sentimental? Gabe? Ed? These are just some of the names that came to mind. Please don’t be sad if I didn’t mention you, special user. Speak up instead and support the cause.

So finally: Brent’s mail. I had asked about three main points:

Funding, Merchandise and how we can support non-LMH projects.

He basically answered as follows (I don’t want to copy paste what he wrote since this was a private conversation):

The pay-per-episode thing is not going to work since the main issue is (as we already know) time, not money. So we may cease activities in that direction. This also means that I am going to quit the current survey about the 1 Dollar funding and replace it with something else. He as well (as was already pointed out by user pendaflux) mentioned the donate-button on the LMH site and said that they would still be glad to accept donations.

About the merchandise, Brent said that it’s fine with them “if one of the users wants to design shirts or whatever”. He explained that a possible solution would be one of the users dealing with the selling and shipping and donating surplus income (if any) to the LMH.

Finally he mentioned his comedy album “Mostly Live” which can be purchased from his website or via iTunes ( I don’t have it yet but totally gonna buy it asap.

There we go fellow users. No obstacles for “Mission Merchandise”. As far as I understood it, we can design stuff ourselves, sell it and thereby make money to donate to the LMH. I’m still not sure about using the trademark LMH-logo, though.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Since I asked for users’ stories on how they got into contact with the LMH and what’s their individual love story, I figured I might as well start with providing this info myself.

I think I accidentally stumbled upon the podcast while browsing the Nerdist website after having listened to my very first podcast ever (The Tenacious D interview in April 2012). I knew nothing about 8- and 16- bit music to this point. Later I found out that I already possessed copies of the soundtracks for Donkey Kong Country I and II by The Wise One since I loved the games when I was a kid and collect soundtracks for a long time now. Further I didn’t know how great podcasts can be and how they were going to enrich my everyday life from then on.

LEGACY MUSIC HOUR did sound cool and I liked the artwork so I took a look. I think, but I’m not sure about it, that the very first episode I listened to was episode 65, “Water and Underwater”. I was like “Whoa, these guys literally listen to this ‘old-school beeps and blips music’?” I was such a fool back then. Shortly after I had listened to most of the LMH-stuff that was on the Nerdist page (as far as I can remember, the show didn’t cross the 100 Episode threshold yet) and I wondered, why there was no material before episode 63. I even wrote a quemment on one of the episodes asking for earlier stuff. I didn’t really get the fact that they had their own website (although they mention it only like EVERY episode). Eventually I found out about and started to listen to all the episodes again, this time in chronological order. I was absolutely bedazzled by the quality of the production, the amount of care and detail that went into the fabrication of each episode and tracklist as well as the continuity with which they managed to release a new episode each week.

Over the course of the last two years, this podcast accompanied me with every trip I took (holidays as well as groceries), every sports activity I undertook (to quote the guys quoting one of you users: “Racing-music is good for running”) and I even listened to new episodes during work because I was too eager to know what’s up. Simultaneously to the new episodes, I listened my way through the back-catalogue several times, always astonished how I missed stuff earlier, always discovering more interesting facts about the music as well as Brent and Rob.

And the personal stuff between Brent and Rob is another thing that makes the podcast so great. They don’t artificially try to be funny or particularly entertaining aside from the entertainment that comes from the musical aspects of the show. This makes the jokes and anecdotes even more funny and entertaining when they come up naturally. Brent’s story about how he skipped school to play a game he rented then carried the level-password around in his purse for years just to lose it again shortly before re-acquiring the game was both funny and entertaining. And the story-arc revolving around Rob’s marital situation with him going from announcing his wedding on the show to getting divorced and then mentioning some possible reunion in the very last episode feels more real, more gripping than any cliffhanger-ridden television show.

Further the guest stars on the show ranking from top-composers to comedians and VG-icons like Nathan Barnatt/Keith Apicary indicated the growing popularity and importance of the podcast in the realm of video games as well as music in general.

But first of all it was the great music that kept me listening on and on. What I initially thought of as ‘old-school beeps and blips music’ turned out to be a great addition to my already existing love for (mainly film-) soundtracks. Some composers ended up being in my continuous playlist permanently (especially Kazuo Hanzawa and David Wise) and I realized how carefully these tracks were composed as well as how difficult it was to create music with such severe hardware restrictions.

Thanks to the Legacy Music Hour I got into composing synthetic music myself (using Caustic for Android which allows the use of synthesizers such as the legendary FM-Synth – thanks to Brent’s hardware insights!) some of which is going to be used in an up-coming iOS mobile game.

So this is my story. I’d love you guys to share yours. What are your thoughts and feelings about the show? As mentioned earlier, feel free to send texts via email to guest post on this blog.

Thanks, Markus

Monday, March 3, 2014


Hi there!

Pretty much stuff going on in the comments section of Level 1. Users griffin and You Eight It! kind of support Brent and Rob’s timeout, hoping for stuff to happen when they have re-gathered strength. Fair enough, but definitely not a reason to cease fan activity on this site. Please be reminded of the call for user-stories in Level 3 (Revenge of Columns) and send in guest posts whenever you like.

User Alan Scott promoted the “Patreon” thing again but I still had no time to check it out. Is this something, the LMH has to set up, or can one of the users (perhaps Alan Scott himself or me) do it for them?

Already 12 people have opted to pay 1 Dollar for each new episode of the LMH, so financing is not a thing made up out of thin air, especially taking into consideration the number of unreported cases (who clicks on a survey anyhow?).

User griffin further seconds the idea of LMH-merchandise. So here is another call for help:

- Who can come up with a great t-shirt or sticker design?
- Who knows a place to have them done (in small numbers at first with the possibility to re-order stuff later) and shipped?

Brent, Rob – I’m sure you’re reading this! ;-) – or somebody with insight into the copyright/trademark situation: How does this work in a case like this? Can people use new material which is modelled after the stuff which is to be found on the LMH website (like the logo)? Or does it have to be like all official stuff and only the LMH CEOs can do stuff like sell tees with their logo?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to earn a single dollar for myself here. The stuff would only be created to support the cause. Any surplus money would go straight to the LMH funding account (which still has to be created, I suppose?)

As you can see, there is a lot we can do and even more to take into consideration. Keep on bringing them comments and opinions, partake in the survey, comment on the LMH FB-page, do whatever you can to support this quest for The Return of the Legacy Music Hour.

User pendaflux mentioned the Switch’s new podcast and I have to admit, that I was not yet familiar with it. Shame on me. But I obviously am going to instantly subscribe to it and tune in. So if you want to check it out, you will find it on and I added it to this blog’s blogroll. As for Brent’s other stuff besides the LMH, (which is mostly comedy and totally hilarious!), check out or just search for him on YouTube.

Thanks, Markus

Saturday, March 1, 2014

LEVEL 3 (Revenge of Columns)

Wow, thanks to the LMH people posting this blog’s first entry on their FB-site, the comments section of Level 1 just went through the roof!

People seem to be ecstatic about the thought of LMH making mixtapes available, somebody came up with a clever suggestion concerning the funding thematic (‘Patreon’ was suggested, which I didn’t know yet, but which I am totally gonna check out) and the person who was on the show as a guest (perhaps Michael from episode 148, but I’m not sure) wrote a longer comment about how the boys’ schedule is all like crammed and doesn’t allow podcasting even if they wanted to.

This is awesome and a great success for the cause since it shows that there are actually users out there who don’t just read this and say to themselves “Yeah, good idea bringing back the show but fuck you, I’m not gonna write a comment or contribute in any way since you know, like, meh. Right?” but who are willing to write a comment and use their precious time to think about LMH-related stuff.

Further, already 8 [sic!] people have participated in the little survey and it turns out, all of them clicked “Totally dude!” which is another little success story on it’s own.

Yesterday I came up with three fun ways to show the users’ eagerness and the strength of the LMH-fandom. My idea is to open up the blog for guest posts, so if any of y’all might wanna say something in the form of a primary blog entry instead of just some comment down there, you can send your post to me via mail and I’m totally gonna upload it asap as a guest post (only if pro LMH obviously).

So here is what I have in mind might work as a guest post:

1. Fan art. You created something which can be uploaded on this site and relates to the LMH? Cartoon/Drawing/Podcast/Video/Powerpoint/LMH-VINE/etc.? Keep it coming. It’s gonne be up there for the world to see.

2. Your first-contact story. How did you encounter the show? Which was your first episode? Why did you go on listening?

3. Share your (reason to) love. What is it in your opinion, that makes the show great and justifies/makes totally necessary a continuation?