Grado Labs and Plogue Present


Kaleidoscope Remix Contest

Contest period: March 15th — April 30th, 2015

Submissions are closed. Thanks for participating!

Famicom legend and composer of the original Ninja Gaiden game, Keiji Yamagishi, released his first-ever solo album in February to high praise from critics and fans alike. Retro-Active Pt. 1 saw Yamagishi dabble in a remarkable fusion of chiptunes and modern sounds, introducing live guitar and Vocaloid to his music compositions for the first time.

Brave Wave is collaborating with two incredible sponsors, headphone masters Grado Labs and plug-in creators Plogue to hold a remix competition for the disco-infused Kaleidoscope, a collaboration track between Keiji Yamagishi and Mega Man's very own Manami Matsumae. The two legendary composers co-wrote this track together, and now it's your chance to join the club and make it your own.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

Grado PS500e Professional Series headphones

chipsounds audio plugin by Plogue

  1. Their winning remix released on the upcoming Keiji Yamagishi remix album Retro-Active Pt. 1 REMIXED, alongside Chipzel (of Super Hexagon), ABSRDST (of Nest HQ) and others. Your remix will be professionally mastered by our award-winning Swiss engineer Dan Suter.
  2. Grado PS500e Professional Series headphones. Open air, dynamic cans. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York City. Comes with a special letter of authenticity from Grado Labs, signed by CEO and owner John Grado, his son Jonathan Grado, and the musician Keiji Yamagishi. (Approximate value: USD 600)
  3. Three audio plugins from Plogue: chipsounds, chipcrusher, and chipspeech. Used by Keiji Yamagishi himself in the Retro-Active albums. (Approximate value: USD 230)
  4.  A ¥30,000 (JPY) cash reward.

All contestants will be personally heard and judged by a special committee formed by Brave Wave, including the composer Keiji Yamagishi!

Step 1: Read the rules

Please make sure to read the official rules below prior to joining the competition. You agree that submission of an entry in the contest constitutes agreement to the official rules.

Step 2: Listen to the original and get the stems

Note: Submissions are closed, therefore the stems have been removed. Any stems created for the purpose of this competition must not be used for any other commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Step 3: Submit your remix

Submissions are closed. Thanks for participating!


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[A] chiptunes album that sounds like an alternate dimension soundtrack to the best NES game that never existed.
— Laura Hudson, Boing Boing
Totally fantastic. ... [M]uch more sophisticated and expansive elaborations on the old 8-bit style he helped pioneer.
— Mario Aguilar, Gizmodo
[A] breezy, exciting, absolutely wonderful album that fans of classic games will definitely dig.
— Andrew Webster, The Verge
Never in my life have I been more able to justify the concept of purchasing music than with this album.
— Glenntai, Chiptunes=Win