"I never had Super Nintendo as a teenager because it was expensive in Russia. So, like everyone else here I was a SEGA kid. Ecco the Dolphin was one of the first games I had along with Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing, NBA Jam, and Mortal Kombat, and man did I suck at it. Aside from The Lagoon which is one of the first levels, I never heard the tunes we covered while playing.
Fast forward 12 years: it's 2007 and I've just discovered the “new” exciting music niche: VGM covers. After having listened to Minibosses and The Advantage extensively I started looking for other bands and found the album "Everything You Know Is Wrong" by This Place Is Haunted. Second track in, the Ecco The Dolphin medley is blowing my mind. Woooah man, you can cover not only Nintendo but Sega too! To be honest, that medley was sloppily performed, recorded, and mixed but it had good energy and will always have a special place in my heart (<3 u Peat & Mike, TPIH 4LYF).
When Ian asked us to take part in the project, I really wanted to re-cover that TPIH medley. Alas, all the songs were claimed, so we settled on others that actually fit our style better. We're paying tribute to Pink Floyd and Chromelodeon, the bands that influenced both of us greatly. Also, Alex Liss, my favorite guitar player in this scene, agreed to blow our minds with a solo."
— Mikhail Ivanov
"Mikhail’s got me beat: I’ve never played the game at all, and probably wouldn’t have been interested in covering the songs if Mikhail wasn’t so gung-ho about it. I had a lot of fun putting this track together, though. It was a pretty fun challenge to create the sound effects we littered throughout this song in Famitracker, and I’m glad for the opportunity to imitate my favorite bands of all time.
I can’t emphasize enough how honored I am to have one of my musical heroes from the VGM scene contribute a guitar solo to one of our songs. Alexander’s solo is so grate, my jaw still hits the floor every single time I hear it. Thanks a bunch, dude, and thanks to Ian and everyone else on this album for putting this project together."
— Jeffrey Roberts
from SOUND WAVES: A Tribute to Ecco the Dolphin
released January 3, 2016
Performed by Marshall Art
◦ Mikhail Ivanov – Guitars, Effects
◦ Jeffrey Roberts – NES Chiptunes, Effects
◦ Alexander Liss – Guitar
Arrangement by Marshall Art
Mixing by Jeffrey Roberts
Based on "Time Travel", "Jurassic Beach", and "The Lagoon" from Ecco the Dolphin (Sega Genesis), Composed by Spencer Nilsen, András Magyari, and Brian Coburn