Aaron Freed’s Discography

I got sick of linking people directly to the OneDrive folder where I’ve uploaded all my music: it provides almost no information about each release, and its URL is impossible to remember. So here’s a more comprehensive overview with a more memorable URL. Release dates are in ISO format (yyyy-mm-dd, which has the convenient benefit of sorting automatically when entered into a computer file system) when I know the full date. Releases’ names are followed by their length (expressed as h:mm:ss) and TT Dynamic Range Meter scores (higher numbers indicate less dynamic range compression); multi-artist releases also list their contributors (where they don’t number past about thirteen or so).

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Contents

  1. Solo Discography
  2. Multi-Artist Releases
  3. Compilations
  4. As Mastering/Remastering Engineer
    1. Official
    2. Unofficial

Solo Discography

Date Title Type Length DR
1997 Compositions 1993-1997 Album 1:05:17 13
original compositions
These are juvenilia, but I’m still proud of parts of them. Saying this has a 1997 release date might not be strictly accurate, since I went back and revised parts of the arrangements in 2008, but the vast majority of this material dates to the years listed in the title, and all of it was previously released (albeit among a small circle of friends and family members). Most tracks are original compositions, but a few are arrangements of traditional songs, and one, ‘The Colour of Night’, was cowritten with a school friend, Austin Shoemaker.
1997 Marathon Remixes (QuickTime) Remix album 39:35 12
remixes of music by Alexander Seropian
My first remixes of Marathon’s soundtrack are extremely faithful to the OST’s sound and style, adding only reverb, panning, instrument doubling, and occasional other flourishes.
1997 Theme from Marathon Chronicles Single 2:58 12
original compositions
Two different arrangements of a Compositions 1993-1997 track called ‘The Tempest’, used as the theme for my still-unfinished scenario Marathon Chronicles (see YouTube for info).
2014-11-24 Demos 2014 Demo album 52:30 15
original compositions & covers of music by Genesis, Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫), & Johann Pachelbel
Competent piano demos featuring an original composition (‘Love’), arrangements of an excerpt from Genesis’ ‘Supper’s Ready’ and two different Nobuo Uematsu tracks entitled ‘Terra’ (one from Final Fantasy VI, the other from Final Fantasy IX), and two improvisations. Actually, even the original song and covers contain plenty of improvisation.
2021-01-28 Cadence of Hyrule Future Sound Remixes Remix album 1:31:50 12
remixes of music by Kōji Kondo (近藤 浩治), Danny Baranowsky,
FamilyJules7x (Jules Conroy), A_Rival (Alex Esquivel), & Chipzel (Niamh Houston)
Counting DLC, Cadence of Hyrule has up to six different versions of its songs, all with identical tempi and melodies. These remixes weave 17 of its songs into dense, psychedelic listening experiences that are radically different from their sources.
2021-02-03 Marathon QuickTime 2.0 & 2.5 stereo remix Remix album 41:00 12
remixes of music by Alexander Seropian
Marathon’s soundtrack was originally in mono, and the instrument voices changed slightly between QuickTime 2.0 and 2.5. I put 2.0 in the left channel and 2.5 in the right. The result is better than you’d expect. The stereo phasing helps.
2022-12-05 Marathon: Pistol Starts
(See You Starside First Drafts)
Remix album 40:37 12
remixes of music by Alexander Seropian
The first Marathon remixes I did in GarageBand. They’re less faithful in sound than my 1997 remixes (I used ton of retro synth voices, especially the Mellotron), but more stylistically faithful than any of my following mixes, for which these still serve as the basis. ‘Pistol Start’ refers to a form of challenge run done by hitting command-option-new game (ctrl-shift-new game on Windows or Linux); a player must complete a level with the starting loadout of a pistol and three clips, usually on the hardest difficulty.
2022-12-07
to present
See You Starside: Interim Revisions
Violins Again: Rough Drafts
Remix/arrangement
anthology
4:23:42 12
remixes & expanded interpretations of music by Alexander Seropian

Rather than remove old mixes entirely as I supersede them, I’ve simply moved them to this folder so that people can trace their evolution. Dates are listed in ISO format, followed by 24-hour time (00.00 to 23.59). My lack of anything even charitably describable as a sleep schedule may be apparent from these filenames.

As of 2023-01-17, drafts of my orchestral remix project Violins Again and its companion …And Beyond are also found mixed in here – perhaps at some point, it’ll be worth separating them, but for now, there aren’t enough of either to make it worthwhile.

2023-02-04 See You Starside:
The Marathon Soundtrack Reimagined
Arrangement album 1:18:17 13
expanded interpretations of music by Alexander Seropian

What began as an endeavour to remix Marathon’s OST grew into something closer to an arranged album, with 38 minutes of new material. These intricate, dense, yet dynamic mixes are brimming with retro synths, arpeggiation, musical cross-references, reverb, and entirely new instrument parts. See You Starside is Marathon’s OST by way of ’70s progressive rock songwriting and arrangement, ’80s pop production, and ’90s Japanese games’ atmosphere, with secondary influences from genres as disparate as jazz, blues, disco, ambient, post-rock, classical, electronic music, Krautrock, and metal.

YouTube video here. However, I strongly encourage people to use an adblocker for any and all videos on my channel, since YouTube has decided to start running ads that I emphatically do not want on my videos and make absolutely no money from. uBlock Origin seems to work well for this purpose, but I’m sure it’s not the only viable option.

2023-02-04 Violins Again:
An Orchestral Marathon Soundtrack
Arrangement album 1:18:17 13
expanded interpretations of music by Alexander Seropian
While working on See You Starside, I came up with an orchestral version of ‘Rushing’ that didn’t fit into the project, but it was too good to throw aside. There was nothing for it but to make symphonic versions of all sixteen of my arrangements. Some of these are more orchestral than others, but I think they all work pretty well, and it was a fun project. I never really came up with a title for this collection that I actually liked, even after changing it from Ultraviolins (which would’ve been better suited for Doom).
2023-02-04 …And Beyond:
The Marathon Future Symphonic Mixes
Arrangement album 1:18:17 13
expanded interpretations of music by Alexander Seropian
Effectively the Future Sound remixes (see above) of my own arrangements: merge See You Starside with Violins Again, and this is the result. I never came up with a name I liked for this collection either – this one’s an equally feeble pun on Marathon Infinity and Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase.
2023 (WIP) Marathon ComposerCloud+ Mixes Arrangement album 2:59:47 14
expanded interpretations of music by Alexander Seropian

Work-in-progress re-instrumentations of See You Starside, Violins Again, and …And Beyond using Logic Pro and EastWest ComposerCloud+ instruments. On the original releases of those albums, only Violins Again and …And Beyond’s versions of ‘Aliens Again’ and ‘Chomber’ used ComposerCloud+ instruments, and none used Logic Pro. I plan to redo all sixteen tracks of both See You Starside and Violins Again using the ComposerCloud+ instruments, since they have such phenomenal quality, and as powerful as GarageBand is by the standards of a free DAW, Logic Pro is way more powerful.

I’ve also made an ‘Eastern’ version of ‘What About Bob?’. I’ve been considering creating world music-inspired versions of all sixteen tracks, but I’d want to know a lot more about the traditions I’d be working in before committing to it fully.

Many of these tracks are still very much unfinished – in particular, several have major instrument balance problems. I currently plan to create drafts of all three versions of all sixteen tracks, then return and fix imperfections with a less emotionally invested ear. A few tracks (e.g., the ‘Pfhor Trilogy’) are already almost finished, though.

2023 (WIP) Bearing Gifts: Trojan Remixes Arrangement album 1:07:40 14
remixes & expanded interpretations of music by Tom Worth
Arrangements of Tom Worth, John Carlo Maffei, Jason Aguiar, Steve Campbell, & Hamish Sanderson’s OST for the Marathon mod Trojan (1997). I can’t promise that I’ll attempt to do new arrangements of all twenty proper songs from the OST, but I’ll certainly at least do new arrangements of Tom’s ten tracks. As of 2023-04-29, many of these are currently still very early works in progress; only the first two tracks and the last track are really further along than being instrument swaps. The name comes from – what else? – the proverb ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts,’ which of course refers to the Trojan horse. This one, at least, is unlikely to change, as I can’t imagine anyone ever thinking of a better one.
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Multi-Artist Releases

Date Title Type Length DR
2024 (WIP) Eternal X 1.3 OST Game soundtrack 7:26:57 12
Aaron Freed, Dr Craig Hardgrove, wowbobwow, Talashar, wowbobwow, CKT1138, Solar-Tron,
Dan Storm, Matrix_XV, Tommy T-Bone, Nicholas Singer, Trey J. Anderson, & Eike Steffen
featuring compositions by Alexander Seropian, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, & Chris Christodoulou
Forthcoming game soundtrack; I constructed dozens of lengthy medleys for it, many incorporating my own Marathon remixes. Without really planning to, I wound up having more music featured by running time than any other OST contributor, which is probably to be expected when you put a progressive rock fan in charge of a game soundtrack.
2024 (WIP) dungeons presents hellpak: Vol. 2
An Exercise in Questionable Taste
Game soundtrack 7:00:59 12
Matrix_XV, tbcr, CKT1138, Aaron Freed, & NEFX
Forthcoming game soundtrack; I’m working on some remixes of hellpak: Vol. 1 tracks and some original material for it. We haven’t even come close to finalizing the track listing for Vol. 2, and since several of our composers have been so prolific (there are a whopping 115 tracks here, though several are present in multiple versions), a good half of the material currently found here will likely end up on Vol. 3 or even Vol. 4’s soundtracks or be repurposed for other projects.
2024 (WIP) Tempus Irae Redux OST Game soundtrack 2:38:05 11
Alexander Nakarada, Rafael Krux, Kevin MacLeod, Bryan Teoh, Nine Inch Nails,
Brian Boyko, Aaron Freed, Cory King Tucker, Sean Magee, Rich Wilcox, & Fungus Amongus
Contents and even track selection are still potentially subject to change. Tempus Irae Redux entered a closed beta test in October 2023 and will very likely be released in January or February 2024. In addition to mastering the OST, I created a metal remix of Brian Boyko’s “Ambush in Rattlesnake Gulch” for Redux and have made various adjustments to other tracks as needed. (I’m still planning further embellishments to other tracks.)
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Compilations

Date Title Type Length DR
2024 (WIP) Collaborations & Covers Compilation 1:59:48 13
Aaron Freed with Craig Hardgrove, Talashar, Cory King Tucker, & wowbobwow
featuring compositions by Alexander Seropian, Chris Christodoulou, Brian Boyko, & CryoS
My 2023-2024 collaborations with other artists (most of which are standalone mixes of movements of Eternal 1.3’s soundtrack), plus two covers that’ll appear on Tempus Irae Redux and Where Monsters Are in Dreams’ OSTs when they’re released.
2023-09-08
2023-10-26
Selected Works, 2014-2023 (“1-CD” version)
Selected Works, 2014-2023 (2-CD version)
Compilation 1:26:13
2:38:07
14
13
Aaron Freed ft. wowbobwow, Talashar, & Trey J. Anderson
original compositions & arrangements of music by Alexander Seropian, Tom Worth, Brian Boyko, Genesis,
(2 CD only) CryoS, Chris Christodoulou, Kōji Kondo (近藤 浩治), Danny Baranowsky,
FamilyJules7x (Jules Conroy), A_Rival (Alex Esquivel), & Chipzel (Niamh Houston)

I’ve had an incredibly prolific year, so I selected some of my favourite music I’ve made since 2014 for the sake of people who have no idea where to start. I tried to provide a representative overview, so there’s a lot of stylistic variation. The fact that the average track length is over ten minutes is the only thing that isn’t entirely representative, but it also feels appropriate somehow.

I first released this collection on 2023-09-08, featuring detailed liner notes with my commentary on each track. At the time, it featured eight tracks that lasted 1:18:19, which fit on a single redbook audio CD, but after I revised several movements I’d included on it, I updated Selected Works to match, raising its length well past a redbook CD’s 80-minute limit.

Thus, on 2023-10-26, I released an expanded version with fifteen tracks, an altered track order, and work-in-progress liner notes. I’m leaving the “1 CD” version up for those that want a shorter overview, though.

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As Mastering/Remastering Engineer

(I’m not listing my solo work under this, because lol.)

Official Releases

I mastered or remastered the soundtracks used in official releases of the following game mods:

Date Title Type Length DR
2018-12-21 Eternal X 1.2 OST Game soundtrack 1:31:58 12
Dr Craig Hardgrove, Tommy T-Bone, Nicholas Singer, & Eike Steffen
featuring compositions by Alexander Seropian, Martin O’Donnell, & Michael Salvatori
The most acclaimed and popular remixes of Marathon’s soundtrack, three classic mash-ups of Marathon and Halo tracks, and a few bangin’ originals. YouTube video here. Again, I strongly encourage use of an adblocker for videos on my channel, since YouTube is running ads I don’t want on my videos and don’t make any money from.
2020-05-24 Marathon Phoenix OST Game soundtrack 1:38:42 11
Kevin MacLeod & CryoS
Included with Phoenix as of version 1.4, released 2022-01-19. (Phoenix 1.4.1, released 2023-01-05, is the latest release and, per main scenario developer RyokoTK, the final word on this iteration of Phoenix – the next release will feature major overhauls to its content.) YouTube video here (again, please use an adblocker). I also remastered the sounds, which you can get here, along with a remastered version of the theme music.
2021-06-19 Trojan Standalone Edition OST Game soundtrack 1:57:05 15
Tom Worth, John Carlo Maffei, Jason Aguiar, Steve Campbell, & Hamish Sanderson
I remastered these tracks for the Standalone Edition release, though they’re mostly not huge changes from the originals besides having slightly more dynamic range. The biggest change is the inclusion of the credits loop, which I also expanded slightly. (I didn’t credit myself for this.) YouTube video here (yet again, please use an adblocker); the credits loop and ‘Archangael Death’ are omitted for the sake of pacing. My biggest contribution to the Standalone Edition by far was to the sounds, all of which I remastered. This easily took me 20+ hours, and the only acknowledgement I got was a ‘thanks’; my contributions to the game weren’t mentioned anywhere in the credits. I’m still annoyed about this.
2022-09-19 dungeons presents hellpak: Vol. 1
Not Recommended by Doctors
Game soundtrack 2:03:46 12
tbcr, Matrix_XV, CKT1138, & NEFX
The official soundtrack, including ten tracks not used in the game. Each track has unique artwork generated with Midjourney. I strongly recommend watching the YouTube video (with an adblocker) to get the full experience.
2023 (WIP) dungeons presents hellpak: Vol. 1
Not Recommended by Doctors
DLC
Multi-artist anthology 54:35 11
Matrix_XV, tbcr, & CKT1138
Technically not a soundtrack, but it’ll be an official release once we finalise it. It contains remixes and demos of Vol. 1 tracks, plus standalone versions of tracks with gapless transitions on the OST.
2024 (WIP) dungeons presents hellpak: Vol. 2
An Exercise in Questionable Taste
Game soundtrack 7:00:59 12
Matrix_XV, tbcr, CKT1138, Aaron Freed, & NEFX
We haven’t even begun to consider the song order yet, so these aren’t tagged with song numbers. Around half of these songs will likely be cut from the final release, though many of those will probably be held over for Vol. 3 or even Vol. 4. The remainder will probably make it into other projects in some form.
2024 (WIP) Tempus Irae Redux OST Game soundtrack 2:38:05 11
Alexander Nakarada, Rafael Krux, Kevin MacLeod, Bryan Teoh, Nine Inch Nails,
Brian Boyko, Aaron Freed, Cory King Tucker, Sean Magee, Rich Wilcox, & Fungus Amongus
Contents and even track selection are still potentially subject to change. Tempus Irae Redux entered a closed beta test in October 2023 and will very likely be released in January or February 2024.
2024 (WIP) Eternal X 1.3 OST Game soundtrack 7:26:57 12
Aaron Freed, Dr Craig Hardgrove, wowbobwow, Talashar, wowbobwow, CKT1138, Solar-Tron,
Dan Storm, Matrix_XV, Tommy T-Bone, Nicholas Singer, Trey J. Anderson, & Eike Steffen
featuring compositions by Alexander Seropian, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, & Chris Christodoulou
1.3 is still under construction; at the current pace, it’ll probably be finished in 2024. The OST is now massive, thanks to new work from several new contributors (including me) and even two old ones. Each level (besides four brief interludes) now has unique music averaging (as of 2023-04-29) eight minutes in length – so if players avoid dying, they’ll hear very little repetition of music as they progress through the game. The OST’s varied musical styles also make it an even more dynamic listening experience.
2024 (WIP) Collaborations & Covers Compilation 1:59:48 13
Aaron Freed with Craig Hardgrove, Talashar, Cory King Tucker, & wowbobwow
featuring compositions by Alexander Seropian, Chris Christodoulou, Brian Boyko, & CryoS
My 2023-2024 collaborations with other artists (most of which are standalone mixes of movements of Eternal 1.3’s soundtrack), plus two covers that’ll appear on Tempus Irae Redux and Where Monsters Are in Dreams’ OSTs when they’re released.
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Unofficial

I’ve remastered several free soundtracks and game remix albums. These are presumably still copyrighted by their respective creators, but as they were free releases, my hope is that their creators won’t mind me linking my remasters of their work here. (In a few specific cases, I’ve attempted unsuccessfully to get in touch with the creators.) Unfortunately, I don’t have a release date for the M2SE, but it seems to have been released sometime around 2006. I’ve listed them in what I believe to be rough chronological order. I’ve also included a huge OverClocked ReMix collection at the bottom that includes (currently) two lengthy tracks (namely CarboHydroM’s A Link to the Past medley and Prince uf Darkness’ ‘Prancing Dad’) that aren’t part of any albums.

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