St.GIGA radio, just a month before the Satellaview…

So it seems I haven’t gotten around to search “St.GIGA” on NicoNicoDouga in a while. That’s not good!

I tried a few days ago, and a set of uploads from last July caught my attention. Once again, someone uploaded a large chunk of St.GIGA satellite radio archival. So large, in fact, that I’m only gonna put the first portion here for now, and link the rest.

St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (1/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (2/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (3/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (4/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (5/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (6/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (7/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (8/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (9/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (10/11)
St.GIGA 音の潮流 – Sunday Love Sanctuary 1995.03.26 (11/11)

Whew, that’s a lot of linking!

One very interesting thing about these is the date stamp on these… March 26th, 1995? The Satellaview’s launch was on April 23rd of that very year, so this is just a bit less than a month beforehand. This is particularly interesting when you remember from the earlier Famitsu scans that the Satellaview had a delay.

The Satellaview marked a dramatic shift between the seemingly “doing it for the art” 24/7 neo-ambience St.GIGA and the Nintendo-era St.GIGA that tried to attract a more mainstream audience with it’s mix of popular music and videogame content. How well prepared was either side? I recall reading on Japanese Wikipedia than the fans of “Tide of Sound” didn’t take too well to the drastic re-imagining of their Satellite Radio station, although it doesn’t seem like there were that many of said fans if the Satellaview years were indeed St.GIGA’s peak…

St.GIGA as a whole is probably just as important to preserve as the Satellaview itself, being it’s… well… Mother? Father? Considering how BS-X resembles Earthbound, I’ll go with “Mother”. There, that’s my pun for this post! … Oh dear, I just compared Nintendo and St.GIGA’s relationship to a rocky, doomed marriage, didn’t I…?


5 Comments »

  1. ChronoMoogle said,

    September 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Interesting read, I didn’t know that St. Giga was not going mainstream before the Satellaview years… Also, those ambient mixes are a real pleasure to listen to!

  2. Kiddo said,

    September 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I posted a few articles around St.GIGA radio pre-Satellaview before. Did you not check them out?

    Course, they’re fairly similar to this one, all things considered.

    You should probably read up about “Tide of Sound” in particular. They had a very unique and interesting approach to their broadcasting.

  3. ChronoMoogle said,

    September 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    To be fair, I pretty much only cared about the Satellaview games and related radio programs so far, so I skipped reading them. :( I will probably get back to them for a little re-education.

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