Track ripper extraordinaire of the imaginary video game kingdom.
It’s possible that you’re reading this thinking, “Okayyyy, uh Kicks? You can dig up
rare TiddlyWikis and out-of-the-way neo-cities, but you’re just discovering
SiIvaGunner??” Hey, I’m sorry! I don’t know who is reading this or what anyone
knows or what’s IMPORTANT OKKKK!!
Let me start by saying that I’ve been asking around in kid circles - and it’s
not unlikely that they know SiIvaGunner. HOWEVER. They don’t really know
SiIvaGunner - they often have just heard the video game soundtrack “rips” -
high quality rips - posted to the YouTube channel. And they uncritically
accept them - videos such as “Horse Race (Extended Mix) - The Legend of Zelda:
Ocarina of Time” - as nothing more
than high quality rips.
Of course, if you happen to continue down the SiIvaGunner storyline - which is
easy to do, since a dozen new videos might appear each day - you can end up at
videos like: “Main Theme (Anniversary Edition) - Wii Shop
Channel” or “Title Theme &
Ending - 7 GRAND DAD”. A “rip” can
be a mashup, a remix, a medley, mixed-up sentences - stuff like
Of course, the channel has fought through several takedowns over the past six
years - since it purports to be unironically infringing copyright and distributing
unedited tracks. (A cover story which plays into its “fake out” strategy.)
Anyway, SiIvaGunner isn’t a single person. There are about 300 active
contributors - more
than 900 people having contributed to the catalog.
So this is obviously a deep well to try to dive into with a massive Discord
channel and wiki and network of YouTube and Twitter accounts, regular
livestreams and ARG events. I think my
favorite place to point people is the
GilvaSunner Bandcamp page, which regularly
releases new compilations assembled by the collective.
There is a wider “high quality rips” scene - like
CrystalForce is a great example I
recently stumbled into.
If you’re interested in more backstory, look for interviews with Chaze the Chat.