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video game music thread
discuss past/present favourites


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#1 Guest_chax_*

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 03:41 AM

Inspired by the "what got you into music" thread, I decided to expand on the video game music discussion. There's some real classic electronic music contained in old videogames, and probably lots of things people haven't heard. I'm not really into chiptunes, or listen to that kind of 8bit style at all, but that kind of discussion would be good too. Also someone posted some sonic/michael jackson remixes a while back which I thought was awesome but haven't been able to find it again.

Some of the best videogame music I've heard was from a PC game in 1993 called SkyRoads, and it was actually a huge technical error that somehow made the music better than how it was originally created.

All music (except intro which was done by Hasso Brück) was produced on an Amiga computer back then using program called Oktalyzer. First all FM sounds were converted to samples, then tunes were produced, and later note data from module was used just to play back ordinary FM sounds.

Because of the FM to sample conversion, the music sounded quite different at the time of producing compared to actual game. Some instruments just sounded completely different, especially percussions. Best example is Road 5, where in game version percussions can’t be heard at all, making it completely different tune altogether. Also for some weird reason game versions sound half tone higher.


You can listen to it here. I find road 3, road 6 and road 8 of the in game FM to be the best, but they are all GREAT songs.

Edited by chax, 17 October 2009 - 03:44 AM.


#2 Mesh Gear Fox

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    not even going to read the thread lmao but check this out →

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 03:49 AM

me and my friend covered the doom theme because doom is the best game ever.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:17 AM



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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:24 AM

ZELDA



Majora's Mask has some wicked music, especially during the second and third day when the fucking moon is falling! Shits gets creepy as hell


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlP1t8XX_1Q

Edited by verticalhold, 17 October 2009 - 04:24 AM.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:42 AM

I have Streets Of Rage 3 on my phone at the mo, absolutely amazing I honestly do not understand the bad rep it gets sometimes.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 05:23 AM

this is very slightly jazzband

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 05:44 AM



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Posted 17 October 2009 - 05:47 AM




Edited by parteE, 17 October 2009 - 05:49 AM.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:12 AM

Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger and good old Faxanadu.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:33 AM



Tim Follin is a KING!

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:05 PM

METROID -

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The Metroid Renaissance EP

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:14 PM



Sounds fucking amazing for a MOS 6581.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 04:37 PM

Chaos Theory :)

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:26 PM

obviously dubstep artists are inspired by Dan Forden of Mortal Kombat 2 -




and my personal favorites the really early Mortal Kombat music entirely done with FM synthesis.


even later when Mortal Kombat 4 was just entirely hard drive/cdaudio based music it still was pretty damn good

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:30 PM

Chaos Theory's soundtrack is really good

I used to play The New Tetris, a N64 tetris game, it had a soundtrack by this guy Neil D. Voss who has also done soundtracks for other games (Tetrisphere, another tetris-based game, and some GBA racing game that was sort of obscure); here's a song from the game:



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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:35 PM

Castlevania IV and Contra 3, 2 of the most beautiful 16-bit console games ever created




edit: hah! i just realized how identical looking those covers are to each other, never noticed it before

Edited by Awepittance, 17 October 2009 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:50 PM

ecco the dolphin.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 07:29 PM

I'm a huge fan of Rob Hubbard's music, most SID music, Gradius soundtracks, OutRun!!, F-Zero, PILOTWINGS for SNES, Turrican Music, Sonic 1 & 2 Music, Rez Soundtrack.

As for more recent music, Super Mario Galaxy, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Okami, Super Monkey Ball 2, Chibi Robo, Pixel Junk Eden.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 07:41 PM

jazz jackrabbit music

i couldn't embed for some reason

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 04:18 AM

ecco the dolphin.


If we're talking the PC version then YES! Amazing and sometimes epic (see Open Ocean). Fuck me, the game is one of my all time favourites too, what an original concept for a game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDqa_8CX4Dc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiTe-D-Xi_w
^that one works better in the games context really.

As mentioned, Streets of Rage 3 has amazing music and easily the BEST in the series, why everyone rates 2 higher I'll never know. Frankly it's a mystery to me how these sounds were achieved from the Mega Drive/Genesis. Here's some highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li6ve507X3c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJzVlisqhVc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tIpUfYVQJM
^ One of my favourite tunes ever and my all time favourite bassline. God damn.

Rocket Knight Adventures had some delightful, colourful music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jYFekmLdUs

And of course the first 3 Sonic games are home to some of the best music in videogames

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSKgprdDRTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LYB7iLZNWE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo_4R17gYSY
Melodic, well paced, awesome.

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Ecco the Dolphin is by the brilliant Tim Follin who I already mentioned. Tim Follin was known for doing way more with the limited abilities of the early consoles than any one else. I also use to have a bunch of Neil D. Voss tracks, not sure where they are on my hard drive any more though. (I think it was tetrisphere)

I also def. agree on Rob Hubbard.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:10 AM

Spencer Nilsen did the Sega CD and PC soundtracks to Ecco.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 03:29 PM

Rocket Knight Adventures had some delightful, colourful music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jYFekmLdUs


YES