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Title: Video game music!
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2022, 11:26:37 AM
I'm sure this topic has been brought many a-time before but video game music is one of my favourite genres of music ever. Is it a genre? Fuck knows but I love it and no joking it makes me more nostalgic than actual music of my time.

Thanks to khinsider I have been able to download dozens of game soundtracks and lets do some favourite game soundtracks and composers innit? So, off the top of my head and in no order:

Composers:

Nobuo Uematsu,
Harry Gregson Williams
Graeme Norgate
Akira Yamaoka
Jesper Kyd
Koji Kondo
Mick Gordon

Best game soundtracks:

Super Mario 64 (https://youtu.be/pYAjvWCVkH0)
Ocarina of Time (https://youtu.be/0hEYvdMoF2g)
Undertale (https://youtu.be/2TgO-tN5wAM)
FF IX (https://youtu.be/mh9w_7yKNHI) and VIII (https://youtu.be/2H2b7JkHtTw)
Lost Odyssey (https://youtu.be/Ywzw9cHTrDk)
Killer Instinct (https://youtu.be/v4EOwbV2KlM)
Street Fighter II (https://youtu.be/-14W5XTqL5U)
Resident Evil 2 (https://youtu.be/Nm6nEwD4SF4) and 3 (https://youtu.be/0KqffiEc3zk)
Time Crisis (https://youtu.be/zEIXUb97duM)
Silent Hill 1 (https://youtu.be/mdqNshgDwtQ) and 2 (https://youtu.be/6LB7LZZGpkw)
Max Payne (https://youtu.be/XD8oDbknxDE)
Metal Gear (https://youtu.be/t4SHQSSeib4), 2 (https://youtu.be/matq6G5jgyE), Solid (https://youtu.be/Qaf6nVMP2HA) and Snake Eater (https://youtu.be/4pqgYgLGELU)
Mass Effect 2 (https://youtu.be/Do1WOIBPmcA)
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (https://youtu.be/xKefFnIDbd8)

Obviously this list isnt exhaustive but you will notice that, with the exception of Undertale and perhaps Mass Effect 2, these are all very old games. I noticed that maybe with the rapid increase in graphical capability to create an atmosphere, that music might not be as important as it used to be. Skyrim has a very bombastic, sweeping orchestral sound that is quite nice but I am unsure if it'd be a favourite of mine. Bastion has good tunes as well.

Anyway, let me know your picks!
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 25, 2022, 11:40:50 AM
I really like David Wise's soundtrack for Donkey Kong Country 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaB-S7Df8mw).

Also Jamie Christopherson really elevated Metal Gear Rising (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3472Q6kvg0) with his music.
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Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2022, 11:53:46 AM
Yes! Totally neglected Metal Gear Rising, that power/speed metal electro stuff is perfect. A good modern example of a game's soundtrack setting the tone
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Post by: ImmaculateClump on May 25, 2022, 11:57:29 AM
Shmups have the best soundtracks

Get this up your lug holes!


Pretty much all of Eschatos


Muchi Muchi Pork stage 1 always cheers me up :D

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Post by: AngryGazelle on May 25, 2022, 11:58:28 AM
The Last of Us parts 1 and 2 have beautiful soundtracks.

Hotline Miami is another one I find really memorable.
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Post by: Poobum on May 25, 2022, 12:11:14 PM

Entire soundtrack from the Black Mesa mod is brilliant. Album is on Bandcamp, one of faves probably ever.
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 25, 2022, 12:48:05 PM

Ian Gillan provides vocals for Blue Dragon's boss theme. I didn't really like the game, but the music was good.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on May 25, 2022, 12:56:36 PM
The intro music to (the original) Final Fantasy VII is incredibly evocative for me - I'd barely played games except Champ Manager in some years, but I'd sprained my ankle at uni and a friend lent me their PS1 plus FF7 to keep me occupied over a weekend. Something about that music grabbed me right away to the point I sat and listened to the whole piece.
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Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 25, 2022, 01:03:17 PM
My disdain for From Software and their one game is well documented (by me) but I can not and will not deny that the music is spectacular.

The music from the first levels of Super Marios 1-3 are my go to whistling tunes. Mario 2 is particularly good:
I can just imagine that playing at a Summer party, attended by Jeeves and Wooster.

More classics:
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Post by: Dark Sexy Dangerous on May 25, 2022, 01:58:26 PM
I love Uematsu's soundtracks for Final Fantasy I-IX, but I can only enjoy them in their original formats. For me, there's just something deeper and more profound about the 'low-grade' OSVs than the arrangements for live instruments, which border on the bland and syrupy-sweet at times.



I know this is my brain telling me the former is better because I grew up with the PS1 sound chip.
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Post by: The Crumb on May 25, 2022, 02:01:03 PM
Okami had a brilliant soundtrack



Also SoTC, I particularly love the foreboding music before fights kick off

Mass Effect's galaxy map music is pretty perfect, still evokes the feeling of potential in having all those planets to explore.
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Post by: Dark Sexy Dangerous on May 25, 2022, 03:16:12 PM
EarthBound has an amazing soundtrack. Delightfully strange, dark, funny and bittersweet, like the game itself, and contains a huge range of musical quotations, samples, allusions and influences (Frank Zappa, The Beatles/John Lennon, Van Dyke Parks, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Can, Todd Rundgren and Esquivel!, among others). Worth checking out all the extended mixes you can find on YouTube.

Relaxing Earthbound/Mother 2 Music (Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka)


EarthBound - Snowman (Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka)


EarthBound - The Place (The Cave of the Past) (Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka)


Probably the most relaxing boss music you'll ever hear:

EarthBound - Sanctuary Guardian (Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka)


Which was a remix of one of the Mother 1 battle themes:


More rather lovely (eerie/ominous/relaxing) soundtracks. Tomb Raider - Main Theme (Nathan McCree)


Ridge Racer Type 4 - Lucid Rhythms (Tetsukazu Nakanishi)


Silent Hill 3 - Save Theme (Akira Yamaoka)


Ape Escape - Time Station (Soichi Terada)


Resident Evil - Save Room (Masami Ueda)

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Poobum on May 25, 2022, 03:33:34 PM
Halo has a great soundtrack. The music in the back to back levels Gravemind and Uprising is such good musical storytelling; it evokes the melancholy of a thousands year old empire of shared culture and believe tearing itself apart. I loved the Covenant, such a brilliant antagonist.
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Post by: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 04:08:02 PM
I love the theme tune to Monkey Island 2 (Amiga version) - it always struck me as oddly melancholic for such a silly game, something compounded by that cliffhanger ending.


The Yakuza series has great music throughout, but my faves so far are "An Outlaw's Lullaby", a mad jazz tune that's fantastic fun to fight to...


...and this sleazy number, "Try to Have Some Fun For Me!!", that accompanies the cabaret club minigame in 0.


Actually, because someone will inevitably bring it up, there's also this corker, "As You Like", which plays when you're dressing up your cabaret hostesses (I know...).


The Flashback menu screen music on the Amiga always seemed impossibly epic, although in retrospect it's just that one bit ascending for about a minute.


And of course, how can we forget the bizarrely chilled and catchy RoboCop theme on the Game Boy?


Or the best Tetris music ever, from the same machine:

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Zetetic on May 25, 2022, 04:11:18 PM
Highfleet's is very much in a specific line, but it's tied up so well with the world and the rest of the sound design:


(And yet I believe it mostly predates the game, rather than being composed for it. I even wonder if the music inspired much of the setting...)

(Edit: Quite suited to Vagrus, where the included music is quite nothingy IIRC, along with the album it was originally from (https://aylahn.bandcamp.com/album/ilju-svarsas).)
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 04:20:43 PM
Quote from: Dark Sexy Dangerous on May 25, 2022, 03:16:12 PMSilent Hill 3 - Save Theme (Akira Yamaoka)


Good call. Most of the Silent Hill 2 soundtrack is similarly great eerie ambient stuff, but because I'm a basic bitch, my favourite is the guitar-led "Theme of Laura":

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2022, 04:25:57 PM
Yeah my two links were the title themes of both 1 and 2 for Silent Hill, but their general ambient music is pure horror, the former being pure industrial mulch and gore sounds, and the latter being trippy and psychologically fucked.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 04:37:12 PM
Oops, sorry @bgmnts! I missed that in there.
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Post by: Pink Gregory on May 25, 2022, 04:39:08 PM
Dungeon of the Endless, a game I love but don't play enough

FTL

FF8, this is the tune that plays in Timber, intensely wrapped up in nostalgia but evocative to say the least, impressive for midi instruments as well
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Zetetic on May 25, 2022, 04:50:30 PM
Paradise Killer (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=93345.0)'s soundtrack is fairly integral to its atmosphere, and I love the silliness of both the title theme:


and, I guess, its B-side:


Any other examples where the lyrics are about the game? (I even wonder if the above are meant to. sort of, be from the perspective of Lady Love-Dies or maybe Lydia. They definitely feel like music that could be of the setting, not just the game - same as with Highfleet, I guess.)

(Edit: I suppose Dandelion's dogshit in the Witcher games.)
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Poobum on May 25, 2022, 04:51:48 PM
God, being reminded how much I love FF8 and how I have no time to replay it again.
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 25, 2022, 04:56:46 PM

Could never get into the game, but the opening for Wild Arms is lovely.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: bgmnts on May 25, 2022, 05:48:00 PM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 04:37:12 PMOops, sorry @bgmnts! I missed that in there.

Nah it's good to know other people rate it!
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Post by: Clownbaby on May 25, 2022, 05:55:40 PM
I have always loved all of the music from Crash Bandicoot 1. They arsed it up with the N Sane trilogy, getting rid of the unexpectedly eerie sparseness and ditching key atmospheric sound effects. The music from the other 2 original Crash games never came close to the first one I think.

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL453FC8D567281DB6 (https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL453FC8D567281DB6)

I've had the Resident Evil 7 save room music creeping into my head a lot lately. Very nice.


Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Pink Gregory on May 25, 2022, 06:45:20 PM
Quote from: Poobum on May 25, 2022, 04:51:48 PMGod, being reminded how much I love FF8 and how I have no time to replay it again.

I've watched the Kim Justice video series (twice) more times than I've finished it (none)
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Post by: beanheadmcginty on May 25, 2022, 07:04:00 PM
Fury of the Furries "Lagoon" on the Amiga (so soothing):

Hired Guns character select screen on the Amiga (so funky):

Tetris on the C64 (shits all over the later Nintendo version and somehow goes on for 25 minutes without repeating. How did that fit in 64K?):
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Post by: ImmaculateClump on May 25, 2022, 07:49:31 PM
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 25, 2022, 08:11:31 PM

The Silver Surfer soundtrack is maybe one of the best on the NES.
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Post by: Poobum on May 25, 2022, 08:20:44 PM
Love the music in Shovel Knight. Love Shovel Knight. Liked Spectre Knight but was too shit at the others, so gave up.

Propeller Knight Theme

Mole Knight Theme
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 08:31:54 PM
Not a soundtrack, but it was apparently uploaded by CaB's own Madhair60, and in any case should never be forgotten:

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Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 25, 2022, 08:36:48 PM
You might say this tune is a bit of an earworm.


Some people say the music on the Mega Drive version is better, but these are bad people and not to be trusted.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 08:43:59 PM
That reminded me of the insanely catchy theme to Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. This is the Amiga version; the PC one sounds like a Terminator farting itself into oblivion.

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Pink Gregory on May 25, 2022, 08:45:33 PM
\m/


happier times


never tire of it


best boss theme
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Post by: Magnum Valentino on May 25, 2022, 09:07:52 PM
I fucking love video game music and it sends my wife mental when I listen to it in the house. Claims it gives her anxiety, which is weird as she never plays games any more but when she did she was very good at them. There was no beating her high scores on SMB or Tetris (or fucking BOP IT, but that doesn't count).

My favourite soundtrack is probably the PS1 version of Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha (partially reused for its sequels). Here's three excellent songs - check out the extended keyboard solo in this one:


Garuda's stage theme has a fucking deadly drum breakdown about 80 seconds in. This song shreds like absolute fuck:


I don't break drumsticks since I started playing an electric kit, but the last two times I broke a stick on an acoustic kit, I was playing this song, far, far too heavily - just listen to how hard that drummer is sunk into that groove:


What's so great about this soundtrack is, like the Khan Super Session OST for Soul Blade/Edge (and Mario Kart 8!), it's a live band playing for most of the tracks. The musicianship is insane.

I have other videogame stuff to share but don't want it all to get lost in a first post.

Just want to point out though that most of the in-game (non-cutscene) music in MGS2 was composed by Norihiko Hibino and not Harry Gregson Williams - Hibino did all the best stuff outside the main theme.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: The Culture Bunker on May 25, 2022, 09:10:48 PM
Is Out-Run too obvious a shout? I'm not sure how many games had the music as much an element of the experience before that. I liked the re-recordings from the 'Coast2Coast' sequel as well.
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Post by: ImmaculateClump on May 25, 2022, 09:31:28 PM
Banger - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVZu2U6RcGc&t=139s
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Post by: AsparagusTrevor on May 26, 2022, 08:24:03 AM
There's a lot to choose from in the Sonic games, but the tune from the Doomsday Zone in Sonic & Knuckles is a fuckin banger that still gets me pumped


The boss level (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRaNfRAA71Y) before this has a great tune as well
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Post by: AngryGazelle on May 26, 2022, 12:48:25 PM

Now this is a nice piece of music. Perfect encapsulates the desperation of the endgame.
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Post by: druss on May 26, 2022, 02:00:37 PM

There might be better music from the series but this one feels like home.
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Post by: buzby on May 26, 2022, 03:12:09 PM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 04:08:02 PMAnd of course, how can we forget the bizarrely chilled and catchy RoboCop theme on the Game Boy?

Jonathan Dunn originally wrote it for the C64 version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLe-SLRKRDk), which was thn ported to the Gameboy. He infamously got nothing out of it being licenced by Ocean to Ariston for their 'Cycle' ad campaign - his MU rep reckoned he'd missed out on £100k of royalties for the 2 years it was used.

Quote from: beanheadmcginty on May 25, 2022, 07:04:00 PMTetris on the C64 (shits all over the later Nintendo version and somehow goes on for 25 minutes without repeating. How did that fit in 64K?):
By that time, C64 musicians had developed ways to store music data algorithmically. One of the first examples of that was Martin Galway's music Parallax:

Of all the musicians who worked on the C64, Galway is my all time favourite ('Galway Is God' is right on the money). He had the perfect combination of programming chops and musical ear to exploit the SID chip to it's fullest - nobody could drive the SID's filter as smoothly as him.

Mikie:

Terra Cresta:

Ocean Loader V2:

Green Beret loader:

Green Beret main theme:
(https://youtu.be/Ymajs4GdeFI?t=252)

Wizball main theme:

Wizball High Score theme:

Arkanoid main theme:
(on this, he pioneered the use of the SID's 4th noise channel to play back primitive sampled drum sounds, something which others took up and developed further when he moved to the US on to work on PC games work for Origin Systems).
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Post by: weaseldust on May 27, 2022, 12:31:21 AM
hi i've come to break the thread with a grotesquesly extended post

p47 thunderbolt c64
there's so much c64 music i could post but this is a lesser known one which i think is great. also love turbo outrun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG82RMyS07Y), nemesis the warlock (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdzfOXkZrY0), supremacy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjEkKKKQlo), outrun europa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Ga2b0F18E), after burner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM-IdGE51f8)...

streets of rage 1 - the last soul

streets of rage 2 - dreamer
a lot of this soundtrack just sounds like 'real' electronic music, you forget you're listening to a soundchip

sonic 2 megadrive - aquatic ruin zone
my favourite game soundtrack probably. also has the best boss music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3JZKyaucK4) which i've posted about before

overlord, nes

ps1 demo disc music underwater theme
love all of these

kula world - dusk

jade cocoon - sirus village

super smash bros melee - break the targets

deus ex - begin the end combat

starfox adventures - dark ice mines night
david wise the video game music king

mario kart wii - coconut mall
this song puts me in a good mood

snake pass - sog gee's realm
(david wise again)

super smash bros ultimate - king dedede's theme brawl

streets of rage 4 - rising up
whole soundtrack is great, was hard to pick a favourite. haven't even played the game, just love the music

kirby and the forgotten land - fast flowing waterworks
certified banger

also all of the mario and zelda music obviously, knights of the round (arcade), master of orion 2, donkey kong country, worms armageddon, stronghold, kirby 64, sheep ps1, crash bandicoot, spyro, rayman, croc 1, super monkey ball, witcher 3
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 27, 2022, 02:46:32 PM
Notably shit soundtracks from series which otherwise have good music.



The Yoshi one is horrible but there's something quite sweet about it. The Sonic one is pure garbage.
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Post by: beanheadmcginty on May 27, 2022, 03:47:06 PM
Huge swathes of the Interstate 76 soundtrack are nicked from existing funk tracks (don't know if royalties were paid or not) but I had no idea this was the case when I was 15 and I thought this was the greatest thing I'd ever heard at the time. It was playable in a normal CD player too, so I used to listen to it constantly.

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Post by: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 05:48:24 PM
The "playable in a normal CD player" thing reminded me of this banger, from the original GTA, produced in-house by Rockstar's Craig Conner:

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Post by: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 06:12:05 PM
Quote from: buzby on May 26, 2022, 03:12:09 PMJonathan Dunn originally wrote it for the C64 version, which was then ported to the Gameboy. He infamously got nothing out of it being licenced by Ocean to Ariston for their 'Cycle' ad campaign - his MU rep reckoned he'd missed out on £100k of royalties for the 2 years it was used.

This title piece for Robocop was my earliest absolute love for a piece of chiptune, albeit on the 128K ZX Spectrum's AY chip. Sometimes I'd wait for the game to load, just to listen to it without even playing the game. Jonathan Dunn indeed got completely shafted over it. It's an intensely melancholic work and rather incongruous to "Robocop" as a theme, but glorious all the same, and uniquely for a chiptune has the power to make me well up, if I'm in the right frame of mind. The Gameboy's chip version was my wake up alarm on my phone for many years. Utter classic.

In the modern era, where we can have full orchestral scores, I'd have to go with Austin Wintory's work on "Journey". Not only one of the most profoundly affecting games of the last 20 years, it had a stunningly beautiful soundtrack to match. This track being a highlight for me personally:


It accompanies a revelatory moment that utterly had every hair on my body stood to attention. It's out of context though so won't mean much to anyone who hasn't experienced it.

The outro is magnificent as well, sang in several different languages, some of them dead ones.






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Post by: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 06:24:00 PM
Sorry to double post, but just in case anyone thought I was a wet pansy for the above - this tune, and the soundtrack it sits on, and the people I met because of it, changed my life at the time as a 19 year old for the better. (Long story)


Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 06:27:33 PM
Quote from: The Culture Bunker on May 25, 2022, 09:10:48 PMIs Out-Run too obvious a shout? I'm not sure how many games had the music as much an element of the experience before that. I liked the re-recordings from the 'Coast2Coast' sequel as well.

Not at all. "Passing Breeze" was my jam. What was yours?
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on May 27, 2022, 08:06:37 PM
Quote from: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 06:27:33 PMNot at all. "Passing Breeze" was my jam. What was yours?

Hard to pick, but I think it'd be 'Magical Sound Shower'.

Even the titles alone evoke a strong nostalgic reaction in me.
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Post by: druss on May 27, 2022, 08:10:37 PM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 05:48:24 PMThe "playable in a normal CD player" thing reminded me of this banger, from the original GTA, produced in-house by Rockstar's Craig Conner:

Even today it still makes me want to steal cars and shoot prostitutes, love it.
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Post by: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 08:33:49 PM
Quote from: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 06:12:05 PMThis title piece for Robocop was my earliest absolute love for a piece of chiptune, albeit on the 128K ZX Spectrum's AY chip. Sometimes I'd wait for the game to load, just to listen to it without even playing the game. Jonathan Dunn indeed got completely shafted over it. It's an intensely melancholic work and rather incongruous to "Robocop" as a theme, but glorious all the same, and uniquely for a chiptune has the power to make me well up, if I'm in the right frame of mind. The Gameboy's chip version was my wake up alarm on my phone for many years. Utter classic.

Weird, I don't remember it being on the Spectrum version at all, but there it is. I remember a digitised Murphy doing the directives at the start, so I can't have been playing it in 48k mode...
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Post by: willbo on May 27, 2022, 08:47:46 PM
I always thought Streets of Rage's music would be awesome if I ever worked out or went on a run or whatever

I liked the hard rock songs in GTA 1 too - the "set the night on fire" one, even if you never really hear them properly

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Post by: Dickie_Anders on May 27, 2022, 09:44:29 PM




I like how scary this one is, letting the kiddies know that these are the really fucking hard levels:

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Post by: Consignia on May 27, 2022, 09:50:54 PM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 05:48:24 PMThe "playable in a normal CD player" thing reminded me of this banger, from the original GTA, produced in-house by Rockstar's Craig Conner:


Similarly, this beaut has stuck with me around 25 years:


I think I scratched the game disc because of playing it in a CD player too much.
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Post by: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 10:38:45 PM
Ha, yeah, I remember the pickup trucks just playing this on constant repeat.
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Post by: Ron Maels Moustache on May 27, 2022, 10:52:16 PM
Possibly the most weirdly poignant scoreboard music ever

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Post by: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 11:37:24 PM
The Lotus Esprit 2 music was a classic. And those graphics! WOW!


Oh, and the Forest Course isn't that great in retrospect, but it brings back fond memories of the "wocka chicks chum" Tracker bar advert.


Big Yello influences, in retrospect.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on May 27, 2022, 11:45:17 PM
Remembered this bit of intro music from back in the late 90s:

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Post by: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 11:52:42 PM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 27, 2022, 08:33:49 PMWeird, I don't remember it being on the Spectrum version at all, but there it is. I remember a digitised Murphy doing the directives at the start, so I can't have been playing it in 48k mode...

Think the actual synthesised speech was miraculously programmed and blasted out via the standard Beeper in the 48K model. That might explain what you experienced.

The 128K used its internal AY chip for the three channel music on top of the beeper, thus, for those who were really good at this, essentially made it a 4 channel powerhouse (if there was any memory left after the actual game program).

Next time, I will be rhapsodising about the 1220 departure from Newcastle Central station, and the DMU locomotive that is pulling that consort, consisting of four Mark IV coaches, built and designed by Bombardier and CAF - built between 2010 and 2017. Or summat.



Thanks lads.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: prelektric on May 27, 2022, 11:58:50 PM
Quote from: The Culture Bunker on May 27, 2022, 08:06:37 PMHard to pick, but I think it'd be 'Magical Sound Shower'.

Even the titles alone evoke a strong nostalgic reaction in me.

Halcyon days my friend, halcyon days...
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Post by: badaids on May 28, 2022, 12:19:43 AM

This is the best game music ever.  Totally badass from start to finish.

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Post by: jobotic on May 28, 2022, 01:19:33 AM
I know nothing about games. I'm cheating, These were both sampled on other things.


(Knifehandchop - Neuromancer)


(Lil B - Flowers Rise)
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Post by: oggyraiding on May 28, 2022, 01:42:09 PM


Soul Calibur had some pretty epic music.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Wonderful Butternut on May 28, 2022, 02:03:46 PM
Both the 1994 & 2013 versions of Rise of the Triad had some good shit:

Havana Smooth (1994 version, Lee Jackson)


Kiss Off! (2013 version, Andrew Hulshult)



Jazz Jackrabbit 2 had one my favourite boss themes:

(Aside: Having a character called "Spaz" has aged quite badly)

Shantae: Half Genie Hero's final boss theme isn't bad either:


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Post by: earl_sleek on May 28, 2022, 03:25:05 PM
Frank Klepacki's soundtrack for Command and Conquer has to be one of the one of the best ever. A few favourites:




I loved the soundtrack even on the N64, but the full versions are even better.
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Post by: Kelvin on May 28, 2022, 09:13:48 PM
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is an odd one, in that half the soundtrack - largely the game's first half - is solid, but unremarkable, whereas the other half is really special, and up there with David Wise's best stuff.

Here's a track from a level set in a Savanna wildfire:


I love how counter-intuitive it is, melodic, driving, not overly hammering the drama of the environment in the way many games would.


In fact that reminded me of another game with a sound track that's half brilliant, half not; Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U. That game also has some incredible tracks, especially for the main regions.

Here's one of my favourites, from an alien jungle filled with huge plants and creatures, a complete banger that builds and builds:

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Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on May 29, 2022, 12:28:28 PM
the soundtrack to Perfect Dark is still a favourite 22 years(!) on and half the reason that game's so bloody good. It's mostly by Grant Kirkhope but Graeme Norgate's music for the first level is a fucking high bar to start! can't tell if the music hasn't aged a bit or if I'm just in denial, but it's still one of the best.
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Post by: Neomod on May 29, 2022, 01:16:21 PM





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Post by: samadriel on May 29, 2022, 02:26:13 PM
Once again,  I link to Kenneth W. Arnold's soundtrack to Ultima IV. 7 minutes long and the best soundtrack of all time.
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 29, 2022, 04:07:58 PM

Christ, I had my next door neighbour banging the wall one evening when I was playing this mission at full volume.
Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Neomod on May 29, 2022, 04:12:58 PM
Quote from: Brundle-Fly on May 29, 2022, 04:07:58 PM

Christ, I had my next door neighbour banging the wall one evening when I was playing this mission at full volume.

Which of course puts me in mind of another favourite....

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Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on May 29, 2022, 04:14:51 PM
80's style synth stuff isn't it? Wasn't it? Marvelous.


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Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 29, 2022, 05:00:03 PM
I suppose Portal contains the most famous song written for a game, but here area couple of other favourites:

"Dragon Kick your ass into the Milky Way! Milky Way"

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: buzby on May 30, 2022, 10:26:43 AM
Quote from: Neomod on May 29, 2022, 01:16:21 PM
They are too fast - it's being played back on a 60Hz NTSC machine.
This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrN8717Vo0M) has them played on a PAL 50Hz machine (which is what they were written on)

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Post by: Dickie_Anders on May 30, 2022, 08:53:43 PM
Literally can't get past the first half of the first level of this game, but absolutely love the music.


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Post by: beanheadmcginty on May 30, 2022, 11:50:45 PM
I used to load this up and just leave it on the title screen without playing the game.


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Post by: aunt mildred on May 31, 2022, 01:29:43 AM

Loved the jolly music on this game and on the character select screen they all brought a different instrument to the foreground which BLEW MY MIND.
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Post by: bgmnts on May 31, 2022, 05:16:17 PM
So obviously Resident Evil's big draw for me is the music, as it is the first thing that creates the ambience and the connection between the music and what is happening on screen is so important.

So it's with this in mind we consider the Resident Evil Dualshock version. An incredible score that epitomises the meaning of dissonance, it is worth a listen for anyone interested in game music. I read that the composer pretended to be deaf or something but regardless, an incredible piece of game history.

For direct comparison:

Resident Evil Intro (Iconic)
 (https://youtu.be/UC43nI987u8?t=229)
Resident Evil Intro (Dualshock) (https://youtu.be/rFm00_hwNR0?t=171)

Resident Evil Basement Theme (Iconic)
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sITJuWV3HXg)
Resident Evil Basement Theme (Dualshock) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJYvCHm3Ov4)

Best guess is they hired someone who just blagged it in interview stage?
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Post by: Mister Six on May 31, 2022, 06:20:31 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on May 31, 2022, 05:16:17 PMSo obviously Resident Evil's big draw for me is the music, as it is the first thing that creates the ambience and the connection between the music and what is happening on screen is so important.

So it's with this in mind we consider the Resident Evil Dualshock version. An incredible score that epitomises the meaning of dissonance, it is worth a listen for anyone interested in game music. I read that the composer pretended to be deaf or something but regardless, an incredible piece of game history.

For direct comparison:

Resident Evil Intro (Iconic)
 (https://youtu.be/UC43nI987u8?t=229)
Resident Evil Intro (Dualshock) (https://youtu.be/rFm00_hwNR0?t=171)

Resident Evil Basement Theme (Iconic)
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sITJuWV3HXg)
Resident Evil Basement Theme (Dualshock) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJYvCHm3Ov4)

Best guess is they hired someone who just blagged it in interview stage?

Dual Shock = Director's Cut?

It is pretty extraordinary. There's an article about it here: https://www.inverse.com/gaming/resident-evil-25-composer-mamoru-samuragochi-impostor
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Post by: Pink Gregory on May 31, 2022, 08:03:52 PM
Supposedly as well, the basement track used the wrong MIDI sound font so you get those farty trumpets, it's something of a mistake.
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Post by: Magnum Valentino on June 01, 2022, 07:06:32 AM
Quote from: Mister Six on May 31, 2022, 06:20:31 PMDual Shock = Director's Cut?


Not exactly. The initial edition Director's Cut (before the Dual Shock compatibility was added and used as a selling point) has the original music, I've got a copy here in front of me. Even the Advanced Mode with the different camera angles and costumes has the original music.

I got really fucking annoyed when that story about the composer being deaf broke a few years ago because the BBC linked to one of the good version's songs in their article then a load of internet twats went after the GOOD soundtrack with their moronic 'lol always thought this music was shit of course the composer is deaf' comments on Youtube videos and forums. Naw youse didn't, you've never once heard it before in your life lads (it was exclusive to the US).

Mind you listening to it now, that Intro theme has a unique quality to it, like a newly unearthed Ennio Morricone soundtrack someone found in A NIGHTMARE.
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Post by: weaseldust on June 01, 2022, 10:23:43 AM
i don't think i posted enough songs so i came back to post one more

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Post by: ImmaculateClump on June 01, 2022, 01:14:05 PM
Banger! Never heard that before. I left that playing while I read a different thread and it looked like the people in Better Midlands avatar were grooving along.

(https://i.imgur.com/ffeJKEm.gif)
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Post by: Mister Six on June 01, 2022, 03:07:24 PM
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on June 01, 2022, 07:06:32 AMMind you listening to it now, that Intro theme has a unique quality to it, like a newly unearthed Ennio Morricone soundtrack someone found in A NIGHTMARE.

I like the Batman 1969 BWAM! horn when Rebecca glances at the camera.
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on June 03, 2022, 02:57:39 PM
It's like a lo-fi version of Goblin providing the soundtrack to a lost George.A.Romero 'Dead' movie.

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Post by: Magnum Valentino on June 07, 2022, 11:12:09 AM
Can't believe I forgot to post this!

For the last few years, Josh Mancell (composer of the first four Crash Bandicoot soundtracks) has been posting pre-console mixes of the original tracks (as well as unused bits) on this Soundcloud page - https://soundcloud.com/joshmancell/sets/music-for-video-games-crash (https://soundcloud.com/joshmancell/sets/music-for-video-games-crash).

These are the versions that were composed before being mapped to MIDI in order to fit onto CDs for the PS1, so there's certain subtle differences and in general they're much more spacious and complete sounding, well worth a listen not just for the deadly tunes but to see the work in progress.
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Post by: Sex Festival Organizer on July 22, 2022, 10:24:46 PM
I might be showing my age here, but this is just insane. 10+ hours of the raddest chiptunes ever!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Racui9jJI

Just two of many, many, many faves:

Jeroen Tel, Battle Valley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPjDyim6V34

Martin Galway, Parallax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz2t8dAgiAE

By the way, I really don't understand why Martin Galway is apparently now an Uber driver in the US, of all things. He should be a big, bright, shining fucking star!
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Post by: kidney on July 23, 2022, 01:55:31 AM
I was going through some of my favourite game music and then ended up just listening to the Disco Elysium soundtrack for the hundredth time:


The entire soundtrack is wonderful but I could spend hours listening to these tracks in particular, I can't even describe how they make me feel.

Bonus track because fuck that music makes me feel too much- a song for when you're late on rent and your employer accidentally sends a heavily armed death squad to your door to eradicate you:

Title: Re: Video game music!
Post by: Pink Gregory on July 23, 2022, 08:03:20 AM

notable mention from current bae.  Not quite the same as in context, bobbing around outside the massive Talos I station, this quietly fading in among the airless breaths and the sound of your propulsion system.

Same composer as Doom 2016, fact fans
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Post by: samadriel on July 24, 2022, 08:07:11 AM
QuoteSame composer as Doom 2016, fact fans
Mick's Killer Instinct and Wolfenstein soundtracks were great as well. His take on The Partisan with Tex Perkins for the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood soundtrack was terrific.

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Post by: Zetetic on July 24, 2022, 11:09:42 AM
Quote from: kidney on July 23, 2022, 01:55:31 AMThe entire soundtrack is wonderful but I could spend hours listening to these tracks in particular, I can't even describe how they make me feel.
I find it really difficult to judge how much I actually like the Disco Elysium soundtrack, how evocative it is in itself, as opposed to how much the game managed to imbue it with emotion. It mostly... gets out of the way, when playing the game?

(And much though I really do love much of Paradise Killer's soundtrack (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=94535.msg4928471#msg4928471), arguably a problem with it is that it doesn't quite bear as much background repetition as the game demands from it.)
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Post by: Pink Gregory on July 24, 2022, 03:25:15 PM
Quote from: samadriel on July 24, 2022, 08:07:11 AMMick's Killer Instinct and Wolfenstein soundtracks were great as well. His take on The Partisan with Tex Perkins for the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood soundtrack was terrific.


I was gonna say, is he a Bethesda in-house guy but if I'm not mistaken did he not do at least some stuff for the Killer Instinct reboot?
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Post by: samadriel on July 24, 2022, 03:32:52 PM
He did the first two seasons of KI. I'm pretty sure he's freelance, there was a terrific talk he did about the development of the Doom soundtrack where he mentions the Doom team approaching him.

I'll see if I can find that talk, it's well worth a view.
Aha!:
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Post by: TheGingerAlien on July 24, 2022, 04:33:11 PM
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Post by: Capt.Midnight on July 24, 2022, 05:35:17 PM

Always loved the PS1 Doom soundtrack too


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Post by: McDead on July 24, 2022, 11:06:35 PM
Been listening to Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Port of Adia on a near constant loop for the last few days. Absolutely banging 

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Post by: Critcho on July 28, 2022, 04:40:00 PM
The growing appreciation of the Glider Rider music over the years has been gratifying to see. I had that on the Amstrad CPC as a kid, didn't know what the hell I was doing but loved driving around to that banger of a track.

Undertale has been mentioned already but I particularly enjoy this guy's acappela renditions:


The whole soundtrack is great but there are three or four tracks like this one that are so well developed, and shift and evolve in such a natural and emotional way, it blows me away every time I hear them. Quite humbling that the soundtrack and entire game was basically a one man show.

Also good, VVVVVV:


The way those ascending synth lines keep layering and harmonising in the intro there pleases my brain in a special way.

Also the original System Shock soundtrack has a futuristic sorrowful vibe that set the atmosphere of the game very well. This particular track isn't sorrowful but does have one of my all time favourite basslines: