Retro, The Sounds and The Music.

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  1. power

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    Well it's often an "unsung" hero but without those little ditties and bleeps, bloops and samples amplify a lot of our retro gaming experiences and would have been nowhere near as addictive, nor would you catch yourself whistling the tune to Monkey Island 2 on the bus. Even some of the sounds when you added a credit remain in your memory.

    What would you OCAU rate as the best retro music and sound effects? Also what machines would you rate the best at producing this stuff. Having missed out on C64 (because I owned the superior - yes debatable - Atari 800XL) I understand the SID chip was phenomenal, however I do know for certain the Amiga smacked the Atari ST quite "soundly" (owned both) when it came to epic music with it's amazing stereo sound and RCA outputs allowing you to plug that sucker straight into your hi-fi (which I did!).

    Anyway, a few of my most fond aural memories....

    Monkey Island 2 - seriously iMuse put the i in music long before Apple :)
    R-Type - wow, just wow.
    Bubble Bobble.
    Outrun - Magical Sound Shower, need I say more?
    Super Hang-On - got the tempo right
    Lotus Turbo Esprit 3 - how cool was the "cd player"?
    Cannon Fodder - War, never been so much fun!
    California games (Atari Lynx/Handy) - great stuff.

    Also more than just tunes any games you thought the sound effects were great in, this thread is all about sound!

    Space Invaders - so simple yet so ominous!
    Galaxian - pew pew pew!
    Speedball 2 - both music and sound - but really - ICE CREAM!
    Strider - the laugh at the beginning got you in the mood - as did Altered Beasts - Rise From Your Gwave!
    Lemmings - Oh Noes! pop, pop, pop, pop!
    Gauntlet II - Blue Wizard shot the food, Red Valkyrie is IT!
    Mortal Kombat - some great sampled speech.
     
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    massively into the whole chiptune scene at the moment.

    in particular, NES/Gameboy chiptunes, and good ol amiga 4-chan tracker mixes. (no not that 4chan..... lol)
     
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    I must say that the old Shao Kahn samples played on one of the high end Arcade machines with subs and top notch speakers, sounded farkin awesome. Was one of those games you literally had to line up to play. Not to mention the big screen it was played on was very nice to look at as well.
     
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    My favourites are mostly on the C64. Yes the Amiga was far more capable and an amazing machine, but a lot of the music used samples which I didn't like as much as pure chip music.

    The SID really was incredible for its time and it was amazing what people like Rob Hubbard , Martin Galway , Jeroen Tel and David Whittaker could do in a few k with these things.

    My favourites would be:

    C64 - Monty on the Run
    C64 - Crazy Comets
    C64 - Last Ninja

    You can get all of these from the High Voltage SID collection

    http://www.hvsc.de/



    The Amiga also had some very awesome music, such as the title from Apidya, Xenon 2 megablast, the Turrican games, Shadow of the Beast, and theres also some brilliant demo stuff, most of which I cant remember at the moment


    I only got into the PC around 92-93 and I always looked down on the hopeless sound that the PC could produce. Day of the Tentacle was my first PC game and I do like some of the Lucasarts music, but it never really appealed to me as much as the earlier chip music.
     
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    I assume you know about 8 Bit Peoples?

    Lots of good stuff here

    http://www.8bitpeoples.com/
     
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    Flashback had one of the greatest soundtracks ever. As did some of the Castlevania games.

    Mad props to the audio menu, where you could scroll through sound samples and music tracks to play them all.
     
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    yeah.. i am currently looking for a rom for nes/gameboy to do a few of my own mixes - atm I am just emulating the sounds in Reason - its just not the same... :upset:
     
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    On the C-64, ones that come to mind are :
    Wizball - awesome guitar sound
    Cybernoid 2
    Fist 2 (way of the exploding fist) - haunting soundtrack

    On the Amiga, way too many good ones to name.
     
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    That chipaphone is awesome, I bet he had so much fun with that. Was good to hear Druid 2 played, I was a friend of the programmer of that game, Andrew Bailey. He also did Dragons Breath on the Amiga, awesome game. One of the sounds in Dragons Breath is a recording of me and Simon Bailey (his brother) laughing and echoed.
     
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    Favourite soundtrack at the moment: Journey to Silius (NES). It's quite amazing.

    Other standouts:
    Castlevania (NES)
    Castlevania: Dracula X (TG16-CD)
    Shadowgate (NES)
    Turrican 1/2/3 (Amiga)
    Guy Spy (Amiga)

    Actually, for anyone into Amiga music, I highly recommend UnExoticA. They have an amazing archive.
     
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    While I'm in a sharing mood, check out this superb track from Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare '95. It blows my mind:

     
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    There was a nice piece on the SID chip in Retro Gamer a couple of issues back. I think they might have interviewed a couple of these guys.

    My favourite composers are probably Chris Huelsbeck (of Turrican fame) and Barry Leitch (of Lotus fame).
     
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    What do you need to playback the files?
     
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    I think the early Zelda games and tetris stand out.

    PC..

    I have to put a hand up for Dune II.

    The soundtrack made the game so immersive it wasn't funny. Id hate to have played that game with no soundcard at the time.

    That Jazz Jackrabbit score brought back some memories too!
     
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    There were / are two that get me everytime.

    Parallax


    Wizball


    Oh how I miss all those Ocean Games.
     
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    some of my favourite themes from early(ish - 486 era) pc games.





    and a few from amiga



     

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