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Old 10 January 2011, 17:38   #1
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Question New music for old game, any suggestions?

I'm taking a game music writer course at the moment and for finals the task is to make scores and sound effects for a game of our choice. Could be an existing, new or imaginative.

I'm thinking about rewriting music/effects for a classic game. Little as an experiment on how (or even if) using a modern day score/effects would change the perception of the game.

Does anyone know of a retro game (8 or 16-bit) that could work for this kind of experiment? Requirements is one title track and at least one in-game score. Preferably also something with a not too well-known soundtrack as I would like to compose new material with as little previous influence as possible.

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Old 10 January 2011, 21:38   #2
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Pretty much anything on the Spectrum would benefit from a soundtrack as the computer wasn't really capable of playing music at the same time as doing anything else. How about a soundtrack for Atic Atac?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atic_Atac
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Old 11 January 2011, 10:07   #3
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Ultima IV: The False Prophet has a great atmospheric soundtrack. It might be interesting to rescore it. When Ultima IX was released on the PC the score had become quite orchestral.
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Old 11 January 2011, 14:12   #4
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I guess the best result you can get with a "good" game (i.e. gfx, playable) but with music/sfx you don`t like. There should be a lot of such games. Here are some random examples where I think they could profit from rewriting music/effects:

RickDangerous1&2, Nitro, Drakkhen, GoldenAxe, FirePower

Of course there are better games available.
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Pretty much anything on the Spectrum would benefit from a soundtrack as the computer wasn't really capable of playing music at the same time as doing anything else.
Matthew Smith would no doubt want to dispute that!

most 128k games did also have continuos music in-game.

just saying!
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Old 11 January 2011, 17:14   #6
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Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated
 
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Matthew Smith would no doubt want to dispute that!

most 128k games did also have continuos music in-game.

just saying!
I don't think I'd count Manic Miner's bloopy bleeps as music. You're right on the 128K, though.
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Old 18 January 2011, 14:02   #8
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I went for a Spectrum game for the first extreme audio makeover, Ant Attack.

It was a fun experiment. Will post a video on YouTube with the new tracks in place later on. And a link here as well
 
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I went for a Spectrum game for the first extreme audio makeover, Ant Attack.

It was a fun experiment. Will post a video on YouTube with the new tracks in place later on. And a link here as well
Woohoo!
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Old 02 February 2011, 10:13   #10
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Smile

And here's the result [ Show youtube player ]
 
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