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VG Music Influences

I must say that one of my biggest influences in music is from old videogame music.

My top 2 fav games for music are probably old castlevania and metroid music.

Anyone else ever been influenced from game music like me?
If so which games?
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Anyone else ever been influenced from game music like me?
If so which games?
Definitely! Videogames are the reason I started making electronic music (in my Commodore 16). I also had an Atari XE game system (equivalent to an Atari 65XE) and a ton of games. I used to record music from the games to a tape, so I could listen to it all the time.

Some of my favorites: Ballblazer, Double Dragon, Arkanoid, Street Smart, etc.

Man, I wish I still had those tapes.
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haha funny you mention castlevania.

when i used to DJ about Edinburgh I would drop in one of the theme tunes into my sets . big smile on my face! plus i would sometimes get people coming up who recognised it, wicked.
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It's funny, I rather dislike video games now but I still listen to video game music on a regular basis -- sometimes even listening to stuff without ever having played it's corresponding game.

Some of my favourite video game soundtracks include:

7th Saga
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Doom
F.E.A.R.
Firepower 2000 (known as Super S.W.I.V. in Europe)
Shadow of the Colossus
MegaMan II
MegaMan III
MegaMan VI
MegaMan X
Guardian Legend
Wizards & Warriors
Actraiser
Shadowgate
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Metroid
Super Metroid
Soulblazer
Shadowrun (SNES version)
Myst
Riven: The Sequel to Myst

Anyhow, there's a ton of other good video game soundtracks out there, and a lot of the music coming out of the demoscene (which I tend to enjoy quite a fair bit) has similarities to video game music as well.

There's a few video games that had soundtracks that for all intents and purposes weren't composed with the intention of being used as music in video games, such as the Wipeout series of games (I believe Fluke's hit "Atom Bomb" was used in the first one, for example). Those soundtracks are often hit or miss, as far as soundtracks go.
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Ahh I completely forgot about Shadow of the Colossus and Symphony of the Night. Both have excellent music.
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OH MAN!!!!

this could be the longest post ever, but i'll try to keep it short...

mario bros!!!! (come on, someone's gotta say it!!!) mostly 2 and 3 are my faves
FF 7-10
PARAPPA!!!!!!! (and basically anything matsura writes!)
shenmue
dragon quest 8
MGS
okami
the first two katamari games (not the 360 ones!!)

nowadays there is so much cool stuff, but i really liked the no more heroes soundtracks from last year, particularly the 'dark side' album.
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I loved the 'Monkey Island' series as a kid.


There is a great site with loads of info and downloadable content that might be up your street.

My favourite is 'Swamp' under the mp3 section.

Link: Downloads


There are loads of midi files as well.

Let me know what you think.

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Also, there was a link to download all the Street Fighter sound effects, samples and music up a while back.

It was for a competition to make a track with the samples for the release of Steet Fighter 4. The competition is over now.

Link: Winners Announced! - Trackitdown - Dance Music Downloads & Merchandise


I dont think the link to download the samples is up anymore (cant seem to find it at the moment) but will have a look later.

If i cant find it and you are after the samples just pm me.

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monkey island and super metroid for sure.

There's some great "guitar solos" in Road rash 1 & 2 (Megadrive/Genesis)
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Oh yeah, I totally forgot about the Dragon Warrior / Dragon Quest series. The music from that series rocks!
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I love the tracks from the Tiger Woods 2009 game on the PS3 but i cannot seem to find a tracklisting online for it.

One of the tracks i recognize (as its the instrumental of some random tune i have on vinyl). Alas its a white label and have no idea what its called.

If anyone can help out, i would be very greatful!

I really want to purchase some of those songs!!

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The music in:

Metroid
Super Metroid
Megaman 2

most definitely impacted me as a kid and have influence on my music making I'd say.
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I just had a flash back........Cannon Fodder:

YouTube - Cannon Fodder Amiga game intro

It was such a good game, and i remember jammin round my bedroom every time i started it up!!

What a tune!!!

Great thread, really bringing back the memories!!

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World of Warcraft has some pretty incredible orchestral music. It's more like a dynamic movie soundtrack than it is like traditional VG music.

Don't know if this mean anything to anyone. But the first time I entered Old Kingdom and heard a slower, more ancient version of the Ironforge theme I freaked out and commanded my friends who were playing with me to take note.
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I think this will be right up your street timbreman:

YouTube - Amiga - Batman: The Movie

Its Batman on the Amiga........clips of the all the music from the different levels all in one handy video.

Check the related videos for the slightly different versions on the Commodore 64 and the really glitchy/chipfat sounds on the Amstrad version.

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some games that have had an impact on me musically are:

Genesis/Megadrive/CD
Crusader of Centy
Dynamite Headdy
Shining Force II
Sonic 1 & 2, Sonic CD
Streets of Rage (all 3, but especially part 2)
Strider
Terminator

NES/Famicom
Blaster Master
Bubble Bobble
Dr. Mario
Mega Man (all of them, but mostly the first)
Metroid
Super Mario Bros. 1 & 3
Super Mario Bros. 2/Doki Doki Panic

SNES
Super Mario World
Super Metroid

add to this list anything on the Commodore 64. i'll listen to pretty much anything coming from the SID chip. i could go on for hours, but these are a few that top the charts for me.
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Genesis/Megadrive/CD
Crusader of Centy
Dynamite Headdy
Shining Force II
Sonic 1 & 2, Sonic CD
Streets of Rage (all 3, but especially part 2)
Strider
Terminator
Wow Strider....one of my all time faves and excellent music.
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One of my biggest influences in getting into making music!

Mech Warrior 2 ( It made the game)

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My biggest influence is loving the music I love
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I remember there was a guy called Tim Follin who made some wicked 8bit game soundtracks - even on the ZX Spectrum!

Poly tunes from mono chips

Also David Whittaker made some great tracks!
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Reviving a really old thread because I found this really old PS1 game track I had forgotten about. Sounds so sick even after all these years. Love that bassline that kicks in around 0:49

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Anyone else nearly dropped this in a club?

I'm actually considering entirely remaking this track. If it was just a tiny bit less cheesy, better produced and bit a less pad focused it would totally wreck a club.
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I wouldn't call it cheesy, I'd call it showing the zeitgeist.

Best SNES soundtrack, ever:


The intro sound by itself. Wow. There's a patch in Massive that approximates the general feel of it.

Of course all the C64 SID composers are absolute genius.

Great atmosphere:


Masterpiece (as pretty much anything else Rob Hubbard did)


The beauty of this track is that it tells you exactly how it should've been played with real instruments.
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Who could forget these two awesome Unreal Tournament tracks:

Foregone Destruction:



and Skyward Fire...

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god can't tell you how much VGM influence me! i started music cuz of Final Fantasy's Nobuo Uematsu when i was 12. Is it a coincidence that all great games have great music?

Super Mario, Castlevania, Street fighter, sonic, zelda and donkey kong country, TONs of more obscure games that i'd list but many probs won't heard of. basically pre 2000's games had the BEST music. Nowadays is dull drab orchestral, cinematic stuff that doesn't fit in with what im used to as a kid for video games!
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