[52 Weeks Challenge] Week 7 – Best Soundtrack


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Week 7 – Best soundtrack

In the history of gamig we’ve had memorable games with memorable soundtracks. Even though now it’s easier to place a good music in a game thanks the the immense memory the coder have access to, back in the days they had to squeeze everything in a few MB (or even less if we go really back in time). Probably I should put in this list one of the C64 musics and this for a simple reason: when it came out, the C64 had the most advanced SID of all the computers/consoles on th market. Its MOS chip was capable to generate incredibly complex musics and the best artist put all their efforts in creatin the best tunes. Unfortunately I never owned a C64 until this year, when I bought a C64C and I can’t really understant the importance of this innovation, so I have to stick with what I got or what I’ve listened by person.

Gaming speaking, I was born under the 8-bit era, then I went through a long period of PC gaming and only recently I’ve partially reverted to the consoles. Probably because it was one of the first tune I’ve ever heard or probably because it’s REALLY a memorable music, my choice without any single doubt is the Moon theme from DuckTales for NES, a game about which I wrote one of my first review (you can read it here).

Everytime I hear this tune I amaze myself and I keep asking myself what a genius the composer should have been. The NES was capable to play 5-channel sounds: two for pulse waves, one for triangular wave, one ofr noise and one for sample. I’m not a technician but it looks like the Moon Theme make use of the first 4 channels, leaving the sample empty. If you hear it carefully you can here the base drum, played on the noise channel, the high pitched sound that comes from the third channel and then the music itself, coming from the first two channels.

Played all together, these sound create the best melody of all the 8-bit era and, in my opinion, the best tune of all time:

This is just the soundtrack of one of the five worlds in which the game is divided but I can say that even the other ones are really great tunes: you can hear them before and after the one I’ve posted.

I should mention other notable soundtracks but I realized that the “others” in my list would be tunes from gamne I’ve played intensely during my youth. This might bias my opinion, because I’m 99% sure that it would be the same even for you. For example I could say that Jackie Chan’s Action Kung-Fu has a great soundtrack but was it really so good? Or maybe it was just because I’ve played it and completed it more than any other game? Who knows. However, better try to hear that music too, you can finf it here.

What is your favourite soundtrack?

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. thedeviot says:

    There are too many great OST’s to narrow down to one for me.

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    1. benez256 says:

      You can try 🙂

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      1. thedeviot says:

        I guess if it were gun to the head pick one, I’d have to roll with Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. The soundtrack in it is nothing short of breathtaking. The Developers at Black Forest Games got the original composer from the original C64 game; Chris Huelsbeck to come back. He, and Fabian Del Priore composed a wonderful set of tracks in a dystopian New Wave style with heavy influence from the original game’s 8-bit chiptunes. But on top of that Metal band Machinae Supremacy (whom use a C64 SID chip for effects in their music) were hired to cover these songs in glorious SID Metal.
        During gameplay these tracks play in tandem. As you shift between worlds the tracks change between the different styles. Which not only sound amazing, but fit the dream, and nightmare worlds the game presents you. You can buy the OST through Steam:http://store.steampowered.com/app/326370/Giana_Sisters_Twisted_Dreams__Original_Soundtrack/ but Chris Huelsbeck also has it on his bandcamp store:
        https://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/giana-sisters-twisted-dreams-original-soundtrack

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      2. benez256 says:

        I will surely hear it! I’ve always considered Giana Sisters a stupid game, but probably I’m wrong…

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      3. thedeviot says:

        It’s seriously one of the best platformers ever made. The original game also had some of the best tunes on the C64. I still listen to that OST fairly often. It’s amazing what Chris did with the SID. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bgqYIMp_1M

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  2. rakanalysis says:

    While I understand that it’s a popular NES track and my perspective is controversial, I’ve never enjoyed the Moon theme from DuckTales, with the high-pitched beeps at the start putting me off immediately and consistently find it to be among my least favourite video game music. In terms of 8-bit music, I tend to prefer the C64 SID music from the likes of Jeroen Tel, Tim Follin, Rob Hubbard, et cetera; I feel you could get more out of the SID than the sound channels on the Ricoh 2A03.

    As for my favourite video game soundtrack of all time, like THEDEVIOT, I find it extremely difficult to narrow it down to a single soundtrack, but if I were forced to, the one that would come to my head first would probably be Frank Klepacki’s soundtrack to Command & Conquer. It’s certainly the most important one to me; the moment I first heard Act on Instinct was a turning point in my video gaming life and convinced me that the PC was the platform for me.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve heard great things about the SID chip of the C64 but I’m a complete newbie on this machine so it’s hard for me to find a good soundtrack since I’ve barely used it. Probably I will change my mind in a few years…:)

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  3. My favourite soundtrack was Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. I remember the music for the fights against the bosses was fast and had a sense of urgency. The flashbacks during animated sequences used low, sad music that emphasised the tragedy. The game ended with a melancholy song that created an interesting atmosphere. I really enjoyed the main theme, which created senses of action and grandiosity and was even composed by a famous composer for film music. I even used to watch trailers available on a bonus disk because I enjoyed the way the music fitted with the images from the game. I was going to suggest the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but I thought it was more appropriate to select a game where the developers created their own music. I can understand why an 8-bit game was selected, I like the way these games created their own unique music using the technology available, which became easily recognisable.
    What other music did you enjoy? Why do you prefer the Moon theme to other music from the game?

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  4. kmerrill8276 says:

    The first series I immediately think of when it comes to music is Castlevania. My pick would be either Super Castlevania IV or Aria of Sorrow.

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  5. pick3dlast says:

    Enjoyed Duck Tails too! There are so many 8bit soundtracks to talk about, but mine is Bionic Commando. Maybe one week should be favorite NES opening theme; there are so many memorable ones!
    My favorite overall OST has to be Chrono Cross!
    https://nolongerpick3dlast.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/week-07-favorite-game-soundtrack/

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