Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!
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?