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CPC game music
« on: 16:25, 17 October 18 »

From what I remember of the  CPC games I played back in late eighties/early nineties the music was usually quite short (a minute or so?) in length and then looped continuously throughout the rest of the game-play.  Perfectly understandable when games were initially written for the 464 and then transferred to the 6128.
What about 6128 games only?
Were there any games that the music length was expanded beyond this limit?

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #1 on: 17:12, 17 October 18 »
There's some games which music lasted longer than a minute.
My video here highlights some of them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl0c5IDQUnw&t=
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #2 on: 19:32, 17 October 18 »
Thanks Zeropolis,

Downloaded and I will listen to it tomorrow.

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #3 on: 00:04, 18 October 18 »
No probs. Hope you enjoy and none of them are looped.
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #4 on: 01:21, 18 October 18 »
Three of my favourite CPC tunes were Heavy on the Magick, Trantor, and Meltdown.
All stunning pieces, and all pretty long.

Meltdown is my fave CPC tune ever.
It's not all that impressive from a technical point of view, but the composition is stunning.
I'd love to hear a modern cover of it.
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #5 on: 08:58, 18 October 18 »

Thanks Ervin,

Had to listen to the Spectrum version of Heavy on the Magick but even that was excellent, a classical arrangement is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCn-uu9uzV0

I have downloaded the other two and will listen to them later.

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #6 on: 10:34, 18 October 18 »
I've just checked through my MP3 collection and these are all over 1 minute long (and, from memory, not looped);

Trollie Wallie, Super Space Invaders, Robozone, Artura, Avenger, Death Wish III, Deflektor, Footballer Of The Year, Future Knight, HATE, Krakout, Mask 3, Switchblade, Thing On A Spring, Blade Runner, Cyberbig, Prehistorik 2, Super Cauldron, Finders Keepers, BMX Simulator, Beverly Hills Cop, Beyond The Ice Palace, Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, Defcom, Dizzy Down The Rapids, Elektra Glide, Elevator Action, Gilbert (Escape From Drill), Glider Rider, Mr Heli, Shadow Of The Beast, Spellbound Dizzy, Stormbringer, Trantor, Treasure Island Dizzy, Xenon, Subbuteo, Xyphoe's Fantasy, Demon's Revenge, Energy, 1943, Bravestarr, Battle Valley, Cybernoid, Cybernoid 2, GI Hero, Herobotix, Marauder, Maze Mania, Nebulus, Netherworld, Radzone, Stormlord, Stormlord 2 (Deliverance), Turbo Boat Simulator, Zynaps, Gryzor, Mega Apocalypse, Out Run, Rastan Saga, Savage, Ball Breaker, Caecilia Metella, 3D Starfighter, Brainache, Dizzy, Super Robin Hood, (Bad Dudes Vs) Dragonninja, Burnin' Rubber, Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge, Darkman, Robocop, The Vindicator, Mega-Phoenix, 1942, Airwolf 2, Duet, Great Gurianos, Space Harrier, Overlander, Hot Shot, Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Pit Fighter, Batman (The Movie), Druid (Loader), Harvey Headbanger (Loader), Spiky Harold (Loader), Thrust (Loader), Stun Runner, Eliminator, Equinox, Exolon, Rampage, Silkworm, Prehistorik, Paladin, Barbarian, Cauldron 2, Stifflip & Co, The Sacred Armour Of Antiriad, Five-A-Side Soccer, Hydrofool, Knight Tyme, Monty On The Run, Nemesis The Warlock, Saboteur 2, Shockway Rider, Spellbound, The Human Race, The Last V8, Thundercats, Trans-Atlantic Balloon Challenge, Warhawk, Wriggler (Romantic Robot), Kettle, Turrican 2, Golden Axe, St Dragon, Batman (The Caped Crusader), Captain Blood, Purple Saturn Day, Double Dragon, Flimbo's Quest, Jet Set Willy, RBI2 (Baseball), Agent X 2, Gauntlet 3, Ghouls 'N' Ghosts, Cavemania, Las Tres Luces De Glaurung, Titanic, L'Aigle D'Or and Meltdown (SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?)

There are many, many others!
Amstrad game music was/is underrated (due to that CYD thing on the C64.)
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #7 on: 10:40, 18 October 18 »
Never heard of the Roland Radio? I recorded most of the music. There are many, many, many songs that are more than one minute long, I can assure you.
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #8 on: 10:42, 18 October 18 »
Thank you!

Are these available to download anywhere?

Cheers,

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #9 on: 12:54, 18 October 18 »
I obviously have the 1300 I have recorded, but it's a bit hard to share...
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #10 on: 13:28, 18 October 18 »
I obviously have the 1300 I have recorded, but it's a bit hard to share...


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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #11 on: 16:09, 18 October 18 »
The archive is quite big indeed. Plus, if you want to listen to the songs, simply use the radio...
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #12 on: 17:20, 18 October 18 »
I sometimes listen to Roland Radio to check out songs I may never have heard of and then tend to download a lot of YM files from CPC-Power since they're so tiny in filesize compared to mp3 versions and you can still play them in various music players (if not native like XMPlay then usually with some sort of add-on and even got players for them on my phone too).

Glider-Rider for example you can listen to the music on the page itself, or click the bouncing yellow disk character icon before each filename to download the YM.
http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&onglet=zicym&num=983
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #13 on: 20:52, 18 October 18 »
Thanks for the interesting replies and I have today checked out Roland Radio.

Ervin - never saw Meltdown but what a great tune!
Anyone wanting to check it out will find it here courtesy of ASiC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7S0M6qJPg8


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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #14 on: 21:09, 18 October 18 »
The archive is quite big indeed. Plus, if you want to listen to the songs, simply use the radio...
We cannot "use" the radio, just listen to (barely) 3 or 4 playlists per week, far, far, far away from 1300 songs you told us about  :(
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #15 on: 00:56, 19 October 18 »
One Man and His Mic has a fair bit of podcasts with amstrad music (and other 8/16bit music) over at:
http://www.binaryzone.org/podcast/


Like a show no 7 the "AY show". Both Amstrad & Spectrum had the AY chip so they sound quite alike.


About 6128 only: as music usually took up a lot of space it was usually just about a game having music or not at all. So no "extended" music af far as i recall. Quite a lot of games that got added music if you loaded it in a 6128 instead of a 464. Like Shinobi, Hero Quest, Gryzor & Renegade.

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #16 on: 11:04, 19 October 18 »
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Ervin - never saw Meltdown but what a great tune!

Meltdown was composed by WE Music, which is actually no less than... the late Ben Daglish.


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We cannot "use" the radio, just listen to (barely) 3 or 4 playlists per week
You should talk to kangaroo about that, I already did, but he didn't change how the randomness is managed. Indeed, this is quite repetitive.
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #17 on: 11:45, 19 October 18 »
@ComSoft6128 - CPC-Power has a lot of Amstrad game music, for example here's the MELTDOWN music-page and the corresponding .ym files can be downloaded to be "used" offline. CPC-Power even tells you how long the music-file is!


Just spend a few seconds/minutes/hours/days searching for your favourite games (or composers), download the ones you like or are over 1 minute and enjoy!


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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #18 on: 14:52, 19 October 18 »

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Thanks, I stand corrected :).
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #19 on: 16:06, 19 October 18 »
No, it is I who stand corrected as it was ANTHONY CROWTHER and BEN DAGLISH.
I got my SIDs confused... apologies to those who made me know that I offended them!



EDIT: FYI Meltdown was the first game I transferred to DISC when I got my first DDI-1. The "sample voice" and music were just amazing! I still listen to the theme now... albeit via an MP3 version! ^_^
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #20 on: 16:37, 19 October 18 »
@ComSoft6128 - CPC-Power has a lot of Amstrad game music, for example here's the MELTDOWN music-page and the corresponding .ym files can be downloaded to be "used" offline. CPC-Power even tells you how long the music-file is!


Just spend a few seconds/minutes/hours/days searching for your favourite games (or composers), download the ones you like or are over 1 minute and enjoy!
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #21 on: 11:58, 07 January 19 »
Meltdown is my fave CPC tune ever.
It's not all that impressive from a technical point of view, but the composition is stunning.
I'd love to hear a modern cover of it.

Absolutely! I hooked my CPC to the stereo to enjoy the energetic bass lines :)

A modern cover of it .. what a great idea ...
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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #22 on: 14:31, 07 January 19 »
Airwolf 2 ingame tune sound a bit like Meltdow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiuKDmMzAhU @ 0:16

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Re: CPC game music
« Reply #23 on: 18:50, 07 January 19 »
Airwolf II


I remember getting the original disk and I was amazed by that track.
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« Reply #24 on: 19:19, 07 January 19 »
Airwolf 2 ingame tune sound a bit like Meltdown.
From the same composer (Mark Cooksey) - Great Gurianos
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