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The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« on: 19:09, 11 February 11 »
One of my absolute favorite SID tunes was the title tune for the game Warhawk. Originally named Proteus afaik, but later titled Warhawk when it was used for the game.

I just learned now, that Rob Hubbard based this tune heavily on a 1975 track by John Keating called The Uknown Planet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSDAd32HJs

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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #1 on: 17:21, 12 February 11 »
Nice find! Warhawk tune is one of my all-time favs...


And here's a better video, showcasing the original next to the SID version, aptly named SID Roots :)


[youtube]xoM0Q7DkSbk[/youtube]


PS My gods, this is so seventies! The funky guitar, the trumpets, the wah, the album cover, the font...!
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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #2 on: 19:04, 12 February 11 »
I first heard the Warhawk tune when I was eight on my Atari 800Xl and it became an all-time favourite.


The original is also so amazing! Rob Hubbard did a great job conevrting the tune to 8-bit formats.


[youtube]7qtX_w2kpIg[/youtube]


Thanks for the links!

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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #3 on: 10:37, 22 February 11 »
Is it my idea or does it sound better on the a8 than the c64?

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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #4 on: 13:56, 22 February 11 »
For me the best version of the warhawk tune is the Atari version, followed by the Amstrad version and then the C64 version.


I think the Atari version is faster than the C64 and its instruments resemble more the original tune.

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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #5 on: 19:20, 29 April 11 »
I still prefer the CPC version, followed by the 800XL.  I do not like the C64 version due to being over the top with the SID synth sound, and lacks the heavy percussive, spooky and up tempo sound of the CPC.  I think the CPC version sounds much more balanced and effective.
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Re: The Warhawk tune was really done by John Keating
« Reply #6 on: 20:03, 29 April 11 »
oh, i love the original from john keating. the tune from hubbard is so bad copied. i also prefer the cpc version of the tune.