The very best Beeb tunes?

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The very best Beeb tunes?

Post by 0xC0DE » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:44 pm

SimonM has been doing an amazing job in converting the Bad Apple chiptune (by Inverse Phase) to the Acorn Electron, for use in my version of this well known demo. As you know not many great tunes exist on the Electron. Until now that is!

:?: What are (in your humble opinion) the very best Beeb tunes (in game or demo) that deserve to be converted to the Elk?
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Post by Arcadian » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:59 pm

Great question!

Personally I'd love to hear what a single-channel rendition of Martin Galway's Crazee Rider theme might sound like (FYI the music could only be heard on the enhanced BBC Master version of the game).

His intro theme for Galaforce 2 was another one of my favourites, but I'm not sure how well this one would translate to just one sound channel ... :?: The High Score track was a jolly little track as well, so that would be another of my nominations!
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Post by Pernod » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:13 pm

Arcadian wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:59 pm
Personally I'd love to hear what a single-channel rendition of Martin Galway's Crazee Rider theme might sound like (FYI the music could only be heard on the enhanced BBC Master version of the game).
Similarly in the enhanced Stryker's Run there's YMO's Rydeen.
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Post by 0xC0DE » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:56 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! (keep them coming please)

To be clear: all credit goes to SimonM who created the tools/scripts to convert BBC tunes to the Elk, not me!
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Post by Andrew_Waite » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:54 pm

The in-game music to Bubble Bobble is nice. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c9abQIXJGI )
Or the loading music to Dare Devil Dennis. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acKm7V-joeon )
The in-game music to Pengo is quite good as well ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_j0xHIM5mw )
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Post by RobC » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:42 pm

+1 for Galaforce 2. I connected my M128 to an amp BITD just so that I could listen to it in all its glory.

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Post by Dave Footitt » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:49 pm

Melvyn Wright's Firebird loaders were really great, I'd buy the games just to hear that music!

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Post by Diminished » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 pm

Was a fan of the Cold Tea demo myself (I remember seeing at least one instance of this being deliberately modified to "Clod Eat"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X374F0dhIks

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Post by Arcadian » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:10 pm

Ah, well of course Cold Tea was 'reversed' by Gary Partis and used for Psycastria.

Electron version had a single-channel rendition of the [reversed] theme - and having just checked the old Stairway To Hell page it turns out not only did I digitise the music from Electron Psycastria about 20 years ago - I also uploaded a 'reversed' version too - so to hear a native Electron version just follow this link! :) http://www.stairwaytohell.com/music/electron.html
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Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

Post by colinhoad » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:47 am

The intro music for "Stryker's Run 2: Codename Droid" is my favourite music on the Beeb. I often used to load up that game just to listen to the music!

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Post by trixster » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:00 am

I always enjoyed Spellbinder
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Post by fuzzel » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:56 pm

I'd go for Level 9's Snowball loader (Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons), also Lords of Time (Haydn's Symphony No. 101 - The Clock - geddit?)
I recall another game had The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel but which one escapes me for the moment.
I also had the CLODEAT version, took me a while to realise it was meant to be COLD TEA.

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Post by chrisn » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:02 pm

Dave Footitt wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:49 pm
Melvyn Wright's Firebird loaders were really great, I'd buy the games just to hear that music!
Same here, the music was excellent. Reminded of this, I just did a search and found that Melvyn has a great website dedicated to mechanical organs. :D

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