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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Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

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.
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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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Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

Post by timmy » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:54 pm

I wonder how Icarus would fair on the Elk...?!

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Post by SimonSideburns » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:29 pm

If you've never heard it, the music that was part of the intro on the disk user disks was good. I believe it even got named by a reader. Something along the lines of Fidgety Digits if my memory serves me correctly. I can still find myself humming it to myself at times even after around 30 years since my subscription finished when the magazine closed down, to be replaced by Fast Access that never seemed to have the same appeal.

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The music that plays on the intro to FLIP!
Melvyn Wright's Beebioli (see my youtube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNiiBc6bjnU)
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Post by fuzzel » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:15 pm

I agree with chrisn and Dave Footitt, I was just thinking of some old beeb tunes on the way home from work and Harvey Headbanger with the organ music loader sprang to mind, I loved that one. I've just loaded it up and discovered it was by none other than Melvyn Wright. I'll have to check out his website some time.

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Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

Post by cmorley » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:48 pm

Was the Rydeen rendition in Stryker's Run stolen from a Sega game and modded for 1xSN76489? https://vgmrips.net/packs/pack/super-locomotive-arcade

I just watched the latest 8-bit guy playing VGM files and it was on there....

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Post by Rich Talbot-Watkins » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:50 am

Sounds like a different rendition to me - a lot closer to the original YMO version in fact!

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Post by cmorley » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:31 am

The SEGA one has 2 sound chips... so double the voices. The falling tone note bit is identical on the BBC version which doesn't sound all that true to the YMO original. Listen to them back to back... same sound chip... same source me thinks!

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Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

Post by flibble » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:12 pm

Pretty certain the Rydeen track in Striker's Run is from Super Locomotive, because they also nicked the 'Bonus Stage' music from Super Locomotive to be the Striker's Run high score entry music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o89fWnolC4U

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:52 pm

I always quite enjoyed the tape loader music from Ghouls.
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Post by Rich Talbot-Watkins » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:18 pm

flibble wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Pretty certain the Rydeen track in Striker's Run is from Super Locomotive, because they also nicked the 'Bonus Stage' music from Super Locomotive to be the Striker's Run high score entry music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o89fWnolC4U
But this also is a slightly different rendition! But, yeah, Super Locomotive does seem to be the provenance of the two tunes, even though they've been somewhat tweaked. Seems as if the source got out somehow as the Wikipedia article for Super Locomotive suggests that the soundtrack was reused by other games as well as Stryker's Run!

(Edit: Just noticed that the scrolling message in the enhanced version of Stryker's Run credits the music to "Mr. Mystery"! I always assumed it was Martin Galway, as I think he and Chris Roberts were schoolmates)

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