How many BBC programs had tape loading music?

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How many BBC programs had tape loading music?

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There was one on the Smash 7 compilation (I'm sure it was Gunsmoke) but I've not even been aware the BBC carried them.

Might collect a few tapes if there are some decent ones. I'm not expecting Ocean loader standards or anything but I like the BBC's music.
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Ghouls has some great loader music and Dare Devil Denis did too. There are plenty more but Ghouls and DDD are a couple I know for sure.

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As already mentioned, Dare Devil Denis is one of the better music loaders. I seem to remember the early Firebird titles from 84/85 (Star Drifter, Microcosm, The Hacker, Fat Man Sam, etc.) had a Melvyn Wright musical organ whilst loading.
I'm struggling to think of any others.
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Castle Quest (which also had its own tape format to try and stop people copying it...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71LF2PjYgnM
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Opus "Dogfight" didn't have a loading tape theme, but it _did_ have a theme playing while display the slowly scrolling instructions.
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Level 9 Adventure games on tape definitely play music as the main program loads.
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Thanks for all these. Keep 'em rolling in and I'll see what Ebay can dish me up.
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This video has some good music too.

At this point in the video, is that really BBC music?
https://youtu.be/LVFk38DZQOE?t=1881
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Commie_User wrote:At this point in the video, is that really BBC music?
https://youtu.be/LVFk38DZQOE?t=1881
Yep, it's Icarus, play here.
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That looks another for my Ebay list. I like originals where they're good.

Any joystick compatibility?
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Duck and Sphere are two more I found. Or Digital Defender.

And Bird Strike.
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Reviving an old thread here...

My recollection is that the Level 9 cassette versions played music by Bach as you loaded. I could be wrong and it was a different series of games, but my recollection is Bach.

Also, there was a game that didn't play music with it's game loader, BUT if you listed the loader out, you saw there was a section of BASIC that wasn't called. Change it so it is called, and it played the theme tune from Captain Pugwash. At the time I imagined it was part of some sort of copy protection scheme - that if the program detected an pirate copy, it would play Captain Pugwash. Pugwash being a pirate you see!

But now I imagine that it was just a copyright issue. At the last moment the distributor disabled the music the developer had put in because they didn't want to be sued.

I'm really not sure what game that was on. But my guess is Chuckie Egg. But don't go looking, It's a very vague guess.
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cardboardguru wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:09 pm
Also, there was a game that didn't play music with it's game loader, BUT if you listed the loader out, you saw there was a section of BASIC that wasn't called. Change it so it is called, and it played the theme tune from Captain Pugwash.
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=8805&p=97166&hilit ... ack#p97166

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cardboardguru wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:09 pm
Reviving an old thread here...

My recollection is that the Level 9 cassette versions played music by Bach as you loaded. I could be wrong and it was a different series of games, but my recollection is Bach.

Also, there was a game that didn't play music with it's game loader, BUT if you listed the loader out, you saw there was a section of BASIC that wasn't called. Change it so it is called, and it played the theme tune from Captain Pugwash. At the time I imagined it was part of some sort of copy protection scheme - that if the program detected an pirate copy, it would play Captain Pugwash. Pugwash being a pirate you see!

But now I imagine that it was just a copyright issue. At the last moment the distributor disabled the music the developer had put in because they didn't want to be sued.

I'm really not sure what game that was on. But my guess is Chuckie Egg. But don't go looking, It's a very vague guess.
That would be Frak!
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Tape version of Uridium by Hewson also had loading music playing.
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Frak! Ah yes!
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Most Firebird games also have music playing while loading the protected part of the program.
Like Acid Drops, Bird Strike, Duck!, Estra, Fat man Sam, Gold Digger, Microcosm, Mister Freeze, Star Drifter, The Hacker,

Doctor Who by Micro power.
Drain Mania by Icon Software.
are two others with loading music.
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Firetrack, Ghouls, Squeekaliser ... all played music whilst loading in from tape.
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Arcadian wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:21 pm
Firetrack, Ghouls, Squeekaliser ... all played music whilst loading in from tape.
never seen a tape version of Squeekaliser so was not aware of that one.
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cardboardguru wrote:
My recollection is that the Level 9 cassette versions played music by Bach as you loaded. I could be wrong and it was a different series of games, but my recollection is Bach.
I think you're barking up the wrong tree there, cardboardguru! :lol:

Level 9's Snowball loader is Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, the Lords of Time loader is Haydn's Symphony No. 101 - The Clock. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel was used for another game but I'm not sure which, I'll download some tape versions and investigate further.

I guess most game music (tape loader / menu / game start / in-game) won't have been original, maybe we could start a new topic listing games and their original musical source?
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vanekp wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:18 am
Arcadian wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:21 pm
Firetrack, Ghouls, Squeekaliser ... all played music whilst loading in from tape.
never seen a tape version of Squeekaliser so was not aware of that one.
I addws it to the STH Tape Archive... in April 2001 ;)

https://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/arch ... iser_B.zip
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oh thanks, did not know that it still got updated.
#-o I did have it, just windows search did not find it :lol:
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