I may not be wetting my pants over Super Mario World's cave theme, but I still like it and rather miss it and the SMB2 underground theme. I like the original, don't get me wrong, but it seems like it's in every game now.
Well, again, it’s not terrible. It just isn’t the song. It’s super simple, super ambient.
What are some of your favorite remixes of Mario music? I'm interested in classic NES and SNES era stuff, specifically, but if you have some cool stuff from Galaxy or whatever I'm down on that as well.
There’s a problem here. I think I said this when I was asked about game music, but I don’t actually think Mario music is that listenable, for the most part. Don’t get me wrong - the Super Mario Bros. theme is crazy iconic, but I feel like each Mario game usually only has one or two songs like that and the rest are just kind of in the background. Because, like, nobody is wetting their pants with excitement over the Cave theme in Super Mario World.
There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. Mario Music is never actually bad, it’s just pointless outside of the context of the game. It provides the perfect ambiance for that specific moment in time, but you just can’t usually listen to it on its own.
It wasn’t until Super Mario Galaxy that I went “Wow, Mario music got awesome.”
That being said, I can still assemble a list for you. I wish I could provide more download links for this stuff, though. But linking Youtube is faster.
What are some of your favorite game soundtracks?
Honestly, I don’t listen to music as much as I used to, and I’m starting to think maybe it’s because I’m tired of my music library. I also don’t feel like there’s any time to listen to music - it’s all podcasts, and youtube, and whatever else. Music is what I listen to as I fall asleep, now.
Of course, I say this, but then I make a really long post about a billion soundtracks. And these still aren’t even all my favorites.
Secret Base Zone
For reference, here’s what the original I did years ago sounds like. File date says 2008, but I’m pretty sure it’s from way before that.
Secret Base Zone Act 1 (Remastered)
Tatsuyuki Maeda, Yutaka Minobe
Did this a long time ago, had inspiration today to revisit it and see if I could do a better version. Turned out really well, I think. Original MIDI by Teck.
You ever listen to anything off of OCReMix? There's some great stuff on that site.
Of course. I have friends who were, or probably still are, part of the OCR community, and I think at least one of them has actually had their music published.
I used to be way in to listening to OCR stuff years ago, but eventually fell out - there are a lot of musical themes common to OCR releases, namely the electronica/techno remix. After awhile it all starts to blend together a bit. There’s only so many remixes of Ice Cap Zone and Schala’s Theme you can stomach.
Still, I stay subscribed to their Youtube channel and will listen to stuff that catches my eye.
How's Lost World's soundtrack?
Pretty good, though like all of Lost World, seems to be taking quite an influence from Mario games. It’s a lot lower tempo, a lot jazzier, with simple acoustic guitar and violins. No buttrock anywhere that I remember.
While we’re at it, here’s a link to the finished (?) version of Frantic Factory. In reality, I just added music box sounds like the original. I should probably re-render the song, it sounds like the compressor is barfing on it a little too hard in some spots.
Since I’m not sure Tumblr is going to display this properly with a download link, it’s over here on my Tindeck.
What do you think of Shadow the Hedgehog's soundtrack?
It’s okay, but not great. There are only a handful of songs I really genuinely like, but most of it is too… grungy for me. Again, I like melodies, so the thought of heavy guitar chords and nothing to unify the song isn’t really appealing.
The only two songs I really find myself going back and listening to are Lethal Highway, and because I have a weird affinity for certain types of 80’s Hair Metal, Never Turn Back. Never Turn Back is probably my favorite song from the game; I acknowledge that it’s actually a really terrible song, but there’s something about it that is really catchy and I love it for how awful it is.
Is there ANYTHING redeemable about Sonic '06?
Some of the music’s okay. I don’t actually fawn all over the music quite as hard as some people do, though; some tracks are nice, but it’s a lot more low-key than a lot of Sonic music is. More ambient.
I’ve always been a guy who loves melody, so something like Aquatic Base is kind of boring to me, because it’s mostly drums and bass (but not Drum N’ Bass). But, man, The Inlet is a really great, energetic song. Same with The Chase.