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    Anyone else compose retro video game music? I'm working on a PC-Engine inspired shoot em' up and here is what I have for my soundtrack so far.

    https://soundcloud.com/spacedragonfo...agon-force-ost

    A written using deflemask track in PC-Engine mode...

    I would love to port the game to the real hardware but that's beyond my ability at the moment.

    Okay I just remixed it a bit and added the tile screen music.
    Last edited by TravisHuckins; July 17th, 2018 at 08:54 PM. Reason: Updated link

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    Sure, but it wasn't "retro" at the time. And not as good as yours.

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    Wow, these are awesome tunes! absolutely killing, psyched to play the game.

    I never played much PC-Engine, I had a Genesis, but the sound is definitely interesting and makes me want to check out some other PC-engine tunes.

    I compose some tunes for Adlib/Soundblaster, some of it is on my site which is linked in my signature.
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    I'm more interested in composing, if that's the right word, classic or not so classic rock, alternative tunes, or just some aspects of the music, as digital representations. I think I actually had music construction set for the c64 back in the day, but barely used it.-

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    I've been interested in composing for vintage systems for years, although it's less strictly "retro video game music" than following my own stylistic whims (among which classic video game music is certainly a big influence) on vintage sound sources. I haven't done as much with it since I got into vintage synthesizers a few years ago and started writing with these in mind most of the time, but some of my NES/SID/MOD stuff is up on my site at: http://www.commodorejohn.com/miscsongs.php
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    I think this subject is big enough to support a sub-forum of its own.

    Over on atari-forum.com the sub-forum concerning Atari ST music composition has subsections, and that's for a machine which was not originally considered musically awesome - except for its built in MIDI interface, which defined it as the MIDI sequencer of choice for a generation.

    The chip music scene is so huge that I have always been surprised there is not a section devoted to it here.

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    It has its devotees, but the majority of collectors aren't focused on it. Most aren't focused on anything at all, other then presumably staring at their vintage Pentium II tower, wishing it actually still worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiriusHardware View Post
    I think this subject is big enough to support a sub-forum of its own.
    Yeah, I agree. There's quite a few of us on this forum who are interested in this kinda stuff. Would be cool to have a "Vintage Computer Music" section.
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    Here are a couple of mine which could (I suppose) fit in a game.

    OPL3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JLNmV_iBPI
    OPL2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMDN25qGvcg

    As for actual video game music... I did remix a few tunes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxAVZRJFKzk
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    Quote Originally Posted by VileR View Post
    Here are a couple of mine which could (I suppose) fit in a game.

    OPL3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JLNmV_iBPI
    OPL2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMDN25qGvcg

    As for actual video game music... I did remix a few tunes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxAVZRJFKzk
    I have been messing around with Adlib Tracker II in my DOS PC but the music does not come as easy as with trackers on my modern PC because I have no way to use a midi keyboard with it. I really like the first track you linked.

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