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Hi everyone!  As I have in the past enjoyed video game music sometimes even more than classical music, I thought I'd post some of my favorite tracks to share with you.  If you post in this forum try to share your reasons for liking the excerpt(s).  Does it put you in a certain mood?  Is there some technical quality of the music that you admire?  Does it break some rules?  Does it follow certain other rules?  Anything you can think of!

Example:  This is a track from the original "Star Fox" for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  "Titania" is an ice planet in the game that you have to traverse in the novice course to the planet "Venom" the ultimate seat of the antagonist "Andross".  I like this track because of it's cool house beats and use of both the natural and flat 7th degree of the scale at the same time.  If you listen carefully, the bass has a kind of tonic pedal-like riff that includes a flat 7th while the melody is playing a natural 7th.

 

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At risk of being the only reply to my own thread I'm posting a track that I recently found out about through an 8-bit music theory video about Austin Wintory - a video game music composer.

This track captured my attention through its use of synth warm-pads and 7 harps playing their parts slightly out of time to create a kind of undulating underwater atmosphere that I love.  It also happens to use the dorian mode with an added b6 which is in the harp accomplished by using both an Eb and an Fb to fill in for the E natural needed to make this dorian.

 

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I can't believe you haven't gotten replies to this topic.

I don't play games anymore, but I still have a lot of music I listen to from games.

The intro to lords of thunder always gets me pumped

Great melody in this one; would also make a good metal song

Castlevania probably has the best music in video games

The Witcher's soundtrack is, tbh, pretty over-rated, but there are some great tracks on it none the less

 

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Nice topic!

I like the Shadowgate soundtrack because it's eerie, mystical and has a little jazzy harmonics here and there:
 


I also did a keyboard cover of another Shadowgate song here:



And I love Metroid soundtrack, as one of my music college mate said "It doesn't sound like anything else". Perfectly fitted for the NES platform with three individual parts, interesting harmonic lines and counterparts.
 

 

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Anybody out there still own a gaming console and regularly actually play any games on it?  I used to own a Super Nintendo back in the day.  I played some really classic games on it including Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan), Chrono Trigger, RoboTrek, SimCity and Pilotwings, among others (I just can't seem to remember more right now).

But I guess the very first console I owned was a Turbo Grafix 16 which had cards instead of cartridges.  I don't even remember the titles of the games I played on it.  There was a really neat RPG that I played on it in which instead of battling the enemies you encounter on the world map - you race them.  Then you have to save money to buy (or find) better equipment for your car.

I of course had my fair share of gaming on the PC.  I played TIE Fighter which has a great soundtrack based on the Star Wars themes including a really neat fugue with accompaniment based on the Imperial March theme.  The classics that I played were among others, Duke Nukem 3D, and Blood 3D (an offshoot of the former).  Of course I've played more modern installments of these genres of video games but somehow they don't really stand out as much music-wise.

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15 hours ago, PaperComposer said:

I used to own a Super Nintendo back in the day.  I played some really classic games on it including Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan)

My all time favorite story line from any video game I've ever played. Half way through was a pretty big twist.

 

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@AngelCityOutlaw I love how the 2nd chromatically descends into a flat 2 making the mode momentarily phrygian in the Castlevania track ... great theme as well ... I must have heard it before because it sounds famous.

@Olov Are you sure that the keyboard cover you posted is the same piece that you posted first from Shadowgate - the Castle Room?

@Tónskáld Could you provide some context for this Baba Yetu piece that you posted?  Where in Civilization VI is this music used?

@Left Unexplained Any particular track from God of War that you like the most/favor?  Feel free to post it if you do have one!

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@Thatguy v2.0 The only story-line that I think is even more sublime is Chrono Trigger as far RPG's go.  I don't know if you've ever heard the music from that game but Nabuo Uematsu helped write it as well.  Yasunori Mitsuda was so stressed out by the undertaking of writing music for this game that he developed stomach ulcers LoL.

 

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21 hours ago, PaperComposer said:

@AngelCityOutlaw I love how the 2nd chromatically descends into a flat 2 making the mode momentarily phrygian in the Castlevania track ... great theme as well ... I must have heard it before because it sounds famous.

@Olov Are you sure that the keyboard cover you posted is the same piece that you posted first from Shadowgate - the Castle Room?

@Tónskáld Could you provide some context for this Baba Yetu piece that you posted?  Where in Civilization VI is this music used?

@Left Unexplained Any particular track from God of War that you like the most/favor?  Feel free to post it if you do have one!

 

Sorry. Changing one sentence to be more clear. I think it was the game (soundtrack) I referred to as "it", not the song. But now I rewrote the sentence

 

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