Last week, I had a hankering to get some new arrangements done, and I was surfing Youtube ideas for new tunes to arrange; after listening to music from more widely known titles (Castlevania, Mario Kart, etc) I randomly thought of the games I had played when I was a kid, the really old stuff for DOS computers. My dad had a whole CD of free or shareware games, and my siblings and I played them endlessly. I Youtubed one of them, which I barely remembered was called "Bio Menace." It was like stepping back into my childhood, hearing and remembering the catchy tunes from fifteen years ago! I spent a good afternoon on Youtube, looking up other games, and discovered two things: 1) My dad's CD was almost entirely made up of Apogee games, and 2) THE SAME GUY wrote the music for almost ALL of the games I had played! Bio Menace, Word Rescue, Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, Doom, Wolfenstein, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure...the list goes on and on. Bobby Prince was his name, and man was he a talent. His compositional voice varies so much from game to game, it truly amazed me to find out that he had scored all of these games! I hope I meet him someday; his music is truly the voice of my childhood.
Enjoy the new arrangements for Duke Nukem II, Word Rescue and Bio Menace! More are on the way!
Video game music was what got me composing as a kid, and I learned the basics of composition from transcribing my favorite VGM pieces. These are my thoughts and discoveries about various game compositions as I transcribe and study them. Feel free to comment with your own thoughts/ideas as well!