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Questions for Matt Gray

Post by merman » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:40 am

Here's your chance to ask musician Matt Gray the questions, to feature in issue 182's In The Chair interview.

Matt's amazing C64 career spanned just three years but featured some landmark games - including Last Ninja II. He then went on to be a successful dance musician and remixer in his own right before co-founding Motiv8 and joining hit makers Xenomania. (And yes, he is credited on Cher's hit single Believe).

Matt has returned to remix his own and other C64 composers' work for the two Reformation albums funded through Kickstarter - and those will include new SID music from Matt for the first time in over 25 years! Matt is also helping out on Hunter's Moon Remastered - a new C64 incarnation with lots of new features.

Matt's discography:

Mean Streak for Dalali Software / Mirror Soft (C64) 1987
Yogi Bear for Dalali Software / Piranha (C64) 1987
Driller (aka Space Station Oblivion) for Incentive (C64) 1987
Quedex (aka Mindroll) for Thalamus (C64) 1987
Bangkok Knights loading tune for System 3 (C64) 1987
Hunter’s Moon for Thalamus (C64) 1987
Fruit Machine Simulator for Codemasters (C64) 1987
Last Ninja II – Back With A Vengeance for System 3 (C64) 1988
Pogo Stick Olympics for Probe / Silverbird (C64) 1988
Hyperion 2 – un-released (C64) 1988
4 Soccer Simulators for Codemasters (C64) 1989
BMX Freestyle for Codemasters (C64) 1989
BMX Simulator II (aka Professional BMX Simulator) for Codemasters (C64) 1989
Dominator for System 3 (C64) 1989
KGB Superspy for Codemasters (C64) 1989
Maze Mania for Hewson (C64) 1989
Moto X Simulator for Codemasters (C64) 1989
Treasure Island Dizzy for Codemasters (C64) 1989
Tusker for System 3 (C64) 1989
Vendetta for System 3 (C64) 1990
Deliverance – Stormlord 2 for Hewson (C64) 1990

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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by Crusty Starfish » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:25 pm

1. Who is the best (in your opinion) C64 musician - feel free to pick yourself!
2. Are you doing fresh music for Hunters Moon remake (that I have backed) or is it remixes?
3. I backed Reformation 1 and it is awesome. I've backed Reformation 2 - will there be more?
4. What is the single most stand-out tune you've heard on the C64 to date?

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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by DRS » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:29 am

Hope it goes well Merman! My question is around something Ben Daglish once said to me - he said that the C64 was 'his first instrument'. That always intrigued me - viewing the 64 not as a machine to try to replicate other instruments but as an instrument in itself. So could you ask Matt if he sees the C64 as an instrument in its own right. Cheers!

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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by Mayhem » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:02 am

As I've asked Matt a bunch of stuff before, hard to think of new questions heh...

Did you realise at the time how young, like yourself, many of your contemporaries were?
Which game music actually made you the most money overall in the end?
Are there any tracks you look back and think "yeah would have done that differently" and has any of that been reflected in the realisation of tracks for the Reformation projects?
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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by Matt_B » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:42 am

I'd be interested to know how he made the jump from making music for computer games into the world of pop music, as that's not something a lot of other people seem to have managed. I can think of a few who've branched into things like film and TV soundtracks, but not so many who've had a hand in hit singles.

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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by NorthWay » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:46 am

Is it easier to make a "mood" SID where you don't have to have a drum channel?
Have you wished you could have "just one more channel" a lot? Did you use samples as 4th channel?
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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by Hiro » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:08 pm

First of all, the Reformation album is fantastic and I can't wait for R2 to come out.

- Which revision of the SID chip do you like more / sounds better in your opinion?
- Which other SID composers did you manage to meet / trade SID tricks with over the years?

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Re: Questions for Matt Gray

Post by Whazeboo » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:32 pm

You did write the Intro and Outro music for Vendetta on the C64. Were you asked by System 3 to also write in-game music for this game? Do you know why in the end they chose in-game sound-effects by Maniacs of Noise?

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