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Post by Havantgottaclue » Mon May 05, 2008 5:37 pm

Would've been nice to have created a thread with some really authoritative title such as 'The Best 10 SIDs ... ever ...' but no doubt the last ten minutes or so that I've spent slaving away over a hot notepad are not enough to justify such an assertive claim. People have written theses on this, for goodness' sake.

Anyway, here are ten of my favourite SID tunes. I hope to see howls of derision that Delta and Parallax are not included - then again, length is no guarantee of quality, as they say.

General Instruments/POKEY classics (and so on ...) are also welcome!

Sly Spy (Geoff Follin)
Bionic Commando (Tim Follin)
Bump, Set, Spike
Zoids (both Hubbard)
Mutants
Implosion (both Fred Gray)
Wizball (Martin Galway)
Gaplus
Tomcat F14
Last Ninja 3 (Maniacs of Noise)

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Post by pottyboy » Mon May 05, 2008 6:41 pm

Turbo Outrun (Maniacs of Noise)
Formula 1 Simulator (Rob Hubbard)
Arcade Classics (Rob Hubbard)
R1-D1 (Anthony Crowther)
Never Ending Story (Martin Galway)
Bomb Jack (Mark Cooksey)
Ghosts 'n Goblins (Mark Cooksey)
Sanxion (Rob Hubbard)
Wizadry
Ghostbusters
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Post by demon cleaner » Tue May 06, 2008 8:24 am

- The Goonies (John A. Fitzpatrick)
- Hypa-Ball (Keith Tinman)
- Speedball (David Whittaker)

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Post by Mootown » Tue May 06, 2008 8:38 am

Ocean Loader 1
Ocean Loader 2
Ocean Loader 3
Cybernoid
Cybernoid 2

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Post by TMR » Tue May 06, 2008 1:51 pm

Sorry, i'd be here for the rest of the day if i listed all my favourites. =-)

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Post by SirClive » Tue May 06, 2008 1:53 pm

Ok, give it a miss then ;)
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue May 06, 2008 2:27 pm

I was having similar thoughts, trying to condense down to just a few.

Armaggedon Man should be there though, with special mention to the cello remix that suits its sombre tone perfectly.

And Antiriad, natch ;)
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Post by andy vaisey » Tue May 06, 2008 2:33 pm

I think I'll have to cop out by pointing you here and say listen to lots of that... ;)

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Post by C=Style » Tue May 06, 2008 2:37 pm

Anything by Chris Huelsbeck, who for me was certainly one of the greatest 8/16-bit musicians.
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Post by Havantgottaclue » Tue May 06, 2008 2:54 pm

Damn, I should've called this thread 'Desert Island SIDs'.

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Post by Havantgottaclue » Wed May 07, 2008 12:29 pm

Hmm! Neither Parallax or Green Beret are rated as highly as I would've expected on the Top 100, oswald. These are usually very highly thought of on definitive lists of SIDs.

I think I've picked 3 that aren't even in the Top 100. Obviously a game's popularity counts for something in these charts. I've picked Sly Spy and Bump Set Spike which aren't there at all, but I really like the jazzy harmonies and catchy melodies of both. Sly Spy has great variety over its 9-ish levels. Neither game was very popular, though; in fact, I didn't enjoy playing BSS at all, and Sly Spy had a crippling multiload. I remember Action Relpaying each part to disc, loading it and pausing just to listen to the tunes!

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Post by TMR » Wed May 07, 2008 1:04 pm

Havantgottaclue wrote:Obviously a game's popularity counts for something in these charts.
That really doesn't explain Knucklebusters then, does it? =-)
Havantgottaclue wrote:Sly Spy had a crippling multiload. I remember Action Relpaying each part to disc, loading it and pausing just to listen to the tunes!
i just got it on disk, it was bundled with one of the packs i got around that time... i do remember the disk loader being a pain too, though.

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Post by C=Style » Wed May 07, 2008 1:36 pm

I reckon Armalyte's soundtrack is incredible, dunno who done it probably Hubbard.
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Post by TMR » Wed May 07, 2008 2:02 pm

C=Style wrote:I reckon Armalyte's soundtrack is incredible, dunno who done it probably Hubbard.
Martin Walker, it was done after Hubbard was working full time for EA if memory serves - Walker documented it in the diary he was doing for Zzap! during the development of Citadel.

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