My post about the Agent X II theme reminded me of something else that’s interested me for a while. The music in computer games back in the 80s and 90s clearly contained some major pop culture influences, but I wonder how often it was completely subconscious, and how often the composer set out to copy the feel (or even the notes!) of an existing piece of music? We had a much more relaxed attitude to copyright back then!
Anyhow, the influences ranged from the utterly blatant:
Or the stunning (for 1990) game over music from Shadow of the Beast II on the Amiga, and a piece of incidental music from Miami Vice:
But sometimes it was a little more subtle.
Take for example, Rob Hubbard’s C64 music for One Man and His Droid: Listen to the section 3:05 into this:
and compare with the passage 2 minutes 40 seconds into this:
Of course, sometimes it works in the opposite direction!
So how many more examples are there?
i read a few articles about rob hubbard and jeroen tel/others excelent c64 musicians which stated that often they produced their work based off stuff they listed to at the time, i mean who wouldnt.
other times tho they would be specifically asked to make their next piece deliberatly like another.
its no different nowadays tho, im even now still a big fan of the chemical brothers/the prodigy/crystal method and loads of other oldie techno/noisy beat type bands/musicians and who can say that a load of music you get today is vastly different?
be it the computer world or “regular” music world, they all take inspiration from one another 😀
Oh, man! Loved that post…I think AVGN showed how the Hylide theme was a Raiders of the Lost Arc rip…
Oh yes, unmistakeably!
(Your board’s on its way now, by the way. I soldered the connectors on simply because it seemed like the safest way to ship them without any danger of delicate pins being bent!)
On a similar note, you might want to have a look on this page that traces the “influences” for the cover art.
Target Renegade anyone? At least Bob Wakelin never made kept secret about where he got the inspiration for the Athena cover (Lisa Lyon) 🙂