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According to SockMonkey: The Importance of Music in Gaming

In other posts on this blog we talk a bit about some of our favourite video game soundtracks, but one SockMonkey in particular has a bit more to say about the marriage of video games and music… 

 The Soundtrack I Can’t “Out Run” 

“The game soundtrack that gives me the most joy, and which I should have on hand to bring calm at all times is the wonderful tunes from Out Run. Nothing could be better than the thought of blasting along a beach front in an open-top Ferrari, listening to Magical Sound Shower or Splash Wave; I even got my hands on the game’s tape in an issue of C&VG 

Artwork from Outrun

I played the album over and over again to the point where I would sometimes even turn off the music of the game I was playing to replace it with Out Run’s track.  

Of course, I didn’t just do this with Out Run, there were often times when a game I was playing would accidentally gain an unexpected alternative soundtrack. For example, I remember pairing Dungeon Master- Chaos Strikes Back with a backtrack of Queen’s Greatest Hits!”  

The, Like, Totally Tubular 80’s 

“In the late 80’s I bought myself a Trip-A-Tron light-synth from somebody who to this day I am convinced was Jeff Minter’s mum – even getting it signed by the man himself.  I might not have ever became a synth-maestro but the experience did lead me to joining the Llamasoft mailing list. Back in a time where newsletters were honest-to-God letters sent in the actual post, this led to me learning about one of Jeff’s favourite things to listen to – Pink Floyd.  

Trip a Tron Screen from Atari ST

Since there was no Spotify or Youtube back then, we went around our friend’s parents, asking if any of them had a Pink Floyd record we could listen to… and that’s how we discovered Relics 

We loved the album so much that it kind of became an unofficial soundtrack to many of our games then and even now.” 

Best Soundtrack for a Game I’ve Worked On  

“In my opinion, the best soundtrack on a game I’ve worked on has got to be the one for Shatter, eleven years ago. 

Shatter Limited Edition Vinyl, Image by Dan Adams on Behance
Image by Dan Adams on Behance

The launch of the game involved one of the programmers playing through the whole game, while Jeremiah “Module” Ross performed the entire soundtrack he had composed, live. In fact, I think in the end the soundtrack may have actually been more popular than the game itself. It’s been a long time since I had a turntable, but I’d bloody love to have nabbed one of the limited-edition vinyl pressings of that soundtrack.” 

Keep an eye on our blog for more news and opinions from the SockMonkey team.

 

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