Jump to content

Old Games That Shamelessly Stole Their Music


Tomdominer
 Share

Recommended Posts

22 hours ago, Quest said:

 

A member of The Jetzons worked on the Sonic 3 soundtrack and just re-used old material he had for that stage. 

 

Yes. I was going to post this. Brad Buxer (of The Jetzons) worked with Michael Jackson, which is how he wound up being part of composing the Sonic 3 soundtrack. His work (and others on Jackson's sound team) continued even after Jackson left the project.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's all good, K-Pop producers are now possibly, maybe, probably pinching stuff from old Gameboy games. The circle of life.

 

 

I don't really give a shit about supposed music plagiarism though. Most attempts to tackle it are pure poison and should be resisted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 28/12/2021 at 02:44, spanky debrest said:

@Sureshot Sega actually legitimately licensed Rydeen for Super Locomotive. No stealing involved in this case.

 

In another case of no theft but related to the above is the fact that Sega hired Ryuichi Sakamoto to produce the Dreamcast's BIOS / System sounds. I only discovered this recently and it reminded me Rydeen & Super Locomotive.

 

Martin Galway heard the rendition of Rydeen in Super Locomotive at an arcade in Manchester.

After getting a job at Ocean, his first task was to write loading music for Daley Thomson’s Decathlon In Julie Dunn’s* player.

He remembered the melody of Rydeen and recreated it.

 

Then when his former school friend Chris Roberts wanted music for a BBC game, Martin did it again.

 

*was known as David Dunn back then.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Quest said:

It's all good, K-Pop producers are now possibly, maybe, probably pinching stuff from old Gameboy games. The circle of life.

 

 

I don't really give a shit about supposed music plagiarism though. Most attempts to tackle it are pure poison and should be resisted.

 

If we're going to go there then this at 0:45

 

 

Sounds very similar to this

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There's also this

which "inspired" this

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazy_Jones

 

Quote

One of the music tracks (subtune from "Star Dust" in C64, the same as "The Wall" in MSX) was sampled by German electro project Zombie Nation for their 1999 single "Kernkraft 400".[2] Florian Senfter ("Splank!") later paid an undisclosed sum to David Whittaker for the use of the melody.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Big oof!

I knew of that similarity and that the MGS music and its composer were changed, but I didn't know the similarity was presented to them so blatantly like that - and for it to be filmed and published!  No wonder they changed it - the face they lost there was big!  LOL the shame.  Looks like a big fuckup from KONAMI PR as well.

It's a pity in some ways as "TAPPY"'s soundtrack was brilliant and played a big part in the series ID - but you can see why they needed to go after that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

BLAAATANT!  Does make you wonder what more amazing game music there could be, were 'official' pop writers hired to do the melodies more often.  SEGA played a blinder getting Dreams Come True and *cough* Michael Jackson for Sonic games.

That Ariston ad one is funny - I remember and loved the Ocean Robocop game and music, and I remember that Ariston ad very much - apart from its music!  How wild!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 27/12/2021 at 19:48, merman said:

Mikie - songs were officially licensed, for the Japanese market.

Agreed.

 

I have the Konami arcade PCB and it has a JASRAC sticker on it. I looked into it several years ago and they’re a music licensing company or something like that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, roberthazelby said:

Agreed.

 

I have the Konami arcade PCB and it has a JASRAC sticker on it. I looked into it several years ago and they’re a music licensing company or something like that.

 

The British version is PRS for Music Limited (formally The MCPS-PRS Alliance Limited) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRS_for_Music

 

Most countries have societies that collect royalties and administer rights management on behalf of musicians ever since the introduction of piano rolls at the start of the 20th Century. Video games were a bit murky for a long time being considered too small fry or niche to enforce. It's definitely a thing now which is why more recent versions of Bomb Jack had the Beatles cover music removed (and come to think of it that's probably why Elite chose to get Mark Cooksey to write an original score for their C64 port.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 01/01/2022 at 21:27, deKay said:

Other way round, but we all know this one right?

 

 

 

 

 

The guy who directed the advert said he just sampled it directly from the headphone jack on his GameBoy.

 

This also reminded me I made this when it popped into my head a few years ago on hearing the other track on the radio. They pretty much line up without much editing.

http://sndup.net/64q3

 

Actually, not to go on a tangent here, but the visual style of that advert is also based upon a Oscar-winning (1980) animated film called "Tango" by Zbigniew Rybczyński 

 

 

The technical improvements in a few years are amazing.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, Qazimod said:

 

Heh, I've heard those two independently a lot, but I never made that connection. :D 

 

I always felt like this was something I instantly recognised and thought, cool. However, if it transpires to have been pointed out in the Zzap review then that's memory for you!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

It's probably only just about retro, but the galaxy map music from Mass Effect sounds extremely similar to 'The Dream is Always the Same' by Tangerine Dream:

 

 

 

The Tangerine Dream tune sounds particularly close to the map music at around 1.10. I guess it must be hard to make ambient music like this without owing a significant debt to Tangerine Dream, but this must have been the inspiration.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.