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  1. Sounds like you're easily disappointed. ;)

    Anyway, here's some youtube links (these are cool tracks, I agree):



    "Easily disappointed" is someone who's disappointed by a wide range of things. I was disappointed by the absence of a single element (not to mention the surplus of another element).

    BUT! The whole of the Tyrian soundtrack, or at least the tracks that were scored for the original 1995 Epic MegaGames release (Tyrian 2000 has all of them, but the "OST" included on the CD lacked several tracks) can be found on Alexander Brandon's personal Bandcamp.com page. And there's even little factoids for each track as you play them!

  2. I must say, when I saw the Bad Ass Bosses album, I thought "This might be it! Someone might have included Vykromod!" (I often wondered why he wasn't a contender in GameSpot's "Ultimate Villain" contest. I guess too many people were pre-occupied with FF). And I was greatly disappointed.

    Who doesn't remember reading the Vykromod DataCube after the very first ever level of Tyrian, which boils down to "I'll be back!", and then reading the second DataCube from ol' Vyk right before entering the last level of the first episode, saying "I'm back, I'm pissed, and I'm more heavily armed than last time...Have a nice day"?

    You might not remember the 'Cubes, but you'll most certainly remember the boss theme. The strains of the synthesized string section (the General MIDI version has more easily identifiable "string" instruments than the original FM Synth version), and the tolling of that, er, one bell. But it's a bass bell! The kind that drives the rest of the melody with the sort of pulse-pounding, "this is the final stand!" urgency (as if dodging the ridiculously rapid firing guns of Vykromod's improved ship didn't already give you that impression)!

    And you could supplement it with "Come Back Again To Savara", that creepy tune that played during the end text scroll of Episode 1. You know, the one with the dude's skull on a spike, and his spine wrapped around it?

  3. The title theme of Zool 2 is already a "remix" of a gameplay theme from the original Zool (in the original, you chose from a small variety of tunes, and were stuck with that one throughout the whole game, kinda like how Chuck Rock played the title theme throughout the game if you didn't choose SFX instead of Music; later advancements in Amiga memory management meant individual tunes for individual levels). Even if it wasn't, it's tough to remix a tune that's literally nothing but clicks and whistles, with the odd chicken cluck or gunshot tossed in.

    Part of the title tune (the recognizable part, not the cartoon sound effects), however, was used in one of the "radio" tunes in Lotus Turbo Challenge 3, so you might have better luck drawing inspiration from that.

  4. One of the best last Amiga games to have been released (and subsequently ported to other platforms; I think the only non-Commodore console that got it was the Mega Drive, and the PC got a CD-ROM version), it was also one of the best sounding, since software developers have had plenty of time to come to terms with the capabilities of the "Paula" sound chipset.

    The Ancient Egypt-themed stages of Zool 2 featured a "big band/swing club" style tune, presented as best as could be with the best MOD/tracker software available (they certainly got the horn section down pat).

    I've often wondered what it would sound like with some lyrics. None of the "neo-swing" Brian Setzer crap. Something older, from a Golden Age (early 1950's) America that was still fascinated with "the Orient". Something that describes the thoughts of the Nth Dimension ninja as he passes through the Ancient Land of the Pharaohs, with everything trying to kill him (bearing in mind that Zool 2 also featured the option of choosing a female protagonist, and that the main antagonist of the game was a Dr. Robotnik-patterned Mental Block; I say "Robotnik-patterned" since, unlike the previous game, the bosses of each world are the same guy in a different form).

  5. "All is quiet on New Year's Day/...../Nothing changes on New Year's Day"

    Though written about the Polish "Solidarność" movement in 1983, one can't help but bring to mind thoughts of the Y2K panic of 1999. The latter thought is almost synonymous with Deus Ex. You can almost hear the mesh of the iconic piano riff and rhythm guitar strumming from U2's classic rock, er, classic and the synthesizer strains from the theme of Warren Spector's magnum opus (since System Shock, anyway).

  6. I actually emailed Ray Norrish once and asked if he ever had an official title for the ingame tune, and he replied that he never got past giving them placeholder names, so apparently "ingame4" is the fourth rendition (and the one chosen) for the Amiga version of the game. I don't know if that means there were four sets of instruments playing the same tune, or if there were four tunes, and one was ultimately chosen, he didn't say. I suppose I should have asked. Anyway, I've heard plenty of remixes of the loader theme, but not too many of the ingame theme. Any takers?

  7. I currently do not have permissions to post attachments, but if you need a copy of the module for the second Oriental stage, I can email it to whomever might want to remix it. The tune itself sounds a bit like The Vapors' classic hit "Turning Japanese", so there's a bit of inspiration right there. I suppose you could toss in some lyrics about ketchup, given it being a game about tomatoes.

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