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Postby Crazy Penguin » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:37 am

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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Farmer » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:10 am

I do hope they release this digitally, but not in the claim-they-have-when-they-flagrantly-have-not way of releasing Colours' soundtrack on iTunes.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Crowbar » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:01 am

When they talk about the demotapes does that mean rough recordings of Nakamura strumming out the bassline while humming the melody or what?
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Popcorn » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:17 am

Why aren't you nerds talking about this more? These are great.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Esrever » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:19 pm

It's super weird how almost all the Sonic 2 demos are so much slower than the final songs! I wonder if it was someone internal at SEGA who made the decision to speed them all up?

I'd never really thought about it before, but in retrospect, the songs in Sonic 2 WERE generally a lot faster than Sonic 1. The Sonic 2 demos seem more in line with the range of slower tempo-ed songs in the original game.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby P.P.A. » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:26 am

Wow, I am amazed! Truth be told, I disliked almost all of Sonic 2's music except for CPZ, ARZ, and HPZ, finding it often a bit unfitting or downright grating, however these slower demo mixes I have none of these issues with and even songs I absolutely detested in the game like OOZ, MCZ, or MZ I suddenly enjoy! Time to see if this thing is on Play‐Asia…
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Postby P.P.A. » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:34 am

*CPZ, ARZ, HPZ, and CNZ, of course
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Wombatwarlord777 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:08 pm

I wondered if you guys were discussing the same thing that I'm currently listening to, because the vast majority of these demos are terrible. The majority of them are overbearing, have awful instrumentation, or, of course, are too slow-paced. Hence why they're demos, I'm sure. These tracks do have a lot of value to the fandom as a whole, though.

I do like the demos for Green Hill, Marble Zone, Sonic 1's Special Stage, Sky Chase, Wing Fortress and Death Egg Zone, mostly due to good alternative instrumentation. The extended main theme is pretty different, but it works. Sonic 2's Special Stage is fucking horrendous, though.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Crowbar » Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:36 pm

Yyyyyyyeeeeah I have to agree with Wombatwarlord here. These sound bad. They have some historical value but the instrumentation is altogether worse than the Mega Drive's own.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Esrever » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:15 pm

I don't think these demos were really mixed for casual listening so much as just establishing the different parts for different instruments. Like, think of it as sheet music for each part, run through a general midi library to get a rough idea of what it sounds like. I'm sure he didn't give TOO much thought to the exact sample choices, since he'd have known none of them would be used in game anyway. (And was probably limited to the instruments in whatever MIDI library was included in his home audio program.)
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Crowbar » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:32 pm

Yeah of course, I'm not speaking to criticise Nakamura's skills, I just don't think the tracks are listenable.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby G.Silver » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:25 pm

When I listened to them they reminded me a lot of the Sonic 4 soundtrack, the way every song sounded the same as the one before it because the instruments didn't vary at all. If I didn't already know and like the songs I probably wouldn't have liked listening to the demos at all.
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Re: Sonic 1 & 2 anniversary soundtrack

Postby Arcade » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:40 pm

Well, this in interesting, but Sonic X japanese songs and Adventure 1&2 songs are still my favorites...
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