Originals: Signature Strike OST

Hey guys!  Been really busy with a lot of things lately, including this.  Yep, it’s my very first commissioned game soundtrack!  Check it out here!

The soundtrack contains 10 different tracks created in Famitracker that utilize the Ricoh 2a03 and the Konami VRC6.  I really tried to keep the music absolutely authentic to the console.  It is unfortunate that many great game composers did NOT have the opportunity to use the VRC6, due the its cost and late release in the life of the Famicom.  I spent a lot of time trying to think how some of the great shooters would have sounded IF they had the extra pulses and sawtooth.  Hopefully, I was able to create something that is not only nostalgic but also brand new!

The album here is mixed so you’ll hear some unauthentic reverb that is not characteristic of the console.  I do I think it adds more depth to the music, though.  I figured it would be nice to use some patches when mixing to give it a bit more polish.

Don’t like that mixed sound?  If you download the soundtrack, you will get copies of the NSF files.  If you go get an NSF player, you can listen to the unmixed, raw Famicom sound.  It’s kind of perfect.  Of course, since I wanted to maintain authenticity for the game, the game itself features the tracks from the NSF files.

I’m going to do further write up for the music later.  For now though, go check it out and download it.  It’s free and I promise it’s awesome.

About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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