Today we're actually talking about the music that soundtracks our favorite video games. So if you've ever hit Pause in the middle of a game just to sit in front of a glowing TV screen listening with your ears while giving your button-mashing fingers a break, read on.
Sonic turns 20 tomorrow so, in honor, M-OM is presenting this introduction to the game's soundtrack and the minds behind it including Michael Jackson, who would later have a connection to Sonic 3 (post coming soon).
Sonic 2 was a best-selling action/adventure game for the Sega Genesis. Rivaling Nintendo's star plumber, Sonic was like a cocaine-paced version of Super Mario. Released in November of 1992, the game brought manufacture SEGA's market share up 50% within six months. It was fun as hell and visually dazzling for that console's era of 16-bit pixelations and uninspired side-scrollers.
Adding to its luster was its soundtrack: eight glorious levels of computerized and repeated loops that eerily mimicked the upbeat and bouncy pop, soul and New Wave music of the time. Composed by first-time 16-bit musician Masato Nakamura, the Atari computers used to make the music only allowed for four sounds to be played at once. "
Although this was Nakamura's first foray into video game music, he was already making waves as a bassist in Dreams Come True, a j-pop band who would go on to sell 50 million records worldwide.
Akon remixed ending theme, "Sweet Dream," for a PS3/Xbox release.
The sounds may have been cheesy, but the arrangements were addicting. My favorite level music is below. Post yours in the comments and download Sonic 2 for your Mac/PC here.
...or you could just get an iPhone.