Here’s something rather silly I’ve put together. Anyone up for a bunch of 8-bit versions of popular TV and film themes, taken from a load of BBC Micro games? I CAN TELL YOU ARE, HELLO YOU.
Some of the pieces are really well done – I especially love the opening version of the Match of the Day theme – and some… aren’t. What the bloody hell is that interpretation of Play Your Cards Right?
Download “Four Channels” (13MB MP3, 11:06)
And here’s a quick rundown of each piece – each with the name of the game (with link to the disc image, to be run on an emulator), software house, name of the music (if applicable), and the programme/film it comes from:
0:04 – Arcade Soccer, The Fourth Dimension (Match of the Day)
0:24 – Howszat, ANF (Soul Limbo, BBC Cricket)
0:36 – Repton, Superior Software (Black and White Rag, Pot Black)
1:23 – Bullseye, Macsen (Bullseye)
1:49 – Countdown, Macsen (Countdown)
2:08 – Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right, Britannia (Play Your Cards Right)
2:31 – Gold Run, Macsen (Blockbusters)
2:52 – The Archers, Mosaic (Barwick Green, The Archers)
3:06 – Dallas, Cases (Dallas)
3:12 – Doctor Who The First Adventure, BBCSoft (Doctor Who)
3:33 – Frak!, Aardvark (The Trumpet Hornpipe, Captain Pugwash)
3:51 – Shark Attack, Romik (Theme from Jaws, Jaws)
4:00 – Star Wars, Unreleased (Main Title, Star Wars)
4:59 – Superman, Tynesoft (Theme from Superman, Superman)
6:36 – Hyper Sports, Imagine (Titles, Chariots of Fire)
9:23 – Return of the Jedi, Domark (The Imperial March/Yoda’s Theme, Return of the Jedi)
(Incidentally, if anybody could identify the exact piece of music from Return of the Jedi, I’d be grateful – I recognise the first bit as The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back, but I don’t recognise the second bit at all. UPDATE 7/5/13: It’s ‘Yoda’s Theme’ from The Empire Strikes Back. Thanks to MattLB in the comments.)
Hope you enjoyed all that. It’s just a shame there wasn’t a BBC Micro version of Catchphrase, or we really would have had a “chip”tune!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ll go away now.