derFunkenstein wrote:Something pretty crazy that recently popped up - chip tunes that you can play on the actual chips:
It's a Genesis/MegaDrive cartridge with the music burned on the ROM. There are samples at the link above and it's pretty crazy what people have been able to do with the old Yamaha FM synth and Zilog Z80. I mean, I knew the Genesis could pump out the tunes. Yuzo Koshiro and Tommy Tallarico could do it in their games, but it's fun to see people taking a stab at it.
I'm sure it won't run well on Genesis clone hardware, though.
That is AMAZING. The sound of the old synth chips is a huge part of what draws me to vintage games. I actually obtained all of the proper chips (with the help of some awesome people online) to upgrade an original Sound Blaster 2.0 CT1350B with the CMS upgrade just so I could hear the music on games (and .cms files!) that supported it. I hope some day to put together a DOS system built specifically to support as many of the unique game music devices from the 80s and 90s as possible. I'm most of the way there, with the prohibitively expensive ones still left out (Gravis Ultrasound variants... I don't think too many games were built for these cards, but they were pretty great for mod tracker music).
More on topic though, I picked up one of the earlier (not the very first) SEGA Genesis models last year and its incredible just how crisp and clear the music sounds when you hook up some nice speakers to the headphone output on the front of the system. I have mine hooked up to a really nice old JVC receiver I use to power the huge floor speakers I built. Sonic the Hedgehog never sounded so good!
Some of the best, most atmospheric, video game music, in my opinion, was on the SNES. Shadowrun had awesome music.