Video Game Music of the Week - 252


Die Hard Trilogy (PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC)

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Tracks:
Garage, Dulles Airport, Runway, Central Park

Composer(s):
Stephen Root
Neil Palmer


Die Hard Trilogy released in 1996 on PlayStation and Sega Saturn & PC in 1997. The game features a distinct gameplay style for each of the three Die Hard movies that the game is based on.



Garage
The track Garage is filled with many 90’s sounds and ideas. It’s electro/house style sets the game apart from the movie trilogy, with the game itself only being loosely based on them.




Dulles Airport
This track is a relatively slow theme that actually feels like an 80’s song with its unique synth sound, pacing and late-track percussions.




Runway
Runway quite clearly begins with the famous 20th Century Fox tune, paying homage to the movies distributor. The song itself though features a distorted guitar riff that repeats through most of the song and there is a brass, almost marching band sound towards the end of the theme.




Central Park
This theme plays during the Die Hard With A Vengeance segment in the game. It has a pulsing synth melody with an echoing backing that gives the theme an almost retro sound.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 251


Alien Trilogy (PlayStation, Sega Saturn, MS-DOS)

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Tracks:
Main Theme, Within Mankind, Corridor Pulse

Composer(s):
Stephen Root


Alien Trilogy released on PlayStation, Sega Saturn and MS-DOS in 1996. The game plot is loosely based on the first three Alien films, taking certain elements and plot points from them.



Main Theme
Alien Trilogy features a very creepy soundtrack, as you would expect. There are a lot of atmospheric elements to the music, which are especially notable in the Main Theme.




Within Mankind
This track features numerous different sound effects, such as thunderstorms and otherworldly creature sounds. There is a slow and meticulous theme that plays in the track, and combined with the various other sounds, the song becomes a very chilling background theme.




Corridor Pulse
As with the other songs found in the game, this track also maintains a slow pace, with echoing and distorted percussions. The melodies themselves found in the games music take a backseat to the overall theming, musical tweeks and various distortions found within the tracks.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 250


Heiankyo Alien (Game Boy)

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Tracks:
Stage Theme [1, 4, 7 & 10], Stage Theme [2, 5, 8, & 11], Title

Composer(s):
Norio Nakagata


Heiankyo Alien is an Action-Puzzle game that released on the Game Boy in 1990. The game was initially released as a PC game in 1979 and has been ported numerous times.



Stage Theme 1, 4, 7 & 10
The first set of stage themes in
Heiankyo Alien feature quite an eclectic sound as it progresses through a broad range of different styles and overall theming.




Stage Theme 2, 5, 8 & 11
This song features a notable shift after the initial opening loop plays. The games soundtrack in general often features a very lively performance from start to finish.




Title
The games Title screen theme features scale progressions from start to finish. It forms the tracks main sound and the unique notes that dance around it bring the song together.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 249


Toki Tori (Game Boy)

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Tracks:
Menu, Forest Falls, Extra 2

Composer(s):
Chris Hampton


Toki Tori is a Puzzle-Platforming game that released as a Game Boy Colour game in 2001. The game has been ported many times over for multiple systems since its initial release.



Menu
The
Menu theme, as well as the entirety of the Toki Tori soundtrack, is extremely fun, colourful and upbeat. The chirpy opening theme sets a musical precedence for the games sound and retains this throughout.




Forest Falls
This track is a stage theme in the game that’s actually quite dynamic in terms of its progression. It evolves as it continues on from the opening moments, dancing around its core melody with different sounds and minor tweaks.




Extra 2
The Extra 2 song that is found on the Toki Tori soundtrack is super fun. It strives to deliver a theme that never feels repetitive or boring. The track has some Jazz/Freestyle elements to it.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 248


Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)

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Tracks:
Battle 1, One Dagger Put Behind Us, Eternal Harvest, Crossing Those Hills

Composer(s):
Nobuo Uematsu


Final Fantasy IX released in 2000, just a year after Final Fantasy VIII. The game features a more traditional style than the previous two games in the series, and has some similarities with the original Final Fantasy title.



Battle 1
The Battle Theme in
Final Fantasy IX takes inspiration from early battle themes in the series. The game itself is an homage to the early games, after the wildly different Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII.




One Dagger Put Behind Us
One Dagger Put Behind Us is a unique song on the games soundtrack. The track has a very western feel to it, mostly due to the instrumentation choice in the theme.




Eternal Harvest
This track begins with a slow introduction that builds into the themes immediate sound. Eternal Harvest’s unforgettable melody and sense of grandeur make it one of Final Fantasy IX’s most characteristic themes.



Crossing Those Hills
The Overworld Theme in Final Fantasy IX features the melody of the track Melodies Of Life, which is the games major theme song.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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