Video Game Music of the Week - 59

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive)


Hydrocity Zone Act 1, Icecap Zone Act 1, Staff Credits

Brad Buxer
Cirocco Jones
Sachio Ogawa
Masaru Setsumaru
Yoshiaki Kashima
Tatsuyuki Maeda
Tomonori Sawada
Masayuki Takaoka
Masanori Hikichi
Michael Jackson (Uncredited)

Let’s talk for a minute about
Sonic The Hedgehog 3’s music. It was always known that Michael Jackson had some connection with the music in Sonic The Hedgehog 3, without being officially credited. Both Icecap Zone Act 1 and the Staff Credits tune easily share their chord structures with Michael Jackson’s Who Is it and Stranger in Moscow, respectively. However, the music itself stayed very true to the previous Sonic The Hedgehog games, while evolving to create a truly remarkable soundtrack, regardless of any outside involvement.

Hydrocity Zone Act 1
There are many funky tunes that can be found in the early days of
Sonic The Hedgehog, and even just the Sega Mega-Drive in general. It was something about the sound chip in the Mega-Drive that made it capable of a uniqueness that could be used to great effect if done correctly and Hydrocity Zone Act 1 definitely is one of these successful examples.

Icecap Zone Act 1
The Icecap Zone tune stands tall among the many other songs in the game and there is something familiar in the songs structure that makes it feel like it could be the basis to a radio song. There’s a verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure that keeps the song feeling fresh, while maintaining a very video game-like quality.

Staff Credits
There’s such a great driving beat in the Staff Credits theme of Sonic The Hedgehog 3. There’s some great variety in the song and some unusual sound effects that make it feel entirely memorable. These tiny traits make the tune very different in terms of its general presentation, but the constant feel of the tune creates this feeling of self-accomplishment.

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