Jredd’s Hidden Gems (Sega Genesis Special)
With the recent release of our album, I really haven’t done one of these in a long time. I thought I might do a small segment on the other 2 people besides me in our album, plus for one of the songs I thought it might be interesting for some of you to know the story behind it and how it came to be what it is.
First off, I’ll be bending one of my own rules just a tad for this one so please bare with me. I promised myself I wouldn’t do any self promotion for these hidden gems segments, but you’ll figure out why I made an exception . It’s this song here which Cosmobuggi put up on 8bc this week called “The Will To Survive”
We figured even though we all had some part in it, his loop is the main part of that song. Alow me to explain . Cosmo had made the focal point of it in VGM MM and sent it to me. It started off with quite the funny name “The Rock Is Feeling Loopy”. Why? He explained that his loop reminded him of a wrestler entering the ring, and that he finally made the song into a decent loop by the time he sent it to me. So, it was a strange play on words, but how did that make it into the album as “The Will To Survive”? I thought the song sounded promising but I had no idea where to take it. That is, until Groovemaster303 showed up with another file called “Idea”. That was more or less the breakdown part of our final product. So, in the end we somehow combined these 2 ideas and made one final song which is what you hear on the album. I chucked in a solo, some drum breaks, but in the end without those two the song wouldn’t be what it is .
Next, I’m going with Groovemaster303′s post “Rewind”.
The track is solid and it’s all him. With songs like these you can see why I was thrilled to work with him on our project. He’s the type that goes for the attention to detail. His sound design is very clean, and he pushes what he can out of every sound channel. Listen for yourself, there is a good reason he can hold his own on this album. The music speaks for itself, it deserved to be there.
Did you know that we considered perhaps including this guy in our album as a guest apperance, but we just didn’t quite get a hold of him in time? Add to that, he makes more covers than originals. Even so, his tallent is there. So much so that I am going to break yet another one of my unspoken rules here. Putting a cover in something that focuses on original music, *gasp*. Before you send a mob to my house, please listen!
First off, it’s Castlevania. Second, it’s with some kick ass drums. It is extremely well made. It uses each sound channel to the full and beckons the question “Why didn’t Bloodlines sound this good?” Just listen, there is a reason we wished we could’ve had him in our album and this song right here is a strong one. He also has some originals that should have been picked up for a game, but someone else picked it up before him. Please, show him your support. He deserves it.
Who else? How about Alex Luthor! This guy has been silent for a while but listen to what he can accomplish with just 6 channels of FM!
If he can do this with TFM. Add a Dac (Sample channel) in place of the drums, and add PSG for some backing and imagine the possibilities. This man needs to come back and wow us with some VGM MM magic. We are waiting! Sure he has plenty of likes…but do you know how old this song is? Look at the date, and you’ll know why he should come back!
For our last one, this is a bit of a strange song but bare with me. Yet another person who has not posted in a while. I’m not one for holiday jingles but this is very unusual,
Keep in mind, this guy was making full use of the Genesis/Megadrive sound chip before VGM MM ever came on the scene. So he should be respected for what he has accomplished. Again, look at the time this was posted and see why it was included .
Well, that’s my post for the end of the year. Let’s hope 2012 brings us more hidden gems for me to dig up. I promise next time we will have many different sounds represented. Then again, how many Sega tunes do you listen to compared to LSDJ? Exactly. By virture of their rareness, Sega Genesis tunes need to be heard more often period! It has been a pleasure bringing these to you all once again. Keep making those tunes, and maybe you will be mentioned next time! Thanks for reading guys, see you next year!