An Informal History of Video Game Music – by Eric Wing

Eric Wing recently gave a talk about the history of video game music.  It’s an interesting and fun presentation and you should check it out.

In Eric’s words:

This is an informal look at music in video games from the early days of video games, starting from the 1970’s, but particularly focused on the MIDI and tracker (MOD) decade of music (1988-1998).

This talk will include games that are not widely discussed by today’s YouTubers, but nonetheless significant to the history of the industry. And this talk will reflect on the innovations & ambitions we have lost in today’s world in comparison.

New QuestStudios Archive MIDI Pages Forthcoming…

I have finally began work in earnest toward more MIDI soundtrack pages for the QuestStudios Archive! This is primarily in part to an amazing new feature we will be integrating into the site. Here is a teaser:

Polywave
A browser-based player with MT-32 Emulation, AdLib Emulation, SoundFont playback, and much more!

NOTE: The larger soundtrack files at the end of this playlist may temporarily cause your browser to freeze while loading! :O

Semi-Re-Post: Doom Revisited – Andrew’s Doom and Doom 2 SC-8850 Remixes!

It has occurred to me that I don’t seem to have ever posted “officially” my old Doom and Doom 2 SC-8850 MIDI remixes! This soundtrack, which I titled: “Doom Revisited”, consists of the complete soundtrack to Doom and most of the soundtrack to Doom 2. The recordings are straight from my Roland SC-8850 with no other editing. When I made these remixes, I directly ripped the MUS/LUMP’s from the DOOM Wad files and converted them to MIDI myself.

I recorded these all between April 28th and May 17 2009. If memory serves, I was really getting into programming the MFX of my Roland SC-8850, particularly the Guitar Amp Simulator effects. My sonic/tonal goal, was not to achieve some sort of “total realism” but a cool sounding balance in the middle. I think that was achieved and I have always been very happy with these remixes. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Also provided are my original MIDI files from these remixes. One of the MIDI’s however, Doom 2 – Countdown to Death, is in old Cakewalk .WRK format, as that song utilized 30 MIDI channels instead of the usual 16!

Doom Revisited

Doom 2 Revisited

Doom Revisited MIDI’s

Download ZIP Download my Doom Revisited MIDI files! (ZIP Archive)
To download a song, click the icon of the version you want.

Doom Revisited

Download MP3 Doom Title Screen Theme
Download MP3 At Doom’s Gate
Download MP3 The Imp’s Song
Download MP3 Dark Halls
Download MP3 Kitchen Ace (And Taking Names)
Download MP3 Suspense
Download MP3 On the Hunt
Download MP3 Demons on the Prey
Download MP3 Sign of Evil
Download MP3 Hiding the Secrets
Download MP3 I Sawed the Demons
Download MP3 The Demons From Adrian’s Pen
Download MP3 They’re Going To Get You
Download MP3 Sinister
Download MP3 Waltz of the Demons
Download MP3 Nobody Told Me About id
Download MP3 Untitled (Mouth for War)
Download MP3 Donna to the Rescue
Download MP3 Deep Into the Code
Download MP3 Facing the Spider
Download MP3 Intermission from Doom
Download MP3 Endgame Music – The Bunny Theme!
Download MP3 Victory Music

Doom 2 Revisited

Download MP3 Doom 2 Title Screen Theme
Download MP3 Running from Evil
Download MP3 Countdown to Death
Download MP3 Between Levels
Download MP3 Doom
Download MP3 Shawn’s Got the Shotgun
Download MP3 The Dave D. Taylor Blues
Download MP3 Into Sandy’s City
Download MP3 The Demon’s Dead
Download MP3 Waiting for Romero to Play
Download MP3 Message for the Archvile
Download MP3 Bye Bye American Pie
Download MP3 Adrian’s Asleep
Download MP3 Evil Incarnate
Download MP3 Intermission from Doom 2
Download MP3 Doom 2 Endgame Music – ReadMe!

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Police Quest III Digital Soundtrack Page is Online!

The digital soundtrack for Police Quest III has been added to The QuestStudios Archive.

QSA News

Hi all!

It’s a new year!

I’m hoping to use some of that Reinvigorated New Years Energy™ to add a bunch of new (and depending on how you look at it old) content to The Quest Studios Archive section of the site over the course of the year.

  • The first of which, is the Quest Studios Archive Quiz!  Check it out and let me know what you think about it!
  • The second is this, from now on all news about updates to The Quest Studios Archive will be made here on the main site blog posts.  For now, I will leave the old update notes on the QSA homepage and if I really feel the need to add a note there in the future, I still may.
  • The third update for today is sort of a big one, in my opinion.
    • I have updated nearly every Digital Soundtrack MP3/OGG with embedded tags (Artist, Album, Title, Composer, etc.) and even included album art wherever possible!
    • This should make adding the soundtracks you download to your own music libraries and players such as Plex, Google Play Music, iTunes, etc. much easier to organize.

I have some other very exciting things in the works for the site regarding finally getting all of the MIDI files back online, but more on that at a later time…

Cheers!

~Andrew