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#1 Jace

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 07:45 PM

edit:  finally got around to compiling the best posts in this thread into a youtube playlist!  Check it here.

If "synthwave" (or..."Outrun"?   :blink:) can be considered a music genre, I propose that "Space Harrier" counts too, and I'd like to find as many tunes in this genre as I can.  Core element(s): upbeat songs at a tempo of about 160-170bpm with manic quasi-disco basslines pumping alternating-octave 8th notes.  

 

 

 

 

Sega weren't the only ones to do this, though, as I'm slowly discovering:

 

 

 

 

 

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#2 Magicalyardgnome

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 08:09 PM


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 08:12 PM


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 08:34 PM

Dunno if the bass is right in this one but the beginning practically is Space Harrier

 


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#5 Leonidus

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 08:56 PM

I fuckin love you Jace.

 

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#6 Robby V

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 04:35 AM

Future World is almost in this genre, maybe

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:07 AM

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:14 AM

Space Harrier

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:30 AM


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:52 AM


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first of all, funky fm music just really does it for me.  Even if it's something corny like early mariah carey I can get way into the music with the fm bass and keys going on.   Then, there's everything else in this song.  The enigmatic title.  The synth programming brings out all the right emotional responses in me:  leads that remind me of thunderforce (even if the portamento isn't quite as exaggerated), chording synths that remind me of very old and charming genesis osts like super monaco (except somehow they don't sound as flimsy here), and of course a solid bass.  Great original motifs, interesting harmonies, good melody, rhythm.. everything that can make a song great is here!

 

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 07:09 AM

I fuckin love you Jace.

 

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#12 Djinnocide

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 08:24 AM

I'm not sure if this counts, but this song sometimes gets mixed up in my head with that Space Harrier theme. Especially once the drums kick in.

 


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 10:14 AM

Would this count? Around 1:40

 

 


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 11:20 AM

 

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 12:48 PM

Man, you guys are absolutely KILLING it!  My expectations for the Shizz are met and then exceeded yet again.  Extra points to Machino for nailing a solid entry from outside the realm of vgm.  As I've dug a bit on YouTube here and there, I've found that it's important to compartmentalize Space Harrier jams into synth (or rock) music that is generally instrumental...a lot of the good Space Harrier for cd-based systems tends to be compromised by cheesy J-rock/J-pop vocal or "arrange" versions that lack the necessary grit and spirit for launching things into the Harrier-sphere.

As Machino hinted (I say "hinted" because, in a rare turn, I strongly prefer the SNES version of that soundtrack :P ) Hülsbeck is definitely a Space Harrier master!

 


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