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Phillips CD-i Game music

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:40 am
by Hamelin
This was also emailled to devin via the Black Moon Project contact link, but I thought I'd post it to the forums to see if anyone else could help too:

"Hey, I've got a question that you might be able to help me with. I was talking to a friend reciently, and she brought up this tetris game that she played when she was younger, through a bit of deduction we figured out it was the Tetris that was on the Phillips CD-i.

Now, she mentioned that the music from this tetris game affected her very much when she played it when she was younger, so I went on a little self-imposed quest to try to find the music.

I came up with nothing. So, I went to the next step and downloaded an image of the game (bad, I know, but I really wanted to get her this music) and a copy of ISO buster. I got the file downloaded, did some research at the ICDIA, and much to my dismay, the music wasn't in the IFF format that I could rip onto my computer, but in the RTF format (I deduced that a file called RTA.RTF is the file in question, and I think I'm right).

So, I tried the next logical step and got the CD-i emulator thinking I could just play the game and rip the audio directly into winamp from the audio output, I've done the same before with file formats which weren't able to be converted directly into wav or mp3 files. But this didn't work for me either. I realize now you actually need a Phillips CD-i to use the emulator (which I don't understand, but that's neither here nor there, and not what I'm emailing you about).

Basically, I have a dilemma here. I've put hours into this already and come up with nothing but a useless .nrg cd rip of this tetris game, some raw files I can't do anything with, and a headache. If there's anything at all you could do to help me to get this music, point me to someone else who has it or could rip it, give me some info as to how I could rip it myself from the rtf file, anything at all, I would be extremely greatful.

Thanks for your time,
Jeff Kirchoff"

I apoligize if I'm out of line, I understand the problem with pirated games and whatnot nowadays, I just really want to get this game music for my friend, just a bit of nostalgia I want to give her, I guess.

Thanks for any help.

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:27 am
by Bas
What kind of program are you using to convert the rtf file? I don't have any experience with these music converters but perhaps this will do a trick?

Right here, I am able to connect my MD drive to the cd-i and simply use the line-in to 'rip' the tracks (using an analogue cable), this converts the fies to atrac (damn you sony) which are easily transferred to my pc.

I don't know any other way to get them directly from the digital format, but it's possible nonetheless, I guess.

Perhaps someone with more experience can do it the easier way.....

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:41 pm
by Hamelin
I don't have a program that can convert the rtf file to audio, this is the problem I've come up against.

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:22 pm
by cdifan
There's two parts to the conversion:

1. Convert from RTF to "raw" ADPCM data. IsoBuster should be able to do this for you.

2. Convert ADPCM to AIFF or something. If you can find it, something called the "Audio Conversion Utilities" should be able to do it. I think it used to be part of "MediaStockroom" or something which can be downloaded from the ICDIA site, I think.

I can't provide more details right now, sorry.

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:57 pm
by Hamelin
What is raw ADPCM data? I don't understand what I'm doing to this .rtf file.

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:19 am
by nrg78
Here's an interesting topic gone dead.. Lemmings also had a very nice soundtrack, although I pretty sure it was Mono Sound.. But Tetris was in Stereo. I remember cause I've taped the songs, back then in the 90's...

And being so "back then" as it is, i've come with a question seen around while getting to know this forum: is it really so "unethical", so illegal to look for and to download .isos?

I still haven't done it but it's tempting, cause Philips isn't making any money on selling titles so we're not stealing from them.. And prices sometimes get very high, some insanely high like that Zelda title..


Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:37 pm
by Bas
I don't think anyone will hunt you down but it's illegal by law; we didn't make the rules. Copyrights go a long way and for one reason I think that's good, games are made by people/companies and they can decide what to do with it.

With services like Virtual Console companies can make money out ot their old franchises; so it's unlikely they will call CD-i a free domain although I don't see anyone putting effort on emulating CD-i games on paid services :shock:

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:36 pm
by novabeam10
I got the 2 common zelda games and was trying to do a RAW extract of the audio from isobuster but the file is still listed as a .RTR file not .RAW. I am guessing you need the paid version of isobuster for this to work?