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Tetris Music

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:32 pm
by Kempyt
Can anyone help me?

I've been putting in some serious hours lately playing Tetris a game I have owned and enjoyed since 1995. My personal opinion having played Tetris on many formats is that the CD-i version is up there with the best and although I've seen many utubers slamming it I just don't think they give it enough time or appreciate the whole package.

The music as well as the scenes fill me with a great nostagelgic feeling but ever time I play it I'm sure that I recognise the deifferent tunes within the game but question myself that this is just because I've played it for years.

Can anyone comment as to if the different music tracks are simply made for the game or are the tracks based on real songs previously released etc.

C'mon all, let me know your thoughts and also would love to hear your opinions of the CD-i version! :D


Re: Tetris Music

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:54 pm
by goldenband
Interesting question. If the tracks were licensed from an existing artist it's probable that the artist's name would be plastered all over the release -- so it's more likely that it was a "work for hire" where the songs were specifically written for the game, and the composer/artist took a bigger paycheck upfront but didn't get royalty payments.

The only other possibilities that come to mind (that allow for the music being released elsewhere) are some sort of music library from which the songs were licensed, though that'd be unusual for a video game, at least in this era.

Or, it's also possible for an artist to get permission to release tracks used for a video game once the game is no longer being sold. (Did Rick Wakeman ever separately release his soundtrack to Microcosm?)

I see that the soundtrack is by Jim Andron, but I don't know anything about him. Is he a well-known electronic or New Age artist?

Re: Tetris Music

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:23 pm
by Kempyt
Hi goldenband,

cheers for replying!

great points! I'm going to have a google now of Jim Andron and see if anything comes up etc,

Will update shortly