I thought about mentioning that. My girlfriend and several of her non-gaming, non-nerdy friends ate up that soundtrack.
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Hearing this and playing Gradius Rebirth makes me wonder why more devs don't go hella old school in their compositions these days.
Those tone generators on the NES could only make one sound at a time. Any proper chord would use up all 3 (the 4th did "noise") channels. So chords were pretty much right-out. Think about that. Composing a song without chords. Most guitar band stuff has nothing left but the bass line and vocal melody without chords.
Composers on the NES could fudge their way around that by making 5ths with the bass and one of the two other generators. Or they could create the illusion of a chord with arpeggios or rapid alternation of the notes in a single generator.
If that wasn't difficult enough, they also had to compose in a way that the song wouldn't totally fall apart when one or more of the generators was pulled away for an in-game sound effect.
So it really came down to creating melodies that stood on their own. They were forced to write single-note lines that were engaging and appropriate... And took up almost no ROM and could loop seamlessly.
Christ, how the hell did they do it? Better composers than I, for sure.
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