(Topic ID: 157239)

Which pins have the best *original* music?


By goingincirclez

3 years ago



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#101 3 years ago

Grand Lizard? Noooooooo!

BUNGA-DE-BOP-BE-DUNGA-BE-BOP-BA-BUNGA-DE-BOP-BE-DUNGA-BE-BOP

#102 3 years ago

Bunga bunga?

#103 3 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

Grand Lizard? Noooooooo!
BUNGA-DE-BOP-BE-DUNGA-BE-BOP-BA-BUNGA-DE-BOP-BE-DUNGA-BE-BOP

The hip song that made Gardians of the Galaxy a billion dollars!

#104 3 years ago
Quoted from stevep-uk:

overall package BK2K
individual pieces , Space Station high score , Banzai Run multiball ready , F14 multiball ready , Taxi airport hurry up , Torpedo Alley jackpot ready , SoF main theme , TOTAN mode theme

What, no love for the SoF multiball music?

#105 3 years ago
Quoted from gweempose:

What, no love for the SoF multiball music?

Best

Music

Ever!!!

LIONMAN!

#106 3 years ago

BK2K takes it for me.

Swords of fury is a runner up.

I hate to say it but a lot of the cheesy gottliebs have really catchy music such as Victory or Lights Camera Action!

#107 3 years ago

DE Hook 2 Ball multiball (not from the movie, and really good tune)

TZ DCS has a really good tunes (love the one that most people use as a Main Multiball Ready)

Ever heard the CFTBL Move your car bass line?

TOTAN Fireball theme is awesome, it's only a little short. And Sheherazade theme is really good too!

JD Supergame Guitar Rifts are fantastic (ever heard the version in IJ promo video when they are promoting the DCS sound board? Check it out!)

And JY has really good music (Tactical Air Combat sets really well the mood)

And, not original at all, the LOTR Escape the ringwraith music progression (every shot add tracks to the music) is really awesome!!!!

#108 3 years ago

Pinbot for the win
honorable mention TX-Sector

#109 3 years ago

- Corvette. Same composer as Judge Dredd, so there's a lot of great guitar tunes. Main theme is very repetitive, but things like the Catch Me theme and high score theme completely make up for it
- No Good Gofers. Solid mix of folk and rock. Not much else to say.
- Monte Carlo. Almost makes up for the crappy gameplay and rules.
- Fish Tales. There's nothing more satisfying then hearing the music progress as you score more and more Jackpots.

#110 3 years ago

Not sure if these have been covered but...

Space Station attract and high score award music is awesome.

Multiball on Banzai Run kicks butt too!

#111 3 years ago
Quoted from Kineticross:

- Monte Carlo. Almost makes up for the crappy gameplay and rules.

How dare you!

Pistols at dawn

#112 3 years ago
#113 3 years ago

How could I forget Creature? I can recall those tunes by heart.

#114 3 years ago

Just tabulated the "votes" as best I can clarify them, updated the first post.

BK2K is beating TX-Sector by 5... and has more than twice the "votes" of Pinbot in 3rd.

(yes, this is completely unscientific since I didn't account for upvotes / multimentions / etc when I created the thread, but it's interesting to see some clear community favorites have emerged nonetheless)

#115 3 years ago

Yeah, great job. Color me surprised but it actually looks like a fairly accurate representation of peoples' feelings on the topic (for now anyway... just wait and watch it eventually devolve )

At the very least this has made me want to seek out a few more of these games that i haven't played before.

4 months later
#116 3 years ago

let's resurrect this interesting topic and move it forward..

Personally I believe music is the most important aspect in a pinball machine after gameplay, and togheter with theming. It adds ( or detract) really a huge amount of character, so I am very concerned about it. Although I did not play many machines, I have repeatedly watched hundreds of online videos, paying special attention to the soundtracks.

In my opinion the two winner here are Space Station and Swords of Fury: both soundtracks by Brian Schmidt.
Just ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.

After those, I think that BSD has an excellent soundtrack, perfectly fitting the theme.

There's other pins of course with good music, but the two Schmidt's creation are my two favorites by far.

A special note about BK2K: another good work, again by Brian Schmidt. This is a catchy soundtrack for sure. But I find it a bit annoying after sometimes. Especially the oooh oooooh ooooh gets irritating after listening to it several times, and it gets old.
While I could listen to SoF and Space Station soundtracks forever.

#117 3 years ago

Bally Playboy is well thought out. I also like No Good Gofers.

#118 3 years ago

Taxi
Creature
Jackbot (quirky, but I love it)

#119 3 years ago

Banzai Run, for sure. Great 80's sound!

#120 3 years ago

Absolutely love BK2K! Add another for this one...

#121 3 years ago

People are listening to the WRONG redux version Brian Schmidt's BK2K soundtrack.
How is REALLY sounds when played live and correctly.
Best version since originally recorded nearly 30 years ago.

He already did JD and is scheduled to release SoF.

Little known.
Al's Garage Band Goes on a World Tour.
Nobody has even heard most of the guitar riffs and drum beats in the all the individual tunes.

Here you go, extracted directly from the EPROMS, full 320kps, CD stereo quality.
I am still missing the after completing MB final tune with the cowbells.

You literally could sit beside the game and play the guitar or drums with the game.
Simple, but solid, similar to Dr. Dude.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nz20vhn3ez2meps/AABra6a4RXbG2B0fwZeTiExfa?dl=0

#122 3 years ago

I'm on the fence about pin music. In the short term, it's great. But it can eventually become tiresome. At which point it becomes impossible to separate the game from the music. In essence, adding music both expands and limits the potential experience.

I'm heavily EM-focused, so my game room sounds are bells and chimes. The only music which gets played is the music *I* choose to play over the general cacophony. Which is kind of cool, because everyone in the room gets "tuned" to the same station. It's like everyone is playing one huge game with different faces... games are quicker... people shift around more... it feels a bit more social. Whereas modern games are more demanding of a person's focus and engrosses each player in its own little universe for longer periods of time.

It's kind of like going out with your friends to play billiards and having the option for a regular game or Lord Of The Rings Billiards where shooting different pockets made little things happen... dragons pop out... lasers shoot out of the balls... very engrossing but at the expense of tableside beers and chitchat. LOTRB would be awesome the first time, but what about the 10th? 100th?

Anyway... my favorite soundtracks are the ones which are a bit more atmospheric/subtle. The hyperactive plinky-dink tunes (largely from the 1988-1991 era) are just insane. Can't imagine having that in my house. Also BK2K is getting a lot of love here... it was AWESOME in the arcade. But having that thing at home going constantly? As the Black Knight says... "No way"

#123 3 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

I'm on the fence about pin music. In the short term, it's great. But it can eventually become tiresome. At which point it becomes impossible to separate the game from the music. In essence, adding music both expands and limits the potential experience.
I'm heavily EM-focused, so my game room sounds are bells and chimes. The only music which gets played is the music *I* choose to play over the general cacophony. Which is kind of cool, because everyone in the room gets "tuned" to the same station. It's like everyone is playing one huge game with different faces... games are quicker... people shift around more... it feels a bit more social. Whereas modern games are more demanding of a person's focus and engrosses each player in its own little universe for longer periods of time.
It's kind of like going out with your friends to play billiards and having the option for a regular game or Lord Of The Rings Billiards where shooting different pockets made little things happen... dragons pop out... lasers shoot out of the balls... very engrossing but at the expense of tableside beers and chitchat. LOTRB would be awesome the first time, but what about the 10th? 100th?
Anyway... my favorite soundtracks are the ones which are a bit more atmospheric/subtle. The hyperactive plinky-dink tunes (largely from the 1990-1991 era) are just insane. Can't imagine having that in my house. Also BK2K is getting a lot of love here... it was AWESOME in the arcade. But having that thing at home going constantly? As the Black Knight says... "No way"

I totally agree with your idea of the game room as a single music environment. A proper pinball "club". Perfect for playing socially: one of the great aspects of our passion! Of course this is an option for me too when playing pinball.
Anyway proper pinball music has a special quality: it follows the game's and ball's evolution. It's a beautiful feature when properly implemented.

If you like atmospheric subtle music, I strongly suggest to check a video of Space Station: the quality and game related evolution of the music, sounds and call outs are really AMAZING.

#124 3 years ago

I see Night Moves got a few mentions. I love that soundtrack!

#125 3 years ago

Yeah I'm not suggesting pinball music is a bad thing, just that it makes the experience more individualistic at the cost of being a bit less social. Is there an option to disable only the music portion on modern pins? Of course... some games wouldn't be fun without it. *shrug* nevermind... I'm starting to derail the OP's thread.

#126 3 years ago

Modern pins of course allow you to set the music volume or to disable it entirely.

The best thing is to play with other people of course. But this is not always possible all the time unfortunately. When playing alone, especially if into serious playing (trying to go for the high score), I definitely prefer to listen to the pinball music.

Sometimes, even if alone, I also lower the pinball music volumes and listen to albums of my choice, but I have to say I do this just during very casual, not focused playing.

#127 3 years ago

Yes... interesting you mention that. Modern games demand a lot more concentration and focus. More challenges, more "emergencies", more fight-or-flight responses. Keeps your adrenaline constantly revving higher. Which is the point, I guess. But to me, long-term, in a home environment it becomes tiresome. I don't want to redline it all the time. It feels too much like work when I'm trying to relax.

It's the same reason I no longer play intense games like Call Of Duty. Too engrossing and intense. But hey, those are the games which rake in the cash... and let's face it... if you want to make money at the movie theater or arcade you'd better be bigger, louder, and flashier than the rest. Modern pins (and thus, their soundtracks) were designed to compete in this kind of environment.

SO - my ultimate point is that -music could adapt- for the home pinball environment. It could be more atmospheric and pleasing over the long-term for players who don't necessarily have buckets of teenage/20-something hormonal energy to burn.

Ambient pinball? Zenball? Brian Eno theme? Hmmm... might be so relaxing no one would have the energy to get up and play it.

#128 3 years ago

Agreed. Really like the Zenball idea!

#129 3 years ago

It's actually an idea I've been kicking around for the last year or so. Going back to the fundamentals with simple but challenging goals, dynamic sounds which change with the gameplay, and beautiful artwork utilizing new and old tech. More of an interactive sensory/art experience than a mission to complete... though it will have that too. Otherwise it would be "No Man's Sky Pinball" and, let's face it, nobody wants that.

#130 3 years ago

OK back to the main thread... just listened to Space Station and yes it has a steady driving beat which seems like it wouldn't test one's patience over the long-term. It's very Pinbot-esque. Like it a lot.

In contrast, consider the plinky-dink era of pinball music: 1988-1991... geez. Some were good, but too many grate on the nerves like this one:

It's just insanely noisy. Every-freaking-thing was designed to be as annoying as possible. Even the bonus countdown/end-of-ball noise screeches for attention. GWOP! NEEK! BLEEK! GERGERGERGERGREEEEEEEEIIITTTTT! KA-DINK-THWEEET!

It's like being forced to listen to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's "You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner... SHADDAP ALREADY.

#131 3 years ago

Devils dare has a mean gritty synth line. And has some great sound effects. Seriously good original sounds here.

Swords of fury is definitely up toward the top. Love how each locked ball adds another layer of sound.

Everyone says TX sector. It sounds good from what I can tell but I've never had the machine in front of me.

Black Knight 2000s music and SFX overpower the gameplay of the machine. You hear more people talking about the sound then you do the gameplay. Both of which are great although somewhat right flipper heavy.

Gottlieb rack em up has a cool little bass line rhythm. Not best of all time but it's pretty cool.

Alien star hooked up to a subwoofer is awesome. Just a crazy pulsing drone noise unless you hit something with a sound effect.

Punk and spirit have goodles sounds as well.

2 weeks later
#132 3 years ago

One of the things I love about TFTC is it plays the theme song while playing. I wish more games had sounds or music in them while playing. Does not bug me or the laughing crackling as others complain about in game. Most of the time when I was playing pins in a pool hall or anything else in the wild you could never hear all the sounds in game due to background noise.

#133 3 years ago

Putting my vote in for Monopoly, especially the hurryup theme. I don't even mind waiting out the back half of Tax Refund because the music is so rad. Definitely stomps all over RCT.

#134 3 years ago

Funhouse by a country mile!
Honorable mention Taxi and TX sector

#136 3 years ago

BK2000 is my top choice.

I do like CV and EATPM as well...

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