Episode 95: Sega CD Chiptune

Ed digs out some of the more obscure examples of chip-based music for the Sega CD platform.

When most of us think of Sega CD music, we immediately think about the epic soundtracks from games like Sonic CD, Ecco the Dolphin, or Final Fight CD; that is to say games with CD-quality audio in the standard Redbook format. Quite a few games in the library deviated from that, however, and utilized the Sega Genesis soundchip in concert with the powerful sample-based technology in the CD unit. On today’s VGMbassy, Ed digs out some of the more obscure examples of chip-based music for the platform! You’ll hear cheesy fun tunes from games like The Adventures of Willy Beamish, solid FM Jams from well-known Japanese composers like Mieko Ishikawa and Noriyuki Iwadare, and even a full-blown anime theme-song! Let us know what some of your favorite Sega CD soundtracks are!

A huge thank you to Indira J (The Misadventures of Buddy and Friend, Sacrimony) for the amazing VGMbassy artwork and design, and to Trevin Hughes (aka chiptune composer Jredd) for the podcast theme song!

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The Tracklist:

1 – “Volcanic Zone (Exploration)” and “Volcanic Zone (Battle)” from Popful Mail (Sega CD, 1994) Composed by Atsushi Shirakawa, Hirofumi Matsuoka, Masaru Nakajima, Mieko Ishikawa, Naoki Kaneda, and Takahiro Tsunashima

2 – “Temple” from Death Bringer: Himerata Monshou (Mega CD, 1992) Composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto, Shinobu Ogawa, and Minoru Yuasa

3 – “BGM1A” from Pro Yakyuu Super League CD (Mega CD, 1992) Composed by Sakaino Amayan

4 – “BGM1A” from Egawa Suguru no Super League CD (Mega CD, 1993) Composed by an Unknown Artist

5 – “Park” from Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends (Mega CD, 1994) Composed by Kenichi Okuma, Noriyuki Iwadare, Masaki Tanimoto, Reiko Okabayashi, and Kenichi Kunishima

6 – “Shop” from Shin Megami Tensei (Mega CD, 1994) Composed by Tsukasa Masuko, Keisuke Nishino, and Masamitsu Shindoh

7 – “Level 1” from Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (Sega CD, 1994) Composed by Dean Menta

8 – “Upstairs (Day 1)” from The Adventures of Willy Beamish (Sega CD, 1993) Composed by Christopher Stevens and Jan Paul Moorhead

9 – “Nagayoshi Miyoshi Unified the County” from Capcom no Quiz Tonosama no Yabou (Mega CD, 1992) Composed by Gips Papa, Hikoshi Hashimoto, and Manami Matsumae

10 – “Triple Z Arms” from Shadowrun CD (Mega CD, 1996) Composed by Einosuke Nagao and Tsuyoshi Matsushima

11- “Juice” from Slam City with Scottie Pippin (Sega CD, 1994) Composed by John Baker

12 – “Opening” from Cosmic Fantasy Stories (Mega CD, 1992) Composed by Hisao Inoue, Michiko Naruke, Tenpei Sato, Jun Hasebe, Shingo Murakami, and Masayasu Yamamoto

13 – “Battle” from Dark Wizard (Sega CD, 1994) Composed by Jun Senoue, Keisuke Tsukahara, Masaru Setsumaru, Sachio Ogawa, Izuho Numata, Yoshimi Hishida,and Shouko Ogawa

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