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[VGM packs] SG-1000 and OMV
Post Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:59 pm
Given the recent surge of interest in SG-1000 I thought I'd try to rip some of the soundtracks.

First up is 007 James Bond (as I'm working through them in alphabetical order):

https://www.smspower.org/Music/007JamesBond-SG



As far as I can tell this game has only one tune.
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Bank Panic
Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 1:50 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/BankPanic-SG



Some of these tracks seem like they are arrangements of more US traditional/folk/military songs. Also, it feels a lot like a Tokuhiko Uwabo arrangement, but SEGA Arcade 80's Vol. 2 lists the composer as unknown. It is using the common Sega sound engine (I guess the one BO wrote?) with $81+ memory trigger at $c200. I didn't include the "hurry up" version of the main theme as it's the same song only faster.
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Bomb Jack (help needed)
Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 3:30 pm
Last edited by Maxim on Sat Mar 12, 2022 4:57 pm; edited 1 time in total
Next up is Bomb Jack. This is using the common Sega music engine again, making it easy to rip without playing - but now I'm stuck on track titles because I don't know the game and it's hard to play.

I compared to the arcade soundtrack here: https://vgmrips.net/packs/pack/bomb-jack-arcade and some tracks seem to match, others don't, and the usage seems mismatched (the title screen music is the name entry music?). Can you help me label the tracks? Which should be credited to Kyohei Tsutsumi and/or Tsukasa Masuko and which are SG-1000 originals?

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There's a "longplay" here which might help:
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 4:39 pm
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Can you help me label the tracks? Which should be credited to Kyohei Tsutsumi and/or Tsukasa Masuko and which are SG-1000 originals?


Tsukasa Masuko was the original composer of the Arcade game, so he should be credited for most of that title's original tracks. There seem to be two exceptions: the songs Lady Madonna (by John Lennon and Paul McCarthy of The Beatles) and Ringo no Mori no Koneko Tachi (by Kyohei Tsutsumi for the anime Mrs. Pepper Pot), which in the Arcade game make up two of the game's three BGM (and for a legal headache, presumably).

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I compared to the arcade soundtrack and some tracks seem to match, others don't, and the usage seems mismatched.


Most of the songs are loose arrangements of the arcade game's jingles, but this version's BGM sound like different songs from the Arcade version- perhaps Sega wanted to avoid legal issues?

Here's the songs labelled, based on the VGMRips track titles:

01 - Title Screen (Name Entry 2) by Tsukasa Masuko
02 - Level Start by Tsukasa Masuko
03 - BGM 1
04 - BGM 2
05 - BGM 3
06 - Game Over by Tsukasa Masuko
07 - Clear by Tsukasa Masuko
08 - Got a Power Ball by Tsukasa Masuko

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(the title screen music is the name entry music?)

This kind of tripped me up as well when I was looking into the other versions of this game: it's used as the in-game BGM in the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and Game Boy versions of the game.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 5:00 pm
Thanks! Here's the final pack:

https://www.smspower.org/Music/BombJack-SG

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Borderline
Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 6:46 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/Borderline-SG



Just one real music track. Again it's the Sega music engine, with the trigger at $c19f.
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Chack'n Pop
Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:20 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChacknPop-SG



Sega's music engine again, trigger at $c200. This engine makes it easy to rip music but then I still have to identify the tracks...
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2022 2:05 pm
Since we're in the mood of tying up loose ends on the SG-1000, it seems like a good time to bring the existing packs up to date.

The "recent interest" in the SG-1000 of course comes from Jeremy Parish's coverage of the library, and as that was happening more accurate release dates got uncovered for these games. There was also a CD soundtrack release in the SEGA SG-1000 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, which includes official track titles (even if it boils down to specific variations of "Stage BGM" and "Stage Clear"). Valuable composer information has also come up in the past decade including in the liner notes of this album.

With all that in mind, I've gone back and updated two of the more egregious packs. There isn't too many of these, so hopefully it shouldn't be too hard from here to update the rest as well.

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Champion Baseball
Post Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2022 8:06 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionBaseball-SG



This took a long time to rip compared to the length of the music! The game plays SFX over the opening music, and then after disassembling and finding the music routines, I had to spend a lot of time in this horrible game to figure out what they correspond to.

It turns out it was released on CD! https://vgmdb.net/album/40306 I omitted the Home Run jingle because it is super short and barely musical.
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Champion Billiards
Post Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:15 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionBilliards-SG



This was one of the last games released for SG-1000, after the SMS had been released, so it has a correspondingly relatively advanced soundtrack. It's by Compile so not the Sega music engine. It's also not the same music as Lunar Ball or Lunar Pool.
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Champion Boxing
Post Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:29 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionBoxing-SG



This was easy to rip, it uses the Sega engine with trigger at $c302 and it's super short. It was also on the SEGA SG-1000 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION CD, which even gives us the title for the unused track. Sadly no composer credit, though.
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Champion Golf
Post Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:58 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionGolf-SG



Only one music track. It looks like the Sega engine but the trigger is not at the start of the music RAM - it's at $c3f9. That might mean it's an early incarnation of that engine.
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Champion Ice Hockey
Post Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 9:07 pm
Oh, to get past these sports games...

https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionIceHockey-SG



Sega engine again, trigger at $c280 (at the start of sound engine RAM).
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Champion Kendou
Post Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2022 10:13 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionKendou-SG



Sega music engine, trigger at $c300. I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on in the game, and I have to say I'm glad I could skip through a video of someone else playing though it for nearly an hour to find out what the last music track is...
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 9:23 am
btw (and slightly off topic). Do we have some documents about Sega Music Engine? I haven't found it on the Development section, nor in a Forum topic.
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Champion Pro Wrestling
Post Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 10:44 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionProWrestling-SG



Sega music engine again.

The Sega engine seems to have been written by Tokuhiko Uwabo in about 1984, but was presumably extended many times. It is characterised by having a block of RAM for its own use, and using the first byte as a "RAM trigger" - so the game writes a value there to trigger a new tune or sound effect. Another characteristic is that this value written always has the high bit set and usually starts at $81. Conventionally, music comes first with SFX at higher values. An incomplete list of games and their trigger locations is here: https://www.smspower.org/Development/MemoryHacks

It's highly likely therefore that many games share very similar engines. It has been found in second-party games so Sega gave it out to subcontractors - and they also gave the source code to third-party GG developers later on (as they gave the full Columns source).

One thing I haven't done yet is to document it well. There are disassemblies of the variant in the Snail Maze BIOS at least. It's likely there are incompatibilities between variants over the years.

Sometimes people refer to it as "pre-SMPS", as it was probably a precursor to the "Sample Music Playback System" used by Sega.
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Champion Soccer
Post Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 12:15 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ChampionSoccer-SG



Sega engine again, trigger is at $c000 (which is a bit unusual). And finally the Champion Sports games are over!
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Congo Bongo
Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2022 10:31 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/CongoBongo-SG



Sega engine again, with a trigger at $c1e6. Unusual to see it not at a multiple of $100...
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C_So!
Post Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2022 10:08 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/CSo-SG



A very similar engine to Champion Billiards, which makes sense as they are both Compile games.
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Elevator Action
Post Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2022 9:29 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ElevatorAction-SG



A few tracks I couldn't identify here. Sega engine again.
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Golgo 13
Post Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2022 9:35 am
I'm moving faster through the letters now, partly because the SG-1000 has rather too many games starting with C, and partly because the D/E/F games were mostly already ripped. I'm fairly sure Exerion contains no music.

https://www.smspower.org/Music/Golgo13-SG



Sega engine again.
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GP World
Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2022 9:46 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/GPWorld-SG



Sega engine, not much music.
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Gulkave
Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:22 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/Gulkave-SG



Compile sound engine. There's a sound test which really helped.
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Hang On II
Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2022 10:31 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HangOnII-SG



Sega music engine with a trigger at $c300 (which seems a very common location for SG-1000 games), but with some heavy modifications for the in-game music + engine sounds which means it doesn't play elsewhere.
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H.E.R.O.
Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2022 10:46 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HERO-SG

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Home Mahjong
Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2022 12:40 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HomeMahjong-SG



This does not use the normal Sega music engine. It's a little bit similar but I'm suspicious if this was made by another developer.
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Hustle Chumy
Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2022 3:10 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HustleChumy-SG



This is branded as a Compile game but its music engine is not the same as the earlier Compile packs I ripped. It's also described on the internet as the first game Kotaro Hayashida worked on at Sega, which seems odd.
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Hyper Sports
Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2022 4:18 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HyperSports-SG



A very short soundtrack, nearly half of which is unused in the game. I hacked it to always give me a perfect score and played through to stage 50 before getting tired, without ever hearing it. It sounds like an ending jingle, but I think the game has no end.
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Monaco GP
Post Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2022 9:13 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/MonacoGP-SG



A new record short soundtrack.
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Okamoto Ayako no Match Play Golf
Post Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2022 9:46 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/OkamotoAyakoNoMatchPlayGolf-SG



A curiously similar engine to the Sega one here, with a RAM trigger using values with the high bit set.
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Post Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2022 12:23 pm
Couple of pack updates:

Pitfall II - Added info on the original composers for some of the tracks.

Hang On II - Composer information from the SG-1000 album, albeit they're in reference to the Mark III Hang-On. The two have nearly identical soundtracks though, so I'm just gonna assume they have the same credits.

(Since I brought it up, I'll also include a pack update for Mark III/SMS Hang-On as well. It contains that hidden track when played on a SG-1000 so let's just say it counts.)
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2022 3:56 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HangOnII-SG
https://www.smspower.org/Music/HangOn-SMS
https://www.smspower.org/Music/PitfallII-SG

All updated.
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Orguss
Post Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2022 5:09 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/Orguss-SG



Another trigger-based engine, but this feels like a much earlier game engine.
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Othello
Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2022 3:25 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/Othello-SG



This uses a really limited music engine that busy-waits while playing music.
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Pop Flamer
Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:44 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/PopFlamer-SG



Not the usual Sega music engine. Also, this is awful music.
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Rock'n Bolt
Post Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2022 11:21 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/RocknBolt-SG



As a pleasant relief, here's the longest SG-1000 soundtrack seen so far. There's some ambiguity as to who wrote it - some of the music seems to be the same as other versions; someone edited the Wikipedia page for Rock n' Bolt to say Compile made the SG-1000 version, but they never claimed that on their website back when it listed their other SG-1000 works.
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Safari Race
Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:28 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/SafariRace-SG



Back to bad music. This seems to be another early Sega music engine.
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Sega-Galaga
Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:59 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/SegaGalaga-SG



Not much music but at least it is well documented who composed it.
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Sindbad Mystery
Post Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2022 10:55 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/SindbadMystery-SG



Early Sega engine again.
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Soukoban
Post Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:09 pm
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https://www.smspower.org/Music/Soukoban-SG



This looks like a Sega engine but unusually the trigger is far away from the rest of the engine RAM ($c009 vs $c280). Most tracks are played when you quit a level (hold 1+2), and you get a threatening message from the warehouse boss. I did my best to transcribe and translate these but errors are likely.
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Space Slalom
Post Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:19 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/SpaceSlalom-SG



Another early game with an ad-hoc-looking sound engine and not much music to speak of.
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Star Force
Post Posted: Mon May 02, 2022 8:19 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/StarForce-SG



A relatively big OST here, helped because it's an arcade conversion.
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Star Jacker
Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2022 8:01 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/StarJacker-SG

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Super Tank
Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2022 10:03 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/SuperTank-SG

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Zaxxon
Post Posted: Thu May 12, 2022 8:34 am
https://www.smspower.org/Music/Zaxxon-SG



I'm very close to the end now!
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Zippy Race
Post Posted: Thu May 12, 2022 4:11 pm
https://www.smspower.org/Music/ZippyRace-SG



And that is the last one! I have deliberately skipped over Korean and Taiwanese bootleg SG-1000-ish releases (most or all of which are MSX conversions?). Please let me know if I have missed something.
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Post Posted: Thu May 12, 2022 4:43 pm
Congrats, and thank you for your service. Looking forward to sitting back, enjoying the SG-1000's rich library of music (?), and taking shots every time the number of channels used dips below 3.
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