Our fourth SID sultan of our Advent Calendar
From yesterday, our little clue was:
Take the last two letters out of “Kenny”, change the “K” to “B”, then delete one of the letter Ls.
Today’s musician behind the calendar door is…
Born in London, Ben and his family moved to Sheffield when he was one year old. He wrote his first computerised compositions on the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, and Commodore 64. He produced most of his work for Gremlin Graphics, whom at the time were based on Carver Street, in the centre of Sheffield.
His most famous works include the music for Super Cars (C64), Thing on a Spring (Amstrad CPC) Dark Fusion (ZX Spectrum). Away from the computer screen, he is also a talented musician. From his website biography, he can play woodwind and percussion instruments. He also had a stint as principal percussionist in the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra. Plus, he is also a fan of one of Dukinfield’s finest composers, Ronnie Hazlehurst.
i. Super Cars
We love the driving bass on this theme (if you pardon the pun). The title music to Super Cars is slightly reminiscent of Steve Barratt’s compositions (especially on the C64 version of Super Hang-On).
ii. The Last Ninja
Ben’s most atmospheric work is the theme music to The Last Ninja. His musical score really suits the game. Though nearly 30 years old, it still sounds fresh today. The music for the Wastelands loader is the best of the bunch.
Somewhat overlooked by some gamers is the music to the C64 version of Switchblade. If you like The Last Ninja soundtrack, this one is for you. It works well for the game’s fantasy setting. We particularly like the in-game music.
On the Amstrad GX4000 console (what a popular games console that was!), CPC, and the ZX Spectrum 128k models, Ben’s score was used. If you do a search on YouTube, notice the difference in timbre across the formats compared with the C64.
Tomorrow’s Sultan of SID…
Once again we shan’t divulge who our next SID legend is, but we can give you a clue. The clue is as follows:
His most famous work is the soundtrack for Turrican.
All will be revealed tomorrow.
S.V., 04 December 2016.