The Sultans of SID: #11: Reyn Ouwehand

Our eleventh SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

He made it through the Reyn…

And kept his discs protected. This fellow, like Jeroen Tel was also involved in the Maniacs of Noise. If you guessed the pun, today’s Sultan of SID is…

Reyn Ouwehand

Born in the Netherlands in 1973, Reyn’s first incursion into music was via the Commodore 64. He also went on to become an accomplished film soundtrack composer with music for The Rocketeer among his credits. Like Matt Gray, he has also remixed his SID tunes.

On the C64, his best known works include the music for Last Ninja 3, Ninja Remix, and Flimbo’s Quest. If you had the Playful Intelligence pack from 1991, Flimbo’s Quest was one of four games on a bundled cartridge. It was originally bundled with the failed C64GS console.

Essential Tunes

i. Flimbo’s Quest

I was the proud owner of this game on a C64GS cartridge (the other three titles were Fiendish Freddy’s Big Top O’Fun, Klax, and International Soccer). With the Flimbo’s Quest soundtrack, he worked with Johnannes Bjerregaard. The only downside with the cartridge version I had was the omission of the two introduction themes. An excellent collaboration.

ii. The Last Ninja Remix

In one of our previous Advent Calendar windows, we had the Matt Gray score, which was fantastic. But, no disrespect to Matt’s work, it is Reyn’s score that reigns supreme. It is vibrant yet tense at the same time. Suitable enough to get you pumped up for some ninja-themed action.

iii. Super Stock Car

If you read the reviews at the time (27% in Zzap! 64), this is a case of Nice Song, Shame About The Video. Reyn Ouwehand’s music and sound effects wasn’t enough to save what was seen as a rubbish Super Sprint clone.

Tomorrow’s Sultan of SID…

As we reach the halfway point of our Advent Calendar, we shan’t divulge who our next SID legend is, but we can give you a clue. The clue is as follows:

A Dunn deal for Ocean and Imagine.

All will be revealed tomorrow.

S.V., 11 December 2016.

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