The Sultans of SID: #21: Johannes Bjerregaard

Our twenty-first SID sultan of our Advent Calendar

From yesterday, our little clue was:

Another Maniac of Noise, once big in the C64 demo scene.

Obviously, the Maniac of Noise refers to a group he was work with: the same one as Jeroen Tel’s. Our Twenty-First Sultan of SID is…

Johannes Bjerregaard

Mr Bjerregaard is the third member of The Maniacs of Noise to have darkened our Sultans of SID advent calendar. His work was more prominent in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Alongside Reyn Ouwehand, he co-wrote the music for Flimbo’s Quest.

Other credits include the music to Subway Vigilante, Stormlord, Fruit Bank, and Kamikaze. The last two titles were coded by Ash + Dave for the Mastertronic and Codemasters labels respectively.

Essential Tunes

i. Stormlord

The graphics for this fantasy game were superb. Not only by Commodore 64 standards. They compared well with the 16 bit systems at the time. This title has also appeared on both a Zzap! 64 Megatape and a Commodore Format Power Pack as a full game. The music throughout the whole game is haunting and melodic.

ii. Kamikaze

If Defender was set during the inter-war years, you would have got Kamikaze. Gameplay is similar, though the setting is closer to Earth than outer space. The in-game music by Johanne is inspired by Glenn Miller’s works (and similar swing bands from the 1930s to 1940s).

iii. Street Cred Boxing

For our third and final must-listen to tune is another fine example of “Nice Song, Shame About The Video”. Street Cred Boxing’s gameplay wasn’t saved by Johannes’ title tune. On the excellent Lemon 64 website, this is the 66th worst game to have been released on the Commodore 64. The music’s good with some fine bass notes.

Tomorrow’s Sultan of SID…

Once more we shan’t divulge who our next SID legend is, but we can give you a clue. The clue is as follows:

Did you catch my power drift? Or was it a case of hard driving?

All will be revealed tomorrow.

S.V., 21 December 2016.

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