Monday, March 23, 2015

Choicest VGM - VGM #174 - Frontier: Elite II - Introduction



Composed by: Dave Lowe

We take a break from our usual programming (i.e. the Wing Commander: Privateer soundtrack) to examine the soundtrack from another space trading game: Frontier: Elite II. This is no coincidence as some of you are aware as there is currently a Kickstarter project running by the composer of the Frontier: Elite II soundtrack, Dave Lowe. One of the main goals of the project is to turn the main theme to Frontier: Elite II, which I assume is the one presented here, into one performed by a live orchestra! While admittedly the track might sound a bit lo-fi by today's standards you have to realise this track was composed well over 20 years ago (using 1990s technology) - not only that but the music on Frontier: Elite II and the game itself fit on one floppy disk - now that's efficiency! Also, it goes so much better while watching the intro to the game too while you watch an Imperial Courier take out a couple of Eagles.... yeah.

Oh and where did I get the music? I recorded it directly from the game audio (using the Adlib/Sound Blaster option) while running the game through DOSBox. I did find MIDI files of the DOS version's music online but they just weren't the same as how I remembered. So there you have it :)

Thanks to Dave Lowe for composing such a memorable soundtrack!


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