If you’re a fan of doing stuff with that moving picture box in your living room/bedroom/slave cellar besides playing videogames, then you may have seen some little shows called Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, or Eureka. The man responsible for the musical delights in said programs is one Bear McCreary, a self-confessed Mega Man lover who likes to inject a little of the Blue Bomber into his work.
“I’ve actually used a lot of influence from Mega Man in the new season of Eureka. Listen in the first episode of season 3 and you’ll hear some blatantly obvious homages. I’ve introduced a lot of 8-bit NES and GameBoy sounds to my writing template, most of them sampled directly off the old hardware. It’s been a fascinating sound to play around with. I also pulled heavily from 16-bit systems, including the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis for some old-school FM synthesis. One of the things that makes Eureka so much fun is that I get to do this kind of experimentation.”
Being a fan of blips, bleeps and bloops in music makes me happy to hear someone with real cred can nerd all over their aural projects and it’s not only accepted, but it makes into high profile places. It’s only a matter of time now until MTV gives us some shows based around finding the next champion of the chiptune scene, hosted by a Commodore 64 instead of a human. Don’t worry, you wouldn’t really notice a difference.