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1996 - Laser Light records
Catalogue # - 12 817

X-Men Album

In July of '94, Mark Miller, who was later to become head of the music dept. at SEGA, asked me to do the music for a new X-Men Genesis cartridge game called "X-Men II, The Bio Wars". It was being made by HeadGames in San Francisco.
The project seemed fascinating. I was given a 2-inch thick tome on the specs of the game, and I immediately took that and a big X-Men comics compilation which I had just purchased and read through them both. I had never before been very aware of the X-Men world, and quickly fell into the trap of wanting to read every X-Men comic ever published, just to get the story straight. I especially liked the multiple-character aspect of the game, and set up (with Mark's help) a set of songs which would sound different depending on which character the player happened to be at any given moment. This is evident in the tracks "Climbing The Temple" and "Factory Floor". I included the lead lines from 3 different characters in each.
Working with the music system of the Genesis was somewhat limiting, to say the least. When Mark approached me in October of '95 to do full-blown versions of the X-Men music, I welcomed the opportunity to flesh out the music from the cartridge. I picked 8 of my favorites and here they are. Mark and I composed "Avalon 3" together, and the rest are mine. Fans of Information Society will recognize the "classic InSoc sound" in some of these...
When the game came out, the name was "X-Men II, The Clone Wars". It was one of the more successful Genesis games of 1995.
It's not exactly like an Information Society album, but listening to it, it's obvious that it was done by Information Society.
Since this record was so severely compressed in the mastering session, my MP3 encoder didn't seem to be able to deal with it: these clips are distorted. The CD doesn't sound like that.

Equipment used on this album included:
Voyetra's Seqencer Plus Gold MIDI computer sequencer.
Akai S-1000 samplers.
Roland MKS-80 analogue synth.
Roland D-110 PCM synth
Roland SRV-2000 reverb
Boss (Roland) SE-50 multi-effects

Song Clips

Trk. # Song title Audio Excerpt Comments
X-Men Theme Song
InSoc Classic
Climbing The Temple
And dodging the rocks...
The Brood Queen & Her Claws
Huge alien insect wants YOU...
Factory Floor
In the factory...
As Fluid Rises In The Citadel
Keep your head above the gook...
Avalon 3
Keep climbing...
It just gets worse...
Sentinel Core Escape
Get in, get out...

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