I've been trying to find more computer game soundtracks, but no shops near me stock them. Are there good online retailers around? Classic FM did a 2 hour show of a full Orchestra playing a collection of computer game music and it was awesome. I need more.
Which kinds of game music do you like?
I don't know of any places where you can buy music. *chuckles* Well, I suppose ebay and amazon might have some music...
Like this one, http://www.amazon.co...o/dp/B000058A8F (best squaresoft prod if you ask me)
What I do when I want some more computer game music: I actually extract the music from the game files, if I want the original music.
It depends on the techonology used. If it's an old DOS game, chances are good that it's right there in a tracked music format.
These are often custom formats used, however. But usually there's a programmer out there that has made a utility for it. :-)
Streamed music was eventually used even in DOS games.
If it's a more recent game, it's usually just mp3, ogg, mp2, or whatever. There are so many compressed formats now... :-(
Sometimes, you will find the music as "loose" files in the game directory if one exists, but usually it's packed away in a container file.
This container file might just be a zip or a rar if you are lucky, but it's usually a custom format either developed in-house or elsewhere.
Now, there are a bunch of different extraction tools for opening these kinds of files, but if you can't find it, searching longer, and asking, helps.
If it's a console game, the chances are good that it's actally a tracked music format, unless it's one of the more recent consoles like the xbox.
The playstation started using streamed music, so those can be very easy to pull right off a disc. But if it uses tracked music, a PSF rip might do.
When extracting music from a game using a custom packed and/or tracked format, reverse-engineering skill may be required if tool doesn't exist.
Game OSTs were printed and sold, but that music might not be the exact original as it can have more polyphony, altered instrument sound and usually fadeout applied to it, and some tracks may be missing, sometimes...
That is all the help I can give without knowing more.
Anyway, if it's about orchestra, then I'd recommend Distant Worlds, that is some Final Fantasy music. It's available on cd.
Although that is not original game music, it's probably the next best thing, and once you have the original and the orchestrated versions,
I'd possibly recommend listening to remixes, remakes, midi remakes, piano versions, and what not, for different sound and music.
Sometimes they sound great, sometimes they stink. :-)
Heh, didn't intend to write a book with this post. If anyone need any help with anything that I've talked about here, just ask, I'll see if I can't help.
In the end, I just buy the original game, new if possible, then I throw some tool at it, or spend an evening hacking away at it. :-)
I hope this post was useful. Hopefully I'm not being too pedantic, if that's a bad thing... :-P Well, I guess I am rather pedantic...