>> Monday, December 22, 2008
The soundtrack of Accelerator is marvelous, really! It sounds like if the tracks are supported by some movie quotes and telling us a whole story while listening. Or is all it homemade SPC fiction? For example, do you remember: "I'll tell you what, it's gonna take a lot more than a couple of car bombs if you bomb off this case", or: "How could I get myself into this, I could just have taken the bus", or: "Who the *&^% thing in the world, there's no way we can make it, we're just like a huge moving target", and finally: "you're obviously not going anywhere in that car" and a lot more. The disc said it's written by Matthew Sugden, which is the brother of the coder: Ben Sugden. Accelerator was initially written by a student Ben Sugden on a working vacation to SPC Vision. He designed the core concept of the game but left it in an unfinished state when his vacation was out. The game was developed on and off by various SPC staff. Well, we tracked down Matt Sugden for some details behind the Accelerator CD-i soundtrack:
"I was 16/17 when I wrote the music and it was a nice little earner for someone still at college! Also paved the way for me to get into computer game music which I did for about 9 years afterwards. At the time it was quite a cool thing to have voice samples in music as it was really prevelant in the charts, so to start with I trawled through loads of car films, like cannon ball run "ladies and gentlemen start your engines" and smokey and the bandit to get some car related sound bites and to start with was syncing them up with an analogue cassette tape would you beleive! Madness!
It wasn't until I got my first payment that I blew the whole lot on a digital sampler (woo hoo) and redid all the tracks with that instead. Once I started playing around with the voice samples I then that started looking at other films with just good stuff in them, I think one I ripped a lot off was robocop "i like it" and "boink" sound, which came from the SUX2000 car advert in the film!! Basically there was a whole tonne of other stuff too, like "couple of car bombs" was emilio estavez in the film with danny glover, I can't remember the film name but it was a cop spoof, and "it's showtime" was lex luthor from the new adventures of superman.
My personal favourite sample of the whole project though was the big scary orchestral stab, "dun don derrrrr" which I nicked from ren and stimpy show, which I watched all the time during the project, ah memories."
Thanks Matt for your contribution!