Friday, September 23, 2016

Soundtrack September: Batman: Return of the Joker

Game: Batman: Return of the Joker (1991)
Platform: NES
Composer: Kodaka Naoki

It's tempting to write about a lot of Sunsoft NES games; two years ago I recognized Fester's Quest, and Gremlins 2, Blaster Master and Journey to Silius are all further examples of Kodaka Naoki's expert use of the hardware to produce chiptunes as compositionally solid as they are technically sound.

Kodaka's composition on Batman: Return of the Joker is supported by equally proficient sound programming by Seya Shin'ichi and Hara Nobuyuki.

I'm not a big fan of the work of the YouTube user whose video I'm posting below, because he adds stereo sound and reverb to NES music tracks, making them sound different from their original selves. But his was the only upload I could find of the entire Return of the Joker soundtrack.

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