If you pressed me for my favorite video game and I wanted to “impress” you with an “original” answer, I’d hem and haw and mention, somewhat disingenuously, SkyRoads, a highly addictive spaceship jumping game from Estonia for MS Dos, circa 1993. Yes: originality of favorite video game is something I think could “impress” people. And yes, I’m mega-excited to find out that there’s now a clone version available for Windows, Mac, and Linux called Tasty Static. And yes: it’s a miracle I’m not single.
But if you were to ask me about my favorite music from a video game, I wouldn’t have to be disingenuous at all: Skyroads takes the cake by a sky-mile. Luckily, creator Bluemoon has a page with all the music from the game. Here’s “Road One,” complete with the “running out of oxygen” warning sound at :44 that still makes my palms sweat.
Given my (only vaguely poseur-ish) love of all things SkyRoads, it should be no surprise that whenever I find a sonic analogue I’m prone to fall in love. I ranked the debut album of Seeland, an offshoot from the beautifully icy Broadcast, as one of my notable albums from 2009 in no small part because opener “Burning Pages” fit right into SkyRoads’ palette. They have a new album, not quite as strong but still good IMHO, which you can stream to the right.
Newly released “Get a Job” from Brooklyn’s one-woman Computer Magic (unsigned for what I suspect is a very brief moment) also fits into the SkyRoads universe. Her Soundcloud is full of great tracks, all “demos” at this point. And really, computers are magic. Fact. Does not hurt that she’s just a shade on the foxy side. Skyroads + Foxy Lady = Swoon. Whom am I kidding? Skyroads + Anything = Swoon. “Victory Gin,” although not very SkyRoads-y, is also excellent.
Video game nerd bonus: If Tugboat‘s 8-bit versions of hip hop hits doesn’t make you glitch out, well, then, you, sir, are probably not a virgin.