Monday, October 20, 2008

Mark Mothersbaugh Invades My Music Quite Consistently

Former Devo member and accomplished film composer has invaded my mind again.

I was on Digg (big surprise) and was reading an article about historically notable video games, when there was a little note of info about the scores of Spyro and then a side note on the people responsible for the score of Crash Bandicoot, who are Mutato Muzika.

When the Playstation first came out in the 90's, my brother and my best friend Fi got one for Christmas that year and I played Spyro and Crash Bandicoot ALL THE TIME. Mostly Fi and I played Spyro, me roaming around the 3-D platform like a toddler, and handing her the controller whenever a particularly menacing enemy was confronted.

My brother Avery mostly played Oddworld and Crash Bandicoot during those first couple years and the one thing I remember most from Crash Bandicoot and Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is the music. I LOVED that music. Even back then, I always wondered if I could ever get a recording of the music because it was so relaxing and interesting and it's lingered in my mind since, if not in the very deepest, most nearly-forgotten corner.

And who should Mutato Muzika be comprised of? Mark Mothersbaugh among others.

What else has Mark Mothersbaugh done? Most notably for me in the score for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and most recently Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He's done a bunch others, some good, some surprising but I'm not going to list them here.

Anyway, now that I know this about Mutato Muzika and all that jazz, maybe, just maybe, I can track down and purchase some sort of compiled album for the score for Crash Bandicoot? Is that weird?

Whatever, play it yourself and you will see.

The original Spyro The Dragon series (1 through 3) and Tekken (2 and 3, though 3 is far superior while 2 is mostly a sentimental love) along with Crash Bandicoot are all featured on the list.

I didn't realize they were so "historical" and I kind of think the article is silly but it makes sense. Anyway those three games are some of my absolute favorite games to play to this day.
Others could include pretty much anything Mario Brothers (Super Mario Brothers 2 on SNES is an absolute top 3) Psychonauts and Solitaire.

How weird is it that I get online at work and slack off, but I still feel too guilty to play Solitaire? What's the deal? I rock that game.

1 comment:

Austin said...

As a citizen of the internet, I feel compelled to help you out of your dilemma.

It's got soundtrack rips for all the Crash Bandicoot games, since you'd likely not find a CD of music from a 90's video game. You'd have to download the tracks one by one, but it'd be worth it to get some sweet music.

My nerd shame knows no bounds.