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Production library music in bootleg games
« on: January 10, 2016, 07:45:22 PM »
So, in this discussion of some of Lexibook's consoles, the topic of production library music came up, as several tunes sound like they could potentially be from production libraries (and taizou mentions that there's a Cube Tech rhythm game that consists entirely of production music, even).

This got me looking on the web site for Killer Tracks (Universal Music's production library), because several of the tunes that I'd heard in plug-and-play consoles sounded very much like that company's output from the '80s and '90s, as heard in the background of way too many TV shows from that era. And indeed, I found at least one track: "Technoids" from KT33: Hi-Tech Volume 2 is used in several of the sports games developed by Niutai for Qi Sheng Long (see, for instance, the bowling and golf games in this video).

Also, Cube Tech didn't just use Killer Tracks' music in a DDR knockoff, as mentioned in the above-linked thread-- they also used it for a karaoke game! See these videos from the extra-large version of the Interact-branded console, for instance.

Going to keep searching around because there certainly have to be more... but feel free to post any other findings if you come across them on the Killer Tracks site, or any other production music companies' site, because this stuff really is fascinating to track down the sources of.

(Oh, also, not related to bootleg games per se, but definitely related to bootleg something: if you've ever watched "Animal Soccer World", or any of Dingo Pictures' other knockoff cartoons, you may possibly recognize "Zip & Cindy" from KT44: Comedy/Animation Volume 1. Just maybe.)
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 09:24:59 PM »
codeman38
Jan 10 2016, 07:45:22 PM
(Oh, also, not related to bootleg games per se, but definitely related to bootleg something: if you've ever watched "Animal Soccer World", or any of Dingo Pictures' other knockoff cartoons, you may possibly recognize "Zip & Cindy" from KT44: Comedy/Animation Volume 1. Just maybe.)[/quote]Hah, should have known that they'd be too incompetent to make decent music on their own :lol: I remember that Toy Story knockoff they did had some Italo disco-sounding tune for the intro.

Anyway, I'm surprised these bootleggers don't just use music like this all the time. Then again, I suppose they don't have to worry about being sued over using well-known copyrighted music. :whistle:
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2016, 02:40:34 PM »
well i'm currently *trying* to upload a video of that DDR clone - but in the meantime here's a list of all the songs on it, I was able to identify the origin of all of them aside from the five kids songs (I have my suspicions, but I'm not about to import a karaoke DVD from Hong Kong to find out)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F77XuQGfIpPUvtrKQOMrI3gGIItYsMBiZZ4Ar1w6MPw/
and here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nShEDS5j1DM
« Last Edit: January 24, 2016, 05:27:27 PM by taizou »

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2016, 12:46:12 AM »
Found another use of production music! Apaqi, from Sunnyflyer's console developed by Hummer Software, uses "The Race" from Killer Tracks KT18.

At this rate, it really wouldn't surprise me if the title tune from Hummer's Pokemon II, which keeps showing up in CubeTac's 16-bit hacks, is from a Killer Tracks CD as well.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2016, 12:46:29 AM by codeman38 »

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2016, 04:18:06 PM »
Found another one! "Ghost Adventure", CubeTac's hack of Ninja Jajamaru-kun, uses "101 Reveille" from Killer Tracks KT57.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 08:36:51 PM »
I think I *might* have heard this presumably-production-music track from Dingo Pictures' Dinosaur Adventure in a Wellminds or Waixing 16-bit game (though I could be completely mistaken): https://youtu.be/v_XJIsDJgXc?t=240 ..

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2016, 09:51:48 PM »
Not bootleg-related specifically, but this case of production music in a licensed game is way too amazing not to mention in this thread. (Hat tip to @gdri on Twitter for catching this!)

The ~totally radical~ TurboGrafx CD game "Camp California", developed by Icom Simulations (one of the very few US-developed games on that system, as far as I can tell), has a soundtrack which consists of:
  • A few tracks licensed from The Beach Boys.
  • A lot more tracks taken from Universal Production Music's Network label.
The juxtaposition of these two sources is... certainly interesting, to say the least.

(Seriously, they managed to use every track from NM011 "After School Rock". "Head Banger" from NM097 "Bringin' Down the House" also appears multiple times.)

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2023, 12:17:31 AM »
Hey, I'm new here, and I've decided to make a Google Docs page about this topic. You are all free to share any sources that you find. Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18QznVkbPA2fxaArLejM3s2hVOy-Jg4inX1emwKFrBec/edit?usp=sharing

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2024, 04:55:34 PM »
Hey, I'm new here, and I've decided to make a Google Docs page about this topic. You are all free to share any sources that you find. Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18QznVkbPA2fxaArLejM3s2hVOy-Jg4inX1emwKFrBec/edit?usp=sharing
It's probably more accurate to just say Bootleg Games? A lot of them aren't even from China, they're from Taiwan. Also, not all of them are from plug-n-plays; I don't think the Miwi BS9800 is a plug-n-play at least.