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Martin Galway

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Martin Galway is one of the most revered Commodore 64 composers of the 80s.

During the eighties, Martin made music for many of the popular Commodore 64 games, and became one of the most famous SID artists. Galway is best known for his soaring, anthemic compositions, for making heavy use of the SID chip’s ring modulation feature, and for compositions which made unconventional changes to SID register settings while notes were playing (producing his trademark echoey sound). Perhaps his most famous song is the title-piece for Comic Bakery, a sweeping 3-voice masterpiece. This piece has featured in a number of demos and music discs.

Martin also made music for one of Origin Systems’ first adventure/roleplaying games, Times of Lore, with several tunes that were intended to suit the medieval setting. As he was also a programmer, he wrote an algorithm that randomized the chords that the guitar voice plays, making for a very long and varying piece.

He was also the first musician to get published with sampled sounds on the Commodore, with the theme for the Arkanoid conversion. When asked about how he did it, he answered: “I figured out how samples were played by hacking into someone else’s code … OK, I admit it … It was a drum synthesizer package called Digidrums, actually, so you could still say I was the first to include samples in a piece of music. […] Never would I claim to have invented that technique, I just got it published first. In fact, I couldn’t really figure out where they got the sample data, just that they were wiggling the volume register, so I tried to make up my own drum sample sounds in realtime - which is the flatulence stuff that shipped in Arkanoid.

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  • keinanen

    Wonderful tunes!

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nixdorf

    Thou shalt have no Gods except for Galway.

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • AbrimaaL

    I want Terra Cresta from Spectrum ;)

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • malajen

    Rambo!

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BF-Medic

    Galway is God!

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • 101sonic

    Wow after years, I've found the composer of incredible composition OceanLoaderV2!!. I know that I'm not the only one who is fun of this song but I'd like to repeat that this music with musical themes and sound and of course its unique harmony and style, a REAL hit of the music world! For me it worth more than a category "game song". It is a anthem... it's a symphony! I'd like to make an remix from this song (as I'm a musician) but I respect all the notes and melodies used, and also I'm afraid to create a version which is far from main feeling of the song. Finally.. With my all respect for you and for your musical works.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MoogleFan

    Brilliance!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • patodeborracha

    green beret is one of my favs songs ever!

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SoulSkorpion

    He's credited with some of the Wing Commander 2 soundtrack, which is great stuff. Childhood memories :)

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
  • SIDhartaC64

    Uplifting... inspirational! The SID sound is truly the culmination of western music. I'm not saying Beethoven's 9th isn't a decent tune, but it's no Parallax! http://www.last.fm/music/N%C3%BCrnberg+Trial

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • swooshiain

    The Ocean Loader is still an awesome piece of music.

    1 Jul 2008 Reply
  • wendell3

    Ahh shit. :-)

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • RosaMannen

    You're great man. You will always be my hero. C64 liebe.

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
  • vaguerant

    Wizball for the win. I just wish I could submit multi-track SIDs.

    25 Aug 2007 Reply
  • BrainFailure

    well, i know that - he made music for jurassic park/NES. (comic bakery)

    29 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Green Beret!

    12 Apr 2007 Reply
  • RoGrr

    Comic Bakery is a virtual masterpiece!

    17 Mar 2007 Reply
  • Straybow

    I love you, sir.

    1 Mar 2007 Reply