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O2W

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Music used in 1983 video game promo
« on: December 16, 2020, 09:58:35 PM »
I'm not sure if this is a library track or custom-made for the video, but I'm trying to place the music used in a 1983 promo video.  It was made by Philips/Magnavox to advertise a product that never actually made it to market (in the USA at least).  The video was shown at the 1983 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. Music cue starts at 0:15 after the rocket launch footage.


A stretch with no voiceover starts at 2:51.  This is a different part of the track with a more background-y feel, but it soon goes back into the main theme.


Any help is appreciated!
-O2W
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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2020, 11:21:39 AM »
That's gotta be some library cut cause it sounds like they were trying to knock off Giorgio Moroder's Disco arrangement of "Battlestar Galactica", but with synths instead of orchestra. Don't know what it is though.

As for the product...that's very interesting, cause it's similar to the ADAM computer that was related to Colecovision around that same time (82/83). That may be why it never made it to the market.

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2020, 07:01:44 PM »
Thanks.  I checked out Moroder's Battlestar Galactica and you're right, definitely some similarities there.  Could very well be a library knockoff.

The product actually did make it to market in Europe, where it was renamed the Philips Videopac G7400.  (Parent company Philips is/was based in the Netherlands.)  The U.S. video game market crashed in 1983 due to many factors, oversaturation being one of the biggest.  Only the big industry leaders like Atari and Activision survived.  Most smaller players either folded or pulled out of the games market.

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2020, 06:34:15 AM »
Ahh so it did make it to the market in Europe. It looked very much like the ADAM. I do remember the time you're talking about circa 1983/84. I was around 14 years old and an avid Colecovision user and fan. By '84 it was getting hard to get the game cartridges for Coleco and all you could get was Atari 2600 and 5200 games.

I ended up having to buy what they called an Atari adapter for the Colecovision system just to continue buying and playing video games. Coleco though was a near match for the actual arcade game graphics while Atari versions of games never could match up. To me its shocking they went on and Coleco went down. By 1986 I wasn't into video games other than playing in the arcades (around the time the first Nintendo came around replacing Atari). But from 82 - 84 I was a major video game geek  ;D

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2020, 08:51:50 PM »
I'm big into video game history and collect all the older systems.  I don't have an ADAM but do have a ColecoVision... lots of great games.  Coleco went bankrupt in 1988, partly because they mishandled ADAM.  ADAM was a decent machine -- when it worked.  But Coleco way overpromised on it, there were production delays, and a lot of machines had defects.  It didn't help that the whole computer industry was depressed in '83/'84.  Plus they made other business moves that ended up in big losses... even Cabbage Patch Dolls couldn't keep them afloat.

If it makes you feel better, Atari only barely held on and has really been just a brand name since the 1990s.

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2020, 08:38:13 AM »
The track is Syndicate by Tom Elliot, from the Capitol Media Music library
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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2020, 03:18:14 PM »
Good catch, crazydiamond.
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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2020, 08:30:47 AM »
Bravo crazydiamond

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2020, 01:29:48 PM »
The track is Syndicate by Tom Elliot, from the Capitol Media Music library


Shine on crazydiamond! Good work  8]

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2020, 01:33:46 PM »
I'm big into video game history and collect all the older systems.  I don't have an ADAM but do have a ColecoVision... lots of great games.  Coleco went bankrupt in 1988, partly because they mishandled ADAM.  ADAM was a decent machine -- when it worked.  But Coleco way overpromised on it, there were production delays, and a lot of machines had defects.  It didn't help that the whole computer industry was depressed in '83/'84.  Plus they made other business moves that ended up in big losses... even Cabbage Patch Dolls couldn't keep them afloat.

If it makes you feel better, Atari only barely held on and has really been just a brand name since the 1990s.

Was it actually 88 that Coleco went under? Cause by 84 it was near impossible to find the game cartridges in stores. Part of that is what played a big part in me veering away from being interested in home video games at the time. And yes, the good ol Cabbage Patch dolls...didn't know they were Coleco related. Aside from Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr, my favorite games to play on Coleco back then were Popeye, Burgertime and Q-Bert.

I also used to play the Smurfs game (which belonged to my little sister) just to find ways to kill em and make em go SPLAT  ;D ;D ;D Ahh...thanks for the memories...
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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2020, 12:17:19 AM »
The track is Syndicate by Tom Elliot, from the Capitol Media Music library
That's it! Incredible pull, thanks!  The track doesn't sound nearly as cheesy with good audio quality.

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Was it actually 88 that Coleco went under? Cause by 84 it was near impossible to find the game cartridges in stores.
That was probably because the entire video game market crashed so severely in 1983 that the event even has its own Wikipedia page.  ColecoVision sales dropped through 1984 and they discontinued it entirely in late 1985.  Coleco hung on for a while after, probably because of how huge Cabbage Patch became starting in 1983.

Growing up with these systems like I did, it's hard to believe how little time they were really on the market... well, except for the Atari 2600 which came out in 1977 but didn't officially get dropped until 1992(!).

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Re: Music used in 1983 video game promo
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2020, 04:02:08 AM »
spent many a lonely night in my parent's unfinished basement playing River Raid and BC's Quest for Tires on my ADAM computer.