Sound Byte Archives
Hand-picked samples from some of our favorite games. WAVs are
perfect for event association!
Everything here is "editor's choice",
and many were created right here at DP HQ. Enjoy.
Please do not distribute these without checking with us
first, thank you!
Note: MP3's and WAVs can be converted to standard CD audio as well, making
these your perfect "driving tunes"!
These samples were ripped from their ROMS or MAME sample folders and converted
to MP3 right here at Digital Press Laboratories.
Dig Dug 2
Fatal Fury 2
Galaga '88 (bonus level)
Galaga '88 (start)
Ghosts'n Goblins (theme)
Ghouls'n Ghosts (area 1)
Ghouls'n Ghosts (area 2)
Ghouls'n Ghosts (area 3)
Ghouls'n Ghosts (area 4)
Ghouls'n Ghosts (area 5)
Mappy (main theme)
Mappy (game over)
Pac-Mania (stage 1)
Pac-Mania (stage 2)
Star Wars: The
Wars: The Arcade Game (cantina)
Wars: The Arcade Game (dark side)
Wars: The Arcade Game (end stage)
Wars: The Arcade Game (theme)
Wars: The Arcade Game (tweener)
Super Pac-Man (intermission)
A fan favorite! Some alterations to one of Final Fantasy X's themes does
wonders for it. This is a very dramatic piece. Tears still well up in my eyes
when I hear it. Then again I'm a little wimpy.
Moving Around You
It's funky stuff that you can swing your hips to! When my hips swing, things fly
off of shelves! So run for cover - but for Christ's sake download and enjoy
Wherein Buffy "rocks out". I can just picture her with her air guitar
belting out "it's gonna be fine, it's gonna be fine"! See what I mean.
Be still my heart! This was the first track Buffy sent my way, and one of my
favorites. Is it a dedication? Nah, it's a message: "the change is gonna be
It's not "wasabe", and it's not "watanabe". And if you say
it "want to be", then this definitely is not the song for you (go back
and listen to that SQUARE music, Herbert)!
Gimme the Love
If you've heard the first few on this list then you're already well aware of
Buffy's sense of soul. This one's the most soulful of them all. Perhaps the most
soulful in the whole universe!
In a smoky corner, Buffy plays out this decidedly wicked little anthem. This is
the theme song I'm going to use when I finally finish my first mob movie
Buffy grooves around dialogue from the movie "Go!", which, if
you're like me, you haven't seen yet :) No matta, let the sista put ya
Anyone who's seen "Swingers" will recognize the samples here, turned
into music by our favorite brit.
Dramatic house music where Buffy says "get your groove thing on"!
Well, she doesn't actually say it. But she really means it! Don't fuck with her,
just listen and relate.
Laugh along with mixmeister B! She's a silly one.
The Video Craze was released in 1982, and offers tips and
strategies from "Atari champion finalist" (?) Curtis Hoard for 8 of the most
popular arcade games at that time. According to Atari's own magazine
article on the 1983 World Centipede Championship contest, there's no mention of
From the Asteroids album. No lyrics, which make this one of the BETTER tunes.
Sounds a little like the Devo Corporate Anthem, if you can relate.
Lots of interesting background information comes from this album. For example,
did you know that the exact number of asteroids is 4683? Of course not, because
you're not nearly as clever as the smarmy Captain or his over-sensitive computer
from this soundtrack. This track sounds more like a funeral dirge than a rousing
space anthem, but there you have it. Space is a bleak place.
Asteroids Drama I
Introductions abound as Captain Jackass impresses young Billy with his big
rocket. Ship. And "fires up his thrusters".
Asteroids Drama II
Red alert. Captain Jackass asks young Billy to join him in the
"action". At one point he says "Oh my God, look at the SIZE of
that thing!". Later he argues with his computer, 10 of 9, who is EVEN
SMARTER than he is! Amazing.
Asteroids Drama III
The year is 1983, 600 years ago. You get to hear all about EARTH in this
fascinating track. It's a relief to know that way way in the future, man and
computer have evolved so much. As it turns out, mankind gets pompous and
arrogant and computers will readily argue that they are better at both of these
things as well as everything else. Whew. And I thought we were heading in the
Asteroids Drama IV
Once Captain Jackass and his brilliant computer 10 of 9 realize that it's
not only Earth that would be destroyed, but ALSO their ship (now that's just
plain irreplaceable), they finally decide to take the offensive in this
thrilling sci-fi extravaganza. When it's all over, the Captain and his computer
make mad passionate conversation.
Super Breakout part I
Finally, the definitive story of how Atari's marketing ran amok, over all
the barriers of logic and reality. To cushion the harshness of it all, we
are told the quaint story of Capt. John Stewart Chang, who hauls ore from
Jupiter to "New California" on the space shuttle Adventure. On approach to
Venus, completely without warning, he runs smack into a giant force field.
As it happens, Capt Chang was running low on air at that very moment, thanks to
an earlier encounter with an asteroid shower. But rather than stop at Earth to
get repairs and air, he foolishly pushes on. Yes, this ore is THAT
Super Breakout part II
When we left off, Capt. Chang's arrogance left him surrounded by what is
described as an impenetrable wall. Regardless, he decides to attack the
field because he's convinced he can get through it. Each missile Chang
fires (of which he only has 3) makes a 'chink' in the armor which he then has to
retrieve (apparently these are 'magic bullet' missiles and can be used
endlessly). Gasping for air, he laughs maniacally as though his struggle
for survival is some kind of game. Little does Capt. Chang (aka son of
Earth) know, this is SUPER BREAKOUT, and another wall awaits him should he
succeed. So long, Capt. Sucka!
From the Asteroids album. Yeah, baby! "Let's do the time warp
again"! Hey wait a minute... um, no. It goes "caught up in the time
warp". Not nearly as catchy but still a sure-fire warp at parties
immediately following a burial.
From the Yar's Revenge album. Da Da Da Da. If you remember the 80's cult hit
song by Trio (which was later used in Volkswagen commercials), you should
already have the main "riff" in your head by now. Except THIS song has
computerized droning voices to go with it! w00t!
Yar's Revenge Drama I
Yawn... this prequel explains how these space flies got out into space in
the first place.
Yar's' Revenge Drama II
EeeeeeYAWN... all about the Yar warriors and their struggle against the
Qotile. A little too much "history" and not nearly enough action for
Yar's Revenge Drama III
Gah...YAWWWWWWN... here's the "strategy" to use against the
Qotile and it's deadly swirls. Also a bit of theater as a mother and father Yar
send their young lad into almost certain death.
Yar's Revenge Drama IV
Zzzz... oh waitaminit! Battle action! Bam! Blast! Swirlo! The young Yar
dies, leaving distraught Yar parents childless and vomiting on their food so as
to dissolve it. Actually they were doing that last part anyway, but now they'd
have to do it without a young Yar warrior son.
Fly Yar Warriors, Fly!
From the Yar's Revenge album. Is there such a thing as an 80's new-wave folk
song? If it's possible, this is it. Like Burl Ives' doing Flock of Seagulls.
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Listen to these guys ROCK OUT! The shortest of the set hosted here, sample this
one first and see the goodness of The Minibosses.
A jammin' medley of remixes from the classic Konami game. You wouldn't think
"gettin medieval" could be THIS much fun.
The sequel to the original classic is a classic in its own right, and has
some truly memorable themes. Listen as The Minibosses turn those themes into
roaring guitar and drum riffs. Smokin'.
A big 'ol medley of themes from this memorable game. If the video game themes
stuck in your head back then, just wait and see what happens when you've heard
The Minibosses update them on your audio system.
Wizards and Warriors
If you remember the game, this rendition of the Acclaim masterpiece will
make you want to break out your NES again!
This is the longest of the tracks hosted here, at seven minutes. That's
seven minutes of sheer genius. I'd call this a "mellow" track, listen
to Metroid as you've never heard it before!
Seth's "thing" is Commodore 64 remixes, it's great to hear the SID
alive and kickin' again! Listen to 8-Bit Weapon jazz up the SID version of this
(Mr. Jetlands Slow Jam Mix)
I never really played Mars Saga on the C64, but the music is inspirational.
If you're feeling weepy, give a listen.
M.U.L.E (Bitblaster Mix)
If M.U.L.E. doesn't get your feet tappin', this remix certainly will. This
was the song that got me hoppin' to get Seth and his band out to CGE to play
This song does NOT appear on the "I Am Humanoid" CD, it's an MP3
exclusive. If you happen to be a professional wrestler looking for an entrance
song, you might want to look up Tony for this one. Really gets ya charged up for
his other music!
I AM HUMANOID
Tony's a pro, and here's our favorite. You get everything from NES Mike Tyson
Boxing to Moon Patrol samples here but the theme is the robots - if the robots
from Berzerk scared you, better not listen to this!
Prepare For Battle!
Here's the theme Tony put together to commemorate the Digital Press ten year
anniversary. We have an affinity for the alien commander, and he's the main
character in this very cool dance track.
If it defies ordinary archival description then it falls right here.
Naturally, these are the ones we refer to most often. Kick back and enjoy some
truly unique recordings...
This is an original 8-bit score composed by musician Joel Feinberg for the fake
game, Wrestle Jam, for the movie, The Wrestler.
Mindscape by Data Age was a cardboard record that could be obtained directly
from the company (who in turn is fairly notorious for a bunch of crummy Atari
2600 games). Their earliest games are particularly bad, and this dramatization
of them only amplifies that. "Got... to.... find... the... HATCH KEY!" It's campy
fun! The record was created by Craig Hundley, who wrote the electronic
music for the movies Star Trek II, The Black Hole, Firefox,
and MegaForce. Hundley also created audio effects for Bruce
Springsteen and John Lennon. A picture of Hundley can be found in the Nov.
1983 issue of Electronic Fun with Computers & Games magazine.
Road Avenger Theme Song
From the Sega CD game, a memorable 90's-ish rock ballad. Is it Bruce
Springsteen? Frank Stallone? No. As we understand, it's done by a Japanese band
called "J-Walk". Special thanks to Retrogaming Roundtable members "jerkov" and "wcmiker"
for digging this up. They've even got the lyrics (click
Shark Attack - idle chatter track
Shark Attack - scream track
For those who might not know, this Pacific Novelty arcade game had a cassette
player inside that played during a game, and the cassette was recorded in stereo
- one track had "diver chatter" ("Where'd he go?" "I'm almost out of air." "Get
your spear gun ready.", etc.) and the other track had diver "screams" ("Shark!"
"My leg!" "AAAHH!"). Each track repeats about once a minute (on my tape) so
we're guessing the original was a 1-minute loop tape. The recordings are - in a
word - hilarious! We were impressed to learn that the game actually had
4-channel sound! 2 were used for the cassette tape, and 2 for game-generated
sounds - 1 was a "heartbeat"; the other was a "Jaws" theme ("da dum....da dum....).
Pretty advanced stuff for 1981. Too bad the same can't be said for the game's
By "Uncle Vic", who was a nighttime DJ for WGCL
in Cleveland back in the 80s. Gotta love
the line, "He's hooked, he's hooked, his brain is cooked!".
He's no longer on the air, but he's still making parodies - check out his site, NoisyPlanet.