Ackerlight

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Ackerlight
Composer Frédéric Hahn
Released 1988-??-??

Ackerlight track is the most recognizable from the demos of the French cracking group "Ackerlight" with Frédéric Hahn.

It was popularized with the quite known game DX-Ball (W32), where it was used.

Games

DX-Ball (W32)

Platform - W32.png
DX-Ball (W32)
Output - MIDI.svg
Arranger Howard Wootan, Michael Doyle
Released 1996-??-??
Length 4:45
Format MDS

This song is used for the high score board.

The history of this variant is very interesting. Howard Wootan and Mike Doyle arranged this tune in MIDI format without keeping the DX-Ball in mind somewhere in the beginning of the 1990s (the original name is "Acker-gs.mid", where "gs" means Roland GS).

The authors of this game, most likely Michael P. Welch, found this tune and just converted MIDI to MDS (probably using MIDI to Stream). He even didn't change the file name of this tune - it's actually "Acker-gs.mds"!

Although the author said in ReadMe, that all the music is free, they didn't obtained the rights with arrangers or the composers of this tune, making this approval very controversial. Almost the same story with Trip Through the Grand Canyon. However, exactly this variant became very popular - even more than the original Amiga version.

DX-Ball (WEB)

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DX-Ball (WEB)
Output - PCM.svg
Arranger Howard Wootan, Michael Doyle
Released 2012-??-??
Length 4:45
Format MP3

The authors of this recreation just converted MDS from Windows version to WAV using MIDI Decoder, and WAV to MP3. The sounding is different, but also very nice.

The meta data name extracted from JavaScript code is still "Acker-gs.mp3".

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