Space Quest Theme

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Space Quest Theme
Composer Mark Crowe
Released 1986-10-??
Title Origin Game Location

The Space Quest Theme is the original classical piece heard at the boot up of Space Quest composed by Mark Crowe [1], and rearranged for each subsequent Space Quest game. It is a very up-tempo number with a rapid harmony and slower melody.

About the song's composition Crowe said the following:

I used to have this little desktop synthesizer keyboard, and I kind of pecked it out. It was like a four-track thing that I was able to compose the thing on, and then I had to, I think, I can't remember if Ken or Al provided us with some kind of way to basically punch that music in on your computer keyboard. So, it had to be done on a, it had to be typed in, basically. And that was very painstaking, getting it just right.

Games

Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter (DOS)

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Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter (DOS)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1986-10-??
Length 0:48.01
Format SND (Sierra)
Loops Yes

The first Space Quest game is where the Space Quest Theme began. The song is played at the game's title screen, through the introduction, and at the ending. The song can be heard through either the PCjr 3 Voice, the Tandy 3 Voice, or the PC Speaker. The song is track 60 in the rip and loops.

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Space Quest: Chapter II - Vohaul's Revenge (DOS)

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Space Quest: Chapter II - Vohaul's Revenge (DOS)
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Arranger Al Lowe
Released 1987-11-14
Length 0:56.19
Format SND (Sierra)
Loops Yes

In Space Quest II, the Space Quest Theme is given a slightly more somber tone, possibly to reflect the pathetic place we find our hero in. Like the first game, the song is played at the game's title screen, through the introduction, and at the ending. But it's also played in the infamous cheat ending. The song can be heard through either the PCjr 3 Voice, the Tandy 3 Voice, or the PC Speaker. The song is again track 60 in the rip. This version doesn't loop. A variation of the song exists in the game with the Space Quest Theme (Reprise).

Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon (DOS)

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Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon (DOS)
Arranger Bob Siebenberg
Released 1989-??-??
Format SCI


Space Quest I: Roger Wilco In the Sarien Encounter (DOS)

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Space Quest I: Roger Wilco In the Sarien Encounter (DOS)
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Arranger Ken Allen
Released 1991-??-??
Length 2:03
Format SCI
Loops Sometimes
Ken Allen arranged this original tune in SCI format. The song is output to either Sound Blaster, MT-32 (there are no recordings on VGMPF yet) or PC Speaker, providing AdLib songs having the highest quality.

It plays at the initial credits scenes, starting from the Sierra logo and through displaying different animated objects.

The song does loop, but interestingly the loop always starts at about 0:15 secs instead of playing from the beginning, and ends at scene of Arcada Pursuit. The tune is contained within RESOURCE.000 file under ID 001.


Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (DOS)

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Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (DOS)
Arranger Ken Allen
Released 1991-03-04
Format SCI


Space Quest V: The Next Mutation (DOS)

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Space Quest V: The Next Mutation (DOS)
Arranger Timothy Steven Clarke
Released 1993-??-??
Format SCI


Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco In the Spinal Frontier (DOS)

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Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco In the Spinal Frontier (DOS)
Arranger Dan Kehler
Released 1995-??-??
Format UNK


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