Theme - Gremlins

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Theme
Composer Robert Vieira
Released 1984-??-??
Title Origin Game Location

Theme is the theme of the Gremlins hack-and-slay game. The full composition usually plays over the main menu and get-ready screen of night 1, and the second half over any other night. Its bassline plays solo as game-over jingle.

Games

Gremlins (A2)

Platform - A2.png
Gremlins (A2)
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

The full composition plays over the title screen and get-ready screen of night 1. The second half plays over any other night.

Although the title screen prompts to press space and all sound can be toggled via the S key anytime, you really have to wait until any audible or muted music ends.

Gremlins (C64)

Platform - C64.png
Gremlins (C64)
Output - SID.svg
Output - SID.svg
Output - SID.svg
Gremlins - C64 - Title.png
Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:09.52, 0:04.81
BPM 102
Format SID
Loops No

The full composition only plays over the main menu the first time after loading. The second half plays over the get-ready screen.

The driver and music data were slightly adapted from the Atari 5200 version. The bass now plays on one sawtooth wave without chorus effect (having one voice less), and the pad and melody on one triangle wave each. The pad also got a nice legato effect, although this may be due to a bug in the adapted driver (which other audio circumvents by setting the pitch to 0). Unfortunately, to get quieter, it does not use SID's decay feature, but decreases the sustain (tone volume) and unnecessarily restarts the tone, emitting a few audible clicks.

It was recorded from VICE 3.2 with the model C64 old NTSC, but sounds the same on every SID chip. In the rip, they are tracks 1, 2 and 4.

Gremlins (PCB)

Platform - PCB.png
Gremlins (PCB)
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 1984-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

The full composition plays over the get-ready screen of night 1 only. The second half plays over any other night.

The music data is identical to the melody and bass, respectively, of the Atari 5200 version. With only one voice, the pad has been omitted.

The driver was converted from 6502 to x86 assembly and itself converts POKEY pitches and volumes to PC Speaker pitches and volumes (namely one) as it plays.

Gremlins (A52)

Platform - A52.png
Gremlins (A52)
Output - POKEY.svg
Output - POKEY.svg
Output - POKEY.svg
Arranger Robert Vieira
Released 1986-??-??
Format UNK
Loops No

The full composition plays over the main menu every time, and the get-ready screen of night 1. The second half plays over any other night.

Theme plays on all 4 square waves. Two of them hold the bass, one of them slightly detuned downwards for a rather harsh chorus effect. It drowns out all sound effects (except when Billy dies) until it ends.

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