Greatest Of 2020: How RoboCop’s Epic Recreation Boy Theme Tune Lives On, 30 Years Later

RoboCop Game Boy© Nintendo Life

Over the vacation season we’ll be republishing a sequence of Nintendo Life articles, interviews and different options from the earlier twelve months that we take into account to be our Better of 2020. Hopefully, this offers you an opportunity to make amends for items you missed, or just get pleasure from trying again on a yr which did have some highlights — sincere!

This interview was initially printed in June 2020.


Whereas online game music has turn out to be increasingly standard because the years have rolled by, there as soon as was a time when it was seen as an afterthought; the tunes that accompanied the titles we performed on our residence computer systems and consoles have been usually there merely to keep away from us having to hear to finish silence.

Within the ’80s and ’90s, the audio {hardware} inside many residence programs was crude to say the least, but a number of true pioneers managed to utilise these humble instruments to create songs which have lengthy outlasted the video games they have been connected to when it comes to adoration and fame. One such tune is the title theme to the Recreation Boy model of Ocean’s RoboCop, which hit shops cabinets in 1990. This surprisingly melancholic tune has developed a lifetime of its personal over the many years, seeing use in commercials, viral movies and even a rap music.

Eager to know a bit extra in regards to the music, we have been fortunate sufficient to talk to its composer, Jonathan Dunn, about his profession in video games and the way he got here to create one of the iconic items of chiptune music ever written.


Nintendo Life: Are you able to give us a little bit background on the way you turned concerned with writing music for video video games?

Jonathan Dunn: Like lots of children on the time, I used to be obsessive about computer systems. It was a time when Commodore 64s and Sinclair Spectrums have been in all places. My first laptop was truly a Dragon 32, however I solely stored it for a few yr. I used to be too jealous of all of the video games being launched on the opposite computer systems so I offered it and changed it with a Commodore 64. I used to sit down for hours at a time educating myself to program; Primary at first, then later meeting language. I used to be additionally concerned with music. I had a synthesizer and had taken music classes for a number of years so I had a great primary data of music concept; it appeared apparent for me to mix the 2.

I used to be in school learning efficiency music and know-how, which was a model new course on the time, once I entered a music competitors in Zzap 64! Journal. I got here second nevertheless it was the beginning of one thing and I started to get random telephone calls from hacking teams from throughout Europe. I do not understand how they managed to trace me down however I began sharing my compositions beneath the identify of ‘Choroid’. I launched my first business music for a recreation with Hugh Binns, somebody I met on Compunet, an early on-line system for the C64. The sport was referred to as Subterranea and was launched on the Hewson Rack-It label. It was the primary time I realised that I may earn cash from doing one thing that I beloved.

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