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Old Dec 1, 2013, 02:41 AM
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Default First "advanced" composition in video-games

I was wondering what would be the first "advanced" musical compositions in video-games?
By advanced i mean non linear in the non melodic elements, like drums, bass, etc... also maybe some "humanly freestyle" melody.

To me, it would be the Paperboy arcade tune, 1984.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB7uZZRypZg

Do you know of something else, maybe older, matching this description?

Next would probably be Rob Hubbard's work on C64, like Monty on the Run, 1985.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpsN14TFy90

[EDIT] But Martin Galway's Comic Bakery could also be featured, 1984.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH7dz7bqgyA

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I think you got as early as you can go (1984)
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My immediate thought when seeing this thread was Marble Madness (Arcade), which surprise surprise is also from 1984. It was a good year, eh? I think the musical complexity is way ahead of its time. This video has a bunch of songs. (Note that the uploader has added some additional reverb.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkSffHjSyTY

That Paper Boy tune is ace though same composer isn't it (Hal Canon)?
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Yes, Marble Madness and Paperboy musics are composed by that same man.
Interesting composition-o-graphy he got : http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Hal_Canon
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