15 December 2010

Episode 7: Elevator Music

Episode 7 focuses on the topic of "elevator music."  What exactly is meant by "elevator music?"  Take a listen to the episode and find out!  Rob and Brent also record possible greeting messages for the Legacy Music Hour phone line: (281)SONIC91.  Full track listing below.

Key: Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year*

*The year specified is the year the version that we played was released.  For example, as some music from the same game may vary between Japanese and North American versions, generally, we play the North American version, which may or may not have been released the same year it was released in Japan.

Pilotwings - Soyo Oka - Light Plane - Nintendo - SNES - 1991

Ys Book 1 - Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Ryo Yonemitsu (arr.) - Tower of the Shadow of Death - Nihon Falcom - TurboGrafx-CD - 1990

F-Zero - Yumiko Kanki - Silence - Nintendo - SNES - 1991

Who Framed Roger Rabbit - David Wise - Mountains/North of L.A. - Rare/LJN - NES - 1989

Star Fox - Hajime Hirasawa - Macbeth - Nintendo - SNES - 1993

Phantasy Star II - Tokuhiko Uwabo - Restoration - Sega - Genesis - 1990

Out Run - Masayoshi Ishi - Step on Beat - Sega - Genesis - 1991

Out Run - Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Shinichiro Sato (arr.) - Passing Breeze - Sega - Game Gear - 1991

Super Mario Kart - Soyo Oka - Mario Circuit - Nintendo - SNES - 1992

Super Mario Bros. 3 - Koji Kondo - Water Land (World Map 3) - Nintendo - NES - 1990

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja - Harumi Ueko - Travel in Style - Konami - SNES - 1992

Ys Book 2 - Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Ryo Yonemitsu (arr.) - Stay With Me Forever - Nihon Falcom - TurboGrafx-CD - 1990

Pop'n TwinBee - Kazuhiko Uehara, Masahiro Ikariko, Tomoya Tomita, Nobuyuki Akena, Saiko Miki, Masae Nakashima, Harumi Ueko, Yukie Morimoto, Michiru Yamane - Ocean - Konami - Super Famicom - 1993

ToeJam and Earl - John Baker - ToeJam Slowjam - Sega - Genesis - 1991

Pilotwings - Soyo Oka - Rocketbelt - Nintendo - SNES - 1991

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - Mieko Ishikawa - Redmont, the Street of Trading - Riot - Genesis - 1991

Tetris Attack - Masaya Kuzume - Water Stage - Nintendo - SNES - 1996

Phantasy Star II - Tokuhiko Uwabo - Phantasy - Sega - Genesis - 1990

Front Mission - Yoko Shimomura, Noriko Matsueda - Shop - Square - Super Famicom - 1995

ToeJam and Earl - John Baker - Big Earl Bump - Sega - Genesis - 1991

NBA Jam - Jon Hey, Rick Fox (arr.) - Main Menu - Midway - SNES - 1994

Pilotwings - Soyo Oka - Skydiving - Nintendo - SNES - 1991


  1. This is old and I don't know if you deal with it your next episode but: Your playback of the Phantasy Star 2 song was broken. That high-pitched squeak is not in the original. Great elevator music, but not because of the shrill squeak. Check it out on Youtube.

  2. @Andrew Yup, we address it in the next episode.

  3. My master plan was to listen to the next episode just in case and then click the 'trash can' and delete the comment before anyone noticed. Alas, time got in the way and my master plan, like so many master plans, was disrupted. Sorry, and thanks!

  4. Tower of the Shadow of Death: Starts off with Super Mario Bros' Level 2 music, and then @ 11:04 sounds almost like Castlevania (Simon's Quest?). Can't put my finger on which track though.

  5. oh man, am I crazy or is Mario 3's Water Land Track a jazzy version of the fairy music in Ocarina of Time?

  6. I'm glad you used the Blaster Master track. Great podcast, fellas. I'm working through them all here in my little cubicle.

  7. "Ys" is pronounced "eese" like in "geese" -- Great podcast gentlemen

  8. Great show! As always. Was really hoping to see some Sim City and some Mario Paint :)

    1. Thanks for your recent comments! Keep listening to more episodes and you'll be hearing from all the games you mentioned (Maniac Mansion, Earthbound, SimCity, and Mario Paint). Keep listening some more after that and you'll be hearing from games you never would have imagined existed.

  9. Great episode! I'm on a second listening round for all of your episodes, sick in bed at the moment.

    My favorite tracks top 3:

    3. Pilotwings - Soyo Oka - Rocketbelt
    2. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - Redmont, the Street of Trading
    1. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja - Travel in Style

  10. So I got on to you guys late, but I was kind of surprised to not see the theme to Elevator Action as a very on the nose reference.

  11. I think half of the tracks are not on the mark when it comes to elevator music ...but i think thats partly because its fully realised in later episodes. Good episode though and i always enjoy the Doctors office phone call :D

  12. How are computer games not video games? What am I missing haha

  13. Sorry I'm commenting 10 years too late, but I'm really glad I found this podcast, I love video game music from retro consoles, this is right up my alley. I just thought I'd throw my hat in the ring for this elevator one and recommend listening to this one:


    Fresco from Itadaki Street 2 on the super famicom

    1. Hi, have you started from episode 1? I recommend it as even topics you think may not be of interest contain great tracks. I hope you enjoy.

    2. It's never too late to comment. Welcome aboard. Coincidentally, we played that very track "Fresco" on the following elevator focus (Ep. 54):


    3. Thanks Rob F/Brent :)

      That's awesome that you guys played a track from Itadaki Street, I'm a big fan of both the games and their soundtracks.

      And yeah Hobbitjord, I've worked my way in order from ep 1 through to 14, just got up to Sports