SID-licious is a series of blogs where I postCommodore 64SID tunes every week. They'll be available for download until the next entry goes up, when I'll be pulling the previous week's files down. I'll probably have the mp3 floating around, though, so if there's some tune(s) you're reading about in a past blog and want to grab a copy, shoot me a PM.
With the last entry in this series (I swear I'll get this blog back to a weekly thing soon) being a song by Antony Crowther that I didn't mind, I thought this week I'd bring you one of his pieces that I flat out adore. Like Street Gang, the main theme from Phobia is another song I've enjoyed without actually playing the game. However, where Street Gang was something the HVSC revealed to me many years after the C64 was my main platform, my love of Phobia stems back from a file I had as a kid that came on some floppy disk my cousins gave to me.
Buried among the game files on this particular diskette were two files that were called Digi-Bust-something-something. When run, both simply played a single song each. The only visual accompaniment was a black background with some basic white text in the standard Commodore font, while some black bars in the coloured border moved in time with the music.
Although I didn't know it at the time, one of these songs was Phobia (the memory of the other has fallen by the wayside, such is Phobia's potency). As a kid, I couldn't really make out exactly what word the pitch-shifted synthesised voice was saying, but that just added to the song's cool sense of mystery. I forget how I ultimately ended up discovering what game this tune was tied to – a gaudy horizontal shooter with some interesting graphics and ideas – but I've never really played it outside of getting the screen caps for this blog/the GB wiki.
Interestingly, it was while I was playing the game for the shots that I realised that the song isn't easily found in the game. Well, at least it wasn't on the title screen or the first level, which only has sound effects. Maybe it's on the loading screen for the tape version, or the final screen that greets the player upon beating the final boss. Regardless of its origin, though, Phobia still stands to this day as one of the moodiest SID tunes among the clutch I regularly enjoy.
[ Here's where the music was. I've probably still got the mp3 if you wanna PM me! ]