Featuring Metal Gear and Jazz and Blues.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
it has been a while, but occasionally we have to do a Metal Gear entry, don't we have to? But with a twist this time: Not the NES version, but the MSX version from 1987. This has some differences in the soundtrack, most notably the building theme aka "Theme of Tara" that sounds very different from the NES version which has more of a Mission Impossible feel:
The first place to look would be the genres popular in 80s music. Let's start with a jazz fusion song from the same year as Metal Gear MSX was released:
Hirokuni Korekata - "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (1987):
Then we have a song by Morio Agata that has been labeled as synthpop. It has the same ascending notes with six beats inbetween them:
Morio Agata - "ブリキ・ロックンロール" (1980):
A pretty rocky tune for synth pop. Should this be the path to follow? These screeching low note-high note patterns with low, steady beat in the background can also occasionally be found in old blues songs. Example:
Paul Butterfield - "Walkin' Blues" (1966):
Aaand it goes on!