Back in my teenage years (around 1992) I recorded in VHS (but overrecorded it afterwards) a certain console game's opening sequence from a game TV show and attempted to transpose the background music to a MIDI file. Here is the converted MP3: https://ia601408.us.archive.org/29/items/GAMEUNKN/GAMEUNKN.mp3

I can't remember much of the opening itself (I paid more attention to the music at the time) but I can remember it had spacecraft in a space war setting, so I'm guessing it was a Shoot 'em up.

I assume the song was from a Sega Genesis (branded Sega Megadrive here in Brazil) game or some 8-bit console released here at the time (NES, Master System). It could also be a TurboGrafx-16 game (PC Engine outside North America).

I've been trying to identify that particular song and game for years. Hope someone can help, even though the transposal is not particularly accurate.

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    I don't recognise it but I know how annoying it can be when you don't know the title. I really hope you find the answer to this.
    – knol
    Mar 1 at 10:02
  • It does sound like shmup music and at least some of those progressions sound familiar, though possibly in a different key. I haven't seen many shmups though. Have you already checked Life Force and the Gradius and Parodius series?
    – ssokolow
    Mar 1 at 15:59
  • Just to confirm: that's an MP3 of the MIDI transcription of the original? So no point looking for clues in terms of "which chip could generate this?"?
    – Tommy
    Mar 1 at 16:18
  • @Tommy Yes, it is an MP3 of a MIDI transcription made by ear.
    – Piovezan
    Mar 1 at 16:51
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    There’s some similarity to the Airwolf theme (C64/SID rendition), as well as maybe the Frontier: Elite II theme (another version) but I don’t think those are similar enough...
    – Jukka Aho
    Jul 30 at 0:56

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I don't instantly recognise it, but it's quite similar to the style of the Thunderforce III and Thunderforce IV horizontal scrollers, and I definitely recall rocking-out to both of those.

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    I checked, it's not any of those. Thanks for the suggestions, though.
    – Piovezan
    Mar 2 at 12:04

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