diskmag

Round 1 ("G.G.ALESTE")
Keiji Takeuchi, Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, IMAMI PON
Round 1 ("G.G.ALESTE")

Disc Station 98 #16 [Music Synups] (PC-98), 1992
Original: Keiji Takeuchi, Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto
Arranger: IMAMI PON

A difficult-to-access OPN arrangement of the opening stage from GG Aleste (or Galvanic Gunner Aleste on the box), programmed by co-composer of GG Aleste II, IMAMI PON. To my knowledge, recorded, documented and posted to the Web for the first time in a listenable format!

I find it interesting how much this still sounds like music from a handheld. Super chunky mix, very simplistic FM instruments, and the SSG is front and center. This sounds less like an arrangement for PC-98 and more like a reimagining of the game on a fictional portable PC-8801. PC-88 GT??

Main Menu
Masanobu Tsukamoto, Dr. G, Chie Ohya, Einosuke Nagao
Main Menu

Disc Station 98 #9 (PC-98), 1992
Masanobu Tsukamoto, Dr. G, Chie Ohya, Einosuke Nagao

So breezy, so beautiful! Reminiscent of Junko Shiratsu’s wonderful soundtrack for Knuckles Chaotix … or I suppose the other way around, huh?

I talked about it already in an earlier Compile post, but Disc Station was their disk magazine that they published in the 80′s and 90′s. It occupies a vexing informational limbo where I can find some info on it, purely because it is a gamenerd curio that is obscure to Western audiences (and so interesting), but nothing satisfyingly in-depth. The credits, in particular, are very elusive. The content of the magazine is largely impenetrable to people who cannot read Japanese, such as myself, which is a crying shame.

Huge thanks to Super! Lonely Terminal for the scan I pulled the image and credits from. It’s frustrating how difficult it is to pin down Compile staff, but that’s just what the industry was like back then.