Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku‘s daily hangout for people who love video games and the cool sounds they make. Today we have a special treat: music created by a third of the police for an adorable purple dragon. Listen well or you could Spyro out of control.
Spyro the dragon (Playlist / Longplay), released in 1998 for the original PlayStation, is the first time I’ve ever shut down the controller with video game music and just listen. Until then, I had only valued game music as part of the gaming experience, as important as graphics, gameplay, story, and goals. But there was something about the unique melodies on the Spyro Soundtrack that left me sitting at the home screen and hesitating to press a button.
Something was actually someone. Developer Insomniac Games approached composer Stewart Copeland, drummer for British rock band The Police, to create the musical landscape for his imaginative fantasy adventure. Insomniac gave Copeland a build of the game so he could play through a few levels and get a feel for it SpyroTone and character. He used cheats because a composer shouldn̵
I agree. Hear this menu music. Tell me it doesn’t make you explore a fantasy world on purple wings.
Universal / Insomniac Games / FlippyAndSpyro (YouTube)
It’s these strings. Those borderline, mismatched, thin strings. I can feel it in my teeth. I’m not ashamed to admit that I danced around my apartment in my underwear to this music. It was my jam. Maybe my first video game jam.
Copeland visited his again Spyro Work for 2018 Spyro‘s Reopened trilogy (Playlist) Remaster. It doesn’t quite have the same appeal.
Activision / AlbirdVampPrince (YouTube)
Fortunately, the remasters give you the option to switch to the original tracks, so no harm, no foul.
Want to hear more of Copeland’s best work? FlippyAndSpyro on YouTube has put together a playlist of 47 songs for you. Share your thoughts, comments, and whatever else you’d like in the comments as I download the again Reopened trilogy and play so that my music-induced love for dragons doesn’t consume me.