"Zombies Ate My Tracker"

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)Composer: Joe McDermott
The American Album
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As you may have noticed, in addition to composer tributes via the remixes, I also have several stylistic tributes on the album via the styles I've written them in, towards various trackers and film scorers and so on. This remix is also a style tribute.

To 15 year old Mazedude.

Yep. Me. Back in my teen years, when I first discovered tracking, the only other tracks that I had for reference were crappy low quality MODs and S3Ms. Whatever was available from the local BBSs, basically. That's right, we're talking before the Internet, before e-mail was popular, and before this whole digital music revolution. Files were small back then because they weren't easy to transfer, and as a result the samples were also pretty low quality. Yet at the time they were all I had. I had kinda a batch of favorites that I used to write my first several compositions... which all sucked, by the way. But hey, it's how I learned.

So, years later, putting together this album, I wondered "hmm, I wonder if I go back to those old crappy samples that I loved as a kid, and now that I actually know what I'm doing, could I make a good remix with the same sounds?" And to compliment the craziness of the notion, I picked the whimsical and spooky soundtrack to the classic "Zombies Ate My Neighbors" soundtrack, by Joe McDermott and The Fat Man.

Honestly, I'm not too sure how I succeeded in my effort. The whole concept is really an inside joke to those select few who have followed my music since I was a beginner, and that's not too many people. I enjoy it though. It's fun to reminisce with your own music sometimes. Ah, how far I've come.

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