Awesome Music / Tim And Geoff Follin
Tim and Geoff Follin are game music composers most active during the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of video gaming. Their work is highly praised, even to this day. This YouTube video by GST大好き
gives an introspective of Tim Follin's career, with samples of music from various games he's composed for.
- One rumor states that Shigeru Miyamoto heard Plok's opening theme and couldn't believe it was coming out of an unmodified SNES.
- Gotta give some credit to the rest of the soundtrack as well. A trick Follin used in some of his SNES tracks was to take chords and use them as samples, in order to fit more notes into a single channel. Apart from the title theme, Plok's entire soundtrack only uses up five of a possible eight sound channels, meaning that the sound can do whatever it wants in the other three without cutting into the music. It's worth pulling the channels apart in an emulator to see how this stuff's done.
- Other great songs are: Venge Thicket, Creepy Crag, and Cotton Island.
- Spider-Man and the X-Men for SNES was a notoriously bad licensed game filled with leaps of faith and terrible enemy AI. Given that description, you wouldn't expect the opening theme to rock this much. Perhaps not surprising, though, given that it was developed by the same team as Silver Surfer, with Tim Follin once again doing the music.
- Rock & Roll Racing, a game in which the entire soundtrack is composed of classic rock and metal tunes, from Black Sabbath to Deep Purple. In most circumstances, Real Song Theme Tunes covered on the SNES would be a disaster, but given that Tim Follin programmed this soundtrack...
- Ken Griffey Jr.'s Major League Baseball deserves special notice for being a first-party Nintendo title with music by Tim Follin. (Ironically enough, it was never released in Follin's own homeland— baseball's not all that popular in England...)
- Super Off Road for SNES, one of the Follins' earlier SNES soundtracks, still manages to push the sound chip to its limits even in its first couple years.
- Geoff even did freakin' Thomas the Tank Engine, both for SNES and an unreleased NES version.
- One of the really rare examples of Follin brothers giving an A+ soundtrack to a good game (a licensed game, moreover; cos' it should be noted that not all licensed games are bad), apart from Rock 'n Roll Racing listed above, is Tom & Jerry (and Tuffy). Technically, it's nothing else than a potpourri made of the score of Puss Gets the Boot episode, but, oddly enough, it fits the game like nothing else.
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
- Time Trax contained Follin's only soundtrack for the Sega Megadrive. Unfortunately the game was never released.
- As well as the familiar 3-channel square wave output which should be familiar to any 8-bit veterans, the ZX Spectrum also had a 1-bit piezo speaker built into the hardware. Using some specially coded drivers, and some insidious form of witchcraft, Mr. Follin was entirely capable of churning out some surprisingly complex multichannel pieces, such as those heard in Future Games, Chronos, and Raw Recruit.