Perfect background loops and music for Video Games
All the music loops available on PlayOnLoop feature catching and meaningful melodies, exciting and uncanny arrangements plus they are specially produced to be played endlessly in a loop. The result is perfect background music for games of any genre. Other than that, almost all of the music loops are performed and produced by a true video game composer, Filippo Vicarelli (personal website), who has been working on game soundtracks for more than 10 years.
But there’s still more! What makes the PlayOnLoop music catalog the “go-to” music library for game developers, is a whole dedicated category about retro game music. And it does include the following subgenres: 8 bit music, 16 bit or FM music and the more advanced sample based music.
The music loops collected in the 8 bit category, also called chiptunes, have been produced with very old game systems and handelds consoles such as Nintendo Gameboy or Sega Game Gear in mind. This unforgettable music style has got very limited arrangements and mostly characterized by fast arpeggios and very basic synth sounds, derived from primitive waveforms. Check the 8 bit music demo below:
Slightly more advanced, the music included in the 16 bit category is mostly produced with FM synthesis which provide a more complex and peculiar palette of sounds. Many players will remember hearing this kind of music while playing Sega Mega Drive (aka Sega Genesis) but also 80s / 90s arcade systems or even old PC / DOS games. Check the 16 bit music demo below:
The evolution of game systems and the increase of memory available to the audio artists lead to sample-based music, which used compressed audio samples and SFX recorded from real instruments or MIDI modules. Old consoles such as Super Nintendo or SNK Neo Geo, or computers like the Amiga (with tracker music) used this kind of music. Recent consoles like the Nintendo DS still do that, with far better audio quality. Check the sample-based music demo below:
While each of these music categories offer a different kind of sound which belongs to different video game eras or resemble typical sounds from a variety of gaming systems, all of them are suitable for old school games of all genres, from platformers to RPG games, from strategy to arcade games, from fighting to racing games, the only limit is your creativity.