8-Bit Video Game Drumline Solo

This was a request from Facebook. What you’re about to hear is a drumline solo composition designed for marching bands. What makes this solo unique is the movements are each based on a classic 8-bit video game soundtrack. After each instrument movement, a short drum solo is based on the rhythm pattern of that video game movement and then morphs the pattern to set the next movement. The movements go (somewhat) in order from the years they were released, starting with just the pit percussion with pac-man from 1980, then continues to add more and more marching band instruments as the song progresses to each movement. The video games covered in the arrangement are: pac-man, galaga, super mario brothers – listen for the flag roll, super mario bros. underground level, castlevania, and ending with the triumphant Zelda theme. The length of 2 mins is ideal for most marching band drumline features. I originally had Contra and a few other classic titles, but needed to edit it down a bit more and they got cut. What I’m playing for you today is the performance track I created on my computer software with digital (midi) instruments so the students could hear what the final piece should sound like. Shout out to Director Brenda Bressler for supporting the idea and students of the Huron High marching band drumline who practiced very hard and were able to perform this absurd solo practically note for note. So here is the digital instrument version of “8-bit Boogaloo.”

Sunrise Kiss by New To You

This is an indie rock song, “Sunrise Kiss” by New To You. Recorded in Orlando, Florida by Nathan Goodman, Josh Harden, and Thomas Lens.

This song has a sound like the band Jimmy Eat World.

Andrew Thomas – Move On

This song will paint the picture of spring. The ridiculously catchy verse riff sends a tropic sensation and the vibraphone ending surely sends a breeze that spring is in the air. Recorded in Orlando, Florida.

Tastes of Ireland for Holly

Tastes of Ireland Podcast songThis is an Irish influenced musical piece I wrote this evening for Holly’s birthday. Enjoy.

Piano138

This is an instrumental song by Nathan Goodman. It displays only three instruments; piano, bass, and drums. I like the places this piece takes my mind and the artistry that can be explored when the sounds induces creativity.

 

“This Generation” – Electronic Techno Dance Song

“This Generation” by Space Trash. Enjoy this traditional house electronic dance track with orchestral movements and a beat with blips and beeps.

Seize the Day by Nucleotides

This song was recorded and produced by Nathan Goodman and performed live under Nucleotides.

The Endor Beat

This is a techno house dance track performed by Nathan and Garrett of Space Trash including samples from ewoks on the moon of Endor.

Try this Freedom on

This is Freedom by New To You

 

Nucleotides – covering “Oh Boy” by Buddy Holly

This is an oldie, “Oh Boy” by Buddy Holly covered by Nucleotides. Recorded for fun in Ypsilanti, MI.