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    That song...

    ...clearly needs its own thread.

    I'm speechless, and at this stage, sorry to say, have nothing much of use to contribute.

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    Who wrote it though? Were they ever held accountable?



    The 1980s truly was somewhere different, wasn't it...
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    80's cheese at its finest!

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    Designer Steve Ritchie wrote it himself.

    He also wrote the music for High Speed and F-14 Tomcat, which were also games he designed.

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    It's beautiful. I love the choir singing, it's just so epic and conveys the machine's nature well.

    Too bad that BK2K is SO rare around the area I live. Literally the only ones near me are at Pinball Wizard and a restaurant in Amherst. And even then, the one at PWA doesn't have the correct speech chips, so I have to go to Amherst JUST to hear the music in real life.
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    Makes me feel like it's Saturday morning and I'm having a bowl of Cap'n Crunch watching whatever comes on after the Pac-Man cartoon.

    I'm trying to figure out how to synthesize that sound on my iPad. There's a YM2151 emulation app but it's $35 and hasn't been updated in over a year so I don't really want to touch it, and the interface just looks ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos3 View Post
    80's cheese at its finest!
    So true, so cheesey. But I find myself singing it around my house. As you can imagine, my wife now hates Black Knight 2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    So true, so cheesey. But I find myself singing it around my house. As you can imagine, my wife now hates Black Knight 2000.
    My wife just rolls her eyes at me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eegah View Post
    Makes me feel like it's Saturday morning and I'm having a bowl of Cap'n Crunch watching whatever comes on after the Pac-Man cartoon.

    I'm trying to figure out how to synthesize that sound on my iPad. There's a YM2151 emulation app but it's $35 and hasn't been updated in over a year so I don't really want to touch it, and the interface just looks ridiculous.
    For countless aeons (well, 25 years anyway), the Black Knight 2000 theme has slumbered, trapped in the limbo of pinball history.

    And you want to... let it out? Unleash it on an unsuspecting world?

    Can you imagine?

    Black Knight 2000 ring tones? Dub-step remixes?

    There are some dark powers that humankind is simply not meant to meddle with.
    Last edited by mikehg; 02-15-2014 at 12:34 PM. Reason: whoops, can't count...

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    haha great thread.

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    I'm gonna make it my alarm, and give up caffeine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleT View Post
    I'm gonna make it my alarm, and give up caffeine.
    I gave up caffeine really easily using the William Tell Overture as my alarm for about a year. Not sure that BK2K has the same effect

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehg View Post
    For countless aeons (well, 25 years anyway), the Black Knight 2000 theme has slumbered, trapped in the limbo of pinball history.

    And you want to... let it out? Unleash it on an unsuspecting world?

    Can you imagine?

    Black Knight 2000 ring tones? Dub-step remixes?

    There are some dark powers that humankind is simply not meant to meddle with.
    I just want the instrument really. That same metallic FM Synthesis you hear in Taxi, Pinbot and the other System 11 games. Pretty sure it's used in a lot of Sega games too.

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    You mean the guitar twang?

    It is pretty awesome. In a 'standing on the edge of a cliff, playing a widdly solo, without your amp plugged into anything' kind of way.

    But still, be careful. Dark powers...

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    I love the theme to this table. the first time I heard the chorus kick in I was like WTF... and couldn't wait for it to start up again. The overall scheme is sweet and then the singing starts and makes me think of an old episode G. I. Joe or something
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    Yeah, exactly. Whenever the singing comes in I expect a He-Man figure to pop up somewhere on this table any minute.

    So why wasn't there a Black Knight 2000 cartoon series with a toy line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaoru View Post
    Yeah, exactly. Whenever the singing comes in I expect a He-Man figure to pop up somewhere on this table any minute.

    So why wasn't there a Black Knight 2000 cartoon series with a toy line?
    I was totally thinking about creating a "faux" animated pilot for Black Knight 2K in the style of an old, mid 80s cartoon. It would be about a group of heroes who travel to the future and learn that the Black Knight, a creature from old folklore, is still alive and destroying civilizations. The focus would be the heroes' plots to storm the Black Knight's castle. Like a mixture of TMNT 1987 and GI Joe in concept.

    At the same time, is it me or was Steve Ritchie also the king of MUSIC for his time?! I can think of 5 games that utilize the soundtrack to grand pleasure:

    - F-14 Tomcat
    - Black Knight 2000
    - Rollergames
    - The Getaway
    - AC/DC
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    Nice use of BK2000 music:


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    The song reminds me of that Power Ranger junk my grandkids used to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidlr View Post
    Nice use of BK2000 music:
    Haha! That's superb. Never thought I'd say that about anything involving Kanye West

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock View Post
    Haha! That's superb. Never thought I'd say that about anything involving Kanye West
    Just know that it was not Kanye West's idea despite his "brilliance". I thought it was hilarious though.

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    Here's an excerpt from a website I found:
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    Update, 26th September 2005:

    Stephanie Rogers, the voice of The Machine, sent me exclusive information that was previously unknown to many: she sang the Choir of Angels together with a friend, and she also provides the accurate lyrics here!

    That's me and my college roommate, Glo Van Vlack. Choir of angels, eh? We did that in the studio at Williams under the direction of Steve Ritchie. [...]
    The angel voices were fun. I had forgotten all about the "ahhh..." part. The male speaking voice is Rich, who was an audio engineer there. How funny.

    By the way, the true words to BK2000 are:

    We got the power
    We got the might
    Get ready for battle
    Beat the Black Knight!


    Now I'm quite sure it should be "you got the power" and "get ready to battle", but I'll leave that up to Stephanie to judge. Thanks for the info!
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    I agree, this music is just EPIC!!!

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    I always hear a few bits of music that sound exactly the same as Whirlwind. I wonder if they recycled some of the sounds into other games...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowflex View Post
    I always hear a few bits of music that sound exactly the same as Whirlwind. I wonder if they recycled some of the sounds into other games...
    I could swear that "No Way" is used in Smash TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidlr View Post
    Nice use of BK2000 music:
    Nice :-)

    Rage Against the Machine just did a few backflips in its grave.

    I once heard a Cassetteboy mashup of John Lennon's Imagine and Crazy Frog.

    Had a similar "that actually fits, in a really disturbing way" vibe going on.

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