Some excerpts from the album “Gameplay” by Hans Ouwejan. For the whole album, goto Spotify, Itunes, Deezer etc.
PixelHazard, a Dutch duo which was preparing a CD-ROM game for the PC called “Catgun, Victory Mission G” in the late 80’s. PixelHazard hired Hans and his co-worker Felix to produce 40 minutes of digital audio for this game. Catgun was presented at a game developer’s and publisher’s fair in London. A number of big companies were interested in the game and told Hans and Felix that they especially liked the embedded 44.1Khz CD-quality music. Not 30 second loops, but real tracks. This was the first platform game which had real CD-audio for level-background music. Although one publisher (Philips Interactive) signed a contract with PixelHazard, Catgun was never released due to reorganisations at Philips. Shortly thereafter, Hans and Felix came into contact with Will Davis. Davis was a composer for Attention To Detail (ATD) Founded in September 1988 by five graduates of Birmingham University (ATD at that time employed more than 70 programmers, artists and designers) Davis mainly composed music (tracked music) for the Commodore Amiga and Atari 1040ST. Hans and Felix sent Davis a CD of their music. Davis was very impressed and enthusiastic about their work and planned a weekend in Warwick UK, a small town 94 miles from London.