LALA1

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LALA1
Composer Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Title Origin File Name

LALA1 is a reggae song that plays at the title screen and main menu of most ports of the game Pick'n Pile.

The composer and arrangers are unknown. The game's co-creator and Atari ST programmer Nicolas Choukroun is a musician himself, but 4 of the music formats in Pick'n Pile were also used by Charles Callet. Some archives already credit Callet for Pick'n Pile (AST), but their source is unknown.

The Apple II and Macintosh games have not been checked yet.

Games

Pick'n Pile (AMI)

Platform - AMI.png
Pick'n Pile (AMI)
Output - Paula.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Length 1:32.31
BPM 94
Format MOD
Loops Yes

The module name is pickintro. The Amiga game uses LALA1 for a new top ten as well.

Pick'n Pile (AST)

Platform - AST.png
Pick'n Pile (AST)
Output - SSG.svg
Pick'n Pile - AST - Main Menu.png
Arranger Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Format SNDH
Loops Yes

The structure is in LALA1.4V, the samples and their names are in PANDP. Since the Atari ST game was programmed by the game's co-creator, LALA1 may be the original title. In the rip, it is track 2.

Pick'n Pile (CPC)

Platform - CPC.png
Pick'n Pile (CPC)
Output - AY.svg
Pick'n Pile - CPC - Main Menu.png
Arranger Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Length 0:35.78
BPM 107
Format YM
Loops Yes

The arrangement and driver are the same as in the ZX Spectrum port. There may still be slight differences due to the different CPU clock. The song was recorded from the title screen in WinAPE Version 2.0 Beta 2.

Pick'n Pile (DOS)

Platform - DOS.png
Pick'n Pile (DOS)
Output - OPL2.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Pick'n Pile - DOS - Main Menu.png
Arranger Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Length 1:24.15 (OPL2), 1:21.92 (PC Speaker)
BPM 94
Format ADL (OPL2), MPC (PC Speaker)
Loops Yes

If the DOS game/sound driver detects an Ad Lib Music Synthesizer Card-compatible card, it outputs the file PAP1.ADL on the OPL2. This rendition retains the mood well, although the percussion in the middle section sounds more like bells than congas, and the extra bass notes in the beginning cannot be recognized as the above speech. Between loops, the song abruptly changes to a count off.

Otherwise, it outputs PAP1.MPC on the PC Speaker. Though one-voiced, this rendition stays true to the OPL2 version, bringing out the bass line, the melodies and the middle percussion one after another. There is even a vibrato, though overall, some instruments sound detuned.

Pick'n Pile (ZXS)

Platform - ZXS.png
Pick'n Pile (ZXS)
Output - AY.svg
Output - PC Speaker.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 1990-??-??
Format AY
Loops Yes


Pick'n Pile (C64)

Platform - C64.png
Pick'n Pile (C64)
Output - SID.svg
Arranger Unknown
Programmer Chris Hülsbeck, Unknown
Released 1991-0?-??
Length 0:30.65
BPM 125
Format SID
Loops Yes

The C64 arrangement is much faster and shorter than the others. It has too simple instruments for 1990, but is also much more upbeat.

The driver is a reduced version of Soundmonitor, used once by Charles Callet and once by Unknown, both for Infogrames. The C64 programmers and graphic artist are British and credited in the game. However, the C64 arranger is not credited, and the artist suspects that the arrangement came from Ubisoft.

The song was recorded from the title screen on a PAL C64C with an 8580 R5 4091, but sounds the same on every SID revision. In the rip, it is track 1.

Pick'n Pile (A26)

Platform - A26.png
Pick'n Pile (A26)
Output - TIA.svg
Arranger Unknown
Released 199?-??-??
Format UNK
Loops Yes

The static title screen alternates between the second phrase and the first phrase. Unfortunately, emulators play at different tempos. It may be best to verify the correct sound against the game running on a real PAL Atari 2600 or record it from one.

Pick'n Pile (A2GS)

Platform - A2GS.png
Pick'n Pile (A2GS)
Output - DOC.svg
Arranger J. Dore
Released 199?-??-??
Format UNK
Loops Yes

The structure is in Datas/PnP.sng and resembles the original 15-instrument MOD format. The sample data is in Datas/PnP.wbk, and the bass is recognizable as funbass from Ultimate Soundtracker (AMI).

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