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 four 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.
Since the Atari ST game was programmed by the game's co-creator and the filename of the song is LALA1, it may be the original title.
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Pick'n Pile (AMI)
The songname is pickintro. The Amiga game uses LALA1 for a new top ten as well.
Pick'n Pile (AST)
The structure is in the file LALA1.4V, and the instrument samples (including names) are embedded within the file PANDP. In the rip, they are track 2.
Pick'n Pile (CPC)
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)
If the DOS game/sound driver detects an Ad Lib Music Synthesizer Card or compatible, it outputs the file PAP1.ADL on its on-board OPL2 chip. 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)
Pick'n Pile (C64)
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 chip. In the rip, it is track 1.
Pick'n Pile (A26)
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)
The structure is in the file Datas/PnP.sng and resembles the 15-instrument MOD format. The sample data is in Datas/PnP.wbk, and the bass is recognizable as FunBass from The Ultimate Soundtracker (AMI).
- deepsid.com/?file=/GAMES/M-R/Pick_n_Pile.sid&tab=visuals&sundry=osc - Visualization of C64 arrangement.