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Sonic CD - Sterling - FOUND! Producer and Composer of the American SCD Tracks

#1 User is offline Master Emerald 

Posted 10 December 2011 - 01:49 PM

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So... reading the credits from Sonic CD (U):

Special Edition for North America

Music Composed and Produced By: Spencer Nilsen, David Young
Vocal By: Sanday Cressman, Jenny Meltzer, Becky West
Drums & Percussion By: Brad Kaiser
Guitars By: Erik Frykman
Recorded and Mixed By: Sega Multmedia Studio(Sega Of America), Intermix
Addtional Music Composed And Produced By: Sterling
Bass: Bobby Vega
Percusion: Armando Peraza
Engineer: Charles Albert
Assistant Engineers: Roosevelt Hoover, Maurice Jackson


So what is this additional music?

Well, from "Sonic the Hedgehog Boom" album we can see what songs he composed:


17. Collision Chaos (3:19)
(Music: Sterling w/Armando Peraza & Bobby Vega)

18. Metallic Madness (2:17)
(Music: Sterling w/Armando Peraza & Bobby Vega)

19. Robotnik (1:28)
(Music: Sterling w/Armando Peraza & Bobby Vega)

They clearly stand out from the others mainly because of the bass and percussion.

Well so I was able to find information about

Bobby Vega

Armando Peraza

but... Sterling?

I found a lot of Sterlings, even a band, but none seem related to THE Sterling I'm looking for. Do you guys have any idea on who is he?
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:47 PM

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I actually tried researching this band a few years back and similarly, came up nothing. My guess is that they are just a couple of musicians working together under a pseudonym for one project (Sonic CD). I found out the same thing when I started looking into the bands from Jet Set Radio.

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View PostAshura2k, on 10 December 2011 - 03:47 PM, said:

I actually tried researching this band a few years back and similarly, came up nothing. My guess is that they are just a couple of musicians working together under a pseudonym for one project (Sonic CD). I found out the same thing when I started looking into the bands from Jet Set Radio.


Your post inspired me to contact Spencer Nilsen. As I contacted Naganuma-san and he was very nice! You should try talking to him, he even told another fan about the origin on some sample on facebook!

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Just today you contacted both of them? I know Spencer Nielson should be a pretty easy dude to get a hold of since he's president of a music college up in Oakland, but how did you track down contact info for Naganuma? Plus, I thought he only spoke Japanese?

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I contacted Naganuma on the end of November through facebook, he's fluent in English (it should be a piece of cake compared to Jap hahahahahah) and is very nice! I contacted Spencer yesterday through his email, I'm wainting a response.

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Me: Hey Mr. Naganuma! This is completely unrelated to the content above (well I can't be sure I don't read japanese hahahaha). I'm just dropping by to say you songs are REALLY crazy and soo harmonic, it's the perfect definition of sound collage, and your unique style makes the music in games a lot richer! Congratulations again you're really talented :) (Ps.: do you have a favorite song from Sonic Rush?)

Hideki Naganuma: We were talking about VOLLEYBALL "World Cup Japan 2011". Hahaha. Anyway, thanks a lot!! My favorite song from "Sonic Rush" is "Jeh Jeh Rocket". Although most of the songs from "Sonic Rush" are my favorites.

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Sorry for the double post but Mr Nilsen was very kind to answer my e-mail!

My email:

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Mr. Nilsen, how are you?

I'm contacting you because you have some precious info of some shady band from 20 years ago (It has been so long hahaha)! I'm asking you this because you composed most of the tracks for a game on 1993 , Sonic CD.

As seen in the album you released - Sonic the Hedgehog Boom... you worked with Pastiche, David Young, Bobby Vega (very nice bass guy, huh?), Armando Peraza (jeez that old man is so awesome with the drums!) and - Sterling...

I could find info about everyone except one, that Sterling band/person/whatever. Do you remember anything about it? Maybe they changed the band name for the credits? Sorry for bothering you with some uninteresting things from the past but it would really help as I like to hear all the works from people that make the songs I like!

Also, your songs are a lot better technically than the original japanese, specially because they appear to use less samples, and considering the short time given to you all, I must say, incredible work! My favorite is Quartz Future from the album! Hmm, on the credits it is stated that Sterling composed Collision Chaos, Metallic Madness and Boss, do you confirm it?

Ahh, did you know they'll be releasing the game remade in widescreen, with both soundtracks -with looping!- available on almost all platforms including cellphones? A tech guy on a sonic community came up with a sonic engine that replicates the old games, but built on new technology!

Thanks for the attention and Sorry, again, for bothering you with old stuff!!

Have a nice Sunday!!

Sincerely,

Pedro Lomba



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Hey Pedro.


Thanks for your note and so happy you've enjoyed the Sonic CD music all these years.


Sterling (I believe his whole name was Sterling Crew or Crue) was a San Francisco-based composer/musician I contracted to provide a "different" sound for those Sonic CD levels, the Boss encounter, etc. I haven't been in contact with him in over 10-years, so I'm not sure what he's up to or where he is.


Good luck and happy holidays.


Spence


And with that I even found an interview with Armando Peraza, where he mentions Sterling Crew on that time period of early nineties!

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Q: Have you done any movie soundtracks, games?

AP: Yes, in 1991 I collaborated with singer Linda Ronstadt for the movie soundtrack MAMBO KINGS. I have also recorded percussive sound effects for several SEGA CD-ROM computer games with another ex-Santana member, Sterling Crew. By the way, Francisco Aquabella and I recorded the soundtrack for a movie titled CHE, for Lalo Schifrin. I am very proud of that album.


His name is Mark "Sterling" Crew and his discography can be found here.
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I've talked about this before and no one thought anything of it. Those three songs happen to be the "weird ambient ones" that (IMO) have always been really out of place in the Sonic CD soundtrack, and that's why -- they're composed by different people.

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Well, they definitely work as a change of pace. :V

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I like Collision Chaos myself; I dig the mix of atmospheric ambiance and rock music.

I think the Boss theme happens to come off a bit too strongly for its own good - it's strictly boss music, not necessarily "Eggman's boss music" if that makes any sense. Meanwhile, Metallic Madness has always just come off to me as "generic American ambiance for the sake of ambiance." Contrast this to most other US themes, which despite being part of a replacement score, still have a pretty good sense of composition and pretty decent melody lines - not quite as instantly catchy as their JP counterparts, but still fine on their own. Well, for instrumentals at least. Pastiche's vocal scatterings don't enhance most tracks quite as much as they seem to be going for. I like them fine in Tidal Tempest, they're decent enough in Sonic Boom, but that's about it. Most other attempts are just kinda... there, when they don't necessarily need to be.

Anyway, very cool to have it confirmed, at least. Nice job! :thumbsup:

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Not all of the tracks with Pastiche were fully utilized. Nilsen added some synths later on or parts with vocals unused in the game with "Sonic Boom!"



Or here, skip to 1:55:



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Not even all tracks from Sterling were used, on Collision Chaos, there is an extra guitar playing with the lead melody, and there was a guitar for the bad future version of Metallic Madness, UNLESS they were recorded later and added by Nilsen.

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