Chiptune Earworms

Have you ever heard a song or piece of music that you still think about years later – but for the life of you, you can’t remember the name of?

For me, the song came from a computer game. It’s driven me mad for years.

Every now and again, I’ll spontaneously hum the melody from one of the (usually Rob Hubbard’s) classics. Thing on a Spring, Monty on the Run, Druid, Ghosts n’ Goblins. I pop it into YouTube, listen for a while, and then carry on about my business.

It’s pretty difficult to find a song on YouTube when you can’t remember the name of the bloody game that the bloody song is bloody from.

So instead of searching for, listening to, and ultimately closing the browser window on your earmarked (hah) earworm, you search for the name of the game. Which is like searching for a lighter that works in a power cut. (I’m currently awaiting a delivery of lighter fluid).

Both you and your productivity are inevitably, inescapably, lost – again – down the rabbit hole of the internet. Trawling the same tired old blogs, broken and abandoned forums, and even *gasp* Reddit, in the vain hope of a shred of a hint of a clue that might point you in the right direction. All whilst exasperatedly humming the song that you can’t get out of your head because you can’t remember it’s bloody name.

Well, I’m happy to report that my years of intermittent searching have finally dredged up a result. The name of the game is Willow Pattern by Firebird.

willow-pattern

Happily, I can find the song at a moment’s notice now that I finally know it’s bloody name.

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Nicola Hibbert is a mobile game developer based in Guildford, Surrey.

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