Electronica or Buttrock- What is Sega’s Musical Legacy?

As I listened to the final episode of Saturday Night Sega (RIP) recently, I was struck by the sheer variety of the tunes played during the show. Despite all the disparate styles of songs played, two genres were most prevalent: electronica and buttrock. This got me wondering, what is the musical legacy of Sega games? Is it Yuzo Koshiro’s bassy techno?

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Yuzo Koshiro

Or is it Crush 40’s 80s-style buttrock?

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Crush 40

I think a case could be made for both. Let’s investigate.

The Case for Electronica:

The Case for Buttrock:

What genre of music to you associate most with Sega? Electronica? Buttrock? Both? Neither?

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2 Responses to Electronica or Buttrock- What is Sega’s Musical Legacy?

  1. KC says:

    First of all, good to know we listen to our podcasts! :D
    Second, the appeal of SEGA music is exactly not sticking to one specific genre. The amount of different genres covered and the influences behind the composers are simply amazing! Personally, I don’t associate one particular genre to SEGA. I embrace the diversity! :)

  2. ryan says:

    I love RadioSega! :-)
    That’s a fair point- I keep tons of different Sega soundtracks on rotation personally, from the synth rock of Yu Suzuki’s 80s arcade games to melodic and epic scores like those of Skies of Arcadia or Shenmue. Maybe people associating Sega with electronica and buttrock is all in my head, haha

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