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    Default Michael Jackson Composed The Sonic 3 OST

    Did Michael Jackson write the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Picture: Getty/Sega


    There’s a popular theory that Michael Jackson wrote the music for ‘Sonic 3’… but how much truth is there in it? And why isn’t he named in the credits?
    As Sonic fans anticipate the release of the shiny live-action remake of Sonic the Hedgehog, it feels timely to shed light on this oddly believable story.
    The theory, that Michael Jackson provided uncredited music for 1994 Sega video game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, has been knocking around for years.
    A video on YouTube, likening Sonic’s Carnival Night Zone Act 1 with a clip from Jackson’s song ‘Jam’, was one of the first to share the theory, over 10 years ago. Since then, fan theories have likened the bassline in IceCap Zone to that of ‘Who Is It’, while Jackson himself admitted that the instrumental portion of his track ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is based on the Sonic ‘End Credits’ theme.

    Fan theories aside, as of January 2016, a feature in HuffPost appears to confirm Jackson’s involvement with the soundtrack, saying the late popstar was eventually forced to leave the project in the wake of child abuse allegations against him.

    But while many of Jackson’s co-composers, including Brad Buxer and Geoff Grace, are written into the game’s credits, there is no mention of Jackson anywhere.
    Most fans and publications, including The Independentand Billboard, agree that Jackson was at least supposed to write the music for Sega’s Sonic 3. But to-date, the Japanese game giant still denies his involvement.
    So, what do we know for sure?

    Michael Jackson loved the Sonic games, and in 1993 he reached out to Sega to express his admiration for the franchise.
    Roger Hector, a former exec at Sega, confirmed in a 2005 interview that Jackson was invited by the company to visit the Sega Technical Institute, in California. In the early 1990s, Sega had already released several titles of Jackson’s Moonwalker video game.
    “He wanted to drop by and say hello,” said Hector. “There was no agenda other than, he really, really liked the game. He enjoyed playing it a lot and he wanted to meet the people behind it.”
    It’s believed that Jackson went on to write 41 tracks with his co-composers, including Brad Buxer and Geoff Grace, for the release. One of the game’s sound engineers, Matt Forger, said Jackson also beatboxed on the soundtrack:
    “We were recording lots of Michael’s mouth percussion. He’d be laughing, joking, and that kind of infectious attitude would make the work not seem like work. Michael understood that this was for a game, he was in a really up mood whenever we’d be working.”
    What went wrong?

    Around the time of Sonic production in late 1993, child abuse accusations arose around Jackson. Some, including Hector, have theorised that this led Jackson to be taken off the project; others think Jackson, a notorious perfectionist, left of his own accord because he wasn’t satisfied with the sound quality of the soundtrack.
    Buxer, who also played keyboard on Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous tour, told Michael Jackson fan magazine Black and White: “At the time, games consoles did not allow optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music. If he is not credited for composing the music, it’s because he was not happy with the result sound coming out of the console.”
    After Jackson left the project, Howard Drossin was drafted in to save the soundtrack. However, Drossin confirmed to HuffPost that he didn’t rewrite the entire score, saying “there was a lot of music already plugged into it” when he finally started working on the game.
    Doug Grigsby, one of the six composers listed in the Sonic 3 credits, said of Jackson’s compositions: “Oh, it did get in the game. The stuff we handed in, the stuff we did, made it. To. The game.”


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    No wonder it fucking s l a p p s

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    Yeah I listened to the whole soundtrack, there's definitely some stuff that sounds pure MJ.


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    Probably going to be stripped of my gamer/nerd credentials. I have to admit that I have never beaten any of the four original Sega Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog games. Always would start on them and then fall off.. Going to get back up on it one day.

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    Probably going to be stripped of my gamer/nerd credentials. I have to admit that I have never beaten any of the four original Sega Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog games. Always would start on them and then fall off.. Going to get back up on it one day.

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    Sega Genesis has some sick ass music, Just Blaze credits Yuzo Koshiro's Revenge Of Shinobi tracks for influencing his production style. You can hear the influence in his beats. No wonder he has so many bangers. https://youtu.be/tZptdBR1wko
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    ^ I beat Sonic 1. Sonic 2, 3 & Knuckles I've never completed. At least now you can save your progress rather than leaving your fucking Sega on for days.

    I've been trying to complete 3 for the last few weeks.

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    Congratulations on that. Going to start working on the first one again soon..

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