Michael Jackson composed Sonic 3

Black and White (French magazine dedicated to MJ) released an interview recently with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 composer, (someone had balls to pitch this idea to the editor) Brad Buxer.

Apparently, the rumors (can you call them rumors if nobody really spread them, nor cared originally [and probably still don't...]) that MJ composed part of the soundtrack for the 1994 Genesis game are true!

B&W: Can you clarify the rumor that Michael had in 1993 composed the music for the Sonic 3 video game, for which you have been credited?

Buxer: I’ve never played the game so I do not know which tracks the developers have kept among the work Michael and I did, but we did compose music for the game. Michael called me at the time for help on this project, and that’s what I did. And 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. At the time, game consoles did not allow an optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music…

B&W: One of the surprising things in this soundtrack is that you can hear the chords from Stranger in Moscow, which is supposed to have been composed later…

Buxer: Yes, Michael and I had composed those chords for the game, and it has been used as a base for Stranger in Moscow. [...]

I don’t think I’ve ever found a fact more esoteric than this one, but nonetheless, MJ manages to be getting cooler with each day.

God knows which parts of the game he composed,

but I guess he can now also be declared the King of 16-bit.


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