Defender Sound Studio

I used to love playing Defender as a kid, for 20c a game at a “spacie parlour” – it was released in 1980, when I was 15 years old so still at high school… One of the best parts of the game were the great sounds, so check out this website:

choose a preset and hit play, but watch your monitor level as its loud & 8bit!

There is a great history of Defender & its sound at the same site

I love how harsh & aggressive the sounds are, in stark contrast to a lot of later games having higher resolution sound but the aesthetic veered more towards cute. I have close to zero interest in chiptune music. I think I had zoned out from gaming by the time the more cute games arrived, so chiptune has no nostalgia to me… Meanwhile I still want to hear the Defender hyperspace jump sound!!




One thought on “Defender Sound Studio

  1. kcrosley

    OMG I’m obsessed with these sounds as well! You can get that “shift register” noise sound out of Hexinverter’s “Jupiter Storm” module as well!

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