Join and dance with me. This was a labour of passion. I cannot remember how many hours I played Delta on the C64 when I was a lass, but I remember having a blast with it.
Made by the musical genius Rob Hubbard, this is easily one of the best tunes to come out of the C64 era. It is definitely in my personal top 10. And years ago, the last time I performed on stage, I had made a 4-synthesizer arrangement of this tune. I played the bass. It was glorious. After disassembling and reassembling a techno set-up for Spider Dance I quickly remembered that this gem, “Main Menu” from Delta needed a cover as well.
Initially I wanted it to be a somber arrangement; crowd-pleasing dance music. Along the way, I remembered the fun I had with the game and more and more layers piled on. The somber experience faded away and I had a choice to make: Full fedora, or dial it down a notch? I went full fedora trying to capture the action and essence of the game. High paced space battles. Now, no one can tell me exactly what the real experience of space battle is, because it is in its nature unnatural, so I had to capture the mood of speed, exhilaration, adrenaline and action. To that end I took inspiration from French genius and personal idol of mine Jean-Michel Jarre for part of the composition to get the right pace in the rhythm.
Another inspiration I took for this was from Dueling Banjo’s from Deliverance; Either this was a duel, or a cooperation. The theme is played by 2 synthesizers, either competing with or complimenting one another. This goes hand in hand with Delta being a 1 or 2 player game. I leave it for the listener to decide; duel or cooperation? At any rate, it ends the same way, with a melancholic reflection on behalf of those who fell in the battle. Which leans towards Phillip Glass’ requiem-esque OST for “Koyaanisqatsi,” famously the inspiration of Rob Hubbard when he wrote this masterpiece for Delta.
So, please, join me in thanking both Phillip Glass and Rob Hubbard for their masterpieces.