Transformers Sound Bytes
- Iridion 3D Menu music
From the GameBoy Advance game, "Iridion 3D", this short tune is
extremely similar to the Vince DiCola track, "Autobot / Decepticon
Battle" from the Transformers Movie soundtrack. Way too similar
to be coincidence. The composer must be a Vince fan. ^_^
- French G1 Cartoon Theme
"Transformers: Pour Un Monde Meilleur" ("For A Better World").
Monzo of the
Obscure TFs page pointed me to this song.
It's the opening theme from the French dub of G1. Completely
new song, not just a translation of the American one. With the
help of Thomas Hamann, the lyrics have been translated. You can
read them (both languages) in
this accompanying text file,
but I've put all the same information in the "comment" area of
the MP3's ID3v2 tag, so you don't really need to keep the
- Quebec G1 Cartoon Theme
The G1 cartoon had two different dubs into the French language...
one done in France, and the other in Quebec. This Quebec theme
song is a fairly direct translation of the English song.
- Italian Beast Wars Theme
"Rombi Di Tuono E Cieli Di Fuoco Per I Biocombat". Very roughly,
"The rumble of thunder and skies of fire of Biocombat". Biocombat
being one of the European names for Beast Wars. Monzo gave me
this one as well. Like the song above, this is a completely new
song written as the theme for Beast Wars in Italy. I can't decide
if it sounds more like J-Pop, or like a missing song from Andrew
Lloyd Weber's "Evita". It's sorta bizarre, but I totally
- Robots In Disguise music
Glenn Scott Lacey, the composer of the music for Robots In
Disguise (which had all new music compared to the original
Japanese "Car Robots") has two clips of RID music available
on his site! No opening theme, just two pieces of background musc.
Follow the link, then "change channels" on the TV until
you get to Transformers.
- From "The Evil Meteor"
Taken from an episode of the cheesy dub of the "Headmasters" cartoon,
here Sparkle (aka. Spike) explains Danny's mission. "Spaceship
Bruce" is, apparently, the name of Fortress's gigantic
transtector/spaceship (aka Fortress Maximus).
The WAV is about one and a half megs, and is provided just in case
you don't have a program that will play OGG. (Pretty much
anything that plays MP3 will play
It's a compressed
format like MP3, but it wasn't developed by a corporation who
demand royalties for using it.) I encoded this myself from a
videotape of the episode.
- "I hear what you're sayin'..." (WAV) -
The Armada kids want to come along on a mission.
For a second it sounds like Hot Shot might let them come, but then
BAM! He shuts them down arbitrarily. He comes off as such a mean
- "My official answer is: I don't know."
Armada Red Alert asks Hot Shot what the plan is... and despite having
become the leader of the Autobots, he has no idea.
- "Humans... come... with... us..."
Every time High Wire the Mini-Con would actually speak, he just sounded
creepy to me. It didn't help that usually what he was saying was
forboding anyway. This clip is also funny for all the kids going
"whaaaaaa?" and "ohh!", as often happens in badly-dubbed anime.
- "Unicron is frightening"
More scary Mini-Con speech. Unicron will destroy space. And of course
the kids don't understand.
- The Cybertron sound
Encoded by Gyumaoh, this was actually taken from a VHS tape of
the BBC's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (the collector's
edition). This music is played during the opening. However, it's
identical to a short piece of ambient theremin music played in
the first episode of the G1 cartoon as Cybertron first appears.
Other theremin music -- possibly from the same track -- is played
again in many establishing shots of the planet throughout the
series. The section of this file which appears in that first
episode begins at around 16 or 17 seconds. This track -- or
perhaps a longer version of it -- is probably either in the
public domain or is fairly cheap to license, hence it's inclusion
in both TFs and in the 1993 introduction to the HHGTTG tape.
This sort of generic "sci fi" sound is produced with an
instrument called a theremin. (Actually, it might be a ondes
martenot rather than a theremin, but I suspect not. Here are the
Wikipedia entires for the
ondes martenot in case you want to know what I'm talking
about, and a
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Content last changed on 2008-May-19.