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Neil Voss is a mysterious and illusive creature.
Back in 1997, a game called Tetrisphere was released for the N64. While the word “tetris” doesn’t generally intimate badassness, this game was basically the coolest thing ever to me as a kid. Not only was it a fun puzzle game, but it had a kind of dark and ambient mood. Also there were robots. But most importantly, its music was the flippin’ best. Tracks like Manic Drum Mix and Phony stayed in my head for years until I finally found a game rip. (And of course, track 4 of KB is named for Phony).
This soundtrack is still one of my favorite albums to work to. I never get bored of rocking out to it, and it’s just perfect for keeping me pumped without distracting me with lyrics.
Later I discovered that Voss also did the soundtrack for the New Tetris, another N64 game which I never played. turns out its music is also awesome.
Ever since then, I’ve seen occasional hints of his continued existence on the internet. He popped up in the credits of a PATV episode and I just about shit myself. He was also present on an OK GO remix album! But if you go to neilvoss.com, you’re greeted with nothing but an epileptic seizure. What exactly is this guy up to?? Does he still make any albums, or just mysterious small projects on the side? Is there any venue for informing him of how much he influenced you as a youth?? I just don’t know! But I know I’ll continue to keep an eye out for anything he might get up to in the future.