Colony Rigel 3 (arc-colonyrigel3.s3m)
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Some of you, if you hear this, might think this song is a rip-off of the Mortal Kombat theme song (from the movie, not the game). And it would not be unreasonable to make that connection. However, I can definitively say that for once, no, this song is not a rip-off. This is because that was how EVERY techno song sounded in the early 1990’s.
I was particularly impressed with myself when I finished this song. I can’t really claim with a straight face that it was good, but it was good for me time relative to what I had recently produced (this was, after all, only weeks removed from completing my trashy CPDP set). And this song actually sounded like REAL techno. I think I did get a bit carried away with the main theme, given how often I repeated its pattern. But that was just how I made a song longer back in those days.
I don’t remember what my source was for the orchestra hit sample, but the lead (which I had previously used in the Unbrunchables) came from the famous Jupiter by Trash. It’s kind of badly looped, but I had no ability to smooth out the loops with the technology I had available to me at the time.
I was still having issues with volume control as well at this point. When a channel was too quiet, my go-to solution was to simply double it up to increase the volume. As a result, my songs were inevitably very noisy. However, I was starting to learn how to use effects to enhance the sound of my lead, as noted in the vibrato and pitch slides.
The title isn’t particularly significant, I just gave it a space-sounding name. I was really into astronomy during my teenage years. “Rigel” is the name of a star in the Orion constellation. My own alias, Arcturus, is the name of a star in the constellation Bootes. Those two star names were always my favorites, and I would also name characters in my never-finished fantasy stories after those stars as well (Arcturus was the warrior, Rigel was the sorcerer).
So overall, Colony Rigel 3 ultimately would not go down as one of my greatest songs, it was one of the best I had produced at the time, and was a sign that I was starting to develop some skills and technique.
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Beep SY35.Brass.Lead VFX/2.Mirage.Orch.Hit Bang Slide Drum Snare fngrbass.780 (no header) Colony Rigel 3 by Arcturus I am getting tired of writing these comments... -Arcturus (c) 1996 Nucleus Software