Knights of the Round (arc-knights.s3m)
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Since the entire reason I got into tracking was because of Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger music, it should come as no surprise that I would try to write a song inspired by role-playing games. Of course, I never played in-person RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons. All my RPG experience was from NES and SNES games.
There are two sections to this song: the first half is more pomp-and-ceremony style, and is (as far as I can recall) not inspired by anything in particular. Then, it transitions to a minor key and goes into the "battle" theme. The transition bit was probably inspired by Wing Commander for SNES - the music plays when your wingman is shot down. The main battle theme is inspired by the boss music in Contra, which plays at the end of levels 2 and 4.
This was my first attempt to make a song fully in an orchestral style. I did of course include an orchestral bit in Segue before it, and would later write an orchestral piece called Valor (which was superior to this one). Knights of the Round and Valor are the only two that could be considered true orchestral songs, but I also experimented with an orchestral/techno fusion in Light of the World, a piano ballad in Leaving it All Behind, and apparently I wrote something called Imperial Law that was intended for a game but is probably lost forever.
Considering this is one of my early songs, this one could be worse. It's certainly not great, but it's not unlistenable. I still hadn't figured out how to use effects in Scream Tracker but was beginning to use volume to add some depth to my songs. - arcturus
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Jingle Strings French Horn Odd Flute Orchestra BigDrum Knights of the Round by Arcturus Okay...when you listen to this song, try to think medieval dungeons and dragons thoughts...cuz that was the kind of song I was trying to write. BTW, I included the Odd Flute instrument, but I didn't use it...I thought I would, but I didn't need it. Oh well, you can extract it and use it in your own s3m. -Arcturus The Ultimate D.M. (C) 1996 Mark Abersold