O U T C A S T (arc-outcast.s3m)
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I wrote this in late spring/early summer 1996. I downloaded MOD4WIN so I could listen to FF3 and Chrono Trigger mods. It wouldn't play IT files, though, so I downloaded Impulse Tracker so I could listen to one of them.
I later connected with a local BBS called R-Squared and downloaded tracks from other teenagers in the area, namely Kalanaras and Subliminal. One of the songs by Kal was called Echo's Call, and I liked it a lot. (Subliminal would eventually release some songs to the broader demoscene community, as did I, but Kalanaras I don't think ever made anything that got beyond the audience of R-Squared).
I downloaded Scream Tracker and tried to figure out how to get it to work. I clumsily figured out how to retrieve samples from Echo's Call and insert them into my own track. After some false starts, I learned how to edit patterns and put them into an order list. The looping bass sample may have come from somewhere else - Echo's Call is probably lost to the ages, so I won't be able to say for sure (as a side note, I later made my own version of that song when I was a bit more comfortable with using Scream Tracker).
The song itself is a mess but I was really excited about it at the time. You may notice that I didn't know how to stop the looped bass from playing, and I think I just inadvertently cut it by playing a different sample in the same channel later. Actually, I probably didn't even realize that it was still playing.
At the very end I added a "bonus track" which was supposed to sound like "Spoon Man" from Soundgarden. I would later make two new versions of Outcast, and included this little ditty at the end of each one.
I don't completely remember the order that I "published" my songs in but this is most definitely the first. After the first 2 or 3 it gets muddled. I used to have a document listing all of them in order, but it's probably lost forever, unfortunately.
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Snare Tech Bass hit 1 Tense Strings Slide Strings baby Bass Click Hard Snare Light Drum Brass Echo Note Tiny Bass Looping Bass O U T C A S T By Arcturus Please forgive me for writing this! It's not my fault! :) This is my first mod ever. Don't worry, I'll get better. Special thanks to: Kalanaras of Nucleus, because I used some instruments that were in some of his songs. Good thing I am not charging money for this, or else he could sue me! :) As you can see, I enjoy using emoticons. :^) -Arcturus (C) 1996 Mark Abersold If you went all the way down here, you are the type who has no life! :-)