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Title: Zoq Fot Pik - All Ab
Filename: zoqfot.xm
Posted Wed 28th Jul 2021
Rated 8 / 10
There's a mildly-interesting story that goes along with this particular FastTracker II module…  This song was made specifically for me!

Waaay back in 2003 or 2004, I think it was, I was running a LiveJournal community that was, basically, a tracker music blog where people could share their favorite songs.  I don't exactly know what led to it or how, but at some point, someone just randomly sent me a mysterious file simply labeled "zoqfot.xm".  I guess they noticed I was a fan of Star Control II? (Go play it.  It's fantastic.)
In any case, I give it a listen and… wowie!  What a great little tune!  It took what Dan Nicholson did and made it funky!  Needless to say, I proudly posted it up on the blog, post-haste!

I wish I could remember who this kind person was.  They didn't leave any kind of calling card in the module, sadly, and even the title got cut off in the music info.  All I remember is that I really liked this tune and that it was called "All About The Frungy".

I hope you guys like this little tune about some little dudes!

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Title: dope for your mind
Filename: dope.mod
Posted Mon 19th Aug 2019
Rated 8 / 10
Here's a fun fact: the beginning half of this piece of music was the main inspiration for "Streetwize," a song from Jazz Jackrabbit 2 by Alexander Brandon (aka, Siren). Wonder if Otis knows…?

That aside, this is a really nice tune. Good for relaxing and great for just listening to. The electronic synths and simple drums work in its favor and, after the half-way mark, the song even changes to something entirely different! I highly recommend this tune.

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Title: cloud city
Filename: cloud_city.s3m
Posted Fri 27th Jul 2018
Rated 8 / 10
When was this made? This is very important because… this was used as the basis for "Castle City," in the unreleased Jazz Jackrabbit 3D. Well, more like the whole song was used and enhanced. But, still! That blew me away, when I heard it on Nectarine Demoscene Radio, a minute ago!

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Title: lips & tongues
Filename: lips_tongues_short.mod
Posted Mon 1st Jan 2018
Rated 10 / 10
I don't usually give such high scores, but I really feel that Mr. Gillet hit it outta the park with this particular song!

Although the title reminds me more of bands like KISS, this piece of music is actually a really great techno song with lots of energy. The simple samples are used to perfection and the song is fairly lengthy with plenty of variation. It's a lot of fun to listen to and really gets you pumped! I love it.

There's also an... "alternate version" ("lips & tongues b&b") available which is just as good, by the way. Especially if you like a certain cartoon duo from the 90s... Uh huh-huh huh. Yeah.

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Title: can't stop coming
Filename: cant_stop_coming.mod
Posted Tue 11th Jul 2017
Rated 8 / 10
Heard this on one of Joel's Vinesauce streams, recently. He was playing something that used the SNES-sation emulator, which uses this theme Immediately recognized it as module music, looked it up, and lo and behold, here it is!

This is a really groovy track by azazel of DCS. It's dance music, but it's not overbearing or bombastic. It's just high-energy and a lot of fun to listen to. On top of that, the samples he used sound great and are used to perfection. It kind of reminds me of some of Tim Follin's work on the Super NES... which makes its use as SNES-station's menu theme all the more fitting, I feel.

I'd definitely recommend this song for playlists or if you just want something catchy to chill out with.

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Title: MegaManIIMix-JLsoft!
Filename: jl-mmii!.xm
Posted Sun 11th Jun 2017
Rated 6 / 10
This song is basically the entire Mega Man 2 soundtrack as heard in The Wily Wars, but with better samples and mixing. Now, this in and of itself doesn't sound so bad... but considering that the song ends up being over 22 minutes long and is transcribed in such a way as to exclude pattern breaks and jumps... it can be a little tedious to listen to. And this is coming from a guy who loves the Mega Man series!

Still, if you don't mind the length, this is a pretty good way to experience the whole Mega Man 2 soundtrack in one sitting. I just really wish JLsoft had transcribed this like old Amiga tunes; with "sub-songs," and the like.

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Title: planet hollywood
Filename: planet_hollywood.mod
Posted Sat 10th Jun 2017
Rated 8 / 10
This tune, by Fabrice Gillet, seems to take some heavy inspiration (and plays homage) to some other tunes created in the same time period. One such tune is "3d demo tune," by julius. That one plays right at the beginning and toward the end, in fact.

Anyway, this is a really nice, mellow tune that befits Apregiator's usual style. It's a good piece of music to listen to while you're chilling out and relaxing. I'd definitely recommend it.

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Title: Satellite One (Remix)
Filename: satmix_x.it
Posted Fri 2nd Jun 2017
Rated 10 / 10
So, hey? You're all familiar with Purple Motion's "Satellite One," right? If not, go give it a listen! I'll wait for ya!

Now then... Satellite One is one of those pieces of music that's just a lot of fun to listen to. Knowing that... Alexander "Siren" Brandon decided to do a version of it, himself, which you can also find here. Six years after that amazing version came out, though... Xaser decided to take what Siren had... and make it even better. And... I can safely say that he did indeed improve upon perfection.

Siren's version of the song was missing some of the later parts of the original, as well as some countermelodies here-and-there. Xaser added these, as well as about a minute more content, to the song. He also rebalanced the volume ever-so-slightly to give a fuller experience.

I cannot recommend this version enough. It's very much worth a listen or two!

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Title: Satellite One -bibby.97
Filename: bib-sat1.it
Posted Fri 2nd Jun 2017
Rated 9 / 10
I've always been a huge fan of Purple Motion's "Satellite One." The melody is haunting and heavily reminds me of "Within These Castle Walls," the final area theme from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. It's just a great song to listen to.
Now, I've always been interested in remixing it, myself, but never got around to it... so when I noticed this remix existed, I naturally had to give it a listen.

I am blown away by this remix.

It takes the original, haunting sort of song and turns it into a smooth sort of groove that you can just sit back and get lost within. The composition is just perfect, the samples are really nice, and overall, it's a really great version of an already great song. I'd definitely recommend it.

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Title: Arthurs Theme -DJMavica
Filename: djm-jaz3.it
Posted Sun 9th Apr 2017
Rated 7 / 10
This is a pretty nice piano-only rendition of "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)," the main theme from the Dudley Moore movie "Arthur." It's a little quiet (actually, very quite) and seems like it stumbles a little here and there (not unlike Arthur himself), but otherwise, everything sounds about right.

All and all, it's a pleasant tune to listen to when you're caught between the moon and New York City... or just want to relax for a while.

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Title: alice wonder
Filename: alice_wonder.mod
Posted Fri 7th Apr 2017
Rated 8 / 10
This is actually track #2 from Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales on the Atari Jaguar, the soundtrack of which was done by Alastair Lindsay and Kevin Saville.

The samples are what you'd come to expect from FastTracker II modules of the time and they're arranged in a very pleasant way. This tune is mighty jazzy piece of work that's just enigmatic enough to fit in with the maddening and mysterious world of Wonderland.

Even if the game was a bit sub-par, this song... and the rest of the soundtrack... are pretty great.

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Title: --= Pink to puke =--
Filename: PTP.MOD
Posted Mon 3rd Apr 2017
Rated 7 / 10
Ah, good ol' Pink to Puke. If you've ever played the MegaZeux game called "Cans", you'll be all too familiar with this mellow tune... and mellow is certainly what it is.

Despite being a tune that came out in 1993, it lacks the usual MOD samples you might be familiar with and goes for a mix of some nice, short, good-sounding synths and real instruments. Bips and boops, small guitar riffs, and light drums make for a nice melodic tune. All and all, this is the kind of thing to listen to while doing other things. Kind of like a song from Mario Paint or something.

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Title: donkey kong sunset
Filename: cyborgjeff-celtic04.it
Posted Mon 27th Feb 2017
Rated 9 / 10
The title would have you believe it's a remix of "DK Island Swing," but in actuality, it's a really awesome remix of "Aquatic Ambiance." Honestly... I cannot say enough good things about this module.

It takes the original song and gives it a kickin' back beat without raising the tempo too much. The synths and electronic samples really work for this rendition of the song, as do the rhythmic way Jeff tossed in vocal samples from the original game. And best of all... it's not a bombastic remix. It's just smooth, groovy, and energetic. I love it.

I think this is definitely something that would appeal to electronic/dance fans even if they've never heard of Donkey Kong Country.

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Title: James Bondage
Filename: bondage.xm
Posted Sun 1st Jan 2017
Rated 8 / 10
Basically, it's your normal, everyday James Bond opening/credits theme song... but with a slight twist. It's kind of a parody of sorts with an ever-so-slight innuendo-driven undertone. There's nothing explicit in the lyrics, but at the same time, it's pretty clear what was intended.

As for the music itself? Pretty darn good. I'd say it's definitely up there with The Living Daylights theme by A-Ha (or the S3M cover available here), at least!

A very enjoyable listen I can easily recommend to anyone with who likes wordplay.

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Title: Spark Mandrill Theme
Filename: megamanx-1.it
Posted Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Rated 7 / 10
It's Spark Mandrill's theme from Mega Man X. You can't really go wrong with such an energetic song and, aside from missing the bridging loop and some of the secondary channels, this is a pretty darn good version of it.

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Title: Yehat Theme -- Army REMIX
Filename: yehat.it
Posted Sat 27th Aug 2016
Rated 3 / 10
The analysis reads as follows:

Subject: Yehat Theme -- Army REMIX.
Data: Someone by the handle of "Obsetrver of the GTSC4" took it upon themselves to try and add on to Riku Nuottajarvi's original Yehat theme from Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters. However, whoever this "Obsetrver" is clearly had no formal knowledge of music and just piled-on a bunch of echo and extra drum samples "so it doesn't sound so old and pathetic."
Summary: Our scientists aren't real sure what the creator of this thing was going for, but they all agree: They missed the hell out of the mark.

That's the end of our scientists' report.

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Title: Volcano wastelands
Filename: volcano_wastelands.xm
Posted Sat 6th Aug 2016
Rated 8 / 10
One of three (?) unused songs for the freeware game simply known as "HEROES". (It's an acronym for "Horses Enjoy Riding Over Empty Spaces".) This one pretty much says it all in the description... and I agree. It's a very lovely tribal-style song suitable for a volcanic wasteland. I also appreciate the fact this song isn't high-intensity, like most "volcano" or "fire-lands" songs tend to be.

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Title: volcano
Filename: volcano.mod
Posted Sat 6th Aug 2016
Rated 8 / 10
Now this is a charming little piece of music which sounds like it would fit in with any number of Amiga 500 game soundtracks, such as Risky Woods. It really doesn't put one in mind of a "volcano", but it certainly makes me think of a tropical island that might have a volcano. It's quite peaceful and enjoyable to listen to.

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Title: guruguru
Filename: guruguru.mod
Posted Sat 6th Aug 2016
Rated 2 / 10
I think this can simply be described as "the worst kind of ambient noise". It's just a bunch of rhythmic, electronic noises, yodeling, and "ding" sounds. It's also really loud.

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Title: Faxanadu: World Trunk
Filename: fwt-f99.it
Posted Fri 29th Jul 2016
Rated 6 / 10
A very chipper and lively rendition of the Tower of Trunk area theme. A little too lively, in fact... It gets a bit busy and noisy at-parts. Still though, not a bad remix.

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Title: faxanadu(j.tql)
Filename: jellydog-faxanadu.xm
Posted Fri 29th Jul 2016
Rated 5 / 10
It's the theme from Faxanadu. Like, almost exactly as it was on the NES, complete with square, triangle, and noise samples. What more can be said?

Good replication.

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Title: Faxanadu Overworld (Mel)
Filename: faxanadu_overworld_mel.s3m
Posted Fri 29th Jul 2016
Rated 7 / 10
Very few changes necessary, as evidenced by this piece. The original Tower of Trunk area theme was really catchy and not much was added to this version... but why fix something that ins't broken. Right?

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Title: Faxanadu Guru Remix (Mel)
Filename: faxanadu_guru_remix_mel.s3m
Posted Fri 29th Jul 2016
Rated 7 / 10
The original version of this tune was pretty short and simple, so they remixed it a little and added more to it. It sounds pretty neat, though in-context, I can't imagine most people would hear the latter half of the tune... which is where it really picks up.

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Title: Faxanadu Fog Valley (Mel)
Filename: faxanadu_fog_valley_mel.s3m
Posted Fri 29th Jul 2016
Rated 8 / 10
This is a pretty creepy and very nice remix of the Tower of Mist area theme. It keeps the eerie feeling of the original while adding a bit more to the composition.

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Title: Chuck Rock Theme
Filename: chkrk.xm
Posted Tue 14th Jun 2016
Rated 6 / 10
Exactly what it says on the tin: A FastTracker rendition of the Chuck Rock theme with some higher-quality samples.

The guitar sounds a bit odd in some places, since it wasn't tuned quite right... but otherwise, pretty good.

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Title: Chuck Rock
Filename: chuck.s3m
Posted Tue 14th Jun 2016
Rated 7 / 10
Now, with a name like "Chuck Rock", you'd think it would be a rendition of the title theme from the game of the same name.

It is not.

However, what it is... is a very nice original piece of music with lots of brass, good melodies, and a darn good beat. It's pretty groovy.

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Title: Pogo Avec CrazyHorse
Filename: pogo_avec_crazyhorse.mod
Posted Wed 8th Jun 2016
Rated 2 / 10
I'm... not really sure you can actually call this "music". It's basically a minute-and-a-half of a French guy strumming a guitar and singing something I don't quite understand. There's some drums, too... I dunno. It's surreal and kind of annoying.

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Title: zoolook
Filename: bd_zoo.xm
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 7 / 10
Ah, now we're talkin'! This is a pretty nice little loop of Jean Michel Jarre's "Zoolook" done in Spectrum ZX or Commodore 64-style, complete with wavering notes. There's a little bit of flair to this one toward the end, too.

I dig it.

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Title: zoolook
Filename: speed-head_-_zoolook.mod
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 2 / 10
This is an... interesting... remix of Zoolook. The basic song is in there somewhere... but for the most part, it's kind of buried in a bunch of random digital samples. Kind of distracting, to say the least...

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Title: Zoolook remix
Filename: zoolook2.xm
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 3 / 10
I honestly can't say I'm much of a fan of this. It kind of misses the feeling of the original song by increasing the tempo (while slowing down the vocal loop) and just sounds a bit... strange, overall.

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Title: zoolook
Filename: travolta_-_zoolook.mod
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 4 / 10
Well... it's a rendition of Zoolook that heavily samples from the original and doesn't quite loop correctly.

Not much else to say about it...

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Title: zoolook
Filename: tu_zoo.xm
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 6 / 10
Hey now, this isn't bad at all! It's a little short, "chiptune-style" loop of Jean Michel Jarre's "Zoolook" that honestly wouldn't sound too out-of-place in a video game. I kinda dig it!

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Title: zoolook-4mat
Filename: zoolook-4mat.mod
Posted Tue 7th Jun 2016
Rated 8 / 10
If you've heard the original Zoolook by Jean Michel Jarre, this is pretty much a 1:1 recreation of that song in four channels. And a pretty darn good one, at that! It uses some of the typical samples of the time, as well as a couple of vocal samples from the original, and makes for a very nice rendition of a weird and wonderful electronica song.

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Title: 12th Warrior rmx
Filename: 12th_warrior_remix.xm
Posted Sun 5th Jun 2016
Rated 7 / 10
Remember that great tune by Dr. Awesome, "12th Warrior"? Well, take that song, speed it up, add some pretty significant beats to it, and that's what you get here.

This remix uses all the samples from the original song, plus a few new ones. It also uses heavily-modified patterns from the original. Ironically, I would have liked to have heard more of the original song in this remix, but this is still a good song to get the blood pumping and your hear boppin'.

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Title: cyborgjeff-ale-vst.it
Filename: cyborgjeff-ale-vst.it
Posted Wed 20th Apr 2016
Rated 8 / 10
Apparently, this is an earlier version of the song called "fl00d 0f 3n3r9g" (or "Flood of Energy") -- at least according to both Nectarine Radio and Cyborg Jeff own website. I'd say that's an appropriate title, given the sounds of coursing electricity and the overall energetic feel from this relaxed dance tune. It's quite a nice piece of music!

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Title: The Yeah Song
Filename: yeah.mod
Posted Mon 18th Apr 2016
Rated 7 / 10
I'm actually in direct disagreement with the 3/10 comment for this piece of music. It mostly consists of a drum beat and bouncy synth sample with a couple of "yeah" samples played in a pleasant rhythm and a couple of breakdowns within the song itself. This may make it a simple module file, but I personally find it charming. The quotes from Plan Nine from Outer Space used at the start and finish of the song are kind of fun, too.

If you like intentionally silly module music, this is probably something you'd enjoy.

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Title: Robocop 3 / Alien
Filename: robocop3.xm
Posted Thu 14th Apr 2016
Rated 9 / 10
This is amazing! If you're at all familiar with the original RoboCop 3 tune by Jeroen Tel, this version by Alien of the Warriors of Wasteland will knock your socks off! It takes the original tune and enhances it in all the right ways with high-quality digital samples, but unlike some arrangements, it doesn't remix the song to any noticeable degree. And that's good!

I highly recommend this.

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Title: Dreams Come True
Filename: DREAMS.MOD
Posted Mon 11th Apr 2016
Rated 8 / 10
This song was actually used in the Megazeux game "Cans III", which is how I stumbled upon it. It's a melodic, uplifting piece written by Ted Falkowsky.

The song uses some low-size SAM samples you've probably heard in other Protracker modules. It's also a little repetitive in a way, but has a good build-up with a satisfying "chorus" and is just a lot of fun to listen to. Sadly, this isn't a song that's built with looping in mind, but it does have a nice ending regardless.

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Title: coffee blues ii
Filename: coffee-blues_2.mod
Posted Mon 11th Apr 2016
Rated 8 / 10
I honestly don't know where I found this originally, though I apparently found it back in 2000. Wow! But regardless of where or how, I'm glad I found this. It's a really nice kind of piece of music that picks you up when you're feeling down. Kinda like a good cup of coffee, but for your ears.

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Title: Gravedigger's Dance
Filename: gravedig.xm
Posted Mon 14th Mar 2016
Rated 8 / 10
As the musician said, it's kind of inspired by all the laserdance music he listened to while working a boring job at a graveyard, and it shows! This is a pretty awesome piece of dance music.

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