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Title: Get high
Filename: get_high.s3m
Posted Thu 12th Jun 2014
Rated 4 / 10
Ouch. Extra cheesy 1990s Eurodance attack, complete with out-of-tune shower singing, recorded with a three dollar headset. Not my sort of thing, but hilarious. :)

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Title: o mamma mia
Filename: o_mamma_mia.mod
Posted Tue 3rd Jun 2014
Rated 9 / 10
Short, endlessly entertaining whatshouldIcallthisgenre music; Love the contrasting halves and racing guitars.

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Title: pyramid complex
Filename: pyramid_complex.it
Posted Sun 25th May 2014
Rated 6 / 10
This mod is interesting, if only for using so much to achieve so little.

It's excessive in size, has 2 MByte samples, that could be cut down to a few KBytes if looped properly and so on. There are also 64 channels, but mostly for the heck of it.

If all this would add up to a complex, long and interesting song, that would be fine, but it's "just" an overly hectic, stumbling, short and busy-looking Goa track.

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Title: <<SaKaYaMa KuKImOtO>>
Filename: bst_saka.it
Posted Sun 25th May 2014
Rated 4 / 10
A sub-par techno banger with taxing pitch ramped, chiptune-y sound effects all over the place. Listenable, but barely so.

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Title: Stress
Filename: netrunner_-_stress.xm
Posted Thu 22nd May 2014
Rated 7 / 10
If you were tasked to do a song on the topic of "stress", you could do worse than this. Although (by nature) taxing and repetitive, this concept piece is all about the Ying and Yang of tension and relief.

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Title: Every Brth You Take
Filename: BREATH.MOD
Posted Wed 21st May 2014
Rated 6 / 10
Ahh. The example MOD that comes with ModEdit 2.0; Incredibly pedestrian cover version of the old The Police hit.

But likely very memorable for those who heard a MOD file play for the first time on a mono Soundblaster card and a 286 PC way back in 1991. ;)

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Title: das produkt - loader
Filename: das_produkt_-_loader.xm
Posted Sun 18th May 2014
Rated 8 / 10
Cute and faithful reproduction of the fr-08 loading tune. I don't suppose Nula wants to do "the rest" as well. ;)

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Title: rebuilt
Filename: rebuilt.xm
Posted Fri 16th May 2014
Rated 9 / 10
The music to Doomsday's Shingles is more than the sum of its few and frugal parts. There's a pronounced melancholy in those lucid brooding low-pass filtered sounds. And as the frequencies lose altitude to get lower and lower towards the end, the song pikes the ground and drags you along with it.

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Title: professionaltracker
Filename: hoffman_and_daytripper_-_professional_tracker.mod
Posted Thu 15th May 2014
Rated 6 / 10
Another rocking breakbeat blaster out of Hoffman's breakbeat blaster factory. Not much to compl..

Oh, wait: There's the god-awful rapping. A -4 penalty for that. :P

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Title: * MaF LanD *
Filename: mafland.xm
Posted Wed 14th May 2014
Rated 8 / 10
Groovy 1980s French Circus Pop (tm). What's not to love. :)

(this is the first, original and probably least interesting version of this track. There's also the better "preview" version and another "remake", both available at http://www.maf464.com)

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Title: Dozen Doves Divided
Filename: ac-ddd.it
Posted Sun 11th May 2014
Rated 5 / 10
An unconvincing exercise in constant key changing. This tune is going for melodic originality, but - to my ears at least - to no avail.

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Title: Crossroads
Filename: nwk-road.xm
Posted Sun 11th May 2014
Rated 9 / 10
Ha, I recognize that one; Who could forget the wailing guitars (straight outta some 1991 Amiga mod), the hammy beats, the playful bass lines. And the piano glitter on top of it all. What a wonderful cheesecake of a tune.

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Title: picture of her
Filename: xr-pict.xm
Posted Sat 10th May 2014
Rated 8 / 10
Ah, the beautiful face and its ugly mole, or, to put it differently, the sure fire classic that stumbles over a basic flaw.

Because, really: What the frigg is it with the "Sommersmogbestimmung" (#15) sample. Why is it even there? Why repeat it constantly? It's an awful and useless addition and pulls me out of the otherwise great ambience of this song. Bummer. But at least you can mute it selectively, it's an XM module after all.

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Title: marie
Filename: xr-marie.xm
Posted Sat 10th May 2014
Rated 10 / 10
The bee's knees. If you had to pick just one XM file, this would be a pretty decent choice. Even the vocals, usually sorry nightmarish pitfalls of inaptitude and cringe factor number one, fall gracefully and subtly in line. 10/10.

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Title: 1 channel !!!
Filename: 1_channel_moog.it
Posted Fri 9th May 2014
Rated 7 / 10
A 5/10 miniature loop, elevated by 10/10 craftsmanship bonus points.

So, yep, it's a very cool *.IT format tech feat piece, but the actual music? Mhmmm. It's quite alright, I guess. :)

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Title: herr_weltschaft_-_kasparov.xm
Filename: herr_weltschaft_-_kasparov.xm
Posted Fri 9th May 2014
Rated 8 / 10
Kasparov, named after the, by 1999 best chess player in the world, was a tour de-force realtime demo by Elitegroup, the half-joking, half-not joking "very good"(tm) German concept Demoscene group that wanted to kickstart a stagnant and boring scene. And did. For a bit at least. Relentless and hypnotic, Kasparov's endless matchbox shaped spider armies and sinister empty park house levels can still make an impression today, some 15 years later. It's a different age in computer graphics, yet, and still, "everything is under control".

And here's the soundtrack in all its post-processed, originally mp3 sample packed and re-added, baked-in real-time effects glory. At over 5 Mbyte size and 11 minutes running length, it sure is a behemoth of an XM file, but well worth it, as even with only half the impact, it remains an impressive feat. For the real deal, watch the demo.

(Rating? I'm going with "8 - Very Good", of course)

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Title: Love Is Unity
Filename: loveunit.it
Posted Tue 6th May 2014
Rated 5 / 10
Sinister stuff. Vexing and broken too. Almost a-musical and very arbitrary in many places, it's certainly no masterpiece of whatever genre this might belong to (Industrial Goa Noise?), but it kept me interested for a while.

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Title: Fax on the run
Filename: esau_-_fax_on_the_run.mod
Posted Tue 6th May 2014
Rated 9 / 10
High octane new-school Protracker stuff. Top notch sample baking, sequencing, beat-slicing. If you'd put some EQ and reverb on it, limit the stereo-ness and levels, you'd have a professional product from 20+ year old software and even older hardware.

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Title: doclandia
Filename: doclandia.mod
Posted Sun 4th May 2014
Rated 9 / 10
Elevator music of the highest caliber. Awesome.

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Title: broken coin
Filename: broken_coin.mod
Posted Sun 4th May 2014
Rated 10 / 10
This guy is probably the best tracking dude I've never known (that's what I get for never owning Amigaaaah 'puters!); Anyway: Another delightful tour-de-force mod by Dreamer. High-end virtuosity in only four channels and 255kb. 10/10, would listen again.

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Title: black queen
Filename: black_queen.mod
Posted Fri 2nd May 2014
Rated 9 / 10
A great mod to _watch_ in an editor. Its frantic, clever programming, bordering on crazy, will make you laugh. A great concept piece. But not exactly made for listening purposes.

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Title: Timeless
Filename: timeless.s3m
Posted Sun 9th Feb 2014
Rated 8 / 10
A genuine and well done punk rock song packed into a ~600kb ST3 module.

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Title: Soul-o-matic
Filename: soul-o-m.mod
Posted Tue 4th Feb 2014
Rated 9 / 10
One of the best disco-funk MODs you can find. Insane drum patterns.

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Title: Onward
Filename: onward.xm
Posted Wed 22nd Jan 2014
Rated 10 / 10
For the uninitiated, this is the final (and quite a bit shorter version) of the "dope" soundtrack, the famous MS-DOS demo by Complex, probably _the_ quintessential Demoscene production of the mid-1990s, that pushed the envelope of what was possible in realtime animation and music at the time, long before the advent of 3d accelerator cards and mp3. Definitely a classic and must-know/have for everyone into mod music or the Demoscene at large.

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Title: hang on, dude
Filename: pnq-hang.it
Posted Sat 6th Apr 2013
Rated 9 / 10
From the times before paniq got "big" with his Jeskola Buzz music, he made mostly straight forward drum'n'bass tracks in Impulse Tracker. This pretty cool circus dub tune is a rare exception. Skillfully tracked and still sounds great.

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Title: Mhian
Filename: mhian.it
Posted Sat 6th Apr 2013
Rated 10 / 10
Ah, yes, Mhian.it; best mod ever, or bestet mod ever? When I first heard it, it sounded like no other mod I heard before and it's still a rather unique oddity among mods. Real guitars, lyrics in made-up German (Icelandic? Albanian? Impossible to tell). It's goofy, it's catchy, nonsensical and brilliant.

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Title: mirkwood tales
Filename: riv.xm
Posted Sat 6th Apr 2013
Rated 9 / 10
One of those files really missing from the archive, so I had to upload it. Incredibly catchy and smooth. One of my favourites for sure. :)

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Title: Ghost in the CLI
Filename: ghost_in_the_cli.mod
Posted Wed 3rd Apr 2013
Rated 8 / 10
Hoffman's more recent tracks are a good example for how professional a 4 channel 8-bit Amiga Protracker mod can still sound, if you're willing to go the extra mile. That means: Very well prepared samples (baking in all the post-processing effects, getting the tuning right), relentless speed and exact timing everywhere.

Still, the biggest and most obvious selling point here is the sampled GITS2 soundtrack, which frankly, I always considered to be a vastly inferior permutation of the original GITS1 soundtrack, which is a real classic among film soundtracks. Check out Kenji Kawai's live concert medley on youtube, it's quite brilliant. :)

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Title: w a x x e l e r a t e d
Filename: willbe-waxxelerated-ep.it
Posted Sat 30th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
Instrumental hip-hop EP, almost 30 minutes long. A bit vexing at limes, but like most Willbe stuff, this is - for the most part - very slick and soothing. :)

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Title: a king is born
Filename: a_king_is_born.mod
Posted Fri 29th Mar 2013
Rated 6 / 10
Meh. Average Amiga-Pop in my book. Very rough around the edges too. Also: "Genre: Blues", uhmm? ;)

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Title: starballczolowka
Filename: jakub_husak_-_starballczolowka.mod
Posted Fri 29th Mar 2013
Rated 7 / 10
Playful, catchy stuff. Not the best, but waayy better than 4/10. :)

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Title: spadaj!!!
Filename: jakub_husak_-_spadaj.mod
Posted Fri 29th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
Neat and funny "a cappella" style mod. Recommended. :)

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Title: MacGyver Theme
Filename: klu_mac.xm
Posted Fri 29th Mar 2013
Rated 4 / 10
Plain weird (and not in a good way) rendition of the popular TV series main theme. Instruments don't fit. Chords sound messed up too.

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Title: mamba heimo
Filename: mamba_heimo.mod
Posted Fri 29th Mar 2013
Rated 7 / 10
Oddball, plucky hindi breakbeat. More off the rails and into the mud than the usual muffler fare. Part 2 is a let down though, it is basically a short outro to this piece.

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Title: ter4
Filename: goto80-ter4.mod
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
Do me a favour and google "pilgrim progress" and watch the brilliant no-budget music video that was made for this track.

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Title: atbia3
Filename: atbia3.xm
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
The nonstop ibiza experience O.S.T. featuring one of the best endless loop parts you can find in a mod. Very broken and very serene.

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Title: piis
Filename: piis.xm
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 9 / 10
My favourite muffler track, period. On the surface, this is just another 64k haujobb intro banger (from one of the "licht" ones here, forgot what part exactly), but it does the (ahem) job so well. Very efficient tracking, no big melodies, just pure drive.

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Title: 94956
Filename: Kngdmsky.xm
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 10 / 10
While I'm not sure if this is an original piece or some tracked "re-imagination" (there are no credits in the mod), this is excellent work and back then in 1995, it was a welcome departure from all the bucket loads of throw-away techno/trance that dominated the tracking scene. Still very pleasant to listen to and a rare gem not very many people seem to know of.

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Title: yuki satellites
Filename: radix_-_yuki_satellites.xm
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
Oh, so this a mod too, for the longest time I only knew and listened to the mp3 rendition, which is slightly different, more concise, but just as good. At 10+ Mbyte this is surely close to the upper limit of what I've ever seen in mod file sizes and more than twice the size of the mp3, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a really well crafted, slick sounding tune. Also nice: the final endless loop, a feature obviously not found in the mp3. :)

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Title: medithor
Filename: p-rat_-_medithor.xm
Posted Wed 27th Mar 2013
Rated 8 / 10
The ideal diskmag background music. Repetitive, but not annoyingly so, upbeat, but not too forceful either. A decent mix of ambient and beat-driven elements. Neat.

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