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Ghoulies and Ghosties (arc-ghoulies.s3m)

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  • arc-ghoulies.s3m is a S3M format module. Uncompressed, it is 344.95KB in size and has been downloaded 100 times since Sun 24th Jan 2021 :D

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  • Mod Archive ID: 191134
  • Downloads: 100
  • Favourited: 0 times
  • MD5: 867884503cfa19afeba9b9541647ddfe
  • Format: S3M
  • Channels: 11
  • Uncompressed Size: 344.95KB
  • Genre: Halloween

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artist Composed in October 1996. The title comes from a phrase from a children’s book I remembered, which talked about “ghoulies and ghosties and three-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night!” This apparently was originally from a Scottish poem where they are written as “long-leggedy beasties” but according to my memory it was “three-leggedy.”

After having completed a fairly serious-sounding song in Dark Star (final), I wanted to have a bit of fun, so I made a Halloween track. The bassline was inspired by some background music I heard in a Halloween episode of a TV series I watched at the time, possibly Home Improvement. Other musical inspiration was probably from the Rise of the Triad soundtrack song “Chant” and the Phantom of the Opera main theme / Echoes by Pink Floyd.

The sound effect samples come from Rise of the Triad and Full Tilt Pinball (which may have come packaged with our family computer). This was (I think) the first time I used the “floating tempo” technique: alternating a slow and fast tempo on consecutive lines throughout the song to create a “groove” effect. This was also the next-to-last time I used my favorite guitar sample of my early tracking days, which I first used in Segue and would use for the final time in Pretzelstock.

Overall this song has a decent idea but I wasn’t fond of the ending. The guitars kind of took away from the haunted mansion feel I was going for, and they were absurdly loud when I added the higher notes. The Homer Simpson sample at the end was completely unnecessary. A year later, I created another Halloween song called The Creeping House, which is far better. It even briefly uses the same idea behind the bass line, but I wouldn’t call the song a remake.
- arcturus

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Info Internal Texts *

Zap Kick           Pinion
Zap Snare          Pinion
Looping Bass           PM
Thunder              ROTT
Skeleton             ROTT
chicago wind          Sub
Organ                Ratz
Eerie Choir           Sub
Metal Guitar          Sub
InsaneLaugh.sample   Mark
InsaneLaugh2.sample  Mark
tomdrum          Unripped
Reveresed Cymbal
High Crash
Howling Gargoyle      FTP
Dragon's Growl        FTP
Screamin' drama queen

An S3M by Arcturus=======
========Build:  Oh, 2 hrs

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Celebrate Halloween with
this fun, voice sample
laden S3M!  A few of the
samples are from games,
a couple from Rise of the
Triad (ROTT) and a couple
from Full Tilt Pinball

Enjoy.  And have a
ghoulish evening...

(c) 1996 Nucleus Software

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