Ghoulies and Ghosties (arc-ghoulies.s3m)
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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.
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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 WHATWSTH.WAV ************************* An S3M by Arcturus======= ========Build: Oh, 2 hrs ===========3:25========== ************************* /---| | | | | o | | | |-\ | /-\ || | | /\ /- | | |\ | | || | | -- \ \---/ || \_/ \/ | | | > \ / AND | /---| | | -|-o | | | |-\ | /-\/- | | /\ /- | | |\ | |\ | | -- \ \---/ || \_/ > | | | > / \ / 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 (FTP). Enjoy. And have a ghoulish evening... (c) 1996 Nucleus Software