Oh! The Suspense! (arc-suspense.s3m)
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The title made it pretty obvious that I was trying to make a song that focused on building suspense. So for that reason, I didn’t put in any kind of big hook - it’s basically a long intro. Well, not THAT long, like the other songs in the CPDP collection, it’s only around 90 seconds.
So, same deal as with its siblings: composed hastily, with little regard for quality, so I could get course credit. I don’t think the samples are really in tune with each other, particularly the lead and the bass. If I remaster this, I might have to change the pitch on something.
The lead is from a song called Jupiter, a well-known S3M by Trash. This was my first time using it, but not my last - I would soon put it to use again in Colony Rigel 3.
One subtle thing I noticed from this song that I didn’t realize - I slightly increase the tempo with each new pattern. So basically, every time I add an instrument, it gets slightly faster. It’s not much, but it’s a subtle indication that I was starting to come up with some coherent plans for how I would construct my songs.
Still not very good, though.
About CPDP: In the summer of 1996 I was in a computer programming / data processing class, and the teacher let me compose songs in Scream Tracker for class credit. I put together six hastily prepared songs:
Oh the Suspense
They are all short, low-quality, and made quickly so I could get course credit. Look at CPDP for more context about this series.
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Kwik Bass SY35.Brass.Lead Snare Reg Hihat Bweep! OH! The Suspense! by Arcturus It's killing me! In this song, you're expecting some power music like I usually write. :) In actuality, you get a short and silent new-age techno-ish tune that leaves you feeling unsatisfied! No powerful stuff like you hear in Segue, Outcast ][ or CP/DP. Oh well. You all deserve it, you've been spoiled! :) -Arcturus (c) 1996 Nucleus software