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Aquatic Jive (aquajive.s3m)

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  • aquajive.s3m is a S3M format module. Uncompressed, it is 97.04KB in size and has been downloaded 2767 times since Thu 27th Jul 2000 :D

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  • Mod Archive ID: 33859
  • Downloads: 2767
  • Favourited: 0 times
  • MD5: 855969d62a0795db594b39fb3e99170b
  • Format: S3M
  • Channels: 6
  • Uncompressed Size: 97.04KB
  • Genre: Rock (general)

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artist Composed in July 1996.

This is probably the second song I finished from the CP/DP collection (see CPDP for more context behind this). Like its siblings, I finished this one in a hurry, re-used patterns a lot, and kept it short. I once again built a song around my favorite guitar sample at the time (though I was starting to diversify, I used a different one in CPDP for example).

In this song, I learned how to use the glide-to-note effect, Gxx in Scream/Impulse Tracker. Confusingly, the documentation called this “tone portamento” which I didn’t understand. Once I tried it out, I realized what it could do, and I would end up using this effect quite a lot over time. In a weird quirk of misunderstanding, when I saw this effect used in another song, I saw it preceded by the S89 effect command. I figured this was a prerequisite to doing a glide-to-note effect, so for a little while I always put an S89 before I used any Gxx. What does S89 do? It just sets the stereo panning position to slightly right-of-center, and certainly has nothing to do with Gxx. I realized this myself not too long afterward.

The song itself is basically me doing a bunch of Gxx commands on the guitar sample. I was very amused by how it sounded, and probably went overboard. For flavor, I added a vocal effect of Homer Simpson going “d’oh!” I would later include this in Willy Universe more prominently.

Why did I name it “Aquatic Jive?” It doesn’t sound particularly aquatic at all. Well, I thought the bass sample sounded similar to the bass played in the Launch Octopus stage of Mega Man X. Because that was a water stage, the bass line made me think of underwater.

This song is not great, and as the person who reviewed it says, it’s definitely not one of the best tunes by Arcturus. I agree! I don’t know if it’s in my bottom 10, but it’s close.

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:

Kryptonite Arsenal
Aquatic Jive
Oh the Suspense
The Unbrunchables
Willy Universe

They are all short, low-quality, and made quickly so I could get course credit. Look at CPDP for more context about this series.
- arcturus

Comments Your Comments

member Posted by Gargoyle on Thu 8th Nov 2001, rated 2 / 10.

This tune consists of a very distorted guitar, a bass, drum kit. Simple and unspectacular melody. A few effects and volume column commands used, but not much apart from that worth mentioning. Definitely not one of the best tunes by Arcturus.

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Info Internal Texts *

Dong Bass
Arc's Favorite Guitar!
Snarish Something
Arc's Favorite Cymbal!

Aquatic Jive
by Arcturus

Whoah!  This one is a weird
one!  And yet it is cool!
I don't know how I got it
to use a mere six channels
and still get some pretty
good sound out of it...

Ah well.  Enjoy!

(c) 1996 Mark Abersold

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