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  • Doppler Angler
  • theworstmusicianintheworld
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This is a walkaround theme for Sollux. I have named it Doppler AnglerDoppler as in red shift and blue shift, and angler because Feferi was a nice catch. Obviously this is also a pun on the term doppelgänger.

One of the main goals here was to allude to themes of bipolar disorder and acceptance of death, and I managed that about as well as I ever could have hoped. The minor-major-minor key modulation was inspired by some of the saddest music I’ve ever heard, and the choice of instruments was driven largely by a close second from the game Terranigma. You should all go play that, by the way.

I guess that’s all?

  • March of the Batterwitch
  • Mark "Shadolith" Nabors
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March of the Batterwitch

This is one of my submissions to the Homestuck album contest.

As a theme for Betty Crocker, the piano intro is meant to evoke an image of the batterwitch scheming in her kitchen. As the song evolves, I tried to conjure the image of her walking outside to look upon her army of drones, marching into battle.

I ran out of time, but I was planning to add an ambient wash of kitchen sounds that I recorded to complement the piano solo. I’ve been informed that I’ll be allowed to make such changes before the final album version if this song is accepted.

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The sentry’s dead.  Our worm is lost.

This is an updated and improved version of “Funeral for a Worm,” a dirge for Sentry Worm.  I had a go at submitting it as my third entry (before it ended, ofc), so we’ll see if Toby accepts it (not that it matters either way, really).

As previously noted, this is a remix of Explore by George Buzinkai.

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“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.”

-Former Vice President and Environmental Activist Icon Al Gore

This is my second endeavor into digital music, and my second entry to the Homestuck music contest, titled “Ocean Stars Burning."  It’s a theme for the Genesis Frog, also known as Bilious Slick, and a remix of Mark Hadley’s "Ocean Stars."  I’m a big fan of Ocean Stars (and I was thrilled to see Bowman’s "Ocean Stars Falling” on the latest album), so it was a lot of fun to work with.  I thought it served as a good placid contrast to Bilious’ sad, doomed fate.

The track utilizes this swamp ambient from OpenGameArt by LokiF (http://opengameart.org/content/swamp-environment-audio) and the fire sound effect from the end of Cascade. The cover art was mixed up by my brother.