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Arctic Circles   [2006]

Arctic Circles Released by :

Release Date :
24 December 2006

Type :
C64 Music

Released At :
The SID Compo VI

Achievements :
C64 Music Competition at The SID Compo VI :  #1

User rating:*********_  9.4/10 (30 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.7/10 (14 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Music .... Dane of Booze Design

SIDs used in this release :
Arctic Circles(/MUSICIANS/M/Mitch_and_Dane/Dane/Arctic_Circles.sid)

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Submitted by Dane on 1 August 2017
I realised I never really commented on this tune myself.

Originally a piano piece in Protracker inspired by Michael Nyman's work, this is one of my first tests with a detuned lead voice - or actually an entire detuned channel. That gives it a phaser quality. The filter isn't used until the first time the chorus kicks in.

The tune was eventually named Arctic Circles after my guild in a mmorpg game...but also for the serenity that falls over things when they're frozen.

I'm really happy that people have liked it and that it has stood the test of time, so to speak.
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Submitted by Kristian on 6 November 2014
This tune somehow went under the radar. Beautyful stuff!
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Submitted by PAL on 6 November 2014
stein posted this on our forum today and man I must say this is absolutely stunning, been on loop for all day here almost!
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Submitted by Stone on 17 March 2014
A masterpiece. \o/
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Submitted by rez on 11 March 2014
Well, it's probably my favourite SID.

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Submitted by celticdesign on 11 May 2013
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Submitted by Sixx on 2 February 2012
Not only one of my favorite SID songs of all time, but one of my favorite songs overall of all time. Absolutely fabulous!
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 1 February 2012
This wonderful piece is a melodic knockout. Arman's SID is a little more addressed to me but it doesn't mean that "Arctic Circles" less by any mean. Inspiring!
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Submitted by Peacemaker on 9 January 2012
wonderful tune. i love it.
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Submitted by Flex on 26 October 2010
Marvellous piece of music. Just heard it for the first time yesterday. Had to come back for another round..
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 29 November 2009
Dane, I always said I liked your gfx and coding skills alot better than the composing skills - but how can I keep this up when you go ahead like this???
This tune is wonderful, and absolutely my favourite from what I've heart from you.
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Submitted by Archmage on 22 April 2008
Stumbled across this by chance yesterday, and it just blew me away. And I would never have thought that a tune without percussion could do that. In places this gives me shivers down my spine. Just very very beautiful. I can't say it strongly enough. Hands down 10.
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Submitted by Mace on 9 January 2008
What Zabutom says: goosebumps.
And there aren't too many SIDs that achieve that with me...
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Submitted by macx on 11 February 2007
OMFG! I just discovered this one. LUV-LY Dane, you are one brilliant artist. Brightening up my spirit every time.
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Submitted by JackAsser on 28 December 2006
Simply love it and I agree with 2F, it also took me like 2s to hear it's Dane and seriously Dane this tune screams YOU. But then again, I've listened to all Dane's tunes on repeat for like forever so...

All in all super nice! :D Way to go Stellan.
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Submitted by HCL on 27 December 2006
GoOdie goodie :), and as we go deeper and deeper into the dark winter (Hmm, do we really!?) this tune just fits better and better.
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Submitted by blackdroid on 27 December 2006
happy, happy, joy joy!
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Submitted by jailbird on 27 December 2006
CreaMD and BD mates, your aggressive attitude doesn't suit the holiday spirit! :'(

Look up on Intensity, he's all positive and stuff!
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Submitted by Intensity on 27 December 2006
This tune makes me fly and float! Thumbs up! A great piece of SID-art!
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Submitted by Hein on 27 December 2006
My no.1 tune in the compo. Cool progressions we don't hear often enough, and switching filters 'n stuff just when I think, yes, now it is time to take a turn. It is tempting to say the very first seconds remind me of... but I won't. :) I definately didn't guess it was Dane's tune either. Maybe I haven't heard enough of his music to recognize certain typical details. Hope you'll make more of these tunes without rythm section, Dane.
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Submitted by CreaMD on 27 December 2006
BD: how about reading what I wrote more carefuly? I can't find the passage accusing you of parotting of the popular opinion. Actually I can't find anything insulting there (maybe) except of disagreeing with you about this particular tune. (for which I have good reason and solid backstage info)
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Submitted by Tao on 27 December 2006
My first guess was Dane, and it was indeed the correct one. If you've been along all the way, hearing early tunes such as Trick Bag, Capacious, Imaginary Visions, Voyages Through Time and Space etc, it was quite easy to imagine Dane being the author.

This tune was my instant favourite. The other tunes in the competition has shifted positions in my rankings quite a lot after repeated listens (and I don't think I'd vote the same way now as I originally did), but this one remains #1.
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Submitted by blackdroid on 27 December 2006
@cream: I did not post a comment to get in line behind what a supposed majority thinks, I posted a comment on what I think, is that a too hard a concept to grasp for you perhaps ?
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Submitted by CreaMD on 26 December 2006
BD, see how many people didn't expect Dane behind this tune, I think it's because this time it's opposite to what you say. ;-) It's raw, hearty and very sincere.
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Submitted by dalezy on 26 December 2006
what an epic tune.
what i find amazing is that people who dealed with dane's early tunage knew that it's him, while me and several others didn't even slightly think of dane being the creator of this one.
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Submitted by blackdroid on 26 December 2006
hm dunno I just feel that he polishes the same material/feeling/aestethics over and over. And as always good sounds.
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Submitted by Twoflower on 26 December 2006
One of Dane's absolutely best compositions ever - and I believe I have heard most of everything he ever made. It took me 2 seconds of listening to identify the composer behind it, yet there are many people who couldn't grasp the Dane in this tune even if they had it written on their noses. Obviously, these people haven't been blessed with built-in Dane tunes in their graphic-editors since -93.
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Submitted by Dr.Voice on 26 December 2006
To be honest, it took a few listens for me to start liking it and I love it now. :)
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Submitted by CreaMD on 26 December 2006
Everytime I listen to this tune, my brain starts surfing on the melodical waves, I'm taking a very deep breath and my hearth feels like if it is going to explode.
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Submitted by jailbird on 25 December 2006
I don't know too much about sid music but for me this is something more than perfect. A C64 opus, truly amazing. *drool*
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