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Wander Fool   [2008]

Wander Fool Release Date :
30 November 2008

Type :
C64 Music

Released At :
The Last Compo™

Achievements :
C64 Music Competition at The Last Compo™ :  #10

User rating:awaiting 5 votes (1 left)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Music .... _V_ of 64ever, Padua, Raiders of the Lost Empire, Viruz, Warriors of the Wasteland

SIDs used in this release :
Wander Fool(/MUSICIANS/M/Merken_Vincent/Wander_Fool.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by Linus on 15 December 2008
Please do so, Arch. Vincent for president.
User Comment
Submitted by Archmage on 15 December 2008
Parts of this I like a lot (the initial lead sequence for instance), parts of it I like less. But the parts of it I like makes me curious about your other stuff. Will check out.
User Comment
Submitted by _V_ on 11 December 2008
So after looking at the comments here and on the compo page, I think I should explain.

This tune was designed with one thing in mind: create the feeling I have when thinking about the fact that I'm competing in the last of the SID compos. And that feeling is that I'm torn: on the one hand, I want to stay in the compo forever, in this great place, I don't want to go anywhere else (so I wander around, back and forth, restless). On the other hand, the end is inevitable, and I know it - I'm a fool for thinking otherwise. I'm Wander Fool.

I designed the tune to have these two elements in it (indecisiveness, staying in the same spot but forced to an ending nonetheless). Which is why the chord progression is the same (not an original concept, I believe Ravel did the Bolero and I recall Tiesto did Elements of Life more recently), why it's "messy", why it isn't "tight" and why the lead goes nowhere - it's supposed to stay in the same place until I force everything into the end phase and start deconstructing.

So yeah, it appears the things noticed out there, these concepts, have been intentional. It saddens me that they have been perceived as negatives :(. Hopefully, some of you will rediscover this tune some day.

Usage of tremolos: obviously, I had to loop through the tune a lot - to me, the currently applied tremolos are the best combination for prolonged listening. The tune isn't 6'24" long actually - it's much longer as it needs to work itself into your system.

Oh, and this: it was all originally designed in 4x but at 4 minutes of music I suddenly noticed that the JCH packer doesn't pack it as 4x but 1x instead. Replaying it at 4x in Time Noter resulted in a garbled mess, so I had to work the sounds down and recompose everything in 1x - too bad, the percussion and melody were much crisper in 4x.

Just to say that it wasn't a rush job, either, Jammer.
User Comment
Submitted by DRAX on 11 December 2008
Not your best tune... Still ok... Like you X tune way better ;)
User Comment
Submitted by psych858o on 11 December 2008
_V_ I thought you going to end up much higher. I dig your style matey.
User Comment
Submitted by _V_ on 4 December 2008
About the lead going nowhere... perhaps there was a reason why this is called Wander Fool?
User Comment
Submitted by Stainless Steel on 4 December 2008
What Drax said. The tie notes feel a bit forced in parts. Otherwise nice tune.
User Comment
Submitted by DRAX on 4 December 2008
Don't like the tie-note thingies in this tune... The lead seems to go no where... Nice parts here and there though...
User Comment
Submitted by Dane on 1 December 2008
I think the only thing annoying me is that the chord progression keeps repeating. Apart from that it has both dynamics and expression. If this is not Vincent he should sue for instrument theft!
User Comment
Submitted by Motion on 1 December 2008
Cool vibes... I like it.
User Comment
Submitted by Jazzcat on 1 December 2008
Love the lead (reminds me of the tune from Revealed Issue #1 by Laxity somehow). Lovely tune and catchy! It also reminds me of the tunes by Danko in the Sh0ck magazine.
User Comment
Submitted by Mace on 30 November 2008
Technically very well done, but not as catchy as some others in the compo.
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