Zone 66 Music
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"Music"
My music is like a road accident. It is atrocious, yet some sick people seem to be attracted to it.

There's not much more that needs to be said. Most of this stuff is done using a tracker (ModPlug, which is free).
I've acquired 4 (count them, four) dedicated fans, and several other people who say "hmm that's not awful". I am advised that they are not receiving care in the community.

If you're asking which one to download first, try Work In Progress or Every Waking Moment as everyone seems to say they're the best. Helpful and constructive criticism (like: "OMG you suck. Please stop doing this!") is always graciously received.

Requests for the original .IT, .S3M etc files
To my great surprise a few people have been asking about getting the music in it's original "tracked" form. I don't give it out, sorry. Here's my reasons:
  1. The file size is often larger than the MP3 version
  2. A lot of them use VST plugins that you might not have
  3. They're no good for learning tracking from. If you want to learn how to do it I suggest you go to www.modarchive.com and download some of the smaller tunes from there.
I'm prepared to offer up the samples though since they're mostly royalty free, if you want them then contact me. It'll probably involve you sending me a stamped envelope with your address on it and a blank CD, so I can burn them and send it back to you.


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TheWeevil - Stormrunner (original)
Size: 3.87mb
Time: 3:22
Bitrate: 160kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: unknown
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Hmm. If I was going to show someone my music, this would not be the first track I'd exhibit. Similar to someone playing a synthesiser in a locked toilet while an unstoppable Tesco receipt machine runs rampant to a slightly irritating beepy noise. Yes, I'm always this proud of my work.

The bass is very, very loud in this one to the point of obliterating the rest of it. I've tried to filter it down a bit, but the result is bad quality. This track is only here because the remix of it (also here) was pretty bad, so I want to preserve the original.


TheWeevil - Spellbinder
Size: 7.60mb
Time: 5:31
Bitrate: 192kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: Game/Remix
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Dave of stairwaytohell.com liked my Bug Eyes and Galaforce tracks enough to give them some air-time on the stairwaytohell.com news page, and suggested I have a go at doing Spellbinder's music too. So here it is. Another one just for fun.

Spellbinder was a game that will ring a bell with anyone who's played Encarta's "Mind Maze". You guide your character around a castle solving puzzles and the like while the (eventually irritating) music drones on and on in the background. The music in-game is actually a cover of Midnight Summer Dream by The Stranglers, however I didn't know this until I'd finished the track and was poking around with a hex editor to find out who did the music for the game. Huge apologies to all Stranglers fans.

The guitar stuff in this is quite obviously not my own. One very short one-second sample and CoolEdit Pro 2 for some pitch-shifting and I have a quite funky guitar lead, of which I am reasonably proud. Drum lines are of course my own (I feel guilty using drumloops). From 3mins 31secs in, it clearly rocks.


TheWeevil - Smart Bomb
Size: 3.64mb
Time: 3:10
Bitrate: 160kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: Game
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More ghastly music for Shatter! - A game that was never finished (I was doing music and graphics for it, but the coder lost interest or the will to live). This is in the same style as One Up (below) but has no funky guitar riffs to make it worth listening to. This is supposed to be irritating background music and I think it pulls that off pretty well.


TheWeevil - Rendezvous At Sherbet Mountain
Size: 4.70mb
Time: 4:06
Bitrate: 160kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: Pop/Funk
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Woohoo, groovy. This track is influenced by a few things, like the Rock Garden tune from ye olde DOS game Tyrian. Also features an obtrusive cameo appearance of Martin Galway's Comic Bakery tune.

Funk is dead.


TheWeevil - Reconstructive Therapy
Size: 4.17mb
Time: 3:38
Bitrate: 160kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: Bass
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Heavy amounts of bass and a lot of rasping industrial machinery samples can get quite annoying. Here is a track that proves it. Also, I'm so desperately sorry about the vocal samples, I cringe every time I hear them.


TheWeevil - Raw Meat (easy mix)
Size: 3.08mb
Time: 2:41
Bitrate: 160kbps
Samples: 44khz
Genre: Funk
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Originally called "Raw Meat", then renamed "Attack of the Lascivious Breadbox Monster", then renamed back to "Raw Meat" since I spew vomit over the idea of giving tracks names that seem remotely like anything that Bentley Rhythm Ace might choose as an apt title. (yes Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out was good, but it's tracks like this that can make one go out and buy an album containing one decent track nestling in a colossal pile of garbage from hub to rim).

What was I saying? Oh yes. Raw Meat. This may well also be a colossal pile of garbage in your opinion and who am I to blame you for that. This is the "easy" mix, which by no means suggests I found it particularly easy to create (it was, but all the stuff here was easy to create...), but because I took the original and squeezed groove out of it by adding some quite extreme shuffle. I also added some wonderfully camp piano. Yes that's me playing. The sound is quite definitely Tracking Oldskool and I apologise for this, I'm sorry that most of the samples sound like they were sampled at 8 KHz from a crumpled reel-to-reel tape, but that might be explained in the next paragraph.

Uninterestingly, a lot of the samples used on this come from my faithful Casio CT-655 electronic keyboard, which is a depressingly stupid piece of equipment with extremely limited expressive ability (for example, I don't know whether brass and woodwind instruments act differently in Japan to how they do in the West, perhaps because of the varying levels of free radicals in the atmosphere in different parts of the globe, but whatever the musical engineers at Casio used as reference material for how such instruments should be reproduced was distressingly wide of the mark). So if this sounds like an early 80's experiment with digital samplers and marijuana (as most modules do) then that's why.

I originally said "this is not a cover" then harped on about how some of my stuff has subliminal influences from other tracks in it. Elle points out that I'm a fag and this is clearly a cover of Blue Monday by New Order. Unfortunately it is very similar, except the lead is different. I guess I'm damned to doing things that are unrealised covers of other things, but whatever. I did it, if it's influenced by New Order and makes people think instantly of them then it can't be that bad, although New Order did much better stuff than I could dream of creating. So yes, this is officially now a nod/cover/influence of Blue Monday. Sorry about that.


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