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Soundtrack Saturday: Mar.14

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Majesty” from Fez.

Though it has been covered before (twice) already in the Soundtrack Saturday series I had not yet listened to this game. Yet another game released in 2012, it was designed by Phil Fish and its soundtrack was composed by Disasterpeace. The game is notable for its use of the gameplay that requires you to rotate the world 90º at a time.

The chord sequence that makes up the backbone of this track slowly fades in and is played by synths that are reminiscent of old chiptune soundtracks. With fuzz and distortion combined with modern elements, these synths grow from a series of chords to a melody interwoven amongst the chords. With mastery of his craft, Disasterpeace creates synths that are at once both unique instruments and hardly distinguishable from each other. With little in the way of variety in terms of instrumentation—some percussion is added in the last third or so of the piece—this piece tells its story through harmonic and melodic movements.

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