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Soundtrack Saturday: Apr.25

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Elvish Piper Academy” from Dustforce Fastfall.

Another game from 2012, this game is also a developer/composer combination. Dustforce is a precise platformer, where the player controls a janitor. Released in 2012, it has seen multiple updates adding new content and music and is available on Steam, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The track begins with a sweet and uplifting arpeggiation that is sometimes affected by EQ, usually at the ends of phrases. To go with this is an interesting machine-ish noise, flickering between left and right in the panning. We get a build courtesy of the high hats and a sweep before having a flute lead and a “snare” for backbeat. The arpeggiation is sometimes doubled and layered with the same instrument outlining bits of melody. The snare departs briefly but returns when the flute continues a more segmented melody. The second half of the track contains my favourite bit, an instrument that slowly adds more effects and processing as it repeatedly cascades down. Once it fully transforms, we return to a very similar mood to earlier without this new sound, and mix it in again on the next phrase as the track ends.

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