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Old 09-01-2017, 12:42 PM
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Default Official Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf Stage Select Music Appreciation Thread



I've had this tab open in my browser for over a week now, and I just can't stop. It is an ear crime, but one that I find strangely fascinating. I already listen to it when I get in to work every morning, but now I'm going to chronicle that journey here. I just wish that I'd started doing this sooner.

September 1st: Every time when I load it up, I think I'm ready for it, but I'm not. I know that it starts in jarring fashion, but I have yet to internalize just how jarring it is.
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:48 PM
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That's definitely something. It sort of has the feel of a jazz fusion bagpipe band.

I think someone owes the mixolydian mode an apology.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:00 PM
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I rather wish the song had a proper bass instrument but otherwise I can't bring myself to hate it. I think the tune is quite compelling even if the arrangement is lacking.

EDIT: realizing the bagpipes are probably intentional seeing as how this is a golf game
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:25 PM
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Every Genesis game's music sounds like it's composed of digitized farts.
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:14 PM
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mods please retitle thread to falselogic_listened_to_this.wma
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:51 PM
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Now I want a 50/50 lemonade and iced tea.
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Well, if we ever have a worst game music thunderdome, I sure know what I'm nominating.
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This is bonkers music for a golf menu screen. There's a literal birdie being killed in the melody.
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I will grant, it's not Uwabo's best original work on the system (which would be Space Harrier II)
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JBear, you brought this masterpiece to our attention too late. Now no one can nominate it for the best soundtrack list!
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September 2: I wasn't intending to do this on weekend days. I need to rest. But I have allowed this... music into my home, for you. The acoustics in here are quite different from the headphones at my desk. I have a brand new sound bar hooked up to my television, and I am immersed in the sound. I hear that if you die while immersed in the Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf stage select music, you die in real life. Pray for me.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:18 AM
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September 5th: It's like there are two songs super-imposed upon one another. Either might be fine in isolation, but together they're just a cacophony, like the sound chip is on a drunken bender. Speaking of, I wonder what alcohol would do to this listening experience? This demands further study.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:21 AM
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like the sound chip is on a drunken bender
again I remind you this is the soundtrack to a golf game
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I wonder what alcohol would do to this listening experience? This demands further study.
Might I recommend a John Daly?
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:08 AM
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September 6th: Today I made a discovery! I don't know how I never noticed until now that the same 15 notes or so repeat throughout most of the song. This piece feels like someone composed a reasonable piece of Genesis music, and then marketing got a hold of it and said "the kids like farts, right? Let's overlay the same 4 second loop of electronic wet fart noises". The bit from about 40 seconds to 1 minute sounds downright listenable, because the fart instrument actually spends those 20 seconds working in concert with the theme instead of BLORP-ing all over it and drowning it out.
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This piece feels like someone composed a reasonable piece of Genesis music, and then marketing got a hold of it and said "the kids like farts, right? Let's overlay the same 4 second loop of electronic wet fart noises".
Firth of Fart
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:37 AM
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September 7th: The intro has become a daily torture that I endure to get to the 40-second mark. I've come to genuinely love the 20-second span from that point, though. Stockholm syndrome at work.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:49 AM
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September 8th: The music kind of faded into the background today as I became increasingly obsessed with the cover image of Palmer. He looks like he's sticking his tongue out as a person does when they're concentrating, but I think it's just his bottom lip? Uncanny. Anyway, that my brain was able to fade this music to the background is a testament to the power of the human mind. Either that or my brain has been driven away in terror.


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God there just isn't much low end in that track at all. There might be a bass drum, but you can't even hear it, just a different percussion voice being used for both a hard snare and tom-tom fills. I could understand if the bass voice's frequency multipliers weren't all so high. I swear, a good 2/3rds of this tracks' apparent deficiencies could be fixed by using a better bass voice.
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I'm still pretty sure actual bird murder took place during the composition of this track
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:07 PM
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I realized one of the songs in my ucollective account is, in fact, what this song could have sounded like if the bass voice wasn't so crap:

Check it out?!
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Old 09-18-2017, 09:20 AM
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apropos of very little absolutely everything, have here the OPL3 rendition of Flying Battery 2 from Sonic & Knuckles Collection (PC, ~1997)

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Old 09-18-2017, 09:27 AM
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It sounds pretty much fine for a 1989 Genesis title. Not sure why the hyperbole
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:08 AM
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Age has nothing to do with it. It is a nightmare for the ears. Unlike a lot of people, I tend to like Genesis music of that era! But that piece is just complete trash. It is actively hostile to the listener, in a golf game, of all things. It's just a cacophonous assault on the senses. I feel like my ears just sneezed. It's like listening to two songs at once just played over each other without any concern for how they intersect, and one of those (but only one, the non-fart one), when considered in isolation, I would describe as "fine".

(That being said, I do feel like this bit has run its course, as my well of hyperbole has about run dry.)
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I am genuinely curious about your opinion of the S&KC tune I posted just above your post. I desire to know exactly where your FM listening tolerance level lies.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:26 AM
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I am genuinely curious about your opinion of the S&KC tune I posted just above your post. I desire to know exactly where your FM listening tolerance level lies.
I would describe it as somewhere between fine and pleasant. It's "okay". Like, this is not a general thing. That Arnold Palmer song is a very bad song. It genuinely may be the worst piece of video game music that I have ever heard.

(Note that this not an invitation to link a bunch of bad songs to try and disprove that notion.)
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:32 AM
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That's interesting, because I take almost the exact opposite tack: it's a more structured song, but that odd...flute? electric piano? voice in the lead is particularly bad due to the pitch bending being too extreme, and this is made worse by its shrill tone.

Whereas with the AP tune, there's obvious arrangement deficiencies (the PSG channels are put at pretty dissonant intervals, the bass is -- as noted -- not bassy enough, the drums could be better but that's an issue with a lot of FM percussion) but I think it bothers me less because the shrillness of the lead is much less severe.
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so is now a good time to say that i think the song in the first post is actually kind of ok?
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I would describe it as somewhere between fine and pleasant. It's "okay". Like, this is not a general thing. That Arnold Palmer song is a very bad song. It genuinely may be the worst piece of video game music that I have ever heard.

(Note that this not an invitation to link a bunch of bad songs to try and disprove that notion.)
I apologize for going against your request, but now I have to know if you've ever heard the infamous Resident Evil Basement theme.
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