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Midnight Calliope

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Tags: Equius, Gamzee, Meteor

By Mark J. Hadley ( Bandcamp , YouTube , Twitter , Tumblr ).
Cover art by lime-time ( Tumblr ).
Released 3/14/2011.
Art released 10/25/2017.
Duration: 1:50.

Listen on Bandcamp or YouTube.

Read artist commentary.

Artist commentary:

Mark J. Hadley:

(Gamzee the Killer)

When trying to come up with something for the flipped-out Gamzee, I decided to stick with the basics and write a short calliope melody in a minor key. As it loops, however, a dark droning backdrop becomes gradually more apparent, a darkness beneath the playfulness implied by the first part. The calliope fades out until only the droning sound remains, showing in essence that playtime is over. Also, I figured nothing makes carnival music sound more twisted than for the tempo/pitch to change, so I had the whole thing start gradually slowing down over time, giving it an even more unnatural feel. I wanted one last build-up near the end to build tension, and as it fades out and the listener is just starting to relax... HONK. honk.

On a side note, I think I enjoy writing creepy music even more than any other kind of music.

Toby Fox:

Soundtrack-wise... I think this was one of the greatest moments of Homestuck. This track makes my hair stand on end.

Homestuck:

(original track art)

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