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We’re happy to allow our fans to download the Slam Bolt Scrappers Soundtrack here for free!  Click the link to download all of the mp3’s, and scroll down for track notes.

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All of the tracks were composed and produced for the game by Ethan Fenn and Jeffrey Nickel, and are Copyright 2011 Fire Hose Games.

Many thanks to the musicians who played on these tracks — Burak Besir, Evan Biela, Jonathan Buonocore, Michael Heller, Alan Lenarcic, and Jul Gi Kang.  Also thanks to the more experienced game audio people who gave valuable feedback and advice along the way: Duncan Watt, Abe Stein, Keith Zizza, and George Valavanis.

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Slam Bolt Scrappers Soundtrack (Playlist)

Track Notes

01. Enter Slam Bolt (Menu Music)

This track started life as an excuse to get some ukulele in the game. It ended up being pretty effective menu music for Slam Bolt Scrappers — it’s catchy, inviting, energetic, and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Evan Biela (Trumpet)
Ethan Fenn (Trombone, Ukulele)
Michael Heller (Tenor Sax)

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02. Russian Rumble (Downtown 1)

Puzzle games. “Russian” music.  Life.

The absurdly melodramatic intro to this track was one of those ideas that drops into your head fully-formed while in the shower.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Jul Gi Kang (Violin)
Alan Lenarcic (Bari Sax)

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03. Soothing Self-Destruct (Neon City)

The modern, driving sound of this track really nails the look and attitude of Neon City. The beat gets its energy and personality from a set of samples of a water bottle being hit in different ways.

Composer: Jeffrey Nickel

04. Bad Cloud (Angel Boss)

In thinking about the music for this boss, there were some big questions about the direction it should take.  Should it sound more like music for a boss, or more like music for an angel?  Should it be gritty and hard-rocking? Or should it sound brilliant and exhalted?

The track grew out of trying to play up both sides of the issue.  The sounds used come from both the rock and symphonic worlds, and the tonality rides the line between major and minor.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Burak Besir (Flute)
Evan Biela (Trumpet)
Jonathan Buonocore (Guitar)
Ethan Fenn (Trombone)
Jul Gi Kang (Violin)

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05. Deep White Groove (Mountaintop)

With all the great snowy mountain levels in other games, there were plenty of reference pieces to draw from.  Jul’s gorgeous violin work is the secret weapon that sets this one apart.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Jul Gi Kang (Violin)

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06. Sky City

This track is all about old-school game music, and in particular about the role that jazz has played in the genre.
It also plays around with ideas of heaven, and what heaven might be like in the offbeat Slam Bolt universe.  Here, the angels are packing ukuleles, not harps.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Burak Besir (Flute)
Evan Biela (Trumpet)
Ethan Fenn (Trombone, Ukulele)
Michael Heller (Alto Sax, Tenor Sax)

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07. Convoy Canon (Armageddon)

The persistent, periodically swelling snare drum roll was the initial spark of an idea that turned into this track.
The flute, trumpet, and violin are playing in a round here — the melody that is started by the flute is then imitated exactly by the trumpet,and later still by the violin.  Adding the instruments one at a time gives the track its feeling of motion towards an ominous end.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Burak Besir (Flute)
Evan Biela (Trumpet)
Jul Gi Kang (Violin)

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08. Planet Bounce (Island)

Planet Bounce was originally conceived for a hypothetical space level.You can still hear these roots in some of the melodies and instrument choices.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

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09. Volcano City

Music for a cavernous city, with a touch of danger or mystery.  This track draws some inspiration from the Super Mario World underground music.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Burak Besir (Flute)

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10. Robot Boss

This started out as a sort of three-part blues form, featuring only the trombone and tenor sax parts on top of a classic boss music beat.  Stretching it out by adding the flute, violin, and synth interludes made the whole thing feel a little more natural and gave it some much-needed breathing room.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Burak Besir (Flute)
Ethan Fenn (Trombone)
Michael Heller (Tenor Sax)

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11. Scrapper Beat (Downtown 2)

Sometime during the development of SBS, Ethan went to a show of the excellent group Rubblebucket and was immediately turned on to Afrobeat. This track was an attempt to write some game music in the style of Fela Kuti, the originator of the genre.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Evan Biela (Trumpet)
Ethan Fenn (Bass, Trombone)
Michael Heller (Tenor Sax)
Alan Lenarcic (Bari Sax)

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12. Robot Reincarnate (Armageddon Boss)

Old-school boss music, with a bit of film noir thrown in.  The goal was to recall the sound of the robot boss music by reusing some of the same instruments (trombone, tenor sax, distorted bass), but it ended up going in a different direction.

Composer: Ethan Fenn

Performers:

Ethan Fenn (Trombone)
Michael Heller (Tenor Sax)

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13. Voicebox Fanfare (End Credits)

Our first experiment with vocoders, this track was written long before its eventual place in the game was discovered.

Composer: Jeffrey Nickel