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This is another one of my little transpositions/remixes to get familiar with Pico-8 composition. This time I decided to try making the song Last Stand from the video game FTL.
The original song has lots of percussion and is somewhat harsh, an effect that is rather different from the rest of the soundtrack. For the most part the FTL soundtrack uses chip-tune instruments and effects but does not hold itself to a true 8-bit style, sometimes mixing in pianos or other real instruments.
YT link to the original song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELdFyWwyMY8

Possibly Ben Prunty's best song from the soundtrack, MilkyWay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itKEArgSbFE

Another interesting thing to note is that Last Stand is the only song in the soundtrack that isn't split into an "Explore" and a "Battle" track. All the other songs from the game have an explore track which plays when no combat is occurring. Once the player enters combat the game seamlessly fades the Explore track out and replaces it with the Battle version. These two versions will usually be very similar, with the battle track having more heavy percussion or a few extra instruments.
Last Stand plays in the final sector and it doesn't have an explore version. (The cut song "Federation" can fade in and out perfectly with Last Stand, so maybe it could have had one.)

The cartridge artwork was based on the cover of Ben Prunty's Into The Breach album, another game he did the music for. I replaced the Prime Mech schematic with a schematic of the Rebel Flagship, since in FTL your goal is to deliver the schematic of the flagship to the Federation's last stand without being intercepted by the Rebel fleet.

P#104138 2022-01-03 00:08 ( Edited 2022-01-03 01:08)

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