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Does anyone else think the Cave of the Past music is weirdly relaxing?

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29 points · 2 months ago

This piece uses a technique called harmonic planing, where the same chord moves up or down with little regard for harmonic function. It makes it feel "floaty", which probably contributes to both the relaxing feeling some feel and the unsettling feeling others feel. Pretty popular technique by Debussy, check this out if you're interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3geejD5Dksk

I think the fact that the planing is descending by semitone, and the choice of "instrument", is another part of what makes it so interesting. It's reminiscent of a Shepard's tone, in my opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VMfdG873E

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the instrument is actually a sample of the beach boys' 'deirdre'

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5 points · 2 months ago

Ah yeah I remember hearing that, do you have a link?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWR_qL_mxo0

Once you hear it, you'll never see it the same way...

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It’s a great song objectively.

Unfortunately, I can’t help but feel extremely uneasy and creeped the hell out by this song.

Just knowing that you have lost your body, and have been sent back into the past, with nobody else in the cave except enemies. Leading up to the giygas fight

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lots of EB music is super relaxing! it's really impressive how much they were able to get out of that SNES midi music.

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11 points · 2 months ago

I never knew people thought it was so creepy. It’s one of my favorite songs from the game and I just found atmospheric and interesting, not scary

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3 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

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Deeeee.... Deeeeee eeee ee.... DEEEEE EEEEEE EEEEEEE EEEEEE....

But, seriously...Yeah, I'd say so. It's "ambient," I guess you could say. Gives it that real otherworldly feeling.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

I don’t think it’s creepy at all. It’s vaporwave as fucc.

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Imagine making a vaporwave remix of this track.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

I NEED THIS

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I find this song relaxing and unsettling in the same way that vaporwave is considered relaxing and unsettling

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Yeah, its calming in a creepy way. The theme itself is calming, but it fits with the theme of the area at that point in the game.

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It's atmospheric and floaty in a kind of ominous way, and could definitely be taken as either relaxing or unsettling.

This also happens right after Cave of the Present so the contrast between clearly Major key brass and ambient vocals probably also contributes to making this more ominous by direct comparison/exposure.

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No. I will always associate that song to this video, which unnerved me as a kid. The musical choices this guy made are both deeply intriguing because of how atmospheric they are, and how unnerving the potential situation could be. I now know they were meant to represent Lucas's thoughts in the battle sequence, but still...

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I used to think it was super creepy, not helped by all those "creepy video game music" videos on YouTube with this theme there. I didn't pay much attention to the music really, and thought it was mostly metallic scratching and weird noises. But later I took another listen and found out about the whole Deirdre sampling, and as I listened again, I was able to hear some kind of a melody. Now it's veeery oddly soothing.

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i like amalgam from undertale. this sounds just like it. however thiis is very creepy.

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Wow, that sounds just like the the Amalgam theme from Undertale. Whatever effect makes the music like that both artists definitely used.

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Amalgam uses the same sample

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago
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I was thinking the EXACT SAME THING. Toby Fox is a huge nerd for Earthbound so not surprising

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That reminds me, I still need to play the Halloween Hack.

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