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Well Graham did release this completely on his own accord... (perhaps with a little prompting!)

But I am doing a lot of research at the moment for a new project of mine. Watch this space... ;)

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Last time I was at Chessington I was still a kid and that music still creeps me out, Vampire was technically my first coaster I think :S Need to go back there soon :P

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Can't Chessington just use the version of the Vampire soundtrack Graham Smart released, rather than just getting it off YouTube? I mean, this one sounds pretty much the same as the original version we used to hear in the station...just without the constant Vampire cackle. :)

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Does anyone know if the Black Buccaneer audio is aaaanywhere on the internet? I don't know if it changed in the last year or so (or it just wasn't working before) but it's amazing, and I want to listen to it forever. Unfortunately, a dodgy 28 seconds iPhone recording in the queue line is as good as I've got at the moment. 

 

Have a listen:

https://soundcloud.com/black-buccaneer/black-buccaneer-theme-chessington

 

Did it come from somewhere else? Does anyone have it? Could I ask any more questions? (Probably).

Thank you! 

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I think BenBowser answered that question ages ago in the Vampire topic ;)

Do you mean the one with a cackle every now and again?? The one that repeats seamlessly. If so, I don't think its back, I believe it was scrapped because of the pre-recorded announcements, which have the same laughs in them anyway. They didn't want them to overlap.

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Well that's not true. The station announcements were recorded recently and don't feature old SFX. The commercial mix now used in the station has the screams mixed too loud so if anything they have exaggerated the cackling.

 

The original Graham Smart mix of the Vampire theme doesn't even contain many SFX, as more stock SFX were added to the station loop several years after the ride opened I heard?

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Pretty much. The one which they're playing seems to be the one they used to play in the area a few years ago.

 

Either way, I see no difference myself. From someone who used to work on it hours on end, I actually prefer it now. Much clearer.

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I think BenBowser answered that question ages ago in the Vampire topic ;)

Ahhhh, yes. That was only a guess, implied by the "I believe".

From what I've been told, in its opening year, Vampire played a track with a large amount of SFX, more than the one that had been in use over the last few years. It was switched to the one on the Doom and Gloom album the following year. Now this is just speculation but I assume it was changed so that it didn't distract from the rest of the amazing piece.

Again in just guessing, but I suspect the track was altered again in 1998 when the ride was slightly re-branded. But then again, it could have happened at any point, the lighting changes all the time as well!

I agree, it is disappointing to hear what is being played at the minuet, at lease the looping has been sorted!

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Pirates cove had a load of new audio installed last season, which was produced else where. A member of staff pointed out that the area audio and the queue line audio for Buccaneer both have the chessington theme swirling in and out of the tracks. The area audio is obvious.

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I absolutely adore the Buccaneer music. Makes such a massive difference. Love that chessington is almost completely covered in audio (and decent audio) compared to a couple of years ago.

 

Needs a little bit of work, but still way better than before!

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Love that chessington is almost completely covered in audio (and decent audio)

*cough* Scorpion Express soundtrack *cough* :wub:

(in the background of this video anyway ;))

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Has anyone ever managed to find the Black Forest Chateau organ piece? I visited chessington while the chateau was present but never actually went inside. Was Graham Smart the original composer?

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Heide Park entrance music. Not sure if this is the extended version as the one I have downloaded as Chesssington Pre 2009 entrance theme is also 6:52.

Oh blimey, that music! :lol:

I really like Zufari's queueline music ^_^ Doesn't seem to be anywhere online though, shame!

Oh and the music they have in Penguin Bay :blush: Which I'm sure the penguins totally appreciate :P

http://youtu.be/iGfKNLU61cQ

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Thanks for that post Mer - It's always good to see how far we've come on from utter rubbish music in the past few years.

 

Still got some way to go in some areas, but this is definitely a track to be proud of going.

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