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DooM Remix Project - The Dark Side of Phobos 49

djpretzel writes "The Dark Side of Phobos is the latest in a series of site projects at OverClocked ReMix, which each provide unofficial, non-commercial fan arrangements of entire game soundtracks (Sonic 2, Kirby, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Metroid, to date). This latest addition covers id software's perennial classic, the original DooM, with 23 tracks by 19 artists. More information is available at, or simply download the torrent with both mp3 and lossless FLAC, site unseen. Mars never sounded so good."
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DooM Remix Project - The Dark Side of Phobos

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  • Sync (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Maybe it will sync with the Wizard.

    (Really lame joke that no one will probably get)

  • Legal implications (Score:2, Informative)

    by inkfox ( 580440 )
    They might want to look into the legal implications, since many of the Doom background music pieces are actually note for note copies of real songs. There's a couple by Slayer, Alice in Chains, Pantera, and others I'm sure that no one has noticed.
    • And all the regular soundtrack songs that have been remixed and posted on OC aren't real songs? There's no legal implications with these songs that aren't in any other song they have up. You are right in some respect though, mainstream artists may be more legally defensive of their songs than the creator of a game soundtrack.
    • I think there was some U2 in the DOOM soundtrack too.
    • by Dpaladin ( 890625 )
      Indeed. TECHNICALLY, derivative works such as these aren't supposed to be produced without permission from the original artists. Or, rather, they cannot be produced if the artist doesn't want it produced. However, to my knowledge (I could be entirely incorrect), none of the DooM music is an exact copy of an existing work, and Bobby Prince is the copyright holder. If Prince doesn't want OCRemix to distribute The Dark Side of Phobos, he can let djpretzel know, and he'll be forced to stop. He's already stoppe
      • by aaron p. matthews ( 96130 ) on Tuesday August 09, 2005 @02:49PM (#13280808) Homepage Journal
        Yeah, getting a cease-and-desist from Bobby Prince is much more likely than getting one from Slayer/etc..

        The difference with vgmusic was they hosted the exact copies of Bobby Prince's material whereas we are providing derivative works.

        Ocremix has been around for years, and we've had derivative works of Doom music on the site for years as well.

        Bobby Prince has shown no animosity to ocremix in the past and I see it unlikely he will suddenly have a change of heart with the release of this project.
    • by aaron p. matthews ( 96130 ) on Tuesday August 09, 2005 @02:42PM (#13280738) Homepage Journal
      I worked on this project, I was one of the coordinators for a while.

      The music of Doom has been around for 10+ years and while some tunes bear a striking resemblence to certain Slayer/Pantera songs, the copyright holders have not taken any legal action against id or Bobby Prince.

      So yes, I looked into that particular legal implication. It took me all of 2 seconds to realize we have little to worry about.
  • There is no Dark Side of Phobos. It's ALL dark.
  • I'm a big fan of OCRemix. Even though I'm not always a fan of DJPretzel's writeups for the songs (using them occasionally as a double for a news page, which I think is wrong), the judge panel they use ensures that nearly all of the music posted on the site is of very high quality. The variety of music, too, is incredible. Nearly all genres of music are covered (as far as I can recall) and literally hundreds of games are represented.
    • agreed. OCRemix has had quality music on its site for quite a long time. I'm very much intrigued by the choices that the artists have made making these songs.

      I think they made some bold choices. Some paid off, some end up sounding a little rough, but it's a very enjoyable listening experience.

  • I wish they had separate torrents for the FLAC and the mp3s. I imagine most people will just want one or the other, and it's a waste of bandwidth to get both.
    • We recommend getting a BitTorrent client like Azureus [] that will allow you to only download the files you want.

      • That may be nice for some people, but I'd rather not be running Java just to do bittorrent, and actually like the nice, curses interface that runs in a terminal. It's not a big deal, but if you want to be really nice to your end users (and the networks between you and them), please consider that most people don't want to download custom clients, so it'd be very cool to provide the more select downloads.
        • by Anonymous Coward
          I'm using bittornado in a screen session. Using the --priority argument, I can select only the mp3 files.
        • The reason there is one torrent download instead of two has more to do with managability issues than anything else. Over the lifetime of this torrent (which could be years) it will be easier to manage and maintain as one file instead of two. It will be easier for seeders to seed one file instead of two. And I would think it would be easier for users to download just one file instead of two.

          If you wanted to download just the mp3s you could use one of the many mirrors [] listed on the doom site.

          If you w
    • Completely agree! What a waste of bandwidth for everyone.
      Makes me want to cancel the download entirely...not even worth it to download TWO copies of every song (one copy being 10x larger than the other).
    • Just tell your bit torrent client "download never" for the ones you don't want. When the light turns blue, you're good to go.
  • Doom midi music (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nherm ( 889807 ) on Tuesday August 09, 2005 @02:50PM (#13280816) Journal

    The midi instruments in my 486 was so annoying that I usually turned off the music in all of my games.

    So basicaly I played a silent doom (except for the sound FX), until two or three years later, when I bought a casio keyboard midi-capable.

    Motivated by curiosity, I bought a midi cable, connected it to my 486, configured and started doom... what a surprise! The music was very nice, there was a map from episode 3 which used some chorus sound and a electric guitar, it was very post-apocalyptical...

    Ok, my casio keyboard may not be the "best of the best", but the improvement from my soundcard was appreciable (at least for me)

    It's a sad thing the midi instruments in the (then) most popular soundcards (i. e. sound blaster 16, which was my case) were so bad. The quality of game music from the 90's was simply lost for most of the people because of this. Duke nukem 3D also had very nice music during the game, but my sb16 turned it out to a childish mess of "noise"...

    So I'm glad somebody made those remixes, so the rest of the people who never listened to it with the proper equipment (a good midi instrument!) can give it another try...

    • Re:Doom midi music (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Jerf ( 17166 )
      I had a Korg X5, the same innards as the venerable (and I believe considered "classic") 05/W series in the mid-90s.

      Only in modern times am I hearing music from consoles/computers that was as good as what I heard from that machine, and most of the time the modern music isn't dynamically generated.

      Tie Fighter and the opening to Day of the Tentacle stand out as excellent game music. The former has wonderful orchestral arrangements, and the latter has this solo clarinet that almost sounded like someone was actu
      • Tie Fighter and the opening to Day of the Tentacle stand out as excellent game music.

        Oooh --- iMuse!

        It's worth getting a copy of Monkey Island II just so you can wander around the village at the beginning of the game and listen to the soundtrack. It's masterful. Each location has its own distinct style and theme which reflects the overall village theme. As you move from location to location, the music seamlessly segues to the new version in a way that's musically appropriate. I've never heard any other

    • They do exist. I see that he doesn't sell them anymore. Not sure where you can still buy them. They sound great without the use of MIDI cards.
  • Next thing they'll have Doom books and a Doom movie. Heaven forfend that such a movie might even star Dwayne "The Rock" Whatsisname!

    (Billing now as "Dwane" I suspect he's trying to distance himself from "The Rock" as he moves further into movies.)
  • Well, I must say; this is great stuff! Congrats to the whole team on finishing this project. I've been listening to it from work for the past hour and it's passing the time nicely as I bang out code. Thanks for the hard work!
  • Sonic 2 Songs.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by euxneks ( 516538 ) on Tuesday August 09, 2005 @04:34PM (#13281660)
    If you have trouble downloading the songs, you might try copying the address for the song and stripping the leading ""

    The songs are there, you just have to find them.

  • Blood on the walls (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <<moc.liamtoh> <ta> <oarigogirdor>> on Tuesday August 09, 2005 @05:02PM (#13281851) Homepage
    A kickass DooM-inspired song, by the Manny Charlton band. Get it from John Romero's site. []
  • Hey, guys, you need to seed Bittorret or it blows and nobody uses it, which leads to it blowing more, and you end up with nobody at all using it.

    I know there are people out there that get good use out of BitTorrent as a technology, but 9 times out of 10 I try it, it turns out to simply not work.
  • I love Doom ReMixes!! Thanks to everyone who made this happened. I'll be sure to seed for a while.
  • ...with the best damn rock game soundtrack of all time: Quake 2. Yeah baby!

        I still play that CD (as audio) from time to time.
  • type DooM LikE ThiS

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