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Dink Smallwood CD Audio

Description
Here are all the music tracks from the Dink Smallwood CD, in MP3 format.

Note that this music was ripped from the latest version of the Dink Smallwood CD, and does not include the copyright-infringing tracks that were included on early releases of Dink Smallwood.
Released:August 7th, 2006
File Size:18.64 MB
Release Notes:v1.00
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February 13th, 2010
v1.00
Score : 6.5 fair
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First of all, I didn't download this file. I have an image of the Dink CD, which contains these tracks. This is where the file first loses marks. MP3 is a lossy format, and the only way to get full quality is through an original cd, an image file, or a lossless format such as FLAC or similar. It's terrible. I don't know why someone didn't upload an image file of the original CD instead.

Now comes the actual music itself. Most will recognise a few tracks from the freeware version that were saved as MIDI's instead. It is interesting to hear these in "orchestrated" quality. After the "Mischief theme" and the title theme (first two tracks), the novelty wears off.

The CD audio was mastered at a low level meaning that I had to turn my speakers way up to hear it. It's a shame that not all the tracks were given instrument values and saved as General Midi files for the freeware release, as it is incredibly simple.

The first track is used in the Vas Neeko Matrid Osana (blocked off) Scroll forest, and does not sound too bad.

The second track is the title screen, and has tacky orchestra hits in it, it doesn't sound much better than the MIDI.

I don't know where the rest of the tracks were used in the original game, and many of them (Egyptian theme for example) don't seem to fit in at all. None of them seem suitable for looping in the traditional Nintendo style, which they should, as they are all quite short.

Because of this, they are all over quite quickly, which is unsuitable for a video game. Though many of them are fairly ambient works that would probably not irritate you too much if you were to listen to them for a while (think the Fire Temple in Zelda 64).

The Church theme (Track 12 or 13) doesn't sound like anything you'd hear in a church, and is out of place for both a church and a video game. It is also far louder than the other tracks. It would better suit a local carnival's merry-go-round.

Not all of them are too bad however, and are ambient works as stated above. The use of the rather tacky Korg piano (it sounds like it anyway), doesn't really fit into the chronological era of the game.

Overall, a selection of very short tracks, that don't really suit a video game, let alone one set in medieval times; Then compressed in the rather poor MP3 format. Either get an original CD/image file, or ask me nicely for the audio tracks in another format. Most of the MIDI files in the freeware release are far better contenders, and work better in the overall scheme of the game for the compromise of file size.

Don't download this unless you are really interested in this sort of thing. Contrary to what you might think, you're missing very little.
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Dink Smallwood CD Audio3TinySeptember 13th 2006, 02:10 PM