Engagement and Melee

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Engagement and Melee
Composer Ken Arnold
Released 1988-03-??
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Engagement and Melee is a song composed by Ken Arnold and used as the battle music of Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, and Ultima IV: The False Prophet. The tune begins with a low rhythmic melody, and then intensifies with a higher pitched, and fast tempo harmony. The sound is quite fitting for combat.

The title comes from the Jukebox in the Apple II version of Ultima 5.

Games

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (A2)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (A2)
Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1988-03-??
Format UNK

The first incarnation of Engagement and Melee was released on the Apple II. The song is played when you're in combat.

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (C64)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (C64)
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Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1988-??-??
Length 0:57.76
Format SID

The Commodore 128 version of Engagement and Melee sounds very similar to the Apple II version and is also heard in combat.

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (AST)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (AST)
Arranger Wally Beben
Released 1989-0?-??
Format SNDH


Ultima VI: The False Prophet (DOS)

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Ultima VI: The False Prophet (DOS)
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Arranger Herman Miller
Released 1990-??-??
Length 1:04
Format M

It is unknown who arranged this version of Engagement and Melee, though it was probably Herman Miller since be began the work on the soundtrack. The songs are essentially the same between the two games, however, the song has a slightly slower tempo in Ultima VI, which accounts for the six second increase in length.

The original file is named Engage.m.

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