The Apogee Fanfare is a fanfare that is played at the opening Apogee logo for most of the games Apogee published from 1993 to 1996. It was not the first introductory music ever used by Apogee, but it was the first that was reused to identify the brand.
- 1 Title
- 2 Composition
- 3 Games
- 3.1 Major Stryker (DOS)
- 3.2 Bio Menace (DOS)
- 3.3 Halloween Harry (DOS)
- 3.4 Duke Nukem II (DOS)
- 3.5 Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (DOS)
- 3.6 Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS) - Shareware version
- 3.7 Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS) - Full registered version
- 3.8 Hocus Pocus (DOS)
- 3.9 Mystic Towers (DOS)
- 3.10 Wacky Wheels (DOS)
- 3.11 Blake Stone: Planet Strike (DOS)
- 3.12 Boppin' (DOS)
- 3.13 Rise of the Triad: Dark War (DOS)
- 3.14 Realms of Chaos (DOS)
- 3.15 Xenophage: Alien BloodSport (DOS)
- 3.16 Stargunner (DOS)
- 4 Links
The song's composer, Bobby Prince, has confirmed that the song's title is "Apogee Fanfare" and that fits with the first game to use the song which used an internal name of "apogfnf." At least one game which feature a customized remix of the song used an alternate title, Duke Nukem II calls the song "Fanfare For Duke II."
The song was composed by Bobby Prince who created the traditional fanfare sound. Prince wrote the song using Sequencer Plus Gold, so the first incarnation was most likely in the program's SNG (Voyetra) format. For games using IMF, Prince would export the songs to MIDI and then use a program to convert the songs into IMF so they could play on sound card with an OPL2 chip. This process downgraded the quality and distorted the instruments. As technology improved, the song was rearranged for newer audio technology and different formats.
Bobby Prince and other composers often rearranged the tune to give it a feeling specific to the game they were working on. For example, Prince uses a more heavy metal sound for Duke Nukem II (DOS), while Steven Baker uses calypso steel drums for Mystic Towers (DOS).
Major Stryker (DOS)
This is the first published game to feature the Apogee Fanfare.
Bio Menace (DOS)
Halloween Harry (DOS)Neil Voss rearranged the song into the mod-like format 4MD. It is the first time the song appears in a non-IMF format, but not the last.
The internal file name is "apogee".
Duke Nukem II (DOS)
The Apogee Fanfare was given a more metallic sound for Duke Nukem II (DOS) and was retitled by Bobby Prince to Fanfare For Duke II. Prince explained this unique rearrangement:
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (DOS)
The Apogee Fanfare has a slightly slower tempo in Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (DOS) which accounts for the 2-second increase in length.
In the shareware version of Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS), Fanfare for Duke II was chosen as an arrangement. In the full version, the normal Apogee Fanfare plays instead. This was rearranged by Matt Murphy.
Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS) - Full registered version
In Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS), the Apogee Fanfare which appears in the registered version only has a much faster tempo and higher pitch. This may have been a byproduct of a conversion process (the game uses MUS (DMX) format rather than IMF), or may have simply been an artistic choice by the game's musician, Matt Murphy.
Because the game uses MUS format, the song can be played on a number of different audio chips. The internal file name is "apogee".
Hocus Pocus (DOS)Rob Wallace's take on the Apogee Fanfare gives the song a more traditional orchestration for Hocus Pocus (DOS).
Mystic Towers (DOS)Steven Baker gives the Apogee Fanfare a calypso treatment for Mystic Towers (DOS).
This is the first time the music is in true MOD format. The internal file name is yet unknown.
Wacky Wheels (DOS)Mark Klem rearranged the Apogee Fanfare for Wacky Wheels (DOS).
Blake Stone: Planet Strike (DOS)Bobby Prince used the exact same Apogee Fanfare in Blake Stone: Planet Strike (DOS) as he did in Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (DOS).
The internal file name is "apogfnfm".
Boppin' (DOS)Andrew Lepisto rearranged the Apogee Fanfare for MIDI.
The internal filename is "APOGEE.MID".
Rise of the Triad: Dark War (DOS)Bobby Prince finally got to arrange his Apogee Fanfare in MIDI format for Rise of the Triad: Dark War (DOS).
The internal file name is "FANFARE2".
Realms of Chaos (DOS)
Apogee Fanfare is still being used even with the updated Apogee logo in Realms of Chaos (DOS).
Xenophage: Alien BloodSport (DOS)
Yet another game has the Apogee Fanfare by Bobby Prince.
The format is once again MIDI, the internal file name is yet unknown.
The Apogee Fanfare received a heavy makeover by Lee Jackson for Stargunner (DOS). The music was rendered with Roland SC-88 using MIDI and recorded as CD track. Also game includes this track as "fanfare.wav" in the resources, but with poor quality.