U R A Hero

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U R A Hero
Composer Bobby Prince
Released 1992-05-05
Title Origin File Name
Loops Yes

U R A Hero (short for You Are a Hero) is a fanfare from the Wolfenstein 3D series. It was composed by Bobby Prince using Sequencer Plus Gold.

Composition

The song is in the key of C minor, plays at approximately 96 beats per minute, and plays in the 4/4 time signature. The lead instrument is a trumpet that mostly plays intervals of the scale of the current chord. In the background are some horns that play the current chord of the song (Cm F Cm Gm Cm F E♭ Cm/F Fdim/G B(♭5)/G Cm). A tuba serves the song's bassline, which plays in quarter notes in fifth intervals, most of the time. Every two measures (or sooner), a faint trumpet can be heard glissing down. The song is also accompanied by a military-style snare and bass drum combo.

Games

Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)

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Released 1992-05-05
Length 0:20
BPM 96
Format IMF

U R A Hero is played after the successful completion of an episode in Wolfenstein 3D (DOS).

The song is track 25 in the AudioT.WL6 file. It's title in the IMF meta tag is "URAHERO".

Spear of Destiny (DOS)

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Released 1992-09-18
Length 0:20
Format IMF

U R A Hero is played after the game is completed, since Spear of Destiny doesn't have an "episodic" structure.

The song is track 7 in the AudioT.SOD file. Its title in the IMF meta data is "URAHERO".

Wolfenstein 3D (SNES)

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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1994-02-10
Length 0:19
BPM 101
Format SNSF

Unlike the DOS games where you hear U R A Hero upon completing an episode or mission, in the SNES game, the song plays at the beginning of the game during the mission briefing. It is the best-quality version of the song, as it uses instrument samples as opposed to FM synthesis. However, the SNES version of the song is missing instruments; the glissing trumpet, bass/kick drum, and most of the snare drum rhythms. It also plays approximately 5 BPM faster than the original. The tuba is replaced by an acoustic bass and the backing horns replaced by an organ. These instruments were sampled from an Ensoniq SQ-1.

The song was arranged by Bobby Prince, and converted into Rebecca Heineman's sound driver

Wolfenstein 3D (GBA)

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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 2002-04-02
Length 0:20
Format GSF


Wolfenstein 3D (AST)

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Arranger Mathieu Stempell
Released 2005-05-??
Length 0:20
Format SNDH


Voxelstein 3D (W32)

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Voxelstein 3D (W32)
Released 2008-04-19
Length 0:20
Format IMF


Wolfenstein 3D (WEB)

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Released 2012-05-05
Length 0:19
Format UNK


Wolfenstein 3D (GEN)

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Arranger GASEGA98K
Released 2014-??-??
Format UNK


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