Created By: dotchan on November 16, 2010 Last Edited By: dotchan on November 24, 2010

Dramatic Timpani

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There's something about those deep-sounding drums tuned to play specific notes that evokes a visceral reaction out of anyone who hears it. Expect any bit of music with timpani in it to be played for maximum What Do You Mean, It's Not Awesome? value. For extra awesome, add an ever louder roll.




Real Life
  • The theme to the Olympic Games.

Video Games
  • Quite a bit of the Chrono Trigger soundtrack, especially the opening theme and the battle against Magus.
  • Played with in Final Fantasy VI: the battle in the opera house against Ultros features a dramatic timpani...because the music is being provided by the orchestra.
    • The rest of the soundtrack itself also has dramatic timpani in a few of the themes.
Community Feedback Replies: 3
  • November 16, 2010
    Technically a drum roll is rapid repeated drumbeats; musical notation for such is 16th or 32nd notes (depending on tempo markings). The examples that I recognize dot not have the timpani rolling in the iconic passages.
  • November 16, 2010
    F Inal Fantasy VI uses it straight for its regular soundtrack too. I believe it pops up in in the song "Catastrophe" and again in "Dancing Mad".
  • November 24, 2010
    Launching in 24 hours if there are no objections.