The song has since been taken off of bandcamp when the first four albums were condensed into one, sadly. The early mix has a slightly different feel, and thus still has an appeal separate from that of the full song.
Atomyk Ebonpyre from the fourth album should be emphasized. If the Moment of Awesome page had a theme song, that would probably be it, because it is awesome and has already played in two ridiculously awesome scenes that are basically the textbook definition of Moment Of Awesome.
The final bit is based on a fan piece called "Mannequin". So the ID is a bit off on that second one... if only because it actually has a tribute all to itself! ("Walk-Stab-Walk", which see)
"The Beginning of Something Really Excellent" deserves a mention. It's a remix of Jade's advanced bass solo seen here. Which is also an excellent piece. Both selections are uplifting and catchy. Bec can be seen for a moment on Jade's roof happily bobbing his head to the music.
Other way around, actually. Gardener was based on Something Really Excellent.
"An Unbreakable Union", the replacement for Jade's Strife song against Bec, though in a very very different style and a big departure from what Mutiny was, is a spectacular song in its own right.
The exclusion of "Sunslammer" from this page would be unacceptable.
Dupliblaze COMAGMA, the theme for Dave's Denizen, Hephaestus. It starts off as rather foreboding techno and sound effects, then suddenly DROPS IT LIKE IT'S HOT and jumps into the best remix of Atomyk Ebonpyre yet.
Pianokind is a combination of Showtime, Aggrieve and 3 In The Morning that starts with a foreboding march of Snowman's leitmotif and segues into a bombastic Boss Remix that easily tops the three songs that produced it.
I Don't Want to Miss A Thing For many of the same reasons as "How Do I Live (Bunny Back in the Box)" is an awesome song. But this one also gives you the added bonus of a bit of "Suburban Jungle" at the start as well as bits of "Showtime", "Squiddles", AND "How Do I Live" instrumentally mixed in at later points.
Its use in Cascade only adds to the badass feeling it has and will have continually.
Lifdoff. It's a simply beautiful and incredibly hopeful tune, and is surprisingly beautiful and melodic for something named after a SBAHJ joke.
Even in Death is a haunting, slow song, until out of NOWHERE the drum line from "Upward Movement" (yeah, that drum line) comes and the song amps up... only to eventually fade back. It's quite well done.
Used perfectly when it appears in the comic itself.
Spider8reath is very nice, especially when those sexy horns come in.
And brass parts are great too. Hey-oo!
This is practically perfect to be Vriska's leitmotif. Anyone noticed that anything to do with spiders already tends to include electric guitars and horns? This is the perfect example.
The Carnival is a remix of Harlequin, one of the very first songs from the strip. In this incarnation, it's perfect for Gamzee's leitmotif: starting out calm, even melancholy, and gradually increasing in speed and pitch like a nightmare fairground ride.
Word of Composer is that it's a distorted barn owl, originally intended to sound like the horrorterrors' screams of pain.
Trial And Execution is rather overlooked. It has powerful drum beats and is very strong. It also perfectly fits the scene from the comic it's based on.
White Host, Green Room. It's basically the perfect description of Scratch's takeover of the comic, beginning with the music from Cascade and Seer: Descend... and then abruptly going into a smooth, calm and jazzy tune.
Homestuck Volume 8
If a single song could do justice to [S] Cascade and not a whole bunch, Infinity Mechanism would be it.
It is later put to good use in the end of Act 6 Intermission 1.
Cascade, the endlessly amazing full track from the EoA animation.
Highlights include the music that plays:
During Dave and Rose's ascensions to the God Tiers,
That violin solo deserves a mention of its own.
When Jade ascends to the God Tier,
During the Red Miles,
That bit where everything happens all at once, just before the Green Sun explodes and right after Jade has just collected all the planets.
Escape Pod is a completely awesome song that deserves a mention.
Homefree is a catchy and energetic piece that seems to be straight from a Pokemon game.
Terraform opens with a fantastic sample of Frost from Volume 6 and then descends into a fantastic rock song, reminiscent of Bec Noir's arrival on Jade's planet.
Calamity is an excellent song to open Volume 8 and to introduce the new techniques used. The song utilizes various time signatures like 15/16 and 5/4, which creates a highly surreal environment on the first listen. The melody is both relaxing and kickass. Bowman has not failed us yet again.
Finally, Feferi has a theme that fits her perfectly: Love You.
Airtime feels very hopeful, which is well done given the electronic samples.
Even In Death (T'Morra's Belly Mix) is a well done remix of Even in Death from Volume 7, including violins and choirs, and possibly surpasses the original. Its use in the comic is also just as appropriate.
If you thought Serenade was a beautiful yet sad piece, or that Requited was a beautiful and happy piece, prepare to love them together. The combination is truly emotional, and the way the songs interact, you could almost hear it as a conversation between Nepeta and The Disciple.
Encore starts off as an upbeat action song, similar to a battle theme from an RPG. Then Unite Synchronization starts playing around halfway through, and the song gets serious. Then, out of nowhere, freakin' SHOWTIME comes in and delivers probably one of the best action songs in the last few albums..
There are no words for A Taste for Adventure, how it never ends but never bores, feels epic, sad and adventurous simultaneously, constantly feels like it's going to quote Showtime but saves it for the end (how it mixes in with the melody when it actually does). Not to speak of its use in the story, giving one flashbacks until the end of the original song, and having one imagining the flash prolonging itself along with the rest of the song, Jane entering the medium, the alpha kids preparing to do so as well and whatever happens next. When all of it sums up, it deserves to be the second longest song, with 8 minutes, and the actual longest disregarding medleys.
Hate You, which perfectly captures Meenah's Ax-Crazy tendencies. It's also a good anti-thesis to Feferi's Love You. Bonus points for backwards version of the theme at the front and Meenah and the Condesce's laughter at the end.
Not to mention its nod to the Sailor Moon theme, which strangely works alongside the heavy synth.
Although it comes off as obnoxious to some (though this may be deliberate), GameGrl is pretty catchy and fun.
iRRRRRRRRECONCILABLE is a neat Latino/metal mix, summing up the mixed-up travesty that was Tavrisprite.
Also good for a laugh (or a bit of a scare) at the very end.
While the original Anbroids hasn't been officially released, the V2.0 track tops the old version with its added effects.
Austin, Atlantis is beautiful and hauntingly atmospheric. Listen closely for a bit of Flare at the end.
Noirscape starts off as a hard-rock rendition of Jack's theme. Then the melody from Crystalanthemums comes in, followed by a drum beat reminiscent of the one from Upward Movement...and then it becomes nearly every melody from Descend, played with a nice fusion of guitar, violin, and flute. And it's amazing.
Alternia is made by, as Andrew said, one of the best of the best composers of What Pumpkin. It shows. The La2t Frontiier is a personal favorite, featuring a bit of a reprise of Sunslammer, an already amazing tune from the fifth album.
With that in mind, if at any point you see a song made by Toby "Radiation" Fox, you're in for a treat.
The Thirteenth Hour, one of the Alternia album's bonus tracks that can only be listened to after purchase, is probably better known for the Wild Mass Guessing it's based upon. However the theme itself is beautifully haunting, and at the same time, hopeful.
"Omelette Sandwich" starts out with just some string chords, plays itself through, and then keeps rewinding itself to the beginning and adding new instrument groups and generally getting more frenetic, just like Eggs. It's an amazing effect.
Seconded. Considered one of the best tracks in the album by very, very many.
Time Paradox is amazing, simply for how it switches between a slow melody and a fast paced rock ballad, it feels like something out of Castlevania.
Chartreuse Rewind is absolutely amazing, starting out smooth and calm, then slowly progressing into something incredibly epic. The melody is catchy, the beat is nice, the various instruments intertwine perfectly...what's not to love about this beautiful piece?
Jade Dragon has distinct Asian influences while maintaining an extremely fantastic temporal theme.
Another awesome thing about this album is that, upon listening, it is clear that some tracks were meant to be played in sequence, one after the other, feeling like different movements of the same song rather than standalone pieces. For example, the transition between Humphrey's Lullaby and Clockwork Reversal, or Time Paradox to Eldritch to English.
Opening Theme: Stormspirit. Less than a minute long, it still does a fairly good job of raising the listener's expectations. And it leads right into...
Jade's Theme: Atomic Bonsai. A fast paced, oriental piece that gives off an actiony mysticism.
Extra: Knife's Edge. Its intended purpose is a bit of a mystery, but if the cover art is anything to go by, it's meant as a theme for the second showdown between Bro and Jack Noir. And it totally would have worked.
Finally, it is worth noting that in all these songs, the guitar tracks are done with an actual guitar, rather than samples.
Something else worth noting is that each of the songs related to the kids has the specific instruments they have been known to play. John's theme has a piano, Rose's theme has a violin, Dave's theme has a turntable, and Jade's theme has a flute and a bass.
Since Gamzee doesn't really have a theme, he gets something more interesting: he parodies the Black King's theme with honks. This is to further expand upon his role as a mimic, as seen here.
The themes also play in a specific order. note BK ,Karkat, Terezi, BK, Tavros, Kanaya, Equius and Nepeta, Eridan and Feferi, BK, Aradia and Sollux, Gamzee, BK, and lastly Vriska This was also apparently the general order of the trolls' battle with the Black King in canon. Amazing badassery—as expected of the composer of the very first Homestuck piece.
And to signify that everyone was still on the same team, Eridan and Feferi share the theme Keepers.
While it is definitely poignant, there's also a quiet determination in the song. True, the trolls have sacrificed a great deal, but this track feels like the moment when they realize that the few things (and little time) they have left are still precious and worth fighting for.
This song becomes even more heartbreaking after learning about Alternia's peaceful origins.
Chaotic Strength is every metal fan's dream come true, in a way that matches how crazy Equius's strength is.
Blackest Heart (With Honks) one might not think honks are the scariest sound ever, but together with the atmospheric dread of this track, it works surprisingly well.
Not just that: if you pay attention, you'll notice that much of the song is reminiscent of Black; in other words, this is the theme for the (so far hypothetical) showdown between Vriska and Jack Noir. Thus the art.
This is pretty much the epitome of 1940s influenced music in the modern age.
Eridan's Theme, due to being surprisingly catchy, actually having LYRICS (check the supplemental PDF!), and having a middle section that consists of a shoutout to Catchyegrabber (Skipper Plumbthroat's theme) from the Squiddles album, signifying the similarities between Eridan and the grouchy pirate.
Karkat's Theme makes many listeners feel cranky and frustrated and at the same time just makes them want to sway side to side.
Dreamers and the Dead manages to combine the mysteriousness that surrounds the Dream Bubbles and the revivals they permit.
Fly captures every bit of that trippy and totally out there sense that Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff is made up of in a big way.
Pumpkin Tide gives off more of a Problem Sleuth feel than Homestuck and also ends up as one of the most catchy tracks on the album. It really gives you that disconcerting yet lackadaisical feel that only a pumpkin can.
The Prelude is simply beautiful. Especially the little remix of Homestuck in the middle.
Arguably, the whole album. It is not only beautiful all the way through, but is essentially a story told in piano. It can be a story telling of the events in Homestuck, or a story in and of itself with a little imagination. The Prelude leads up to the story. Genesis creates the setting. Eden introduces the characters. Exodus sets up a conflict. Requiem escalates the conflict. The Meek and Chronicles acts as a backdrop for the characters' effort to solve the conflict. Rapture and Creation seem lead up to the climax Revelations I. Revelations II works as a resolution. Revelations III is perfect as an epilogue, possibly hinting at future stories to come. It could really work well as the soundtrack for most any story, all done on real piano. Awesome.
Years In The Future is an excellent atmospheric piece that perfectly captures the feel of the monitor stations the Exiles spend so much time in. The cover art is also a Heartwarming Moment for the five Exiles.
The song is comprised entirely of the obsessions of WV, PM, and AR, ("Mayor", "Here's the mail, it never fails", and "I AM THE LAW!") repeated over and over again in oddly scratchy, electronic sounding voices. By rights, it should be incredibly obnoxious, but it's actually very fun to listen to. That's a Moment Of Awesome right there.
The severe clash between the orchestral of the rest of Universe A's first half and the EarthBound-esque techno-rock of Fuchsia Ruler becomes eerily logical when someone points out that the rest of the ancestors are dead and the Condesce is still very much alive and active.
"Your Universe" is a vocal piece sung about/by Snowman, which shifts from a song about her and the power she commands to her relationship with Spades Slick. The interesting thing is that it references specific events between the two, while wording it like an ordinary love song. ("I caught your eye / You stole my heart / I took your arm / to show that I care"). A listener who doesn't know the characters could think it an ordinary love song until:
But when I said "draw" / and you shot / It was obvious that you were / colder...
"Temporal Shenanigans" is a 3-verse song sung by Aradia, first as a ghost, then a robot, and then the last lines with her alive again. It is extremely good at showing the 3 sides of Aradia's character, and the one singing it nails Aradia's emotions perfectly.
Emerald Terror is slow compared to the other character themes, but is also very ominous and has a nice tune. Sounds like (and the cover art supports this) Jake is being followed by something that jumps out at him in the end...
Squiddle Song does a great job of pulling off the "goofy, fun song with horrific lyrics" thing without being obnoxious or stale. It lacks the cloying self-awareness that most such songs convey and plays the whole thing utterly straight. And that's wonderful.
Coolkid and Checkmate are high octane aural excitement. Checkmate in particular is great boss music; just imagine facing off against Bec Noir to this.
Pipeorgankind has weight and fitting musical nods to Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D minor". It really is an amazing track to end the album off on. It has a haunting tune, and has hints of Harlequin mixed in.
Mother is a piano piece that is nostalgic, hopeful, and beautiful at the same time. One can really feel the emotion that is conveyed in the song's cover art. The piano solo version of the song is pretty, and both versions are similar to Alternia.
Given that it's comprised solely of about 6 different video games' music heavily mixed together, it probably won't be.
Same applies to herosgrowth, which is basically an Earthbound track remixed a bit.
Same reason Starkind was released as fanmusic.
GameGlr is an awesome remix of GameGrl (notice one has Grl for Girl and the other Glr for Glare).
Crab Waltz is a moodier remix of Crustacean (Karkat's theme), and it perfectly fits the disillusionment Karkat feels during the Openbound segment.
"Descend (1NT3LL3KZ Remix)" begins with some foreboding synths that give you quite a sense of anticipation for about two minutes... then suddenly, BAM! You get to treat your ears to the undisputable best Beatdown remix ever. The original Beatdown pales in comparison to the exhilarating eargasm of awesome.
An early version of "The Ballad of Jack Noir": The pre-chipbiting version had not only piano but also full vocals, something in no other song back then.
Toby Radiation Fox uploaded two songs onto Youtube relative to Homestuck that deserve mention here. One was named StarKind, and the other, Dumbral Ultimatum. The first was inspired from a thread post where a forum member thought the Green Sun card Rose found in her land could actually be used as a weapon. Fox ran with it, and used various music from Secret of Mana to create the song. The second song, DA, was a rough cut of Umbral Ultimatum that sounds just as rocking and frantic as Jade: Enter update page. Starkind was later used in Land of Fans and Music.
Also, the composer Eidolon Orpheus deserves some special message.
There is something to be said about this song when you've played it more times in one day than you have Karkat's official theme song in three months.
Now that we know about the Ancestors, it feels more like the Sufferer's theme than Karkat's.
''Aquatic Aristocracy'' - A baroque, harpsichord-driven theme for Eridan; considerably more menacing than his actual theme song.
There's also his theme ''Land of Quartz and Melody'' for Aradia's planet, which just plain fits. As does his theme for the Midnight Crew Intermission and the Felt's house, ''Like Clockwork''. The rest of his alternative themes for the trolls are also pretty awesome.
MyUsernamesMud, the composer of said mashup, is one of the major contributors to the Fan Music thread. One of his most notable accomplishments is creating music for ALL of the Trolls' session's Lands. His theme for Terezi's Land of Thought and Flow is particularly notable, but they're all awesome.
From the same mashmaster: When you mix GameBro (from Vol. 6) and Upward Movement (from Vol. 2), two already epic tunes, you get this. Warning: It is recommended that you have an extra pair of pants on hand.
Radiation did his own take on Libera Me From Hell. AND IT IS AWESOME.
Thought Descend couldn't get any cooler? Try Descend — Pianokind.
Before you catch yourself thinking, 'hmm, some of those notes sound a bit off', it should be noted this particular performer plays most of these piano covers by ear.
Some may have seen Hussie recommend Savior of the Slammin Jam, a surprisingly good mashup of Savior of the Dreaming Dead with the infamous Space Jam. However, SlammaLoVania, another mashup of the latter but with MeGaLoVania, arguably is even more awesome. Both are actually pretty good - even in a non-ironic way.
PhemieC's folk songs are flat out fantastic, especially with her simple yet effective guitar playing over the haunting vocals. Just look at Ugly Story (a song about Eridan), or even Made of Death (about Aradia). She's doing songs for just about every single one of the trolls, as well as other characters in Homestuck.
Wrath and Angels is an epic four-part orchestral composition that encapsulates the character of Eridan masterfully.
A couplemore. These are quite distorted, but you can still hear Harlequin influences. The first is from Nannasprite's introduction, the second from John's Betty Crocker-induced mental breakdown.
It should be noted, because it has to go somewhere, that Harlequin composer Mark Hadley actually connects Homestuck to the original new media, oft-animated/partially-sprite based comic Kid Radd. That's his music headlining the final and only sound-enabled comic.
Remember Black from Jack Noir's rise to power in the first anniversary flash? What about the iconic phrase "Make her a member of the Midnight Crew?" Well now we have where it's from with I'm a Member of the Midnight Crew in this update.
Warning, all respect for the original Time on my Side may plummet after hearing it in 1.33 speed.
All the 1.33 speed songs come from one youtuber named fourthirdsfaster, and are (almost) a perfect fourth (.02 halfsteps off). Some songs, particularly those which use non-instrumental sound effects, sound off (ok for glitch Bl1nd Just1c3 and English, not for Homestuck Anthem). The ones which don't pure,high-strungawesome. Black deserves a special mention, just because we get the starting catchphrase seemingly sung by a gnome.