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Version 2 - Enhanced Client - Early Classic Client Music Addon for Pinco's UI

Discussion in 'UO Enhanced Client Discussion' started by A Thought Elemental, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. A Thought Elemental

    A Thought Elemental Journeyman

    May 21, 2011
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    Download location: https://rapidshare.com/files/2728103862/EC-Classic-Music-V2.zip

    Version 2 - Enhanced Client - Early Classic Client Music Addon for Pinco's UI

    Publish for Pinco's UI Version 5.2d, EC Playsound version 1.5, assembled
    by "A Thought Elemental" from the UO Stratics forums, February 9, 2012

    This addon causes the Enhanced Client version of Ultima Online to play a recreation
    of the music which the Classic Client utilized from 1997 until a few years after.

    - - Repairs the situation with EC Playsound's fade-in (which was destroying the beginnings of the version 1's classic MP3s)
    - - All .mp3s remastered as VBR4 (145 - 185 kbps) (I found lower bitrates to damage the clarity of some of the selections).
    - - Musical selections are followed by several minutes of silence (no constant loop)
    - - Wilderness music now expanded to 10 tracks
    - - Some of the post-1997 towns have had classic music selected for them: Luna, Umbra, Delucia, Papua, Royal City.

    With this addon, you will hear:

    Stones as the login screen music,
    The classic zone cities' (Britain, etc) music as it was,
    Various other music (forest/wandering music, and more) similar to how it was.

    Depending upon how you install it, you can cause the War-mode music to never play,
    and you can choose to include or exclude the other music that was included with Pinco's
    UI. Instructions on the 2 installation methods are in a separate file within the zipfile.


    Ultima Online (as of its 1997 music version) had a rich history surrounding its music.
    The musical themes within that version of the client date back to the Ultima series,
    which predates Ultima Online. This music was included with the first release versions
    of the Ultima Online "Classic Client", and then was replaced some years later with
    different music. The "Enhanced Client" never had this early version music.

    I have had a great appreciation for this early version music since I first heard it in 1998.
    Back then, I even created several MP3s utilizing a professional-quality soundfont
    for my own personal, out-of-game listening.

    I was disappointed when I logged into Ultima Online in 2006 and found that the music had
    vanished from the game. I could not understand who thought it was a good idea
    to strip that amazing music out. After all, it could have been realized with a great soundfont
    (the way I had years before) and shipped in whatever format the more modern client needed
    (instead of old midi, of course). So each time I logged in, I missed hearing Stones, and
    the wilderness music, and Trinsic, and... all of it.

    Jump forward quite a few years.

    On March 5th, 2011, professional sound designer Scott Lee
    (Scott Lee | LinkedIn) released a realization of the
    1997-era Ultima Online music. Part of his original description is below:


    The release location for that project is here: Original MP3 Download

    Jump forward 7 months.

    I was searching for some of the original game's midi files and stumbled upon the Scott Lee MP3
    release. I listened to it - all of it - and found it to be more than just a high quality realization of the original
    UO midis. A musical interpretation had been applied to some of the instrument selections as well as
    what sounded like some clean-up work. The result was a high quality version of the original music
    which was sensitive, and stayed true to the music while having a unique sort of sound. The sound was
    in most cases lighter than the first 1997 producer's was. All in all it was a superb, quality realization.

    Jump forward 2 more weeks.

    November 22, 2011, Pinco's UI (an addon for Ultima Online's "Enhanced Client") version 5.1 was
    released. One of the new features was that Pinco's EC Playsound executable had been expanded
    to be able to play custom game music. Before this, it had been impossible to link custom music
    into the Enhanced Client.

    Nov 23 2011 - -Version 1 of this music mod pack

    Feb 9 2012 - - Version 2 released, primarily to resolve compatibility issues caused by the later version EC Playsound but also has improvements.
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  2. Storm

    Storm UO Forum Moderator
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    Mar 18, 2004
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    very cool just downloaded and listening to them! brings back a lot of memories
  3. Cear Dallben Dragon

    Cear Dallben Dragon Babbling Loonie
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    Feb 17, 2005
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    Can someone mirror this? that download is horrible.
    maybe just upload it to this thread?
  4. Ashlynn_L

    Ashlynn_L Lore Master
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    Nov 9, 2006
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    I haven't heard those particular classic music arrangements before. They are really really pretty and interesting.
  5. LordHogFred

    LordHogFred Visitor
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    Apr 11, 2012
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    I would love to get hold of this. Does anyone have the music they would be kind enough to upload somewhere? I can't find a working link anywhere :(