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Robert Henke, Superhero (MP3)

Apparently Robert Henke (aka Monolake) did “some background atmospheres” (in his written depiction) for an Xbox 360 Spider-Man 3 video game back in 2007. He’s made available for free download a four-minute track from those sessions, titled “Venice Beach,” mixing a wash of waves (not sine waves, but ocean waves), gentle percussion, some murmuring synthesizers and, occasionally, a woman’s voice, counting — the result is a soothing if mystery-tinged recording, with, thanks to the numbers, echoes of the Conet Project’s super-spy radio signals. Henke says in his brief description of the track that a 5.1 surround-sound version is hidden, like an Easter egg, somewhere on the released video game.

Henke posts these free tracks with certain rules, including an admonition against linking directly to the MP3 file, so just proceed to monolake.de/downloads. It should be up at least through the end of the month.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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