The Calm (Soundtrack)
"The Calm" is one of the song titles featured on the official Team Fortress 2 Soundtrack, listed as track number seventeen. Added in the Mann vs. Machine update, it is the song featured in the Mann vs. Machine trailer and is one of 32 main menu startup themes. This was the first song that played during the part of the trailer where the REDs and BLUs join together to fight.
Key: A Minor
Time Signature: 4/4-2/4
Tempo: 95-116.5 BPM
Release Date: August 15, 2012
Update: Mann vs. Machine
Composer: Mike Morasky
Instrumentation: bass harmonica, flute, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, piano, harpsichord, keyboards, theremin, 2 acoustic guitars, banjo, electric guitar, electric bass, drumset, timpani, 2 percussion, whislter, choir, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass
Written to score the Mann vs. Machine Trailer, "The Calm" is written in the style of a western standoff or a march to battle. Its use of guitar, whistler, and trumpet is similar to that of the score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with the trumpet part specifically dictating "a la Ennio Morricone."
The track begins with a light guitar strum accompanied by strings, which both become progressively louder until a climax of heavy bass instruments drone on D. A new section begins, with electric bass and percussion, and a variation on "More Gun" is played by flute and whistle. After a brief pause, trumpet and flute echo the same phrase with more energy and denser accompaniment. Afterward, the scoring loses its rhythmic pulse in favor of a held string chord, while theremin and choir enter. The final section begins with theremin playing the main Mann vs. Machine melody (foreshadowed previously by harpsichord) and a punchy synth bass line, until brass reenters for the final musical statement.
August 15, 2012 Patch (Mann vs. Machine Update)
- [Undocumented] This song was added as main menu music.
- 2:04 to 2:29 is also part of ROBOTS!.
- A remix of More Gun (1:01 onwards) can be heard from 0:37 to 1:20.
- The name is a reference to the popular phrase "The Calm Before the Storm", meaning a period of calm before something extremely bad happens.