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    AMP - Additional Music Pack for Victoria II



    Introduction
    Victoria 2 music is great and adds a lot of immersion to the game, but the collection is limited. There are 17 pieces with a total running time of just over an hour. Meaning that if you play a V2 session for 3 or 4 hours you are bound to hear the same music two, three or more times. AMP Features over 300MB of music, 44 different compositions with total playing time of over 4 hours. I have created this collection to complement the excellent music already in the game with actuall music from the second part of the 19th and early 20th century.

    Philosophy
    I choose those pieces of music that I thought would work well with the game and create a nice atmosphere without being too imposing. There is an excellent thread here about what people like to listen to while playing Victoria. While being very useful for ideas I thought of creating a collection that would be accessible for everyone. This is the process of selection I went through while collecting these musical pieces:

    My primary concern were copyright and other legal issues, as even though all of the pieces are old enough not to be protected, performers' interpretations are. In the first step I made a selection of authors from the era and searched the sites like Musopen or Free Music Archive for all the compositions created by said authors and preformed by artists who are either too old for the copyright to apply or made recordings under the GNU, GGND or similar, meaning they are free to be redistributed as long as it's non profit and the authors are mentioned. This made a huge selection (over 3GB) from which I made the choice.

    I selected only the instrumental pieces (to keep with the spirit of the original V2 music) with a maximum length of 8 minutes, to make things more dynamic (with the exception of few overtures by Berlioz and a rhapsody by Liszt, which just seemed perfect for the game). From those I selected what I think would suit the V2 best discarding poor quality recordings in the process. There are a lot of piano solos, some chamber music like string quartets and some orchestra compositions. I added a few waltzes in the mix, as they describe the era well. A few pieces are from years preceding the game start, but most are from the second part of the 19th century.

    Not all the pieces I wanted made it as I didn't find good enough copyright free performances. All *.mp3 files are in the „Composer-Name of the piece_preformer“ format and have an AMP_ prefix, to be easily distinguishable from the original V2 music.

    Note that not all of the recordings and performances might be perfect, but I think they are definitely good enough. If you thing a piece or two is detrimental for immersion and should be discarded, or if you notice I failed to cut out the applause somewhere, please feel free to post.

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    Install Instructions
    Note: 2nd option is recommended!

    1st option: Extract the archive in your Victoria 2 install directory. Or copy the *.mp3 files from the archive to the /music folder in the Victoria 2 install directory.

    2nd option: As was noted later in the post, the game wasn't built to handle so many different files, so the best way to proceed would be the following:
    1) Create a new folder in your Victoria 2 folder and call it AMP.
    2) Copy the *.mp3 files from the Victoria 2\Music to the AMP folder.
    3) Extract the *.mp3 files from the AMP.zip file in the same folder.
    4) Play all the *.mp3 files from that folder in a program like Windows Meadia Player or WinAmp and put on shuffle.
    5) Start the game and turn the music off in options, but leave the sound FX on.

    With the 2nd option, you'll get the sound FX to work great, and have access to both the original V2 music plus this extra stuff on shuffle for 5 hours of non-repeating music awesomeness. You can later adjust the volume of the music in the Media player or WinAmp to your liking.


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    Well, hope you like this, it took me a few weeks of work and quite a bit of effort. Please post your feedback and suggestions for further improvement here.

    P.S. If anybody knows a way how to designate which pieces the game should play in early, middle and late parts of the game, would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro Ugo View Post
    P.S. If anybody knows a way how to designate which pieces the game should play in early, middle and late parts of the game, would be greatly appreciated.
    You should add to ask, if its possible to play some songs only in war/peace times. And how to do it ._.

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    The link says "file temporarily unavailable." Dunno if that's you or the website.

    Likewise, can we get a playlist? 300 MBs is a bit of memory.

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    Very nice. Not being a huge fan of these upload sites, I'd be willing to create a .torrent file for the archive. Since everything is public domain or properly licensed, that should be no problem.
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    Please do, I'll edit it in the first post. I don't know a first thing about creating torrents.

    @ZomgK3tchup: I'll see what I can do...

    here is the playlist:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro Ugo View Post
    Please do, I'll edit it in the first post. I don't know a first thing about creating torrents.

    @ZomgK3tchup: I'll see what I can do...
    Alright, as soon as megaupload lets me get the file, I'll be on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterfurby View Post
    Alright, as soon as megaupload lets me get the file, I'll be on it
    Megaupload doesn't work, I'll try another site. It worked fine the first time I tried...

    EDIT: Nevermind, managed to do it myself, It's not all that hard, really! Cheers anyway! Torrent in the first post, will also add one of the uploading sites as soon as the file is up - for people who dislike torrents.
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    Thanks. In any case, me and my 50 MBit line are seeding.
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    Cheers! I just don't understand how you got it, I'm also seeding and it only says I uploaded a few hundred KBs... Nevermind. Anyway, I added a direct download link in the first post also, for people who prefer that, hopefully this one will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro Ugo View Post
    Cheers! I just don't understand how you got it, I'm also seeding and it only says I uploaded a few hundred KBs... Nevermind. Anyway, I added a direct download link in the first post also, for people who prefer that, hopefully this one will work.
    I downloaded the version from the uploading website and just put it in my torrent folder. Since it's the same file, my torrent software just recognized it and started seeding. Anyway, it looks like people should have no problem getting it now
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    I found that I failed to cut out a part of one piece with applause, so please download and extract AMP_hotfix.zip from the first post over your V2 folder with replace.

    Also, any feedback on this?

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    Sorry for the bump. Nice pack. You should add Preußens Gloria and L'internationale (instrumental, obviously). Königgrätzer Marsch is pretty nice as well.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, will look into finding the free versions of those!

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    Don't know if OP is around anymore but this mod was fantastic. I've put 50 hours of time playing Vicky II with this music on. My only complaint is that it feels like sometimes, one or two songs keep getting repeated over and over again.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad people are using it. As for the repetition - there is nothing I can do about it, I guess the game just wasn't build with the intention of having that many music pieces and a glitch accursn now and then. It might, also, be just "bad luck" as I played hundreds of hours with it and didn't notice this.

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    26 mins to do Direct download. Also Megaupload is been closed by the FBI for a year now. You should remove that link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbillhdmax01 View Post
    26 mins to do Direct download. Also Megaupload is been closed by the FBI for a year now. You should remove that link.
    The link is to uploading.com, not Megaupload...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro Ugo View Post
    The link is to uploading.com, not Megaupload...
    Then where does the torrent come from? Wait I see you removed the link to the torrent. I guess you understand what I was talking about?

    Anyways hey. (AMP_Chopin-Mazurka Op.63 No.2_Vadim Chaimovich) Doesn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro Ugo View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad people are using it. As for the repetition - there is nothing I can do about it, I guess the game just wasn't build with the intention of having that many music pieces and a glitch accursn now and then. It might, also, be just "bad luck" as I played hundreds of hours with it and didn't notice this.
    The game really, really isn't designed to have this much music, and it can cause a crashbug having too many music files to go through.
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    Is there any other direct download link? The uploading.com one kept saying I was downloading something already and now it's saying I've reached the download limit!

    I'm looking forward for some brilliant music however.

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