Playing With Danger (Soundtrack)

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Team Fortress 2
Official Soundtrack
  1. "Team Fortress 2 (Main Theme)"
  2. "Playing With Danger"
  3. "Rocket Jump Waltz"
  4. "The Art of War"
  5. "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet"
  6. "Right Behind You"
  7. "Petite Chou-Fleur"
  8. "Intruder Alert"
  9. "Drunken Pipe Bomb"
  10. "More Gun"
  11. "Haunted Fortress 2"
  12. "TF2 Saxxy 2011 Theme"
  13. "A Little Heart to Heart"
  14. "MEDIC!"
  15. "Archimedes"
  16. "Dreams of Cruelty"
  17. "The Calm"
  18. "ROBOTS!"
  19. "Dapper Cadaver"
  20. "Rise of the Living Bread"
  21. "Red Bread"
  22. "Three Days to Live"
  23. "Seduce Me!"
  24. "Stink Lines"
  25. "It Hates Me So Much"
  26. "Misfortune Teller"
  27. "Soldier of Dance"
  28. "RED Triumphs!"
  29. "BLU Triumphs!"
  30. "Yeti Park"
  31. "Saxton's Dillema(sic)"
  32. "Mercenary Park"
  33. "Saluting the Fallen"

"Playing With Danger" is track number two featured on the Team Fortress 2 Official Soundtrack and track three on The Orange Box Official Soundtrack. The track plays during Trailer 2 and is one of 32 different main menu start up themes. '"Playing With Danger" is also the track heard from the various map introduction videos, and parts of it are used as audio cues for the Dueling Mini-Game, Casual Mode level ups and Main Menu alerts. A loop of its percussion-only part is used as the background on the main class selection screen, with an electric guitar playing a modified E minor harmonic blues scale; one note for each individual class.

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Guitar transcription

The following is an abridged transcription of the song.

Playing With Danger     
                     
time = 4/4          | 
Standard E-tuning   | 
 
(c) Mike Morasky / VALVe 2007                   

					         E Major
                                              Clean Guitar
       Fig. 1                     Fig. 2                     Fig. 1                    Fig. 3
e ||--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|------------------------------|
B ||--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|------------------------------|
G ||--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|------------------------------|
D ||--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|------------------------------|
A ||--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|------------------------------|
E ||--0--0--0--3--3--3--0--0--|--------------6--6--5--5--|--0--0--0--3--3--3--0--0--|--0--7--7--7--5--5--5b6--5b7--|
 
      Fig. 1                     Fig. 4
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --0--0--0--3--3--3--0--0--|--0--7--7--7--6--6--5--5|
    
                                              Tremolo/Vibrato Guitar
      
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------3--2--|
    --4--3---------2--3--4--3-|--4--3------2--3--------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|
    --------------------------|------------------------|

                                                     Piano Melody

       Fig. 1                          Fig. 2                         Fig. 3
    -------------------------------|-----------------------10--9---|--9--8------13--12--|
    --12--11-------12--11--12--11--|--12--11-------12--11----------|--------11----------|
    -------------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------|
    -------------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------|
    -------------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------|
    -------------------------------|-------------------------------|--------------------|

Analysis

See also: Team Fortress 2 (Main Theme) (Soundtrack)

Key: E Major
Time Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 96 BPM
Length: 4:03
Release Date: August 21, 2006
Update: Base Game
Composer: Mike Morasky

Likely for consistency, this song is based around the guitar melody of the main theme. Like the main theme, it uses the chords E Major and A Major. The guitar features much of the same, using an E Blues pentatonic scale that blends major and minor for a more unrestricted feel. However, this song has been slowed down relative to the main theme. This song also feattures a piano section, as well as another guitar part using either a tremolo or vibrato effect. The percussion on this track is also more traditional, focusing largely on military-style snare drum sounds. There is also a higher blend of woodwind instruments from this track.

Trivia

  • Like several of the tracks in the soundtrack, "Playing With Danger" uses the same chords and tune as the "Team Fortress 2 (Main Theme)". Both songs are also in the key of E Major, feature the same guitar part, and feature the use of the blues scale.
  • The track's arrangement and composition strongly recalls The Battle of Algiers by Ennio Morricone.