Stink Lines (Soundtrack)
"Stink Lines" is one of the song titles featured on the Team Fortress 2 Official Soundtrack, listed as track number 24. Added after the Love & War Update, it is a full version of the music heard in Expiration Date while Spy is giving a speech to the other Mercenaries. It is one of 32 main menu startup themes.
Key: A Major (and F# Minor, though the key is largely unclear)
Time Signature: 2/4-3/4-4/4-6/4
Tempo: 132, 166 BPM
Release Date: August 7, 2014
Update: Love & War
Composer: Mike Morasky
Instrumentation: flute, piccolo, clarinet, 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 3 trombones (2 tenors, 1 bass), tuba, piano, drumset, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass
Underscoring parts of Expiration Date, "Stink Lines" is written similarly to a film score. Several parts of the track seem to be variations on Playing With Danger's main motif, an apparent inspiration for much of its compositional elements.
Beginning with a repeated snare pattern punctuated by contrabasses, the track's first musical statement is a chorale in the key of A; the chorale underscores the Spy's speech in Expiration Date as a "call-to-arms." The only chords used in this section are A major, D major, and E major (I-IV-V), which are all found in the diatonic harmony of a major scale. The statement ends on E major, but resolves to F# minor, the relative minor of A major (though this section almost entirely consists of chromaticism, and cannot be clearly defined). This new section contains a chromatic motif played by piano and flute, similar in scoring to that of Playing With Danger, which is then played by low brass and piano. The ending lands on F#, simply stopping at the end of a phrase as opposed to a climactic finish.
- Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date.
- The name of the music track is a reference to the Scout explaining a drawing he made on a card in the Expiration Date film.
- A part of this song is used before the round starts in Competitive Mode (0:00 - 0:20)