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Papers Please Theme

“Main Theme – Papers, Please” is a high quality rip of the main theme from Papers, Please.

Jokes list

This rip is a medley rip featuring different melody sources swapped from the papers, please theme. mostly Borat’s Kazakhstan anthem. The rip is speeding up from 3:57-4:25.

Time stampsSong / sampleSource(s)
0:00 – 4:31“Papers, Please Theme”Lucas Pope
0:04 – 0:35, 1:41 – 2:03“Kazakhstan National Anthem”Borat
0:35 – 0:54“Korobeiniki”Russian folk song, Tetris
0:54 – 1:41“Russkij Pusskij” / “Kalinka”Carlito / Tengen Tetris
2:03 – 2:48“Pause Music”Banjo Kazooie
2:48 – 3:18“Credits Theme”The Amazing World of Gumball
3:18 – 3:57“Kazakhstan National Anthem” (Meniñ Qazaqstanım)Mukan Tulebayev, Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Latif Khamidi
4:29 – 4:31The Nutshack ThemeNUMP

Papers Please Soundtrack

Papers, Please have a total of 84 sound effects consisting of sounds produced in the booth by various products as well as ambient noise and speech of characters. The soundtrack of the game is made up of three songs, The Arstotzkan anthem, the victory theme, and the death theme.

1- Arstotzkan anthem

In the primary menu and in the official trailer, the Arstotzkan anthem was produced on a Yamaha MOX6 synthesizer and was published on YouTube on January 14, 2013. Lucas Pope released the sheet music on Twitter.

The song begins with a slow march rhythm produced by bass saxhorns to represent the really slow flow of in line entrants and how tired and depressed they are due to the last six years of war.

The anthem runs quicker and quicker with keyboards, pizzicato strings, and synth metallic voice that tells “Where Am I?” from a Yamaha MOX. Ultimately, we have an explosion of all tools with the addition of military band ones, such as drums and trumpets to convey emotions of tension, terrorist attacks, and the obvious calm that transforms into uncontrollable rage against Arstotzka.

2- Victory theme

The victory theme is a light-hearted song that performs 18 to 20 ending cutscenes. Because the good endings are rare and hard to earn, unlike the Death theme, there is no semblance of any darker undertones on the track, as the inspector brought peace in the unusual, good endings.

3- Death theme

The death theme that plays during the cutscenes of endings 1 to 17. It starts out getting louder, like a song on a radio. The song is surprisingly upbeat at first but still sounds like a song that would be played on state broadcast radio. It then gets lower to emphasize the sad fate of the inspector. The song then returns to its upbeat form before the end. Despite its rather energetic nature, the track maintains the eerie feeling of a grave mistake throughout.

Location

All music can be found as .ogg files in the game directory. In the Steam version, default paths are:

  • Windows: Program Files (x86)/Steam/Steamapps/Common/Papersplease/assets/music
  • MacOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/PapersPlease.app/Contents/Resources/assets/music
  • Linux: ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PapersPlease/assets/music

Sound effects

Most of the effects are based on open-source sounds from freesound.org and soundsnap.com. All sound effects can be found as .wav files in the game directory. In the Steam version, default paths are:

  • Windows: Program Files (x86)/Steam/Steamapps/Common/Papersplease/assets/sounds
  • MacOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/PapersPlease.app/Contents/Resources/assets/sound
  • Linux: ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/PapersPlease/assets/sound

Speech

The voices for characters were done with the MacOS (then OS X) command line tool say, a built-in speech synthesis manager that converts text to audible speech. The resulting voices were then edited in Audacity and GarageBand. The strings listed below were used. Before MacOS Sierra, all sounds could be reproduced on OS X by typing commands listed under each entry into Terminal:

  • inspector: ehua?
    say [[pbas 45]]ehua?[[slnc 500]]
  • entrant: ihe
    say [[rate 200]][[pbas 50]]ihe[[slnc 500]]
  • guards: gish-tot
    say [[pbas 40]]gish[[rate 300]][[pbas 50]]tot[[slnc 1000]]
  • suicide bomber: lekrafezuh!
    say [[pbas 70]]lekrafezuh! [[slnc 1000]]

Booth effects

  • Typewriter sound when text appears – there are four effects for this, all from the same source
  • Entrants enter and exit – both effects are edited from the same source
  • Entrant breathes in and out – both effects are edited from the same source
  • A fog horn signaling that the day is done – source
  • Clock reaching the end of the day (usually 6pm) – edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2
  • Arriving to the booth at the beginning of the day – edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2
  • Poison is applied – source

Buttons and stamps

  • A button (fingerprint, detain, etc.) becomes available – source
  • Pushing and releasing a button – source
  • Opening and closing the shutter – source
  • Opening and closing the stamp bar – edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2
  • Pushing down and releasing a stamp – source
  • After the detain button has been pushed – edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2

Document handling

  • Dragging a document – there are three effects for this, all edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2
  • Releasing a document – there are three effects for this, all edited from two sound clips: source 1 (same as source 2 above), source 2
  • Turning a page – there are three effects for this, all edited from the same source
  • Turning a page (metallic effect) – source
  • Dragging, dropping, and releasing a metallic item (keys, tokens) – there are seven effects for these, all edited from the same source
  • Paper being stamped – edited from three sound clips: source 1source 2source 3

Printer sounds (fingerprints, citations)

  • Printer taking in a paper – source
  • Paper printing out – source
  • Page torn from the printer – source
  • Photo printing out – source

Inspection mode

Search

Confiscation

  • Confiscation drawer opens and closes – both effects are edited from the same source

Terrorism

Weapons

  • NPCs fire weapons – there are three different shot sounds, all sourced from the same sound clip
  • The inspector inserts a key and unlocks a weapon – both sounds edited from the same source
  • The inspector cocks a weapon – source
  • The inspector fires the sniper rifle – source
  • The inspector fires the tranquilizer rifle – edited from two sound clips: source 1source 2

The bomb on day 15

Vehicles

Ambience

  • General booth ambience – source
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