MotorStorm Mondays: The MotorStorm Festival, Demo Coming This Week

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Since Day 1, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to put a soundtrack together that would have the right vibe for a festival of racing like MotorStorm. You see, Music is one of those things that no one is ever “wrong” about. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone knows best, but no one is ever wrong! After countless discussions with various people involved in creating the Festival Infrastructure around the MotorStorm racing events, my challenge was set: I needed to put together a lineup that not only fit with a racing game, but one which could feasibly be the Festival line up to end all Festival line ups. It had to be Anarchic, Aggressive and Raucous. That was the easy part. The tough part was making sure that the soundtrack became as much a signature of MotorStorm as the racing itself was.

With Pacific Rift, I faced the same challenge, but this time, it had to go one better. Up to eleven, if you like. First things first, considering this time around we were allowing the player to play their own music while racing: How do we give the player something that, no matter which way it’s looked at, is valuable? How do you put value back in to a licensed soundtrack, when the player can play their own music? After much consideration, the answers came; We are going to be giving you a soundtrack that not only stands up to MotorStorm’s first outing, but also has more than twice the number of tracks of its predecessor, along with a healthy peppering of tracks that we’ve gone directly to the original artists about, asking them to stamp an element of MotorStorm on them. Exclusivity. I’m sure that while everyone will have an opinion on it – and none of you will be wrong – you will all agree that what we’ve ended up with is an absolute monster of a soundtrack, with more than just a little something for everyone!

Lunatics of the world, Unite… The MotorStorm Festival is upon us once more, and promises to pump your ears full of Dirt, Petrol, Mud, Fire and Water… Line up announced!!!

Ok, here it is –

Full track list –

    Alex Metric – In Your Machine
    This guy is just gonna get bigger and bigger. MotorStorm festival organizers tip Alex Metric to be the new kid on the block when it comes to chops, beats and twist up mixes. Currently working on a debut album, he has yet to explode onto the scene, but he will… The MotorStorm Festival is the perfect platform for Metric to make his mark on the Dance scene!

    Amon Tobin – Trickstep (Pacific Rift Remix) Exclusive!
    We got our hands on some new exclusive unreleased tracks from Amon. We loved them all, but Trickstep was top of the bill for MotorStorm. Amon revisited it for us to “MotorStormify” it a bit more, too. Exciting stuff! And Exclusive to the MotorStorm Festival!

    Animal Alpha – Fire Fire Fire
    With a voice like sand and glue, and a band that’s full of energy and drive, MotorStorm seemed a perfect fit for Animal Alpha’s Fire Fire Fire, especially since we were setting some of our races in and around a volcano!

    Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix)
    Classic Aphex. Dirty, Raucus and edgy. Some might say a little scary too, but that’s all the elements you get in a MotorStorm race anyway…

    Black Daniel – Gimme What You Got (Alex Metric Remix)
    Alex Metric puts his shines on Black Daniel; Awesome track!

    Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind – Red Velvet VIP
    Dark Drum and Bass. It’s edgy. BSE have proven in the past that they can do for underground D&B what Pendulum did for Mainstream D&B.

    Black Tide – Show Me The Way
    These guys Rock, Hard! First heard a Metallica cover from them, and I was sold. These guys had to appear at the MotorStorm Festival, and they were keen to oblige! And what an addition it turned out to be! Fantastic band, great sound. Hair rock doesn’t get much hairier than this!

    Bodysnatchers – Twist Up
    Reminiscing back to the first MotorStorm Festival, we had Krafty Kuts feature. When I heard this track from the Bodysnatchers, it reminded me of Bass Phenomenon from Krafty. It fit really well, and it certainly twists itself up!

    Boys Noize – Lava Lava
    Boys Noize are making waves with everything they do at the moment. Lava Lava is no exception. It’s gritty, dirty, and it has great attitude. Sick track!

    Queens Of The Stone Age – Sick Sick Sick
    Speaking of Sick, There’s never a dull moment with Queens of the Stone Age! These guys kick serious ass and a MotorStorm Festival simply wouldn’t be the same without them.

    Bullets and Octane – I Ain’t Your Savior
    Truth be told, it wasn’t only the sound of this track that caught my attention. The energy it has, and the raw sound hits a nerve that makes this stick in your head. Great track to race really, really fast to!

    Cut In The Hill Gang – Soul To Waste (MotorStorm Edit) Exclusive!
    An Exclusive edit of a fantastic track from Cut in the Hill Gang. These guys know how to do dirty Rhythm and Blues!

    Hervé – Zombie Dance (MotorStorm Edit) Exclusive!
    Another exclusive edit for MotorStorm Festival goers to enjoy!

    The Exploders – Wolf Cub (Pacific Rift Edit) Exclusive!
    Another fantastic dirty blues track that simply had to be featured at The Festival! The Exploders were keen to give it a little treatment for us too and came up with this awesome mix, just for our MotorStorm ears!

    Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
    We wanted to include this in the original MotorStorm, but it works just as well in MotorStorm Pacific Rift! A great track and a classic sound for the MotorStorm Festival I’m sure you’ll agree!

    Nirvana – Swap Meet (Diplo MotorStorm remix) Exclusive!
    This is our big hitter. First time ever, and it’s exclusive to the MotorStorm Festival. MotorStorm has, in the past, managed to sway Nirvana towards the Festival (we had a fantastic reception to Breed, featuring at the first festival), so we wanted to bring them back again, but this time, with a difference. Hotter than hot cakes at the moment, Diplo was fired up to give it some remix treatment and, I think you’ll agree, this is Nirvana like you’ve never heard them before! Incidentally, its 20 years ago that Bleach was first released, and this is a fantastic opportunity to revisit the album and bring some of today’s hottest talent to the table to give it a squeeze. Great track; Great remix. You heard it here first!

    Pendulum – Tarantula (ft Fresh, $pyda & Tenor Fly)
    MotorStorm wouldn’t be MotorStorm without a big dollop of hoover led, raucous Drum and Bass action: Pendulum. We brought the Aussie Drum and Bass crew back to the festival with a brilliant track, Tarantula.

    The Qemists – Stompbox
    We loved it as soon as we heard it. We snapped it up and immediately set to work cutting our E3 movie to this track. This one had the potential to “Stomp” its authority as the new MotorStorm Signature track. It would seem we weren’t the only ones to think this was a fantastic track!

    The Qemists – Speed Freak (MotorStorm Remix) Exclusive!
    The Qemists are a new breed of warrior on the Drum and Bass scene and I just love to seek out not only what’s hot right now, but what will be hot round the corner, and the Qemists certainly have a fire in their gut right now that MotorStorm simply couldn’t overlook. When we asked the guys to let us bring Stompbox to the stage, they jumped at the chance. Not only that, they offered to knock up something exclusive for us, too! As good as Stompbox was, we couldn’t very well say no – that would just be rude. So we happily said, “yes please”, and boy what a job they did with this track! They took all the elements of a MotorStorm race, all the elements of a MotorStorm Theme, and shoved it all down the barrel of a Shotgun, pulled the trigger and shot this track straight to the main stage! This track Stomps Hard! Another Exclusive track you’ll only hear at the MotorStorm Festival!

    Saving Abel – New Tattoo
    Proper Rock n Roll. We love this track and we’re sure you will too! It has everything you need to drive faster than you should and more dangerously than you can imagine!

    Slipknot – Sulfur
    As of writing this, Sulfur remains unreleased. Though we’re pretty sure not for much longer as the Slipknot guys have nailed it once again. A superb track that sits with the whole vibe of the Festival and the racing action.

    Simian Mobile Disco – Parachute
    SMD have taken the UK scene by storm. Another one the Festival could not overlook! Great track, and again, as of writing, it remains unreleased.

    Supa Bajo – Lalula (instrumental)
    Aka – Freelance Hellraiser. The bass line on this one is outstandingly catchy. It alone ticks all the boxes for a MotorStorm race. What a track!

    Ulterior – Weapons
    A cross between Underworld and NiN. These guys rock hard in a tech kinda way. Another one to look out for…

    Noisia – Groundhog (MotorStorm re-edit) Exclusive!
    Groundhog is a great track anyway, but Noisia, as awesome as they are, agreed to give it a bit of MotorStorm treatment. Once again, another exclusive track to shove in your ears whilst tearing it up in Paradise.

    Clutch – Pure Rock Fury
    With their strangled guitar riffs and fuzzy raw sound, Clutch were ideal candidates to feature at the MotorStorm Festival. I have no doubt that you’ll agree this track comes armed with enough horsepower to blow the wheels off your vehicle mid race!

    David Bowie – Queen Bitch
    MotorStorm has never, and will never be about music that simply “Fits the Game”. It’s about a way of life. Lunatics from across the world, all shapes and sizes, all ages, unite to race their way to glory, and we make sure that although we feature tracks to suit everyone, we had no qualms about including something from as far back as the 70’s. It’s an absolute classic, from way back when… I was hugely skeptical as to whether we would be able to license this one, but it’s an absolutely killer track, so we pleaded, and we got it!

    Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands (Justice Remix)
    Though Death from Above 1979 disbanded, their music has left its footprint on the music scene, being picked up by dance producers, bands and remixers alike. Having this remix from French duo Justice feature at the Festival is something that always makes me smile! It also makes me drive extremely dangerously on the track! You gotta love the dirt and filth this track exudes from the very offset!

    Death From Above 1979 – Romantic Rights (Erol Alkins Re-Edit)
    “Two tracks from the same band!?”, you may wonder, but believe me, when you hear this, you’ll understand why the phrase “Erol keeps the kids dancing” is so appropriate! Erol Alkan’s remix of this fantastic DFA 1979 track is sublime! It brings you right up to the very top, then lets you go free-falling through the drop! A powerful remix of an adrenalin fuelled track. Outstanding.

    DJ Fresh – Chainsaw
    DJ Fresh has been a pioneer of the D&B scene for many years, working with some of the best over the years including Pendulum. He’s the bread and butter of Drum and Bass, and to have an opportunity to include an unreleased track at the Festival didn’t sit long on the table. I snapped it up as soon as I heard it. I’m sure those of you into the D&B thing are gonna be in for a real rare treat with this one!

    Fatboy Slim – Everybody Needs A 303 (Plump DJs remix)
    Take a jug, add Fatboy Slim, Plump DJ’s and one of the most prolific and prominent commercial dance tracks ever, and give it a shake. What do you get? Conviction behind the claim that Everybody needs a 303. This track is classic too, but in a different way from Bowie or Nirvana. Works great when you’re tearing up the mud through the thick jungle!

    Goose – Black Glove (Bloody Beetroots Remix)
    The Bloody Beetroots are coming out of the blocks at 90kph right now, and when they lent their touches to this fantastic track from Goose, they really pumped it! Brilliant track, great drive and it just oozes class.

    Hadouken! – Liquid Lives (Noisa instrumental mix)
    Fast cars go hand in hand with fast guitars. Throw a thick heavy beat under it and you get Liquid Lives with the Noisia touch. More than ample pace and tempo to make you wanna take out your opponents rather than just beat them to the finish line.

    The Hives – No Pun Intended
    The Hives have a certain energy to them. Impossible to overlook. They are a great outfit and definitely know how to put a driving track together!

    In Flames – Move Through Me
    In Flames are huge. And deservedly so. They can go toe to toe with the best of them, and this is evidence that they are more than capable of holding their own at the MotorStorm Festival. We wanted this track as soon as we put it in the mix.

    Leftfield – Phat Planet
    A lot of you are going to recognize this track as “The Guinness ad music”. And right you’d be. But let me explain why I chose this one for the Festival. The Guinness ad is all about Hawaiian Surfers, waiting for the perfect wave. “He waits. It’s what he does.” I wanted to convey this ethos by using this track in a similar capacity. Sure not many would get it at first, but the fact that this island, through all its years of being shaped by the land and clothed by nature, has been waiting for the perfect storm to hit its shores… MotorStorm brings exactly that, and it brings with it an end to The Island laying in wait. The wave has arrived, in the form of lunatics and masochists converging on the slopes of this land, ready to tear it up! …but the island won’t take it lying down. It WILL fight back. The bass line on this track says it all. The Island has been waiting for you…

    Machine Head – Davidian
    Machine Head go all the way up to eleven! There’s no doubt… and Davidian is a long standing classic. An anthem for anarchy. It’s time to rumble.

    March – Influence Exclusive!
    March are no strangers to the rock scene, and when I approached the band about featuring at the festival, they set straight to work. When they threw this track at me, it completely floored me. It’s dynamic, aggressive, and fresh. Exactly all the ingredients for the MotorStorm Festival I’m sure you’ll agree.

    Megadeth – Sleepwalker
    One of Megadeth’s newer tracks and, as you’d expect from classic rockers Megadeth, this is the very definition of power rock. \m/

    Nick Thayer – Mind Control
    With flavors of Big Beat and tech house synth lines, Nick Thayer nails it for the Festival. Perfect dance track to suit the atmosphere of the racing and festival.

    Parker – Western Soul featuring Rasco (Aphrodite Remix – MotorStorm Dub)
    Yet another exclusive! Parker joins up with Aphrodite to bring us this drum and bass mash up. The bass line wraps itself around you and completely pumps the adrenalin. Great track!

    The Planets – Slasher Exclusive!
    This track was dropped on my desk as we were approaching the finishing touches to the soundtrack, but it was too good to pass up. The guys revisited the track for us and gave it a bit of MotorStorm flavor. It sits right up there with the best of the soundtrack

    Primal Scream – Necro Hex Blues
    We featured two Primal Scream tracks on MotorStorm, and when I heard they were releasing a new album very close to Pacific Rift’s release date, I managed to get my hands on it for a listen. This track features Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age on guitars, and the opportunity was not one I wanted to pass up! It’s everything you’d expect from Primal Scream, and everything you’d expect to hear at the MotorStorm Festival. Brilliant!

    Saviours – Caverns Of Mind
    From Oakland CA, Saviours rock hard. This track was one of the first tracks we had on the table for the MotorStorm Festival, and after I’d played a couple of races to this one, it had to be featured. Pedal-to-the-metal rock.

    South Central – Golden Dawn
    Dubbed as a Post Glitch; Indie/Electro; Dance-Rocktronica band. When I heard Golden Dawn, I knew it would work almost instantly. Brilliantly produced, and full of energy, the South Central guys hit the nail on the proverbial head

    The Whip – Trash
    From Manchester UK, The Whip are “whipping” up a storm on the scene and will soon explode worldwide! This track is fantastic and sits perfectly well in the festival environment. These guys are not to be missed!

This week the demo for MotorStorm Pacific Rift will be available on the PLAYSTATION STORE for free download. The demo includes Rain God Spires, one of the 16 courses exclusive to MotorStorm Pacific Rift. Race against the computer in single-player mode or grab a friend for some split screen multiplayer action. Log on to the Store from your PS3 system and download it this Thursday, Oct. 16th!

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  • im loving it

  • I’ll be online since day one…motorstorm 1 was one of my favorite racers ever. PR will only increase my admiration of the series…Racing Truck FTW!!

  • @ 51

    Trophy List is already out :)

  • @chasegamez & vegaz
    Custom soundtracks are available.

    Here are the trophies:

  • that looks awesome.. i might pick this up.

  • aWESOME, Rock on!

  • Great playlist! Personally i prefer listening to the game music while im playing than my own music, it just dosnt feel right if i change for my music

    Anyway, cant wait to get my hands on this game!

  • @11 the more and more i read your post the more it sounds like X[DELETED] live. the object is to be better then your competition not to be its twin. i gotta say the music section on the XMB how hard is it to look for a song off a cd you put on the XMB. not to mention if its the real cd it copy the name of the song. stop trying to make the PSN a X[DELETED] live copy and at lest come with ideas thats better.

  • @11 the more and more i read your post the more it sounds like Xc**k live. the object is to be better then your competition not to be its twin. i gotta say the music section on the XMB how hard is it to look for a song off a cd you put on the XMB. not to mention if its the real cd it copy the name of the song. stop trying to make the PSN a Xc**k live copy and at lest come with ideas thats better.

  • i’ll try it out

  • wow what a diatribe. shallow and pedantic.

  • MStorm looks awesome, now where the hell is the R2 beta????????????????????????????

  • <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    i am not buying this game cuz your soundtrack sucks so much. thats the only reason why im not buying it and i dont care if i can listen to custom music. i wont give you my money if your gonna make a soundtrack like that. every song on it sucks except like…. tarantula by pendulum… and maybe 1 more cuz i dont know what a couple of them are. why do you listen to music like that?????? and youre gay


  • I love the Motorstorm PR demo, that I was emailed the code for. I presume this is the same demo, and your releasing it for everyone to try out now? Still really like the first one, so can’t wait til Pacific Rift is out.

  • Oh, thanks so much for that, i’m certainly going to buy Motorstorm 2, so i’m not going to play the demo to decide to buy it or not, but just to have fun till the game comes out =D
    I loved the Multiplayer function of this demo, cant wait to play with my sister and humilhate her :P (shes god at racing games O_o) anyways… Great job! Seems like this week is one of the best of this year.

  • love the first motorstorm,i am buying this one too the demo was great

  • Looking forward to this!

  • Thanks Alan.

    Actually played the Qore demo and liked that one (I know you guys worked a lot of bugs out).

    I’ve also got my pre-order in for the full game.

    My PS3 came with Motorstorm 1 and I loved that game.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Yay!! I’ve been waiting for this demo. I cant for this game to come out. Sadly, I won’t be able to buy it at launch but I’ll get around to it at some point (AKA Christmas) Awsome. :D

  • cool, bring on the demo!

  • this game looks just awesome :p

    and i’m lovin the soundtrack :D

    can’t wait

    PS: will the demo be out in the UK/Europe on Thursday too?

  • long list.. let’s hope the game is any better that the beta, cause that sucked compared to the original game.

  • Bowie is god … and is a fact >:(

  • Wow, that sound track is hot for this game. Thanks for the Demo, only 16 more days.

    Oct. is killing me LBP, Far Cry 2, Socom, and MOTORSTORM 2. That’s $240 plus tax with no where near enough time to play them all.

    Hey, I remember when games where coming too slow, and now I want them to slow down. :)

  • @75

    Just get the blockbusters for now and save some cash for when the games drop in price…LBP (for Oct.) and Resistance 2…anything else would be uncivilized. You will thank me when you can get those games for $30 in two months.

    PSN: yungder

  • Great. I’ll have fun with the demo till I get my copy of the game.

  • pretty neat lineup. Motorstorm is a sleeper this year. What can microsoft counter us ????

  • I hope ms2 online is going to be woildwide because id hate to buy another copy just to play with my europe friends!!!

  • Not the biggest fan of Motorstorm, but I’ll probably pick it up for a lack of anything else to play this year. Fable 2, Little big Planet and resistance 2 are my big 3 to get; everything afterwards is jelly out of a jar.

  • Very good track selection!!

  • ya this would be cool but i already have the demo sony sent it 2 me awile back i think at least 2-3 weeks ago

  • Is the soundtrack going to be released?

    • Hi There

      I\’m afraid we don\’t have any immediate plans for independant release of the soundtrack at this time. Sorry to disappoint!

      Never say never though!


  • well i dont like any of the songs again and that was my only problem with the the first motorstrom was that i didnt like the songs well at least i can use my own music this time

    • Hey there

      Sorry you don\’t like it, but like I said its not easy to please absolutely everyone. That being said, for those who don\’t like the soundtrack, we\’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to play your own music by providing the option to use the XMB music feature whilst playing the game.

      I tried playing the game with some Bach at one point! Surreal experience to say the least! :)

      Hope you enjoy the game!


  • Congratulations, the track list is impressive.

    Wouldn’t you mind updating the Singstore from now on? :)

  • Wow – great post. Thanks for taking the time to put individual comments by the tracks. Pretty extensive list, too.

    Not that it matters as I’m just an average Joe, but little things like the amount of time the dev team spends on the blog really are influencing my decision to buy games.

    I hope the sales numbers reflect your hard work.

    There’s a reason why the guys from Saint’s Row 2 aren’t on the blog showing how proud they are of their game… But that’s not to say Sony shouldn’t spend some coin promoting MotorStorm 2 on TV as well!

    • Hi there

      Many thanks for your comments!

      Truth be told, all of us here at Evolution and Sony are mega proud to be able to give you the sequel to MotorStorm, and reading your feedback is part of the reward for us! Good or bad, we value comments from the players themselves, its fantastic feedback, and we love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Obviously its difficult to address them all, but we do try!

      Hope you enjoy the game!


  • thats a pretty good line up with megadeath and slipknot but 1 thing is missing, Metallica….

  • good job, I have some high-end open air headphones that I will try this out on.
    btw, classical works great with racing games, the key is keeping the engine revs & crowd noise in 5.1

    • With MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, you can keep the engines and sound effects in glorious 7.1 surround if you so wish! :)

  • Looking forward to the demo!
    I have one question though… is it the same build as the Qore demo or a newer one?

  • chriscowboyd | October 14th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Mine biggest question is why 360 fans comment on the playstion blog? But that can be answer at a later date. But to all you xbox360 fan writing on this blog about the things you can do on xbox that you cant do on ps3 , like playing music while playing games or in game chat those are ok things to have but really don’t make or break a game system. If you don’t know by now it’s the games, no one pay over 300 dollars on a game system to just play music or chat with someone, its good to have but really not a big deal. If I want to listen to music so bad I can listening to it on mine mp4, psp, computer, TV, or mine entertain center or ps3. I don’t know about you xbox fan but when I paid 60 dollar in a game i want to play the game not listen to music some of you I can tell really don’t buy your games and have someone else buying them for you because if you did you would see how important 60 dollar is. The second thing I want to address that xbox fan always over look is the games name me 5 big games on xbox that are must have that you can not get on any other systems in the next six months? Don’t worry I can wait for your answer. Ps3 must have that you cant get on any others systems are LBP,R2,SOCOM,KILLZONE,HOME,and infamous and by the way you couldn’t play these games on the xbox360 so please keep trying to sell us the ideal on why you got your xbox360 and comment on all the bells it have but still to this day none of you hard core 360 fan can name me five games and you will never will. Please if you hit me back with a reply please put my name on top of it am still waiting to here from xbox fan and oh yeah please don’t talk about down loadable content because that not what real people use in there thoughts when it come to buying a game.real people buy games to injoy when they put the game in there system by the way how that going with gta? you guys still waiting for that and that realy sad. am reposting this because i know the 360 fan is comeing to the playstion blog and start compairing the two systems just wait.

  • sorry guys am just reposting from the other blog agin because i know some xbox360 fan is going to bring this up just watch and see.

  • If it’s not too late… add the screenshot feature? :P
    unless of course, it’s already in there ;)
    can’t wait for the demo :D

  • demo coming this week?? awesome but.. for some reason sony already sent my an email with an exclusive code for the pacific rift demo..the that ppl says is the e3 biuld…anyway if the one coming this week is the same ((which i doubt since its a little buggy)) youre in for a great exiting demo..i have from nearly a month now…

  • That soundtrack is absolutely killer. Not only do you have a tremendous selection but you went the extra mile and got exclusive songs and remixes (which this gamer really appreciates!). I haven’t been this excited about a game soundtrack since, I don’t know, never… my only complaint is that I won’t be able to listen to the music outside of playing MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (racing music = running music!). I’m not sure how all that copyrighting stuff works but do you think there’d be anyway to offer the MotorStorm Exclusive tracks as a download to people who buy the game? Well, thanks to your tracklisting and similiar taste in music, I’m off to check out about 15 or so bands that I’ve never heard of!

    • Hi there, and thanks for your comments!

      Yes a lot of work and thought went into selecting the tracks, and whilst we understand that its impossible to please everybody all of the time, we agree with you that its one hot festival line up!

      We\’re currently looking into promotional opportunities with regards to the exclusive tracks, so keep an eye out, you never know!

      Thanks again


  • I cannot wait for the demo, as I really loved the first game!

  • Really looking forward to the Demo, anyone know when it comes out? 10:40 Eastern time here so just patiently waiting. Really excited for the multiplayer.

  • I agree with ilegalprelude, im just too lazy to find the right track for a specific game so keep it up, amazing soundtrack u guys managed to assemble:D:D Nirvana rocks yeah!!! looking forward to pacific rift, had a blast with the first one!!!

  • I so want this game

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