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Wingless Sting

Tom Menary

Publication information



Score cue

General information

Opening sting


00:10 / 00:18

Track number


Used in

The Passage of Time


Wingless Sting (Departure)

The Wingless Sting is a modular cue heard in various forms at the start of a number of Wingless Films productions. It was first used to open The Passage of Time, and often incorporates part of each film's main theme as a precursor to the story.

Details and historyEdit

The so-called "Wingless Sting" was first created as a lead-in to the first scene of The Passage of Time, and played over the film's title card. The cue was simply listed as "Opening" on the soundtrack, and features the first few notes of "The Time Traveller's Theme".

Bounded featured an "Opening Sting" which incorporated a minor motif for the White Room. The closing cue "Bounded" features the same muted, distant piano as the opening sting.

Captive was the first production to name the "Wingless Sting", and introduced an extended version lasting for an additional eight seconds. This version used part of "The Assassin's Theme", though the soundtrack featured a shorter, alternate take featuring two simple chords.

The extended version of the Wingless Sting was again used for Capsule, and incorporated part of the Main Theme from Capsule. A variation also appears on the soundtrack, titled "Capsule Sting". Wingless featured "The Wingless Sting", as a play on each title, and using the theme from "The Wingless March".

The compilation album Short Fussing, Volume III included an unreleased version of the Wingless Sting, using the Departure Theme as heard in Fusty Films' An Infinite Journey. This version is used as introductory and closing music of Tom's Blog.

Spirit of the Frontier marked a break from tradition by not including a version of the Wingless Sting (although one appeared on the soundtrack), which would continue until the release of Camera Obscura in October 2011. This film opened with a simplistic, stripped-down form of the sting, with no motif or melody played over. The unreleased film An Itch in Time was planned to open with a sting utilizing the score's love theme, before seguing into a piano rendition of "The Time Traveller's Theme".

The 2012 Wingless Films Ident introduced a new opening title to subsequent productions, largely rendering the Wingless Sting obsolete. The first use of the Ident was in Exile, accompanied by the film's score. However, a basic version of the Wingless Sting underscore is heard at the end of Desert of Two Devils, as the Ident appears. As of June 2013, the Wingless Sting has not been used again in a Wingless Films production.



"Wingless Sting (Departure)"Edit

Wingless Sting (Departure)

Music of Wingless Films
Tom Menary
Original scores and soundtracks:
The Passage of TimeBoundedCaptive, Chapter TwoCapsuleWinglessSpirit of the FrontierSanctuaryScoutStraw ManDarknessChase the DragonCamera ObscuraDisavowedExileInterventionDesert of Two DevilsHow to Lose Friends & Assassinate PeoplePetriarchSons of MoorlandThe Time CollectorSolitudeThe Lite BluesCatharsisComing HomeBy the Sword
Tracks and cues:
"Wingless Sting" — "Fires of Childhood" — "Colourization of a Journey" — "50" — "Knight Drive" — "Abstraction (for Piano)" — "Cloud Dance"
Major themes:
"The Time Traveller's Theme" — "The Rival's Theme" — "Despair Theme" — "Love Theme" — "The Assassin's Theme" — "Assassin's Lament" — "Theme from Capsule" — "Departure Theme" — "The Wingless March" — "The Wanderer" — "Yanaba's Theme" — "Theme from Scout" — "The Father's Theme" — "Journey Theme" — "Theme from Sunrise" — "Camera Obscura Theme" — "Disavowed: Main Theme" — "Executors' Theme" — "No More Chairs (Theme from Intervention)" — "Desert Theme" — "The Lite Blues Theme" — "Sensei"
Related articles:
"Space Oddity" (JAW) — Short FussingHer VoiceCapital — "Capture the World" (Don Menary)