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Released: Dec 10, 2017 | 6:53 PM
Category: Electronica
Application: [unknown]
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 1.75 MB

Plays: 446
Downloads: 1
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
When eido offered a chip tune challenge, I was hoping, 'please be fake-bit'! Fake-bit would just mean it could be music with 8-bit sounds but have realistic sounding instruments. The example, however, was 8-bit which meant I would try to do something legit sounding.

I had a few thoughts going into it; firstly, that I would download 8-bit sounds to be used as instruments in Fruity Loops, or that I could do something more proper and make a chip synth midi using a 20+ year old computer to go for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis sound... You following? smiley The old computers interface would have probably been hard to work with for how ridiculous I wanted the track to be, which also nixed my idea of using the Commodore 64, as I don't have a floppy disk drive and would lose all my work.

I landed on FamiTracker on a trashed laptop. I was going to use it to make loops and stitch them together using another program but it lent itself quite well to being able to make the whole track the way it is! Which also means this can be played back on a real Nintendo.

The baseline to the composition was done on a thrifted acoustic guitar, strung as left-handed, and drop-tuned one whole step. I lost my tone I made in FamiTracker as I failed to save getting it all set up and in all the rework, I forgot my composition, so back to the guitar!

Once I had everything all et up that I could actually program in the compositions, I'd forget more as I'd have to go out and do things like pay car insurance or be fined or something dumb like that. Overall, this tune goes pretty hard and I wanted it to also sound familiarly game-y at the same time.

I think I got it alright and am really glad now that I had the nudge toward relearning FamiTracker as I had been looking for a reason to get around to it. If you enjoyed this, you may like My First FamiTracker Track I made using this too!

I liked the challenge as it put me off track from other projects, which is cool to shift gears and practice some fundamentals such as restricting oneself to 4 tracks as this has. If you are interested in reading more about the challenge of constraints, check out eido's blog discussing this topic here: Embracing constraint

As always, thank you for listening and being an interactive part of this community!

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becwil Moderator

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Roc'em'soc'em and more! Wow! Can you say INTENSE!!! And FUN!!! And totally cool! Amazing stuff!

Watch out for lion heads! Especially those on jackets.
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6 months ago
eido Moderator

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Holy cow. This is awesome! Now I feel obliged to write a half decent chiptune in recompense, because I don't think whatever this is really qualifies... smiley

My hat is off to anyone who can deal with FamiTracker. I've looked at it a couple of times and then run a mile. Maybe that can be a 2018 project...
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pretty cool experiment!
quite heavy stuff
I like it!
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falconep Artist

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Merry Christmas. Thanks - Phil
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amp Artist

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@becwil If I mute this video for fun and play this when it says, Ready, it kind of feels more intense... lol And yes, that's some pretty baller artwork too, hey? haha. Thank you so much!

@eido I've avoided using it for nearly 3 years! A good 2018 resolution: Either way, you'll possibly have a sweet chip tune or will have stayed fit running another mile smiley I'm looking forward to hearing what you make of it, Thanks!

@KCsGROOVE Really cool experiment! I discovered some great new music that I enjoy and am glad you dig its heaviness. Thank you!

@falconep Merry Christmas to you too, Phil and thank you!
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