How about another quick piece of video game music?
I usually write NES music with a tracker, which is more like programming an audio chip with a series of sound instructions than it is composing in a traditional sense. This time, however, I wanted to try out Matt Montag’s NES VST, which is a plugin that allows one to recreate 8-bit Nintendo tunes with a standard notation sequencer. The streamlined workflow meant I could throw something like this this together in about an hour.
As such, enjoy (or hate (or be utterly indifferent to)) a jaunty little level loop.
What’s this? More music? The only creative thing I can complete lately!?
I encountered a thread on Twitter a couple weeks back of people posting their favorite (invariably science fiction) ’80s cartoon opening themes, which left me with the urge to write something along those lines.
As a side note, if you crave an exercise in madness, try coming up with a title consisting of “Star” followed by a cool/short/punchy word that isn’t already the name of some existing sci-fi show, movie, book, game, or what have you.
In lieu of sufficient progress on certain matters to make a worthwhile announcement quite yet, here is…yet more music.
This one’s just a short bangy harpsichord piece I did while feeling glum. What better than baroque tones to express feeling bad, but, like, in a classy way? As always, SoundCloud compression trashes harpsichord, but feel free to download if so inclined.
And here’s an experimental synth piece I did with a neat little waveform shaper called Glass Viper. I constructed all of the sounds in it just by manually drawing in and layering small audio waveforms (which it will frequency-modulate to pitch-map), and only really scratched the surface of what this synthesizer is capable of.
Good question! Short answer…doing big things. But more on that later.
For now – new music!
I had the urge to write something classical, which I realized I hadn’t done in some time, so I threw together my take on a baroque harpsichord toccata (well, maybe not “threw together”; I actually spent a lot more time on it than I meant to). As usual, SoundCloud’s streaming compression crumples harpsichord dynamics, but alas. Feel free to download if you’d like a giant FLAC file.
In contemplating a better way to show off music in the e-land, for some reason it only recently occurred to me to try out SoundCloud. Turns out it’s a fairly nifty little service.
The premise is simple – users upload sound and music, and others can then stream it to their computers and devices, more or less like a sans-video YouTube (strange that these two things didn’t happen the other way around, but…whatever). A free account will let you upload two hours’ worth of audio (assuming reasonable compression, that’s likely less than 200MB – small in comparison to most of today’s big free hosting services, but hey, free is still free, and there don’t appear to be any ads). You’re also capped at 100 downloads per track, assuming you enable direct downloads (which it’s cool that you can). There are also some arbitrary limitations, such as only being able to create three different sets/groups/organizational what-have-yous to put your tracks in, but overall, it’s plenty sufficient for sharing out a few dozen songs or so.
Perhaps handiest of all, you can neatly embed a player for a track or entire setlist just about anywhere, even here in WordPress!
These are some old synthesizer compositions I did ten or more years ago and figured I’d stick on there for fun. Now that I have much better equipment, I might see about redoing some of them…
So, am I late to the party? Do any of you out there use SoundCloud? Or have you found any other good audio sharing services?
Also, I just noticed that Dictionary.com‘s word of the day is empurple – to make or become purple. I…kind of find it fantastic that that’s a thing.