Frosty Meadow

Fish Notes

 

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.

 

Bene scribete.

Show ‘Em Your Claws

Fish Notes

 

Programming audio for the NES is fun, so when I came across an emulator for the S-SMP (the SNES sound processor), I had to take a stab at Super Nintendo music as well.

I’m not very good at action/battle music.  So, of course, I wrote an RPG battle theme.

 

 

Naturally, I went for something in the Final Fantasy vein.  I probably could have done some further sample-rate/bit-depth reduction to make it sound more like it was coming from a real SNES DSP (the percussion’s a bit too crisp in particular), but this seemed to be an acceptable balance that hopefully still captures its distinct feel.

 

Bene scribete.

Write More

Pen

 

…is what I need to be doing.  But then laziness and business (…and TV and video games) keep happening.  What’s up with that?

Well, I guess I did write two screenplays this week…

I mean – they were for fifteen-second shorts.  Let’s not get crazy, here.

Still.  I guess that’s better than nothing…!

 

Bene scribete.

Ion Tower

Fish Notes

 

Playing around with MixCraft Pro 7 – wanted to do something synthy, so I thought I’d throw together a video game-y stage loop with a “final dungeon” sort of feel, as I tend to enjoy such pieces (any well-composed game from the ’80s and ’90s had to have a good last level theme, right?).

 

 

I feel like something’s not quite right, or missing, from it, but a plethora of tweaks and additions I tried only made it sound worse.  I probably just need more practice with modern synth and techno.  As much as I enjoy it, my mindset’s still too ingrained with orchestral tendencies (or simple waveform generation, on the other end of things).

 

Bene scribete.

Mass Effect – Open Auditions

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Fellow Mass Effect / Sci-Fi / video game fans!  BioWare is holding auditions for a couple small rolls in their upcoming game, Mass Effect: Andromeda.  Feeling adventurous enough to try out?  Check out the details on their ‘blog.

If you need a little encouragement, you can watch me make a fool of myself and throw my own hat into the ring below.

 

 

Bene scribete.

A Long Way From Home

Fish Notes

 

Whew. This piece wasn’t easy to get right. Glad I stuck with it, though, since I like how it turned out.

Not sure what it’s for – just a synth and orchestral blend that wormed its way into my head and rattled around until I could put it together.

 

 

As is typical for wide-range pieces, SoundCloud’s compression crushed the audio, but feel free to download for higher quality.

 

Bene scribete.

Meaty Strangers

In lieu of having time to finish the article I meant to post this week, I shall instead very belatedly insist upon the reading of the ever-hilarious Me Dangerbolt‘s harrowing adventures with a psychotic neighborhood dog who thinks its life is a video game:

 

 

And don’t forget to check out the DLC!  (>^-‘)>

 

Bene scribete.