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.
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.
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).
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.
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: