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Testing… Testing…

January 24th, 2012 by

Just made a quick beat to test out uploading. I heard it was broken.

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Contratanz

January 24th, 2012 by

Many years back I was writing a bunch of Final Fantasy style midi tracks in Noteworthy Composer. I had this dream of making a cheap knock-off of Final Fantasy 3 (or 6 if you’re nerdy) in raw windows/DirectX 5. I lost my code in a hard drive crash, but I still have the midi.

 

Lately I remembered one of these old pieces that I wrote and thought it would work good in the latest game I’m working on (recycling!), which is that medieval-themed Gradius-style shooter I was talking about a post pr two back.

 

The piece was originally the typical country fair dance song you have in every cliche RPG at some point. Instead of looking for that old midi files I decided to write a fresh arrangement from memory. There’s two guitars playing sort-of a round, a lead on flute, and percussion. I these parts out in Tracktion’s midi editor and assigned them realistic instrument patches from Sample Tank SE. Two different Nylon string guitars, Ocarina, subtle bass and wood-block percussion. I call that the “clean” version.

 

Then I thought it could use some kick. I want my game to have a little bit of that 80s Psygnosis vibe to it also. I imported the track into FL Studio and put on some rock&drums and bass.

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I’ll post a link to the corresponding video game level if I ever finish it.

I Feel The Same

September 12th, 2011 by

I Feel The Same

Apparently I recorded this last September sometime. Not sure why I didn’t post it. Sounds pretty lush to me, for one guitar part…..

Killing ‘em Straight

September 11th, 2011 by

So the other day I watched a movie innit? And I was inspired to write a song that emulated the soundtrack of that movie innit?
Bollocks. I’ve gone chav instead of Souf London. I hope you enjoy this. Believe it.

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MW – Killing ‘em Straight

Yours in Anglophilia,
Mike

High Flyer (feat deValmont)

September 4th, 2011 by

Today an individual this site knows as deValmont came over and our conversational thread went like this:

I started talking about aircraft which convert into cars that can be driven on standard roads. I was thinking specifically about this one:

SKYCAR

We then talked about the tolerances of aircraft, and how a mechanical failure in one is generally catastrophic. We imagined such a car with only one parachute, and the father of a family taking it, with his reasoning being “you can always have more kids”.

We then followed this thread to its logical conclusion in song. Morally, it was not our proudest moment, but if you enjoy dark humor, bon appetit.

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

August 29th, 2011 by

Mike: erf came to visit. We recorded this. There’s something much “better” in the pipe.
erf: I wouldn’t say that it is necessarily “better”. I mean, this is a subjective measure, isn’t it?
Mike:
erf: Fine. We did this very quickly, wanting to record a second thing before the conclusion of our first in-person collaboration, which spanned the course of two days. Do you remember how we stumbled upon this song in the first place?
Mike: You were playing the organ patch on my Roland EP-5 and you happened to do a chromatic walk down just like in this song. Then we found a midi version of the song here.
erf: Yes! The Angelfire site. That really takes me back. I decided we should download this midi and record an “interesting” vocal cover. I think everyone should do this with a midi file from this site. Somewhere along the way the straight cover was abandoned in favor of…
Mike: … PHANTOM DANCE PARTY OF THE OPERA – IS INNNNNNNNNN YOUR MIIIIIINNNND

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Robot World

July 25th, 2011 by

Like a world of robots or something. I thought it would be neat if there was a game like, say, Chrono Trigger, but everybody’s a robot. If I ever make a game like that it would sound like this.

Fl studio has a few project templates. There’s one called “Rock” that has a nice drumkit included, so I went with that. I also used Tweakbench’s Peach for lo-fi sounds. I was lazy and let the built-in compressor/limiter mix the track for me.

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Either Katy Perry or Twista could murk this…

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Amen, Brother Wilhelm

July 1st, 2011 by

A friend of mine said they were going to make a song incorporating the Amen Break and the Wilhelm scream, but I thought they were just joking. I decided to up the ante.

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Amen, Brother Wilhelm

5 Minute Beats 22, 23, 24

May 6th, 2011 by

More beats.

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