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Maiden in Black

By hypnogram on January 17, 2018 7:58 am

This week, WB user strolts suggested we try using Beepola, a 1-bit tracker with several sound module options. This was  a really tough week for several reasons. Just learning the GUI and the format's various idiosyncrasies was a big hurdle. The module I chose (Tritone (equal volume)) has three channels, an interrupting "drum" channel, skew (which from as far as I can tell is like pulse width sorta), and detune, with no volume controls or anything. Just note on and off pretty much.

The results are pretty disjointed and poorly organized in my opinion, but it's as far as I could ever imagine myself getting with this format, or at least with this particular module of it. I don't so much mind the limited sound palette. I think it's more that I have trouble with pc trackers in general. It's something I want to overcome, but this particular program will not be it, which is a shame because I really like the sound it can produce. If the program would've let me select regions of a pattern for copy and paste, I probably would've done better, but it's that quality of life factor that kept me away I think.

So, I ran it as fast as it would go for maximum shenanigans, which I found very few of myself, but it at least allowed for really fast notes and some pseudo kick drum effects and super fast arps. Because I was working so hard to get this new format figured out I fell back on some well worn material in my musical vocabulary and didn't get as creative as I would've liked.

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January 22, 2018 12:22 am

Whoa!! This turned out so well! So many good parts! I'm so immensely happy you stuck to your guns man. I would've cried at these limitations, but you worked the shit out of it. Good goddamn work, bro

January 22, 2018 2:47 am

this is out of control!  great phasing on that bass part in the middle.  super fast notes indeed.  it takes a special kind of person to think like that lol

January 22, 2018 8:15 am

I don't think this comp feels half as jolted as you probably think it does. Very neoclassical in some parts, impressive to have done this in just a single week! Applause!

January 22, 2018 9:01 am

The specific 1-bit genre could be very daunting. Also check Houston Tracker for Texas Instruments calculators!

You got a pretty impressive sound of it, and it didn't came out sounding disjointed for my ears. Pretty nice exercise, I guess the results could be quite interesting if you combine the speccy sound with other elements in your palette.

Kudos, Sir!

January 22, 2018 9:11 am
laguna wrote:

The specific 1-bit genre could be very daunting. Also check Houston Tracker for Texas Instruments calculators!

I've been waiting to come across an appropriate calculator for a reasonable price. Definitely something I've always got my eyes open for in used/thrift/pawn shops. Some day, hopefully.

January 22, 2018 9:17 am
hypnogram wrote:
laguna wrote:

The specific 1-bit genre could be very daunting. Also check Houston Tracker for Texas Instruments calculators!

I've been waiting to come across an appropriate calculator for a reasonable price. Definitely something I've always got my eyes open for in used/thrift/pawn shops. Some day, hopefully.

Don't loose hope. After much waiting, I got a couple of TI-83 for 9 euros. It seems to me that when some students finish their majors, they're so tired they want to remove them out of sight at any price

January 22, 2018 9:37 am

Oh this is really gritty, loving the sounds!

January 22, 2018 2:39 pm

holy shit! Sounds killer for a triton tune!

January 23, 2018 7:17 pm

Great Work!
You should combine them with a DAW.

January 23, 2018 9:07 pm

pretty great dude!

January 24, 2018 3:15 pm

Nice use of Tritone. It's like the one engine that I never have any real time to.

January 24, 2018 3:28 pm

this is super impressive stuff, wow

January 24, 2018 5:02 pm

This is pretty damn cool. I actually really like the bass tones. Impressive for 1-bit for sure!

January 24, 2018 5:56 pm

January 26, 2018 12:47 am

super dig the death metal meets classical vibe of the composition!  those detuned hoover basses also make the track.

January 27, 2018 8:40 am

This thing has an incomparable tonal quality, and you've done aggressive loveliness with it.

January 28, 2018 9:57 am

aaa beepola! cool sound to it, would love to see what would come of more time spent.

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