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Face Melt

By orangedrink on December 2, 2018 11:39 pm

Believe it or not, this is my first 100% chiptune track!  All the sounds are coming out of the Nintendo, and it was solely controlled by the Digitakt!  I've been interested in chipmusic for years and have incorporated elements in my work, but I've never used it by itself, due to my lack of comprehension of Trackers/MIDI etc.


After owning MIDINES for many years, and being inspired by Nullsleep's recent show and visit, and asking him a few questions, I finally set aside a few hours to print out all the manuals, MIDI Control Channel Charts and attempt to figure it out!  Also learned a lot about programming multiple patterns with the Digitakt and creating pattern chains on the fly.  I've never had so much fun and so few headaches with MIDI/Chipmusic!  I'm going to write a book, "How To Create Chip Music In 11 Easy Years"  smile


I performed this live and did some truncating in post on Ableton Live.  I filmed the performance, so look out for a video in 2019!


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December 3, 2018 1:29 am

Fun and energetic. Great mix!

December 3, 2018 9:00 am

yaaaas MIDINES. you've already got way more sounds out of it than I. Great stuff!

December 3, 2018 4:49 pm

well done!

December 3, 2018 6:12 pm

this is super cool. is this from a real old school nes right? whoa

December 3, 2018 8:27 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Fun and energetic. Great mix!

Thanks so much, Jim!

alonemusic wrote:

yaaaas MIDINES. you've already got way more sounds out of it than I. Great stuff!

Thank you!  I attribute that to the ease of using the Digitakt to control it!

mikememo wrote:

well done!

Thank you kind sir!

Bleeoop wrote:

this is super cool. is this from a real old school nes right? whoa

You bet!  This isn't my unit, but this is what it looks like.  MIDINES is a cartridge that has a MIDI cable coming out of the cartridge itself.  You connect that to a MIDI Out and go to town!

December 3, 2018 9:44 pm

Holy shit, pretty awesome for first chiptune track. Got the Orange Drink sonic fingerprints all over it but totally different sound. I don't know if it's leaning more toward acid dance with the driving beat or speed metal with those fast riffs. The kick play in the middle reminds me a bit of Ministry as well. I'm inspired and have an old NES, but not sure if I'll delve into that this year. Great work!

December 3, 2018 10:26 pm

My god, this is awesome! And hearing your experience of sitting down and learning some new stuff is really inspiring for a stubborn ass such as myself. Great work!

December 4, 2018 12:51 am

Well you have now done 100% more chiptune tracks than I have ever done.  Congrats on branching out and learning something new.  And that's super cool making music from an old school NES.  Love the sense of urgency of this.

December 4, 2018 8:53 am

Just 11 years? What a bargain.

December 4, 2018 7:33 pm

fantastic tune! I can see the nintendo smoking while playing this smile

December 4, 2018 10:44 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Holy shit, pretty awesome for first chiptune track. Got the Orange Drink sonic fingerprints all over it but totally different sound....

this

December 7, 2018 9:37 pm

11 years, you really chipped away at it! har har, I'll be here all week! This delightfully chipper chippy tunes. I can say I don't think I'll dive into the midines, but I see and hear the fun indeed.

December 8, 2018 10:41 pm

heck yeah this is a dope track

December 9, 2018 9:48 pm

Great energy to this, and it's impressive that you created this amazing track as your first chiptune track!

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