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Uplifter

By orangedrink on March 8, 2020 10:13 pm

I finally broke down and wrote something with an arpeggio! smile  I also used the OP-1 after avoiding it for a long time, since I know it pretty well and I was challenging myself to make things with other devices.  This is supposed to be an NES style chiptune, inspired by the music of Shadowgate, except upbeat instead of spooky.


I think I should have EQed out some mid-low on the bass but whatev


I responded to some comments and I'm slowly getting there!


I'M PLAYING A SHOW IN CHICAGO ON SATURDAY AT BITXBIT
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March 9, 2020 1:11 am

Sounds like an NES dance party.  Fun vibe for sure.

March 9, 2020 1:35 am

Catchy arps, and great beat too!

March 9, 2020 3:07 am

Uplifting AND Minor Scales and NES, perfect!

March 9, 2020 4:13 am
Aday wrote:

Uplifting AND Minor Scales and NES, perfect!

oh my (a)days, I thought this was in C major because it was all white keys but it must have been A MINOR

WHOAAAAAAA

So how did you know it was Minor?  Was it the arp or could you just tell by the bassline?


** music theory panic attack **

March 9, 2020 7:40 am

Wait

orangedrink wrote:
Aday wrote:

Uplifting AND Minor Scales and NES, perfect!

oh my (a)days, I thought this was in C major because it was all white keys but it must have been A MINOR

WHOAAAAAAA

So how did you know it was Minor?  Was it the arp or could you just tell by the bassline?


** music theory panic attack **


Now I am in music theory panic mode!! Installing a keyboard to my phone and testing omg. Will report back !!

March 9, 2020 10:10 am

Uh oh

March 9, 2020 12:03 pm

Yea, it's definitely in A minor for the most part, the break is in F Lydian. There are 7 modes using all the white keys (I'm sure there's an equivalent scale for each of them), but the details are a bit finnicky.

Whatever, it's a great song and has great sounds, even if it's simple in its execution. You're probably wondering if this is grunge: it might be, it's chiptune, chiptune has the quality that any one song can cover a wide range of genres you wouldn't normally associate with one another.

March 9, 2020 3:36 pm

Got a raw in your face feel, but retains the trademark Orangedrink melodic signature. Cool drum textures, keep changing up and keep the track fresh. Super upbeat fun vibe! Fun counter to last weeks slower heavier track.

March 9, 2020 4:34 pm

Niiiice! This is getting me nostalgic for the halcyon days of chiptune.

March 9, 2020 7:08 pm

Great stuff!

March 9, 2020 7:13 pm
Aday wrote:

Uh oh

triple panic attack, the picture didn't show up!

March 10, 2020 12:41 pm

Great chiptune! Chords in the break are so nice, I wanna steal them!

March 10, 2020 5:56 pm

Yay! Love it! So different! You're so extremely  versatile, man!
Wish I could come to your gig! Unfortunately Chicago is not around the corner ...
But would love to see/hear how you'll pull off all those different styles ...
Maybe you should livestream the event! (hint-hint ...)

March 10, 2020 11:41 pm

March 11, 2020 11:10 pm

Go arps. I love arps. I'm in super music theory panic mode now ... but always kind of am. A minor and F Lydian. Oh boy. Can I kind of hear minor-ey vibes. Maybe. But yay, this was a hypnotic groove, and this penguin gif is doing it for me. NO working getting done now.

March 20, 2020 3:31 pm

Love the groovy bassline as it brought me back to those ice-climber playing days.  The drums in the middle are super toight!  Yay for arps!

March 30, 2020 12:13 am

ahhh i'm waaaay behind in listening to WB music!

drums and programming is excellent;

also lovin' the music theory chat this thread has inspired ;-)

May 2, 2020 4:30 pm

Chiptunes are not my thing, but i like the drum sounds and the buildup

November 20, 2020 12:28 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

Sounds like an NES dance party.  Fun vibe for sure.

thank you!

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Catchy arps, and great beat too!

danke!

Aday wrote:

Uh oh

I bet it was a great image

Devieus wrote:

Yea, it's definitely in A minor for the most part, the break is in F Lydian. There are 7 modes using all the white keys (I'm sure there's an equivalent scale for each of them), but the details are a bit finnicky.

Whatever, it's a great song and has great sounds, even if it's simple in its execution. You're probably wondering if this is grunge: it might be, it's chiptune, chiptune has the quality that any one song can cover a wide range of genres you wouldn't normally associate with one another.

lol at your last comment.  and thanks for the theory breakdown about all the white keys, that's really wild to me.

NWSPR wrote:

Got a raw in your face feel, but retains the trademark Orangedrink melodic signature. Cool drum textures, keep changing up and keep the track fresh. Super upbeat fun vibe! Fun counter to last weeks slower heavier track.

thanks BOSS!

Kris Keyser wrote:

Niiiice! This is getting me nostalgic for the halcyon days of chiptune.

I really miss the Blip Festival days!

Jokinen wrote:

Great stuff!

Thanks!

miau wrote:

Great chiptune! Chords in the break are so nice, I wanna steal them!

Please take them!

dj someguy wrote:

Yay! Love it! So different! You're so extremely  versatile, man!
Wish I could come to your gig! Unfortunately Chicago is not around the corner ...
But would love to see/hear how you'll pull off all those different styles ...
Maybe you should livestream the event! (hint-hint ...)

I'm going to go back to livestreaming in the not-so-distant future!

Ipaghost wrote:

yisssss

miraclemiles wrote:

Go arps. I love arps. I'm in super music theory panic mode now ... but always kind of am. A minor and F Lydian. Oh boy. Can I kind of hear minor-ey vibes. Maybe. But yay, this was a hypnotic groove, and this penguin gif is doing it for me. NO working getting done now.

ha ha, thank you - the penguin really fits it

Tone Matrix wrote:

Love the groovy bassline as it brought me back to those ice-climber playing days.  The drums in the middle are super toight!  Yay for arps!

YES Ice Climbers, wow

zirafa wrote:

ahhh i'm waaaay behind in listening to WB music!

drums and programming is excellent;

also lovin' the music theory chat this thread has inspired ;-)

thank you heart

m2K7 wrote:

Chiptunes are not my thing, but i like the drum sounds and the buildup

thanks, nice that you found something nice in the piece smile  thanks

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