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Old 05-27-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Halcyon

Song: Halcyon
Artist: Adam Young (Owl City)
Album: UNRELEASED (The Sounds of the Blog)

hal∑cy∑on
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Pac-Man. The golden age of video arcade games. Chiptune music. The electronic sound of the 80ís. I made this a while ago: Minus the clubby kick drum during the second half, everything was made with YMCKís free plug-in. I snuck in a mash-up of an old synth riff from a song I wrote called Iíll Meet You There from one of my earlier records. One for the critics.I grew up in the late 80ís/early 90ís and naturally chalked up about a billion hours playing epic video games via legendary original Nintendo console. In retrospect, despite my inability to recall the objectives of fifty percent of the games I played, there was always one part of each of them that never left me.
The music.
Iím a huge fan of Japanese chiptune wizards YMCK and I recently downloaded their aforementioned AU/VST compatible Magical 8bit Plug to experiment with during long flights and airport layovers. The thing is seriously amazing ó not to mention REALLY fun.

Okay take a deep breath:
The NES board supported a total of five sound channels. These included two pulse wave channels of variable duty cycle (12.5%, 25%, 50% and 75%), with a volume control of sixteen levels and hardware pitch bending supporting frequencies ranging from 54 Hz to 28 kHz. Additional channels included one fixed-volume triangle wave channel supporting frequencies from 27 Hz to 56 kHz, one sixteen-volume level white noise channel supporting two modes (by adjusting inputs on a linear feedback shift register) at sixteen preprogrammed frequencies and one differential pulse-code modulation (DPCM) channel with six bits of range, using 1-bit delta encoding at sixteen preprogrammed sample rates from 4.2 kHz to 33.5 kHz. This final channel was also capable of playing standard pulse-code modulation (PCM) sound by writing individual 7-bit values at timed intervals.
Basically there wasnít much to work with back in the day. These systems were unique in that they marked a period in the technological development of game audio in which dedicated hardware sub-systems or sound chips were used to create sound. It was after this period that video game audio progressed onwards to sample playback and wavetable synthesis techniques, replacing the dedicated sound chip-based techniques that had been used previously to synthesise sounds in real time. 
The original Ricoh 2A03:

Iíve heard it said before that having too many tools can ironically limit oneís creativity, and henceforth I find it amazing how innovative early video game composers had to be. If they wanted a kick or a snare drum, they virtually had to make it out of a bit of white noise or some other waveform. If they wanted a pad or a crash or a bass, they had to make them by hand. Whether you enjoy it or not, the way this type of music was made via this particular artistic palette was pretty visionary given the limited amount of ďtoolsĒ that were available via this specific circuit.
YMCK did an incredible job.
The Magical 8-bit Plug-in:

I canít get over how amazing it sounds. Iíve yet to stumble across an 8-bit circuit emulator that sounds half as authentic. The triangle waveform even has that classic high frequency overtone and YMCKís white noise is a lot harsher than that of most synths. Pure vintage.

So nostalgic. 
Makes me wanna dig around on eBay for an old NES and bust out all the old classics.




...It's like he made this for me T.T
Anyone like it? He dedicated this to the good 'ol sounds of 80's video games! Including Pac Man, Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda! He also mashed up a bit of it with another song of his, but this song made me tear up when I first heard it. Thoughts?
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:20 AM   #2
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owl city

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owl city

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Good for you, tell me more.
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ok, well its a new indie rockband that no one knows cause its indie

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Well. I just thought since we're a Nintendo Fan site, people would be interested, regardless if it's Owl City or not.
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Colorful CrAzYoNzZ would be super interested if her computer was out of the shop. I myself have been forced to listen to Owl City by her, and am thus immune their whimsical sissyness...so yeah, I wish she would download that song so that she could at least force me to listen to something interesting.
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Colorful CrAzYoNzZ would be super interested if her computer was out of the shop. I myself have been forced to listen to Owl City by her, and am thus immune their whimsical sissyness...so yeah, I wish she would download that song so that she could at least force me to listen to something interesting.
Care to elaborate?

And if she gave me her email, I could send her a copy of the song.
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