This track premiered at 8static 36’s Open Mic on June 8th at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, PA. It was written in Famitracker v. 0.4.2 using 2a03+VRC6 and numerous drum samples programmed through the DPCM channel. Please enjoy!
Some background on the piece while you listen:
- The title for this track was decided long after it was finished. The track was written specifically for June’s 8static with the intent of showing off all the new techniques I learned while working on my Chiptunes = WIN submission (which was accepted, by the way) without playing my ChipWIN submission live. At first, I wanted to call it something like “My Promise” or “Promises” or “It Will Continue”- something that showed that the work done here was not the end of my own personal growth. I figured that “My Promise” was too pretentious. There’s not really a pretentious vibe to the song. I eventually settled on “A Promise”. “A Promise” can be from me to you, from you to me, from anyone and anything, as long as it’s kept. I figured I’ll leave that interpretation up to you, the listener.
- My original goal was find a way to create “heavy metal” using NES audio. I spent a lot of time developing sounds and tweaking instruments to get a nasty, almost grungy sound. I was pretty happy with it.
- From there, I constructed the beat. 8static IS a dance party, I know people play chip music and stuff there, but it’s fundamentally a dance party. I spend time messing with various ideas until I settled on the beat your hear above.
- I overlayed the original bass line (which was far less busy) and then wrote a simple melody. I usually start with a very “quarter note-y” version of everything just to hear the harmonies and the direction. I adjusted the shapes of the melodies to be more interesting, cut some “holes” for silence, and then spliced the original part to the grunge part. I then cloned the beginning, changed the bassline and feel, and tweaked everything so that it flowed.
- Things I’d do differently:
- After almost getting rejected from the ChipWIN comp for bad volume levels on my instruments, I think I’ve finally learned that I cannot crank every instrument up to the highest volume setting. I LOVE the sound it creates. It’s like… garbage noise. It distorts and spreads. It’s a useful tool but I don’t think I can use it all the time. I definitely could go back and change the volume levels on this guy too. It would probably sound even better.
- I need to follow my instincts a bit more when composing. My ChipWIN submission took about 15-16 hours to write and this took 25+. At the last minute, I found myself reverting parts of the piece back to the originals ideas. Lesson here is:
Hope you enjoyed the track! More to come as usual. Thanks again!