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Another (Free) Music Toy. lol

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Well, just a quick update here since it’s X-Mas! lol Just like the last week free music tool, I’m again up with something from André Michelle‘s aM laboratory: Pulsate.

This one is much harder to control but quite interesting as well. I had to try to time my clicks well to make closed rhymic cells that could interact… I wasn’t that successful though. :P

Well, see it for yourself and tell what you think. Feel free to turn YouTube’s snow feature on if you’re still feeling Santa-ish. ;)

Have a nice week, Marry X-Mas!

New (Free) Music Toy…

December 18, 2011 1 comment

Hi there guys, how are you doing?

This week I was lucky enough to almost accidentally bump into this neat free software musical toy… The so-called ToneMatrix, developed by André Michelle from aM laboratory. The thing consists in a grid of squares, each one related to a sine-wave sound, attached to a fixed underlying clock. As you turn the squares on you’ll listen to their specific tunes being generated over that time.

Well, it’s much easier to just try it than to read an explanation. lol For that here I am with a video capture of an improvisation–no previous cheating tests. ;)

Enjoy it and try it for yourself… See ya!

Last Pending EP.

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Some time ago (when I uploaded one of my game music EPs) I mentioned an older one that was lacking… Fine, now it comes the time to fill the gap! :)

“Night Dream” is a pair of completely diverse (as always) themes, one based upon the character Little Nemo (from a series of newspapers comic strips spanning from 1905 to 1914) and his NES game; and the other, more “suspicious”, taking advantage of the awesome Isaac Hayes soundtrack for Shaft (the blaxploitation 70s movie) and another obscure NES game, Nighshade: The Claws of Sutekh.

I hope you enjoy this one, have a nice week!

Sleep well... Bang! lol

PPPPPP (VVVVVV Soundtrack) Review

December 5, 2011 1 comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Last week I taked about an awesome bundle of indie videogames soundtracks, so I’ve been mired in new stuff to listen… lol For now I would like to share a review in one of those works, PPPPPP–the OST for VVVVVV, an interesting indie hardcore-retro 2D platformer from Terry Cavanagh WELL worthy of your time.

PPPPPPixels FTW!

I hope you like it, I intend to come back with some more as a listen to the downloads–and play the games, of course. :)

See ya!

 


 

PPPPPP (the original soundtrack for VVVVVV) does a great job pushing the player towards the quick action-packed gameplay overall feeling… but it can’t quite survive as a standalone music product. There are some good features in this techno/pop/retro work like the always-solid basslines and the ubiquitous (and put to a good use, giving it the main line for a personality) pitch bender, but there are only a couple memorable melodies there really able to stick to the listener.

Some good examples are the lovely “Passion for Exploring“, the cheering vignette “Path Complete”, the perfectly-paded “Potential For Anything” and the remarkable “Pushing Onwards” (even if SoulEye relies a bit too much on this one by reusing it in “Positive Force” and “Reversed”). The addition of a cute/funny regular song (“Waiting for VVVVVV”) makes it for a nice wrap-up on the work but we can’t say it’s really surprising–blame Portal’s “Still Alive” on that. :P

Also the price tag (US$10) for the download is way too steep since the game itself costs about 5 bucks on Steam.

In the end PPPPPP is a good OST that works better in-game than outside it–and is a little too hard on your money for its own good.

Score: 7.0

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