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Offline LordHypnos

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« on: February 07, 2016, 06:34:45 pm »
Obviously I could post thousands of examples of my own here, but I'll try to keep it succinct. Since I was spending a lot of time trying to compose a funk song, a lot of the stuff I've been listening recently is FM synth funk. In particular Ubiktune's Soundshock compilations. Not all of the songs are technically chiptunes, but many of them are and they are all FM synth.
some good ones are:
Bomb Boy -  Ignition, Set, GO! made using Reason's Thor module's FM synth.
Louis G - Funk Destruction / Bitcrush Lullaby VOPM
Virt - Five Nine Seven Eight VOPM


Also notable is Toshiharu Yamanishi - Midnight Visitor  from the Spirit of Stone doujin album (which has a lot of great Japanese VGM composers doing FM synth chiptunes. I think it's mostly with YM2612 or YM2151, but that's really just an educated guess.)
Also from that album, but not funk is:
Hyakutaro Tsukumo - HELLHOUND Which is some amazing chip metal.

And finally, the Strobe BGM from this Sega Mega Drive tech demo is really cool

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 07:44:06 pm »
My tastes are pretty average.

A long time favourite of mine is KompositKurts original work on the C64 such as:
Soundwall
Not So Much
(funny enough I started using Deflemask because I wanted to try making C64 Chiptunes)

Currently, I've been listening to some Kommisar. I really enjoy his skills at creating effects but I'm 50/50 on his "cheating" by using 2 Game Boys:
Mint Tango
Last Tile

I've also been listening to what seems like everyone's favourite Chiptune artist, HertzDevil recently:
Staking Your Life on a Prank
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.8

It's also worth mentioning I listen to a lot of game sound tracks but I'm not sure if those belong here, plus It'd make my post longer than it needs to be.

Also notable is Toshiharu Yamanishi - Midnight Visitor  from the Spirit of Stone doujin album (which has a lot of great Japanese VGM composers doing FM synth chiptunes. I think it's mostly with YM2612 or YM2151, but that's really just an educated guess.)
Woah, Toshiharu Yamanishi has worked on doujin albums recently? Damn.

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 08:04:23 pm »
I've considered composing SID stuff, but I just don't even know where to begin.

Unfortunately Spirit of Stone was 2008, so not that recent :( Though it looks like he's still an active composer according to vgmdb. I should really look up some of those recent ones (though it's hard to know whether I'll be able to find anything on the non-jp internet). Also, I haven't always been keen on his non-FM stuff that I've heard (though I haven't heard much).

Hyakutaro Tsukumo actually did the soundtrack to a doujin shooter recently it's called Battle Crust. Music does sound FM, too.

As for whether posting actual OSTs is acceptible in this thread... I'm not really sure. lol. I went with non-game chiptunes just because I figured it'd be less likely that people are already familiar with stuff like the Soundshock albums and Spirit of Stone. But then again, how many people have heard the soundtrack to AWS Pro Moves Soccer?

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2016, 06:30:22 pm »
FM:

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 02:07:08 pm »
Thanks for the additions!

I didn't actually realize that the EWJ music was so good  :o From a Western developer, even!
This is odd considering how much I used to play / watch my bro play that game as a kid.

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 06:10:15 pm »
I've been a huge fan of MODs for years, going back to the BBS days. I had an extremely slow modem back then, so about the only songs I could download regularly were the 4k/64k chiptunes. I got to love the style then, and I could be here for days naming songs and authors. One that really stands out to me is the artist Maktone, particularly this song:


Genesis music was always my favourite, though. I got really excited a few years ago when people started posting amazing songs using VOPM:


But I just couldn't get used to the non-tracker way of writing music and gave it up pretty quickly. I'm glad to have found out about Deflemask!

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2016, 08:28:54 pm »
Let's see here...

For Game Boy:
Also, pretty much everything by Alberto Jose González. I'm not going to list every single one because it would make this post too long. Instead, I have selected a few noteworthy tracks:

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2016, 11:30:08 pm »
Thanks for adding more music to this thread, everyone! I have a few more. These are all from arcade shooters.

Choice or Die from Armed Police Batrider. Not sure who composed that. YM2151 + PCM of some sort, I think.
Fly to the Leaden Sky from Battle Garegga. Pretty sure it's by Manabu Namiki. Also YM2151
Omega Fighter stage 2 not sure of the composer. According to the YT video it uses 2 OPN chips.
Rough and Tumble from Raiden. IDK the composer or chip

And one from a doujin shooter as well.

Illumination Laser - Green Field (X68000)

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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2016, 04:14:51 pm »
Western:
Comic Bakery (C64, 80s), Loader Tune, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf29ShkoAiA&hd=1
Jet Set Willy (Atari 8-bit, 80s), Theme, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdh4PO7aT68&hd=1
Robocop (GB/C64, 90s), Title Theme, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZBDNQ3gas
Maniac Mansion (NES, 90s), Dave's Theme, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WsFRWuFBuk&hd=1
Secret of Evermore (SNES, 90s), Queen Bluegarden, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy2OQ0waaPo&hd=1
Robocop 3 (C64/NES, 90s), Title, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-9-GcVM_o&hd=1
Beneath a Steel Sky (PC, 90s), Linc Space, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D94aoinC-0k - Remaster version though, the piano melody is much more effective on MT-32 (at least I think it was that card)
Cannon Fodder (AMI ver., 90s), Recruitment, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55cbGTlgHqI&hd=1
Shadow of the Beast (AMI ver., 90s), Inside the Tree/Cavern, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9oqYwbmzDY&hd=1
Last Ninja Remix (Amiga, 90s), The Wastelands, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s-DkTmXyWM&hd=1

Eastern/Japanese:
After Burner II (ARC, 80s) - Main Theme (Melody ver.), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyIIEBMh_2k
Outrun (ARC, 80s) - Splash Wave, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbrSXJNF24M
Space Harrier (ARC, 80s) - Main Theme, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Tam9lv1KQ&hd=1
Wonder Boy III: Dragon's Trap (SMS, 80s) - Side Crawler's Dance, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2YbwIuhv0E&hd=1
Dragon Spirit (ARC, 80s) - Kazan/Volcano (Stage 2), www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEq2Pn3SAtc&t=5m10s
Thunder Force III (1990, MD) - Hunger Made Them Desperate, www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBnLUqJvRD0&t=24m28s
Zillion (SMS, 80s) - Main Theme [Pure Stone], http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEsE42YRtws&hd=1
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (GB, 90s) - Cloud Castle, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6mftPOyQX0&hd=1
Fantasy Zone - Hot Snow (X68000 ver., 80s/90s), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCTykRC7pgQ
Golvellius: Valley of Doom (SMS, 80s) - Ending, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVaMpN_eBUc&hd=1

And many others, but I tend to come back to these once in a while.


Also, pretty much everything by Alberto Jose González. I'm not going to list every single one because it would make this post too long. Instead, I have selected a few noteworthy tracks:


Here's a pretty nice MD/GEN cover of the Metal Masters track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pH-GGgu2VA
« Last Edit: March 24, 2016, 04:22:36 pm by Alianger »
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What are some of your favorite chiptunes?
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2016, 08:52:43 pm »
I love wavetables more than almost anything~<3
Here are a few stand-out songs on the Turbografx 16:
^Those two give me eargasms
The entire Magical Chase soundtrack is outstanding, but these two are just unbelievable~

^And here are 2 of my favourite tracks from Ys4 on PC engine, I love just how many of the songs in this game are chiptunes even though the game is on Super CD-ROM2
Hudson really mastered the 5 bit waves by the time they were making their own version of Ys 4

I could post a thousand PC engine / Turbografx 16 songs that I love a lot, but I still have tons of space in my heart for FM synth, and here are a few FM synth songs that I really enjoy:

I could also post a thousand of these FM synth songs from Japanese computers, but I'll stop here...

Just one more song, this one is from the Game Boy, it's one of the only games that uses the same trick that I use on the GB, it uses the Wavetable/DAC channel for the Lead melody:

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2016, 11:10:11 pm »
>one of the only games that uses the wave channel for the lead
You're not looking hard enough then. There is no shortage of games that use that trick. I have selected a few examples. (Note that some of them don't use wave leads through the entire song, however.)

Toki Tori uses a sawtooth lead in most of the tracks:

Alberto Jose González used this quite a bit:

Allister Brimble used the wave channel to do (among other things) SID-like pulse width modulation:

And now, a few examples from non-European composers.

Mole Mania:

Mario's Picross:

Kid Dracula:

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2016, 11:58:24 pm »
@DevEd: They're very nice, but the more impressive ones are Tony Hawk and Mole Mania, Tony Hawk because of the changing waves and Mole Mania because the wavetable is quite good, it sounds very different from what I usually hear on GB so it stands out...

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2016, 06:05:49 pm »
Project s-11 stands out for me as a good use of the wave table for the lead of a GB soundtrack


Edit: oh wow I just noticed DevEd already posted this game...
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2016, 07:37:42 pm »
@Pegmode: Too bad I don't like this soundtrack very much...
The excessive use of arpeggio hurts my ears >-<';