Mario 64 – Wing Cap Theme (8-bit)

(Originally posted on Blogspot on Thursday, April 14, 2011)

Here it is – March’s second 8-bit cover…. in April! I got a late start last month, so I’m posting this now. I still have two more 8-bit tracks to post this month, as well… so be on the lookout!

Also, for the future, I’ve decided that I’ll have one shorter, bite-sized 8-bit track (songs without a lot of instrument changes, etc…) and one larger 8-bit (full songs, lots of instrument changes, etc…) each month. Sonic 2 – Mystic Cave was a larger more complicated song to program, so this Wing Cap Theme will be March’s short song.

This one was created as a challenge to me on an 8-bit forum. I tried to program it as close to the original Mario style as possible. It was important to use both square channels for the string parts, which left the triangle to play the backing melody (the ‘classic’ Mario invincibility music.) I believe I used a wav ripped from Mario 3 for doubling the percussion (to give it some more Mario-feel/authenticity.)


(OH! And I’ll be posting my next 8-bit track (a full-length one) on Sunday or Monday for a special occasion… heh heh. Any guesses on what it’ll be!?)

Sonic 2 – Mystic Cave Zone (8-Bit)

(Originally posted on Blogspot on Monday, March 28, 2011)

Posted a new song to my Youtube! This is the first of two monthly 8-bit tracks for March. (I know it is late in the month, so I’ll post the next one in a day or two.) I did this one a while ago, it’s certainly one of my best. I layered a lot of the channels to give it a really thick sound – (doubling the melody anywhere where there wasn’t a counter melody.) Not much else to say. Enjoy!

Starting Up An Internet Presence.

(Originally posted on Blogspot on Sunday, March 20, 2011)

Greetings! I have finally decided to start using this blog more often… so here we go!
There are a few things I am going to start doing:
1. Blog more often. This will be to post updates of my music progress, music inspirations, sound design techniques, etc. I will also post music releases.
2. Use Twitter more often. This will serve a similar purpose as blogging, but in a shorter format.
3. Release a monthly remix. I want to promote my music, and a great way of doing this is through remixes. If people like your remixes, people will often check out your own solo music. (Hopefully.)
4. Release a bi-monthly 8-bit remix. I have seen some great success with my Halo 8 (see below), and there has been a real resurgence of interest in 8-bit/chip tune music. I’ve become pretty efficient at Famitracker, a “free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems. […] One of the features is NSF-file exporting. That allows music created in this tracker to be played on the real hardware, or even for for use in your own NES-applications.” In lament’s terms, you can make LEGIT Nintendo music that could actually be put onto an NES cartridge (as apposed to synths that simply sound similar to NES music).

Well, That’s mostly it for now. Thanks for reading. More posts coming soon!