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I decided to begin a “Theme creation challenge” where I attempt to make a memorable 1 or 2 minute theme song daily, but there’s a catch! I can only use the type of noises available on a game-boy. That way I can practice in a similar limited manner as my favorite composer began, Junichi Masuda, Composer for the Pokemon games. There is also a piano version I posted on YouTube for those who can’t stand the sound of chip-tune. It lacks percussion but in exchange you can see the notes being played.
Here’s Bipolar (Piano version)
So today I decided to begin a “Theme creation challenge” where I attempt to make a memorable 1 or 2 minute theme daily, but there’s a catch! I can only use the type of noises available on a game-boy. Lately, I’ve been listening to my favorite composer, Junichi Masuda, the composer for Pokemon games and I pondered how he could make such compelling and beautiful music even though the sounds of a game-boy are god awful. Well, I saw this video on YouTube by Extra Credits about video game music and they said the reason why a lot of older game music is so memorable is because of the limited sounds a game console could make. They even said most older games could only play 4 lines at a time, so composers had to focus on memorable themes. So, I decided to get similar practice that my favorite composer had and created this challenge. Here are the rule.
- The theme has to be at least one minute long.
- I can only use 4 instruments mimicking the game-boy’s limitations these 4 are: 2 pulse-wave synths, 1 noise generator, 1 drum kits with slight distortion to retain the chip-tune sound.
- I can use any effects on sound as long as it doesn’t ruin the chip-tune feel.
Without further ado here is “Celebration” My first theme. There is also a piano version below I posted on youtube for those who can’t stand the sound of chip-tune but it’s lacking the percussion.
Here’s the piano version
So yesterday for ear training I did some 3 note melody training where I listen to 3 successive notes and guess what notes are played. you’d think it would be as easy as listening to two notes but it’s not >.< Got a 26 percent. Today I did some chord progression ear training and did a little better with a 60% yay! I feel like my ears are slowly hearing more subtleties but I also feel that I have a LONG way to go.
So I was strolling through the interwebs and found out that Pope Francis is about to drop a Rock-Pop album and on the real the single is superb click here to listen! The album is titled “Wake Up!” and is available for pre-order on iTunes. I was tripped out by this news but the music is good so no complaints here
Link to song
Lately I’ve been working on melodic intervals (guessing distance of two between two successive notes) to prepare for practicing species counterpoint which are exercises used to tighten up the ability to write multiple independent melody that play well with each other. This session was 258 questions and 45 minutes long whew!
So I’m back at my ear training this is day 31! I’m hitting harmonic intervals hard in order to prepare my ears for practicing 4 voice species counterpoint also this session is long 40minute 200+ question session in order to make up for lost time after being sick
Nothing to epic on the ear training front been spamming melodic interval training in order to prepare for melody training which I’ve gotten no higher than 20% going to post the excel spreadsheet and graphs tomorrow to celebrate 30 days of ear training