Flikomp #2 – 8PM Central tonight!!

I have a busy night of breaking things, but lets see if we can fit in some musical fun too!

Compo Date / Time: October 9th, 8:00 PM Central

This is a music compo that has no direction other than to give people
the motivation to just MAKE something (something I have a problem with
all the time). Instead of there being a theme of any sort that may
cause someone to turn away because they don’t feel they can make
something in a certain style, they can just make whatever they want. I
encourage original music in this.

An Hour and Flikteen minutes (or Flikomp) will last just that. You’ll
have an hour to put something together, and perhaps 15 minutes or so to
do any quick cleanup and effect work and such that you couldn’t do in
the hour of creation time.

We will meet in #flikomp on the EnterTheGame IRC server.
Don’t worry. This isn’t some competition or anything. This is purely a
way to motivate people who have difficulty coming up with music to
make. Anyone can join in.

You may use whatever tools you normally use to make your music, just as
long as you can make an MP3 out of it in the end so everyone can
listen. When you make your MP3, it can be e-mailed to f[email protected],
or uploaded to a server of your choice and the link sent to me. Name
your file “yournickname – yoursongname.mp3” so we can keep these
organized. Once received I will put everything into a RAR file and
upload it to my server for all to download. If you have dialup this
could be a problem, but we’ll do what we can. There will be a half hour
break from when I get the RAR file uploaded so everyone can download
it, and yes I will try and make individual files available in a public
directory if possible.

I’ll try my best to make this a weekly thing. There may not be a
specific date set for it. Odds are I’ll just make a new thread for it
or something and let people know what time I’ll be starting it that
night. Weekends are iffy since I’m out of town so much during them. If
you miss out on one, don’t worry, there will be more! And don’t fret if
you think your original tune sucks.

This compo is so you can make stuff and in turn get better!

Hope to see you there, and happy music making!

Music4Games Interviews Kenji Yamamoto, MP3 sound team

The Music4games website, which you may remember preformed an early review of Andrew “Zircon” Aversa’s grand project Voices of the Lifestream last month, has recently published an interview with the sound team that worked on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Kenji Yamamoto. If you’re not aware who Mr. Yamamoto is, it is recommended that you read the credits of Super Metroid, his first project with Nintendo and his first as the sound designer (the sound programmer and sound effect designer as well as composer).
Of course, the interview covers the basics, such as the transition from the traditional 2d sidescrolling to First Person Shooting and the difficulties of Mr. Yamamoto working out of Kyoto and Retro Studios being in Austin, TX. But there are quite a few sections of the interview that offer some insight into Mr. Yamamoto’s method, at one point he says that he “watched the footage first, and used the inspirations I got by playing the guitar and piano to organize the music.” He also admits that his main compositional style is much more closely related to American rock music, but felt that it would be more immersive to the Metroid franchise by finding inspiration in the game footage.

Full Article: http://www.music4games.net/Features_Display.aspx?id=174

0 SONGS TO BE POSTED.

Seriously people. I have 1 song that needs to be resubmitted because of the server swap, 1 song to be QC’d, and nothing else. I can’t post more songs if I don’t HAVE more songs.

If you submitted a song and I lost it…resubmit it.

If you made a song and didn’t submit it…submit it.

If you’re thinking making a song and maybe submitting it…submit it.

If you already submitted it to OCR…submit it.

If you know a cool song that isn’t on OCR…contact the artist and have them submit it.

Seriously people.

Free Shit: Vostek, Electric Concerto, Grateful Dead spotlight

‘Twas a slow week. I still have a few cool things, though.

Vostek – Clearance Instation
Kahvi really needs to check artists for using so many synth presets [I hear a bunch of them from this netlabel all the time], but it’s still good music regardless. Vostek introduces himself to my music library with 3 tracks of spacey chillout music that puts me at ease.

Electric Concerto – Alone
Score! An Anime Remix! This is a trance remix of “Sadness and Sorrows” from Naruto. Yeah, another one. And we have another mix of the same song to be posted soon. Hooray, anyway.

Grateful Dead Archive
Archive.org is the best site on the internet and this is one reason why. Billions of Grateful dead recordings, in varying quality, and all available to stream online. Sometimes when you just wanna chill, and you’re tired of all the IDM and trance, this is the perfect thing. I’ve known about this for a while, but since there’s not much Free Shit this week I figured I’d feature it this week. This pretty much exemplifies the concept behind my column.