Announcing ThaSauce Presented by VGMix; Launches VGMix Archive

[The following is an April Fools’ Joke and is satirical in nature. None of it should be taken seriously EXCEPT the launch of VGMix Archive, which is an actual website that serves it’s advertised purpose.]

After an unfortunate turn of events we regret to announce that ThaSauce has ended our relationship with OverClocked ReMix indefinitely, active immediately. This is a really sad day for all of us, but after months of discussion and preparation, we have to call it off. Negotiations broke down soon after our announcement after we reached unresolved circumstances between ourselves and the OverClocked ReMix staff, particlarly Stevo “Level99” Bortz.

Things aren’t all bad, though. As we realized we were reaching an impasse we began exploring our other partnership options. With that said, we are now proud to announced new relationship between ThaSauce and Jake “vert” Kaufman and his VGMix team. Jake has been very understanding of the circumstances between us and OCReMix, and as a result we have decided to join forces to make the best online community that video game arrangements have ever seen!

As a celebration of our new, hopefully long-lasting, partnership we are proud to announce the launch of VGMix Archive. VGMix Archive is a large, searchable index of every VGMix 1, 2, and X song we could pull together. Preview and download your favorite tracks, or download the whole collection via BitTorrent! We hope to keep VGMix Archive a constantly updating archive, so anyone who has any tracks that we might be missing, feel free to let us know!

We apologize for all the preceding drama, but we are dedicated to moving forward and making the internet a better place one video game remix at a time, no matter how many beards try to stand in our way!

VGMix Coming Back? A Nugget of Hope?

A drunken puggle brings hope of better times!

For anyone that doesn’t know, VGMix has been down for quite some time now. Not just VGMix 2, but even the new stand-in VGMix X had disapeared from the internet entirely. virt had mentioned there was issues with the hosting, and the content management system had problems anyway (new user registration had been down for a long time as it was.)

However recently it seems there has been some activity. A nugget of hope in the form of…well, virt’s puggle Nugget. Does this mean the gears are in motion once again? Could we see VGMix 3 finally sometime in the foreseeable future? Hopefully we’ll get more information about this sometime soon.

Post kwakfest report.

VGMix held a kwakfest Friday night/Saturday morning in which I, and 34 other mixes from around the community participated. Other mixers include Ubik, virt, injury, Spamtron, SnappleMan, tumult, and many many moreeeeeeeee.

This was actually my first kwakfest, even though I’d listened in on
quite a few before. It was a LOT of fun and I can’t wait to join in on
the next one.
kwakfests are a 1-hour midi compo held in #kwakfest on VGMix’s IRC channel. They include a theme which…is more or less a suggestion. Afterwards everyone listens to the tracks produced together.

A Kwakfest is, simply, a one-hour General MIDI compo. Compos are timed contests in which musicians, artists, or programmers create the best possible example of their work — from scratch — within a given time limit, under a specific set of limitations. The most common compos are hour-long tracked module competitions, where musicians use a composition tool called a tracker to write a song in 60 minutes. Surprisingly, many musicians are quite good at this, and can write several minutes worth of music with time to spare. One-hour music compos are typically referred to as OHCs, and have a long history with many notable participants. Most of the VGMix crew work primarily with MIDI sequencers as opposed to module trackers, so we’ve adapted the OHC tradition to our working method, noncompetitive spirit, and general rejection of any seriousness at all.

Last week’s theme was…well it was lookin’ something like JPOP + Sports, and you can find the tracks here:

http://www.thasauce.net/downloads/kwak_2008-02-01/

Hello, VGMix.

Aside from the inside jokes people receive when posting some inane comment on the ETA thread on the VGMix 2.5 forums for not reading the VGMIX LAUNCH FAQ post that virt made, there is a large amount of misinformation on the internet. Some of this is due to some comments Jake made during the VGMix panel at MAGFest. “Bahamut” of OCReMix (a forum moderator) was recently seen saying that virt said within a couple of weeks. Other people have made similar comments about “Spring 2007,” but there is no ETA beyond a vague “As soon as it is wholly complete.” Yes, it has been over a year. Yes, they missed the original ETA. The VGMix administration and development team KNOW all of this, and there is no need to restate the facts every other day. Just be patient, and…
Read this FAQ: http://vgmix.com/vg25/viewtopic.php?id=4499

When you compound Jake’s ambition with Real Life (work, school, family obligations) and realise that the dev team is spread around the country (seriously, ask Gulopine and Richter where they live on IRC some time), it should be clear that any kind of ETA is impossible to judge. Go through and read the ETA thread (starting from the beginning), too.

Also, if you want to release your songs, send them here!

VGMix 3.0 – ETA January 8, 2007

“Wow.

“The better part of a year has passed with
no updates from us, just a lot of cheerleading. We’ve never attempted
ANYTHING of this magnitude before. We have been silent about our ETA to
avoid any disappointment or loss of credibility if we blew the target
date. More like Duke VGMix Forever, right? This whole thing is
incredibly difficult for a team of guys with full-time jobs and, for a
few of us (not me), even social lives!

“Excuses aside, it’s INSANE that it’s taken this long,
and I apologize. I had hoped to relaunch mid-year at the latest, but it
just didn’t happen – we have changed our approach a few times, written
hundreds of pages of documentation, even switched programming languages
and adopted a web framework so we wouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel
with databases and templating.

“Our feature list has not
changed, and our goals of security, speed, and expandability are
finally being addressed. With our truly amazing programmers, I’m proud
to say that we’re actually getting stuff done.

“So, here it is. Our ETA. January 8, 2007.

“Seems like forever, but it’s only a few months. It’s the day after we return from Magfest.
An ETA is of course an ESTIMATE, and with work and life how it is,
anything could come up. But we deeply, truly believe in this site, and
we’re not going to give up – no matter how long it takes. For the first
time in my life I’m able to afford the server comfortably, so no
donations are needed right now.

“We need sufficient time to work
out the bugs in beta, which will be conducted with a small number of
regulars – We need people we know personally who can thoroughly
describe how stuff breaks, and who know the site backwards and forwards.

“Another,
more unfortunate reason we withheld an ETA is the jerk factor. There
are folks out there – the same who brought down 2.0 – who like to
sabotage things just because they can, and then laugh about it.
Launching unexpectedly would help rule out any planned disruptions. But
honestly, if people want to break our stuff, they’ll probably break it.
We’ll just do the best we can. With our new web host and vastly
improved security, we can lock things down a lot better now, if it
should come to that.

“So hang in there. We’re coming back very, very soon!”
-virt

Kwakfest

There was a Kwakfest tonight in #kwakfest on irc.vgmix.com. There was no specific theme but there didn’t need to be! Read on for the link and more info.
http://kwakfest.vgmix.com/kwakfest-2006-06-10.zip

Tonights kwakfest was: ansgaros, coda, flik, frantic, kaijin, merkizmo, nightsb, OverCoat featuring special guest DJ Michel Der Heidi, P2E [HAHA OKAY], Paragon, shonensamurai, spamtron, tumult, ubik, and virt.

Kwakfests are one hour general MIDI compos. They’re always good fun, just make sure you have working email until they get the upload system fixed [SIGH]. Anyway, they’re in #kwakfest on irc.vgmix.com and announced on the VGMix forums well ahead of time.

VGMix – Expect sporadic downtime!

virt says:

“Hi VGMixers,

Just a heads-up:
If we’re up and down in the next few days/weeks/months occasionally, don’t worry – we’re frequently messing with webserver configuration, tweaking database parts, and the like. This might, for example, break the forum temporarily, or you could get 404s or DNS errors if someone screws up a config file. Sorry in advance, and don’t panic!
At the very least, the new server machine is fast, stable, and is managed by really good datacenter staff. So extended downtime or “disaster scenarios” will be less of a threat.

Of course, if the server is down, you won’t even be able to read this! Ha-ha! Internet!”

Read the original post and comments here.