Project director Avaris will join us live tonight during Radio Free Gamer to discuss the upcoming Xenogears remix project. We will also air some exclusive preview tracks from the project! Check it out live from 7-9PM EST at 8bitx.com, or download the podcast which will be posted tonight. Thanks!
I’ve decided to finally release an album. Now it’s not done yet, but I have suffered long enough from the it’s-not-done-itis. I figure I can grab between 10 and 16 tracks, mostly from my recent compos, and others from songs that have never been released.
I need you guys to bug me and make sure that I don’t give up on this, and that I don’t dawdle on other things too much. Since most of the composing part is complete and all that is left is rerecording and finishing up the backing tracks, it is certainly possible to see something completed come Magfest. Thank you for all your continued support!
So, ladies and gents, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is an issue that needs to be addressed.
As I found out from Richter a week or so ago, OverLooked ReMiX
has become too large for him to host any longer. He’s pretty much
paying out of his own pocket too, as we aren’t a large enough site to
garner a consistent traffic flow, and I’m pretty sure the revenue off
of ads is miniscule at best.
Thus, I don’t know how much longer we’ll be around. The only option
Richter and I could think of is to release songs on YouTube, and then
host a torrent of all of the songs for people who want individual
copies of them. Richter did also move the songs to another hosting,
but that’s only saved them; we can’t post new remixes, and we have at
least one new site project to release that can’t be hosted on the
server. This is why we haven’t had a new remix in about a month.
If anyone would like to lend a hand with anything (even if it comes to
torrenting, just having some seeds), it would be greatly appreciated.
Obviously I’m not looking for someone to just take and host the site,
but even some alternative options than what Richter and myself have
thought of would help us. Although if you would consider hosting,
contact Richter at richtaur at gmail dot com, and/or myself at
xenonodyssey at hotmail dot com.
Thanks for giving this a read.
Effective immediately, the judges panel has voted to raise the maximum submission size to 8MiB, or 8,388,608 bytes.
- The max bitrate REMAINS 192Kbps; if you want to visit my house and prove you can pass a blind test differentiating between 192Kbps and 256Kbps, be my guest. If you win, the bitrate will be raised. If you lose, you owe OC ReMix $300 for my time
- This decision was reached by vote of the judges panel on a thread I posted; our mirrors are handling MP3 bandwidth admirably and, combined with torrents, have proven that this increase should be sustainable, so I posed the question and the judges responded.
- If you already have a piece queued up you think would benefit from a higher quality encode, please get in touch with a judge, BUT please note that any such changes may delay the evaluation of your track. I’d recommend against it unless it’s a 6-7 minute track where the encode really brutalized things.
- As to the logical follow up question of “OMFG WHY NOT 10MB?! OR EVEN… 100MB!!!?“, well, to be honest 6MiB has been serving us quite well for a long time. There are logistics involved at OCR that are fairly unique, and specifically when you factor in the (necessarily) manual evaluation of both arrangement and production PLUS the general deterrence towards mega-medleys, etc., we feel it makes a lot of sense.
- We are considering going back and soliciting higher quality encodes of mixes ALREADY posted, but have not formalized any plans. Please don’t ask to update any existing tracks you may have had posted on the site, as we won’t do it – in other words, don’t call us, we’ll call you.
That’s it, pretty much. While I’m sure someone can manage to put a negative spin on this by complaining that it took us too long, that it should be raised higher still, or that Larry smells (only one of which is true), I see it as a “good thing” that represents our steady, stable, persistent improvement of the site over time.
This week on Radio Free Gamer, we will be joined by composer
Christopher Tin to discuss how his work, “Baba Yetu”, has impacted his
career as well as the debut of his new album “Calling All Dawns!” The
album is getting amazing press, so I’m really looking forward to this
interview. Anyone who hasn’t checked this out should definitely visit
Of course, we’ll also have some great, free video game music, the win and fail of the week, and more! Listen live at 7PM EST Wednesday, immediately following Average Joe Gamer here on 8bitx.com. This is going to be a good episode, so don’t miss it!
Dwelling of Duels, hosted by VGMix is a community wide compo where the main instrument must be played live. This attracts a variety of talent and often produces amazing results. Every month, a theme is chosen which must be followed. Participants have one month to complete their tracks, songs are voted for on the last day of every month.
This month is Game Boy games month. Songs are due on Tuesday, October 27th at 9:00 PM Eastern US time. irc.vgmix.com #dod listening party to be held Wednesday, October 28th at 9:00 PM Eastern.
Ergosonic: Donkey Kong Country 2 – Essence of the Woodlands
NekoFrog: Donkey Kong Country 2 – Monkeys Disarm Your Kremlings
LuIzA, Level 99: Star Fox Adventures – Fossil’s Oasis
Fourth Place – Hale-Bopp: Perfect Dark (N64) – Sludge Pit
Fifth Place (tie) – Hat: Donkey Kong Country – Celtic Diddy
Fifth Place (tie) – Krastins: Donkey Kong 64 – Mermaid’s Lullaby
Congratulations to the winners, and everyone who participated. We’ll be watching for next months entries!
Dyne here, and have I (finally) got some news for you! Of course, if you haven’t been listening to it, I run the radio show Radio ThaSauce Live! For those of you who have, this is good news for you too! Recently, I decided to do a little work on a blog that I’d wanted to experiment with. This is where the good news comes in!
The blog is up and running, and while I’ll also be experimenting with it, I thought that I would use it for a greater purpose than just playing around. It’s not the official blog of Radio ThaSauce Live, and you can check it out just by clicking here! It features news, the radio show event schedule, and will also be bringing you so much more!
Keep checking it out to stay on top of events, show notes, and more!
See you at show time!