Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

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Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby NicolasMaeder » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:55 am

http://nicolasmaeder.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/the-zero-was-a-demo-album-not-a-fourth-album/ (this link added 12/04/2015)

Hello, I am Nicolas Maeder (born January 22, 1996). I am an experimental electronic musician who makes music with a lot of software, mostly Audacity. I run a small record label on the internet named "Qas Records", signed to only one artist, me. Less than 4 months ago downloaded Famitracker because I was curious about how to make new sounds out of old video game consoles. Before then I released my first three albums (Acefilou, Zilvhoux Kenmyrs, and Chandeti Hoyxkairt Xovia), and I also uploaded some YouTube videos containing glitchy Atari 2600 programs; both the albums and the 2600 games contained in some of my YouTube videos are composed with Audacity.

The Zero is my first chiptune effort and my fourth album, consisting of 8 strange, minimal, and sometimes noisy tracks using the standard Famicom/NES sound chip Ricoh RP2A03/2A07. Most instruments were taken from .ftms of covers because at the time I was developing the album I was more likely to do such than either make my own or focus on using blank instruments. This is just the beginning of the time I spent writing and recording chiptune works, so expect this post to contain suggestions regarding improvement of skills.

I will continue to make chiptune works for as long as possible after this post was submitted. Album cover is below.

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The Zero is "QAS12".

The Zero.ftm
QAS12
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Postby iYamWhatIYam » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:12 pm

Just as a helpful note, please mark your FTM modules if they're only playable in the 0.5.0. beta.

Also, the sound design here is barely sound design at all. The whole album is jarring. I can't even call it ambient noise. There is way more focus on percussion than there should be, and whenever you do use the pulse channels and the triangle channel, it's so obnoxious that I wanted to stop listening to it. This whole album is just noise. And not even the good kind.

I'm sorry if you don't believe this to be true, but I'm sure others may feel the same way. Just try experimenting with channels other than the noise channel and with a higher octave than one. I'm sure you can come up with something.
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Re: Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby MiniMacro » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:31 pm

@in#nocent is.. um... noise. The whole album sounds like generated noise. I get that's what you were going for, but it isn't very pleasing to the ears.
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Re: Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby kfaraday » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:18 pm

i like the last track! a lot of it is a bit too loopy for me though, and what variations there are seem to be rather 'square' for my taste (such as turning layers on/off every pattern, variation of lines by transposition, removing of effects etc.) have you tried developing a more subtle/complex variation in yr works?

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Re: Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby NicolasMaeder » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:43 pm

kfaraday: Yes, I have developed more complex .ftms than this album. I won't spoil the names, but my second chiptune album will be less loopy than this one.

iYamWhatIYam and MiniMacro: Because of my experimental background, I tend to include noise elements in my music. I have made ambient songs, so I will include an ambient song on my second chiptune album.
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Re: Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby NicolasMaeder » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:45 pm

Thanks! :)
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Postby MiniMacro » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:49 pm

I understand that it's experimental, but i think it would do you a world of favors to at least attempt to include some kind of melody.
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Postby NicolasMaeder » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:26 pm

MiniMacro: I guarantee that my second chiptune album will include melodies.
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Re: Nicolas Maeder enters the chiptune scene

Postby sterne » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:28 am

You're a bit late to the party.

decomposinghorse is way better at experimental and his songs are interestingly insane.
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Postby NicolasMaeder » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:06 am

sterne wrote:You're a bit late to the party.

decomposinghorse is way better at experimental and his songs are interestingly insane.


sterne: I like decomposinghorse's songs, and I agree with your sentiment. His songs are better than mine indeed because of the great level of experimental elements used. He treats noise pretty impressively, considering the time and effort he spent on the innovative instruments to make unusual results. While other people such as Rushjet1 and HertzDevil remain popular for their highly melodic and energetic styles, decomposinghorse's works are unlike most other songs that get posted on the FamiTracker forums since he sounds similar to early industrial music acts including Throbbing Gristle.
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