When I shared this with a couple of our friends, I said I "wanted to write something to express something and I don't think I failed".

Today's is pretty short - messing around with similar ideas to the previous one, but restricting it to only two PICO-8 SFX channels.

- πŸ’» 🐲 🎢

Was listening to some funk this morning and decided to take another hack at composing PICO-8 music with a similar feel.

...I like this. I think it works.

- πŸ”₯ 🎢

...related to the above:

The slowest possible SPD marking in PICO-8 is 255 music ticks per beat.

255 music ticks
times 1/128 seconds per music tick
times 32 beats per sfx
times 64 sfx patterns per cartridge
= 4080 seconds
= 68 minutes.

...we think that might be an interesting project: create a 68-minute album in a single PICO-8 cart's music patterns and SFX.

- 🐍 🐲 πŸ’­

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We love hearing music use smooth shifts of instrumental timbre as an expressive tool - be it physical instruments played differently to change the sound or envelopes and automating synth parameters. A single note can be full of dynamic interest from how its sound changes.

We've been trying to find ways to create effects in that category with PICO-8. Kind of an uphill challenge - very little of what PICO-8's sound card does is /smooth/.

Fade-in and fade-out are, though.

- 🐲 🐍

☝🏽 is the one with the driving bass line and the warbling swooping line over top

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☝🏽 this is the really slow, languid one with the long notes that fade in and out

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Gonna go back and tag our PICO-8 tracks as , I think

have a single hashtag that we can pin to our profile and add to as we compose more stuff

☝🏽 is the one with the warbly bass and the very makes-us-think-of-Metroid-y pings over top in the middle part

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