Ever wondered what those old video game soundtracks sounded like without all the gameplay around it? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to know just how in the world composers put those awesome soundtracks, like Mario Bros or Donkey Kong, together. Well, you can find these things out, and much, much more, as part of the Arfy Snackbox. But, if you’re not a gamer, never fear, Arfy has you covered as well. Learn all about what made old soundchips tick, what they could do, and in many cases, what they can still do even today.
Rounded out with a dose of classical, and perhaps, even some live midi sequencing on air, it’s all here. So tune in, and who knows where you’ll end up next!
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In this show, it's all about motif midi, and black midi! Ever wondered what pianos trying to emulate arcade noises sound like? How do hardware synths deal with many, many notes coming at them all at once? Find out in this archive!
Yep, all motif, all the time! that was this weeks show in one line. I received my new motif-rack ES, formally of @freakyfwoof's ownership, and so i proceed to demo some of my favourite patches, and then show some of the midis I've been working on, as well as complete a couple of new conversions!
Today, the focus was on the pmml, and mml2mid midi compilers. I'd forgotten just how impressivley long some of the mml2mid samples are!
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Well, after thinking about it, I decided to abandon the sid, and focus on the NES this week. The result? Lots of fun tunes, brought to you by both normal and extended nes soundchips, and also showing off some rather neat xg midis, too! Maybe a few other little surprises, as well.
It's a new name, and a new time, but the same show as always! After a break, I return, and start this show with c64 sid tunes, but then thanks to Onj, quickly get sidetracked into the world of the NES, super Mario bros. in particular. I think next week, I'll just keep going with the nes theme!
Well, this picked up where last weeks show left off, except with more midi thrown in this time. A quiet, but fun one for sure.
Yep, the title of this show pretty much describes itself. Starting with a midi track so i could finish some laundry, the rest of the show was mods, mods, and mods! ending with a set of drax mods. I rather enjoyed this one, and hope you will, too!
Yes, what? I hear you ask. This show started out with a request for one of my own tracks, then, as I get into showing the Ay-3-8910 chip and it's varients, an old face shows up. Andrew! He then shows the alpha of a new game, Planet Coaster, then the title. Then, I get back to chips, but due to a technical issue, focus switches to organs, and showing my own midis, including a recalibration of synth levels, live! Definitely a rather interesting show, which i hope you'll enjoy.
Quite a mixed-bag this time. Going from Midi, to pc98, back to midi, a bit of jazz, and even getting an old tape in there, this show covered a lot of ground, and was quite a lot of fun! Next time, back to focusing on a certain chip, what one, stay tuned and find out!
Well well. Another week, another rather fun show! well, once the gremlins were worked out. This time, as promised, hoot, hoot, and oh, more hoot is featured. Lots of fun fm and midi tunes are played, and even a pc game or two enter the mix. I definitely enjoyed this one, technical glitches and all.
This show was a bit of a mixture! Starting out with a couple of midi files from the 8820, then moving on to showing what the MSX home computer and it's various chips could do, and then starting to show hoot, but getting distracted by an old face, Andrew! As he suggested playing things from Konami's vrc7 for the NES, and then rounded out by a kim burgaard set. This was definitely an enjoyable one!
This was a quiet, but fun show this week! Slightly shorter again, as I got hungry near the end. This time, we venture through the world of street of rage soundtracks from the sega Jenesis, and then start into the world of the NEC PC9801 and it's fm chips, and then round out with some midi offerings from Falcom and Konami. Also, I got the phones working again, and Cam was the one and only caller! What madness will show it's face next week? Find out!
This show was a lot of fun! Starting out with a rather long Isao Tomita track from his reinterpretation of the Planets, including a glitch where I sat on the keyboard... oops! Then we travel into the world of fm synthesis. Enjoy the fun tracks!
Here we are, another week, and this is the last week of my midi adventure! To round things off, I show off the first midis I played on each of my modules, as far as I could remember. We then take a listen to radio from New Caledonia, enough French for you all? Finally, I show some of the demos from Native Instrument's Komplete 10 Ultimate package.
And here it is, the last show for a month, while I go on a cruise, and travel to visit my family on the other side of the country. This show was *extremely* quiet, but a lot of fun! Featuring all xg, all the time this week, as we travel through my midi year that was 2004. Well, it was mostly fun, except for that part where my mixer decided to suddenly spring a non-working channel mute switch. ooooops! Luckily, I was able to switch the mic to the next channel, and continue.
An interesting mix this time! starts, once again, with more rock, but then quickly heads into the territory of SNES, and gameboy tunes, with midi remixes where appropriate. Overall a quiet, but fun one!
This week, the midi series returns, and, what's this? Yet more rock? Arfy, listening to rock? That's right, as I discovered the soundtrack to the guilty gear games, and also, some rather cool xg midis, that take the story to Early 2003, as I prepared to leave home and move out into the world. Where will the story go next? Find out next time!
This turned out to be a really fun show! Featuring a bit of everything from midi, to ELO... to, rock? It really did bring our two styles together. Hopefully collabourations like this will occur more often.
Yep, pretty much what it says on the tin. This show features my new Yamaha Mu2000. Enjoy the various midis I play through the machine, and hopefully next week, I'll be able to bring you the built-in demos live from the synth, and then, pick up the story of how I came to appreciate midi in all it's many forms.
Wow. This was a fun one! This show starts off, what I'd like to be a series for a while, where I take one type or format of music/chiptune, and explain how I came to know about it, and demo my favourite tracks as I came to grips with the format. This week, the theme is MIDI. We start our journey, at the very beginning with the old fm synth, and then make our way through the AWE32, my early introduction to gs and xg, and come to rest, right as I start to discover the world of the roland sound canvas. I even had the pleasure of hearing from Jason Smith's pay phone! A very enjoyable show for me, and the midi theme will pick up next time.
This one was a rather mixed bag. Featuring roland and Kurzweil keyboard demos, classical midis, including turning Hall of the Mountain King into a major piece! Also some mod files came up, too. All topped off by a synthesizer version of Mars, the bringer of war, as suggested by venison88. A quiet, but rather fun show!
This, was really cool! The feature of this show was showing both originals, and arrangements of songs from the Sorcerian series, from Falcom. Also, showing live versions of the classical midis featured in last week's show. Coming up next week? who knows!
This show was a nice mixture. Going from the sublime realms of classical from Greig, Mendellhsson and Littolf, all the way through to the utter crazyness of a midi that breaks almost any hardware synth... with only pianos! Sit back and enjoy the wild ride in this one!
This, the second week of the newly rebooted early morning, late night... show, really should have been called the not quite Konami show! That's right, almost the entirety of the show was spent playing midis from a set of arrangement albums that Konami rleased through the 90's. However, I'm not playing the released album versions, no, I'm playing, the original midi files! Both on the sc-8820 and the Yamaha XG software synth! It's a hole lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy this one! I certainly did.