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Jan 28, 2014 | 12:50 AM EST
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4.3 MB
4 min 45 sec
4.44 / 5.00

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Rated 4.44 / 5 stars
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Electronic - Chipstep

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you win!

well done.



0. I don't know why I'm stuck on chiptune. I think it's because it's pretty straightforward in terms of sound design, so it lets me focus on the stuff I care more about (arrangement, melody, production to a lesser degree). It's also because I've been focusing on FM synthesis recently, which tends to go very easily with chippy sounds.
1. I was always impressed by how energetic Waterflame's songs were, so I wanted to write a song with an equal amount of energy. (himhim2340, this is for you ;-))
2. I think I really managed to push my production forward in terms of energy levels and good stuff like that. I've never written something so upbeat before. I never really cared to ace production, I always viewed it as a means to an end (so that people could understand the melodies etc.) This is because I believe that no one cares to listen to a song just because it's well produced.
3. I'm still using 99.9% FM synthesis.
4. Gonna just keep pushing at 9bit until it becomes 10bit.
5. Some of the better buildups I've done. Like that one at 3:10, I like it a lot. I'm actually using a reversed guitar sample in there, it makes it sound much more rich and interesting. (tricks of the trade ;o)
6. This song is so loud compared to my other songs. I always wondered how to get that extra loudness that well mastered songs have. Well I figured it out: ADD A TON OF BASS



Rated 5 / 5 stars

If i had a video game this is what would be played during the credits. Badass.

johnfn responds:

That was totally the goal! Thanks for the review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Whoa now, everything in this song is solid. It's fantastic, mastering, synth choice, timing, transitions, flow, everything! It's simply amazing, wonderful, wonderful work here! I got chills from this, just to let you know.

johnfn responds:

Thanks dude! Yeah not gonna lie, I was pretty darn happy with how this one fitted together so nicely. Glad you liked it too! :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Fun fact: You now have more songs uploaded in 2014 than I had uploaded in 2013 before May! Anyway, it's very dreamy, yet also more energetic and fast-paced than a lot of your other recent tracks. I think it does a great job of capturing the mood of victory: the sense of heightened glory and completion of a grand accomplishment, especially with the melodies at 1:37. The structure really tells a story, which I love. I really like the use of drums in this piece, even if it was a bit subtle at times, because I think it adds a lot to it. I love the part at :33, btw - that's one of the parts of this piece which feels so blissful, but also creates a lot of room for climax. I'd say the conclusive nature of this piece seems fitting, if you don't mind me saying - your last 6-8 pieces or so are so similar that they've simply started to bleed together in my mind. I think it's important to have a lot of variety in the way you create songs and the instruments you use, etc. It's good to experiment more - it helps you grow as an artist. You already know that, don't you? You've grown a ton since before NGADM: your transitions are rock-solid, you really have an in-depth understanding of structure and sound design, etc. But there are other excellent genres of music besides chiptunes and, as much as it pains me to say this, I feel like it's time you've moved on from this. Sorry. I may have heard this piece 6-8 times before, but it's excellent nonetheless. Keep it up, Johnfn! :D ...and I'm still waiting to hear those guitar/indie tracks you were going to experiment with a couple of months ago. ;)

johnfn responds:

Haha, I completely understand where you're coming from with the whole "omg johnfn you just wrote 66 chipstep pieces in a row". I really can't explain why but my brain has decided to go deep into chiptune territory, especially after I used to be like "lol different genre every song". And yeah I totally see that being tiring to dedicated listeners. But personally it's been helpful for me for two reasons:

1. I always listen to songs from a melody/arrangement perspective first. imo sound design is just a way to get melodic development across.
2. I learn more about mixing/production this way. I think this might be my best mix ever. I was able to take that step forward because I could focus directly on the mixing aspect of the song. If I had made this song orchestral (or something else), then there's no way I could have achieved that result, because there would be too many other conflicting variables.

So really it's all just a learning process for me... but I can understand how it would drive other people crazy =D

Anyway I take your advice to heart and will be sure that the next piece I release will be so experimental that it will make you wish that I went back to chipstep *cackles maniacally*


"Where are your indie tracks?"

BLARG I DONT KNOW HOW TO RECORD ACOUSTIC GUITAR. I think my mic isn't good. I need to figure this out.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

In a word: Exceptional. A winner is you!

johnfn responds:

Thanks dude! Glad to see you're still around. I want more music from you! :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Yup. You definitely know your chipstep by now, and that's ok! No matter what field of music you venture into you seem to make it even more awesome :p

johnfn responds:

Haha thanks! It could also be that chipstep is just inherently the best genre. ;-)