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My entry for the "Back On Track" April Looptalk Contest. The basic rules involved creating a track with a total FLP size less than 880 kb, no synths allowed (only samples), and no more than 8 voices playing at the same time (no more than 8 sounds polyphony - a 4 note chord counts as 4 voices). I used nothing but the basic sound sample shapes included with FL Studio - pulse, square, noise, etc. Every instrument, including the percussion, was crafted using those very short sound samples.

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Despite the limitations, you managed to make a really interesting and catchy tune. Sounds like tracker music. It would've been really cool if you simulated delay/reverb by using duplicated channels, it's a common thing in chiptune music, but idk if that would have fit into the limitations.

Stargame responds:

Lol the polyphony limit effectively destroyed the ability to do that except for particularly bare segments of music, so it seemed a waste to even try in that case. I was not in the mood to plan and syncopate 10 different sounds into an 8 sound space while making this xD

Thank you for the review, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

its hard making a good song with such limited tools

Stargame responds:

Indeed, though I greatly enjoyed the process. It was a lot of fun coming up with something using such heavy limits. That's my favorite thing about the Image-Line Looptalk contests - they almost always require you to do some really tricky technical stuff, as they're user generated. I once ran a contest where people had to make music using nothing but percussive instrumentation, which yielded some rather wonderful results.

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4.54 / 5.00

Apr 10, 2021
10:03 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
8.4 MB
3 min 40 sec

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