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They Were Under A Hat [Pixel Day/JAMUARY DAY 23]


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UPDATE [9-17-23]: Free downloads have been removed from music that is currently hosted on Bandcamp. If you like this song, please visit my BandCamp page to download it at cost. Support your favorite audio slut.

JAMUARY DAY 23, Pixel Day 2022

Technically this isn't "true" chiptune. Last year I learned that if I apply digital distortion to my drum kits I can sort of fake it? I tried keeping synth patches true to a chiptune sound. Chiptune really isn't one of my strong things but I couldn't waltz through Jamuary without at least trying to get something pseudo Pixel related on the 23rd. So here it is, phony chiptune music. I fully expect someone to come out of the blue today like "GET YOUR HIGH DEFINITION DRUM PATCHES OUT OF OUR PIXEL WATER YOU DEGENERATE MUSIC NAZI D:<"

Is stereo panning even a thing in chiptune music? I really have no clue. It's a good thing Snaresworks is doing an intro to chiptune music on the 30th right before my winter-fest panel. Probably a good idea to tune into that...

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This turned out real nice. I feel like you should dive back into this sort of sound another time. You still retain your signature sound, but that crunchy retro instrumentation really adds a new sort of element to it too. I think it's pretty neat.

Quarl responds:

I love chiptune, maybe next month instead of writing a song a day I'll focus on learning Fami-Tracker or whatever workstation Snaresworks ends up teaching on their Winterfest panel. It couldn't have been coincidence that the person my panel follows is doing an introduction to Chiptune music...

I love the flow of this it's complex yet simple and arranged in a lovely way and never calms down I love this x

Quarl responds:

I was loving all the cool jazzy chiptune music on Pixelday. I really have no idea how to approach the genre from the perspective of a DAW like Reason. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself :3

banging my head to this

i just bitcrush the drums when i make chiptune lmao, also snareworks has some amazing stuff, hes so underrated

Quarl responds:

I'm glad to have a digital distortion homie. Glad I'm not the only one :p

Credits & Info


4.50 / 5.00

Jan 23, 2022
2:00 PM EST
Video Game
File Info
4.2 MB
1 min 49 sec
  • Audacity
  • Reason 10
Misc. Kit
  • Sennheiser HD 650
  • Casio CDP - S100

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.