Retrograde Meanderings

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Ah, yes! The tried and true holiday known the world over as Pixel Day. That longstanding celebration of all things old school. That--wait, what? This is a totally new thing, you say? I see. Well then...


Pixel Day! That brand spanking new Newgrounds holiday cooked up by RealFaction and endorsed by the estimable Tom Fulp in the year twenty-sixteen. An idea whose time has finally come at long last! And...

You know what? Just enjoy the music. Allons-y!

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Wow, this is pretty awesome! It's kinda calming, actually. Did you use magical8bitPlug3, by any chance? I feel like I can hear it in there.

Good luck this year! I hope you place - I'd be happy to lose to you. :P

- Evilgrapez

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks a bunch, Evilgrapez! ^__~ As for what was used here, most of the instruments are from Peach and pooBoy2, as well as a little Triforce square and Toad for percussion.

Really glad that you enjoy the sound. Just checking out your Pixel Day submission now. Cool little made up holiday-like thing, huh? I dig it. Shoot, I'd be happy to lose to you, too. xD Best of luck!

~ ChronoNomad

Wow dude, you really knocked it out of the park with this one! It's a really ambitious composition with a wide variety of pixelated instrumentals that never let it get stale. However, if I had to nitpick anything (and I mean freaking anything,) it's that I was sort of expecting a huge climax in the song that never really came, but it was still an awesome listen nevertheless. Keep up the good work dude!

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks for the quid pro quo review, Manuel! I'm glad that you enjoyed the old school goodness. The section at 2:35 started the buildup towards the finale, and 2:56 onward was intended as the climactic finish. I sometimes like to end my tracks in a way that's similar to the intro, and that's what I did here, but with a lot more going on than there was originally. What works for some doesn't work for others, and music - like all other forms of media - is subjective. C'est la vie. :)

Aw heck, this is gold. I'm not even gonna make anything for pixel day anymore.

ChronoNomad responds:

Well, shoot...thank you very much for such an incredible compliment, but--c'mon! Don't deprive the world of a larrynachos original Pixel Day track! The more the merrier, don'cha know. :D

Of Course...Another obvious winner for Pixel day... -_____-

ChronoNomad responds:

I, um...not entirely sure how to respond to this, but...thanks? ^__^;

I certainly hope that my track is a solid contender, but if Newgrounds contests have taught me anything, it's that there's no such thing as an obvious winner. Ever.

I would just put a tiny bit less reverb on the synth at 23 seconds in, but not by too much, it's a nice effect. This is a really pretty track. This reminds me of something I heard in the original Legend of Zelda game but I can't think of what! It's really pretty though. I love the stereo effect you have going here with that one synth, rotating around the place. This is very creative, and reminds me also of harpsichord pieces as well as organ pieces, with more. This is freaking awesome.

I kid you not, because it's a chiptune contest in the audio section, this will probably be a harder contest to judge than AIM or NIM. I've heard some great stuff so far, this being one of them. Good job!

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, thanks for offering up such a sweet review, RealFaction! I'm really looking forward to the impending smorgasbord of retro goodness. Heck, there are already just over half a dozen audio entries with two more weeks to go, so yeah...it's gonna be a tough decision making process.

It's funny how it reminds you of something from The Legend of Zelda, but you can't quite put your finger on what. I'd had the exact same thought, actually. Several of the instruments are from the Peach and Triforce VSTs, so I guess that's not really too surprising. Whenever I listen, it reminds me of a bunch of different old school games, so it's got a really high nostalgia factor for me.

I'm pretty stoked to hear that you find the track so enjoyable! With any luck, Tom and whoever else ends up joining the judges' panel will dig it, too. Goodness knows it was a blast to make. Thanks again for the feedback! Very much appreciated.

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4.08 / 5.00

Jan 2, 2016
8:36 PM EST
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7.2 MB
3 min 10 sec

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