Made a 2 channel PSG song

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By Totta

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20-12-2021, 12:11

After my previous attempts at creating music for the MSX built in sound chip I felt I had reached just about the end of what I am capable of producing in terms of exploring hardware envelopes and making thick bass sounds.

So I thought: What could be my next challenge?
Well, why not make it even harder? Why not create a song using only two channels? Could be an interesting exercise since 2 channel music is very useful in games since a whole channel then can be reserved for sound effects.

I started by making this interesting hihat handclap groove I discovered while playing around with really short hardware envelopes. I added some arpeggios and bass sounds and realized I had something interesting to build a melody upon.

Then I started out slow with some initial melody and found myself stuck at about 40 seconds. What would I do now? Well, I have always been in love with that fast arpeggio sound that can be heard in International Karate for MSX so I dissected it and made my own version.

Then the rest of the song kindof fell in place by itself. Sure, it's somewhat an orgy in fast arpeggios and very short blips and blops but playing notes fast is a good way to hide that there are few channels to play with.

So here it is:
2CHANNEL

A song that should be possible to play on any standard MSX or better. Using only two channels, no samples or trickery.
I have uploaded it to Youtube so you can see yourself it only uses two channels.

I'm actually quite proud I managed to pull it off.
Happy listening.

https://youtu.be/ZNINl0A1SaQ

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My previous songs for the MSX

HARDY
https://youtu.be/xuOFwLbBc7M

REZZY
https://youtu.be/ol63MdcFhtc

POPPY
https://youtu.be/wGpKBPGuYC4

GROOVY
https://youtu.be/4d5S5dqBq4U

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By thegeps

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20-12-2021, 15:07

Can't find the video. It says "removed by user"

By thegeps

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20-12-2021, 15:09

https://youtu.be/ZNINl0A1SaQ

Found it, but link is different ;)

By tfh

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20-12-2021, 15:23

Impressive for only a 2-channel track!

By defdanny

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20-12-2021, 16:18

Hi Totta,
like I already said before: This sounds sooo cool and I cannot belief that it is only running on 2 channels. Magic.
I am impressed. I really want to make a reservation on that tune. ;-)

By Totta

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20-12-2021, 16:49

Typical. I added the wrong link.
Here is the correct one to my 2 channel song

https://youtu.be/ZNINl0A1SaQ

Maybe an admin can change in my original post? I can’t

By defdanny

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20-12-2021, 17:43

Link corrected in original post.

By aoineko

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21-12-2021, 18:31

Bravo! It's quite amazing to achieve such a quality of music with only two channels.

By heavyviper

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22-12-2021, 08:42

Marvelous example of working within harsh limitation, great work! Your other tracks are quite good too :>

By Stt1

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22-12-2021, 08:56

Really good stuff, I like it!

By Totta

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25-12-2021, 23:45

Added an Oscilloscope version of the song now if you want to take a closer look

Not much rest for the soundchip in channel 2 ;-)

https://youtu.be/bUR8C0Xa-V0

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