I wanted to write a song
inspired by Splinterlands, in the style of an old, retro videogame, and this is the beginnings of that. I decided to only use sounds from the 'Video Game' portion of the ROLI sound library, which was included with Seaboard I purchased a few months ago. I don't know if I love the harmonies here, but I wanted to at least get a basic map of a song set up, so I could edit it over the course of a few days, and make some update posts along the way.
Tracks 1 and 2 work together
to provide the chords and arpeggios. Because they're similar in timbre, they overtake each other at certain points, which wound up working out in a really cool way. I was worried that neither one would be heard, but it wound up sounding great as they come in and out of each other. The basic progression is divided into 2 parts, Pink and Green in Track 2. We're in Dminor, and in the Pink parts, we start on Dminor, down to Gminor, a Bminor, and lastly, Cmajor. I think the Cmajor is a bit weak, so it'll probably get replaced with an A7 instead.
Track 3 provides the weird little
melody line, which reminds me of the coin sound in Mario. It adds another layer, which I think may wind up being a different instrument as I edit this. Tracks 4 and 5 are used for transitions and accenting the 1st beat of a section with a gong sort of hit, and finally, we have the drums in Track 6, which use a simple 808 kit. The snare and hihats sound fine, and fit the old-school vibe, but the kick is a bit too full and round, so I need to find something a bit more lo-fi.
Track 1, 8bit synth #1.
Track 2, 8bit synth #2, chords.
Hope you like the idea thus far! This may change quite a bit so I'll continue to update as I work on it more!