What has BotB changed in your life?
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87151
It's my 4th burfday today, so I thought it would be cool to know that.
I'll be repeating what I said on my own profile to some extent, but this website has changed my life. Thanks to this community and the scene it got me into, I've found a lot of the music that defines me as an artist today.
I've met so many awesome people through it and a lot of them are major influences to me now, such as coda, goluigi and stinkbug to name a few. And obviously raphaelgoulart who I grew up as an artist with and collabed with multiple times.
Thank you, BotB!
 
 
87153
Level 18 Mixist
post #87153 :: 2017.07.02 5:45pm
  
  goluigi, Cessor Safari, Jangler, Sinc-X, TMM12, MandraSigma, raphaelgoulart, gotoandplay, Dimeback, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
i've met lots of friends and practiced music regularly for the past 10 or so months, which sounds like "yeah pretty cool" but that kind of shit is fucking amazing imo
 
 
87155
Level 21 Pedagogist
post #87155 :: 2017.07.02 6:09pm
  
  goluigi, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, TMM12, MandraSigma, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
got to meet merio, tmm12, fiv95, and way too many really cool botbr! also learned too much from them! <3 you are the best!
 
 
87156
Level 22 Chipist
post #87156 :: 2017.07.02 6:25pm
  
  goluigi, ViLXDRYAD, sleeparrow, Lia, Sinc-X, TMM12, MandraSigma, raphaelgoulart, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
BotB is my favorite website no doubt - it always gives me something to do and to always have me trying out new things! Tons of awesome people here also, flip yeah. Super glad I found BotB! \.o./
 
 
87159
Level 27 Chipist
it's actually crazy how drastically botb changed my life. over the past ~six years as a botbr i learned a ton about music and computers and people while having a stupid amount of fun in the process. i got to make serious friendships with lots of cool people, including some of my favorite musicians, and even though the community has had its hard times it's also helped me through a lot of my own.
 
 
87167
hey xemogasa, this is a really cool thread and i love reading everyone's responses to this and i look forward to the ones other people post.

i joined botb when i was 16 because i was stalking strobe and trying to find where all his modules were (i will behave now). what i ended up discovering was a world that somehow simultaneously let me escape reality and come to terms with it.

i was relatively lonely in high school and i was growing increasingly lost. accidentally discovering this thriving and lively community of down to earth musicians (and uh....slightly crashing it at first...sorry) has been one of the most influential things that has happened to not only my music but also my life; it brought me out of my edgy teenager phase to being able to channel my energy into something enriching, even if the result was only a bunch small icon images and numbers calculated from god fuck knows what math on some deeply nested website not that visible to the public. this let me forget about whatever issues i was having in real life and focused my energy on something more productive.

...so much that i have literally become addicted to this drug, that is battle of the bits. the very same positive things i mentioned about this site are also the same reasons that sometimes throw off my sense of reality. i have on several occasions taken hiatuses from this site because of how much i visit it, it's definitely my most visited site out of everything i can think of. every time i come back, i feel refreshed and ready but after a while this effect wears me down and i end up taking a break. if i'm being truly honest to myself, i don't see this cycle ending anytime soon.

on a brighter note, many of the people i have met here have influenced my decisions in real life, and have probably made me a better person than i would have been without this site. here are some examples:

(many people are going to disagree with the following, but i'll write it for posterity) due to botb i decided to pursue cs instead of music in college because i realized i enjoy and appreciate music as a hobby and as something i can relax and wind down to (both listening and composing), rather than a job. if we look at this realistically, unless you were not only naturally musically talented but surrounded by it from the time you were born, doing music as a profession sounds stressful rather than fun and i can see how it can take the fun out of composing. at first you'll be excited to get new gigs, and jobs and work on fun projects. but as you continue your life on this path, the actual survival/monetary need of appealing to audiences that will purchase you work and hunting for gigs seems like it would turn your music in a direction you don't want to take it in. i didn't want music something that i'd grow tired of nor did i want to lose control of my own music (i even lose control of it often without being a professional) so due to discussions with various people i decided to keep music strictly a hobby and as a result, i'm still finding cool stuff and it never ceases to get old. now this is just my personal choice and i don't encourage or discourage anyone to follow this same path, nor am i asserting that everything i'm saying here is right and i am aware that there are many exceptions and this applies only to me. (side note: i will admit i am going into cs literally for job stability and that i dont mind working a 9-5 desk job, seeing as i've done that before and i quite enjoy it)

in addition, i started being more social and less edgy as a result of being on botb. botb led me to various places around the internet and it has shown me what happens when you get entrapped by it, unable to function in the real world. this created an urge in me to be more confident in real life instead of trying to construct some artificial personality online, only to see it falls flat during a real conversation. in this way, as a result of several interactions with many people, most of them connected to botb, i've taken control of my real life and become more proactive. i'm literally the same in real life as i am online, just ask the many botbrs whom i've met up with lol (also meetups are fun, come to california except california itself sux but hanging out with me is fun).


okay, now for something more concrete. i want to mention specific people here who have caused the above influence (chronological order):
- kajingsol for making lustycanadian.txt
- littletheremin/wing/pumpuli who introduced me to mod_shrine and modulez (other esper module music communities)
- mootbooxle for showing me numerous cool albums and letting me hang out on his minecraft server all night, building worlds that have probably now been lost (totally worth it though) whilst we just chatted about whatever.
- gyms for being probably the one person who managed to open the gates of the deep recesses of my mind and taught me how to write music instead of putting notes on a tracker grid. other than that, also a man who isn't afraid to tell you like it is and has a unique combination of experience and intuition to back it up that is very uncommon yet necessary in today's world. also i'll never forget something you said really recently, it was something like "how many man-hours have people individually spent total on botb?"
- raphaelgoulart for bringing back music to the community
- xemogasa, admit it, you're older than 15...........come on.....................
- tothejazz/jet i don't think i can name a single other person who i've managed to just completely vibe with on almost everything. has a fresh perspective grounded in reality rather than theory and thus has interesting stories to tell in not only his music but in his actual personality.
- beard, i did meet you on the first day i joined botb and i had been watching your videos even before joining botb but i only started talking to you around this time period. probably the funniest homo you'll ever know. also i've loved how not only your music but your personality has grown since those come to my party i'll pee in your mouth days. senis, Thanks I Really Appreciate it
- uuni, sorry i don't like musicals and theatre but i'm glad we are able to have actual discussions on something we're polar opposites about.
- jimmyoshi for probably being the most sincere person i know. often i get caught up in some crazy ass delusion but jimmyoshi is the one guy who tends to bring me back to reality. also best tsukkomi, and another guy who has brought music back to the community.
- schallwelle/apsarah, i want to thank you for the exact opposite reason i mentioned jimmyoshi, for entertaining all my crazy ass delusions and engaging with me in my long stream of consciousness discussions until dawn arises.
- sketchman3, same as schallwelle, i really enjoy having discussions at length with you, except yours tend to be a little less crazy and more down to earth but nonetheless we've had several good ones
- razerek, i kind of miss our old small talk skype conversations (though i don't miss skype at all), i think you're in the stage where you're really trying to figure out what direction you want to take your music and i really look forward to it because you have unprecedented talent that you weren't even aware of for a long time. i think you are aware of it now and i look forward your future songs (hey, try some stuff other than famitracker and chiptune~!)
- sincx, for being the first second true homo i've met. idk if you agree but you really remind me of myself when i was your age and i feel like i had the same mentality you did although you're definitely more matured than i was and in control and completely unlike me, you have the ability to do the most tedious work and see it through and finish somehow. also i plan on sending more golgicrates in the future for sure, and i expect streams for all of those. destroy all girls.
- a-zu-ra, the person i had my first conversation in japanese with where i literally looked up every word and i probably didn't comprehend the whole conversation anyway. japanese isn't the only reason though, you always put up with my antics and rival jimmyoshi as top tsukkomi as well. you literally went from "just because we technically live 10 minutes away from each other, doesn't mean we have to meet up" to entertaining my random messages i shoot at you now and then and my line stamp spam. we should go to round 1 and play ecchi fighter again sometime.
- vincmg, i messaged you somewhat occasionally and that definitely increased when i started learning Anime Letters but since you've joined botb we've been hanging out a lot and recently in real life too since you're in my area for a while. going random places and eating at random restaurants with you is a lot of fun and i want to keep doing it.

.sho
 
 
87174
Level 22 Mixist
post #87174 :: 2017.07.02 9:40pm
  
  TMM12, MandraSigma, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, raphaelgoulart, Robyn, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
I've met a ton of extremely talented musicians and artists through this site alone who also turned out to be really cool, down to earth people as well. I'll admit I've felt kinda distanced from this site lately, but that happens when other life events and aspirations come to form. Still I have no regrets about joining BOTB and will continue to have fond memories of my times here.
 
 
87185
Level 22 Chipist
post #87185 :: 2017.07.03 12:42am
  
  goluigi, b00daw, Jangler, MandraSigma, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, raphaelgoulart, gotoandplay, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
if it wasnt for botb, i wouldnt ever:

-learn to track properly
-leave the poopy Hands Up genre
-find out how to make my own samples
-go to demoparties
-meet and learn from taltented moosic makers that have come across botb
-have some musical experience to brag about (people still question my 8 bit poop crap, but at least now im more open about it)
-decide medical studies arent my cup of tea (so are musical studies, it stops being fun when creative process gets overshadowed by the theoretical part)
-actually get myself into retro and aforementioned 8 bit poop crap
 
 
87188
Level 14 Mixist
post #87188 :: 2017.07.03 1:34am :: edit 2017.07.03 1:36am
  
  goluigi, MandraSigma, Galak Sea, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, Quirby64, raphaelgoulart, Robyn, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
In all honesty, botb has taught me how to get off my ass and do shit. The clearly defined goals in a compo has really given me the chance to get out there and make some music. I think I can truly say that botb is the reason I decided to get off my ass try really hard to make a #actual game. I don't know if I'll finish it, but I really hope I do.

Botb has given me something to do. Instead of spending hours consuming media, I spend hours creating it. It's freaking amazing. I installed RescueTime on my computer so I could see how much time I was spending on things and before botb I was spending far, far too much time on YouTube and far, far too little time doing anything else productive. After botb that has changed, I still have an unhealthy YouTube addiction, but at least I'm making stuff now.

I really, really like this site and I really, really hope it never dies.

Ooh and I'll also take the time to mention Quirby 64 because he's a really cool dude and probably the person I respect the most on botb. \.o./
 
 
87201
Level 23 Mixist
post #87201 :: 2017.07.03 7:35am
  
  b00daw, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, Quirby64, raphaelgoulart, Jimmyoshi, goluigi, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
I came here because mod_shrine was lowkey dying...






Seriously though, this website expanded my artistic horizons and helped me experiment with ideas more frequently. The feedback on this website is absolutely invaluable. Puke7 and Strobe, with their subtle mockery, helped me grow as a person over time. Goluigi, SincX, and Jimmiyoshi have helped me come away from artistic funks more times than i can count. Mootbooxle keeps everyone's spirits up with their constantly upbeat attitude. B00daW is B00daW. Kefie is the one person that always makes sure I know I have room to improve and should work harder to make higher quality compositions through their harsh voting tactics. All the other botbrs i haven't mentioned have also helped me improve in various ways over the years. This community is ENORMOUS.

I have seen 3 generations of botbrs come and go, each one helping the next improve themselves, and I am glad it's helped to shape me as a person.


(Also, come to Oregon pls. I need peeps to jam with.)
 
 
87202
Level 26 Renderist
post #87202 :: 2017.07.03 7:40am
  
  MandraSigma, sleeparrow, Sinc-X, Quirby64, ViLXDRYAD, raphaelgoulart, Xemogasa and Electronoob liēkd this
BotB has always been family to me. We develop together.
 
 
87206
Level 22 Chipist
post #87206 :: 2017.07.03 9:21am
  
  Sinc-X, MandraSigma, sleeparrow, Galak Sea and Electronoob liēkd this
Whoa, thanks Minerscale! That's awesome. :D You're definitely a gud BotBr around here also! just don't get scrub'd next time :p

Back to BotB - Might as well compare musicstuffs also. I mean, who can forget such classic songs such as +4 Octaves and AHH.mod?

Now compare that to anything I've made recently and you'll see improvement. \.o./

Also, similar question for others : Where would you be without BotB? For me, it'd probably either :
1 - I keep making terrible sprite comics on smackjeeves lmao
2 - I end up sticking to FamiTracker and DefleMask for the next like

5 years lol before trying out anything new

So yeah, BotB has helped a flipton. All n00bs!!! :>
 
 
87215
Level 25 Chipist
post #87215 :: 2017.07.03 11:13am :: edit 2017.07.03 11:45am
  
  Quirby64, Jimmyoshi, Sinc-X, MandraSigma, Xemogasa, Electronoob, goluigi and Fantans liēkd this
although i'm not too active here nowadays (mostly laziness but trolling comp csgo matches is also fun), this website is pretty much what shaped me as a musician, and in parts, as a person.

i've already had some experience with music since my dad is a professional and experienced musician (srsly check out his work
), but he's mostly focused on instruments and tbh i don't find playing instruments (and the process of actually learning how to play them properly) fun so i never ended up actually using what i've learned from him during my life

i didnt begin making chiptunes because of this site, i 'discovered' it through ytpmv, eventually i tried out famitracker and made !this
. after a while golgi told me about this website on skype, and...well

it was the perfect excuse for me to actually write music. and it was fun as hell receiving feedback from people, comments, favs, and mostly, from people i already liked their stuff and admired before i knew botb (ex. FoD), plus the formats thing and the game-like system motivated to try and learn new stuff, the people and music i've met here also heavily influenced my style and, well, i dont think i'd still be making music if it wasnt for botb, and i have no idea of what my style would be if i was making music but never met botb

plus i met many cool people through botb, directly or indirectly (most of which i dont talk too frequently or haven't talked for a long while, but i still consider them amazing people), far beyond recognition and fans i've gained friends, and i'm really thankful for it

and a last thing i'd like to comment - i've worked in some music for games (most notably 99vidas, on which Rafael Langoni Smith was the composer and i was the arranger), and it would NOT have happened without botb. why? its not only because of how botb made me improve - it was because langoni found my skype name through happy summer tune on modarchive (pretty much like Xemogasa and saviosiqueira), and you probably know that happy summer tune was the first song i've submitted on botb.

botb might not have changed my life as drastically as other people, but it had great importance, and i'm privileged to be here, to be part of this amazing community. thanks for it all.
(i've written this a bit too fast since i'm at work so sorry for any mistakes i might have made while writing this)
 
 
87220
Level 7 Mixist
post #87220 :: 2017.07.03 12:14pm :: edit 2017.07.03 12:15pm
  
  Sinc-X, raphaelgoulart, gotoandplay, Quirby64, MandraSigma, goluigi, b00daw, Xemogasa, Electronoob and charlotte liēkd this
hey this is a nice thread. enjoying reading the posts above

it's hard to say what botb has changed in my life because i was 17 or 18 when i found botb and i am 25 now and obviously a lot would have changed even if i didn't find botb

but i have made some of the best (not just some of my best. some of THE best) friendships via botb, i have met up with six or seven of them too so it's not just online friendships. there are lots of ex botbrs i was friends with before who i'm not anymore and i still have fond memories of all of those too

there have always been botbrs encouraging me to be a better person whether that's via making music, programming, being less of an argumentative prick and more of an enjoyable person to chat to, etc

when i was in a psych ward in 2011 it felt like botbrs were the only people who cared whether i was in or out of it and that was nice

on the negative side i guess i spent a lot of time on botb that i could have spent sleeping, but ehhh whatever

i would make a list of all my frav pals but i don't want to miss anyone. you're ALL my frav pals. it's been so nice to feel included in something for the last quarter-of-my-life-so-far

i'd rather be the 102nd best botbr than the 1st best non-botbr
 
 
87221
Level 17 Chipist
post #87221 :: 2017.07.03 12:27pm :: edit 2017.07.03 12:29pm
  
  pedipanol, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, goluigi, Sinc-X, Xemogasa, Electronoob and puke7 liēkd this
Whilst we're all getting sentimental here, I just want to thank pedipanol for inviting me here in the first place. I'm not very good at talking to people, so I never really learn about these nifty kinds of communities.
So thankyu pedipanol for having the initiative to tell me about BotB :D
 
 
87224
Level 25 Chipist
post #87224 :: 2017.07.03 1:01pm :: edit 2017.07.03 1:17pm
  
  Jangler, Zlew, raphaelgoulart, Quirby64, MandraSigma, goluigi, b00daw, Sinc-X, Electronoob, ViLXDRYAD and puke7 liēkd this
its helped me in a lot of areas, here's some that ive taken;

that it is good to have other things going on in your life, for balance, so it can inspire you and also so that you are able to draw more inspiration.

that music making is more of a therapy when im not trying too hard to be the best of the best, and that means the endgame for creating stuff has shifted somewhat :)

that it is okay to express yourself and not just express technique or popularisms

that you dont always have to be happy with what you make

that it is ok for people to like the songs that you arent happy with

that if people dont like your song but you do, then thats okay

that winning isnt the game, that losing isnt game over

that it is worth investing time into listening to people more, not just their music but their day to day

that i dont have to continually see tangible marks of improvement per year to be happy

that the tunes in my first year of chipping sucked way more than i thought they did at the time but its okay because i was having fun anyway

that i don't have to make things just because there's a compo and that i dont have to not make things just because theres not a compo
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might add to this if i can think of anything else
 
 
87228
Level 22 Chipist
post #87228 :: 2017.07.03 2:20pm :: edit 2017.07.03 2:43pm
  
  Quirby64, tothejazz, raphaelgoulart, Razerek, goluigi, Dimeback, Sinc-X, b00daw, MandraSigma, Electronoob and m9m liēkd this
here's how it all happened...

~the origin~

Dear Jesus,

around the age of 12, I actively got into listening to music. before this time, I grew up on a passive diet of radio R&B and rap, and didn't really care for it but kinda figured that was all there was to music. then I started to play some older games like Earthbound and such, and noticed, "woah the music here is enjoyable to listen to, and so different!" from then on, my life was changed.

I rediscovered things like Jet Set Radio Future's soundtrack, which I passively enjoyed a lot as a kid, and even more as someone actively listening to it. I found songs I liked in the whole YTPMV scene that brought me deeper into a game music rabbithole, where I found out about famitracker.

I joined famitracker forums sometime in 2010 and made a lot of terrible music for two years before joining botb. I remember jrlepage's song "show me a moose" blew me away and made me start using botb because I was like, wtf if he can do this in an hour I can find a way too!! (though apparently I joined before then?)

~botb life~

then I went on botb constantly for like, two years, and kind of discovered my musical sense... and in this place I found the first community I ever actually grew attached to. I made friends, enemies, did a lot of stupid shit, and sorta fulfilled my goal to use the site as a tool for improvement. some of my best music is on here!

this site, and the people in it, made my life in those two years a lot of fun, and definitely helped me escape my "lol random edgelord 4channer" phase. because before then I was all about troll hitler rape rape pedophilia murder humor and I was kind of obnoxious and intolerable. totally not chill haha, and sorry you had to deal with that

sorry for stealing songs, sorry for being an edgy troll, but you guys calling me out on these things helped me become a way more chill and collected guy now. also thanks kf for some musicial advice you gave me back then, because it did shape my musical awareness. and you still show me some amazing music

the most important era in my botb life was actually as I began using the site way less in 2014. through a series of events, me kind of stepping out of the community made me latch on to only a few people that I found valuable. sorta like falling off a cliff but grabbing all the rocks you can on the way down haha

my best friends who I met back then and kept around on skype... these guys are still my best buddies today.

~the brobroys~

that's gyms, golgi, and jet, the closest friend trio. i met them individually at first, but through multiple group chats, starting off with some official botb one i believe, we wound up forming a little group out of us, and it's been over three years of friendship, hanging out, emotional support, and goodness since. these are my best friends, and if I never went on botb, I never would have met them. therefore, I never would have became who I am today.

if I never met gyms, wtf I probably would've straight up quit music. he's literally The Reason HYPERMIX, my sort of musical resurgence, exists. all because of some chord presets he sent me for ableton. through the past two years he's taught me at least 70% of what I know about music, and helped me through a lot of personal emotional bad spots, and I've been there for him too. important important guy

but even golgi and jet fed my mind with a lot of musical realizations and stuff to listen to, along with philosophies and perspectives that I really needed to acquire at some point. it's crazy how much this single group, us brobroys, me, golgi, jet, gyms, (moot, uuni), have enhanced my life and my own self.


~the present day~

botb still seems to play some role in my life, even though I don't use the site much nowadays. honestly, I keep a really small circle of online friends. like, six people or something. and they're all from botb, or at least stemmed from that.

through gyms last year, I met another important friend of mine that I became actual buddies with later that year, so I just gotta mention him

it is razerek, who is definitely one of my high level close friends right now. the amount of musical potential he has is insane and I know one day he's going to tap into it and probably cause World War III. but he'll also end World War III. probably the same day. he's such a cool guy, and got me into one of my most prevalent modern interests, cubing. that's like, solving rubik's cubes really fast lol. nutshell, he's colored this year a better hue for me, our daily calls are always a ton of fun. don't count this guy out, he's a great.

so yeah, without all these close buddies, wtf my life would be so different, and probably not in a good way. as I am about to go to college and live on campus in less than two months, I really reflect on the fact that I wouldn't be nearly as ready and confident in myself without these friends.

I could go on forever about these buddies, botb, and how my life was changed, but yeah that'd be really long and redundant and nobody would read it haha but thanks for reading this anyway! I'm glad a lot of members here have had similar positive effects from this site, meeting great friends and becoming better musicians and people.

it's so great to have met these great pals who augmented the course of my life in such major ways, despite such minor beginnings. nothing could diminish the importance of their existence

botb's good people and the music from it continue to inspire me even though it's easy after all this time to say, "eh botb ain't all that", and get all spiteful. but it is something, and something quite important. long live puke, long live botb, and I hope it keeps giving people good times forever

Infinity Amen.
 
 
87230
Level 20 Chipist
post #87230 :: 2017.07.03 2:56pm
  
  Sinc-X, b00daw, MandraSigma and Electronoob liēkd this
  
  ViLXDRYAD hæitd this
It's awesome to read the rocking friendships that developed here, after reading a few comments it made me start to think of how selfish of a friend I typically tend to be (as well as deaf because I usually ended up doing my own thing like a dumbie :/)

It was definitely a maturing step. The main thing I felt I gained was freedom from molds, to keep thinking outside the box and push your own boundries. I developed my taste in music here and found some truly amazing tunes that have helped inspire things in my mind - some of which have yet to be created.
I've met some really dope people and I feel terrible that I acted really immature and broke off ties with almost all of you. I would probably never would have stopped writing if I kept plugged in - but you can't change the past right?

Thanks for always being encouraging and making me believe in myself and that I actually can write and create music. You guys rock~
 
 
87231
Level 25 Chipist
post #87231 :: 2017.07.03 3:14pm :: edit 2017.07.03 3:20pm
  
  Doxic, Razerek, ivel, MandraSigma, Sinc-X, Electronoob, stinkbug, b00daw, Melon and Quirby64 liēkd this
i first found botb as a way to explore my ENORMOUS POTENTIAL so that i could create GENERATION-DEFINING STATEMENTS and i think it worked pretty well for that. i also had some traumatic and confusing experiences as well tho which hasnt worked out very well. i'll let u know how i am in a few years

overall opinion - ???

ABRIDGED SHOUTOUTS:

zebra, zanzan, doxic, wolly, ivel, razerek, andres, schallwelle, luaks, gyms, chipchop, boodaw, rem lazar chat, my discord server, staffcirc and everyone else.

sorry my music sucks btw. ok bye
 
 
87236
Level 23 Grafxicist
post #87236 :: 2017.07.03 4:50pm
  
  goluigi, raphaelgoulart, Jimmyoshi, Sinc-X, Electronoob, Jangler, MandraSigma, Quirby64 and Dimeback liēkd this
Sometimes I forget that botb is a comparatively small community and I wonder how I was lucky enough to find it

I know I haven't submitted way too many musical entries but... I made like one chiptune ever before joining, and botb has been the only thing occasionally motivating me to try composing.

You all also put out some amazing stuff that I feel fortunate to hear. Like, I've listened to some songs literal hundreds of times (hi golgi) and I wouldn't even know they existed if I weren't here.

Also savestate is a really good friend and I met him here yes

Besides that I don't want to do shoutouts because I like a lot of you and I don't want to leave people out. Overall the community has just been very friendly to me.

I have logged in almost every day since joining, even if I haven't entered much in the past year. I also haven't been on IRC in a long time so I'm sure some of you don't know me that well. Sorry for being absent for so long, someone kick me to get on IRC some time

♥ y'all
 
 
87237
Level 16 Mixist
post #87237 :: 2017.07.03 6:42pm :: edit 2017.07.03 6:43pm
  
  Sinc-X, charlotte, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, Quirby64, puke7 and Dimeback liēkd this
My biggest success in life came from a random message in IRC from R3M about a game and later someone nagging me on mumble to update a dead mod for it, this allowed us to play on the same server. *much fun*

It felt great knowing that I was able to rely on the talent of people here to create music for that mod. In return I was able to share their music to an audience of some 50 million people, which to this day I still feel extremely proud of. During the time of developing the software a team formed around my project and there was a fair amount of resistance initially for incorporating music exclusively from botb, as it would have been easier to just link to some commercial music via youtube or whatever and embed that instead. It's difficult to convey why botb is so fantastic and special to those who do not partake.

Musically I have very little talent but I can knock out some electronic noise here and there which usually only takes place during an OHB, so incrementally I get to explore and challenge myself, all thanks to botb. I've become fairly efficient at banging out the heart of a track thanks to the one our battles and the shortcuts it forces us to use.

I'm glad puke takes on board what we express here and where reasonable he makes adjustments accordingly. I'm pretty sure he made gamejams possible because he got sick of me asking <3 yay.

This comment has turned into all the cool shit I've done for this community but I couldn't have done it without you, you have enabled me to be a better person and I'm pleased to contribute in small ways.

I have a lot of love and respect for this community.
 
 
87240
Level 21 Mixist
post #87240 :: 2017.07.03 7:25pm
  
  Sinc-X, VinCMG, Jangler, Beard, Electronoob, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, Quirby64 and Dimeback liēkd this
i don't know where i would be without botb wrt music, some convos i've had in irc/skype really changed the way i approach making music for the better, and some of the connections i've made with you folk have literally been life-changing. i've met some really cool people here who are now what i'm glad to call close friends, and i've even met up with a couple of you goons in real life (greetz FoD and jangler <3) so yea there's that

uhhhhhhhhhhh i can honestly write a whole 12 page, single-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman essay about everything in my life that's been impacted by botb but i'll keep it short: i honestly don't know if i would still be making music if i hadn't stumbled upon botb as a young, 14-year-old skinnyhead2000!!!
 
 
87243
Level 21 Mixist
post #87243 :: 2017.07.03 7:41pm
  
  Sinc-X, Jangler, Electronoob, Ktcmoop, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, mootbooxle and Quirby64 liēkd this
I've had an account here since 2013 but didn't really become active until like January this year, but yeah this place is very cool because it helped reassure me that it's ok to have fun making music and that not everything has to be serious and have an explicit Message To Tell to be a great piece of Art. It's really cool being able to hang around people who are passionate about music and very talented but also very unpretentious and never above making a good joke in the comments and tags.

especially after dealing with an amorphous mix of reverse culture shock, school stress, and loneliness for most of 2016 it was really nice to rediscover why I love making music in the first place and I can definitely list botb among the reasons I was able to get out of that emotional funk as well as just the general quiet background sadness that's stuck around me for years. I didn't even fully notice that last part until right now as I write this post but now that I think about it yeah it's almost entirely gone, wow


Wow this post is very badly structured, I bet my high school english teacher would give it a C. but yeah even though I haven't even really ""been"" a botbr for a year this place is very cool and I'm very glad I joined.

Also I concur with golgi more people should cum to california so we can all hang out in this sucky state with very nice weather but way too much traffic. Maybe we can have like a Battle of the Barbecue or something someday
 
 
87246
Level 24 Mixist
post #87246 :: 2017.07.03 9:53pm :: edit 2017.07.03 9:54pm
  
  Electronoob, charlotte, b00daw, goluigi, MandraSigma, puke7 and Deathro liēkd this
  
  Jimmyoshi and raphaelgoulart hæitd this
Through BotB, I have

- Learned how to track (I never bothered learning DOS modules until sixteenvania, and even then, I still approach them with reluctance)
- Made buddies with some people that I have, before BotB, just revered from the sidelines (like malmen)
- Realized that the world is not like ThaSauce and that not everyone will even like, let alone pay attention to, the stuff that you make
- Realized that shitting out low effort music will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons (hi pop music industry, bye mom)
- Realized that all I ever did in my early days of composing was copy other people (I was a DDRKirby(ISQ) pastiching tryhard back in ThaSauce, and with BotB, I had no DDRKirby to pastiche off of, so my music style got more and more lost until all I was doing was making the same thing over and over and over and over and then wonder why people were rating my stuff so low)
- Decided that my other hobbies are more worth it I guess

I can't even remember how this site really changed me for the better considering that a good amount of my own growth as a musician came from ThaSauce and all I can really remember about this site is all the crushing moments for me. Would I have been able to make the same quality of music that I do today without this site? Maybe. Or maybe not. Does it even matter anyway? I don't really know anymore. Why do I even make music...
 
 
87249
Level 21 Mixist
post #87249 :: 2017.07.03 10:16pm
  
  johnfn, Jimmyoshi, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, Sinc-X, MandraSigma, Quirby64 and Electronoob liēkd this
A-zu-ra are you ok
 
 
87250
Level 24 Mixist
post #87250 :: 2017.07.03 10:36pm :: edit 2017.07.03 10:43pm
  
  MandraSigma, Electronoob and noodlebuckets liēkd this
idk, someone convince me that BotB did a good in my life because I can't think of any outside what I may have described

my mind is clouding all the good times, whatever they were ( ゚^゚)

or maybe I should just not think about how BotB has changed me and just be...why did I decide to post in this thread :x

I'm just gonna go back to refining the Game Jam 2 speedrun splits for Wednesday
 
 
87253
Level 25 Chipist
post #87253 :: 2017.07.03 10:53pm
  
  A-zu-ra, johnfn, Jangler, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, Quirby64, stinkbug, Electronoob, b00daw and noodlebuckets liēkd this
u fool, crises are good!!! u were supposed to overcome them!!!
 
 
87254
Level 24 Mixist
post #87254 :: 2017.07.03 10:57pm :: edit 2017.07.03 10:57pm
  
  goluigi and MandraSigma hæitd this
  
  Electronoob liēkd this
at least i'm trying ( ゚^゚)

though those posts i made certainly did not help

i'm just gonna not think about this anymore and just be
 
 
87255
Level 25 Chipist
post #87255 :: 2017.07.03 10:59pm :: edit 2017.07.03 11:05pm
  
  A-zu-ra, Melon, goluigi, Doxic, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, Quirby64, Electronoob, puke7 and noodlebuckets liēkd this
then once u overcame the crises you can be like:

- developed my music style in new ways, partially because tastes were different and i wanted to be popular, but i ended up really learning a lot from that, and am now a more versatile musician
- realised that since i enjoyed becoming a versatile musician, after noticing the same types of songs were popular, i realised that i didn't have to write music based on what was popular, and was able to hone my senses in other directions
- realised that since i don't have to win or be popular, i don't have to copy what seems to work for other people, or what worked for me in the past. since i was able to hone my senses in other directions i developed a sense of directed individuality as a musician

thats a huge deal! botb has shown you ur "jungian shadow" in a sense (keffie, dumb it down for videogame nerd speak) "boss battle". my point being is ur big reward is literally right beyond that door, u just gotta man up and (brb, taking daily my estrogen pills) grow a set of testicles
 
 
87256
Level 25 Chipist
post #87256 :: 2017.07.03 11:07pm
  
  A-zu-ra, Jangler, b00daw, raphaelgoulart, MandraSigma, mootbooxle, Quirby64 and Electronoob liēkd this
[trying to b encouraging in a boodaw-like quality] i might be a garden variety transsexual but i am also a man, spiritually. my only wish is for everyone to be guided to be big and strong men with love
 
 
87257
Level 27 Chipist
post #87257 :: 2017.07.03 11:11pm :: edit 2017.07.04 12:02am
  
  charlotte, A-zu-ra, b00daw, goluigi, Doxic, MandraSigma, Quirby64, stinkbug, Electronoob and noodlebuckets liēkd this
i want to make it clear i don't necessarily agree with charlotte but i liēked liēkd her post because it started with "u fool"

it's ok; botb doesn't have to be for everyone. i think we've all had good experiences and bad experiences with it. you gotta recognize that though & decide for yourself whether it's healthy / fulfilling / worthwhile.
 
 
87258
Level 24 Mixist
post #87258 :: 2017.07.03 11:13pm :: edit 2017.07.03 11:20pm
  
  charlotte, b00daw, MandraSigma, Quirby64, Electronoob, puke7 and Deathro liēkd this
[well, it certainly is helping a little bit (´・ω:;.:...]

And Jangler, you're right. I would be lying if I told you guys that I didn't have urges to just leave BotB altogether.

But every time I have those urges ("do they really miss you?"), there's always this feeling that I get a little bit afterwards ("maybe they do. are you willing to throw that all away, a-zu-ra?")...that usually ends up with me coming back.

I mean, maybe there is something that BotB has done that has changed my life for the better. Maybe it was a good amount of what charlotte mentioned. The fact that I need someone else to point it out for me really says something about my ability to self-reflect without concurring biases.
 
 
87259
Level 26 Renderist
post #87259 :: 2017.07.03 11:33pm :: edit 2017.07.03 11:34pm
  
  A-zu-ra, Doxic, MandraSigma, Quirby64, Electronoob, puke7, Deathro, mootbooxle and Sinc-X liēkd this
HONESTY; HUMILITY; INNOVATION; COMMUNICATION; HUMANITY; SPIRIT; TROUBLESHOOTING; LOGIC; ART! <3

BotB
 
 
87260
Level 25 Chipist
post #87260 :: 2017.07.03 11:35pm :: edit 2017.07.05 4:41pm
  
  A-zu-ra, MandraSigma and Electronoob liēkd this
yayyy
 
 
87261
Level 24 Mixist
post #87261 :: 2017.07.03 11:41pm
  
  MandraSigma, Quirby64, Electronoob and RatShack liēkd this
eat arbys
 
 
87262
Level 12 Mixist
post #87262 :: 2017.07.03 11:51pm
  
  charlotte, A-zu-ra, MandraSigma, stinkbug, Electronoob and coda liēkd this
like a-zu-ra, i had a bit of a culture shock coming from thasauce where people generally liked my music to botb where people generally... didnt. :P

also botb is kind of cliquey and i found it hard to break into

idk i think u all are great musicians i just don't have the time to invest to be a cool kid like u are :/
 
 
87263
Level 22 Chipist
post #87263 :: 2017.07.03 11:52pm
  
  Jimmyoshi, A-zu-ra, goluigi, MandraSigma, raphaelgoulart, Quirby64, Electronoob and Sinc-X liēkd this
azura i started out straight up stealing songs and ripping off kulor so you're on the right track i think. people probably didn't like me before. i am a good person now! i'm a good musician now! (true fact)
 
 
87269
Level 27 Chipist
post #87269 :: 2017.07.04 1:35am
  
  MandraSigma, Electronoob and Sinc-X liēkd this
@ vince

don't worry about yours, my post is full of syntax errors but i don't want to change it because i feel like that'd be tampering with my stream of consciousness
 
 
87272
Level 27 Chipist
post #87272 :: 2017.07.04 3:22am
  
  MandraSigma, A-zu-ra, Lia, Electronoob and Sinc-X liēkd this
also re: at my own long double spaced times new roman 12 pt essay

the part where i talk about my life choices regarding music is the opposite of the mentality said in this tweet https://twitter.com/NickBertke/status/882170590815174656
 
 
87275
Level 9 Mixist
post #87275 :: 2017.07.04 5:43am
  
  Jangler, MandraSigma, A-zu-ra, VinCMG, raphaelgoulart, Galak Sea, Doxic, Quirby64, goluigi, stinkbug, tothejazz, andres, Dimeback and Sinc-X liēkd this
lol golgi that pogo tweet: when people win the occupational artist lottery and think it's because they tried harder or were more true to themselves than everyone else
 
 
87280
Level 13 Chipist
post #87280 :: 2017.07.04 7:40am
  
  MandraSigma, Electronoob and noodlebuckets liēkd this
Music. Yehhhh. At least I know I can do some pretty good stuff with music.
 
 
87345
Level 21 Chipist
post #87345 :: 2017.07.05 12:50am
  
  Doxic, goluigi, Jimmyoshi, MovieMovies1, MandraSigma, Dimeback, Sinc-X and sleeparrow liēkd this
i realized my mixing was earrape
 
 
87353
Level 25 Chipist
post #87353 :: 2017.07.05 7:04am
  
  goluigi, puke7, MandraSigma and Sinc-X liēkd this
The biggest thing that this website gave me? The ability to sample a whole bunch of other chips, including the NES's. I would have never bothered with the NES or any of these other chips in the long run if it weren't for Battle of the Bits, because if I remember correctly... I think Battle of the Bits was the place that recommended IT2NSF for me in the first place. It took me a few years to get the DPCM right due to using the wrong player (NESTopia gave me the correct results, but before that I gave FlashNSF a go). Plus, I hacked SNESMod and showed off my modifications here first via my music, which contained brand new modifications that used the SPC700's features.

Amusingly, I have technically made chiptune for much longer than you might have expected... because I sampled off of a soundfont one day in August 2005 to make some kind of NES-styled remix for VGMix via Harmony Assistant. Naturally, it worked poorly. Very poorly at that... only the chip part came out kind of correctly: everything else fell apart at the seams due to inexperience. Actually... it predates the very first beta of Famitracker listed on the official website! And I was aware of Famitracker as far back as August 2007, when I was still on the G3! That's a very long time... and I discovered GoatTracker even earlier (August 2006)! That one had a Mac version, but I abandoned it for three years due to a serious bug with inserting and deleting rows. I did end up experimenting with Famitracker in January 2012 while my G5 was down, about six months before I showed up on Battle of the Bits. So... remember when I said that this website made me aware of IT2NSF? Well, I would have probably ignored the NES music scene in the long run, or I would have asked elsewhere for an alternative solution.

I will admit that these days I have grown a bit bored (and on the C64's end, I'm afraid of it killing my ears in the long run, which has spread to the other chips except for the SPC700... although in the SPC700's case, I have exposed SNESMod's weakness to the point that I have lost interest in the sound driver)... plus, all of those songs on Battle of the Bits actually caused me to genericize all of the music I was hearing (this was on the order of hundreds, if not a thousand or so of these tracks, on top of the hundreds of tracks I had made, and the hundreds of SNES tracks I had heard, simply from ripping the SPCs of them... and the music I heard over the radio, the TV, audio cassettes, CDs, MP3s, even including some of the past eras from the 30s to today).

I discovered this website in the first place by a fluke discovery of Super Anthropomorphic Space Turismo. Specifically, I was looking for others that were creating some actual SNES music (rather than psuedo-SNES... I am very touchy on having authenticity) and discovered Super Anthromorphic Space Turismo. I had been making actual SNES music since September 2009 (yes, that long ago! That was only three months after the game was originally released, so I was using SNESMod back when it was essentially brand new! That makes me one of the earliest users of the sound driver ever, only behind the creator of the sound driver, Mukunda. I was also aware of his prequel, XMSNES ever since I joined the SNESDev.net forums in July 2007... around the time web page was updated with new material for the last time). Now, I swear I may have run into XMSNES earlier via a website called SNESCentral.com (as a matter of fact, it is very likely that was the very website that allowed me to discover both of these!), and that led to the beginning of my SNES hacking (and I recall discovering SNESMusic.org a few months beforehand, and began contributing SPC sets there!). So I have no clue if I would have made as much progress if it weren't for Battle of the Bits.

Now that I think of it, this place has become a gathering of people that I had knew back in 2007! The two that come to my mind are bazz (Experimented with SNES music on the SNESDev.net forums.) and Jredd (a remixer/musician that I met I believe on OCRemix or Versus Compo... I remember Versus Compo much better, as I was directly responsible for Jredd producing a Revolution X remix that made it onto the OCRemix website.). ekid/mukunda was previously on this website from 2006-2008, so it goes both ways when you think of it...
 
 
87359
Level 13 Chipist
post #87359 :: 2017.07.05 9:00am
  
  Galak Sea, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, b00daw, mootbooxle and MandraSigma liēkd this
I don't remember exactly how I discovered this website. My earliest memories involve finding a message board discussion here that was spearheaded by b00DAW. He was showcasing the Super NSF driver, with some really cool multisampling NSF tracks.

Another memory is that 80's Outrun chill wave contest from 2013. That's where I first found out about Raphael Goulart with his cute little OPENMPT track for that contest. I made an account then, but lurked until the following year when I posted Ocean Melody in the 2014 Winter Chip comp.

I became friends with Raphael, and loved him dearly as a little brother. Still do. But I've had many tradgedies and traumas over the past few years, and have difficulties maintaining friendships. Even though I want to be more sociable and feel guilty that I'm not.

So it's nothing personal to anyone of I'm not very responsive. It's something I'll be working to improve on.

BotBs is a mixed bag for me. I really don't enjoy all the raunchiness and crude ness rampant on this site. Especially the "pantsplosion" ratings on the final rating criteria for when people vote for a song. This is because Jesus had changes my heart to a degree where I desire purity and holiness instead of crudeness and debauchery.

However, it also means that I have and feel deeply an incredibly strong love and compassion for everyone on this site.

So it is a strange paradox.

As a musician and fan of chiptune style music, I find this website to be an excellent resource for tools, advice, and examples. Most of the users are really talented, far beyond my level of skill. And I think that's a good thing. It keeps me humble, and gives me something to shoot for.

I've discovered many cool resources that I didn't even knew existed or had even fathomed prior to coming here such as Super NSF, Sneventracker, and a tool for making music on Fairchild Channel F, and even the TIA tracker.

It is always a neat experience hearing feedback from other musicians whether positive or negative. I appreciate the interaction.

What I really need is to become sensitive to if and when the Holy Spirit wants me posting to contests here. And doing so with an attitude of loving humility.

I have learned much, and my skill has increased through my participation here as well. Although my life is really busy now, and participation may not be very common from me.

If you are reading this, know that I love you and care for you. I hope to share the love of Christ through the music I share, and through my interaction with all. <3 I wish I could give everyone here a big squishy hug! :3

Especially, Raphael! ;P
 
 
87382
Level 7 Chipist
post #87382 :: 2017.07.05 2:59pm :: edit 2017.07.05 3:02pm
  
  VinCMG, MandraSigma, Dimeback, Electronoob, FamicomForever, NerdMcBoon, null1024, Zlew, goluigi, Sinc-X, noodlebuckets, pedipanol and sleeparrow liēkd this
BotB helped me gain INCHES in DAYS
 
 
87387
Level 26 Renderist
post #87387 :: 2017.07.05 5:11pm
  
  mootbooxle, MandraSigma, Electronoob, Quirby64 and Sinc-X liēkd this
lots of love <3 *hugz0rz with disturbed, psychedelic eyes*
 
 
87465
Level 21 Mixist
post #87465 :: 2017.07.06 10:14pm
  
  b00daw, Jangler, Quirby64, MandraSigma and Sinc-X liēkd this
GOD I'M LAAAAATE

here's my needless niceties for yall

i think i'm almost by myself saying nearly all my botb experiences have been positive. back in late 2015 when i joined i was an absolute terrible musician and the competitive atmosphere here has really helped me improve. sure i don't win every time (hell i barely have any wins) but that's not a bad thing! every entry gave me a chance to improve and to look at what other people are doing better and that's how i can improve. so thanks for all your entries, it means a bunch

AND NOW FOR SHOUTOUTS TO MAKE THE PEOPLE I LEFT OUT FEEL BAD I MEAN CAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS DOIN IT

keffie - you already know, i tell you enough already that puttin stuff here aint justice
boodaw - thanks for all the support and chats, youre one of the most honest guys i know
quirby - hey you FUCK youre a good friend and improving at like fuckin rocket speeds, keep that shit up
sinc-x - stop being good and let me win god damn it, no wait i mean youre an amazing musician and i swear i will eat you lunch one day
tobikomi - youre just cool and i dont see you get a lot of recognition
 
 
87481
Level 21 Chipist
m9m
post #87481 :: 2017.07.07 7:09am :: edit 2017.07.07 7:10am
  
  goluigi, MandraSigma, b00daw, Jimmyoshi, Quirby64, Sinc-X and Tobikomi liēkd this
i remember way back in 2014 i joined this community (edit: as mega9man), although i've heard of it before through christerious. back then, i was so, so shy (edit: i was also known under 5tapl3rguy back then, thats still my steam name haha). i saw botb display my country and fucked off back to what i was doing before, just because i didn't like people seeing which country i was from, even though i didn't have an account then.

i remember keffie posted a thread on ft forums about winter chip 9, and i was interested, so i entered. by that point, i only had famitracker under my belt. i didn't know about irc or anything, i just did my thing and thats it haha

but then as i inched closer to the irc medium, that's when shit really started to happen. i became aware of a lot of things, what a pentatonic scale is, !THIS, and a lot of other things. i genuinely had a good time, but i was 14 or 15. i was really immature and i was using botb injokes outside of botb, which people were disgusted of obviously lol. i was slowly getting over my shyness too which was great.

at the same time i was trying to improve my own composition skills -- i have to give shoutouts to kfaraday and mk26 here, they're the sole reason i even tried to improve honestly. but composition isn't all, right?

this site helped me get a lot more formats under my belt, which really shows in winter chip 10, a lot more musical tehniques, shown in another adventure and my recent music, and generally more knowledge.

but things really took a turn when usability 2 happened. i decided i'd stream the making of my song, and that's how i met one of my greatest friends, harumi. she tuned into the stream and i did my thing, and then i found out a whole neural tree of people connected to her, like sam and razero!

another one of my greatest friends i got to know here was dpc. he joined the botb irc one day and i was like "HI IM MEGAMELON" bc that's how i was on the ft forums back then haha, and then we got familiar and started talking on skype and it was great. we still talk today and he's a really great guy. i found a bunch of connections to this guy as well, like blaze weednix, who i used to talk to a lot, he is also a genuinely nice guy.

sincx, gtap, golgi, i might not talk to you at all, but that doesnt mean you're not great friends! id really like talking to you guys more often than right now!

zlew, you're also a great friend. you made me realize that my elitistic behaviour on my instruments was hurting everyone, including me. i'm still really sorry about that. the 3xvrc7 memes might be memes but the fact that theyre still around means youve impacted my life enough to have a worthy mention

th3 d34d is also a really nice friend. ive talked to him several times and he's really down to earth and i wish i could talk to him more honestly, that's how cool he is.

of course i have more friends, but i wanted to focus on botb for now. there's a lot of people i haven't mentioned but you all impacted my life in a way or another. honestly i wouldn't be here without this community or this site so i owe you big time. cheers!
 
 
87482
Level 27 Chipist
post #87482 :: 2017.07.07 7:36am
  
  MandraSigma, m9m, Jimmyoshi and Sinc-X liēkd this
m9m, i'm always on irc~ (also line)
 
 
87484
Level 26 Chipist
post #87484 :: 2017.07.07 9:18am :: edit 2017.07.07 9:20am
  
  m9m, b00daw, Ktcmoop, Sinc-X and mootbooxle liēkd this
botb made me less socially awkward

only less awkward, im still an awkward potato salad of a waffle

on that note every single one of you made me who i am today, wether that is a good thing or not, so i award you all with an invisible gold medal

also if anybody wants to talk contact me on discord @ MovieMovies1##6307, i use irc scarily little these days oops
 
 
87489
Level 26 Renderist
post #87489 :: 2017.07.07 11:40am
@MovieMovies1: just use IRC to connect to Discord :D/
 
 
87494
Level 21 Mixist
post #87494 :: 2017.07.07 6:03pm :: edit 2017.07.07 6:03pm
  
  m9m liēkd this
You won't be able to do/see reactions though, among other things

(Bitlbee through irc is still quite nice though)
 
 
87525
Level 10 Mixist
post #87525 :: 2017.07.08 7:29am
  
  Sinc-X, stinkbug, dpc, VinCMG, goluigi, Beard, Dimeback, tothejazz, Doxic, b00daw, mootbooxle, anewuser and raphaelgoulart liēkd this
BotB has of course helped me out in a musical way like most people will admit, but in my mind I mostly peg this community as a significant social fragment of my life. I've benefited from the competitions and music chats, but I've benefited even more from the friends I've made and the conversations and company I've held with people. That's a huge blessing for me cos the past 5 years of my life has been something of an extended existential crisis. My coping method has been a simple one of isolating myself in order to sort it all out more effectively, but in the mean time I've always had some group of friends to talk to, who are directly related to this community in some way, who've saved me from a lot of loneliness and grief.

I've had ups and downs with the community as well. Sometimes I've really loved this place to death, other times I've totally resented it into the ground. Sometimes what determines the love or resentment are particular members, and sometimes it's just the way the culture is in here at the time. However, a lot of the times it has everything to do with me and not others or the community, and it took me a long time to realize that.

In fewer words tho: BotB has had its ups and downs but it's always been something I care about, whether I'm passionately loving it, passionately resenting it, or whatever more neutralized passions you can have in between those two.

Another subtle thing that's probably not cool to observe or admit to is BotB has been a good source of validation for me over the years. My self-confidence waxes and wanes, but BotB was here to give me some amount of validation for my music during what I'd consider a very crucial and formative time period of musical development. Sometimes I just really need someone to pat me on the head and say Good Job!
 
 
87688
Level 23 Pixelist
post #87688 :: 2017.07.10 4:44pm :: edit 2017.07.10 4:47pm
  
  Quirby64, mootbooxle, anewuser and raphaelgoulart liēkd this
Wow, lots of people talking about how this place affected their development as a person... and I'm one of them.

I joined this site in late, LATE 2013. I'd actually joined earlier than that as "luteus77," but a certain someone scared me off, possibly without even meaning to. I was still pretty gun-shy.

Eventually, though, I joined, and I joined hard. My first major was probably an achievement I'll never surpass on this site. It also prompted me to try out a handful of new formats, some of which still get use from me to this day. Stuff like NSFMania also helped me stretch my musical muscles. I gotta join something like that again; I'm stagnating for sure.

Regarding the social life here, that's a much more interesting story. Before I joined, I was very defensive due to participating in the Mega Man Fangame community, which was full of really shitty behavior, if I can be honest. (One person even sent me a cryptic note to kill myself just because I accidentally used the word "generic" too often in critique.) The first time I felt like I could actually TALK to people online, rather than just... communicating with them, was when I shared with the IRC chat that someone had been talking shit about my music unprovoked. Instead of being laughed at or told to stop whining, I received sympathy--from complete strangers! It felt like I'd found a place where it was not only my talent that could earn me respect, but who I am as a person as well.

It's hard to tell the story of BOTB without telling the story of my adolescence as well. The people I've met here, through my failures with them, have helped me grow as a person. That sounds a bit morbid on the surface, but the truth is, it's the only way to improve yourself.
 
 
87805
Level 23 Chipist
post #87805 :: 2017.07.12 8:54pm
  
  mootbooxle and anewuser liēkd this
I had to make sure I hadn't been here already.

Regardless of what happens in the future, for me, BOTB is a monument to how to make music fun.

I feel bad that BOTB often gets a bit of a back or side burner for me. I tried out for it as an afterthought, to experience something different from #mod_shrine and SounDevotion, but SounDevotion always got the bulk of my energy, because what I learned in BOTB's diversity is what I am and am not good at.

I also learned the value of my effort. I could quit my job and sink all of my spare time working my ass off to make the greatest chipmusic ever and it will only ever be thought of as mediocre. Then I'd end up homeless and divorced. By picking and choosing where I enter, maybe I can get a quick grin out of somebody going through the entries on my way to a tin can or two in between my other projects and taking care of my family.

I'm sorry that I haven't been social because of this. Once you're stuck in a routine of getting things ready for dinner, for work tomorrow, whatever... it makes social life matter less to a person who wasn't very social to begin with.
 
 
87832
Level 29 Mixist
post #87832 :: 2017.07.13 10:03am
  
  Jimmyoshi, tfx, anewuser, stinkbug, Xaser, aji, VinCMG, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, Dimeback, tothejazz and Modus Ponens liēkd this
I wouldn't be here if not for gyms.
I am eternally grateful to him for that!
BotB has changed my life in significant ways.
I don't have the words to really get into it...that's one reason I've refrained from posting until now.
My creative vision and output has grown by leaps and bounds since joining BotB! Some of my greatest triumphs as an artist have been as a result of seeds that were planted in OHBs here.
I can't say enough good things about BotB!
It has carried me through the roughest period of my life thus far, 2011-2017. From one challenge, one crisis to another. BotB has been the constant through it all.
I love you all and I thank you for allowing me to do my thing here and have fun. I hope that I have contributed something that has inspired or helped someone else along the way.
<3
 
 
87864
Level 24 Mixist
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post #87864 :: 2017.07.13 8:26pm
  
  VinCMG, mootbooxle, anewuser, goluigi, raphaelgoulart, tothejazz and Modus Ponens liēkd this
botb taught me how to stretch myself as an artist. i've been out of my creative comfort zone more on botb than anywhere else, and it's been a blast!

i've also met a lot of extremely talented people who have been amazing inspirations. i'm proud to consider myself part of the botb community!
 
 
87891
Level 15 Chipist
post #87891 :: 2017.07.14 7:05am :: edit 2017.07.14 8:14am
  
  m9m, goluigi, Jimmyoshi, sleeparrow, Dimeback, Doxic and charlotte liēkd this
Long story short: I never had contact to many people who make chiptune before joining here!

PS: Keffie, this thread screams for a graph ^^

Edit: https://puu.sh/wJrxo/0a4c5db73b.png Just a little joke ^.~
 
 
87925
Level 10 Mixist
post #87925 :: 2017.07.14 11:39am
Apsarah I would talking abt castlevania with you again anytime
 
 

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