2HB/4HB VGM OST Project idea
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Level 10 Criticist
Since 2HBs and 4HBs just arrived, allowing for greater, yet still controlled stuff and things, we present to you this project... WHICH HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED, FIRST BATTLE AUGUST 22ND

The Ultimate Hum: A BotB VGM OST inspired by beautiful pixel animation, made in battles

1. Host a series of eight Saturday Wildchip 4HBs at 3PM EST for each selected scene (AKA for each "level") with "noticeable inspiration" from NES/SNES

2. At the end of the series, vote for each battle whether we want to take just the top one... Or several within the battle if let's say two tracks have different feels like "general area" and "boss fight" and we want 'em both, I guess it's not rigid

3. When tracks are selected, host Pixel art 4HB for album cover based on the overall feel of the album

4. Host a final Remix 4HB, winner + 1 or 2 tracks we select will be added to album's end

5. Put all selected tracks in an album with Puke's blessing on Bandcamp


69. Profit!!!!

This idea was inspired by Midori sharing the forementioned website while we were at each other's throat about the definition of pixel art. I may or may not be exagerating
Level 15 Mixist
post #124870 :: 2020.08.07 11:32am
  Radnyx, Jakerson, Maximemoring and charlotte liēkd this
Very interested in this.
Level 18 XHBist
post #124871 :: 2020.08.07 11:41am
  Maximemoring, Jakerson and damifortune liēkd this
Fun idea, I like "soundtracking" things :) Even without the bancamp part, the project would be interesting imo.
Level 14 Mixist
post #124873 :: 2020.08.07 11:46am
  Maximemoring liēkd this
this sounds super fun, yes :) consider me interested, too!
Level 22 Chipist
post #124903 :: 2020.08.07 5:35pm
  Maximemoring liēkd this
yes! 👍
Level 23 Mixist
post #124904 :: 2020.08.07 5:55pm
  Maximemoring liēkd this
Not a bad idea if I do say so myself.
Level 10 Mixist
post #124913 :: 2020.08.08 4:11am
  Maximemoring liēkd this
damn i'd love to do this if it allows allgear/fakebit
Level 28 Hostist
post #124921 :: 2020.08.08 7:28am
  Flaminglog, GoldenDenis and YQN liēkd this
we need permission from the artist to use their work
Level 10 Criticist
post #124922 :: 2020.08.08 7:41am :: edit 2020.08.08 11:34am
Great to hear the feedback! I'll keep spearheading it until I feel there's enough visibility so we can go ahead with the planning and voting.


Edit: I see. Is it legit to imply permission through battle participation (by saying it in its description)? Else I can just go around asking for permission after results.
Level 8 Mixist
post #124923 :: 2020.08.08 8:05am
  Maximemoring liēkd this
I really like this idea. I got into music specifically, myself, so I could compose for my own games.
Level 28 Hostist
post #124924 :: 2020.08.08 8:17am
  YQN and Maximemoring liēkd this
I meant the html5 animations. Whats the point of making music for it in OST form if it isn't represented in the cover art?
Level 10 Criticist
post #124925 :: 2020.08.08 8:22am
  YQN liēkd this
Oh, ooooohhh. I mean I originally thought it would be purely as inspiration, though I.. I guess we could do that too. Let me see what I can do
Level 24 Chipist
post #124926 :: 2020.08.08 8:31am
  Jakerson, Vav and Maximemoring liēkd this
Sounds really fun! Personally, if this happens I think the format should be something like allgear or wildchip though, with an added guideline of "Genesis" or something like that. That way people could use whatever method they wanted to create the track with that sound. It would still be cohesive but would allow people to use different tools. I for one would not be able to make a quality Genesis track using a tracker in 4 hours. But I probably could using VSTs. That's just my opinion.
Level 10 Criticist
post #124927 :: 2020.08.08 8:35am
You make a good point, actually! I think I've seen people doing this with battles before, and hadn't thought of it.
Level 28 Chipist
post #124928 :: 2020.08.08 9:07am
  Maximemoring liēkd this
Sounds fun! I hope to join. :)
Level 21 Mixist
post #124929 :: 2020.08.08 9:30am
  Jakerson, Flaminglog, zenkusa and Maximemoring liēkd this
its a cool idea, i have a few thoughts

the thing with 4HBs is that they are kinda grueling. at least it was for me. (i understand that we probably wouldn't be making 4 minute songs for these, though) i got the feeling at the end of the first one (especially after the synclisten and results) that everyone was kinda pooped and wanted a break. i cant imagine having one of these every day. even once a week is a lot, i definitely couldnt commit to coming every time. i think it might be better to go with 2HB and then having the winner finish the track for the album if it's not complete yet. if you really wanted to stick with 4HB you may want to spread them out. either way, to maximize attendance you would want to have them scheduled ahead of time so people can adjust

the other thing that has to be addressed is format. i was going to say exactly what kgb525 said, but then he said it. so that's my best advice. i think they should be allgear/fakebit, and you can tailor the desired sound you are aiming for in the bitpack. the botbrs can handle being told to aim for a specific sound, we do it every XHB. on the other hand, if the format is something specific, you are going to have much poorer attendance because you are limiting the number of people who feel comfy battling in this
Level 10 Criticist
post #124931 :: 2020.08.08 9:55am :: edit 2020.08.08 10:06am
  Flaminglog and YQN liēkd this
100% the Battles will be scheduled in advance, at a, or multiple, consistent prime time(s); probably going to alternate between two times within the same day to try and catch all musicians by the end. Is that a good idea?

Now the time between Battles is TBD indeed, though I do not expect everyone to be there at every battle, which isn't exactly an issue unless there's only like 3-4 entries in a battle lol. I'm thinking once a week is probably going to cut it, especially if we consider that would mean most artist would participate bi-weekly unless they're onallthetimeHARDCORE

But I absolute love your idea of picking out the winners and then letting them finish/polish/master it before release. Kind of like a "don't worry this is also kind of a trial run, you can finish it before release if you win" kinda deal. This would also potentially allow for collabs?
Level 22 Chipist
post #124932 :: 2020.08.08 10:37am
not fond of allgear/fakebit and terrible at fm so i might not join if that's what you guys are going for but i would gladly be voting. my dream project is a similar thing, that would make it to the cart release :) even if it's only a rom image to be played in an emulator
Level 30 Chipist
post #124934 :: 2020.08.08 10:44am
  Flaminglog liēkd this
(fakebit was banned anyway, so it would be allgear)
Level 10 Criticist
post #124935 :: 2020.08.08 11:08am
Here's an extra idea: After all the battles are done, the winning tracks selected, and finished versions of each track delivered, how about holding a final "Remixes & VIPs" 2HB?

I'm saying VIPs because I guess people could remix their own stuff idk
Level 24 Chipist
post #124936 :: 2020.08.08 11:55am
  Maximemoring, Jakerson, OminPigeonMaster and kleeder liēkd this
I'm definitely down to do this, thank you for asking me to join

But, I have a suggestion. BotB is a community of musicians AND artists, so... If an issue is that we cannot use those html5 animations for the commercial purpose of album art, because they belong to somebody else... Why not like... Have a couple separate "pre-battles" where we have art-focused 2/4HBs to make the "Level" designs that would be used as inspiration (and later album art) for the tracks?
Level 25 Mixist
post #124938 :: 2020.08.08 12:07pm
  zenkusa, Maximemoring and Jakerson liēkd this
I want to put on record how much I'm into this idea >:)
Level 10 Criticist
post #124939 :: 2020.08.08 12:13pm
Flaming, it's actually entirely legal to use art as inspiration for other art (especially like right here where it's an entirely different medium). And I was already planning to make an album art 4HB, as mentionned in the first post. Though the original artist has been emailed, and I am waiting on the reply to know where that's going!
Level 12 Chipist
post #124948 :: 2020.08.08 4:54pm
  Maximemoring liēkd this
This sounds like a really good idea! Maybe battles should be held at a different interval than once per week. If we had a battle every monday, for example, then someone who worked or had other reservations that day each week may not be able participate. Those are just my thoughts, though.
Level 10 Criticist
post #124957 :: 2020.08.09 12:01am
  MrMinisterMaster liēkd this
How about we alternate between let's say a certain time of Saturday and a certain other time of Sunday?
Level 12 Chipist
post #125004 :: 2020.08.09 7:47pm
That sounds fine to me
Level 10 Criticist
post #125474 :: 2020.08.18 3:02am
  puke7 and kleeder liēkd this
Project has officially launched, and weekly 4HBs will start next saturday at 3PM EST / 7PM GMT! Please join the Discord server for full ruleset explanation! https://discord.gg/3JRdJt3

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