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aurora surrealis
  2nd/36   Σ29.184   Apr 1st 2017 1:03am
R 3 3 V 3 R B

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.it sauce: http://static.angryscience.net/pub/music/xaser%20-%20aurora%20surrealis.it

also, here's a shorter looped version (strictly unofficial for voting purposes), for folks who dig the prime groove: http://static.angryscience.net/pub/music/xaser%20-%20aurora%20surrealis.spc

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As mentioned by the uber-descriptive description (heh) up there, the echo effect is used to inject some sick reverb. Seriously, listen to the .it and then the .spc if you can't tell at first -- it makes a universe of difference.

[also this is a legit entry despite the day I've chosen to upload it; the screen is shaking uncontrollably as I'm typing this, aaaaaaaaa *clink intensifies*]
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Level 25 Chipist
post #81867 :: 2017.04.01 1:21am
  Dimeback, Xyz, m9m, shinichi, RazerBlue6, Xaser and NerdMcBoon liēkd this
the intro mixed with the flashy colors on my screen put me into a trance for a short moment there
Level 30 Chipist
post #81893 :: 2017.04.01 1:33pm
  m9m liēkd this
Dance dance dance!
Level 22 Chipist
post #81910 :: 2017.04.02 3:03am :: edit 2017.04.02 3:05am
i absolutely love this (however it sounds like arse in spcplay for some reason, what interpoliation option did you use?)
Level 26 Mixist
post #81920 :: 2017.04.02 9:20am
  m9m and Jimmyoshi liēkd this
Turn interpolation off for best quality. Probably should've mentioned that in the description. P:

Sounds just fine in SPCPlay to me (with interp off, ofc.), though the .mp3 render was done with in_spc.dll (via XMPlay). Should I reupload an SPCPlay-render for officialness's sake, or does it really matter? They sound pretty comparable.
Level 28 Mixist
post #81922 :: 2017.04.02 10:41am :: edit 2017.04.02 10:57am
  m9m and shinichi liēkd this
It sounds just fine with the SNES gauss filtering to me (which is how I listened to it).

Personally, I think you should render this with the gauss filtering enabled so that it's more true to the actual hardware, but leave the module there in the description so people can still hear it without, if they wish. (Like I said, I thought it still sounded great despite the filtering! I don't think it'd affect the votes.)

edit: It seems that the thing that suffers the most with the filtering is the effect that plays on channel 8 at the very beginning (the "hissy-hogger" sample). The filtering could be alleviated by upsampling but there's a limit to how closely you can match the non-interpolated version (plus you'd have to worry about increasing the amount of space used)... alternatively, you might be able to get away with using SPC Noise instead of the sample you used, since gauss filtering doesn't apply to noise.
Level 23 Mixist
post #81924 :: 2017.04.02 11:21am
  m9m liēkd this
i didn't notice anything bad when listening to it in spcplay. of course it'll never be the same quality as the .it source but that's just the nature of snes
Level 26 Mixist
post #81929 :: 2017.04.02 12:52pm
  m9m liēkd this
Maximum-argh. The SNES Gauss table makes it sounds like absolute dogshit. 6_9

I won't be replacing the render, but folks that care about the accuracy are going to be playing the .spc itself -- if it sounds okay to folks' ears in such a case, then hooray I suppose, but if it doesn't then the votes will fall accordingly. I suppose for some folk, the answer is going to be "no", because seriously, yuck. D:

re:SPC Noise, I don't think SNESMod supports this. If so, it's either undocumented or my version's out of date.
Level 22 Chipist
post #81932 :: 2017.04.02 1:14pm :: edit 2017.04.08 1:37pm
  Xaser liēkd this
the .it file seems small enough, definitely small enough for the "hissy-hogger" sample to be upsampled if you're up for that task, however another problem could be the frequency range itself

snesmod is faulty in that the samples come out too muddy in the conversion, i think this wouldn't be as noticeable if you used another tool (like snesmod AMK or superc).

again, though, barring that small issue, this is a great song ^o^
Level 26 Mixist
post #81933 :: 2017.04.02 1:23pm
  m9m liēkd this
The filesize is just barely below the mark; when you actually run it through snesmod, the resulting data is 57890 bytes (out of 58000 max), so that's not an option unfortunately. I appreciate the help though!
Level 17 Chipist
post #81969 :: 2017.04.03 9:35am :: edit 2017.04.03 9:39am
  Xaser and m9m liēkd this
@Xaser: The version posted here has noise and pitch modulation. Select the PitchMod driver (59123 bytes max) or SuperSNESMod (58663 bytes max). I believe the size of volume envelopes is calculated incorrectly. If you use a lot of volume envelopes with many nodes the available RAM reported could be off by as much as 700 bytes. This is an issue leftover from the original SNESMod driver.
Level 28 Chipist
post #82444 :: 2017.04.12 7:10am
  Xyz, AugustusBlkheart and Xaser liēkd this
v tight; skillfully sidesteps some annoying edm tropes
Level 26 Mixist
post #82470 :: 2017.04.12 3:52pm
Heh, I've got a personal list of grievances with modern EDM too -- I suppose if that's bleeding through, that's a good thing. :P

@AugustusBlkheart: Apologies for not actually responding, but super-thanks for the SNESMOD update! It works way better from some initial tinkering, so I'm absolutely using it for the next one of these. Will hopefully be Gauss-friendlier too. :P
Level 17 Chipist
post #82476 :: 2017.04.12 5:03pm
Cool, yeah let me know of any bugs or annoyances. I hope to have another sound driver added soon. I also need to look into fixing volume handling but I'm not sure how much effort that will take yet.
Level 28 Chipist
post #82480 :: 2017.04.12 6:21pm
unce in pants

(For what it's worth, it sounds fine to me with the SNES interpolation and kind of prefer it, actually.)
Level 26 Mixist
post #82534 :: 2017.04.13 10:31pm
  raphaelgoulart, Jangler, Xaser and shinichi liēkd this
Um, play shows ok? You could just DJ your tracks like this and people would dance. You might like it.
Level 22 Chipist
post #82977 :: 2017.04.23 4:52am
Level 26 Mixist
post #82990 :: 2017.04.23 12:59pm
  johnfn and cce liēkd this
Super-thanks to everyone for this! Psyched to see this happen. o-o

...aight, time to be a jerk and intentionally self-fave because in retrospect I'm rather fond of this one. Welp!

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