Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
About a week ago I participated in this one competition know as Glorious Trainwrecks. This competition was about creating at least 351 games in a matter of 48 hours. You may ask… “why 351 games” and apparently the reason is because another competition known as Global Game Jam made 350 in the same time period with many more people participating. Rather than try to create the most amazing, massive, epic games possible this competition was more about creating quick, dirty and basically horrible games that are entertaining for about 30 seconds :). Our team at SJSU (from the game development club) made 30 games of the total 520 that were submitted. Of those 30 games, I made sound for 2 games. I had also created a game using Scratch that was rather stupid and hilarious but I couldn’t figure out how to get it to run without going through the Scratch website in time.
The first game I worked on was called “Partisan Politics“. It essentially describes how the US is split in to two parties and you (mega man) are getting pulled from one side to the other into the spikes. The second game was known as “A Normal RPG” (although I prefer the name Revenge of the Something, but whatever :)). Click on the links to download them (you need flash).
You guys should also check out the full list of games the Game Dev Club made at http://www.glorioustrainwrecks.com/taxonomy/term/514 . Many of which are pretty hilarious a few of my favorites include Noby Noby Lol and Skittles: the Aftermath (make sure to play the first version briefly).
In other news I am going to GDC this weekend. I will take pics and report back! Also I am going to socialize at GibHub’s headquarters tonight, I will make sure to take many many pics and report back!
I realized the other day that I did not post any updates to my original project guitar article!
This guitar features a semi-hollow strat body made of walnut with an f-hole, a maple fretboard (half-scalloped and fat neck), emg active pickups, and a floyd rose floating bridge. The flame is absolutely beautiful and this thing sings like no other! I bought all the supplies from Warmoth, except the pickups. I have not been able to even pick up another guitar and be anywhere as satisfied.
You can check out my new band page (Doomsday Machines) to hear some samples! I am horrible at mixing by the way. The real thing sounds a ton better. I think I may have used a different guitar for “Ivan” (if it is still on there by the time you go to the page).
Without further adieu:
So I decided to make a very rough mix of a portion of one of the songs that the drummer for [noROBOT] recorded lately. Here you can hear the same audio 3 different ways. 1 with everything going including the diy subkick, another without our diy subkick, then yet another with only the diy subkick. Tell me what you guys think. The diy subkick here is adding that extra umph, you will notice that the version with no diy subkick is lacking that power. Then again if your speakers are not designed to hear that frequency you won’t notice a difference at all. I recommend headphones. If you play the subkick only track and you hear nothing, that means your speakers can’t handle those sounds for sure. By the way this was a somewhat poor eq job. It was quick and dirty. ENJOY! I am calling it the diy subkick hopefully to cover me against any sort of trademark infringement. I am not sure if Yamaha coined the term Subkick or not. Also if you missed the first post about the subkick click here: http://www.parrisstudios.com/?p=3
So for the past couple days I have been working on a flash based streaming music player (which is located at the bottom of this post, just scroll down to see it). This is complete with a loading bar, scrubber to fast forward through a song, playlist, and other standard features. I am calling this version .5 beta. I still need to develop a volume bar, and add some text about what time a person is at in the song etc. However for the most part this is pretty solid. There are 2 bugs I am currently working on fixing, which includes a bug with the function in flash that gets called after a sound ends, and 2nd the track progress bar seems to go crazy on occasion. I believe the second problem is a result of the full file size not being discovered while loading the file. I am hoping there is some ID3 information in the mp3 files that could assist me with that issue.
The songs in this player include a No Robot song and 3 demos I gave to the band so we can work on them, and 3 version of older songs we had; however, in my opinion most of these songs are very rough, I would suggest sparing your ears hahaha. I am trying to fill up some space in this blog right now because the player is too wide, and it is covering the menu so I will show you how easy the xml playlist is the use.
It is very very simple…. simply name the track, and the file. These files can be anywhere on the web or locally. Furthermore, the xml playlist it self could be located anywhere. Woo!
’’People Shootin’ Hat’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3 ’’Viking’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3 ’’Gunfight In A Gas Station’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3 ’’Marshmellow’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3 ’’Flame (old)’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3 ’’Pressure (old)’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3