TrojanHorse711

TrojanHorse711

Maybe if I swim fast enough the gear will go away...

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I know I said I'd be getting back to Famitracker Bits videos on the 25th, and that's still the case, but I ended up doing this last night because I was bored, and just wanted to put it out there this morning so I wouldn't forget down the line. It's nothing major, and if anything it's a response to this video from earlier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRPc0MwG6Eo
-Trojan

Battletoads (C) 1991-20XX Rare Ltd.
Music originally composed by David Wise

Curiouser and curiouser...

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When looking up PC-98 Touhou music, I found a cover called 'Le Fleur in Cage', a piano cover of Alice in Wonderland with wonderful French vocals. I then decided to look up the song it was based on, and I was struck by how beautiful it was. Then I realized the 20th anniversary of Mystic Square was coming up, put two and two together and streamed myself covering this song. This was intended to be the last song made for 2018, and it's still the last one I'm releasing this year, but unfortunately Melrode got in the way of those plans.

Covering the main melody wasn't the issue in this case. Rather, it was the backing instrumentation that caused me the biggest problems. At the time I was working on it, I completely forgot I could just look up the game's music room and take notes from there, but since I was streaming it I couldn't exactly record footage of it due to ZUN's guidelines for recording Touhou games. I also implemented alternating F0X commands to make some of the notes run better at ~140BPM, as doing it without made the timing a little off. Hopefully, with all of that, this track still turned out well.

And that will do it for 2018! I'll be taking a break on video uploads until January 25th, after which weekly uploads will resume. Happy New Year, and here's to a great 2019!
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1996-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

You may now kiss the bride.

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Did this track to celebrate someone's wedding earlier this year, but held off on posting it until now out of not finding a better place in my 2018 lineup to stick this in. That being said, there is a Christmas version of this song, so it kinda fits for this month? As for the track itself, I couldn't resist messing around with DPCM strings again, though I did include a version without them if you like that better.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Johann Pachelbel

The running man.

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If you've seen any of ProtonJon's streams, he tends to play a lot of games of questionable quality. Quite a few of these are games with repetitive music being played for long stretches of time, and usually if I'm gonna sit there and listen to that song over and over again, I might make something of it. For context, Quest 64 is one of the very few RPG's on the Nintendo 64 that wasn't Paper Mario/developed by Nintendo themselves, and in it you grind out stats just by completing tasks relating to said stat. One of these stats increases by running around, and can be cheesed by holding a certain direction, unplugging the controller, and letting the protagonist (Bryan) run around in circles forever. This was the track this trick was executed in for the stream, and since he'd be running for a while, I figured I'd get to work on it during the stream.

Unlike some of the other songs that fit that criteria, this one actually wasn't too bad on its own. It's an ear-worm, yes, but it's well composed if nothing else. The only issues that arose when remixing it were the low quality of the sound itself, combined with little to no sheet music of this song, meaning I had to listen to scratchy-quality music in order to cover it by ear. Not fun.

Also, I was actually gonna save this for 2019 as a filler track, but then I realized that I miscalculated what day Mega Man 2's anniversary landed on (I thought it was tomorrow, and not Christmas Eve), and that left me with an open slot today. This technically makes this the last track made for 2018 (despite what I said earlier), and I'll be honest: I don't know how to feel about that.
-Trojan

It had to happen at some point.

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This one song has been covered so many times, by so many different people, in so many formats, over so many years that I can't even begin to list them all. Not surprisingly, there's so many Famitracker covers of this song (especially in VRC6). I almost feel ashamed of my own cover, knowing this. However, the main reason I knew I had to do this track was because today marks the 30th anniversary of Mega Man 2 in Japan, and there's only one track that immediately comes to mind when I think of Mega Man 2, so what better way for me to celebrate it than by actually doing it straight instead of attempting it in a different style?

(Also I wanted to do another chiptune guitar solo before the end of the year.)
-Trojan

I'll be honest, I'm a sap for good ending music.

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Honestly, I've always had a soft spot for Lotus Land Story in particular. In fact, after managing to 1cc this game a while ago, I heard this for my first time, and that one song absolutely cemented this game as my favorite in the series. That's why when, after posting the album in the Touhou fangame server being used for the game jam a while back, a user named Greninja lamented the fact I didn't cover Peaceful for the good ending over doing an original track, I decided to cover this, not just because we shared a common favorite song, but because I REALLY wanted to do this song at some point.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by ZUN
Touhou © 1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice

Fun frog facts: Apparently frogs can survive winter because of glucose in its vital organs being used to prevent ice crystals from completely freezing it; it will stop breathing, its heart will stop beating eventually, but unless it COMPLETELY freezes over it will not die. Once it's warmer, the frog will melt and, after getting its bearings straight, resume being a frog.

But of course, that's NOT what will kill a Battletoad in the Arctic Caverns.

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I decided for whatever reason I wanted to get one more Battletoads track by this year's end, and with Winter coming up I figured I'd give this game's stage 4 theme a shot. I honestly like this stage far more than the one that follows it that a lot of people warp to, mainly because even with the ice physics and the one-hit kill spikes I find it more consistent than the RNG-infused boss and mine section.
-Trojan

Battletoads (C) 1991-20XX RARE Ltd./Microsoft

I gotta say, Ultimate releasing on a Friday is actually really handy!
...I'll go see myself out.

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In all seriousness, I wanted to do a cover of the Main Theme from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to celebrate that game's launch today. Unfortunately, I wanted to get the instrumentation right, and there's enough complexities in that song that it ended up not panning out. Instead, I went for a simpler track; Master Hand's theme from Smash 64, an obscenely underrated track that (at the time of writing, that being 11.8.18) has not been officially remixed in any of its sequels. This piece wasn't a cakewalk, either, since there's enough going on with the original to where it gave me trouble when adapting it to 2a03. I'd have gone for VRC6, and in hindsight I probably should've, but I need the practice with 2a03, so...
-Trojan

Super Smash Bros. © 1999-20XX Nintendo
Music originally composed by Hirokazu Ando

Must be coming up on some hard times if I'm doing this track...

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I let it slip a while ago that I wanted to do this track for one of my Famitracker Bits LIVE streams, but decided against it because I'd have saved it for Winter. Now that the Christmas season's upon us, I decided to go for it. Sadly, this year's gonna be light on Winter-themed tracks, but that's only because some tracks coinciding with important dates are coming up within the next month (one of which is coming out next week: can YOU guess what day that is???) and I wanted to have tracks prepared for that purpose.

As for this track, it wasn't really that difficult to work on, but the second half did feel rather samey, so I took a few creative liberties with regards to instrumentation. Hope that doesn't cause any issues!
-Trojan

Music composed by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer, Cirocco Jones, Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby, Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, and Jun Senoue
Sonic the Hedgehog © 1991-20XX SEGA

I swear, it's always that one boss!

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Honestly, the main reason this track exists is because I wasn't sure if the Game Over and High Score screens would be separate in the planned game, and so to contrast I wanted the key to be in F rather than D.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Music originally composed by ZUN
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Awww, off by a few hundred points!

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For the high score theme, I wanted something calm and peaceful, and thus a reprise of the title theme was in order. Not much else to say about this track, though.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

Note to self: Never do exceedingly long titles for albums/songs ever again.

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I'm honestly convinced this track is cursed. I've long since fixed this mistake, but around Frame 0B I made a mistake with one of the QXX commands that I didn't catch prior to the album's release, and only found out afterwards when listening to the .ftm on my laptop, so I had to spend a good portion of my night fixing it. Then a short while afterwards, I found out that the original name (“Eternal Dream”) is shared with another, official Touhou song of the same name (“Eternal Dream ~ Mystical Maple”, from Imperishable Night), so I had to add a subtitle to try and differentiate it from that song. Ironically, Remembrance of Eastern Wonderland was the original title before I went with Eternal Dream, but I got to use it after all! Even worse, as I'm uploading this, I found out that yes, the title was way too long for YouTube and Bitchute's character limit, and I had to cut it down to what you see here. It's frustrating, and I hate it.

As for the song itself, honestly at that point I was pretty much mentally done with this soundtrack, and so I was kinda struggling to think of anything interesting for the melody. As a result, I felt like I rushed this track too much. I think it's still enjoyable enough for a credits theme, but you'll forgive me for this one song leaving a bitter taste in my mouth.

And that pretty much does it for “Touhou Saikai ~ Remembrance of Past Prayers”! There's only a couple songs left, but they're both really short and non-important, so while they'll be posted next week, for all intents and purposes I'm done with the Touhou Saikai videos. I apologize for making these videos take up so much of my uploads these past few months, and next time I do a major project like this, I'll put all the songs in one video instead.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
'Theme of Eastern Wonderland' composed by ZUN
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Oh hey, it's that one series I can never remember the proper order of! (I always default to Ninja Mutant for whatever reason...)

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Made this time a while ago for roughly the same reason I had for doing the cover of Smile Game. Honestly, this track isn't anything special, but I figured I'd just post it today because of it being Thanksgiving, and what better food to have on that day than a slice of pizza pie? (Besides pumpkin pie, since that's TOTALLY cheating since it's the objectively correct answer!!)
-Trojan

TMNT © 1984-20XX Mirage Studios
Music originally composed by Tsuyoshi Sekito

It's the end!

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Now we're talking! I wrote this song to be very triumphant, using chords and melodies that drive the point home that this is the GOOD ending. I think it's cheesy as all hell, but honestly it's one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack. Also, I think I went overboard on the DPCM in this song.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

This is the end, right...?

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I'll admit, I wasn't sure how I wanted to do a bad ending theme. I didn't want to make it sound too depressing, but I knew I couldn't make it sound triumphant, so I went with something neutral, neither heartbreaking nor cheerful.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

The final boss approaches!

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I knew from the offset that I wanted to do an original track for the planned final boss, which is why I went with Shinki's official final boss theme as her first loop theme instead. Since this was the true last boss, I went with DPCM Choirs and Strings near to try and make it seem more powerful. The first pass also had a reprise of 'Hell is Waiting For Her Daughters', but I replaced that relatively last minute with a reprise of 'Hakurei Spring Cleaning', simply because I am a sucker for title theme reprises in video games.

Unfortunately, it was just prior to making this song that Wish, one of the team members who I was working with during the game jam, decided he wanted to pull out to focus on real life shenanigans. I don't blame him at all for it, but the reason I wanted to finish this soundtrack regardless was because I was so close to the end (only had this, the two ending themes, and a credits theme) and I didn't want to leave this soundtrack incomplete.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

MILD SEIZURE WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS FOOTAGE OF THUNDERBOLT/10まんボルト, WHICH HAS A FLASHING LIGHT EFFECT THAT MAY CAUSE ISSUES. I'VE REDUCED THE FRAMERATE TO DOWNPLAY IT, AND IT DOES ONLY PLAY ONCE, BUT THERE MAY STILL BE ISSUES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

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Just in time for the release of the second remake(?) of the Kanto games, it's the final boss theme from Pokémon Red/Green/Blue! This was always one of my favorites, and after indulging my self in Pokémon Green over the past few months, despite all the obvious flaws the original games have (namely, fainting someone with Leech Seed shouldn't freakin' faint me while Wrap is active, good GOD), this sequence still holds up. I know there's several official updated versions of this song, and I did incorporate elements from both the Fire Red/Leaf Green version and the Pokémon World Championships version, this remix is mostly based on the original. That being said, I've also included a pitch-shifted version in case you're curious as to how that would sound.

Smell ya later!
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Junichi Masuda
Pokémon © 1996-20XX The Pokémon Company / Nintendo

Still waiting...

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In contrast to the more mellow Stage 3 track, I wanted this second loop version of that song to be more energetic and triumphant; something that absolutely screamed 'this is the last stage!'. I did have something else planned for this song in particular, but that ended up not getting used for this stage theme. The work I did there WAS used later, so at least it didn't go to waste.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

The real crisis is that I keep forgetting strawberry ice cream exists.

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I went with Strawberry Crisis for Yumemi's second loop because, of course, it's her final boss theme of Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream. That being said, when working on this cover, I noticed that parts of it sound like something you'd hear in a wedding song (it's gotta be the chords), and I found that kinda weird since Yumemi doesn't strike me as a romantic.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Music originally composed by ZUN
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

It's called a road, it's called a Rainbow Road...

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Honestly, I think Double Dash is my favorite Mario Kart game (tied with Mario Kart 64), not just because of the gameplay but because it just held up better visually than Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 8. Fantastic stage design, combined with great effects that didn't rely on the cheap bloom seen in Mario Kart Wii, combined with a steady framerate and tiny details that make this world seem connected made this one of the standout titles from the Gamecube (I would argue that Mario Kart 8 did a better job overall, but it had the advantage of actually running on HD hardware). Thus, I decided to celebrate its 15th anniversary the only way I know how: by covering the last stage in the game in Famitracker.

I honestly thought this would be the thing that walled me in the last batch of normal Famitracker Bits videos, but I got it done in about an hour before I had to head to work. I also thought the whole twinkling down notes at the end wouldn't turn out as good as they did, but I'm glad I got them to work at all.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Kenta Nagata and Shinobu Tanaka
Super Mario © 1981-20XX Nintendo

FYI: The title I had planned would not fit in the Bitchute title bar, so I had to do some screwing around with the lettering to make it fit properly. I give my sincerest apologies for this inconsistency.

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Wasn't particularly satisfied with the Stage 2 theme, so for the second loop variant I decided to go in a different direction. Initially I wanted to do a techno theme, but I went with heavy metal instead (well, as heavy metal as chiptune can give you) since that's what this song ended up being. My line of thinking was that since Yumemi Okazaki comes from a dimension of science, I might expect her to be interested in 'modern' music (of which heavy metal is a part of that). The practical reason, of course, is that I just wanted an excuse to do a chiptune guitar solo.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

Alternatively, it's “Now Die, For The Debt You Have Accumulated”; I'm not really a fan of some these alternate names.

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Couldn't let Shinki have all the fun; for the loop two boss variants I gave the first two bosses their original themes. In Sariel's case, it's her first boss theme. There's two versions, of course: the original, in C#-Minor, and the one seen in Akyuu's Untouched Score, in E-Minor. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to go with, so I decided to extend the theme by incorporating both.
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Music originally composed by ZUN
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

Nothing quite replicates the feeling of trudging through a swamp than hitting enemies over the head with your boat over murky water.

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I haven't really gushed over the GB Battletoads game all that much, and that's mainly due to not having as much experience with it. However, out of all the tracks from this game, the Stage 4 theme is the one that stands out the most. I ended up putting it on my schedule earlier, and decided to just do it one day after working on Touhou Saikai, and I won't lie: it felt weird going back to working on normal tracks for once.

Also as a side note, when working on this track I called it 'Jet-Ski Swamp' in lieu of not having an actual stage name for this track. It's unofficial as hell, but in case you're wondering about the files in the download link being what they are, that's why.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by David Wise
Battletoads © 1991-20XX Rare

I dunno why, but I find the dolls Alice makes cuter than Alice herself.

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Honestly, I think this turned out the best of the Stage 1 EX themes. I pulled from Romantic Children (Alice's stage theme from Mystic Square) when working on this, but then it snowballed into the track it became here. Good thing, too, because otherwise my backup idea was to make a Gradius-style remix of Plastic Space, and that would've been a disaster waiting to happen.

Speaking of Gradius, here's another fun fact about the project. Among one of the ideas I pitched to the dev team was an option system similar to the one in Gradius for Alice's playstyle (with the dolls replacing the options, of course), but the final project plan had it in place for everyone instead. At least Alice's options kept the same basic idea.

Also it goes without saying, but Happy Halloween! Sorry I didn't have much in the way of spooky tracks this year (only got two versions of a Marisa song and a Danganronpa song, and I'm not sure those actually count), but I'll see about making it up to you next year!
-Trojan

Touhou © 1996/1997-20XX Team Shanghai Alice
Music originally composed by ZUN
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

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