TrojanHorse711

I don't care what anyone says, that one shot at the beginning of Venom still holds up.

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Whenever I go to search “Venom Star Fox Famitracker” on YouTube, all I find is either Venom Boss, 64's Venom, or Venom from Star Fox 2. I never find covers of the actual stage theme from Star Fox 1, which is funny because it does exist...as part of a cover of Super Smash Bros. Melee's Corneria music. This has bugged me for ages, and what I enjoy about Smash Ultimate is that you can FINALLY set that song to the proper stage. Regardless, I wanted to do a cover of this song since it was stuck in my head, and since it's a short enough song I threw in the Venom Bass stage music since I don't think I've seen this covered at all.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Hajime Hirasawa
Star Fox © 1993-20XX Nintendo
Date/Time Started: 12/9/18, 8:51PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 12/10/18, 2:14PM (MST)

Going for the half-marathon!

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So I'll be real with you: I wanted to do this in Sneventracker to avoid being *too* reliant on Bambootracker for Monday's videos. It also had been a *while* since I used that program. It worked, but unless Sneventracker got a recent build I'm a little sad it doesn't export to a Sega Master System/Game Gear sound file (only to .nsf for some reason). Tried porting it to the SMS sound system in Deflemask, but I wasn't happy with the result because percussion was annoying to figure out, and I didn't want to release a video without it. I eventually decided to just port it to Bambootracker and get it over with.

Also I love how as soon as I decide to work on this in Sneventracker they announce Super Mario Maker 2, which hopefully has this track this time.
-Trojan

Music composed by Koji Kondo
Super Mario Bros. (C) 1981-20XX Nintendo
Music recorded in VGMPlay, module made in Bambootracker 0.1.5
Date/Time Started: 2/16/19, 10:50PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 2/16/19, 12:00PM (MST)

UPDATE (2.18.19): Fixed a quick typo in the timestamps.

It's a little damp down here, don't you think?

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It's been a while since I've tried only using a 'Blank' instrument for one of these remixes, so when I decided to work on Lower Brinstar, I wanted to try that instead of making a set of instruments off hand. I did cheat a bit by having 3 DPCM samples for bass and choir. That being said, I think I did alright, especially since I've gotten used to how A0X commands work.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano
Metroid © 1986-20XX Nintendo
Date/Time Started: 12/9/18, 5:46PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 12/9/18, 6:42PM (MST)

I don't know why, but I keep misreading this song name as Bridge Hill Zone.

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If you're familiar with the 8-bit Sonic games, you're probably also familiar with Bridge Zone, host to a song that's considered one of the hidden gems within the Classic series. Thing is, not only do Famitracker covers exist of this song already, but there's been a bunch of Genesis covers (especially by way of ROMhacking). Since I'm trying to learn Bambootracker (specifically how instruments work in it compared to Famitracker), I figured I'd try and do a quick cover of Bridge Zone in it, since the Genesis sound hardware is similar enough to the YM2608 hardware anyway (in this case I ported over the sample instruments used in the Deflemask Genesis Sonic demo like a lazy sunnuvagun). I'll probably revisit this in Famitracker proper later down the line, so stay tuned for that.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Yuzo Koshiro
Sonic the Hedgehog © 1991-20XX SEGA
Music recorded in VGMPlay, module made in Bambootracker 0.1.4
Date/Time Started: 2/5/19, 11:16PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 2/5/19, 11:54PM (MST)

Unfortunately that describes this song pretty well with regards to its intended purpose, but at least I had fun composing it!

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Hopefully I'll be able to post more concrete information in the near future, but here's the rundown. I got composition work on a NES Homebrew project by KHAN Games, called “NESCape!”. It's an escape-room styled point-and-click game, with its main selling point being that you can use the SNES Mouse with an adapter to play this (the reason being there's a weird quirk in the NES/SNES where they share the same inputs, down to the four button control scheme, meaning games can technically support most of that if it's programmed in).

This song was originally composed as a sort of laid-back swing theme for one of its stages, but unfortunately that ended up being the first to get cut due to not fitting the tone the dev was going for. I decided to save the track in question and post it here as a standalone original. As the engine the dev is using does not support a lot of the fancy effects and volume changes I'm used to, I've had to bake them into the instruments themselves, hence why I'm using instruments for things I'd normally leave to effect commands. It's kinda frustrating, but at least the instruments don't take up too much space (and it's a good learning experience for me, at any rate).
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Trojan
I do not have timestamps for this track since this was composed before I made the decision to start tracking them per song. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Can Knuckles ever catch a break?

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Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in North America, and since I did quite a few Sonic 3 tracks last year I figured I'd at least do one for the start of this year. Angel Island Zone was a perfect fit for this, then, though remixing it was a bit of a hassle. I think if it wasn't the steel drum arpeggio, it was making that lead about halfway through not sound completely terrible. Hopefully it turned out alright?
-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
Date/Time Started: 12/1/18, 12:17PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 12/1/18, 2:10PM (MST)

“Well, seven counting Sue. She's not one of us, though. She's just an outsider who showed up recently.”

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Also starting this year, I'll be sporadically posting stuff on Mondays that's not Famitracker Bits, but is music related. Bambootracker is a program that was unveiled recently and is currently in development by someone by the name of 'Rerrah'. It's supposed to be a tracker program that acts similarly to Deflemask and Famitracker, except for YM2608 (OPNA) music, aka FM Synthesis. This is mainly relevant to me because it allows me to make PC98-style music in a setting I'm familiar with (though I do still need to figure out how to play it in any of the emulators, eventually).

Because I wanted to mess around with the program I did this last year, after pretty much every other track was done and over with, and I knew I wanted to post it early. In fact, that's why I had little issue making the 2a03 cover released on Friday, since I had this to go off of beforehand. That being said, don't expect this to be a consistent set of videos quite yet; the program is still in active development, and as such has quite a few bugs and kinks to work out (most notably, a bug where the tracker crashed, and completely locked me out of my project file; I think this was patched out, since I haven't seen this happen in 0.1.4 yet).
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Daisuke Amaya
Cave Story © 2004-20XX Studio Pixel
You can find Bambootracker here: https://github.com/rerrahkr/BambooTracker/releases

“I'm King. I'm the number-one in this village. ...not that that means a whole lot, with only six of us left.”

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Cave Story is that one indie game that I love some of the music for, has always come up some time or other, yet I never found the time and motivation to actually complete. I think I'm gonna make a conceited effort to try and finish it this year, but for now have a cover of Mimiga Village. This one didn't take too long, honestly, but I hope you enjoyed it regardless!

Speaking of things not taking too long, I've had a few people asking me how long these take to make. Starting this year, I'll be posting timestamps for any track made specifically for 2019's lineup in the description, going from the time I start working on these and the time I finish the bulk of the work. I'll also be putting these in the .ftm comments, so if you decide to download these, that will be there. Please keep in mind, I may or may not take breaks between the time I start and the time I finish, so do not take this as a definite indicator of how many manhours these take. Also worth noting, since a lot of these are prepared weeks or months in advance, I may or may not spend a bit of time fine-tuning each track based on how I'm feeling about it.
-Trojan

Music originally composed by Daisuke Amaya
Cave Story © 2004-20XX Studio Pixel
Date/Time Started: 1/13/19, 9:15PM (MST)
Date/Time Completed: 1/13/19, 9:53PM (MST)

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
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

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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Bitchute Mirror:

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
Analogue Reverie can be found here: http://analogue-reverie.weebly.com/

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/

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I'm mostly going to be posting Famitracker covers here, though you may see some other stuff from time to time.