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Technophrenia

Music | Friday, May 25th, 2007 | 9 years, 10 months ago

In the early 90’s I was absolutely fascinated by the demo and mod scenes. I found nothing more exciting and wonderful than the concept of creating animated, interactive art and professional, emotional music with an ordinary PC. After cruising local modem BBSes for a few years I decided to be proactive and try my hand at composing my own MOD music. With the kind help of Toronto local MOD tracker artist bObby, I learned to use the free ScreamTracker 3 program for MSDOS to arrange prerecorded digital audio instruments on a sort of hexadecimal staff from 00 to FF (0 to 256 64th notes arranged into four 3F [64] note bars).

Here’s what one pattern looks like in one of my songs. For convenience and illustrative purposes I’ve taken screenshots using ModPlug Tracker for Windows:

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And here’s a breakdown of what the various columns represent:

I’ve recorded a screencast of my second-ever song, Technophrenia, and uploaded it to YouTube. Take a quick look to see how the plotted notes correspond to the sounds produced.

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I’ve written nearly 2 hours worth of music over the course of over 4 years under the nom de plume (or is that nom de clavier?) Hypnotic Melody. If you’d like to hear more, check out my Brian’s MOD Music page. I wouldn’t dream of ever charging money for my music, so enjoy, share, DJ, remix, and republish (with my name) as you please.

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