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In Topic: Crappy MIDI covers nobody asked for

31 December 2020 - 02:19 PM

Part 7: Big Trouble in Little Valestine Castle


I'm pretty sure this is not how you respect music that you like, but uh, yeah. A modest toast to my most treasured soundtrack. I used to listen to it a lot, not as much these days, but I'm still impressed when I do. Darn does it have some of the best melodies ever.


To be a curmudgeon: I feel that Falcom doesn't often make music like they used to. Mmm. Well, it's been a minute since I caught up with their latest stuff, so I may be speaking too soon. I started getting pretty disenfranchised around the time they came up with stuff like this.

In Topic: Crappy MIDI covers nobody asked for

28 December 2020 - 05:04 PM

Here's some raw output from this software.



It's shockingly intelligible, right!? Press a 'go' button, watch your CPU rev to the max, and wham! 'Tis the stuff of dreams. (And also the stuff of putting people out of work.) I'm avoiding totally shilling this product by withholding its name.


Output does largely depend on the source. The above is pretty close to a best case scenario for a non-piano track: Kamikura's PC Engine-esque arrangement of Inevitable Struggle, which benefits from clean and relatively straightforward notes. Put someone like Akiko Shikata (Ar no Surge with Origa and co. RIP Origa :( ) and the results won't sound like anything.


Usually there'll be a glut of notes to cull, things will be missing, timing will be off, sometimes performers do crazy things that you can't really replicate, and sometimes notes are wrong. Not that I would really know best, when all I have is me.

In Topic: Crappy MIDI covers nobody asked for

28 December 2020 - 02:48 PM

Part 6: The best "<Something> for Everyone's Souls"


I started this one weeks ago, even before "mmm.mp3" (Mitsuki Nakae's Paradise Map). As usual, I couldn't figure out what to do about the accompaniment. The bass was this solid wall of like AAAADDDDDDEbEbEbEbEb, not super interesting by itself. The cover risked sounding under-scored, so I tried filling in the space between the melody and bass, where the result is some parts faithful, most parts making stuff up because I couldn't comprehend a lot of it from the original, and the software wasn't helping. Enjoy. :'D 


Not Playable, unless you have three hands and a willingness to do whatever the hell is going on in the background.


As an excuse, the source is somewhat badly mastered (as much as I like it, don't get me wrong). 1) That guitar gets smothered under a pillow in its sleep at night. 2) Did you know there's an electronic chorus? Now you don't say, it is a "for Everyone's Souls" arrangement, but I admit I didn't even realize that thin little chorus existed until I tried making this bwahaha. Not that I have done anything with that knowledge.

In Topic: Crappy MIDI covers nobody asked for

26 December 2020 - 03:47 PM

Part 5: PIANO*


AKA I butcher one of my favourite FictionJunction songs. I'm pretty sure this one is unplayable, despite my mediocre efforts to the otherwise.


*The title of the source track, not me screaming "PIANO" in hopes of dressing it up.

In Topic: Crappy MIDI covers nobody asked for

25 December 2020 - 10:16 PM

Part 4: "Bright piano" cancer


Why listen to the lovely source music when you can have an ear-blistering MIDI instead?