Hey Shizzies. It's been like a decade since I was active on this forum, I miss you guys.
Some background about this album: virt's "FX" solo albums are his personal side projects that he tries to make as proggy as possible, to make the best chiptunes he can to amuse himself. After remaking the soundtrack for Bloodrayne Betrayal in an 8-bit style by learning Famitracker in 2 weeks, virt decided to make FX4 in Famitracker rather than ModPlug. Because Famitracker has NES hardware limitations in mind, virt was able to release FX4 in NSF format. You can play it on a physical NES.
When I first heard FX4 in 2012, I totally fell in love with the album and wanted to understand it better. I took a peek at the keyboard display provided by NSFplug, the NSF player for Winamp (which I still use btw). Mind boggling arpeggios whizzed by and I felt like I was watching something eldritch I would never understand.
In 2019 I decided to try cracking the mystery one more time and gave transcribing the whole album a serious shot. I decided to stream my efforts on Twitch so I could feel the accountability of eyeballs on me. After watching the short intro track play at 4x slower speeds in NSFplug, Jorf pointed out that a development fork of Famitracker existed that could import NSFs. So I started using that to make sheet music, simply taking what I saw in the tracker and translating it in Guitar Pro. These are not arrangements, this is a 1:1 conversion of what square 0, square 1, and the triangle wave are doing.
So far I've only done 4 tracks from the album, haven't got much of a response at all on Twitch so I think I'm the only person alive who cares about this any more. I probably won't end up finishing the album. Depression's a bitch, not even music brings me joy any more. But this forum is where I discovered virt, I can't think of a group of people who love(d?) virt as much as I do.
Here's some links to zip files on my Dropbox that contain a PDF, the GP5 file so you guitar-heads can try playing this stuff on guitar, and a MIDI. I'm a keyboard player, so I didn't even look at the resulting tablature, good luck playing it. The standard notation uses 8va markers so I could see what notes were played at a glance, maybe it's not the most practical to actually play. I've actually tried, these runs aren't easy. Also I did a "debut" of each transcription on Twitch, which are just unrehearsed rants and harmonic analysis shot straight from my hip.
01 - HBO Feature Presentation
04 - Journey into the Rift
zip https://www.dropbox....e Rift.zip?dl=0
Thanks for reading this far. PS I wanted to enter DoD a few times the past few years but never got off the ground. I learned the Golf music from Wario Land 3, I started making a version of some dungeon music from Phantasy Star 1, but never got further than that. Sigh.
PPS fuck that Shiner guy